College of Health and Human Sciences Dimensions Newsletter

Winter 2022

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


Jasmine Tran in scholarship recognition video

Scholarships empower CSU College of Health and Human Sciences students to pursue their passions

Scholarships link donor generosity with student achievement. The support helps recipients focus on their academic success, alleviates financial burden, and gives a boost of confidence. This year, the College of Health and Human Sciences awarded more than $978,000 in scholarships to 298 recipients. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many donors who support students in the college through private scholarships. Learn more about a few of our scholarship recipients and watch a video with messages of gratitude.

Meet scholarship recipients from around the college

From the Dean - Lise Youngblade

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

This fall has been filled with recognition and gratitude. In September, Interim President Rick Miranda gave the Fall Address to the campus community, commemorating 25 years since the first event was held on the Oval in the wake of the 1997 Spring Creek flood. A core theme of Interim President Miranda’s message was resilience through recovery and the lessons that were learned that made us better. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, I am so appreciative of the ways in which our college has learned, been resilient, and applied those lessons in moving our teaching, student support, and programs of research forward. CHHS makes a difference every day, and you will see evidence of this commitment in the stories below.

October brought the annual Homecoming Race – check out the photos on Flickr! – and other celebrations including the Distinguished Alumni Awards at which we recognized our college’s Honor Alumna, Melissa Pappas, for her remarkable career and contributions. Our College of Health and Human Sciences Executive Leadership Council marked a decade of service and welcomed new members.

This month, we honored first-generation students, veterans, and scholarship donors and recipients. The CSU Presidential Search has progressed on schedule with candidate interviews with the Search Advisory Committee. And tomorrow, we pause to give thanks for family, friends, and a return to togetherness.

Our college’s research helps us optimize nutrition, motivates us to exercise, protects us from the elements through clothing designs and sustainable building design and construction, nourishes relationships, elevates teaching and learning, and supports accessibility and mental and behavioral health in individuals and communities. I am proud of our faculty – you can meet a few of them who are new to the college below, and listen to our research podcast, Health and Human Science Matters, to learn more about how we are changing lives.

I am so grateful to our students, alumni, donors, faculty, staff, friends, and partners who continually show up, inspire, and hold us accountable to be our best. Our college has always worked toward improving human health and well-being, with common values and innovation for more than 125 years, as evidenced by this inspiring video that was presented at Homecoming.

Thank you for being a part of our college’s past, present, and future. Together, we will continue to create meaningful change and connections for life. I wish you a joyous holiday season. Please stay in touch as I always enjoy hearing from you! Go Rams!

Alumni and Leaders

College of Health and Human Sciences Leadership Council

Colorado State University’s College of Health and Human Sciences benefits from leadership with a group of dedicated volunteers who serve on the Executive Leadership Council.

Melissa Pappas named the CHHS Honor Alumna of 2022

Celebrating her outstanding impact on social welfare policy and workforce development, and her engagement as an active leader and donor to the College of Health and Human Sciences, the Colorado State University Alumni Association named Melissa Pappas (social work, ’85) the CHHS Honor Alumna for 2022.

Honoring Veteran Service

New Start for Veteran Leadership Video

Housed in our Department of Occupational Therapy at CSU, the New Start for Student-Veterans program supports current and incoming CSU student-veterans who are experiencing an academic or life challenge, including individuals with service-connected injury or disability.

Major General Robert Halverson

Major General Robert Halverson (B.S., ’63) was never going to be a follower. Growing up, he says, he was more comfortable being the instigator and the one who could marshal his friends and himself toward a particular outcome.

Christine Fruhauf profile photo

Christine Fruhauf’s dedication to teaching, research, and engagement in the field of gerontology at Colorado State University has earned several accolades and now, she is being honored at the national level.

First Gen Video Screenshot

Learn more about our first-generation CHHS Rams, each of whom is a stalwart trailblazer! Hear their stories, get to know their accomplishments, and join us as we celebrate their resilience.

Colorado State University and Front Range Community College partner in the Hospitality Management discipline

On Oct. 20 at the FRCC campus in Fort Collins, officials including CSU Interim President Rick Miranda and FRCC-Fort Collins President Colleen Simpson celebrated an articulation agreement between the two institutions.

Runeela Taskeen profile photo

Runeela Taskeen, a Ph.D. student in the Education, Equity, and Transformation program, researches how peace education in developing nations can reduce violence and improve quality of life.

CHHS students and CSU volleyball players

The College of Health and Human Sciences is proud to highlight three Colorado State University Volleyball student-athletes majoring in Health and Exercise Science.

Cameron Thomas profile photo

Cameron Thomas, a first-year student majoring in apparel and merchandising at Colorado State University, derived great motivation from his experiences at New York Fashion Week.

Research Highlights

Avery Martin and Matt Hickey for the Health and Human Science Matters podcast

Find out how research is impacting human health in the College of Health and Human Sciences research podcast, “Health and Human Science Matters,” a collection of lively, engaging conversations with members of the college community.

NIH Poster Session

Colorado State University is one of several institutions around the state that are part of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, which is housed at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and funded by an NIH grant. Researchers come together annually at the CCTSI Summit to share their work.

State of the University

President Rick Miranda at the 2022 Fall Adress

The flood recovery effort in 1997 inspired Yates to thank the University community. Miranda drew parallels between that time and the present, as CSU emerges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons it brought.

Student diversity q&as from 64 locations

Colorado State University serves all 64 of Colorado’s counties by providing research-backed solutions to local challenges, and access to higher education that builds careers and empowers communities.

Reading Access Tool for ReadSpeaker program on CANVAS

The beginning of the 2022-23 academic year at CSU saw the introduction of ReadSpeaker to Canvas, CSU’s web-based learning management system that supports online learning and teaching.

Health Tips

DIM April 2022 Pinterest

At some point in the last year, hopefully, you have made a visit with your doctor’s office. A yearly physical, or well check, can be a great way to get baseline information in your 20s and 30s and serve as a checkpoint to try to catch any early warning signs.

KRNC Recipe of the Month

Get ready for some holiday cooking with this fun, seasonal-themed side dish. It’s also full of omega 3’s, plant-based, and super easy to make!

Best Teacher Awards

Best Teacher Awards 2022 Logo

Nominate the CSU teachers who shaped your success

Nominations for the 2023 Best Teacher Awards are being accepted through Nov. 30. Anyone in the “Ramily” can nominate a current CSU faculty or staff member, and the awards are designed to recognize faculty who have had a significant impact on students.


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