Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall, image from Colorado State University.

“Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall,” image from Colorado State University Facebook page.

  • Tony Becker recently had an article, “L2 Students’ Performance on Listening Comprehension Items Targeting Local and Global Information,” published in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes. For those interested in reading the article, it is currently available at
  • Judy Doenges’ story “Promised Land” was listed in Other Distinguished Stories of 2015 in Best American Short Stories 2016.
  • Todd Mitchell presented two sessions last week at the 40th Rocky Mountain Chapter SCBWI Conference in Golden Colorado. He presented a session on endings, and a three-hour intensive on earning character transformations in young adult and middle grade fiction. He also got to hang out with some legendary young adult authors like the Newbery award winner Richard Peck, and Lin Oliver (the Founder of SCBWI, and the writer and producer of a bunch of TV shows and movies). Over the summer, Todd also served as guest faculty for the Antioch MFA Residency in Los Angeles.
  • Rebecca Snow’s review of Anthony Doerr’s novel All the Light We Cannot See:


Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship Competition in Creative Writing

 Deadline: Friday, October, 7, 2016 by 4:00pm 

  • The Creative Writing Program is conducting its annual university-wide creative writing competition for Creative & Performing Arts scholarships.
  • Students can submit multiple genres. Undergraduate submissions may include one or more of the following genres: three to five poems OR one short story OR one creative essay.
  • Awards are typically $500 per academic year in the form of tuition waivers; awards of $1,000 – $5,000 may be given for special merit.
  • Multiple awards are available.

 Submission Guidelines:

  • Students may submit 3 to 5 poems OR 1 short story OR 1 creative nonfiction essay (not an academic paper).
  • DO NOT PUT NAME OR ADDRESS ON THE MANUSCRIPT. Include only page numbers and title on manuscript.
  • Attach a cover letter stating name, address, phone number, CSU I.D. number (NOT ssn number), and genre.
  • Address manuscripts to: Professor Dan Beachy-Quick, Directory, Creative Writing Program, Eddy Hall, CSU. Campus Delivery 1773
  • Please be sure to either mail OR Hand-Deliver submissions to English Department mailbox in Eddy Hall by Friday, October 7, 2016 at 4:00pm.

Criteria for Award:

  • Must have a minimum 2.4 GPA.
  • Must be undergraduates (working on first bachelor’s degree)
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits).
  • Should be making satisfactory progress toward a degree, i.e., must have satisfactorily completed 75% of CSU courses attempted and must not have accumulated excessive credits. (See Office of Financial Aid for further details).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

The Creative Writing Faculty cannot comment on the writing; manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

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For Bev McQuinn

A decade gone, responding to my plea for thinning,
you dug canes with vigor,
creating welcomed roominess in my raspberry forest
and seeding a small grove of your own.

Every summer since then, you have blessed me with jam.

Including this one,
after which, very shortly,
you went:
your gut filled with an unwelcomed meal of cells.

We brought you food (without small seeds, please).
But, too suddenly, you were away.

The day I learned of it,
I found, in the refrigerator at work,
this year’s ruby gift of your labor.

This is the task you left to us:
eating the small-seeded sweetness
from the jar of your absence.

–E.A. Lechleitner
August 31, 2016

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~from intern Joyce Bohling


Brittany Enos
M.A. Literature
Expected Graduation: Spring 2018

What are you working on today?

Lesson planning! This morning I worked on some lesson plans, this morning I worked on some research proposals for my research methods course. Later on I’ll be facilitating a discussion for my Teaching Composition course.

What do you teach?

I teach CO150.

Tell me about your particular area of interest in the literature program.

My focus is on modernism, which is the literary movement that occurred right at the turn of the century from the 1800s to the 1900s right after Victorian literature. So it’s kind of rejecting Victorian Lit. I particularly like works by Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot. I really like Edith Wharton as well. Anything that’s been influenced by World War I is kind of my favorite stuff to look at, but I also like looking at how Freud and Marx and Darwinism shaped that movement. Eventually, I want to connect it to Romanticism, which is kind of what I’m focusing on right now.

Tell me about a favorite class or teacher that you’ve had here at CSU.

I really like this class I’m taking with Paul Trembath. It’s a literary theory course. Basically, it breaks down Western metaphysics and talks about Modern Theory and how everything we’ve ever been taught is a lie and invented. *laughs* Lots of philosophy. But it’s interesting when he puts it in terms of language and looking at a text–a text can be visual, it can be audio, it can be written—but looking at that text and how is the way that we look at that text shaped by the language system that we are a part of.

What’s your favorite book or work of literature?

You can’t ask a lit student what their favorite work is!

What’s a favorite work of literature?

An all-time classic: The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway. That’s probably what sparked my interest in modernism, so I’ll go with that.

If you were to give advice to incoming CSU grad students in the English department, what would it be?

The first few weeks are the worst, but once you get past those few weeks, everything is great, and you realize, “Oh, wait. I can do this.” So don’t let the first few weeks taint you too badly. *laughs*

What’s your biggest goal or priority right now?

I guess to keep on learning how to balance teaching and being a student, and how to still love what I study and continue to remind myself why I’m doing what I’m doing and research what I love.

And read. I would really like to read more of what I’m interested in.

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lindsayLindsay Brookshier
Current Graduate Student and GTA, MA in Literature

I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma during my final semester of my Bachelor’s degree in English literature and women’s studies in Spring 2015 at the age of 27 years old. I was living in Manitowoc, WI and going to school at the University of Green Bay at this time. I had already applied to graduate schools in Colorado when I received my diagnosis. Literally, less than a month later I received the email from Professor Zach Hutchkins informing me that I was accepted for admission to the MA program in Literature here at Colorado State University.

When I found out about the fist sized tumor in my chest (where they located my lymphoma) I was told at my university that I would be able to withdraw for a semester on health leave and return to finish my degree whenever I felt capable. Well, I took that suggestion into account for .00001 seconds and decided to switch my campus classes to online courses that same day so I could still graduate on schedule.

There was no way in hell I was giving up my dream of graduate school by letting cancer get in my way.

I talked with my oncologist and we decided to speed up the time between my chemotherapy rounds in order for me to finish in time to move for the graduate program here at CSU. I managed to maintain my high GPA during my last semester of my Bachelor’s degree while receiving one of the toughest chemotherapy regimens that exists. I received six rounds of chemotherapy treatments from February-May 2015. These treatments were five to six days long while I received a continuous IV drip of five chemotherapy drugs around the clock.

I managed to walk for my graduation a week after my fifth round of chemotherapy and was declared in remission after my sixth round in June 2015. I moved to Colorado for the program here at CSU with my six year old son the next month and I was able to start school right on schedule. I kept a blog throughout my entire treatment that was both a coping mechanism and a way to tap into an underappreciated market of cancer satire.

So currently, I now blog professionally for two young adult cancer organizations called Stupid Cancer and First Descents. One of my greatest passions since surviving cancer as a young adult is to spread awareness and advocate for issues that primarily impact this age group. We are often a gray area with a mess of issues unique to our age and it’s been eye opening working with these organizations to help spread awareness and advocacy.

Stupid Cancer is one of the largest US-based charities that comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media. More information on this cause can be found here:

First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. More information on this cause can be found here:

All of my blog posts for these organizations can be found here:


~from intern Joyce Bohling

Steve Church talks with Sarah Sloane's E501 class

Steve Church talks with Sarah Sloane’s E501 class

When visiting writer and CSU alumnus Stephen Church introduced himself at a class visit on Thursday afternoon, I was more than a little surprised to discover how much he and I have in common. We went to the same high school, the same university for our undergraduate work and, all things willing, will someday both have master’s degrees from the same English department. You guessed it: Colorado State University. (He’s already got his master’s, of course. I’m still working on mine.)

Like Church, I once thought I would be a fiction writer and was later seduced to the “dark side” of creative writing: nonfiction. Like Church, I’ve gotten sassy at people who suggested that I will need to reach a wizened old age to write memoir—as though people who write memoir are supposed to have all the big questions answered. And although I never would have articulated it as eloquently as he did at his reading on Thursday evening, I could relate to what Church said about the appeal of creative nonfiction: just as fiction writers can become fascinated by characters who, in their imaginations, take on lives of their own, developing and changing over time; nonfiction writers find ourselves fascinated by ideas that evolve in our minds like characters. Not that we ever reach any grand conclusions.


“The essay,” he states in the first piece he read in the Long’s Peak Room of the Lory Student Center, “is never about the destination. It’s always about the journey.”

While it may seem self-serving to begin a post about a visiting reader by listing the unlikely similarities I share with him, I begin this way because it illustrates why it’s so important to bring creative writers to CSU. For students in the English department, it can sometimes feel like becoming an established writer is impossible, a goal reached only through a series of insurmountable obstacles. Getting work accepted in journals, writing a pitch for a book, working with editors and a publisher: I still sometimes feel as though I will never accomplish these dreams.


It’s a blessing, therefore, when successful writers like Church are invited back to the department, not only to read their work, but to sit down and share their thoughts with student-writers. During a visit to Professor Sloane’s E501: Theories of Writing class on Thursday afternoon, Church answered questions on subjects as diverse as his writing process, the themes of his work (everything from the science of sound to the 80’s television show Manimal), and the nitty gritty on how to get a piece of writing published. He encouraged students to be proactive in their writing careers even while they are still in school, explaining that three of his five published books began as shorter pieces in his master’s thesis and that he started his renowned literary journal, The Normal School, by building on experience he gained as an intern with CSU’s Center for Literary Publishing.


Some of Steven’s books were for sale at the reading — thanks CSU Bookstore!

Church’s writing is beautifully lyric and pays close attention to the sound of language. He gets a little miffed, however, when people call his work “poetic.” “All prose should be paying attention to language,” he told the students of 501 and a number of other students and faculty who came to hear him speak.

Sorry Mr. Church, I would describe your work as poetic. An essay that teaches about catfish, seashells, the art of fathoming, and the various meanings of the word “cockle” all in under 4000 words qualifies, in my book, as highly poetic. This seems to be one way that Church and I differ.

But I think I speak for more than myself when I say that I drove home on Thursday night feeling inspired. By the beauty of Church’s writing, yes, but also by his commitment to his chosen art form. I left knowing that even a kid from a quirky college town on the Kansas River can devote his (or her!) life to writing, if he chooses, and be pretty darn good at it, too.


The Creative Writing Reading Series at CSU is made possible by the support of the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, the ASCSU, the Crow-Tremblay Endowment Fund, and other generous donors. Please visit for more information about how to become a donor.

All events are free and open to the public. 

Next reading:  Gregory Pardlo, Thursday October 13, LSC Ballroom 350A.

Pardlo Poster

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Green and gold, our favorite colors

Green and gold, our favorite colors

  • Dan Beachy-Quick has a group of poems in the new Flag + Void: He also has an essay published at Full-Stop:
  • Harrison Candelaria Fletcher’s essay, “Open Season,” has just appeared in Brevity’s Special Issue on Race, Racism and Racialization Another essay, “Dawn,” appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Eleven Eleven. This summer he gave readings at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Lighthouse LitFest in Denver, and his new memoir, Presentimiento: A Life In Dreams, was named Autobiography Finalist in the 2016 International Latino Book Awards, alongside Ana Castillo and Nasario Garcia.
  • Mike Palmquist was the keynote speaker at the 6th American Midwest Confucius Institute Director Conference on September 3rd. His talk, “The Power of Story: The Role of Narrative in Shaping and Interpreting Our Actions,” drew on narrative theory and narrative inquiry to explore how story brings us together within and across cultures.
  • Hosted by poet Wendy Videlock and Lithic Bookstore, Airica Parker is a featured reader and workshop leader for a regional retreat in Palisade this weekend.
  • Communications Coordinator Jill Salahub spent the last few weeks collecting memories and pictures of Bev McQuinn. See the full post here:


Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship Competition in Creative Writing 

Deadline: Friday, October, 7, 2016 by 4:00pm 

  • The Creative Writing Program is conducting its annual university-wide creative writing competition for Creative & Performing Arts scholarships.
  • Students can submit multiple genres. Undergraduate submissions may include one or more of the following genres: three to five poems OR one short story OR one creative essay.
  • Awards are typically $500 per academic year in the form of tuition waivers; awards of $1,000 – $5,000 may be given for special merit.
  • Multiple awards are available. 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Students may submit 3 to 5 poems OR 1 short story OR 1 creative nonfiction essay (not an academic paper).
  • DO NOT PUT NAME OR ADDRESS ON THE MANUSCRIPT. Include only page numbers and title on manuscript.
  • Attach a cover letter stating name, address, phone number, CSU I.D. number (NOT ssn number), and genre.
  • Address manuscripts to: Professor Dan Beachy-Quick, Directory, Creative Writing Program, Eddy Hall, CSU. Campus Delivery 1773
  • Please be sure to either mail OR Hand-Deliver submissions to English Department mailbox in Eddy Hall by Friday, October 7, 2016 at 4:00pm.

Criteria for Award:

  • Must have a minimum 2.4 GPA.
  • Must be undergraduates (working on first bachelor’s degree)
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits).
  • Should be making satisfactory progress toward a degree, i.e., must have satisfactorily completed 75% of CSU courses attempted and must not have accumulated excessive credits. (See Office of Financial Aid for further details).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

The Creative Writing Faculty cannot comment on the writing; manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

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~From Intern Joyce Bohling, pictures by Intern Haley Huffman

On Thursday, the CSU Writing Center kicked off the semester with an Open House. 


Writing Center consultants set up outside of Eddy Hall on the morning of the Open House.

With free snacks and coffee, the Writing Center invited students to sign up for an account they’ll be able to use throughout their time at CSU to make both face-to-face and online appointments. (The coffee, by the way, is always available to anyone who makes an appointment.)


Open House big group

Students start to gather.

Client making appointment

A client has a snack and makes an appointment online. It’s almost too exciting!

The Writing Center also raffled off goodie bags and held a competition to win a giant Teddy bear. The bear went to whoever suggested the best name, (see below for the results of that contest!).

We want to win this bear!

“We want to win this bear!”



Writing consultant Shirley Coenen encourages students not to be anxious about making an appointment. “The Writing Center is just a low-key place where you can come in and have a conversation.”

Consultant Shirley Coenen with a Writing Center client

Consultant Shirley Coenen with a Writing Center client


Her colleague Mackenzie Owens also wants to remind students that students of all skill levels benefit from working with a consultant. “Even if you think you know everything, you don’t. You can always improve in writing.” In fact, even some CSU faculty go to the Writing Center for feedback on their work.

The Writing Center will be open for the remainder of the semester in Eddy 23, 10am to 4pm Monday through Thursday and in Morgan Library Room 171, 6 to 8 pm. To set up an account or make an appointment, visit their website at


Jenny Levin, Interim Director of the Writing Center, had this to add, “Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Open House on Friday! It was great to meet so many students and to talk about how we can help with any writing you are doing. We had 79 entries for our Writing Center Bear competition. The winning name was F. Scott Fitzbearald, submitted by Gabriel Segarra – congratulations Gabriel!”

Introducing F. Scott Fitzbearald

Introducing F. Scott Fitzbearald

Jenny adds, “If you missed the Open House but would like to know more about our services, please stop by Eddy 23. We are open between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday – Thursday (and we also have evening hours in the library). We promise a friendly welcome and some fresh coffee! You can also go to our website,, to schedule an appointment for a consultation.”

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Molly Valenta
Cherry Creek School District
B.A. in English, Class of 2010


Molly in her classroom at Campus Middle School

“I attribute much of my success to my writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills, which were honed during my time at CSU.”

Could you tell us more about the work you are doing now?

Last month, I left corporate America to pursue my passion for teaching. I am currently a Para Educator at Campus Middle School while I earn my teaching license with the Colorado Department of Education. This spring, I will be a fully licensed Secondary English teacher and teaching on my own in the fall. Currently, as a Para Educator, I assistant teach in classrooms throughout the school. I lead small groups, work one-on-one with behaviorally disordered students, and substitute teach on a regular basis.

How did your major prepare you for the job, the life you have now?

I cannot thank CSU’s English program enough for my preparation and success in my endeavors since graduating. Upon gradation, I entered corporate America. I started in a position managing client relations at a small software company, specializing in SEC compliance and financial reporting. From there, I moved on to be a Corporate Trainer and Curriculum Designer for R.R. Donnelley, a Fortune 500 company. Throughout my six years in the corporate world, I attribute much of my success to my writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills, which were honed during my time at CSU. Professors like Dr. Reid and Dr. Veck taught me the importance of English and showed me its relevance and value. Furthermore, they instilled the confidence in me to find success with my English degree from CSU.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments (both personally and professionally)? How did your experience in the English Department help you with these achievements?

Personally, my greatest accomplishment was realized last month when I finally found the courage to pursue my passion for teaching and make a major career change. Leaving a job that I knew so well, was very successful at, and that provided a very comfortable paycheck to pursue my dreams was scary. For years, I toyed with the idea of making a career change and becoming a teacher, but fear always stopped me in my tracks. Finally, after months of self-reflection, I just decided to dive in and overcome my fears. Since my first day of school on August 23rd, I have not looked back once! I am happier than I ever thought I could be–I get paid to do what I love! I will always remember Dr. Reid’s class, Writing in the Disciplines: Education, when I really knew that if I ever did teach, it would be English/Language Arts!

Professionally, my greatest accomplishment was entering the financial reporting world right after college, with very little knowledge of corporate finance, and learning the ropes quickly and successfully. Each day presented new challenges, but I always know I could fall back on my strengths: my speaking, writing, and critical thinking. As I mentioned earlier, I credit the CSU English Department with helping me develop these lifelong skills and that certainly led to success for me.

What did you like about the English program? Why did you choose to study here?

The sense of community in the English program was and still is amazing. That really makes a huge difference at a large school like CSU. Furthermore, as students, we were always given the autonomy to research and write about topics that personally interested us—I always really appreciated that, it made me feel valued and gave me confidence as a writer.

I chose to study at CSU because I had always loved the school and the campus. I am a Colorado native, and naturally did not want to leave our great state. CSU and Fort Collins always felt warm and welcoming to me. I look back fondly on my four years at CSU.

Do you have a favorite or funny story from your time with the English Department?

Overall, my favorite memory of the English Department is all the friendships I made. I still keep in touch with several former classmates via Facebook and it is neat to see where everyone is now!

Was there a specific class, professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you, helped you, or inspired you when you were at CSU in the English Department? Do you still keep in contact with your classmates or professors?

As I mentioned previously, Dr. Reid always stood out in my mind. Dr. Reid was always so patient with us and really cared about making sure we learned the material. She also challenged us to explore outside our comfort zone. I will never forget once having to read a graphic novel for her class. To be honest, I didn’t even know graphic novels existed until her class, let alone read one. Now, I have 7th grade students reading them!

I do still keep in touch with Dr. Reid, and I am thankful for that. She recently reached out to me via LinkedIn when she noticed my new job. Her simple LinkedIn message showing her continued support and interest in my success probably meant more to me than she realizes. It just goes to show how the CSU English Department community remains strong years after graduation!

What would you like to tell prospective CSU English Department students?

English is one of the most valuable majors you can choose. Too often, I encounter professionals who lack strong writing and speaking skills, which instantly diminishes their credibility. If you want to be successful, you MUST be a strong writer, speaker, and critical thinker. The CSU English Department will strengthen all those skills and more.

What advice do you have for current CSU English Department students?

Seek out the guidance of your professors. I know it can seem intimidating at first, especially as an underclassman, but it really will help you build great relationships. Looking back, I wish I had built more relationships with my professors like the relationship I built with Dr. Reid.

What was the last piece of writing you read or wrote? OR, What are you currently reading, writing? OR, You have an hour to spend in a bookstore. What section do you make a beeline to?

The last novel I read was Dodgers by Bill Beverly. This coming of age story follows four teenage boys as they navigate gang life in South Central LA and end up on an eventful cross-country road trip as a gang initiation of sorts. Consequently, I have teamed up with a former English teacher to write curriculum for the novel. We recently sent our sample curriculum to the author and publisher and I hope to teach our curriculum next year to high school English students.

What are your hobbies or special interests, what do you enjoy doing with your free time?

I love to explore Colorado with my husband and our two Labrador Retrievers. We try to get out to hike every weekend and we go camping often (we have the best secret spot in the Blue River National Forest). I also love to cook, spend time with my family and conquer DIY home improvement projects. Additionally, I sponsor the Student Council club at the middle school where I work, which I love!

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From Jill Salahub, English Department Communications Coordinator: I am so happy to introduce the English Department’s Communications Interns for Fall 2016 — Joyce Bohling, Haley Huffman, and Courtney Satchell. Just like the position description stated, they are creative and enthusiastic CSU students with good communication and writing skills who are super excited to help us tell the story of the English Department. We had our first official meeting last week, and the room was full of so much good energy and so many great ideas! I can’t wait to share more of their work with you. If you have any ideas of what they should be writing about, events they should be attending, people they should profile, etc., send those suggestions my way.


From Joyce Bohling: Hello! I’m Joyce, and I’m very excited to be joining the English department communications team for fall 2016. Not only will it be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a department that does so much to support me alongside hundreds other graduate and undergraduate students, but also to learn a new set of writing skills for a new audience and context. Writing, after all, is a very employable skill, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

The majority of my web writing experience comes from my food blog, The Hungry Caterpillar. I really like food. I also like swing dancing, bike riding, cats, good books of all kinds (but especially memoirs), mountains, public radio, Star Trek, tea, teaching, yoga, and cheesy 80’s music.

This will be my second year in the creative nonfiction program here at CSU, which means I better start cranking out a thesis soon. Writing, coursework, attending to my food blog and teaching CO150 as a second-year Graduate Teaching Assistant keep me plenty busy. But don’t worry—I’ll be finding a few hours each week to let you know what’s going on here in the English department. I’m looking forward to learning all that I can.


From Haley Huffman: “It’s better to look back and think ‘I can’t believe I did that,’ than to look back and think “I wish I did that.’” My name is Haley Huffman and I am a senior Journalism and Media Communications major with an English minor. I’m still figuring out my end game with these areas of study, but ideally I would like to become involved in the editing and publishing business. I am from Denver, where my family still resides with two cats and two dogs. I love animals and all of our pets are rescues. I am also a huge Denver Broncos fan and I go to as many home games as I can with my dad. When I’m not yelling at oversized, sweaty men on a football field, I can be found reading and drinking coffee. I have a passion for literature and I am very excited to be working with the English Department as a Communications Intern so I can broaden my literary experiences and chronicle those for you all.


From Courtney Satchell: Courtney is a Junior at CSU currently earning her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies and English Lit. She’s obsessed with movies, writes angsty poetry, and takes way too many photos of her cat. She’s seen the movie Princess Bride way too many times and Twilight is the bane of her existence. When she isn’t doing school work you can find her loitering the halls of the Eddy Building.

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The National Council of Teachers of English at Colorado State University (NCTE@CSU) is a non-profit, student-run organization on campus for teacher education students of all content areas. As a professional organization NCTE@CSU provides its members with informative and education-based information through the form of monthly meetings, where they invite professionals in the education system, including student teachers, principals and other administrative staff, and seasoned teachers, to share their expertise with NCTE@CSU membership.


This organization is designed to:

  • Provide future educators with a real look into what teaching is like today
  • Assist in providing needed prior to applying for jobs
  • Expose you to new political and career knowledge beyond what you learn in your CSU courses


It’s a safe and great place for future educators to meet one another, ask questions, get answers, and network with education professionals in the surrounding districts!


We firmly believe that NCTE@CSU is first and foremost a community so. . .EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

  • NCTE@CSU is a FREE opportunity for all those to attend!
  • Dinner is also provided at no cost thanks to local sponsors! HELLO, FREE DINNER!!!
  • Though there are no requirements to be a member of NCTE@CSU, we will be doing community and fundraising events throughout the year! They are going to be fun!!!
  • NCTE@CSU is an organization that provides you with a ton of resources without taking up a ton of your time!
  • We meet on Wednesday evenings once a month from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm (It may end earlier).
  • That is only between 3 and 4 meetings a semester.
  • NCTE@CSU looks amazing on your resume!


NCTE@CSU President Emily Rice had this to say about the Meet & Greet session that took place September 7:

Our meet and greet went very well! We had an excellent turnout and a great mix of content areas. As you may or may not know, NCTE@CSU is an organization for pre-service teachers from all content areas, not just English. At the meet and greet we had English, Science (Biology), Art, History, and Early Childhood Education content area teachers.

We began by enjoying some yummy snacks and mingling with one another to learn about each other. Then we introduced our newest officers, talked about our upcoming meetings, fundraisers, and community and university outreach events. We turned this informational portion into an activity, which resulted in people getting fun prizes which were donated by the English Department, the School of Education, and the Center for Educator Preparation. Lastly, we all did a little social media activity where we all wrote on little word bubbles why we want to be teachers–we used the hashtag #WhyITeach. This activity came from the teachers2teachers website.

I think it’s most important for English majors of all majors to know that that they are welcome to come to our meetings if they are going to become educators, if they have children in schools, and/or if they are interested in education as a whole. We welcome everyone! We are a very friendly group of people who love it meet new people. We are always wanting to meet new faces in new content areas and passions.

We ultimately had about 20 people come to the meet and greet, but we just know there will be a higher turn out for the informational meetings which begin on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00 PM in Eddy 106; our first meeting is on Hot Topic in Education — Before the Common Core, Charter Schools, and Education and the Election.

Upcoming NCTE@CSU Events

Hot Topix: “Before the Core;” “To Charter or Not to Charter;” “Ain’t No Party Like a Political Party: Education & the Election”
Pick two hot topics in education and take part in the conversation
Eddy 106
Wednesday, September 21 – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Mock Interviews
Take part in a mock interview and learn all of the insider tips to resumes, interviews, and expectations. Note: a $5 deposit is required to partake in an interview. This deposit will be returned on the day of the Mock Interviews
Eddy 106
Wednesday, October 19 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

NCTE@CSU Mythbusters Presents: Learnings Styles: Fact or Flop?
Are learning styles a real thing or just a myth? Listen to a cognitive psychologists’ theory on learning styles, and learning and memory
Eddy 106
Wednesday, November 30 – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Fundraising and Other NCTE@CSU Events

Airing of “Screenagers” and a Panel
LSC Theater
September 28, 2016
Time TBA
Sponsored by CSU School of Education & Mountain Sage Community Schools
SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Barnes and Noble Gift Wrapping and Book Talk
Fort Collins Barnes and Noble
Date and Times TBA (but anticipate early December)

2016-2017 NCTE@CSU Officers


Emily Rice

President, Emily Rice: Emily is in her final year of the Master’s program in English Education; graduating in Spring 2017 She partakes in WWII living history, avidly keeps her fat cat happy (for fear of her hanger), is old enough to have gone to every Harry Potter midnight release, and loves spending time with friends!





Mary Collins

Interim Vice President, Mary Collins: Mary is a senior English Education student with a minor in Anthropology due to graduate in May of 2017. She is a proud Hufflepuff who enjoys cozy coffee shops and crazy concerts. The Hamilton soundtrack always brings her bliss.






Swally Yarrington

Secretary, Swally Yarrington: Swally is senior English Education and Creative Writing major, graduating in Fall of 2017. When not teaching or studying, he divides his time between writing, reading, day dreaming, and scavenging through used bookstores.






Nate Sloat

Treasurer, Nate Sloat: Nate is a History and Economics major, and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2017. He is originally from the Seattle area and is a huge Seattle sports fan. Nate also enjoys cross country skiing and trail running.





Avery Jones

Avery Jones

Interim Marketing Coordinator, Avery Jones: Avery is a 3rd year English Education and Literature student, planning to graduate in the Spring of 2018. She loves playing tennis and being outside in sun. Furry friends and sing-along songs bring out Avery’s inner second-grader. Avery is a big supporter of the Oxford comma and Harry Potter.






Faculty Sponsor and President Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor: Cindy O’Donnell-Allen,
Current President: Emily Rice,

Snapchat: ncte_csu
Text reminders: Text @nctec to 81010

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