First Generation Conversations

Every year in late April we host a first generation CMST student reception and invite one or two first generation alumni to share some insights on life beyond CSU. Since we were unable to gather at the end of Spring 2020, but still wanted to make these important connections between students and alumni unfold, we […]

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 […]

Jim Vidakovich ('69) joins ACT

By Carol Busch (’02) Jim Vidakovich (’69, speech arts) has garnered the reputation as one of the top media strategists in Hollywood. For the past 20 years he has worked on everything from THE OFFICE to BRAVO’s Real Housewives franchise, to The Voice and Mr. Robot. “I get to work with executive producers, show runners, writers, and talent […]

Mallory Sauer, '12

By Lindsay McNeish CSU Communication Studies alumna, Mallory Sauer and her blog, Sweet & Sauer, are on the rise. After Sauer graduated from CSU, she was a fashion designer and then picked up blogging and social media consulting. Alongside her work, Sauer has also had to deal with serious health issues. Recently featured in 303 […]

A tale of two nontraditional students, 47 years apart

Linda Cates arrived at CSU in 1967 as a 21-year-old transfer student from the University of Colorado. She was married with an 18-month-old daughter to support and had no financial means to pay for college other than work-study jobs and student loans. At the time, no scholarships existed to help nontraditional students. “I certainly could’ve […]