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While the next 50 years are likely to bring challenges, MSU Denver will meet them with innovation, creativity and its inimitable “scrappy” style.
On the occasion of MSU Denver’s 50th anniversary, two of the University’s earliest graduates recall how their transformative education – and outstanding professors – paved the way for their success.
MSU Denver’s dramatic and difficult birth in 1965 helped forge a spirit of resilience and innovation that will serve the University well on the road ahead.
Through her work at a United Nations think tank, alumna Michaella Vanore is helping to develop sound migration policy on the world stage.
As CEO of Provident Healthcare, alumnus Bill Nooning considers communication powerful medicine.
MSU Denver got an award-winning jazz virtuoso when Don Byron joined the faculty last fall. Now music students get to learn from a master.
Alumna, donor and avid balloonist Janice Marie King calls MSU Denver her “launching point.” Now she’s helping others reach new heights.
Alumnus Hugo Teufel is safeguarding your privacy in today’s global information society.
Cristian Solano-Córdova had everything he needed to succeed in college except U.S. citizenship.
Telling MSU Denver’s story means showing how it transforms lives, communities and higher education.
MSU Denver’s transformation over the past 50 years is nothing short of extraordinary.
Two alums and a current student share how MSU Denver transformed their
Happy Birthday, MSU Denver!
For 50 years, MSU Denver has transformed the lives of students.
Alumnus Omar Hurricane is using technology and a laser-sharp focus to uncover new energy sources.
Construction of the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences building is underway.
Student Faye Olsgard is at the center of a formidable MSU Denver network that is helping Costa Ricans to “look in the mirror.”
Alumna Monique Brown is helping inspire the next generation of women and minorities seeking careers in the STEM fields.
Alumnus Michael Bates creates a seriously smart briefcase.
As head of CDOT’s Division of Aeronautics, alumnus David Ulane is flying high.
Alumna and College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean Joan Foster reveals how MSU Denver and marine science changed her life.
A yearlong celebration of MSU Denver’s 50th anniversary kicks off on July 3 at Denver’s Civic Center Park.
Alumni explain how they were “Made at MSU Denver.”
Lessons learned at MSU Denver helped Joe Rice become a master in diplomacy — in Colorado and overseas.
Elizabeth Miner was unhappy. Then she seized an opportunity for a new life.
The legendary alum and Hispanic leader’s legacy of transformation lives on.
Ricardo Baca breaks new ground as he covers one of the biggest stories to come out of Colorado in years.
A group of MSU Denver students helped middle school students be smarter about water through an engaging original production.
Edna Mosley "was as beautiful a spirit as anyone I have ever been around."
With wisdom acquired at MSU Denver as a guiding light, Michael Ocrant helped expose Bernie Madoff's deeply layered Ponzi scheme
Colorado's only integrated commercial-learning facility is changing the shape of hospitality, tourism and events education.
Concentration: Global Wine Studies; Current Student
Concentration: Hotel, Tourism and Events; Graduated: 2013
Student Story - Justin Ellison
Concentration: Event Management; Graduated: 2011
Lance Whitehair went from unemployed to M.D. with her MSU Denver degree.
Former College of Business Dean John Cochran retired from MSU Denver in 2011. He died in May 2015 at the age of 66.
MSU Denver's alumni, faculty and students go above and beyond in transforming lives and communities.
Alums credit MSU Denver with helping to accelerate their careers.
According to Military Times, MSU Denver is the top Colorado college for veterans.
Hannah Pennington has never let her disability slow her down — in life or in the Olympics.
Using a hands-on approach and real-world applications, Aaron Brown helps students become global citizens.
Thanks to Chris Cisneros' love of flying and nerves of steel, U.S. soldiers are alive today.
April Charmaine and John Futrell use creative expression to help the next generation find its voice.
An MSU Denver class helps illuminate a difficult issue.
Older students prove education isn't just for the young.
Students learn how to rise above in business at MSU Denver's Center for Professional Selling.
Irvin Susano knows firsthand the value of role models. So he became one for other students.
Edna Mosely was the first African-American to serve on the Aurora city council.
The dean takes a pop quiz on the new School of Education.
Providing a real-world education means adapting to the ever-evolving real world.
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A reader reflects on how an MSU Denver professor changed her life.
Alumna takes artistic and altruistic journey.
Todd Labo came to MSU Denver a guitar player and left a musician.
Henning Schymik’s MSU Denver education helped his career soar to unimagined heights.
Dr. MC brings the roots of rap and hip hop to the surface.
For graffiti artist Keith “Lemon” White, supporting youth is part of the picture.
Kali Fajardo-Anstine writes edgy stories that are garnering national attention.
Students’ mural is a “gift to the community.”
Dustin Nyhus designs unique – and chic – housewares, and supports independent artists along the way.
The trials and triumphs of students who are the first in their families to go to college.
Frank DeAngelis led Columbine High School through its darkest days.
Mother and son Roadrunners credit caring faculty with their success.
David Skougstad taught accounting from 1976 until his retirement.
MSU Denver is redefining the role of urban universities.
Readers reflect on the impact of an MSU Denver degree
Engineering professor and students build low-tech device to heat homes.
At the top of his game, a theatre grad takes on a new role: best friend to the dog he saved.
Hoteliers Navin and Rita Dimond invest in the transformative power of education.
Denver attorney Hollynd Hoskins levels the playing field.
Dave Montez leads the charge for LGBT equality and opportunity in Colorado.
Wearing the crown of Miss Native American USA, Sarah Ortegon inspires the next generation.
Jim Saccomano reflects on the highs and lows of a legendary Denver Broncos career.
For Cyrena-Marie Briedé, the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather” is a perfect place to work.
MSU Denver is revolutionizing aviation, aerospace and advanced manufacturing education.
Katherine Archuleta’s journey has taken her to the highest echelons of government.
The sky's the limit for this MSU Denver alum.
Former adjunct professor helped the University become a four-year college.
Assistant Professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science races again.
MSU Denver is transforming lives, communities and higher education.
Facebook provides a forum for talk of transformation.
MSU Denver Nursing gets a booster shot.
MSU Denver clinical psychologist Travis Heath talks about thriving in an uncertain world.
Can social science and spirituality ever be truly reconciled?
Rob and Lola Salazar hit a home run for athletics and education.
Jonathon Stalls is starting a revolution at 3 mph.
‘Cultural Worker’ Ashara Ekundayo champions entrepreneurial access and equity.
April Hill sees new possibilities for teaching science to blind students.
Joe Quatrochi promotes fitness for all ages.
Former Roadrunners soccer star is one of the nation’s top disabled athletes.
An MSU Denver professor is helping the state and the nation to combat human trafficking.
The world over, happiness is more about what we do than what we buy.
Faced with a grim prognosis for his three children, Brian Horan decided to get on with living.
Scott McGlothlen uses communication to combat the social stigma of HIV.
For alumna Eva Cernik, belly dancing is meditation in motion.
Chef Josh Barhaug channels his passion through a wood-fired oven.
Firefighter Michael McCabe finds success in service to others.
Beloved Adjunct Professor Howard Flomberg made lasting impact on the University.
Former student Liam Nevins died serving his country.
Reset expectations to manage your time from the inside out.
For historian Beverly Chico, hats offer cultural, psychological and spiritual insights.
MSU Denver grads use creativity to transform.
Readers weigh in on transformations, both large and small.
Arts education is in transition and Metro’s Center for Visual Arts is leading the charge.
The Center for Visual Art serves as a center for creation and experience.
Mick Jackowski, director of the MSU Denver Center for Innovation, defines that elusive thing called creativity.
From courts to concert halls, Norman Provizer leads a life on the downbeat.
Form and function combine in usable art.
Students' mobile boutique totes local trends.
MSU Denver Alumna Carolina Fontoura Alzaga creates an international art career from salvaged bike parts.
Cultural innovation is shaping the Queen City of the Plains.
Social Documentary Students find art in everyday life.
Denver Comic Con co-founder Christina Angel uses comics to spark student creativity.
Calligrapher Christine Shanley turns an artistic avocation into a creative career.
Writer Gerald Boyd has cultivated a creative niche in the wine world.
Jack Barwind, an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, died May 16, 2013, at the age of 70.
Clemens “Clem” Brigl, who taught in the Department of Human Performance and Sport for 16 years, died March 19, 2013, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Emeritus Professor of Finance Kenneth Huggins died July 6, 2013 at the age of 81.
Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology Harol “Hal” Nees II died June 29, 2013, after battling cancer. He was living in Arizona at the time of his death.
Longtime MSU Denver employee and 2006 retiree Shirley K. Steinshouer passed away on June25, 2013, after a short illness.
Ronald Taylor, a professor of law and ethics at MSU Denver for 32 years, focused his professional career around the importance of teaching.
‘Extreme Knitter’ Daniel Nilsson finds rewards in the risk of artistic expression.
Chef helps kids eat better by making food fun.
MSU Denver introduces a magazine on a mission.
Facebook provides a forum for talk about transformation.
For men’s basketball head coach Derrick Clark, the academic success of his players means more than a national title.
MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan charts higher ed’s changing course.
An MSU Denver student helps a lost community reclaim its history.
Matt Kailey shares lessons learned on his transgender journey.
Artists Kevin Kutch and Mary Ellen Buxton rekindle their artistic fire after a soaking by Hurricane Sandy.
MSU Denver has unveiled a five-year plan to transform the University into one of the nation’s best.
With a tuition rate for undocumented immigrant students, MSU Denver fulfilled its promise to provide broad access to the transformative power of higher education.
Alumni Association Award recipients reflect the best of MSU Denver.
Opportunity led to transformation for alumnus Jeff Martinez, executive director of Brothers Redevelopment.
The late Charles Branch left an indelible mark on the School of Education.
MSU Denver’s first president, the late Ken Phillips, invested a lifetime of passion at the University.
Alumnus Tom Payetta is reinventing his life—and career—after Opie Gone Bad.
After the death of her daughter, alumna Lisa Maille turned grief into grace to help families in need.