Member Spotlight: Rachel Riley (B.S., ’15)

By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)

Rachel Riley (B.S., ’15) graduated with a degree in biological science, but her plans for a career in the medical field changed. She credits the people and opportunities afforded her at CSU for finding her passion in higher education. Rachel currently works as an admissions counselor with the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

While at CSU, Rachel served as an Admissions Ambassador, giving tours to prospective students and traveling out of state to meet with admitted students. She also served as Deputy Director of Student Services for ASCSU, spearheading the “Grill the Buffs” event and the Forever Green T-Shirt design contest, working with Ram Ruckus, revising the “70 Things to Do before You Graduate” list, and helping install the “Pride and Tradition Themes” in the Lory Student Center.

Her favorite CSU memories indicate she is a true Ram Fan. She recalls having front row seats at three Rocky Mountain Showdowns, and remembers most fondly the Showdown her senior year when, after the win, the team rushed to the student section and some players jumped into the stands to sing the Fight Song with the student section. The Denver Post memorialized that moment on the front page. Rachel’s other favorite memory was the 2014 Homecoming game, when the Rams won 16-13 on a last-second field goal and she joined others rushing the field to celebrate.

This stalwart Ram became an Alumni Association member through the Grad Pack program. She currently is an Annual Member and plans to become a Life Member soon. She shows her Ram pride with CSU license plates on her car and a brick at the new stadium. Rachel, you make us “proud to be a CSU Ram!”