About the College of Liberal Arts College to Career Alumni Panels
The College to Career Alumni Panels consist of alumni from the College of Liberal Arts who have created a successful and meaningful career with their Liberal Arts degree. There are a range of careers that can be pursued by Liberal Arts graduates, and for many graduates it can take a while to find a career that works well for them. Speaking from experience, the alumni panelists will give students advice, tips, direction, and best practices that students can use when networking and applying for jobs.
Sociology College to Career Alumni Panel
McCabe Callahan, ‘02 Liberal Arts/Sociology
McCabe opened Mugs coffee shop six months before graduating from Colorado State University, and opened 5 more operations in the next 3 years. In 2007 McCabe made the difficult decision to downsize and restructure the business to spend less time operating multiple businesses and instead spend the time to focus on development of the concept of the business at the Mugs Downtown location. In October of 2010 he opened Mugs @ the Oval. His new venture, Community Funded, harnesses the power of crowd funding to support diverse projects and community initiatives across the country.
Aaron Madonna, ‘08 Sociology
Aaron and fellow CSU student Juwon Melvin founded Dreamreel Media, their answer to inspiring young adults through publications and speaking engagements. Aaron has authored two books, Destination College and Help! IDK What I Want to Do with My Life. After graduation, the two friends founded LifeSoap, a company that sells organic soap and gives a portion of the profits to bring clean water to schools in developing countries, in partnership with H2O for Life. Lifesoap has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, and Aaron and Juwon already have completed two clean-water projects in Nicaragua.
Thad Smith, ‘74 Sociology
Thad is President of Thaddeus Smith & Associates, a specialty brokerage and risk management service to the biomedical and medical device manufacturing industry. Thad is also an officer and director of Alacer Corporation and trustee of the Jay W. Patrick Trust. Based in California, Alacer Corporation distributes health supplements nationwide and generates about $30 million in annual revenue.