Applying Learning to Life
Through internships, liberal arts students apply their learning to life and gain skills they can take into the working world after graduation.Scroll down to see this issue's featured stories
Stories In This Issue
Letter from the Dean: Connecting Knowledge with Career Experiences
Internships are one way that we teach our students to both think and do. As the 21st century progresses, both forms of knowledge are as important as ever, both to individuals and to society.
College of Liberal Arts Winter 2022 News
Read the latest news in the College of Liberal Arts, including alumni stories, research and scholarship stories, and retirement announcements.
Alumna creates scholarship for student facilitators in public deliberation
College of Liberal Arts | Communication Studies
When Linda Cates – a two-time alumna and long-time donor – learned about the Center for Public Deliberation in 2014 she immediately wanted to support students who were learning deliberative dialogue skills – much-needed skills in today’s society.
Collections Management – Learning the skills to package and conserve works of art
Art and Art History | The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art
Michelle Malenfant learns skills in collections management through her summer internship with the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art that she can apply to her future career at an art gallery.
Clinical skills and client setting: Internships launch careers in music therapy
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Using guitar, piano, and voice talents, Sydney Steffen observed, co-treated, and led sessions with children and adults with varying intellectual and developmental disabilities for her music therapy internship.
Making sense of messy data sets to help Routt County economics
Joanna Mosley participates in the Economics undergraduate research internship program with faculty mentor Stephan Weiler to add information about small business in Steamboat Springs to an economic dashboard for rural Colorado counties.
BBB Ethics Scholars bring philosophical analysis to the corporate world
Recent alumni Walker Urban and Molly Moxness applied philosophy to business when they were Ethics Scholars interns for the Better Business Bureau in northern Colorado, helping local businesses with their application for the Torch Awards, and proving that philosophy has very tangible real-world applications.
Fostering a Culture of Care: Restorative Justice Education Creates Space In the Classroom
Lula Tewolde and Olivia Lynch join Dr. Tom Cavanaugh at Restorative Justice Education to create a “culture of care” that trains educators how to foster culturally appropriate relationships and interactions built on equity with students in the classroom.
Rain Garden Summer: Sourcing plants and installing gardens with Colorado Stormwater Center
Riley Lynch, anthropology graduate student, worked with the Colorado Stormwater Center on the Rain Garden Pilot Program sourcing plants, communicating with residents, teaching a course, and installing the gardens with volunteers.
Wildfire Risk Mitigation and Environmental Justice in Colorado’s Forest Landscapes
Undergrad Aidan Lyde worked on the Community Networks in Fire-Environment Resilience (CoNIFER) Project to improve the understanding of wildfire risk mitigation planning based on wildfire protection plans in Colorado during a CSU Extension summer internship.
Closing Language Barriers in Healthcare for Spanish Speakers
International Studies | Languages, Literatures and Cultures
For a new program called Spanish in Professional Environments, Abi Tekeste and Giselle Alpizar-Calixto use their summer internship with CSU Extension to understand the language barriers to healthcare, and to provide information and resources, in rural Colorado.
Searching the Archive: Engaging History through a Social Justice Lens
Senior Peter Wilson prepares for graduate school by spending six months on an internship with Professor Zach Hutchins doing archival research and looking at original sources for Hutchins’ book project about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Helping Preserve the History of Routt and Grand Counties
Two history graduate students, Dale Mize and Addie Brian, help preserve the history of Routt and Grand Counties in the face of land development by creating oral histories of farming/ranching populations and interactive maps for the Colorado Encyclopedia through CSU Extension summer internships.
Archiving 150 Years of Agriculture in the Centennial State
Tobin Gold documents the agricultural history of the Sterling Irrigation Company and Aubree Vecellio helps with geolocation and visualizing historic images of the Colorado River Compact for CSU Extension summer internships.
Understanding Hesitancy of Routine Vaccinations
Journalism and Media Communication
PhD student Joy Enyinnaya researches trends surrounding COVID information and vaccine hesitancy, providing education about herd immunity and documenting parents’ hesitancies about routine vaccinations in a summer CSU Extension internship in El Paso County.
Listening to Neighbors and Documenting Change
Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts
Axel Sandoval Bravo, interdisciplinary liberal arts student, and geography professor Carrie Chennault, head to southwest Denver to record the stories of longtime residents experiencing redevelopment and gentrification in their neighborhoods.
Out of the Classroom and into the Community
Putting communication theory into practice, three PhD students in Communication Studies engage in Extension internships that result in a Middle Eastern cookbook, updated curricula for a local 4-H program, and increased awareness of Extension and the Colorado State Fair.
Building Bridges to Better Communities
Ph.D. students Emilia Ravetta and Milagro Núñez-Solis connected food pantries with gardeners and youth with opportunities to strengthen their local communities in their CSU Extension summer internships with Grow and Give and the Family Leadership Training Institute.