Current Students: MA Professional Writing
Thaimae Le is a first-generation college student and a member of the class of 2021 in pursuit of a Master of Arts in English, Professional Writing and a Master of Education, Educational Leadership. Le’s research interests include popular culture influence on personal development and self-esteem and misogyny and misandry in American youth. As a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, she strives to promote diversity, inclusion, and higher education with character and integrity. Professionally, Le hopes to positively impact her community by serving as a community college leader.
Ilene Withers is realizing her dream of getting a graduate degree as a student in the MA Professional Writing program. Retired from a career in higher education customer service specializing in helping students succeed, she is also a four-times published novelist. Ilene lives in Loveland, Colorado with her husband, adult daughter, and grandcat Zuma. When she is not crafting murder plots or doing her graduate studies, she is feeding her addictions of reading mystery novels and playing word puzzles. Her most interesting historical facts are that she grew up in a small Nebraska town with a population of four and, later, on the family’s Angus cattle ranch where she had to drive 32 miles up a one-lane road to high school only to graduate in a class of 32!