Alumni Spotlight: Keyboard Area

Sicong “Frank” Zhou (B.M. 2019, CSU; M.M. 2021, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music) was offered a full fellowship to pursue his D.M.A. at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While a CSU student, Frank won the CSU Concerto Competition, performing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra, and was an International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival (IKOF) silver […]

Music professor releases album of contemporary clarinet music composed and performed by colleagues

Colorado State University clarinet professor, Wesley Ferreira, has released an album featuring selections of clarinet music by composer James M. David; Dr. David is the composition professor for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Contemporary Clarinet Music was released on the OClassica European classical music record label. There are a host of Ferreira’s CSU […]

CSU Music Alum is new executive director of El Sistema Colorado

In an email from El Sistema Colorado Board Chair Marita Dominguez Braswell, it was announced that CSU music education alum Whitney Stuberg (B.M., 2013) assumed the full-time role of executive director of El Sistema Colorado starting June 8, 2020. “As you may be aware, Whitney has grown quickly in her role as Development & Operations […]

Joe Blake makes $5 million gift to CSU’s College of Liberal Arts

Originally published on Source by Tony Phifer   Chancellor Emeritus Joe Blake has made a $5 million gift to Colorado State University’s College of Liberal Arts. This gift, the largest in the college’s history, is in recognition of its outstanding, high-quality faculty, students and leadership. It was Blake’s intention that this gift would help cast […]

CSU Dance alum Denna Thomsen in the new movie, The Turning

CSU Dance alum, Denna Thomsen (’07) attended the premiere of the new move, The Turning on Tuesday January 21, 2020. Thomsen plays the role of Jessel. In the new horror drama, directed by Floria Sigismondi, a young governess is hired to look after an orphaned girl, but the return of the girl’s problematic brother uncovers secrets […]

Best of the best: CSU announces 2019 Distinguished Alumni

By Tony Phifer, originally published on Source Colorado State University will honor some of its most impactful alumni – and its 150th birthday – at the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The annual celebration is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Lory Student Center. The event, which honors thought leaders, history makers, and game […]

Dan Tyler: Distinguished Alumnus, Emeritus Professor, and Cowboy

Emeritus Professor of History, Dan Tyler (M.A. ’67), wins the Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Liberal Arts. His career in teaching started by teaching pilots in the Air Force how to fly, and concluded with 30 years at CSU, specializing in Hispanic language, history, and agriculture, including water development and water law.

Alumni Class Notes 2019

Madison Martinek (B.A. in Dance, 2018) Madison Martinek has accepted a position dancing with Hannah Kahn Dance Company, located in Denver, Colorado. Madison grew up in Loveland, Colorado. She began her dance training at the age of three at Loveland Dance Academy, studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary during her time there. During her […]

Competitive Edge: Journalism alumnus applies his love of writing and sports at ESPN

Right Place, Right Time On the surface, it may look like Brett Okamoto’s story is a case of being “at the right place, at the right time,” but Okamoto’s (‘08, Journalism and Technical Communication) job as ESPN Mixed Martial Arts reporter was no coincidence. He maximized his time, took advantage of opportunities, and strategically networked […]

Stephen Brackett (’06): Educator, Activist, Artist

In any given week, Brackett (Philosophy, ’06) says he may be speaking at four or five different public schools, giving a music workshop, sitting on a mayor-appointed arts council, working on new music tracks, mentoring young musicians, showing up at a protest, and training activists on how to do the work better. Member and emcee of the hip hop and rock band the Flobots, Brackett helped found and is on the board of Youth on Record, a nonprofit that uses music education to help underprivileged kids in Denver.