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Denver Hospitality All Stars Christen MSU Denver’s new Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center at Opening Gala

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

Posted: September 18, 2012

(Denver) —- Metropolitan State University of Denver and its Denver hospitality celebrities are rolling out the red carpet on Thursday, September 27, from 6-9 p.m. for the opening gala benefitting the University’s new Hospitality Learning Center (HLC).

Located at the corner of Auraria Parkway and Speer Boulevard, the facility contains a 150-room SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown hotel and 28,000-square-feet of academic space. Amenities include a 3,100-bottle wine cellar, two high-tech classroom kitchens, a culinary demonstration theater, one-of-kind beverage sensory analysis lab and a 72-seat student-run restaurant. 

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the facilities, while stimulating their palates with food and drink at a truly unique event with all-star hosts. Have a drink poured by celebrity mixologists including, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Hotelier Walter Isenberg and Visit Denver Chief Richard Scharf. Challenge a pro by shooting hoops with former NBA star Bill Hanzlik or taking a stationary bike tour while overlooking the downtown skyline with Denver Metro Chamber Chief Kelly Brough and former Olympic Nordic Skier Carl Van Loan

“MSU Denver is taking a leadership role in providing Colorado with educated workers through our Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center,” says MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. “This state-of-the-art facility will allow us to change our curriculum in a dynamic way that will provide relevant hands-on learning for students daily.”

There are only 10 other universities in the United States with an operating hotel attached to their hospitality programs. The MSU Denver Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department has 600-plus declared majors, the most in a five-state region, who are receiving an education that gives them the skills and experience necessary to become leaders in Colorado’s hospitality, restaurant and tourism industries.

“This gala celebrates those who helped make this private-public partnership a reality, while continuing to raise needed capital to offset expenses of the Hospitality Learning Center,” says Walter Isenberg, CEO of Sage Hospitality. “Once the debt service is met, 100 percent of the revenue proceeds for the hotel will flow back to the MSU Denver Foundation to support scholarships and other University academic initiatives.”

To purchase tickets go to: are $100 online and $125 at the door.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

With 23,000 students, MSU Denver 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 University offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.


About the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver is an all-suite hotel designed to appeal to business and leisure travelers who seek stylish, fun and spacious yet functional accommodations at an affordable price. Located in the heart of Denver, the hotel features 150 spacious guest suites as well as 5,000 square feet of conference facilities. Managed by Denver’s Sage Hospitality, the hotel provides hands-on training opportunities for students in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department. Amenities include complimentary hot daily breakfast, free wireless high-speed Internet, a Market and a Fitness Center.