College of Health and Human Sciences Dimensions Newsletter

Fall 2022

The College of Health and Human Sciences newsletter publishes in Fall, Winter, and Spring

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CHHS Summer Standouts 2022

Get to know the summer standouts in our College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University! From studying abroad to internship opportunities, each of these students spent their summers gaining valuable experience in their fields.

Read about our Summer Standouts

From the Dean - Lise Youngblade

College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Lise Youngblade
Lise Youngblade, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences

After a summer filled with sunscreen and strategizing, deep work, and some much-needed recharging, our faculty and students have returned to campus. The air is ripe with expectation and hope.

As we begin this academic year, COVID-19, inflation, climate change, challenges to human rights, and political polarization are in the news and in our lives. These challenges have laid bare some of the wicked problems in our society, yet these are some of the very challenges that we in the College of Health and Human Sciences seek to address.

Our faculty and students tackle complex issues such as poverty, racism, obesity, sustainability, resiliency, and numerous physical and mental health challenges. You can learn about some of our novel approaches through our research podcast, Health and Human Science Matters.

Our alumni make a difference in their industries, communities, and the world. We are honored that five of our college alumni will be celebrated by the CSU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. And, we welcome your nominations for CHHS Alumni Awards, due Nov. 14. Learn more below.

To our alumni and donors, please know we are so grateful for your engagement and support that fuel student success and discovery. With you, we are committed to helping our students find their voices, their passions, and their unique sets of skills that will empower them to make a difference. Our world needs them, and you, now more than ever.

As we look ahead to new leadership, I am committed to ensuring consistent delivery on our college strategic priorities. I am honored to represent our college and University as a member of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee along with CHHS Executive Leadership Council member Carla Dore (’83).

As always, I hope you will reach out anytime and stay in touch, as your engagement and input shapes our shared future! Go Rams!


Distinguished Alumni Awards - Melissa Pappas

College of Health and Human Sciences alumni celebrated with Distinguished Awards

Five College of Health and Human Sciences alumni earn accolades from CSU’s Alumni Association. Discover the contributions and impact of Linda Meserve, Carol and Gene Vaughan, Melissa Pappas, and Ben Rainbolt Jr., and register to attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards on Oct. 13.

HDFS graduate Brittney Anderson

Alumni Q&A

Brittany Anderson (human development and family studies, ’18) leveraged her CSU education to pursue her dream of law school. Today, she’s using her passion to correct injustice. Learn how she’s making a difference.

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College Alumni Awards

Nominate an outstanding colleague, mentor, protégé, or classmate for a CHHS Alumni Award. Our simple online form is an easy way for you to share accomplishments, honor achievements, and reward connection to CSU.

Elevate Your Game-Day Experiences

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Homecoming 5k race

The 42nd annual Homecoming Race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, on the Oval at 8 a.m. Virtual racers around the globe are welcome!

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Game-day activities

Coming to campus for a football game? Be sure to enjoy all Fort Collins and CSU have to offer! Learn more about enhanced game-day experiences.

Summer Youth Programs

Fashion FUNdamentals campers hold up the shirts they made

Fashion FUNdamentals expanded STEM skillsand confidence in style

Youth Sport Camps attendees playing basketball

Youth Sport Camps: an outlet for friendship, exercise, and fun

Women in Construction program group photo

Women in Construction Management Summer Institute built confidence


Brain scans showing affects of yoga

Occupational therapy researchers to study effects of yoga on brain injury

Jaclyn Stephens and Arlene Schmidt, two professors and researchers, have teamed up to conduct a new, foundational study that will lend support to yoga as a therapy for physical disabilities and chronic brain injury. Stephens is one of two CSU faculty members named to the 2022 class of Boettcher Investigators.

Social Work Ph.D. student Arnold Cantu

Social work Ph.D. student seeks to create a more empathetic model of mental health care beyond diagnostic labels

Jeff Miller and Charlene Van Buiten take photo with their book "Superfoods"

Food science and human nutrition faculty members release Superfoods: Cultural and Scientific Perspectives

Jessica Gonzalez Voller speaking

Education faculty member’s study underscores importance of counselors’ multicultural competence


Picture from FTS opening

Grand opening celebrates Fermentation Science and Technology’s world-class facilities

Linda Carlson honored with 2022 Spirit of Philanthropy Award

The texture of generosity: Linda Carlson honored with 2022 Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Engagement and Outreach

CSU environmental justice tool photo

Colorado launches environmental justice tool developed by Institute for the Built Environment and CSU partners

Photo from Counseling and Career Developmental clinic

Counseling and Career Development clinic provided 1,000+ hours of free in-person and online mental health services

Photo from the Avenir fall exhibit

Memories sewn into garments: Avenir Museum’s fall exhibits honor history, research, innovation


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