College of Health and Human Sciences Dimensions Newsletter

Spring 2022

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

Annika Weber going through presentation

Third Annual College of Health and Human Sciences Research Day spotlights transformational work

After a virtual session last year, the College of Health and Human Sciences returned to in-person events March 1 to celebrate research and creative scholarship. The event featured a poster show with 85 faculty, staff, and student presenters competing for awards, a keynote address highlighting interdisciplinary collaboration, and Lightning Talks with speakers from each unit. Watch a recap video, view photos, and learn about award winners!

From the Dean - Lise Youngblade

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

The energy of spring semester is in full force, from research collaborations to a new department head. We are also emerging from the darkest days of the pandemic, with a successful return to learning and work on campus, dwindling case counts, and optional mask-wearing. I have enjoyed recent in-person events, including the College of Health and Human Sciences Research Day and our All-College Awards and Reception, where we honored outstanding faculty, staff, students, partners, and alumni.

In this issue of Dimensions, join me in a peek at history with our Legacies Project honorees; a scholarship inspired by multiple generations of compassion; and a timely visit to the Colorado State University library that inspired a fresh take on a medieval brew.

In addition, we look to the future of apparel design, accessible teaching, and research breakthroughs. Our bright future includes a new crop of graduates who will join the ranks of CHHS alumni May 15.

CSU’s Courageous Strategic Transformation work continues on campus and beyond. As always, I hope you will reach out anytime and stay in touch, as your engagement and input shapes our shared future! Go Rams!

CHHS Alumni Awards

Outstanding alum Gordon Marks profile photo

CHHS Outstanding Alumnus Gordon Marks (’66) leveraged his CSU education to lead Swinerton Builders and shape the construction industry.

Emerging leader and alum Anna Crecelius

CHHS Emerging Leader Alumna Anne Crecelius (M.S., ’09; Ph.D., ’13) roots her success in the HES family tree, from research protocols to work/life balance.

College Excellence

Health and Human Science matters logo/cover photo

Health and Human Science Matters podcast returns for a second season of conversations with CHHS faculty and friends from all our diverse units.

Celebrate Colorado State Logo

We are proud to celebrate College winners of Universitywide awards as well as retirees and employee milestones.

Legacies Project Honorees

The College of Health and Human Sciences Legacies Project honors our former faculty and staff members and their roles in building the College. We are proud to celebrate two new honorees, Nancy Hartley and Kelly Walker. Read about each of them, watch videos, and make a gift in their honor.

Former dean of the College of Applied Sciences Nancy Hartley

Nancy Hartley served as dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences (now Health and Human Sciences) from 1994-2004. While dean, she cultivated community relationships, expanded internships, and elevated initiatives.

Kelly Walker portrait

Kelly Walker (’88, ’91, ’02), has inspired many in her career in health promotion as an instructor in health and exercise science, a scholarship donor, and an advocate, connector, and fundraiser for multiple sclerosis via Team Sugar Bee.

Chris Gentile portrait

After a national search, the CSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition has tapped one of its own as the next leader. Associate Professor Chris Gentile has been named the new department head and will take the helm July 1. Learn about his history, research, and vision for the future.

Pershing E. Sims Memorial Scholarship team

Katie Brayden (right), her mother, Lynae Sims (center), (pictured with scholarship recipient Jessie Stewart), along with Brayden’s aunt, Lori Sims, created the Pershing E. Sims Memorial Scholarship in CSU’s School of Social Work in 2008 to honor Pershing E. Sims, their father and grandfather, who went to incredible lengths to support his 11 siblings in a time of need. The fund celebrates his life, legacy, and ability to break the cycle of poverty as it supports student success.

Photo of accessible desk that can change heights

Spearheaded by the College of Health and Human Sciences director of IT, Eric Tisdale, a new podium in Alder Hall classroom 123 will make a world of difference for instructors who use wheelchairs. The podium can be raised and lowered, and includes a moveable AV system with a touchscreen, accommodating people with acquired physical conditions or injuries to ensure they can teach independently.


Early childhood program

Investing in early childhood education is as important today as it was 90 years ago. Learn why in CSU Magazine.

Avenir spring 2022 exhibits

Colorado State University Ph.D. student Kate Schmidt wants to make fashionable, functional winter sports clothing for women. She absolutely would love to see her Girl Powder collection – a portfolio of 11 skiing looks that comprises one of three exhibits at the Avenir Museum – all over the slopes of Colorado and beyond.

New Belgium beer

If Phil Bernstein had waited one more day to visit Colorado State University’s Morgan Library, the beer section at liquor stores around the country might look very different. On July 26, 1997, he was visiting the library when he picked up a weathered copy of a 1907 book. The book – and the weather – changed history.


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