When Luke Contreras '13 looks back upon his CSU Experience the number one word that describes it is "Pride." From his time spent as drum major of the CSU Marching Band to being an orientation leader, Luke has developed a true sense of what it means to be a part of something bigger then one's self. "Being able...
to represent CSU has been the opportunity of a lifetime," said Contreras. Whether preparing the marching band for an upcoming halftime performance or teaching incoming students university traditions, Luke constantly strives to give something back to the school he serves. "CSU has inspired me to not only give my all to the green and gold, but to give my all in every facet of life," said Contreras. "I am grateful for the opportunity, and proud to be a CSU Ram."
“A moment comes in every class, and it is a moment I love. I felt it first as a student, and so became a teacher to feel it over and again, to let others feel it, too. I think of each class as one long discussion, dozens of hours long. The fragile thread of one day's thought must be found again on the...
next. Anything said once in a class remains in the air, almost cloud-like—those confusions and clarities, those ideas and questions, waiting to find a way to be of use again. The moment I love can't be planned, but it happens. It happens when someone reads out loud a poem and we all listen; even the one who reads it listens. And the response is silence. But this isn't that silence of not knowing the answer, nor is it the silence of having nothing to say. This silence is one that comes to a class only when it\s understood the poem fully, and all of us know we cannot say anything of it better than what it has said of itself. It is that silence that marks the moment of truest learning, a silence of recognition, and it changes the lives of those who find themselves silent within it. That change has a simple name, though it is one of the hardest things to accomplish in a life: learning to read.”
Matt Shoup,'03, (Spanish) turned a job that put him through college into an amazingly successful business. After being laid off his job as a mortgage banker in 2005, Matt founded M&E Painting with $100, a lot of determination, and a sincere dedication to service and excellence. It has grown into an award-winning, multimillion...
dollar company and Northern Colorado's largest painting contractor. Following that success, he founded Shoup Consulting, through which he lives his passion for inspiring other entrepreneurs. Matt gives seminars on how to unlock your business potential and has written a book to inspire others to entrepreneurial success.
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