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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217J

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY

9am-11am

3:30pm-4:30pm

THURSDAY

9am-11am

Campus Box Number:
25

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Bio:

Dr. Susan Bertelsen is a professor in the Human Performance and Sport department at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she has been employed for eleven years. Previously, she taught two years at the University of Wyoming, one year at Santa Barbara City College and over 10 years at the high school level in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. Susan specializes in methods of teaching fitness and physical activity education, health education and physical activity behavior change. She has owned and operated a 3,000 square foot fitness center from 2007-2009 and has been a certified personal trainer since 1997.

Originally from California, Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Master’s from California State University Fresno; and Doctorate from University of Northern Colorado. She is an avid mountain bike rider and enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits including golf, water sports, and traveling.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217E

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

7:45am-9:15am

WEDNESDAY

9am-11am

Campus Box Number:
25

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Bio:

Dr. Colleen Colles is a Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Human Performance and Sport Department and serves as the Program Chair for the Sport Industry Operations (SIO) concentration.  This concentration is designed for students interested in careers pertaining to the business of sport. Colleen teaches Senior Seminar, Organization & Administration, Legal Liabilities, Event Management, and Career and Professional Development courses. In 2013, Dr. Colles led the efforts to transform the SIO curriculum. Significant modifications included the addition of eight new required classes, several innovative elective courses, increased options for minors, and a heightened focus on professional dispositions. In addition to teaching, Colleen serves as the university supervisor for SIO students completing their internships.

Dr. Colles has over 25 years of experience teaching in higher education and has also spent time as a collegiate volleyball coach, athletic administrator, and sport event manager. She has been heavily involved with the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) since its inception, serving on the Board of Commissioners for multiple terms.  Much of her current research and professional development is focused on the quality and accreditation of sport management programs. Colleen is an active member of the North American Society for Sport Management and the Sport & Recreation Law Association. Her recent service to MSU Denver includes co-chairing the College of Professional Studies’ Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, serving on the Enrollment, Retention, and Graduation Committee, the Experiential Learning Task Force, as well as multiple search committees.

Prior to MSU Denver, Dr. Colles spent 12 years at Nichols College in Dudley, MA where she served as a faculty member and Department Chair for the Sport Management program.  During her tenure at Nichols, Colleen taught several courses in the MBA program, chaired the college’s Curriculum Committee and Faculty Senate, and served as the Faculty Athletics Representative.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
214.1

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

11am-1:30pm

Campus Box Number:
25

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Bio:

Nicole Furuiye is currently a faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Human Performance and Sport department. Furuiye teaches several courses in the Sport Management major. Some of those courses include Sport Venue Operations, Sport Media Operations, Sport Governance and Policy, and Sport Industry. She also supervises students completing their Field Experiences and the SM Club, a student run group.  She has developed three new courses including Sport Enterprise, Technology and Social Media in Sport, and the new Global Sport class beginning in Spring 2016. The program recently was granted accreditation status with the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

Furuiye brings over 20 years of professional experience from the sport and entertainment industry to the classroom. She has worked in the NBA, the NFL, ESPN, collegiate athletics, within the financial industry, as well as with a privately owned public relations firm assisting professional athletes with public relations and non-profit foundations.

Currently finishing her doctorate in Sport Administration at the University of Northern Colorado, her research is focused on social media in sport and NFL and athlete retirement transitions. She is a member of North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM), COSMA, and is honored to volunteer and serve as a member of the Nominating Committee for USA Taekwondo.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217D

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY

10am-11am

12:30pm-1:30pm

TUESDAY

12:30pm-1:15pm

WEDNESDAY

9am-10:45am

THURSDAY

12:30pm-1pm

Campus Box Number:
25

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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
209A

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY

12:30pm-1:30pm

WEDNESDAY

12:45pm-2:15pm

Campus Box Number:
25

Directory Profile

Bio:

Leslie Merrill is a Lecturer in the Human Performance and Sport Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves as a Co-Coordinator of the Dance Program. She enjoys teaching a range of dance courses in the HPS Department, including Dance Teaching Methods, Choreography, Interdisciplinary Performance, Dance History, Community-Based Dance, and Jazz, Modern, and Tap Technique.

Merrill holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Colorado and has been teaching dance for over 20 years. She has enjoyed performing with Haan Dances, Ascential Dance, the Cindy Brandle Dance Company, and Louder Than Words Dance Theatre, and dancing and choreographing for Interweave Dance Theatre. She currently performs and collaborates choreographically with the dance theatre company, Projekt Move. She has worked for the Colorado Dance Alliance as a writer and editor and has shared her research in conference presentations and publications. She has been fortunate to receive a variety of grants for her creative scholarship, in addition to numerous artist residencies and choreographic awards.

Merrill has been commissioned to collaborate in the creation of several dance films. In Colorado, she has had the opportunity to present her choreographic and video work extensively. Her work has been shown nationally as part of the American Dance Festival’s Dancing for the Camera Series, the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, the Holland Project, the Intangible Bodies Conference, and the TARLA Dance for Camera Festival. Internationally, her creative work has been presented in British Columbia, Mexico, and Germany. Her body of dance theatre and interdisciplinary performance work ranges from short pieces to evening-length concerts, and she has collaborated in the direction, production, and choreography of multiple original musicals.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217B

Campus Box Number:
25

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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
107

Campus Box Number:
25

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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
214

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY/WEDNESDAY

11am-12:15pm

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

12:30pm-1:45pm

Campus Box Number:
25

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Bio:

Dr. Troy Morgan is an Assistant Professor in the Human Performance and Sport Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has taught at three universities in Leadership as well as Exercise and Sport Science departments. At MSU Denver, Dr. Morgan teaches a range of courses including in the areas of sport sociology, sport law, management as well as creating and teaching a sport ethics course. 

Morgan has held various roles in athlete development and sport performance for over a decade. After his collegiate playing career he was a baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at the high school and college levels, a college football assistant, and Major League Baseball scout. He is also a player development consultant for multiple private sport academies across the nation. In addition to Morgan’s hands on experience, he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in counseling and development with an emphasis on adolescent athletes from Kansas State University, and received his doctor of philosophy in health, exercise, and sports sciences with a cognate area of study in mental health from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Morgan’s research areas include non-cognitive aspects of sport performance, systems and structures of athlete development, and Pan-American sport. Troy has presented original research at national and international law, sociology, and leadership conferences.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217F

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY

1pm-3:30pm

WEDNESDAY

8am-10:30am

Campus Box Number:
25

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Bio:

Dr. Tony Nuñez is an Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Sport at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He teaches in the Exercise Science major and specializes in resistance training and metabolic conditioning. During his time in the private sector, he has worked as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, business owner and personal training supervisor. Dr. Nuñez’s academic preparation includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach, as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Science/Physiology from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Dr. Nuñez’s research interest lies in the area of exercise programming for metabolic conditioning and the prevention of chronic diseases through the use of exercise, as well as resistance training programming for both athletic and general populations. He has presented his research at national and international conferences around the United States and plans to continue doing so throughout his career. Dr. Nuñez has published in peer-reviewed scientific and professional journals, most notably the IDEA Fitness Journal, who has a readership of over 300 thousand fitness professionals. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds his Exercise is Medicine credential from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Dr. Nuñez takes great pride in the success of his students and hopes to help all of them reach their academic and professional goals. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, exercising and taking part in outdoor activities.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217A

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

Available by appointment, please email Dr. Nyhus at rnyhus@msudenver.edu

Campus Box Number:
25

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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217C

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY

10:45am-12:45pm

TUESDAY

11am-1pm

WEDNESDAY

10:45am-11:45am

Campus Box Number:
25

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Bio:

Dr. Christine Odell has been a certified Athletic Trainer since 1992.

She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned her Master of Arts Degree in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.

She then worked in a variety of athletic training settings throughout the course of her career: traditional Division II college, physician extender, out patient rehabilitation clinic and has also worked several professional cycling races here in the United States as well as one Tour of China.

When she discovered her passion for teaching, she earned her doctorate at Colorado State University in Education/Interdisciplinary Studies – Health/Exercise Science.

She has taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2004 and has served as the Director of Athletic Training Program since 2008.  Her teaching philosophy revolves around teaching students how to incorporate the bigger picture into patient care – trying never to let her students forget that they are working with people who have many needs beyond just returning to an active lifestyle.  



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
209A

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

7:15am-8am

TUESDAY

12:15pm-1:15pm

Campus Box Number:
25

Directory Profile

Bio:

Nicole Predki has taught in the Human Performance and Sport Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2010 and currently serves as a Co-Coordinator of the Dance Program. Nicole teaches because she believes that everyone can dance and create and strives to give students the confidence and tools to do both. She has an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado Boulder with a focus in somatics and multidisciplinary performance and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Columbia University in NYC. Her focus in dance and science revolves around diverse applications of the creative process. Nicole’s movement style reflects her background with an eclectic mix of gesture and athleticism fed by her training in Horton, Graham and Cunningham techniques, as well as Ballet, Jazz and Aerial Dance.


Nicole has held a variety of administrative positions with over two decades of experience working in the arts and sciences. Her experience includes choreographing and producing collaborative multimedia productions as well as directing professional evening-length productions with casts of over 40. Her role in productions has encompassed everything from artistic direction to music editing, video editing, stage-managing, fundraising, aerial rigging, budgeting, marketing, and choreography. She served as Education Director and Marketing Coordinator for Frequent Flyers Productions, Marketing Assistant for Nancy Cranbourne's dance company "40 Women Over 40," and helped plan and execute events for EcoArts, a non-profit founded by Marda Kirn that organized art and science collaborations.


She was awarded the ATLAS Innovator Residency, ACE performance grant, Charlotte York Irey Award for talent in performance, choreography and teaching and a three-year Roser fellowship. Her choreography has been featured at the ATLAS Blackbox Theatre and produced by internationally renowned Frequent Flyers Productions.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
209B

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

9:30am-11:45am

TUESDAY

1:15pm-1:45pm

Campus Box Number:
25

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Bio:

Dr. Joe Quatrochi is a Professor of Human Performance and Sport at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is the coordinator for the Exercise Science major within the HPS department. His academic preparation includes an undergraduate degree in Physical Education, and post-graduate degrees in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion.

Dr. Quatrochi's primary research interest lies in the area of physical activity for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. His professional experience includes extensive consulting activities for public and private entities in the areas of worksite health promotion and physical activity programs for adults, seniors/retirees, athletes and public service professionals (firefighters, security personnel). He has won numerous awards for his teaching and professional service. During the past 25 years, he has shared his expertise on numerous fitness and wellness-related topics in a variety of ways: through publication of several articles and chapters in books; delivery of dozens of presentations to various professional, private and public groups; and through many interviews for both print and electronic media. Most recently, Dr. Quatrochi has shared his experiences as a cancer survivor. Specifically, he has presented to various groups regarding the importance of self-responsibility to those being treated for cancer and other diseases.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217J

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

MONDAY/WEDNESDAY

11am-12:30pm

TUESDAY

1:45pm-3:45pm

Campus Box Number:
25

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
217G

Office Hours:

FALL SEMESTER

TUESDAY

9am-11am

WEDNESDAY

12pm-3pm

Campus Box Number:
25

Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Human Performance and Sport at MSU Denver.  He teaches a wide variety of courses in the Department of Human Performance and Sports’ Exercise Science concentration.  They range from introductory courses like Physical Fitness Techniques and Programs to senior courses like Exercise Electrocardiology and Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription.  Prior to working in higher education, he was employed as an exercise professional for Johnson & Johnson as well as in hospital and community based fitness facilities.  Thompson is dedicated to his students and strives to provide them the foundations to become successful exercise professionals.

Professionally, he is an active member in the American Physiological Society (APS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  He currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB) Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) subcommittee for ACSM as well as a member-at-large for the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).  Dr. Thompson was recently honored to be named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  He is one of approximately 1400 in the entire College.  He is also an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and has maintained this certification for over 16 years.

Dr. Thompson has published in well-known, peer-reviewed journals like the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology.  He has continued research interests in skeletal muscle blood flow as well as the efficacy of physician/exercise professional national initiatives.