The First Word

MSU Denver's alumni, faculty and students go above and beyond in transforming lives and communities.

Publish Date: February 17, 2015

Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.

Metropolitan State University of Denver has a long history of going above and beyond in its service to students and commitment to community. Examples of MSU Denver’s excellence, accessibility, innovation and impressive outcomes continue to raise our profile on the national stage. In the past few months alone, The Wall Street Journal named two of our faculty members among the nation’s 125 most influential professors; Military Times ranked us the top Colorado college for veterans and 32nd in the nation; and MSU Denver was named a STEM Jobs Approved College.

On the funding front, MSU Denver worked closely with state leaders to develop the specific formula for House Bill 1319 (HB 1319), which was passed into law in spring 2014 and is designed to align the state’s higher-education budget with Colorado’s goals for public colleges and universities. We remain steadfast advocates for increased funding to offset students’ tuition costs, while providing wrap-around services to better support underrepresented students. We are grateful to our state leaders for their diligent work to develop a nuanced formula that recognizes each institution’s unique role, and rewards those that best support students’ success.

While state lawmakers are still finalizing the formula for HB 1319, we are optimistic that it will significantly benefit MSU Denver students.

Our alumni, faculty and students continue to go above and beyond in transforming lives and communities across Colorado and the nation. Alumni like decorated war hero Chris Cisneros, who saved many lives while risking his own; faculty like Aaron Brown and his Humanitarian Engineering course and club that are helping to improve peoples’ lives; and students like those featured in “Never Too Late to Learn”, who overcame tremendous obstacles to obtain their education.

2015 is poised to be another exceptional year at MSU Denver. Among the highlights: We’ll kickoff a yearlong celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary that will include breaking ground on our truly remarkable Aerospace Engineering and Sciences Building and Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Additionally, the new Regency Athletic Complex at MSU Denver is slated for completion this spring, offering our students and the surrounding community 12 acres of new athletic fields as well as a 23,000-square-foot building that houses a concessions stand, a multipurpose meeting room, intramural sports storage and academic office space.

I hope you’ll join us as we soar to new heights.

Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.