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The following are some of the events the OWOW Center has organized and/or been a part of in the past. See something you wish you didn't miss? Some of these events will reoccur! For the latest event updates, follow The One World One Water Center on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

AWRA Resume Rush
October 19, 2017 
5:30pm
The Rish Snug (1201 E. Colfax, Denver)

Students brought resumes to receive one-on-one advice from water resources professionals, and had a chance to win one of two $50 scholarships! 

 

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Student Water Field Conference
September 22 - 24, 2017
Keystone, CO

OWOW hosted this year's Student Water Conference in Keystone with the Keystone Science School. College students from all over Colorado enjoyed opportunities to hike, boat, practice your stream testing, and learn about mine remediation from Summit County experts. 

     

Watershed Summit: SHED '17
June 29, 2017
Denver Botanic Gardens

In partnership with several Colorado organizations, OWOW hosted the third annual Watershed Conference on June 29, 2017, convening nearly 250 water professionals that discussed conservation, green infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and corporate social responsibility.

 

Denver Metro Water Festival
May 17, 2017
Auraria Campus 

Denver Water, the Suburban Distributors of Denver Water, and the One World One Water Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver hosted the 3rd annual Denver Metro Water Festival. This festival is a unique opportunity to provide unbiased water-related education to sixth graders in Denver water's extended service area. More Info

 

Spectacular Vernacular
April 28, 2017; 8am - 5pm
King Center, Auraria Campus 

The Spectacular Vernacular Speech Contest was hosted in the King Center. We are very proud to hear that a water studies student was one of the winners in the contest. Congrats to all the winners!

 

Undergraduate Research Conference
April 21, 2017; 8am - 5pm
North Classroom, Auraria Campus

Undergraduate students had a chance to present scholarly projects/research, impressed graduate school admissions committees and potential employers, and made connections with other MSU Denver student researchers and faculty. 

 

Water Resources Networking Night
April 13, 2017; 5:30pm
Blake Street Tavern, Denver

OWOW and AWRA hosted an evening to network and ask questions from a panel of professionals in the field of water resources.  Students will have a chance to win scholarships.

 

CEMS Presents NOVA:  Power Surge:  Are we Finally on the Brink of a Clean Energy Revolution?
A‌pril 12, 2017; 5pm
SIE Film Center

This event started with a networking session at 5:00pm. The NOVA: Power Surge moive started at 7pm and was followed my a panel discussion.

 

Rain Barrel Competition
March 15, 2017
MSU Denver, Auraria Campus

For the spring 2017 semester, professor Ted Shin added a new class project to his Industrial design Studio class; a competition with cash prizes. The class was divided into seven teams with the goal to create an updated, more functional rain barrel. Teams presented their design concepts to a panel of judges that consisted of working professionals from Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Water and the Bredle Group. Tom Cech played a vital role in developing the project, and OWOW had the honor of sponsoring the event. Two News channels covered the event. Channel 9 even interviewed the winners, Wendy Hughes and Ezra Depree. See the Channel 9 News Covereage.

 

Defend Our Water
March 14, 2017
Boulder, CO

Defend Our Water gathered speakers from campus and local businesses to discuss how climate change is impacting water and industries that depend on an efficient amount of clean water. OWOW's Nona Shipman participated in the panel for this event.

 


Climate Change Untapped
March 7, 2017
Crafty Fox, Denver

The Greenway Foundation and OWOW teamed up and gathered experts from Denver Water and MSU Denver to talk about Climate Change. The panel discussed climate change under the new administration and talked about the Environmental Pool project.

 


WASSUP Culture and Career Fair
February 28, 2017
St. Cajetan's, Auraria Campus

The WASSUP club successfully held their second fair. This event used the art and music culture to connect students with professionals. Students even had the opportunity to present their resumes to organizations. 

 

Colorado Annual Student Field Conference
September 23-25, 2016
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction

This annual event is designed for undergraduate and graduate students from any Colorado university interested in deepening their studies and understanding of Colorado water.

 

Larimer Square Chalk Art 2016
‌Denver Chalk Art Festival
June 4-5, 2016
Larimer Square

OWOW teamed up with artist, Jay Jaramillo, to merge art with water stewardship. We are grateful for the hard work that Jay put into the artwork. This was an exciting event to participate in.

 

Clean River Design Challenge
April 30, 2016
10am-3pm
Confluence Park

Two student teams competed to see who had the best design for The Greenway Foundation’s Clean River Design Challenege. The winning MSU Denver department received an honorarium to be spent on further engagement and education on the issue of trash in the rivers and streams. This competition raised awareness of, and strived towards the development of solutions to this source of pollution in the South Platte River and its tributaries.
CPR did a special on this event. For the CPR story and the interview of the winning team click here.

 


Water Court Education Seminar

April 7, 2016
4-7pm
Blake Street Tavern
Hosted by AWRA, RMWEW, AWWA, OWOW Center, and Colorado Water Congress

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Holiday Party with WASSUP to celebrate the Grads

"Holiday Extravaganza"
Auraria Campus, Tivoli 442
December 2, 2015
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

WASSUP and OWOW teamed up to celebrate the end of the year, the end of the semester and most importantly the Water Studies Graduates!

Student Water Resources Networking Night

"Student Water Resources Networking Night"
Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton St.
November 18, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Students from around the country to learned about careers in water resources while networking with professionals and organizations in engineering, watershed sciences, water management, conservation and more! The FREE event was hosted as part of the National AWRA Conference.

 

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"Water Diplomat Work Study"
Auraria Campus
September 18-20, 2015

The Water Diplomat Work Study was a two-day conference hosted by the One World One Water Center. OWOW staff and MSU Denver faculty invited 30 students and faculty from other campuses to Denver for an in-depth study of the Colorado State Water Plan as well as an overview of water essentials and Colorado Water Law and educational activities. All participating students will applied for paid work-study hours in connection with the conference and the required community/campus outreach activities to follow the conference. The students are required to return to their campuses where they will present an overview of the State Water Plan, and the specifics of the appropriate basin implementation plan, to at least one class and one outside organization in their community.

 

"Water Stories of the Living West Exhibit"
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
August 18, 2015
7pm

This informal evening was hosted at the History Colorado Center’s award-winning Living West exhibit. This was a chance to meet the people behind the water stories and get up-close with artifacts featured in the exhibit—and find out why water is so important to our state’s history.

 

Film Premiere, Great Divide, Newman Center
Great Divide Film Premiere
Newman Center, University of Denver
August 6th, 2015
7pm 

The Great Divide, a feature length documentary film from the Emmy award winning team of Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities, illustrates the timeless influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region. From Ancient Puebloan cultures and the gold rush origins of Colorado water law to agriculture, dams, diversions and conservation; the film revealed today’s critical need to cross “the great divide,” replacing conflict with cooperation. For more information, go to: www.thegreatdividefilm.com.

 

"Water for a Growing City"
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
July 21, 2015
7pm

Before the people of Denver purchased the water distribution system in 1918, numerous private water companies served the city. Starting in the late 1880s, the base of Platte Cañon (now known at Waterton Canyon) became the location for water storage and a variety of water filtration methods. This presentation discussed the early Denver water system, the different types of water filtration, and the development by Denver Union Water Company of the company town of Kassler in the early 1900s. Staff from Denver Water told the history of how Denver focused on safe drinking water.

 

June 24, 2015, Climate Change: Effects on Health and the Quality of Life Perspectives from France and Colorado

"Climate Change: Effects on Health and the Quality of Life Perspectives from France and Colorado"
Marriott SpringHill Suites
1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver 80204
June 24, 2015
2:30pm-8pm

The OWOW Center was honored to be a partner in the French American Climate TalkS (FACTS)! This event was free and open to the public. This event gave everyone a chance to converse about the challenge of climate change not only in the context of a shared emissions burden but also as an opportunity to create employment, economic growth and innovative modes of production consumption. FACTS aims to mobilize French, American, and Canadian public opinion on the issues of the conference and reinforce the dialogue between experts from these countries.

 

"Remembering the 1965 South Platte Flood"
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
June 16, 2015
7pm

In June of 1965 heavy rains over four consecutive days in three areas of the South Platte basin caused flooding from Plum Creek south of Denver to the Nebraska state line. The flood devastated the South Platte valley and shaped the river’s future in Denver. Robert Glancy (National Weather Service), Matthew Kelsch (UCAR), Bryan Kohlenberg (Urban Drainage and Flood Control District), and Tom Browning (Colorado Water Conservation Board) discussed the science and impact of the 1965 flood.

 

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Denver Metro Water Festival
Auraria Campus
May 19th
9:30am-2pm

Denver Water, OWOW, and Suburban Distributors of Denver Water will hosted 1,200 sixth graders on campus and conducted a variety of presentations such as a Water Education Theatre Ensemble and a Water Wizard trivia game. Visit the Denver Metro Water Festival website.

Earth Week Kickoff and Awakening
Auraria Campus
April 20, 2015
All Day

Join your fellow earth lovers in a sunrise ceremony along the Cherry Creek to honor the past, present, and future of this land followed by a morning yoga class. Later in the there will be musical performances, speakers, and dancers to enlighten visitors. 

 

Mother Earth Day: Tribal Water Sovereignty with John Echohawk
Discovery Wall at the Auraria Library
April 13, 2015
11:30am

River water diversions to large cities from Tohono O'odham and Pima Indians in southern Arizona have disrupted traditional food production, increased dependency on government commodities, and led to devastating health consequences. 

 

Colorado's Water Stories
"Wheatridge Water Stories From the Temple Family"
Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
4005 Kipling St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
April 8, 2015
6pm

 

Water Resources Networking Night
Blake Street Tavern
2301 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
April 2, 2015
5:30pm

Have you ever wondered what opportunities are available in water resources? We invite you to join an event at Blake Street Tavern in downtown Denver to network and ask questions from professionals in the field of water resources.

 

Colorado's Water Stories
"Long's Gardens - An Urban Oasis"

Museum of Boulder

February 26th

6:00pm


Longs Gardens is an urban oasis in Boulder, growing irises that are shipped all over the country.   Long’s Gardens opened in 1905 and has been passed down through the generations to Catherine Long-Gates.  Come hear Catherine talk about the past, present and future challenges and opportunities facing Long’s Gardens as an urban farm in the heart of Boulder.

 

Fall, 2014, Party, Graduates

2014 Fall Grad Party
2nd Floor SSB
December 10th
12:00pm-1:00pm

OWOW invited students to celebrate the end of the semester, all the hard work they accomplished, and to honor the graduating seniors!

 

Instagram Photo Contest

2014 Instagram Photo Contest
‌Instagram
September 17-November 14

OWOW connected with our Instagram follower's creative side.
Winners received:
1st Place: Camelbak hydration pack
2nd Place: Vapur MicroFilter
3rd Place: Choice of Kind Design Hat or Smith Scope Snow Goggles.

Save the Date, Resume Rush

Resume Rush
Breckenridge Brewery LoDo: Downtown Denver
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Students brought their resumes and received one-on-one advice from water resources professionals!

Spring 2015 Water Conflict Class

From Conflict to Collaboration
Auraria Campus: St. Cajetan’s
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
12:30pm-1:45pm

The guests speakers (James Eckland, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board; Carla Schnitker, Leadership Beyond; and Bill Bates, Denver Water) gave our audience the inside scoop on water conflicts in Colorado.

Whooping Crane Migration Workshop

Whooping Crane Migration Workshop
Auraria Campus: St. Cajetan's
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
9:30am-10:45am

Dan Luecke and David Little discussed the endangered whooping crane and their seasonal migration between Texas and Canada. Attendees will learned more about the upcoming March 2015 trip to Kearney, Nebraska to witness the annual crane migration and how to join the expedition.

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Colorado Student Water Field Conference
Colorado River in Grand Valley
September 26-28, 2014

The Water Center at Colorado Mesa University invited water faculty and students to attend the first annual Colorado Student Water Field Conference.  The goal of the conference was to introduce and engage students of Colorado water in water science, studies and issues around the state, in the field, not in the classroom.

This year, the focus was on how issues related to agricultural irrigation and environmental health come together in western Colorado’s Grand Valley via field trips, tours and presentations by faculty, water professionals and students.


Film Night, Milagro Beanfield war 

Film Night
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7PM
SIE Film Center: 2510 E. Colfax

The One World One Water Center and Denver Water will be presented "The Milagro Beanfield Wars" (1988) at the SIE Film Center (located between Tattered Cover and Twist N' Shout).
The film is about Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, that is facing a major new resort development. Local farmers are worried until Joe Mondragon illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field. The situation escalates, and a small war threatens to erupt in the Milagro Beanfield.

 

Denver Metro Water Festival May 2014‌‌

Denver Metro Water Festival
‌Thursday, May 21, 2014
MSU Denver, Auraria Campus

The OWOW Center, Denver Water, and Suburban Providers of Denver Water held the first Denver Metro Water Festival for over 800 6th graders on May 21, 2014. The educational event was a big success and a lot of fun with students attending a variety of 30 different presentations focused on water. Next year's Denver Metro Water Festival is already in the works. Stay tuned for more information. 

 

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CFWE's 2014 Urban Waters Bike Tour
‌Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Confluence Park - Shoemaker Plaza

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Confluence of Clear Creek and S. Platte River

The OWOW staff joined CFWE on their annual Urban Waters Bike Tours. Avid and aspiring cyclists came together to understand how the South Platte River is related to urban development, environmental health and community stewardship. A diverse group of students, young professionals and civic leaders mingled for a leisurely ride along Denver's urban waterway. 

 

Global Water Challenge
Saturday, April 26
Auraria Campus

Global Health Connection's Global Water Spring Challenge was held on the Auraria Campus. 

 

 

University Spring Fling Water Festival

Spring Fling Water Festival
‌Wednesday & Thursday, April 23-24, 2014
10am-2pm
Auraria Campus

The One World One Water Center once again hosted a water festival during the annual Spring Fling on campus. Thank you to all the organizations that participated in the water festival! There was beautiful weather, music, food trucks, and a student organized "splash" mob!

 

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AWRA's Water Resources Networking Event‌
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Blake Street Tavern

Students for MSU Denver, CU Denver, Colorado School of Mines, and other schools attended this well known annual networking event. The event was so much fun and a great opportunity for students to interact with potential future coworkers. The OWOW Center was a proud partner with AWRA for this fun event. 

 

 Chalk Art Contest Winner

Chalk Art Contest
‌Wednesday, April 2, 2014
10am-2pm
Tivoli Commons

The artists persevered through cold weather to display their love and value of water through chalk. All viewers had the opportunity to vote on the art piece that they related to best. Although it was a close contest, the winner was Michael Mccomb.

 

March 19th event

WASSUP with Water Scarcity in the Southwest

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
11am-1pm
Tivoli 320

The WASSUP (Water Association of Student Stewards Urban Program) Club hosted a very special event: "WASSUP with Water Scarcity in the Southwest". A panel of experts addressed the growing issues of water quantity and its uneven distribution in the Southwestern US.

 

"Making Contact: MSU Denver Art Faculty Show"

Friday, February 21
6-8pm
Center for the Visual Arts 
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

MSU Denver art faculty responds to the theme of "Making Contact." Interpretations include collaborations, interactive works, and programming that reaches across the artist / viewer divide. The MSU Denver Faculty Art Show included a collaborative collage about water developed by art faculty member Jan Fordyce and her students, and runs through April 5th.

 

 


"The Emerald Mile with Kevin Fedarko"
Thursday, January 9, 2014
6pm
Second Floor Lobby of the Marriot SpringHill Suites at Auraria Campus

Approximately 100 people attended this event co-hosted by the OWOW Center and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Kevin Fedarko did a wonderful job discussing his latest book about the fastest trip through the Grand Canyon. Learn more about the book at The Emerald Mile.

 

 


"Graduating Student Recognition Luncheon"

Thursday, December 12, 2013
12pm
Second Floor Lobby of the Student Success Building

There was a great turn out of new and graduating water studies students. Three graduating students were presented with special OWOW stoles to wear at graduation on December 15. The OWOW Center plans to continue hosting events like this each semester to recognize the commitment students make to water stewardship and how much they are appreciated.  

 

 

"From Colorado to Australia: Water Conservation Around the World"

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
9:30-10:45am
Tivoli 320 B&C

Russ Sands from the City of Boulder and Luke Gibbons from savewater! Alliance in Australia discussed the similar water struggles Colorado and Australia face and how they are dealt with. 


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"Water Conflict Prevention and Resolution Panel"
Wednesday, October 30
9:30-10:45am
Tivoli 640

Water Providers in the Denver metro area spoke as well as Carla Schnikter, an international expert on conflict resolution. Tom Cech, Director of the OWOW Center, mediated the event. 

 

 

 

"Water Festival at Fall Fest"
On September 18-19 from 10am-2pm, the OWOW Center hosted a water festival in conjunction with the annual Fall Fest at Auraria Campus. The event included everything from live music to food trucks to informational display tables by campus departments, organizations, and nonprofits.

 

 

 "Landscape 2030: Imagine a Water Smart Denver"

On July 31, 2013 The One World One Water Center, Denver Water, and the Denver Botanic Gardens hosted an event titled "Landscape 2030: Imagine a Water Smart Denver" at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The event was open to the public and featured a panel of experts in water conservation, water distribution, irrigation, and climatology to discuss their visions of the future of the Denver metro area with Colorado's water issues at the forefront. 

The population of Denver is expected to double in the next 30 years but the amount of water will remain the same. What will Denver look like in 2030? This event will discuss the changes Denver may go through in the next 17 years in order to support a growing population and tight water restrictions. 

 

"Global Water Dances" 

Saturday, June 15, the second Global Water Dances performance was scheduled. On a single day, a series of dances centered on water issues were performed beginning in the Western Pacific Rim, then encircling the globe. These performances use dance and music to blend local water issues with the global struggle to ensure safe water for all human beings. 

 

 

"Fair at the Bear"
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Saturday, June 8, Groundwork Denver hosted a volunteer stewardship, recreational and educational event called Fair at the Bear. Fair at the Bear intended to help bring awareness to water quality issues and impacts on the natural environment. Through education about the natural areas and local wildlife they helped children and adults gain a greater awareness of their daily impact. 

Groundwork Denver had a variety of activities planned for the day. In the morning volunteers removed invasive weeds, picked up trash, painted trees for protection from beavers, and built a walking trail. The afternoon hosted educational and recreational events.

 

 

 

"Gas Well Fracking"

Who: Peter Ornstein, former Deputy Regional Counsel for the EPA 

What: Informational presentation on the issue of hydraulic fracturing.   

When: September 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Tivoli room 320 ABC

Why: Water usage during fracking. 

 

 

 

 

"Preparing for a Water Court Trial"

Who: Steve Witter, ACWWA

What: This event will discuss what water court is and why Colorado has a water court.

When: October 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: St. Cajetan's 

Why: There many issues and challenges regarding changing water rights.

 

 

 

 

"Biomimicry"

Who: Marie Zanowick, Engineer for the EPA

What: This presentation will focus on nature's time-tested framework for sustainability. 

When: November 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. 

Where: Tivoli room 320 AB 

Why: Water conservation.

 

 

 

"Drought Report"

Who: Nolan Doesken, State Climatologist

What: Nolan Doesken presents weather and climate data, Colorado climate history, and drought information for long term climatic conditions in Colorado.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. till 10:45 a.m. 

Where: Tivoli 320 AB 

Why: With an increasing concern towards drought conditions in Colorado, Nolan Doesken presents our current drought state and their long term affects. 

 

 

"Spring Fling Water Festival"

Who: The One World One Water Center, Denver Water, The Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, and more! 

What: The Spring Fling Festival at MSU Denver offers tables of information for water industries and how to get involved with different organizations. 

When: April 17-18, 2013 

Where: Auraria Campus 

Why: This Water Festival provides MSU Denver students with information about the water field to spark possible interests and passions for water involvement. 

 

 

"Politics, Policy and Colorado Water‌"

Who: Elizabeth McVicker, Managment Assistant Professor 

What: A short course on the laws governing the allocation of water resources, administrative processes affecting water distribution, and policy considerations influencing water decisions will be conducted.

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Student Success Building 

Why: Generate awareness on the policies and politics of water resources and distribution. 

 

 

"Climate Change" 

Who: Dr. Jim White, Fellow and Director of INSTAAR

What: Dr. White specializes in global change, paleoclimate dynamics, and biogeochemistry. This presentation will reflect Dr. White's specialties, while addressing the critical issue of how our climate is rapidly changing. 

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. till 3:15 p.m. 

Where: Tivoli 640

Why: Awareness towards the critical issue of climate change is essential to understanding where our water future is headed.

 

  

"Water and the Arts"

Who: Featuring MSU Denver students 

What: A symposium to address the theme of water and the environment. Including smart water design, diverse visual arts, dance, poetry and live music.  

When: February 25-26, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. (Both Days)

Where: Tivoli Turnhalle

Why: Presenting an opportunity for students to express their artistic views on our most important resource, water. 

Water and the Arts Bios (‌ 7,337 KB)

 

 

"Chasing Ice" 

Who: Featuring MSU Denver students

What: A film inspired by limited water resources.

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science 

Why: With our changing climate and limited water resources, this film looks at current water trends. 

 

 

"AWRA (American Water Resource Association) Young Professionals in Water Event" 

Who: American Water Resource Association

What: Reception and Social Networking Opportunity.

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. 

Where: MSU Denver Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center 

Why: This event allows MSU Denver students to network with other young professional in the water industry to create long lasting connections and learn more about this growing field. 

 


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