ACT partners with CSU Alumni Association, Features Short Film by CMST Alumnus

For several years the Colorado State University Alumni Association (CSUAA) has hosted regional, in-person Alumni Night Out learning events that feature intriguing topics and places. In 2020, ACT Human Rights Film Festival and CSUAA planned a film-focused Alumni Night Out event during the fifth edition of ACT in the Lory Student Center Theater. The event […]

2020 CMST Alumni Films Debut in Through the Student Lens

The inaugural edition of CSU’s Through the Student Lens Film Festival premiered online May 3 through May 17. With a total runtime of just 57 minutes, the festival featured 23 short films made by students and recent alumni, including seven filmmakers from the Department of Communication Studies.   The films ran two to four minutes in length and […]

First Generation Alumni Support First Generation Students

Every year in late April, the Department of Communication Studies, with support from the College of Liberal Arts, has hosted a first-generation celebration for communication studies majors. Whether graduating in a few short weeks, or several years from earning a degree, all first-generation majors are invited. The event aims to help students build connections with their peers, department faculty, especially those who also identify as first generation, and first-generation alumni.   Prior to the […]

Alumni Panel Pivot

Each semester the Department of Communication Studies organizes a series of alumni panels for all Senior Capstone sections. Prior to the pandemic, panels occurred in-person at the Lory Student Center and featured alumni living in the Northern Colorado area. The opportunity to bring alumni back to campus to share stories and meet our soon-to-be-graduated-seniors has always been a highlight of the semester.   Once […]

We stand with Black Rams Matter and Black Lives Matter

Dear colleauges, students, alumni and friends: The Department of Communication Studies condemns the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Sean Reed, and the continued enactment of white privilege across the nation. These are moments when, for many of us, communication fails, words fall far short, and the sounds and images scrolling on […]

Speech Arts Alumna Finds Calling in Northern Malawi

This story originally appeared in the July 2019 edition of the CSU Alumni Association’s Alumline For more than 20 years Carol (B.A. Speech Arts, ’67) and Jim Nussbaumer (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ’67; M.S. Electrical Engineering, ’78; M.S. Computer Science, ’92) have traveled from their Estes Park, Colo., home to Embangweni, Malawi, for weeks at a […]

Familiar place. New purpose.

Walk around the hallways of the Department of Communication Studies and you’re likely to run into a few unfamiliar faces. This summer alone, three new administrative staff joined the department following the departure of several previous staff – Gloria Blumanhourst, Dawn McConkey, Carly Hennegan (now a CMST advisor in the college), and Lindsey Nielsen – who each left to […]

Telling Her Story: Women and Girls' Empowerment Around The World

By Carol Busch Some of us move through this world ever seeking our life’s purpose. Some of us find purpose in college and live it long into our golden years. Then, there’s Juliana Vélez, who took inspiration from her grandmother and turned it to purpose – at age 10. Vélez (’11, Communication Studies) grew up […]