The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to present the English College to Career Panel on Thursday, October 3rd. As part of the College to Career Panel series, this panel will feature three alumni from the English Department who have created successful and meaningful careers with their English degrees. Students, faculty, and CSU alumni are invited to attend these panels. The alumni panelists will discuss how their degrees have helped them establish their careers, offering students advice, tips, and best practices to follow when networking and applying for jobs. A question and answer session will follow the panel. The College of Liberal Arts is also hosting panels in Philosophy, Art, Political Science, Ethnic Studies, and Music, Theatre, & Dance during fall semester 2013
Faculty Moderator: Pam Coke, Director, CSU English Education Program
Mackenzie Fogelson ’02, CEO, Mack Web Solutions
Mackenzie Fogelson is the founder and CEO of Mack Web Solutions. In the past 10 years, Mack has done it all, from the grunt work to the glad-handing: she’s done web design, keyword research, support meetings, business development, site optimization, link building, hiring, branding, marketing, conference-attending, report-giving, lunch-buying, party-throwing, bill-paying, office-cleaning, hand-holding, and a whole lot of reading. The effect of the time, effort and hard work is a thriving web marketing company based on her personal business passions: integrity, best practice, and delivering sustainable results. Mack’s determination to learn as much as she could about her chosen profession as an SEO has taken Mack Web Solutions from a one-woman-band to a team of dedicated SEO, social media, and design specialists. These days, Mack’s main focus is growing the company through the education of her clientele, community, and also of her team. She challenges her team to integrate SEO, content marketing, and social media into strategies that actually work and bring desired results. Then she turns around and shows the world-at-large what her ever-improving systems, processes, and efficiencies have wrought.
Caleb grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri. He graduated high school in 2004 and began attending community college while working several jobs. He was enrolled at Maryville University in Saint Louis, but his love of the mountains kept calling. Therefore, he transferred to Colorado State University in January, 2008, and began finishing his degree program, declaring English Literature as his major and adding a minor certificate program in Environmental Studies. While he attended CSU, he worked for the College of Health and Human Services and served on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee as the student representative during his senior year. He graduated in May, 2010. He is an outdoor enthusiast who loves living near the Rocky Mountains. He is a two time graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The first time he graduated with honors from a course in wilderness horsepacking–that took place in Wyoming; the second time was this past July in which he completed his technical wilderness mountaineering training on the Hamathko Ice Field in British Columbia, Canada. In May of 2013, he graduated from the Sturm College of Law (University of Denver) with a master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy. He is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree in law. He has been accepted into JD degree programs at the University of Wyoming, San Francisco, and Creighton University, but he is deferring enrollment for the next year while he applies elsewhere. Caleb loves the natural world and wants to work to protect it, but he also loves English and literature. Both of these things are his passions and he is attempting to amalgamate the two together in some way so as to pursue a career that involves both. Caleb is an avid writer of short fiction and uses his adventures in the wild to inspire his stories.
Todd Forkner, ’04, English Teacher, Fossil Ridge High School