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

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
SGA and Onsite Contact: Casy Machado, Cell 720-884-7173

Posted: 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.

The event serves as a homecoming pep rally for the College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams who defend their first-place rankings in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on Friday night at the Auraria Event Center. Both teams are having tremendous seasons with first-year head coaches Derrick Clark (18-5) for men and Tanya Havve (22-1) for women. The men’s program is ranked 4th in the region and women’s team is ranked 12th in the country for NCAA Division II.

For a full list of additional homecoming activities visit

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, 5 – 8 p.m.
Event Agenda: FREE EVENT
Opening Welcome, Food and Music 5 p.m.
Event Remarks Start at 5:45 p.m.
        Alumni Association Executive Director Mark Jastorff
        Student Body Present Sammantha O’Brien
        President Stephen Jordan
        Student Trustee Kat Cammack
Bonfire-lighting ceremony 6 p.m.
Step Team Performances 6:15 p.m.
Cheerleader Performances 6:30 p.m.
Band Final Set Ends 8 p.m.
WHERE: Parking Lot D – (Corner of Auraria Pkwy./7th St.)
Adjacent to new Student Success Building construction site
Auraria Campus (900 Auraria Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204)
For parking and directions, visit

WHY: While 85 percent of Metro State students have jobs outside of school and 40 percent attend part time, there is still a strong desire among many students to have traditional college experiences. In addition to supporting the construction of a student-funded Student Success Building, the SGA is working to establish longstanding traditions while marking the College’s 45th anniversary this year.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting 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.