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Former top Army doctor to address Metro State graduates

December 12, 2011

Lt. Gen Eric B. Schoomaker, who recently retired as the U.S. Army Surgeon General, is the keynote speaker for Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Fall 2011 Commencement. More than 1,200 students are expected to graduate at the ceremony to be held on Sun., Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center.



Board votes to postpone final choice of new name

December 1, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Board of Trustees voted this morning to hold off taking a final vote on a new name for the institution for at least 30 days.



CABA & Metro State Hold VFW Charity Airlift 12/4

November 28, 2011

The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) with support from Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Precision Flight Team is holding a holiday charity drive to benefit the State of Colorado's Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).



Metro State Honors Veterans with Flag Raising 11/11

November 10, 2011

Remaining true to its mission as an urban land-grant institution, Metropolitan State College of Denver will recognize the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform with its annual Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony on the Auraria Campus. The public event will take place at the Tivoli Commons at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 11.



Metro State Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership Hosts Israeli Ambassador to the US

November 7, 2011

The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership at Metropolitan State College of Denver welcomes Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The ambassador’s private presentation to Auraria Campus students, faculty and staff at 11 a.m. at St. Cajetan’s representing his second visit to Denver.



Sonia Nazario named as 2011 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor

October 5, 2011

Continuing a 14-year history of bringing renowned Latino and Latina scholars, artists and community leaders to Metropolitan State College of Denver, this year’s 2011 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship is award-winning journalist and author Sonia Nazario.



Metro State secures $1 million gift to launch unique water education program

September 28, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver has secured a $1 million donation from an anonymous local donor to establish an interdisciplinary education program, the One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship (OWOW Center). Set to offer a minor in water studies in fall 2012, the center will address the growing demand for water and the need for greater public education about this vital resource.



Metro State Latino Population Accelerates

September 27, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver reaches record level of Latino undergraduate student enrollment —a 12 percent increase from 2010. This brings the College’s Latino enrollment to 18.2 percent (4,281 students) and overall students of color to 31.6 (7,443 students).



Metro State Foundation Announces New Board Members

September 6, 2011

Four new members have joined Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Foundation Board of Directors. The new members, serving three-year terms, officially join the board during their first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13.



Denver Food & Wine Sept. 9-10

September 1, 2011

A sensory buffet of food and wine appealing to epicurean tastes sets the stage for a hands-on learning environment for more than 80 Hospitality, Tourism and Events (HTE) students when Metropolitan State College of Denver hosts this year’s 7th Annual Denver Food and Wine (DFW) Sept. 9-10.



Master’s program kicks off with strong demand

August 25, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver officially launched its first Master of Social Work program this week and the program is already meeting expectations in terms of enrollment. “Our new master’s program is meeting the market need, and we’re very happy with the diverse mix of students that have enrolled thus far,” says Virginia Cruz, chair and professor of social work. “Nearly a quarter of our master’s students are recent Metro State graduates and the remaining are professionals from the social services sector.”



U.S. Department of Education awards Metro State multimillion-dollar grant to operate Equity Assistance Center

August 18, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver has been awarded a three-year grant, anticipated to reach over $2 million, to establish and operate an Equity Assistance Center (EAC) to help Mountain West public school districts deal with equity and civil rights issues.



Metro State joins national SAP University Alliance

August 3, 2011

Successful companies across the country know the importance of having a solid project management infrastructure. Without it, time and money is wasted. In an October 2009 Economist Intelligence Unit report, 90 percent of executives surveyed claimed that project management is either critical or somewhat important to their operation, while a mere 37 percent of respondents felt their firm did at least a “very good” job of managing important projects.



Metro State Flight Team Wins National Prestigious Loening Trophy

July 20, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science was awarded the Loening Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award. The award recognizes the most outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the country.



Arts Program Inspires DPS Youth to Design their Own Model City

June 28, 2011

WHAT: The Center for Visual Art (CVA) at Metropolitan State College of Denver has partnered with Denver Quality Afterschool Connection (DQUAC) to teach youth ages 8 to 11 how to think critically in their own surroundings by designing a scale model of their ideal city.



Metro State Roller Coaster Classroom

June 17, 2011

WHAT: The Center for Math, Science and Environmental Education at Metropolitan State College of Denver enters its 15th year of organizing the Summer Science Institute camp for middle school students 5th through 8th grade. The four two-week camps, June 6 through July 29, explore math and science in fun, exciting ways using hands-on learning in a team-oriented atmosphere on the Auraria Campus. Since the program’s inception more than 2,000 students have completed the camp.



Metro State Resident Tuition to increase $351 per semester

June 1, 2011

As a result of state funding reductions totaling $7.1 million, the Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees (BOT) voted at its June 1 meeting to approve a $351.00 tuition increase for Colorado resident undergraduate students taking 15 credit hours. The increase will go into effect in fall 2011.



Metro State Honors Larry Strutton at Leadership Circle Program

May 31, 2011

Metropolitan State College Denver will recognize alumnus Larry Strutton with the Inspiration and Action Award at a special Leadership Circle event on Wednesday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Visual Art.



American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall Coming to the Auraria Campus Nov. 4 – 5

May 26, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) and Traveling Wall at the Auraria Campus, Nov. 4 and 5, 2011.



Metro State Outdoor Commencement May Move Indoors on Auraria Campus

May 14, 2011

As a result of inclement weather forecasted for this weekend, Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Spring 2011 commencement may move indoors from the previously scheduled outdoor venue on the Auraria Campus Athletic Fields.



Congressman Polis to Address Record Number of Spring Graduates

May 5, 2011

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder) has been selected as the keynote speaker for Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Spring 2011 Commencement. More than 1,600 students are expected to graduate at the ceremony to be held on Sun., May 15 at 9 a.m. on the Auraria Campus Athletic Fields.



Metro State announces Ann Murphy as new dean of the School of Business

April 28, 2011

(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Vicki L. Golich has announced Ann Murphy as the new dean of the School of Business, effective June 1, 2011. “Dr. Murphy’s numerous qualifications, including her history of excellent contributions to Metro State, have led to my decision to offer her the position of dean, and she has graciously accepted,” says Golich. “This is a very significant step for Metro State, the selection of one of our three deans who will help lead the College into the future.”



Recreational Therapy Program Creates Winning Combination

April 27, 2011

With today’s tight budgets in nearly every sector, expanding city services in support of community needs might seem improbable. But the creative thinking of Metropolitan State College of Denver and Denver Parks and Recreation has led to a new recreational therapy program for citizens with disabilities in spite of the financial obstacles.



Excel Program Brings 100+ Students to Campus April 26

April 26, 2011

The Excel Pre-Collegiate Program is an expansion of the Excel Outreach program, which was created more than 20 years ago. The Pre-Collegiate Program goals are to provide support to motivated high school students and their parents to assist them in achieving their higher education aspirations. Although it’s not required for the program, the bulk of students will be the first-generation to attend college in their family. The majority of students in the program are also Latino, which supports Metro State’s goal to become a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution.



BOARD VOTES TO POSTPONE NAME CHANGE

April 21, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to defer until 2012 its efforts to secure legislative authority to change the College’s name to Denver State University.



Metro State Students Become IRS Special Agents on April 15

April 15, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver brings the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) to campus on Friday, April 15 for an investigation workshop. Twenty Metro State students will become IRS special agents in an all-day simulated investigation of real-world fraud case scenarios.



Metro State Math Day 2011 – April 12

April 11, 2011

WHAT: The Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Metropolitan State College of Denver is hosting more than 130 students, representing 17 local high schools, at its 24th annual Math Day competition. This dynamic team-oriented event includes three competitive sessions: algebra and analysis, hands-on challenges and geometry. At the conclusion of the event, winning teams will receive awards.



World-Renowned Primatologist Biruté Galdikas Comes to Metro State April 21

April 6, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver Associate Professor of Anthropology Catherine Gaither and 15-year-old Niwot High School freshman Kristen Nordham are just two local examples of the 100s of people primatologist Biruté Mary Galdikas, has inspired through her four decades of research on orangutans.



National Conference Supports Urban Teaching

April 4, 2011

Colorado’s First Lady Helen Thorpe, senior teacher-quality researcher Laura Goe, Colorado U.S. Representative Jared Polis and culturally responsive teaching expert Sonia Nieto are just a few of the nationally recognized experts presenting at the 4th Annual Great Teachers for Our City Schools national conference, April 27-29, at the Embassy Suites, Denver.



Metro State breaks ground for new campus Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center Thursday, March 31

March 28, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver officially breaks ground on its Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC), further establishing its Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department and joining a select group of less than a dozen similar experiential programs known nationally. The HLC will feature a 150-room SpringHill Suites® by Marriott, 28,000-square-feet of academic space within the HLC and 5,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. The nearly seamless melding of academic instruction, interactive laboratories and real-world experience within the hotel will allow the College to offer an experiential curriculum for its diverse undergraduate student population, as well as current professionals seeking continuing education.



Board Selects Denver State University As Potential New Name

March 9, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Board of Trustees today voted at a special board meeting to pursue legislative authority to change the institution’s name to Denver State University. A late bill is planned in the legislature within the next month, according to President Stephen Jordan. The board made its decision based on insight gained from primary and secondary research collected during the last year. Two front-running names emerged as finalists for a potential name change: Denver State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. At the meeting the board voted 5-2 in favor of Denver State University.



PR Exec Judi Hampton named Metro State’s 2011 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor

February 22, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver announces public relations executive Judi Hampton as its 2011 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor. Under the theme “Inclusive Excellence: A Foundation for the 21st Century,” Hampton will participate in a series of events in the community and on campus Feb. 28 – March 2. The professorship, initiated in 1981 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metro State, brings renowned scholars and artists of distinction to the College to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.



Metro State Students Organize Homecoming Pep Rally & First-Ever Bonfire 2/17

February 14, 2011

WHAT: Metropolitan State College of Denver Student Government Assembly (SGA) is holding the College’s first-ever homecoming bonfire and pep rally in commemoration of homecoming week Feb. 14-19. The event will include brief remarks from the SGA, Alumni Association and Metro State President Stephen Jordan along with an official bonfire lighting and outdoor concert. Students and the community will enjoy food and hot chocolate, while listening to a live band and enjoying a blazing bonfire stacked 10 feet high. The band selected to perform will be the winner of ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition held at St. Cajetan’s on Feb. 14.



Economics of Immigration: Myths and Realities

February 10, 2011

WHAT: Metropolitan State College of Denver School of Business is hosting a “lunch and learn” professional development workshop addressing the common misconceptions about immigration’s negative impact on the U.S. economy. The program will address how conservative estimates conclude that the U.S. economy achieves an annual net gain of $20 billion from current immigration activities.



METROPOLITAN STATE COLLEGE OF DENVER TO TEST NEW NAMES

February 3, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver President Stephen Jordan today announced the next step in a yearlong process of gathering data to determine the perceptions surrounding the College’s name and what benefits could accrue from a change in its name. Along with the College’s current name, three potential new names for the College are being considered: Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Central Colorado and Denver State University.



Metro State Chef and Students head to Super Bowl to volunteer at ‘Taste of the NFL’ benefit

January 31, 2011

(Denver, Colo.) — While many people dream of making it to National Football League Super Bowl, not many can claim an 11-year winning streak like Jackson Lamb, Metropolitan State College of Denver professor and chef. On Feb. 5, Lamb and 14 of his students from Metro State’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events (HTE) will return to the Super Bowl to coordinate the 20th annual Taste of the NFL charity event benefiting Feeding America food bank system.



SAGE HOSPITALITY PARTNERS WITH METROPOLITAN STATE COLLEGE OF DENVER TO LAUNCH STATE-OF-THE-ART HOTEL AND HOSPITALITY LEARNING CENTER

January 27, 2011

Sage Hospitality is partnering with Metropolitan State College of Denver to create a Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC) in the heart of downtown Denver that will help meet the needs of Colorado’s tourism industry by educating the next generation of hotel professionals to the industry’s highest standards. The first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain West, the HLC will feature a 150-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott, a 28,000-square-foot Hospitality Learning Center and 5,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. The combination of classroom instruction and interactive laboratories will provide an experiential curriculum for Metro State’s diverse undergraduate student population as well current professionals seeking continuing education.



Super Bowl XLV Ads are Back for 2011

January 17, 2011

While Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, Feb. 6 may not break the $3 million mark for an average cost of a 30-second ad spot, preliminary reports indicate 2011 spending is up significantly from 2010. Despite the dynamic, competitive landscape of television advertising, the fundamental marketing principles for successful Super Bowl advertising have remained consistent for years. “Even with the evolution of new marketing mediums the traditional elements of effective ad strategy continue to ring true,” says Darrin Duber-Smith, Metropolitan State College of Denver visiting assistant professor of marketing. “Today companies are now using the Super Bowl to launch new campaigns or breathe new life into existing ones.”



Metro State Center for Innovation Announces First-of-its-Kind Franchise Ownership Program

January 14, 2011

On Jan. 14, 2011, the Center for Innovation at Metropolitan State College of Denver announces a first-of-its-kind franchise ownership program, further solidifying Denver nationally as a key test market for small business development. This unique program, supported by its first seed gift of $100,000 from global financial services company BNY Mellon, establishes a formula that will benefit investors, franchisees, franchisors and the College. The concept has already gained national recognition from the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the association’s annual conference in Hilton Head Island, S.C. with an award for Best Practitioner Paper for innovative fundraising.



Metro State Honors Civic Leadership

January 10, 2011

The 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast, hosted by Metropolitan State College of Denver, will be held Jan. 14, 2011 in the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus from 8 a.m. -10 a.m. The keynote presentation is being delivered by outgoing Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Terrance Carroll. The breakfast was created to celebrate the life and philosophy of Dr. King and includes a cultural program as well as an awards ceremony, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to peace, justice and the values expressed by Dr. King. This year's honorees include: Geri Grimes; Opalanga Pugh, posthumously; Aaron Smith and Psychology Professor Mary Ann Watson.



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