Second Annual Summer Soirée 2017
This year’s event will celebrate President Stephen M. Jordan and his wife Ruthie and their 12-year legacy of leadership, access and innovation at the University. Since taking the helm in 2005, Jordan has put MSU Denver on the path to becoming the preeminent public urban university in the nation. Under his leadership, the institution has achieved university status, launched its first master’s degree programs, established a School of Education, and seen plans for a Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, Student Success Building and Athletic Complex come to fruition.
A key priority of Jordan’s tenure has been transforming the lives of underrepresented MSU Denver students. The current student population is comprised of 40 percent students of color, up 21 percent since his arrival. Among those transformed by his progressive vision were undocumented students; Jordan’s courageous leadership in creating a nonresident tuition rate evened the playing field for Colorado’s undocumented students and heralded the ultimate passage of the ASSET bill.
Proceeds from the Summer Soiree will be dedicated to a fund in Steve and Ruthie’s name that will provide educational access and support to students at MSU Denver. Of our approximately 20,000 students, the majority are considered low- or moderate-income and of those 92 percent receive financial aid. These are students who work full- or part-time jobs, have families to support and have overcome many obstacles to attend college. More than 33 percent of MSU Denver students qualify for the highest level of federal aid based on income, and 43 percent of students who leave prior to graduating report that they were unable to afford tuition. Your support of this event helps deserving students stay in school and on track to complete their degrees.