The First Word

MSU Denver is transforming lives, communities and higher education.

By Chelsey Baker-Hauck, Executive Editor

Publish Date: January 30, 2014


We hear every day from our students and alumni that Metropolitan State University of Denver provides a life-changing experience. 

Consider student Ricardo Rocha, a former migrant laborer who is well on his way to a career as a neuroscientist. Or recent graduate Adore’e Blair, who went back to school at an age when most people retire and will put her new degree to work advocating for reforms in the child welfare system.

Of course, education is by its very nature transformational. But what is truly remarkable is that the transformation taking place at MSU Denver — through an exceptional academic experience defined by quality, value and relevance — is broadly accessible to students with varied academic backgrounds and financial means.

Inclusivity — not exclusivity — is the standard of excellence we’re striving for, and we believe it should be the standard of excellence for all of higher education in the future. In this way, we truly serve the greater good of our community and state.

Because transformation is at the core of MSU Denver’s identity as an urban land-grant institution, it’s also the cornerstone of the University’s new brand campaign, which positions us as an epicenter for urban impact, transforming lives, communities and higher education.

This issue of the Metropolitan Denver Magazine considers transformation as it relates to the mind, body and spirit, shared through the personal stories of our remarkable students, faculty and staff, and alumni. The transformation tales start with big news — rising rankings, a new building and one of the nation’s top professors — and wrap up with alumni news. The magazine’s starring characters include a walking revolutionary, a professor fighting human trafficking, and a chef who channels his passion through a wood-fired oven.

What’s your story? We’d like to hear about your career moves and life changes, the impact you’re making in the community, and how MSU Denver transformed your life. Share your story, class notes and letters to the editor by emailing