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Alumni Association Award Recipients reflect the best of MSU Denver.

Publish Date: April 22, 2013

Bobby LeFebre
Alum Bobby LeFebre won MSU Denver's STATEment Maker Award.
Photo: Deidre Brucker

Dusti Gurule has been changing America one Latina voter at a time. As director of the Denver-based Latina Initiative, she helped double Latina voter turnout in Colorado and has aided more than 1,000 people through U.S. citizenship classes.

For her efforts to help women voters to find their voice, Gurule received the 2013 MSU Denver Making A Difference Award, presented by the Alumni Association.

Gurule is in exceptional company. Other 2013 Alumni Association Award honorees include an award-winning spoken-word poet, a corporate VP, and one of the nation’s most popular artists.

“MSU Denver’s alumni are doing amazing things in their communities and professions,” says Mark Jastorff, Alumni Association executive director. “This year’s award recipients truly reflect the best of Metropolitan State University of Denver: They come from near and far, they are making a difference in their world and all proudly share their MSU Denver experience.”


Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jerry Hilderbrand (B.S. accounting ’74) is a leading forensic accounting expert who has testified in more than 120 cases of fraud and theft.


Making A Difference Award
Dusti Gurule (B.A. Chicano studies ’96) has been nationally honored for her work to engage Latinas into voting and campaigning for social and political issues.


The Giving Back Award
Rowena Alegría (B.A. Spanish  ’91) serves as director of communications for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and previously served as editor and publisher of The Denver Post’s "Viva Colorado."


Student Leadership Award
Molly Hurley (Class of 2013) plays a big part in the Student Alumni Association’s significant success, regularly volunteering to staff alumni events on campus.


Deans Honor Alumnus Award Letters, Arts & Sciences
Malcolm Farley (B.A. art ’81) is renowned for his visions of color and ability to capture the moment, action and spirit of an event in his distinctive painting style.


Deans Honor Alumnus Award School of Business
Russell Noles (B.S. accounting ’81) is the senior vice president and head of internal audit at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund.


Deans Honor Alumnus Award School of Professional Studies
David Quinones (B.S. criminal justice ’85) serves as deputy chief of operations for the Denver Police Department.


Distinguished Alumni Employee Award (posthumous)
Kate Lutrey (B.A. journalism  ’88) started working at MSU Denver in 1982 as business manager of the student newspaper and most recently worked as director of student concierge services. She passed away Nov. 6, 2012.


STATEment Maker Award
Bobby LeFebre (B.A. psychology ’04) is a social worker and an award-winning spoken-word artist and actor with Denver’s only Latino theater, El Centro Su Teatro.

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The 2013 Alumni Association Award winners are shining examples of all that’s great about MSU Denver.

Read more about Jerry Hilderbrand.

Read more about Dusti Gurule.

Read more about Rowena Alegría.

Read more about Molly Hurley.

Read more about Malcolm Farley.

Read more about Kate Lutrey.

Read more about Bobby LeFebre.

Read more about Daniel Quinones.