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Publish Date: January 30, 2014

We Said:

The fall 2013 issue explored the ways creativity fuels individual careers and the economy.

You Said:

I am reading through your fall 2013 magazine and am utterly impressed by the quality writing, photography and design. I am proud to have a degree from Metro State! —Karen Kronauge (B.S. accounting ’95)

I just had to let you know how impressed I was with the fall issue of MSU Denver’s magazine. The artwork is stunning, the layout enticing and the content is edgy and interesting. Definitely not your usual run-of-the-mill publication from an educational institution. —Michele Lacey, Together Colorado


We Asked:

We invited MSU Denver Facebook fans to share their personal transformation stories at

You Answered:

MSU Denver and its working/struggling student-friendly atmosphere helped me gain the knowledge and skills I needed to get a B.A. in psychology. These same skills helped me carve a path through some rough times prior to and during college, which led me to now owning my own business in Seattle working with kids with autism, and dogs ( I couldn’t be more thrilled with the experience I had at Metro! —Ian Iddings (B.A. psychology ’09)

I found my “Degree of Belonging” in January 2010 when I began my journey as a mentor with the Journey Through Our Heritage program through the Chicana/o Studies Department at MSU Denver. Now my journey to achieve my bachelor’s degree in 2014 is obtainable, and students that I’ve mentored along the way have chosen to go to college at Metro State. Everything is coming together full circle! MSU Denver has allowed me to cultivate a community through art and culture that would not be possible at any other university in Colorado. I am proud to be a “rowdy” and “scrappy” Metro State Roadrunner! —Jay Michael Jaramillo (Class of ’14)

I came back to school after 17 years and am graduating with my B.A. in psychology — the first generation to graduate high school and first in my family to earn a four-year degree! Glad I transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver! —Kaylene Granado (B.A. psychology ’13)

I came to God out of an addiction, homelessness and life of crime and will be gradating with a B.A. in human services with an emphasis on mental health counseling sometime in 2014! Metro has helped me in my career as an addictions counselor, and this degree will help me go even further! I am forever grateful for the education. —Harvey Bowden II (Class of ’14)

I can’t even express how much Metro has been such a big part of my life! I was a first-generation, minority migrant student when I came to MSU Denver. Five years later, I’m finally graduating with a B.A in human development with a minor in education. Although I’m the youngest in my family, I’ll be the first to graduate from any type of school! —Sandra Ramirez (B.A. human development ’13)

Do you want to comment on something you read in the Metropolitan Denver Magazine? Have your own transformation story to share? Join the conversation at Or send a letter to the editor to or Metropolitan Denver Magazine, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Campus Box 86, PO Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217.