In your words

Roadrunners from the 1970s tell us how MSU Denver changed their lives.

Publish Date: November 11, 2016

The integral part that MSU Denver played in my life can’t be overstated. It prepared me for a distinguished career in higher education administration for over 30 years.

Much of my professional development came from the extracurricular activities I was involved in around the college. It was a time when student participation and activism in college governance may have been at its zenith.

My experience in student government at the college as chief justice of the Student Court taught me how to work with a diversity of people, to resolve conflict and be an agent for change and improvement – lifelong skills needed in any profession.

I was also very fortunate to have had the professional mentorship of many individuals. In particular, Kenneth Curtis, Andy Breckel and Martha Valdez were all instrumental in my seeking a career in student personnel services.

After MSU Denver, I completed a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Colorado. I worked at Front Range Community College, retiring as dean of instructional services after more than 30 years. For more than two decades, I was a senior arbitrator for the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau.

The friends, colleagues, education and experiences at MSU Denver will never leave my memory. It is something for which I am forever indebted.

Craig Bowman B.A. English ‘70


MSU Denver made a real difference in my life.

I was a first-generation college student. I think my parents imagined it was like enrolling in first grade – walk through the door with your birth certificate and immunization card, and you’re good to go.

My parents had no experience with colleges, entrance exams or financial aid. My high school advisors compounded the problem, providing information to those whose parents had gone to college, while trying to steer the rest of us in other directions. Never mind the National Merit letter of commendation I received; my high school counselor was suggesting beauty school, or maybe a couple of years of community college.

After completing all of my high school graduation requirements, and frustrated at the lack of encouragement, I left in the middle of my senior year.

My school district did not award my diploma until spring, and made some noise about considering me truant for a semester. Some of my teachers and classmates thought I had dropped out. Imagine all of the jaws dropping when I showed up at the senior awards ceremony as a highly decorated retired military officer, I had been awarded a full- ride scholarship by the Disabled American Veterans.

I had completed a term of classes as a provisional student at MSU Denver. I loved the energy, enthusiasm, real-world approach and the rare opportunity to learn in small classes,

instead of lectures in crowded auditoriums.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in biology with honors at the age of 20. Later, I got a Master of Science in public health from the University of Colorado, advanced through a wonderful career and retired from the Environmental Protection Agency.

All of it began with my college experience at MSU Denver.

Debbie Kova
B.A. biology ’77