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Metro State prof Cynthia Vannucci receives “Educator of the Year” award

Professional Convention Management Association recognizes professor

Posted: November 20, 2008

DENVER- Metropolitan State College of Denver Associate Professor Cynthia Vannucci is the recipient of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) “Educator of the Year” award. She will be recognized at the 2009 Celebrate PCMA Awards Luncheon on Jan. 12, 2009 in New Orleans.

A professor in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management department for nearly 10 years, Vannucci directs her students in organizing a variety of community projects, including Frosty’s Feast – a luncheon and silent auction held annually on campus.

Proceeds from the event go to the “Be Santa Clause to an Adult” project, which is sponsored by Denver Human Services to bring holiday greetings to seniors in need. Last year, more than $13,000 was raised. This year the sold-out event will be held on Dec. 3 at the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus. The day has been declared “Frosty’s Feast Day” by Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is scheduled to attend.

Frosty’s Feast was started by Metro State students in 2004 to provide holiday gifts for area seniors who are forgotten during the holiday season. “The reason we are so successful is that our projects give students such purpose and fulfillment,” says Vannucci who also received the “Educator of the Year” award from PCMA in 2001. “They have a blast.”

Vannucci is no doubt proud of her students who are members of the Metro State student chapter of PCMA, as they are one of four chapters to receive this year’s “Student Chapter of the Year” award. The PCMA Education Foundation awards $500 to the winners of the award to help fund chapter projects, events and activities.

PCMA represents more than 6,000 meeting industry leaders including planner professionals, suppliers, faculty and students. The organization was founded in 1957.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, with plans to offer a master’s in social work in fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.