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Bonnie Ross photo.

Halo effect: Ross wants more women in video gaming industry

Journalism and Media Communication

Journalism alumna Bonnie Ross credits her overwhelming success to the foundation of technical and communication skills gained from CSU.

Maria making art in Africa.

Team travels to South Africa to chronicle indigenous art, culture

Art and Art History | LEAP Institute for the Arts

Over the summer three CSU faculty members took a group of students to South Africa to help preserve the art, history and customs of an indigenous community.

Collegiate competitors take their companies to the rails

CSU student’s wheelchair invention inspired by personal experience


John Morris is an economics alumnus from Fort Collins who has invented a new suspension system for wheelchairs — because he uses one.

Fort Morgan residents Nimo Elmi, left, and Khadro Abdi at a community workshop.

Students support community-building work in Fort Morgan

Ethnic Studies

An ethnic studies faculty member and his students have been getting out of the classroom and into a community that has seen its share of struggles in recent years — but a greater number of victories.

Emily Moore and totem poles

Carving history: CSU scholar studies Alaska’s totem pole parks

Art and Art History

Assistant professor Emily Moore traveled to Alaska to document the preservation of totem poles and their significance within US history.

Chris Fisher in the Honduran jungle. Photo courtesy of Natl Geographic

CSU archaeologist returning to Honduran jungle

Anthropology and Geography

Chris Fisher has traveled the world and battled a flesh-eating virus, all in the name of discovery.

Joseph Akmakjian prepares for his first tandem jump

CSU alumnus skydives to celebrate doubling life expectancy

Communication Studies | Journalism and Media Communication

A CSU alumnus living with muscular dystrophy celebrated a birthday he never thought he would have by doing something he never thought he would do: skydive.

David Bonomo in China

Trauma to Triumph

International Studies

David Bonomo (’17) has seen things no one should ever see, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. It shapes who he is today.

An army tank driver. Photo courtesy of Pete Seel.

Photographing the truth in combat zones

Journalism and Media Communication

CSU journalism professors discuss their experiences on the front lines of war zones.

A photo from the shooting of the Blue Shoe Media documentary “Without Color.” Photo courtesy of Blue Shoe Media.

CSU-born production company releases trailer for a full-feature documentary

Journalism and Media Communication

“Our goal is to have this make an impact,” Rasmussen said. “We want them to see that we are there not to point fingers at the issue, but to give hope.”

CSU defensive lineman Justin Hansen (68) is joined by, from left, his younger brother Logan, mother Kara, father Thomas and coach Mike Bobo at Hughes Stadium on Senior Night. (Photo: Don Reichert/CSU Athletics)

No Limits: CSU football player with Asperger’s did the ‘impossible’

Communication Studies

Communications studies senior and defensive lineman Justin Hansen doesn’t believe in barriers.

Colorado State University stands with Mizzou.

Colorado State University Students Rally Behind Mizzou

Ethnic Studies

Colorado State University students gathered at the Lory Student Center Plaza on November 16 to show support for the students at the University of Missouri who are taking a stance against racism.

Flood waters consumed a house in Hygiene, CO

Public Lands History Center effort preserves oral history of 2013 flooding


A CSU team collaborated to capture first-hand accounts of the 2013 Front Range flood.

annual holiday spectacular
Act Human Right Film Festival logo.

Mark your calendar for the Act Human Rights Film Festival

Communication Studies

In April 2016 the Department of Communication Studies will debut the inaugural, week-long Act Human Rights Film Festival.

Pieter Bruegel,The Tower of Babel (Vienna)

New name for CSU language department reflects positive shifts

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Colorado State University’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is being revitalized with a new name, new faces and new projects.

A photo of Peter Jacobs with his book collection.

CSU retiree donates Native art books to tribe in southern Colorado

Art and Art History

A retired CSU faculty member has donated about 700 books on Native American art and culture to the Ute Mountain Ute tribe in southern Colorado.

Nelle Pierson, 2010 with Stephen Colbert on a tandem bike

Spokes-person of the year

Political Science

The Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2014 Bike Advocate of the Year believes bikes are much more than transportation or recreation.

Moore Medical Center in Oklahoma following the Newcastle-Moore tornado, May 20, 2013. Photo credit: NIST

Liberal arts faculty investigate disaster resilience

Economics | Sociology

Economics faculty and students are assisting in the development of a federal center dedicated to improved disaster response and resilience.

Television personality Tom Bergeron and CSU history professor Dr. Ann Little

CSU professor featured on ‘Who do you think you are?’


CSU History professor Ann Little got a trip to Quebec and a chance to show off her French-Canadian knowledge on an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

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Helping People Remove Their Masks

Communication Studies | LEAP Institute for the Arts

As the mastermind behind “Remove the Masks,” Kayla Wong has a life mission to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.

Youth Science Civic Inquiry institute students engaging directly with the water they studied

English Acts


Students and faculty take their passions and skills beyond the classroom into the community and world, demonstrating the power of English majors taking action.

A Winter's Tale photo

A Modern Tale for Winter

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

The Winter’s Tale offers audiences an experience not seen in many plays: both a tragedy and comedy in one.

Dance Majors Capstone Concert

Dance Majors Want Their Audience to Speak, Thrive, and Be Alive

LEAP Institute for the Arts | School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Colorado State University Dance presents the Dance Major Capstone Concert: Speak, Thrive, Be Alive on Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12.

Football vs UNLV at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium5

Thank You, Dean Ann Gill!

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

At the last home football game of the season, Ann Gill, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, also had a special day.

Chairleader squad at the Homecoming Tailgate Tribute.

Communication Studies Alumni Highlights

Communication Studies

Communication studies alumni are actively engaged both on campus and in the community.

A photo of bottles of caelia cerveza.

Caelia: A pre-Roman beer in the Iberian Peninsula

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The Celts and Iberos of indigenous Spain may have known about wine, but they grew wheat and barley, and they made beer. Beer and wine form a counterpoint. Wine belongs to the conqueror. Beer, so we are told, pertains to a lower class.

Sueno Huichol photo.

Languages, Literatures and Cultures debuts two new research areas

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Languages, Literatures and Cultures has added two new cutting-edge faculty members, specializing in translation studies and Mexican cultural studies.

Faculty in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures have developed a four-week program that includes a trip along the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.

New Study Abroad Program: Hike the Camino de Santiago

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Colorado State University students now have yet another option for studying abroad, and it involves participating in one of the most famous pilgrimages in the world.

Photo of books_why I love being a liberal arts major article

Why I love being a Liberal Arts student

International Studies | Languages, Literatures and Cultures

International Studies and French student Hannah Purtymun explains how being a liberal arts major has fueled her diverse passions.

The Colorado State Marching Band Performs

The CSU Marching Band Leads the 9News Parade of Lights

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

The popular CSU Marching Band will once again kick off the holiday season as they lead the way at the 41st annual 9News Parade of Lights in downtown Denver.

A photo of Krista Martinez.

Alumni Spotlight: Krista Martinez

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic studies alumna Krista Martinez describes how a meaningful degree translated to an impactful career.

Blanche Huges receives award

Sociology alumna receives Distinguished Alumni Employee Award


Blanche Hughes, Vice President for Division of Student Affairs, has been awarded CSU’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Employee Award.

International development within reach of CSU students

International development within reach of CSU students

International Studies

International Studies students had the opportunity to tour and learn more about the Posner Center in Denver.

Jason Downing performs with his band. ©Jay Blakesberg

Jason Downing: professor by day, rockstar by night


Colorado State University sociology professor Jason Downing is actually a rock star.

Tibetan landscape outside of Dora

Student travels to China for business development internship

Anthropology and Geography

Anthropology graduate student Sierra Method recently traveled to western China for a business development internship.

An image from Prague.

Life-Changing: A Liberal Arts student travels to Prague

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

One student explains why living in another country is life-changing.

Hallie Meeker recording a hunting blind atop

Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology Field Research

Anthropology and Geography

Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology had an active summer, conducting archaeological research in a variety of ecosystems in central and northern Colorado.

LEAP students assist participants

Arts leadership students connect with community

LEAP Institute for the Arts

Students in the Arts Leadership program through LEAP Institute for the Arts hosted their 2nd annual Nerdy Derby at the Noco Mini Maker Faire.

Fossil Ridge High School

Anthropology Students Engage in Local High School Outreach

Anthropology and Geography

In an effort to reach out to local high schools, the Department of Anthropology facilitated an Anthropology Day for Fossil Ridge High School students

Nicolette Tiongson's Reine d'Argent

Three art students named finalists for national NICHE Awards

Art and Art History

Three Art and Art History students have been named finalists in a national art competition.

CAM Unplugs how do you? 30% of energy used in buildings is used ineffectively

Rams Unplug

Journalism and Media Communication

A group of Journalism & Media Communication students are promoting sustainability on campus.

mountains photo

Finding my way

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

One Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts alumna shares her story.

Ethnic studies student Nataleah Joy

What it means to be an ethnic studies student

Ethnic Studies

“The world is so much more complicated than it appears on the surface and ethnic studies really opened up my mind to the way everything works.”

Ajean Lee Ryan, Assistant Professor of Art, gives a demonstration for her basic drawing class on the Plaza, June 22, 2010

CSU drawing students participate in 17 hour drawing marathon

Art and Art History

Eleven drawing concentration students spent a night in the studio during a 17-hour Bauhaus-inspired drawing marathon.

For the project, students have re-created many buildings

Digital History students re-creating 1905 Denver in Minecraft


Playing video games is probably not most people’s first thought when the topic of a class project is brought up, but Dr. Robert Jordan is using it to tangibly connect his students to history.

Best Teacher Awards photo

2015 Best Teacher Awards

Economics | History

Faculty in Economics and History were selected as recipients of the 2015 Best Teacher Award.

Communication Studies graduate student Kaylie McMonagle at the Graduate Student Showcase.

Communication Studies Graduate Students Make Their Mark

Communication Studies

Communication studies graduate students are standing out on campus.

Online student photo.

New online Bachelor’s degree in Economics


The online Bachelor of Arts in Economics takes you beyond math and finance to discover how economics affect everyday life.

The Department of Communication Studies faculty a pose for a group photo.

Faculty Awards, Beginnings, Transitions, and Departures

Communication Studies

Communication studies welcomes new faculty members, celebrates a promotion, and announces a retirement.

Varieties of flowers are tested in Colorado's climate at the Annual Trial Gardens, Colorado State University.

Arts Leadership program welcomes visiting scholar from Germany

LEAP Institute for the Arts

LEAP Institute for the Arts welcomes Visiting Scholar Dr. Gesa Birnkraut from Germany

Jessie Stewart

Comments from your Academic Success Coordinator

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

I dwell in Possibility – A fairer House than Prose – More numerous of Windows – Superior for Doors

Yusef speaks at the National Book Critics Circle Awards

Pulitzer Prize winner selected as the 2015 CLA Honor Alumnus


Award-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa has been selected as the college’s 2015 honored alumnus.

Eddy Hall Staircase photo

Eddy Hall: home again

English | Ethnic Studies | Philosophy

Walk along Center Avenue Mall in the heart of campus and you’ll notice a striking sight; a revitalized Willard O. Eddy Hall.

Oval in the Fall_photo by Eric Aoki
Students walking through the Oval

Liberal Arts welcomes Director of Development Frank Teplin

December 2015

Frank Teplin brings over 7 years of fundraising experience across the arts and sciences to the liberal arts team.

Photo of Bryan Kettlewell, music education student, at the Graduate Showcase.

Performing and Visual Arts Students Awarded at Graduate Student Showcase

Art and Art History | School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Six students from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Department of Art and Art History gave visual, research, and/or performance presentations, with four students winning top prizes.

Photo credit by Mike Friberg, Bloomberg

Making an impact

Art and Art History | Economics | English | Ethnic Studies | Journalism and Media Communication | LEAP Institute for the Arts

From wheelchair inventions to leading the Halo 5 video game charge, the CSU liberal arts family is making an impact in a variety of ways.

Nuray Packard, Pulsations
Sunset photo


December 2015

A tribute to the liberal arts family members we have lost.