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PE/Event Center
1255 W 10th Street
Denver, CO 80204


Main: 303-615-1500
Outdoor Pursuits: 303-615-1499

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Mission: Metropolitan State University of Denver’s mission is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global and technological society. To fulfill its mission, MSU Denver’s diverse university community engages the community at large in scholarly inquiry, creative activity and the application of knowledge.
Vision: Metropolitan State University of Denver’s vision is to become the preeminent public urban university in the nation.
Values: MSU Denver’s mission, vision, ongoing operations and strategic planning are informed by a core set of values that define who we are—and aspire to be — as a University. They are: Diversity, Access, Entrepreneurship, Respect, and Community.

MSU Denver Strategic Plan 2020

Campus Recreation Policies


Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108C

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Diane Yee joined MSU Denver in October 2017 as the Director of Campus Recreation after a 5-year stint in New York City as the Athletics and Recreation Director at The New School.  To begin her TNS career, she organized a school-wide campaign to elect a mascot to represent all seven colleges within the university. The Narwhals were born, unifying the TNS community and gave its students a shared identity that reinforced school pride. After two years at the helm, she doubled fitness class offerings, tripled sports programs and increased outdoor adventure participation by 700%. As an independent athletic program, unaffiliated with any leagues or conferences, Diane created the Northeast Art School Basketball Invitational (NASBI) in 2014 so that art schools in a similar situation (Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design) had a championship to call their own. In 2016, TNS took home the championship in the 3rd Annual NASBI, defeating neighborhood rival Cooper Union at Brown University in Providence, RI. With a passion for increasing employee engagement, she also worked with Human Resources and established the highly anticipated annual Staff Development Day and monthly Lunch Buddies program.

Prior to her time with the Narwhals, Diane was the Director of Campus Recreation Services at Drew University (Madison, NJ) where she was responsible for managing the 110,000 square-foot multi-purpose athletics center and the programs within it. Her favorite program she implemented was the Quidditch Cup; a popular, annual tournament of the game featured in Harry Potter. As the Intramural and Facility Coordinator at Brown University, Diane improved the intramural program integrity and increased participation from 300 to 550+ teams across 22 sport leagues. She was also the founder of the Rhode Island Quahog Classic (est. 2009) which invited the intramural flag football, soccer, volleyball basketball, and softball championship teams from Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Bryant University, Roger Williams University, and Brown University to compete in a state-wide extramural tournament for the chance to be earn the state champions title.

Diane received her BS in Business Administration from The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ) in 2005 and immediately went on to earned her MS in Sports Management from West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) in 2006. As a student, she was highly involved with campus recreation, partaking in club volleyball, intramural softball, and extramural flag football while working as the intramural and club sport supervisor. The benefits she gained through participation and employment is what drove Diane towards a career in collegiate recreation. She believes that campus recreation is much more than fun and games. It’s an opportunity to increase recruitment, retention, community, holistic well-being and personal/professional development for students. A life-long resident of the east coast, Diane is excited to live the Colorado lifestyle. She enjoys Spikeball, volleyball, snowboarding, rock climbing, tennis, table tennis and the occasional game night.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
002

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Bryan Ferguson has been involved in teaching, teambuilding and leadership development in higher education since1993. During that time, Bryan led more than 200 rock climbing clinics teaching over 1000 students how to rock climb. He led 24 (and counting) consecutive ice climbing trips to Ouray resulting in over 1100 ice climbing days for Auraria students. He led 13 trips on Kokopelli’s Trail, 14 canoe trips on the Ruby Horse Thief section of the Colorado River, Bryan has led more than 40 trips to Moab for hiking, biking and canyoneering. It was not uncommon for Bryan to spend as many as 30 nights either camping or in hotels facilitating trips each year. Under his leadership, the OP program typically runs more than 150 events each year serving two to three thousand students. Bryan has worked with many campus administrators and faculty members to develop and lead teambuilding and leadership activities over the years.

Bryan expresses that a fundamental value of outdoor education is that it serves outcomes of student leadership development through sharing knowledge and encouraging students to pursue their own path in teaching and learning in the outdoors. Over two hundred students have benefited from employment in leadership positions in OP.

Bryan has taken classes within the community college system. He holds a baccalaureate degree from MSU Denver and a Master of Arts degree from the CU Denver School of Education.

Bryan’s past and present certifications include Emergency Medical Technician (State and National Registries), First Responder (CDOT), Wilderness First Responder, Level III Avalanche Forecaster (Professional Avalanche Worker), Lifeguard, Sports Safety Training, First Aid Mountaineering Module, Schwinn Cycling Instructor, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108D

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Louie Morphew started working at Campus Recreation @ Auraria in August, 2005.  During his time at Campus Recreation, Louie has supervised informal recreation, facility operations, adaptive fitness, personal training and CPR course instruction.  Louie has over 18 years’ experience in higher education including stints at Indiana State University as a graduate assistant, Arapahoe Community College as adjunct faculty and MSU Denver. 

Louie holds certifications through the National Strength Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer.   He is also a certified CPR instructor through the American Red Cross.  Louie is actively involved in the National Intramural Rec Sports Association and has been a presenter at both the Region V conference and the Colorado/Wyoming state workshop. 

Louie graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a master’s degree from Indiana State University in Adult Fitness.  He lives in Centennial, Colorado with his wife Sissy and two sons Marcus and Landon.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
002C

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Born in the San Francisco bay area, David Lamothe moved to Golden, CO in 1994. He graduated from Mullen High School in south Denver in 2000 and then moved to Seattle, WA to begin a life of rock climbing and backpacking while exploring the mountains, rain forests, and ocean beaches of the Pacific Northwest. Most of his days were spent recreating outdoors and playing music whenever he had the chance.

Returning to Golden, CO in 2003, Dave enrolled in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program at Red Rocks Community College specializing in Mountaineering Skills. At about the same time, he joined a nationally touring Irish folk-punk band and continued to explore the urban jungles of the U.S., coast to coast, between studying and attending classes.

After earning his Associate’s Degree from Red Rocks Community College in 2007, Dave transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver where he enrolled in the Recreation Professions program in the school of Professional Studies, focused on Recreation Management. He began working as a student-employee with Campus Recreation at Auraria in the Outdoor Adventure Center and spent the next three years honing his guiding skills, planning outings, and facilitating team building events with various groups of students, faculty, and staff of the Auraria Campus community.

After graduating from MSU Denver in 2010, Dave worked on RTD’s West Light Rail line to Golden as an environmental and stormwater inspector until he returned to MSU Denver as a full-time administrator working once again with Campus Recreation at Auraria. Dave accepted the full-time position of Outdoor Leadership and Intramural Sports Specialist and is honored to have the opportunity to give back to the students of the Auraria Campus and MSU Denver.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108B

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

A 2017 graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Elizabeth Belton received her degree in Mind/Body Wellbeing and Performance with a minor in Psychology. She has been a part of the Campus Recreation team since 2014 where she started as a student employee for fitness. Her past work experience has been in the recreation field from working as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor to a youth track coach.

Elizabeth is ecstatic to have started her career in an area she loves and that coincides with her hobbies which in include exercising, taking and instructing group fitness classes, being outdoors, hiking and camping. She has a background in a variety of sports including track, cross country, basketball and swimming. Elizabeth also enjoys reading, fashion, music and crafting. Of course, like most things, she is happiest when she can share these hobbies with her loved ones. Who include her mother, father, two younger sisters and all her beautiful friends. 



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108E

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Liat Schindler is the Membership and Operations Coordinator for Campus Recreation at Auraria. She assists with the structuring and sales of membership and oversees the operations and supervision of the Front Desk, Equipment Check Out, and Fitness Center Staff. Liat has also been the Zumba Instructor for Campus Recreation since summer of 2012.

As a Colorado native, Liat graduated from the very first Denver School of Science and Technology in 2010. Following, she attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for Materials Engineering till 2012, when she moved back to Denver. Liat Graduated from Metropolitan State University in the Fall of 2015 with a degree in Communication Theory and a minor in Human Performance and Sport in Dance.

Ms. Schindler has an extensive background in customer service and sales. Prior to joining the Campus Rec team, Liat worked as a leasing agent for Cardinal Group Management from 2012-2016, followed by a year’s worth of experience as a teller for Westerra Credit Union 2016-2017.

Liat’s hobbies include dancing, performing, and relaxing.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108B

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Sierra Stump, a Texas native, has called Colorado home for the last 18 years. In 2015 she earned a degree in Human Nutrition—Dietetics from MSU Denver.  As a student, she started working at MSU Denver as a personal trainer where she was able to combine her love of fitness with her knowledge on nutrition to help her clients achieve their fitness goals.

Sierra and her husband love hiking and camping during the warmer months and snowshoeing once the snow comes in Colorado.  In the summer they lead week-long backpacking trips for high school students, where they remove students from any kind of technology to give them a way to fully recharge.  Sierra also enjoys running, and after doing several half marathons hopes to finally complete her first full marathon in the next couple of years.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
002

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Miki Summers earned his BA at Metro State College in Sports Industry Operations and Economics, earned certifications in construction management from CSU and lean Six Sigma. EMT from Red Rocks Community College and is finishing his online degree, MS Systems engineering.

He is a former US Marine and Army National Guardsman. While on active duty he trained forward deployed Marines and was a crew leader for several aircraft recovery teams. In the National Guard reserves, he trained with the 5/19 Special Forces Group, Special Operations Command Korea and worked as a tactical satellite specialist.

When he wasn't forward deployed Miki contracted work in the sports and entertainment industry program, project and operations management. His core competencies focused on IT infrastructure design and installation, R&D product management for Pepsi, stadium operations and construction planning and management.

Other interests include training people in self-defense, playing hockey, building decks, tree houses and is working on building a full size R2D2.

In his free time Miki enjoy eating bacon.



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