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.

CSU alumna uses economics to differentiate her in the world of reporting

“I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, ever since I was 15 years old. … I never went into [economics] with the intention of how it was going to differentiate me, but I was seeking another major that ideally makes one equipped to cover something interesting, and this was the field I found […]

From Colorado to Kenya: CSU alumna tells stories on stage, on camera, and across the world

Dana Hughes (’98, Theatre) is not afraid to ask questions and explore other peoples’ stories. Whether the questions and stories are about race and its role in society, constitutional law, highly enriched uranium near universities, or about the current refugee crisis in Africa, Hughes has created a career that shines a light on marginalized people […]