Congratulations to the Best Teachers of 2017

This entry is part 19 of 28 in the series Fall - 2017

OF 2017

Each year, the CSU Alumni Association recognizes outstanding CSU educators with Best Teacher Awards. We’d like to congratulate this year’s six recipients, who were nominated by students and alumni and selected by a committee of faculty, students, and members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Matt Camper

MATT CAMPER (B.S., ’01; M.S., ’07)

Department of Bioagricultural Sciences
and Pest Management (Entomology)
College of Agricultural Sciences

For seven years, Matt Camper has
taught entomology in the Department
of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest
Management as a special appointment
instructor. He also serves as the director
for the CSU Bug Zoo, a live arthropod
collection used for Extension and

Jim Klett


Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
College of Agricultural Sciences

Since 1980, James Klett has been a professor in the Department
of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. He also serves as
director for CSU’s Plant Environmental Research Center and
Annual and Perennial Flower Trial Gardens. He is a director of
Plant Select®, the country’s leading source of plants designed to
thrive in the High Plains and Intermountain regions.

Bill Shuster

BILL SHUSTER (B.A., ’88; M.B.A., ’00)

Department of Management College of Business

Bill Shuster has taught at CSU for 16 years and is a clinical professor of organization and innovation management in the Department of Management in the College of Business. His primary role is teaching business capstone, supply chain practicum, and international business courses, while providing support for students in their career development.

Abigail Veliquette


Department of Communication Studies College of Liberal Arts

Abby Veliquette holds a master’s in communication studies and a doctorate in organizational learning, performance, and change from Colorado State University. Veliquette has taught at CSU for 10 years, specializes in organizational communication, and teaches classes ranging from professional communication to conflict management and public speaking. Her research has focused on volunteers in nonprofit settings and leadership development in organizations, and she serves as a leadership coach and consultant to organizations.

Marie Villescas Zamzow (B.S., ’95)


School of Social Work College of Health
and Human Sciences

Marie Villescas Zamzow has taught in the School of Social Work for the past four years, and specializes in social welfare policy, child welfare, clinical work with families and groups, and diversity. In her classes, which include bachelor’s and master’s level classes, she facilitates learning, critical thinking, social work leadership, and discussions on “how we can each be responsible to help create change – social, environmental, or economic change – to create social justice.”

Grace Hanley Wright


Department of Management College of Business

For more than three years, Grace Hanley Wright has taught entrepreneurship and social and sustainable venturing in the College of Business. Wright studied political science at the University of Denver and received her master’s in business administration from CSU’s Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise program. Prior to CSU, Wright worked for Free the Children and Whole Foods Market, two businesses that showed her the positive impact of business and the power of young people to make a difference.

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