Student Spotlight Archives

MSW Student Spotlight

Since 1984 the MSW program has graduated over 500 students prepared to work as advanced generalist social work practitioners including in international arenas. Graduates of our programs are prepared to work with a wide range of clientele (individuals, families or other households, groups, organizations, and communities).


Ariel Wootan Merkling wins grad showcase award

Colorado State University School of Social Work MSW student Ariel Wootan Merkling with a poster of her research proposal


Congratulations to MSW student Ariel Wootan Merkling on winning a prize in the Excellence in Diversity and Social Justice Award category of the Grad Student Showcase in February!

(Mar. 2015)


Welcome to our Distance MSW 2015-17 Cohort

Colorado State University School of Social Work's Distance MSW cohort


The CSU School of Social Work Distance MSW Program is a cohort model program meaning that we admit one group or cohort of students for the entire three years of the program prior to beginning a second group at that location. This group meets for face-to-face instruction in Colorado Springs.

(Jan. 2015)


Field Education Participants

Colorado State University School of Social Work Field Education students Leah Jones & Rachel Winterfeld with alumna Jessica Clanton at Cheyenne's Afflerbach Elementary with Sydney the dog

Pictured from left: Leah Jones, Rachel Winterfeld, & Jessica Clanton, with Sydney the dog

Current Field Education Program participants Leah Jones and Rachel Winterfeld meet with Afflerbach Elementary School employee Jessica Clanton. Jessica, a graduate of our Field Program, is helping Leah and Rachel in their field education studies at the elementary school in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

(Jan. 2015)


MSW Student Evan Lowe on Ferguson

Master of Social Work student Evan Lowe shares his original spoken word poetry on events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Disclaimer: There is some language that some might find objectionable.

(Jan. 2015)


Welcome to our new two-year MSW students!

Colorado State University School of Social Work 2 year full-time MSW Fall 2014 students

From left to right - front row: Mohammad Alotaibi, Lisa Dunworth, Kelsey Moler, -, Sharon Wharton; middle row: Berkley Bargine, Siri Austill, John Floyd, Sam Dean, Rachel Winterfeld, Brenna Rush; back row: Kristi Fairbanks, Tim Burke, Pedro Diaz Ramos, Abby Simon, Veronica Mendez, Jennifer Garcia

(Aug. 2014)


Colorado Springs-based MSW Students Defend Research Proposals at Fort Collins Campus

Distance MSW Students at Fort Collins campus

Janethe Del Cid, Susan Ford, Bethany Hicks, Ralph Bohn, Latisha Quintana, Crystal Fields, and Robin Knappe (pictured left to right) make up one our Colorado Springs MSW student research groups. This group is conducting a needs assessment to determine the need for social work education programs in rural Colorado. They and their fellow Colorado Springs MSW students all traveled up to Fort Collins recently to defend their research proposals. Each group successfully defended and are spending the summer conducting data collection and analyses. In September the groups will return to CSU to defend their final research projects. This cohort of 32 students is anticipated to graduate in December.

(July 2014)



Congratulations to our MSW Distance Program Phi Alpha Honor Society Inductees!

CSU School of Social Work MSW student inductees into the Phi Alpha Honor Society: Tara Hefty, Debbie Myrick, Crystal Field, Latisha Quintana, Robyn Knappe, and Ruthie Knowles

From left: Tara Hefty, Debbie Myrick, Crystal Field, Latisha Quintana, Robyn Knappe, and Ruthie Knowles. (Not pictured: Rebecca Smalley)

(June 2014)



A successful defense!

CSU School of Social Work MSW students Leslie Townsend, Allie Hoensheid, and Stephanie Russell.

MSW students Leslie Townsend, Allie Hoensheid, and Stephanie Russell after successfully defending their research.

(June 2014)



Welcome to our new Part-time Evening Program MSW students!

CSU School of Social Work Part-time Evening Program MSW students 2014-15

(May 2014)


Welcome to our new Advanced Standing Program MSW students!

CSU School of Social Work Advanced Standing MSW students 2014-15

(May 2014)



Brittany Devens

Brittany Devens - Outstanding MSW Graduate

MSW student Brittany Devens is featured as one of CSU's outstanding Spring 2014 graduates in this article: Graduates share unique stories, overcome obstacles.





(May 2014)


Student Spotlight: Esther & Jessica Aguila

(May 2014)


MSW Student & Armed Forces Vet Drew Waldbauer Featured in CSU Magazine Profile

Drew came to CSU with a goal of helping fellow veterans. He chose our MSW program because of the quality of the program and the University’s reputation for helping veterans succeed. Read about his accomplishments and a new scholarship for student-veterans.

(April 2014)


MSW students take a break while working on a research project

Carrie Busby, Ashley Jessen, Martin Maxwell, Drew Waldbauer, and Alastair Johnson

(Around the table from the left: Carrie Busby, Ashley Jessen, Martin Maxwell, Drew Waldbauer, and Alastair Johnson).

(April 2014)