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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"I can not stress enough the importance of doing an internship."
MSU Denver Class of '15 B.A. in Speech Communications, Minor in Broadcasting
Executive Spanish Producer, NOTICIAS Colorado
"Continuing my higher education at MSU Denver was a decision that changed my life. From the first time I visited the campus with my family in the summer of 2012, I knew this was the place to be and where I wanted to pursue my dream of making it in the Broadcasting business. Eager to learn more about how to get involved, I shared my dreams with the CAS staff and was immediately persuaded to join the student run newscast, The Met Report. I did not hesitate and that same day I went to talk to the general manager at the time. I enrolled and it felt so amazing to be learning hands on. During my time at the Met Report I learned the basics of writing a PKG, VO, and even anchoring a show. I loved what I did and soon I took on the role of Executive Spanish Producer. I lead my own crew of reporters and together we made an incredible team. In the fall of 2013 I applied for an internship at Univision Colorado where I was accepted. There I was able to learn from professionals and at the end of my internship my dream came true, I was offered a full time job as a Multimedia Reporter. At that time I had to make the hard decision to put my education on hold as this was a full time commitment and I wanted to make sure I performed at an exceptional level. My professors at the CAS department were so proud and always let me know how important it was to finish my degree as I was only a semester and a half away from completion. I managed to squeeze the remainder of my classes in my busy news reporter schedule and two years later, I am graduating with a BA in Speech Communication with a Concentration in Broadcast Journalism. I can not stress enough the importance of doing an internship and learning as much as you can while you are there. you never know who may be watching your potential to excel in the industry."
"The individuals I was blessed to meet in the CAS department helped guide me to success and carry a great inner spirit that would rival any educational department *anywhere*."
MSU Denver Class of '15. B.A. in Speech Communication, Broadcasting
News Director for Krystal 93 in Silverthorne, Colorado
A degree in speech communication studies has benefited my career in many ways. It has allowed me to play to my strengths and improve upon my weaknesses - thus creating a more confident individual for many professional opportunities.
MSU Denver carries many unique opportunities for students. A huge advantage to students going to MSU Denver is the proximity within Denver. MSU Denver’s campus can be said to be the whole city of Denver. The student experience has plenty of options for individuals to grow and to expand knowledge about themselves and others. What MSU Denver lacks in the ‘normal’ college experience is out-weighed by the real world experience. Other major universities are located in college towns in which the students go to larger cities … MSU Denver is a college in a large city - the location (in my opinion) allows for individual growth faster than a four year university. This is just my opinion :)
By far - My favorite part about earning my degree from Communications Arts and Sciences - the people…hands down. The individuals I was blessed to meet in the CAS department helped guide me to success and carry a great inner spirit that would rival any educational department *anywhere*. The teachers, advisors, and faculty were absolutely outstanding. Every teacher/advisor in the CAS Department wants nothing but success for their students. The help and the leadership displayed in the department was a true blessing to my collegiate career - and I owe them so much, I feel a ‘thank you’ wont do it justice.
I recommend MSU Denver for anyone of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. In my experience - MSU Denver is a great learning environment and the theme the university carries is only expanding and continuing produce educated individuals.
I OWE A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE IN THE CAS DEPARTMENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SUCCEED AND JUST KNOW I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU FINE FOLKS HAVE GIVEN ME. I HOPE TO BECOME A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND UNIVERSITY. I WON’T LET YOU DOWN (All caps to emphasize the tone).
"The degree is the key that unlocked every door I’ve gotten into."
MSU Denver Class of '12. B.A. in Speech Communication, Broadcast Production
Communications Specialist, Colorado Department of Revenue
Earning my degree in Speech Communication studies benefitted my career because it gave me an official seal of credibility that can typically be missed without an education. I came into MSU Denver with a wealth of prior professional experience, but the degree program took me to a level I never would have thought I’d be at in my life. The experience keeps me employed, but the degree is the key that unlocked every door I’ve gotten into.
I think the ultimate benefit of earning a degree from MSU Denver vs other universities is the personal, intimate feel you get in the classroom. With the smaller number of students per instructor/professor, you’re able to engage more in discussions and lectures, which allows the student to gain a deeper understanding of their course materials. You lose that when you’re in a lecture hall with 500 other students and the instructor needs a microphone to speak to the room.
My favorite part of earning my degree from Communication Arts and Sciences was that all of my instructors really were dedicated to their courses. They weren’t reciting materials from a book, but were actually teaching us from their own knowledge. By seeing the material “in action” vs just words on a page, I felt I actually learned something vs just memorizing enough pages to pass the classes.
I would definitely recommend this degree and MSU Denver to others interested in communications. It’s top level education for an affordable price. You’re not losing anything just because you do not have to take out a second mortgage on your house to get an education. You can tell the instructors genuinely want to be at the university and care about the success of their students.
My advice to anyone who is soon to graduate: Be patient and be relentless. I myself spent many days/months being incredibly frustrated because I wasn’t finding any good opportunities. I have lost count how many interviews I went on and how many times I got rejected from jobs I was sure I was qualified for. But I didn’t give up. And now I’m working a government level position in Denver, CO.
It probably won’t happen as fast as you want it to, but the job will come. Be relentless. I would have been the hardest person to convince of that. But trust me. Be relentless.
"Acknowledge the good days and learn from the bad ones — that’s how you grow."
MSU Denver Class of '04. B.A. in Speech Communication, Broadcasting
Production Manager for ABC's "Good Morning America"
Dominguez credits MSU Denver for much of his success. “I remember the day one of my professors put it to me bluntly and told me that what I wanted to accomplish in TV wasn’t going to happen in Denver. I needed to think big, as in New York or Los Angeles, and that would require me to make the jump.”
He recalls another professor’s influence, too. “Paul Reinertson encouraged all his students to show up, knock on the door and ask ‘What can I do to help?’ — those six words have had a greatest impact on my career path.”
Dominguez’s advice for today's students: “Acknowledge the good days and learn from the bad ones — that’s how you grow. And don’t compare your career path to others around you. You’ll go insane. Acknowledge their strife and accomplishments, but understand over the course of a lifetime it’s all a fluid situation and everyone is on their own journey.”
“There is not one thing I do not use on a daily basis working at the newspaper.”
MSU Denver Class of ’13. B.A. in Speech Communication, Broadcast Production
Account Coordinator at Coloradoan
“I currently work for The Coloradoan up here in Fort Collins helping with Real Estate Weekly and other advertisement production. It is a blast! I started my first job in the field right after my internship actually before I graduated in 2013 at Clear Channel in Loveland, thanks to a special coordinator in the Applied Learning Center! I then found this job over here at The Coloradoan and I have loved it ever since! I get to help with videos, advertisements, production, and when other departments need help I am their go to girl. The CAS program at MSU Denver helped me so very much to be prepared for this job. It taught me everything I need to know and more! From all of the Rhetoric courses (which I absolutely loved) to all of the hands on production courses, everything was flat out the best and there is not one thing I do not use on a daily basis working here at the newspaper. I am super satisfied with my career choice and I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to get into production, writing, speaking, or anything in-between!”
Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
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 CAS Graduates are Now
List of the organizations that have hired graduates from the MSU Denver CAS program