Kadin Cathey First generation student Kadin Cathey has jumped headfirst into earning a degree in communication studies, despite being skeptical about what might unfold. The interpersonal and co-cultural communication courses he took sparked his curiosity and led to his involvement in the Research in Interpersonal Communication Collaborative, or RICC. In his first semester with RICC […]


Willow Paul Willow Paul transferred to CSU from Front Range Community College and was at first overwhelmed by the seemingly countless choices she had to develop herself academically, professionally, and personally. But, she quickly found her bearings inside the communication studies major as she discovered a passion for rhetoric while taking SPCM 411 – Contemporary […]


Alexa Shipman Alexa Shipman transferred to CSU from Front Range Community College with an Associate’s degree in the Liberal Arts. Her journey to CSU was not immediate; she was rejected three times before finally being accepted. The problem was her grades. For years Alexa labored under the false assumption that she had to study math […]


Leslie Schenk Leslie Schenk wants to become a federal prosecutor. She interned at the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office the first semester of her freshman year. She focused her communication studies elective courses on rhetoric, public speaking, and persuasion. She became a Student Associate with the Center for Public Deliberation. Through all these experiences the […]


Lauren Jones Communication studies senior Lauren Jones is more than the first black athlete to play on CSU’s women’s soccer team. She’s a voice of the future. “I am more than the ball at my feet,” she wrote for a collection of CSU student-athlete essays called “Why I Won’t Stick to Sports.” Lauren was raised […]

Dunn named Monfort Professor

This story originally appeared in Source. Thomas R. Dunn, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, has been named a Monfort Professor, one of Colorado State University’s highest honors. A leading scholar in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer activism and memory, Dunn also has primary responsibility for training and mentoring all of […]

Seitz receives 2020 Top Rhetorical M.A. Thesis Award

Lauren Seitz (’20) has received the 2020 National Communication Association Top Rhetorical M.A. Thesis Award. Her thesis, “France Deserves to be Free”: Constituting Frenchness in Marine Le Pen’s National Front/National Rally,” examines the constitutive power of the rhetoric and media coverage of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far-right party known (at different […]

Gilmore receives 2020 Xiao Award

Doctoral candidate Andrew Gilmore has received the 2020 Xiao Award for Outstanding Rhetorical Research from the Association for Chinese Communication Studies at the National Communication Association for his essay “Hong Kong’s Vehicles of Democracy: The Vernacular Monumentality of Buses During the Umbrella Revolution,” published in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication in 2019. 30, 2020 […]

Otis receives 2020 Debut Publication Award

Doctoral candidate Hailey Nicole Otis has received the 2020 Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award from the National Communication Association (NCA) for her article “Intersectional Rhetoric: Where Intersectionality as Analytic Sensibility and Embodied Rhetorical Praxis Converge,” published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech in 2019. The NCA section committee praised the article as being “timely, […]

Communication Studies Launches “Speaking Well”

Podcast addresses present day issues with CMST faculty insights Speaking Well covers the issues and circumstances present in our world, such as living and working from home during a pandemic, reckoning with systemic racism, coping with social isolation, and navigating a highly charged and controversial election. More importantly, it addresses those issues by drawing on […]