Alumni and Giving

Moving Forward, Giving Back

A Sense of Community

Personal Pursuits

Our alumni find themselves in exciting professional and personal pursuits. They publish and win awards; they become Fulbright Scholars and travel; they research and study in prestigious Ph.D. programs; they find successful work as professors, editors, authors, literary agents, copywriters, and teachers.

In addition to finding success in traditionally “English” paths, our alumni serve as CEOs, create tech start-ups, lead non-profit organizations, become lawyers, devise communication and training for government programs, coordinate medical programing, and rise through the ranks of Fortune 500 companies.

CSU English Department Alumni prove that a BA, MA, or MFA in English opens doors to professions that not only provide material and professional success, but also intellectual satisfaction and cultural engagement.

English Alumni: Beyond CSU

The stories below provide a glimpse of the broad array of exciting and impactful endeavors undertaken by CSU English alumni across the globe. The interdisciplinary scholarship and creative artistry developed by English educations are instrumental in bolstering these important initiatives.

Georgette Yang

Guo Hua ‘Georgette’ Yang (MA 1994) – A mentor story

By Gabriel Saldana | February 18, 2020

I have been able to make some life-changing steps with the help and guidance received from Louann Reid and others at Colorado State University. Fifteen years ago I was applying for my English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching license.

Justin Dobbin's Children

Justin Dobbin (Class of 1997) – Engaging with English

By Gabriel Saldana | February 18, 2020

I enjoy reading about all the events happening on campus for students and alum alike, and especially excited when football season comes around…

English 80 Placeholder image

Danni Gugel (Class of 2010) – English Ed Course

By Gabriel Saldana | February 18, 2020

In my time at CSU, the most memorable times I had was during Pam Coke’s English Education courses and NCTE meetings…

Audrey Taylor '07

Audrey Taylor (Class of 2007) – Looking back fondly

By Gabriel Saldana | February 18, 2020

Undergraduate was sometimes a difficult time for me, but the English Department was absolutely phenomenal and will always hold a special place in my heart…

Caleb Harrison

Caleb Harrison (Class of 2010) – A fruitful experience

By Gabriel Saldana | February 18, 2020

I came to CSU as an English major in 2008. I transferred there after finishing two years of college in St. Louis. Coming to CSU, especially as an English major, was one of the most fruitful times in my life, intellectually, imaginatively, and jovially speaking…

group photo at Stanley Hotel

Sam Iacovetto (MA 2014) – Stanley Ghost Tour

By Gabriel Saldana | February 18, 2020

One of my favorite memories was when my friends and I all went to Estes Park and I scared them with one of my night terrors. Six of us did the ghost tour at The Stanley.

Abigail Chabitnoy

In Poems: Claiming a culture

By Gabriel Saldana | January 19, 2020

In how to Dress a Fish, Abigail Chabitnoy examines effects of forced assimilation of Native American People on descendents like herself. Click for excerpts.

English Alum? Share Your Story

When stories about our alumni hit the news or our inbox, we love to share them. Teachers, staff, and fellow alumni are excited to learn about how our friends are doing. Current students appreciate examples of English alumni making a life and making a difference. At the same time, information about English offerings and degree opportunities encourages prospective students to engage, and stories of your impact and success illustrate the true value of English education.

Career Exploration

Qualified English undergraduate and graduate students are offered for-credit opportunities to explore possible career paths before graduation. The English Department boasts an excellent array of rigorous, professional, and intriguing internships. Internship areas include – but are by no means limited to – supervised college teaching; community literacy; teaching English as second/foreign language; editing and publishing; grant-writing and research; online course development and editing; and public education.