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MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan addressing the crowd at the 2016 Summer Soiree, under a brightly lit tent.

The summer party of 2017… and you’re invited!

What makes the Summer Soirée the place to be this June 10? Here are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss it!

May 23, 2017

By Cory Phare

1. Final farewell to Steve and Ruthie Jordan

MSU Denver will honor President Stephen M. Jordan and his wife Ruthie, retiring from University life on June 30. The 2017 Summer Soirée on June 10 will celebrate the incredible impact they’ve had on the Colorado community and Roadrunners everywhere.

Ruthie Jordan welcomes dignitaries, such as Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock (right), at the Summer Soiree.

2. A good time for a good cause

MSU Denver is the leader in diverse enrollment among Colorado’s four-year universities, with 39.5 percent students of color and more than 33 percent of University students qualifying for the highest level of federal aid based on income. This event helps deserving students stay in school and on track to complete their degrees: In recognition of the Jordans’ commitment to making higher education accessible to every Roadrunner, all event proceeds will be directed to a scholarship fund in their name.

Attendees will be treated to live music from folk band Wildflowers and the cool jazz of the MSU Denver Jazz Ensemble.

3. Hot licks; cool jazz

With the launch of DIME Denver, students now have access to a contemporary music education program unlike any other. Come check out the renowned folk-rock band Wildflowers for a taste of some of the great music to come from the program. And after that, cool off with the smooth stylings of the MSU Denver Jazz Ensemble over dinner.

Pedicab driver with attendees ready to take a ride at the 2016 Summer Soiree.

4. See the transformation on two (or three) wheels

Want to see how the campus has grown the past 12 years? Sit back, relax and take in the sights on free pedicab tours, taking you to the Student Success Building, Hospitality Learning Center and brand new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences building.

Summer Soiree attendees loading their plates with some of the delectable catering that will be on hand at the Summer Soiree.

5. Celebrate summer in the Mile High City

This elegant garden party will be the place to be in the heart of downtown Denver on June 10. Join us on the Auraria Campus Student Success Building Lawn, 890 Auraria Parkway, starting at 6:30 p.m for cocktails, conviviality and communion for a great cause with fellow MSU Denver champions – make sure you pick up your tickets today!

Dr. Jordan (second from left) welcoming guests, including former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (third from left), at the 2016 Summer Soiree.