Alumni

Our more than 50,000 alumni are making a difference in their local communities and around the world.

ALUMNI

College of Liberal Arts alumni are analysts and activists. Lawyers and educators. Journalists and politicians. Artists and writers.

Our alumni apply their skills and knowledge to turn their personal passions and dreams into meaningful work. We're proud of the generations of liberal arts Rams who are making a difference in their local communities and around the world.

Explore stories and information about what our alumni are doing and learn how you can connect with the College.

CAREER DATA

FIRST DESTINATION

Responses from graduates from 2012-2017

%

liberal arts students secured plans within six months of graduation

%

liberal arts students were satisfied with their major/program

Responses from graduates from 1976-2011

The majority of graduates got a job or searched for a job that requires a bachelor’s degree within six months of graduation.

%
got a job
%
went to graduate school
%
traveled for several months
%
did an internship
%
joined the military
%
other

But alumni do a variety of things
immediately after earning their
undergraduate degrees:

  • Moved abroad
  • Teach for America
  • Created a non-profit organization

INDUSTRIES

Liberal Arts alumni work in a variety of industries: from agriculture to education, transportation to finance, marketing to politics.

Alumni with a liberal arts degree have skills that transfer industries and occupations, giving them the flexibility to move around and find jobs and companies that interest them.

%
alumni have worked in 1 industry
%
alumni have worked in 2-3 industries
%
alumni have worked in 4+ industries

A Few Reported Industries

  • Brewing
  • Criminal justice
  • Hospitality
  • Retail and sales
  • Marketing and communications
  • Public safety in telecommunications
  • Art and design
  • Computer programming/software engineering
  • Human resources

JOB TITLES

Pard Morrison ('97, Fine Art)
  • Attorney
  • Brand Manager
  • Instructional Designer
  • Diplomat
  • Senior Policy Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Teacher
  • Government Affairs Director
  • Case Supervisor
  • Brigade Commander, Colonel
  • Physician
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Archaeological Field Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • Government Affairs Director
  • Development Director
  • Financial Analyst
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Legal Assistant
  • Community Relations Coordinator
  • Technical Designer
  • Digital Support Specialist
  • Client Services Professional
  • Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

LESSONS LEARNED FROM
A LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE

"How to analyze and consider human behaviors, think critically and problem solve"

"Organization: conveying thoughts and ideas in a clear and concise manner"

"Logical and critical thinking skills in troubleshooting technical problems"

"Organization, interpersonal communication, and conflict management"

"Research skills: ability to take what I've heard or read and write about it in a way others are interested in"

"How to communicate with people, understand personality types, and read situations"

ALUMNI STORIES

READ HOW OUR ALUMNI ARE USING THEIR DEGREES

Chelsea Stockton, double major in journalism and photography, followed her passion to start her own photography business.
Shelby Williams has always wanted to be a teacher. After life through some expected curveballs, she finally made that dream a reality.
After working for a few years after graduating, Cody Linderholm returned to his interest in political science by attending law school.
Theatre grad Jeremy Holm has a successful acting career, landing roles in Netflix's House of Cards and USA's Mr. Robot.
Music performance alumnus Danny Canete is now part of the Dallas SWAT team.
Alta Compton is using her history degree in an unexpected way: as part of a development team at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Political science alumna Robbie Myers climbed the ranks in the publishing industry to become the Editor-in-Chief of Elle Magazine.
Theatre alumna Dana Hughes’ career has included actress in New York City, broadcast journalist for ABC, and now, senior communications officer for the UN Refugee Agency in Africa.
Creative Writing alumnus Yusef Komunyakaa went on to earn a Pulitzer prize for his poetry. He was recently named the official State of New York poet.
A Journalism major and Theatre minor, Audrey Francis traveled to Chicago after graduation to pursue studies in acting. Since then, she has appeared on primetime television via ER, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire.
Communication Studies alumna Susie Wargin works as a real estate agent and sportscaster for Denver Sports 760.
Journalism alumna Bonnie Ross is now the Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries, which produces the Halo video game series.
A Sociology grad, Aaron Anthony Madonna teamed up with his former schoolmate to launch LifeSoap Company. LifeSoap brings drinkable water to developing countries through the sale of natural skin care products.
Clint Oldenburg, journalism grad and former CSU football lineman, now works as a full-time designer for Madden.
Eric Tippeconnic, a humanities alumnus, is hoping to inspire conversation about modern-day Native Americans though his art.

WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

After graduating from CSU, you took your liberal arts education and made a meaningful life. We want to share your story with current and future students to inspire the next generation of College of Liberal Arts Rams.

Tell us how your degree has affected your life and career.

Ama Arthur Asmah (’07, journalism and technical communication)

AWARDS

The University recognizes outstanding alumni each year with the CSU Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Awards. To nominate an accomplished graduate for his or her career achievements, community engagement or service to CSU, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Development Office.

David Freed ('76, technical journalism)

As a print journalist, author, screenwriter, and now as a faculty member in the Department of Journalism and Media Communications, David Freed made a meaningful impact on the field of journalism and the lives of many. 

Read the full article >>

Dennis Graham ('68, philosophy)

The Honorable Dennis Graham (B.A. Philosophy ’68) has established an esteemed professional legacy focused on integrity and service that has impacted CSU students, alumni, and law professionals alike.

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Polly Baca ('62, political science)

Polly Baca was the first minority woman elected to the Colorado State Senate, where she served from 1978-1986. She was also the first Hispanic woman in the nation to serve in both houses of her state legislature.

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PAST RECIPIENTS: COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS HONOR ALUMNUS/A AWARD

2017       Jim Vidakovich (’69)

2016       Shaesby Scott (’97)

2015       Yusef Komunyakaa ('81)

2014       Cary Griffin ('75, '77)

2013       David Danbom ('69)

2012       Pam Smith ('72)

2011       Jim Sheeler ('90)

2010       David Goodman ('79)

2009       Lee Kamlet ('74)

2008       John Roberts ('64)

2007       Michael D. Noslet ('69)

2006       William T. Ward III

2005       William F. Shuster

2004       Jim Benemann ('78)

2003       William Ritter ('78)

2002       Roy Toma ('69)

2001       Penfield Tate III ('78)

2000       Michael Stratton ('77)

1999       Patricia A. Woodward ('63)

1998       Paul Chambers

1997       Alfred L. Castle ('71/ '72)

1996       Timothy W. Schultz ('88)

1995       Kathryn Turner

1994       Molly A. Miles ('69)

1993       Debra Benton ('74)

1992       Fred Brown

1991       Beverly D. Rowley

1989       Edward A. Hewett ('64)

1988       David F. Vela ('70)

1987       Vikki Porter

1986       Jean B. Elshtain ('63)

1985       Polly Baca ('62)

1984       Isaiah Kelley Jr. ('71)

1984       E.M. Rosser ('64)

1983       Martha S. Trimble ('36)

1982       John Stencel III ('70)

1981       Charles C. Newcomb ('61)

1981       Julian Samora ('47)

1980       Carol A. Moore ('54)

1978       Charlene B. Robbe ('56)

1977       Sally N. Ogden ('72)

1975       Kermit D. Messerschmitt ('35)

1975       Roy R. Romer ('50)

1974       Joseph Peters

1973       Gilbert G. Stamm Jr. ('35)

1970       Lawrence L. LaSasso ('34)

1970       Morris W. Sandstead ('41)

1967       George F. Barrows ('31)

1967       Wilbur W. White ('36)

1963       Daniel A. Beattie ('30)

1963       Betty Portner ('34)

1962       Dwight C. Baird ('28)

1957       Julius W. Reitz

1952       Georgia Graves (MacDonald) ('25)

1944       Ralph C. Smith ('19)

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