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DESCRIPTIONFor Alumni and Friends of Metropolitan State College of Denver
FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF METROPOLITAN STATE UNIvERSITy OF DENvER
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Each package includes a donation to Alumni Scholarships.
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The MSU Denver Alumni Association is offering diplomas and a wide variety of
other items featuring our new name.
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DEPARTMENTS 2 Metro Vision
President Stephen Jordan agrees it is a very good year for the newly designated University.
3 Metrozoic EraStudents, faculty and staff salute the name change to Metropolitan State University of Denver.
4 NewsworthyRead all the latest about MSU Denver, Colorados newest university.
Fall 2012 / Volume XXVIII / Issue I
16 Alumni TimesAlumni news, new alumni travel and career services, advice on skydiving, the Homecoming schedule and more.
22 The Rowdy ReportMSU Denver plans sports facilities on the southwest edge of Auraria.
24 Dont BlinkFaculty, student and alumni artwork graces the new Hospitality Learning Center and SpringHill Suites.
ON THE COVER
Yum, broccoli! Kids at the Childrens Chalet are learning about nutrition with help from MSU Denver.
14DISHING IT UPAn MSU Denver professors project helps child-care centers serve healthier meals.
10FAVORABLE FORECASTThe new Weather Analysis and Observation class wins raves for weather watching.
13GREEN EGGS AND BUSINESSProfessor Bill Carnes uses Dr. Seuss characters to spark discussions in his business management classes.
89 ANSWERS John Brackney, CEO and president of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, says the University offers degrees relevant to the business world.
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EXECUTIVE EDITOR Cathy Lucas
EDITOR Donna Fowler (80)
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sandy Graham
DESIGN/PRODUCTION Welch Creative Group
COPY EDITOR Carol Rolland
PHOTOGRAPHERSSeth A. BacaDave NelighJulie Strasheim
METRO MAGAZINE EDITORIAL BOARD Bridgette Coble, Director of Career Services Donna Fowler (80), Director of Internal CommunicationsGreg Geissler, Assistant Vice President of DevelopmentDebora Gilliard, Chair and Professor of ManagementMark Jastorff, Director of Alumni Relations, Executive Director
of the Alumni AssociationCathy Lucas,
Associate to the President for Marketing and Communications
Ken Phillips, Chair and Associate Professor of Industrial DesignJulie Strasheim, Art Director, Creative Services
2012 Metropolitan State University of Denver. Metro Magazine is published three times a year by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Office of Marketing and Communications for alumni and friends of MSU Denver. All rights reserved.
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The opinions expressed in Metro Magazine do not necessarily reflect the policies and opinions of Metropolitan State University of Denver nor imply endorsement by its officers or by the MSU Denver Alumni Association.
Nondiscrimination PolicyMetropolitan State University of Denver does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability in admissions or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs or activities.
Metro Magazine is printed on recycled paper.
Jessica Taves Mark Woolcott
Metro Vision///Letter from the PresidentDear Alumni and Friends,
To say this is a great year to be a Roadrunner would be an understatement. We have had so many successes that have enhanced the learning experience for our students and have strengthened our relationship with the Denver and Colorado
community. As a graduate, you can be very proud of the dramatic accomplishments made by your alma mater this year.
In March, we opened our Student Success Building, which is now buzzing with students getting the assistance they need in this one-stop shop for student services. And the CAVEA (Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis), a state-of-the-art decision theatre housed in the building, is providing exceptional opportunities for our faculty, students and the Denver community. Learn more about the CAVEA at www.msudenver.edu/cavea.
In April, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that enabled us to become a university and with the stroke of a pen, elevated the value of an MSU Denver degree. That same month, the Board of Trustees approved the five-year strategic plan that will focus our efforts to become one of the countrys preeminent urban universities.
This summer, too, we made a bold move by becoming the first public college or university in Colorado to offer the states undocumented students the new Colorado High School/GED Non-Resident Tuition Rate. This rate, which includes no taxpayer subsidies, makes an MSU Denver education accessible to students who came to this country on their families initiative and have attended a Colorado high school for three years, ultimately graduating from that same high school or earning a GED.
As controversial as this decision is, its also compassionate and consistent with our mission to provide a high-quality, accessible and affordable education to all of Colorados diverse students.
We continue to increase the presence of the MSU Denver Neighborhood on the
Auraria Campus. In August, we marked the opening of our state-of-the-art Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, one of the countrys few teaching hotels on a university campus and a first for Colorado. This facility represents an innovative partnership among MSU Denver, Sage Hospitality and Marriott International, a collaboration that not only gives our students unprecedented opportunities to gain experience in the hospitality industry, but also contributes to the economy and the citys hotel infrastructure. And were on our way to building a new athletic complex on the south side of Colfax Avenue.
As you can see, 2012 has been a very good year for your alma mater. It also has been a tipping point for this scrappy school, which got its start in a clutch of office buildings downtown. Today, we have our own campus neighborhood and have proved that the can-do Roadrunner spirit so common among our students and alumni can make great things happen.
The implementation of our new strategic plan brings with it the chance to imagine and realize a preferred future for this great urban university. Its a future that will bring increased partnerships and collaboration with businesses, organizations and governments as they seek us out for our expertise and innovation. And it will encourage more students to seek out the individualized, real-world urban education we offer. This is our time, Roadrunners. And we will make the best of it.
Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D. President MSU Denver
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MSU Denvers past, present and future ///Metrozoic Era
THE NEWMSU Denvers past, present and future ///Metrozoic Era
Faculty, staff and studentsform a celebratory Ufor University.
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Congratulations!You are now a proud
graduate of MetropolitanState University of Denver!
As of July 1, your college became afull-fledged universitya change that will increase the value and prestige
of your degree.
Whats more, your scrappy alma mater is researching a new design and direction for these pages to match our new status. As much as we love Metro Magazine, its time to freshen up. When you see us in the spring, well have a new look, new
content and even a new name.
We hope youll let us know if U like it! Send your comments and story ideas to
To view a YouTube video of the making of this picture, visit http://bit.ly/Sn0oF9
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MSU Denvers Hospitality Learning Center (HLC) with the adjacent SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown opened this fall as a hands-on learning laboratory for the 635 students majoring in hotel, tourism and events management (HTE). There are only 10 other operating hotels on college campuses nationwide.
HTE majors are developing a budget to ensure the hotels success. They will work with hotel staff to troubleshoot issues such as staffing, promot