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Joint Budget Committee voting on AES funding today

The JBC will vote on the University’s $14.8 million request for the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences building.

March 12, 2015

It’s a big day at the State Capitol for MSU Denver today: The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is voting on the University’s $14.8 million request for the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences (AES) building.

Currently listed as one of the top 20 projects as prioritized by the Capitol Development Committee (CDC), the AES building is one of only nine higher education projects recommended for funding. The CDC has recommended allocating the full $14.8 million to the project.

Last year, the state awarded $5.2 million to support the AES building’s design, planning and early construction. The building will house MSU Denver’s innovative AES initiative, which will unite advanced manufacturing disciplines under one roof. By integrating core curricula and providing experiential learning opportunities in a state-of-the-art environment, the University will help create exceptionally qualified and educated professionals ready to meet Colorado’s aviation, aerospace and advanced manufacturing needs.

You can listen to today's public hearing by visiting the Colorado General Assembly’s website and clicking on the Joint Budget Committee link under “Year-round Committees.”

In other legislative news, an MSU Denver contingent hosted a caucus at the State Capitol last week, meeting with legislators about the success of the University’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events (HTE) Program. MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan was joined by College of Professional Studies Dean Sandra Haynes, alumna Lauren Spagnuolo (B.A. HTE ’14) and current HTE major Joe Boss. Spagnuolo is a former fellow of the Rita and Navin Dimond Hotel Management Program, which was endowed by the Dimond family in 2014. Boss is a current fellow in the program.

President Jordan highlighted the University’s significant contributions to Colorado’s $17 billion tourism and hospitality industry including the Springhill Suites Denver Downtown Hotel — the state’s only campus-based teaching hotel, the student-run Metropolitan Grill restaurant, and the many industry partnerships that provide MSU Denver students with exceptional internships and training opportunities.

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