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One World, One Water Center hosts Campus Water Festival May 1-2 Nationally Recognized Water Sculpture to be Dedicated

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: May 1, 2012

WHAT: Metropolitan State College of Denver’s One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship (OWOW Center) is hosting its first Campus Water Festival that is open to the public. This unique festival is designed to educate the public about the growing demand for water, while highlighting current and future job opportunities addressing water-resource issues. The OWOW Center, supported in part by a $1 million private donation, is creating a water education program that will offer an interdisciplinary pilot water studies minor this fall, and is also developing community water stewardship programs and educational events.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, May 1-2, 2012, at various locations on the Auraria Campus

(890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204)

For parking and directions, visit

May 1, 2012

Conceptual Water Project Class Presentations, 8 – 9:15 a.m., Tech Building 121-A

Industrial Design Student Projects (recycled toilet flower planters, water wheel lighting system, water filtration system, water toys, garden hose valve, smart drain and faucet to track water usage)

Campus Water Festival Ÿ 11 a.m. –  2 p.m., Tivoli Commons/ 10th Street Mall

May 2, 2012

Campus Water Festival Ÿ 11 a.m. –  2 p.m., Tivoli Commons/ 10th Street Mall

One World, One Water sculpture dedication, 4:30-5:30p.m., Student Success Building south lawn. The 12-foot tall, 3,000-pound bronze sculpture was recently accepted by the New York Sculpture Society into its annual juried show. A 24-inch maquette version of the sculpture will travel across the Eastern United States in 2012. GRUPO TLALOC Danza Azteca will perform a ceremonial Aztec rain dance in recognition of the sculpture’s water education goal. GRUPO TLALOC means; He who fertilized the Earth. Liquor of the Earth. He is the rain, which makes thing grow.


WHO: President Stephen Jordan, Metropolitan State College of Denver

                 Valerie Gates, water philanthropist and sculpture donor

                 Sandra Haynes, School of Professional Studies dean

                 Tom Cech, One World, One Water Center director

                 Rik Sargent, One World, One Water sculpture artist

Campus Water Festival Exhibitors: Denver Water, Denver Zoo, Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Earth Force, American Water Resources Association, Tri-County Health District, Auraria Library, Metro State departments of Earth & Atmospheric Science, Industrial Design, and History, Metro State Student Government Association, Auraria Sustainable Campus Program.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With nearly 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts nearly 72,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.