CAS Alumni sharing both the MSU Denver experience, and how that has shaped who they are today in their life and in their career.
"My education at Metro has helped make so many things possible in my life."
MSU Denver Class of '09, B.A. in Speech Communication. Communication Theory.
Analyst, Training & Product Development Specialist at HUMANeX Ventures
"During my first visit to campus I knew Metro was where I wanted to be, but I had no idea how much it would affect my life. I was a Student-Athlete from day one through graduation, but the school, the Communication Arts and Sciences Department, and its outstanding faculty helped shape me in innumerable ways. I credit a lot of who I am now, how I view life and the world, and even in how I continue to develop as a person and professional to this.
My concentration was Communication Theory, which has no concept that evades my everyday life. My career is with a company that provides services to help professionals identify, realize, and then utilize their innate talent sets— maximizing performance and fit in their roles; we also specialize in developing top performing and world-class cultures. Alternatively, we support and equip high school and college aged people to understand themselves better and to set their own paths according to their strengths. The core of everything I do revolves around people and different forms of Communication Theory. I love my role and the difference that it makes in others’ lives. All of which was made possible through my experiences and education gained at MSU Denver.
What made this all truly come to life for me was how I received my education. I had been to a few other universities before Metro, and nowhere compared to the compassion, desire to support and develop their students, and availability that I received from my professors. I was a student that required a lot of 1-on-1 time, which was met with understanding, availability, openness, and positivity. My professors believed in me, even when I didn’t. They also took the time to get to know me as a person, allowing them to constantly and healthily stretch my limits.
My favorite part about studying Communication Arts and Sciences were the countless “ah hah” moments that I had in learning the theory behind human interactions and tendencies—it was fascinating and beyond impactful personally and professionally. That said, I would recommend the school, the Communication Arts and Sciences department, and its professors to anyone; especially those who are looking for an enriching, thought provoking, and individualistic education and experience.
My education at Metro has helped make so many things possible in my life. Right after graduating I was able to get into one of the top 5 graduate programs in the world for Sport Administration. I felt more than prepared from day one in graduate school, and I was even one of the top performing students throughout the program. Now, I am having success in a career that I love. All of which I mainly attribute to MSU Denver, the Communication Arts and Sciences Department, and their amazing faculty!"
“Making a difference to a student’s life”
MSU Denver Class of ‘13, B.A. in Speech Communication. Organizational Communication.
Graduate Student Career Advisor at Colorado School of Mines
“I am the Graduate Student Career Advisor at Colorado School of Mines working with all the Graduate School programs and Masters and PhD candidates. I started as a Career Advisor in 2002 while taking courses at MSU in Speech Communication where I chose to focus much of my research in Career Development Related Topics as it applies to effective communication. I am so proud of my education and degree from MSU Denver. I truly believe that our Communication Arts and Science department has the best faculty and curriculum for students interested in communication! I use theoretical and applied knowledge from my communication degree every day. From using concepts in Interpersonal Communication when I work with students, to understanding Organizational Communication theories on systems and how it applies to communicating with various departments of a large corporation, I was very well prepared to apply these concepts and why they are so important! Additionally, the CAS coursework focusing on Leadership, and Team and Group Communication became an asset for me to help coach student organizations! In addition to my career, my CAS faculty were instrumental in providing me with skills needed to prepare me for graduate school. When I started my graduate school coursework, I was able to hit the ground running in my first research project thanks to my awesome CAS professor who taught Research Methodologies. I am very proud to have been mentored by such wonderful faculty within the CAS department!!
I am absolutely thrilled to be in my chosen career field! Every day I come to work I look forward to making a difference to a student’s life by helping guide them through the Career Development process. Each day is different and I wear a LOT of different hats and many parts of my job depend on the ability to effectively communicate to different audiences and their needs.”
"This concentration opens up a vast number of opportunities."
MSU Denver Class of ’13. B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Speech Communication.
Director of Business Development, Locksmith
"Although a degree in communications may seem rather ambiguous when considering the job market, I have found this concentration opens up a vast number of opportunities. Students seldom realize that the greatest portion of their university career is not about what they learned, but rather about the experience they acquired by learning it.
Employers will not test you on your knowledge of Plato and Aristotle. They will not ask you to write an essay on their theory of choice. However, they do want to see that you are capable of learning the information and using it to complete the necessary work. As such a degree in communications grants a level of versatility that few others can.
In today's world communication is imperative. Look at the job listings on any job board, and you will quickly realize that virtually every single one alludes to, or emphasizes the need for communication skills. Communication is not only an art, it is also a science. It grants insight not only into how to get a point across, but also why people communicate the way they do. This enables you clearly articulate and capture your audience; whether it is millions of television viewers or an individual sitting in front of you.
Prior to going back to school, I worked as a locksmith technician for a local security company. Upon graduating from Metro, I was able to return to this company, but this time as the Director of Business Development. I was able to use the skills I acquired from my communications classes to produce proposals for new strategies; create engaging presentations; and deliver them to audiences of all demographics. Moreover, I was able to create relationships which have opened markets and opportunities that my company had not even considered in their 65 years in business.
I cannot write this without emphasizing the amazing people within the Communication department. The professors bring to the table a level of care that I have seldom seen anywhere else. They engage and challenge their students, from the brightest to the lackadaisical. It is fascinating to see someone who came to the class "just to take an elective" become enthralled in discussion and material. The staff also go out of their way to help and guide students to avoid pitfalls and to navigate the system.
In all, MSU Denver's Communication Arts and Sciences department is comprised of fantastic people, provides an amazing experience, and if you allow it will provide you with an entirely new perspective on the world."
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Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
Lesley Lange, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS.
Lesley Lange, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS gave us the opportunity to ask her some questions about her experience at MSU Denver and how it's helped shape her career.
What was the most valuable experience you had at MSU Denver or the CAS program?
Where are you at currently in your career?
If there was one thing you could tell future students of the program, what would it be?
Laura Smith, MA, CCC-SLP
Laura Smith, MA, CCC-SLP graduated from the SLHS program with her bachelor's degree in 2003. She worked as a speech-language pathology assistant for two years post-graduation before getting her master's degree in speech-language pathology. Laura credits MSU Denver and its strong SLHS department for preparing her for graduate level coursework, and ultimately a satisfying and rewarding career in the field of speech language pathology. Now CASANA recognized for Advanced Training & Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Laura splits her time between the schools and private practice where she specializes in CAS.
Mandi Solat has owned Audiology Services in Lakewood since 2002. She came to MSU Denver in 1993 and finished her SLHS leveling courses in 1994. Mandi has a severe bilateral hearing loss and specializes in dispensing amplification. She practices in the same medical office as an ear, nose, and throat physician, but she owns her own practice. Every semester, Mandi welcomes MSU Denver students to her office so they can observe a private practice audiologist in a medical setting.
Where Communication Studies Graduates are Now
List of the organizations that have hired graduates from the MSU Denver Communication Studies program