Pat Finn teaches

"Yes, and..."

In Improv for Strategic Communication, taught by actor and improv aficionado Pat Finn, students learn the same games that he and other comedians—including Saturday Night Live alumni going back decades—play to prepare for the stage.


New Spin on Narrative Arc

“There’s something special about moving around a 3-D space, or seeing it move around you, that makes it seem more real,” says Will Brewer, a critical media practices student whose classwork was displayed on a room-sized global display system through NOAA's Science on a Sphere program.

Serene speaks at CU Boulder NEXT in Denver.

Supreme Dreams

This year, Serene Singh became the first woman in university history and the first CU Boulder student in 25 years to earn a Rhodes Scholarship. In the fall, she'll head to Oxford University in England as part of a path she hopes could one day lead to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ashley Hopko and Tessa Diestel

Hate in America

As students in the Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship program, Tessa Diestel (Jour'18) and Ashley Hopko (Jour'19) traveled the country investigating intolerance, racism and hate crimes. Their project, Hate in America, won the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Digital Reporting.

Students pose for a selfie after attending a theatre outing with Willis.


Assistant Professor Erin Willis is faculty in residence for CMCI’s Communication and Society Residential Academic Program, known as CommRAP, which is based in Buckingham. The unique position allows her to connect with students outside of the classroom or office hours.

Erin Willis

Beyond the classroom: Fall 2018

Students think, innovate and create outside classroom walls, from a workshop that bridges the generation gap to a program that lets first and second-year students learn where they live.

Orange illustration

"Is that 'juice?'"

Sometimes, the elephant in the room is a glass of orange juice. Or more likely, a glass with something added to the juice.

Richard Rocklin and Rebekah Sosa (MStratComm’18) take a selfie after Richard attended three consecutive workshops.

Generation exchange

When graduate student Matt Isola's family friend, Ted, received an iPad for his 90th birthday, Isola volunteered to show him how to use the tablet. The experience was a revelation for both.


Game-changing moments

Before that iconic red circle appears on the stage and speakers deliver punchy TedTalks, hundreds of hours of preparation take place behind the scenes.

student work

Campaign to combat food waste

For her Strategic Communications Campaigns class, Assistant Professor Jolene Fisher assigned students to pitch graphic and messaging ideas to a committee of representatives for Boulder County's first Food Waste Awareness Week.