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, become Fulbright Scholars and travel, research and study in prestigious Ph.D. programs, and find successful work as communication specialists, grant writers, editors, authors, literary agents, teachers, and more.

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. An education in the CSU Department of English opens doors to professions that not only provide professional success, but also intellectual fulfillment 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.

John Barhardt directing on set

Film project brings Emmy-winning English alum back to Fort Collins

By | March 18, 2020

CSU English major John Barnhardt (B.A., ’96) used to spend hours talking about movies, shooting film and film careers. Several decades and Emmys later, he returns to use his skills in the Fort Collins community.

Frank, former CSU English student

Former student Frank says ‘hi’ from New York

By | February 27, 2020

Hi guys! My name is Frank. I am from China and studied English with a language concentration at CSU. I graduated in 2019 and I am a graduate student in Applied Linguistics at Columbia University right now. Greetings from NYC! Go Rams!

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Connie Johnson Shoemaker (BA English 1956, MA in English 1961) – Willard O. Eddy was my mentor

By | February 18, 2020

I graduated with a B.A. in English in 1956 and an M.A. in English in 1961. My philosophy mentor and life coach was Dr. Willard O. Eddy…

     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.

Give a gift

By giving to the Department of English at Colorado State University, you will be supporting a dynamic community known for its devotion to teaching, interdisciplinary offerings, and excellence in both research and the creative arts.

Your gift will enable student success through scholarships; enhance faculty development; support our programs, centers, and literary journals; and help us further our mission to foster inclusive excellence, intellectual growth, and the creation of a more just and sustainable world.

Looking for other giving avenues? There are many unique ways you can make a gift to the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts. Explore your options and contact the development team to design a gift plan just for you.

The Impact of Giving

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Funds that Support Community Engagement, Program Enrichment, and Faculty Development

Creative Writing Reading Series

Each fall and spring semester at Colorado State University, the Department of English welcomes distinguished literary voices to share their work and to engage with the local community through the Creative Writing Reading Series.

The series features Pulitzer Prize winners, U.S. poets laureate, National Book Critics Circle Award winners, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winners, NAACP Image Award nominees, Oprah’s Book Club selections, National Book Award finalists and recognized voices in young adult literature.

Colorado Review
Community Literacy Center
Marty Bucco Award for Creative Teaching and Scholarship
Words for the Earth Endowment

Scholarships that Support Undergraduate Students

Donna Weyrick Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1991, this scholarship honors the memory of Donna Weyrick, a 1962 alumna in the Department of English. This endowed scholarship is made possible by contributions from the Weyrick family and friends.

Judith A. Dean Memorial English Scholarship
O’Connor-Miller Scholarship
Karyn L. Evans Scholarship

Fellowships and Scholarships that Support Graduate Students

Ann Osborn Zimdahl Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in memory of Ann Osborn Zimdahl, a 1981 graduate of the CSU MA TEFL/TESL program. Ann taught in the Intensive English Program and contributed to the international community of the university and Fort Collins. Her career also extended overseas where she held several different teaching appointments. Ann was strongly committed to cross-cultural understanding and enthusiastically shared her love of new cultures with her students both here and abroad.

Stephen Reid Award for Excellence in Teaching
James J. Garvey Graduate English Language Scholarship
Tremblay-Crow-Kern Creative Writing Fellowship

Stories of Impact

In 2021, Linda Randall and her husband, Gerald Hazelbauer, both professors emeriti of biochemistry at the University of Missouri, gave a $1 million bequest, plus annual cash support, to the English department via the Marty Bucco Award for Creative Teaching & Scholarship fund.  

“I like reading, and was mostly reading Shakespeare,” Randall says. “Professor Bucco was so fascinating and full of enthusiasm. Because of him, I started reading much more widely. He was magical and bounded around the room. Over my four years [at CSU] I took every English course he taught.” 

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