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‘Telehealth’ booms amid COVID-19 pandemic

Prior to the coronavirus, Americans were slow to adopt virtual health care. Now, they’re clamoring for the services. Here’s how the state and universities are responding to deliver digital medicine.

Photo by Aly McClaran

COVID-19 brings beer boom and bust

Beer sales are up, but not all breweries are benefiting. Here's what Colorado is drinking and how the state’s fabled craft brewers are innovating to stay afloat.

MSU Denver alum Scott McMillan leads the efforts in raising money and awareness for the Help Colorado Now program through a Flyover Fundraising Parade and Aerial Salute. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Aerial parade supports Colorado COVID Relief Fund

WATCH: Classic planes take to the sky to honor essential workers and raise money for Coloradans in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Banking on success

A new degree program and innovative pathways jump-start college careers while upgrading a workforce for the in-demand financial-services industry.

Graduating Eagle Ridge Academy senior Cala Everhart, of Brighton, Colorado, shifted her plans from enrolling at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, to MSU Denver. “A lot of my teachers went to MSU and they all have really great educations,” Everhart says. “I thought that MSU would just be a better fit for me.” Photo by Amanda Schwengel

COVID-19 forces the Class of 2020 to remap higher-education plans

MSU Denver is fitting into the reimagined futures of recent high school grads.

Virtual Japantown

Virtual reality reveals new possibilities for remote learning

With her campus closed, this Japanese-language professor took her students on an immersive, experiential field trip in Second Life.

Online learning

Higher education adapts to remote learning during COVID-19 pandemic

When the coronavirus shuttered the Auraria Campus, MSU Denver professors and students embraced the difficulties and opportunities presented by online classes.

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Small-business COVID-19 chronicles

Here’s how 8 Colorado entrepreneurs responded to the coronavirus crisis and what they are doing as the state slowly reopens for business.

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Small-business COVID-19 survival guide

Trillions of dollars are being pumped into the U.S. economy to stave off collapse, while Colorado is slowly reopening from lockdown. Here’s how economists recommend that entrepreneurs respond to these uncertain times.

When will sports be back? Coors Field on a sunny day. Photo by Julie Strasheim

When will baseball return from COVID-19 shutdown?

America's ballparks remain empty as the nation stems the spread of coronavirus. When and how will Major League Baseball – or any professional sports – get back in the game?

The Canon City High School class of 1919 poses for a class picture. Surgical masks. Image provided by History Colorado

Will ‘historical amnesia’ doom COVID-19 response?

Historians discuss how studying the impact of the 1918-19 Spanish flu outbreak can guide the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Now is the time to stand up for DACA recipients and Dreamers

MSU Denver President Janine Davidson: It's time Congress passed real legislation to ensure Dreamers can continue to contribute and thrive in the country they call home.

MSU Denver nursing students Erin Apple, Katelyn Wyzgoski, Alexia Girin, Victoria Whitley practice foundational hands-on skills including priming tubing for IVs with instructor Jenny Bielefeld. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Nurses in the pipeline

As COVID-19 exacerbates the health-worker shortage in Colorado, universities adapt to keep the future workforce on track.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ lands early for May the Fourth

Disney Plus unites all nine chapters of the Skywalker Saga films in one place for the first time, and Denver Pop Culture Con Director Christina Angel is psyched.

11 virtual escapes for your COVID-19 quarantine

11 virtual escapes for your COVID-19 quarantine

Restrictions on travel and outdoor recreation remain in place in Colorado for the foreseeable future, so get your wanderlust fix from your couch with these online experiences.

Special educators

Amid a shortage of special-needs teachers, three educators completed an Alternative Licensure Program to fill the need and find their passion.

Spring Cleaning Quarantine Tips

6 steps for spring cleaning success

WATCH: Whether you need to organize a home office or deep clean your entire pad, these tips from hoarding disorder expert Jennifer Hanzlick will help you create the space you deserve.

8 nutritious and easy-to-make quarantine recipes edamame hummus

8 nutritious and easy-to-make quarantine recipes

Need some ideas for what to eat while staying at home? Nutritionists and chefs weigh in with recipes and tips for healthy eating.

Framing American politics

Photojournalist Leah Millis has photographed her way from MSU Denver to the White House — and across the globe. Now, Millis and a team of Reuters photographers have been awarded a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for their work documenting protests in Hong Kong.

Health care workers, who do not want to be indentified, stand in the street in counter-protest to hundreds of people who gathered at the State Capitol to demand the stay-at-home order be lifted in Denver, Colo., on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Photos by Alyson McClaran

The story behind the viral photos of Colorado health care workers blocking COVID-19 lockdown protesters

Photojournalist Alyson McClaran captured the dramatic scene during recent protests in Denver. Here’s how she got the shots.

How to use Zoom safely

Keep your Zoom meetings secure with these tips from a cybersecurity expert

Here's how you can stop snoopers and trolls from crashing your private video calls.

MSU Denver nursing student Micahla Cowles test swabs for COVID-19 at STRIDE in Wheat Ridge.

Earning a diploma on COVID-19’s front lines

WATCH: Nursing students join STRIDE Community Health Center to ramp up testing for coronavirus – and earn the clinical experience required for graduation.

U.S. Army veteran Delbert Stracener reacts to his newly renovated home in Lochbuie, Col.

Mission ready: Houses for Warriors

WATCH: U.S. Air Force veteran and MSU Denver Human Services student Andrew Canales founded his new nonprofit to provide adaptive housing for veterans with disabilities.

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Denver group inspires country to ‘Go Outside and Howl at 8 p.m.’

You're not hearing things — the Mile High City now howls nightly in solidarity during COVID-19 quarantine. Here’s the psychology behind the primal scream that's spreading across America.

Find your exercise sweet spot at home. Get away from all the distractions – the TV, iPad, sofa, refrigerator – and find a regular space where you will exercise.

How to workout at home during COVID-19 gym closures

WATCH: MSU Denver strength and conditioning coach Isaiah Castilleja shows you how to get a gym-quality workout from home.

It’s never been more important to get out and exercise – both for your body and mind. You can still exercise outdoors. Walking, running, cycling and hiking are all listed as “essential activities," so your solo exercise routines can continue as long as you stay six feet away from other people. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

How to exercise outside during COVID-19 outbreak

It’s never been more important to get out and exercise – for both body and mind. Here's how to do it safely.

As the Supreme Court readies its ruling on DACA, Colorado college students are continuing to find support in the community they call home.

Standing strong for DACA students

As the Supreme Court readies its ruling on DACA, Colorado college students continue to find support in the community they call home. 

Physician assistant Tamera Wristen, left, and Steve Caveney, administer a COVID-19 test at a drive-through site on the Auraria Campus. Wristen and Caveney, who work for the Auraria Health Center, are wearing face shields produced using 3D printers at MSU Denver. Photo by John Arnold.

3D printing PPE for Colorado’s health care heroes

Here’s how MSU Denver’s ‘maker community’ is combining its expertise, ingenuity and resources to design and manufacture much-needed personal protective equipment.

Students participate in the Mile High Flight Program at MSU Denver. Photo by Sara Hertwig.

'Rise above'

WATCH: Here's how members of the groundbreaking Tuskegee Airmen - the first African American pilots in the U.S. Armed Forces - are inspiring a new generation of aviators.

How to homeschool your kids through COVID-19 closures

As living rooms are converted to classrooms across the country, an education expert shares how to keep kids on track.

MSU Denver baseball and softball players pick the best baseball movies to watch since MLB

14 baseball movies to watch after the Colorado Rockies’ stay-at-home opener

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is delayed indefinitely. Get your fix of our national pastime with these flicks picked by coaches and student-athletes on MSU Denver’s baseball and softball teams.

There’s no doubt that working from home for a prolonged period is going to feel unstructured, isolating and often just plain lonely.

How to stay sane while working from home during COVID-19

Thousands of Americans are telecommuting to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 – but it can be tough. Here are some tips for maximizing productivity and mental health.

Is food delivery safe? How long does coronavirus live on different surfaces? What cleaning products kill virus? Infectious disease expert Sheryl Zajdowicz weighs in on how to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19.

An infectious disease expert answers your COVID-19 questions

Is food delivery safe? How long does coronavirus live on different surfaces? What cleaning products kill the virus? Here's what you need to know to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19.

Samuel M. Jay, PhD  Associate Director of Honors  Associate Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

15 podcasts to enlighten your quarantine

Need to tune out COVID-19 news? Listen to communication studies Professor Sam Jay’s podcast picks for comedy, pop culture and beer.

An MSU Denver student visits a recent mobile food pantry on the Auraria Campus. Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

Securing support for students

As MSU Denver goes digital, the University is assisting vulnerable students through efforts that include emergency funding for food and housing insecurity.

Maggie Brown helps organize food deliveries for the Denver Emergency Food Network.

Mission ready: Denver Metro Emergency Food Network

As the COVID-19 outbreak shakes Colorado, this new partnership of nonprofits and mission-driven businesses is feeding the hungry and boosting support to underserved communities.

A 3D printing program can convert a snorkel mask into an emergency temporary solution to the ventilator shortage. The printed part adds a valve that can connect to CPAP machines or directly to oxygen outlets in hospitals.

3D printing potential solutions for ventilator shortage

An MSU Denver mechanical-engineering technology professor is testing a stopgap solution that brings together advanced manufacturing and snorkel gear.

Food for Thought gives food to Denver families in need during COVID-19 outbreak

Serving up hope, 6 feet apart

WATCH: In the midsts of the COVID-19 pandemic, childhood-hunger-relief organization Food For Thought continues to feed kids who normally rely on school meals. Here’s how you can help.

Out of service?

A national commission weighs the future of service in America, including the role of women in the military and ways to inspire young people to give back.

Spring sports are cancelled for the season due to Covid19.

Life coaches

MSU Denver's spring sports season was cut short due to COVID-19 concerns. Here's how Roadrunner coaches are helping student-athletes deal with the disappointment.

Cooped up from COVID-19? Film faculty Vincent Piturro provides 22 picks from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video to keep you entertained.

22 movies and shows to stream now

Stay inside and flatten the curve with these streaming picks from MSU Denver film aficionado Vincent Piturro.

Fighting crime by crunching numbers

IRS Special Agent Karen Gurgel is showing a new generation of accounting majors how to fight white-collar crime.

Tax tips for college students

MSU Denver’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance class has assisted low-income Coloradans for over three decades. Here are four tips to keep your finances in order.

Combat COVID-19 with communication

Organizations are uniquely positioned to respond to the public-health emergency by conveying clear messages that advance a common cause. Here are 4 ways they can respond in a crisis.

Image of a declining stock market with a figure wearing a surgical mask next to it

Coronavirus and the economy explained

What’s happening in the stock market and how can you be financially prepared for the road ahead? Economics Professor Kishore Kulkarni weighs in on the situation in Colorado and the country.

Wave goodbye to the handshake amid coronavirus concerns

As the new disease also known as COVID-19 spreads, Americans must eliminate long-established physical greetings. Here's how you can change the social script — and help break the chain of transmission.

Andrew Smith holds a chemistry flask with yellow liquid up to the light

DIY disease detection

Testing for Carrión’s disease in Andean populations is severely lacking. Now, an MSU Denver biology student is developing an approach that promises to bring critical medical technology out of the lab and into the field.

Michael Atkins, principal at Stedman Elementary School in Denver, chats with students. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Principal catalyst

Hard work and perseverance fueled Michael Atkins’ journey from school janitor to principal. Now he’s empowering students to be themselves.

Fine print

“In Process,” the new exhibition at the Center for Visual Art, features the work of top Colorado printmakers, including sisters Mandi and Molly Quinn.

Photo by Julie Strasheim

First-gen forward

College students who are among the first in their family to pursue higher education often require additional resources to succeed. Now, Colorado first-gen students are taking their requests for additional support to the state Capitol.

Student chef prepping chili in HLC kitchen

Get fired up for these winning chili recipes

Competition brings together firefighters and family recipes for flavorful way to help benefit Children’s Hospital and fight food insecurity on campus.

Joy Reid gets real on race

The MSNBC host grew up in Denver and returned this week as MSU Denver's 2020 Rachel B. Noel Visiting Professor. She challenged the University community to recognize how America’s present is connected to the racialized context of its past.

From ‘Central Park Five’ to ‘Exonerated Five’

They were convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. Over 30 years later, they’re educating the public on disparities in the U.S. criminal-justice system for young men of color.

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Pixar perfect

Here's how technology and storytelling combine to give our favorite animated films their Buzz.

Room and boards

MSU Denver Men's Basketball center Cain van Heyningen takes hospitality to new heights as a Dimond Fellow.

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What Coloradans need to know about coronavirus

The new disease, also known as COVID-19, is spreading across the globe through international travel. Colorado is home to the nation’s fifth busiest airport, so should we be concerned?

Alejandra Solis sings with Mariachi Los Correcaminos de MSU Denver during a performance on Feb. 15, 2020. Photo by Sara Hertwig.

¡Viva mariachi!

WATCH: The Mexican tradition is experiencing a renaissance as new generations discover the music's joy and passion.

A top-down shot of the busy interior of Euclid Hall

8 picks for Denver Restaurant Week 2020

Chefs dish on top culinary hot spots in the Mile High City’s ever-growing culinary scene. Plus: Brewers weigh in on the best beers for DRW20.

Anderw Romanoff, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and a candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks at MSU Denver on Feb. 17, 2020. Photo by Elizabeth Moreno Rosales

Meet Colorado’s U.S. Senate candidates

MSU Denver invited all of the state’s 2020 Senate candidates to campus for individual conversations. Here’s what they had to say about critical issues.

When internships pay, everyone wins

Here's how MSU Denver is leveling the playing field for students who can’t afford to work for free.

Students moving about a busy campus with the Denver skyline in the background

Census 2020 explained

Here’s what you need to know about changes to America’s decennial census, what’s at stake and why we do it in the first place.

America’s population of single people is vibrant and growing fast – so why are our institutions and culture so slow to respond?

The uncoupling of America

America’s population of single people is vibrant and growing fast – so why are our institutions and culture so slow to respond?

Hoop and medical-school dreams

MSU Denver Women’s Basketball standout Mariah Schroeder is named to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s All-Academic basketball team for the second straight season.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

Teachers learn the language of trauma

To best help children in need, educators need to change the way they talk about trauma. Here's how MSU Denver’s teacher-prep program is moving the conversation forward.

Community Impact SECORCares mobile food pantry

Mission Ready: SECORCares

WATCH: This Parker-based nonprofit built a mobile food pantry to serve Coloradans in need. Here's how its new partnership with MSU Denver and Ent Credit Union will help students experiencing food insecurity.

Colorado legislation prioritizes mental health in schools

Prioritizing mental health in schools

A new bill in the Colorado legislature would expand teacher training in trauma-informed approaches that support children in need.

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When going viral goes wrong

TikTok's 'Penny Challenge' is the latest social media stunt putting young people at risk. Why do they keep doing it?

A woman sitting with eyes closed and in a meditative position with people rushing around her.

Just Breathe

Mindfulness practice is increasingly making its way into the college classroom. Here’s how it helps students learn – and a quick 3-step breathing exercise you can use, too.

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TEDx MSU Denver: Self-love for perfectionists

WATCH: Personal trainer Tyler Kingsbury reimagines how self-love can vanquish the veil of perfection and increase focus on the values that allow us to live more meaningful lives.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

Kick-start your kid's college savings

Colorado's new First Step initiative gives every child born or adopted in the state $100 for a CollegeInvest 529 account. Here's what you need to know to claim your child's money and grow their savings.

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‘Until justice rolls down like waters’

Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous simile inspired the theme of MSU Denver’s 2020 MLK Peace Breakfast: 'The Act of Fluidity'

Mission Ready: Gold Crown Foundation

This nonprofit founded and run by former Denver Nuggets player and coach Bill Hanzlik prepares young people for the game of life through sports – and STEM.

Accessibility by design Craig Hospital

Accessibility by design

Here’s how an advanced manufacturing sciences student is using 3D printing to assist patients at Craig Hospital.

Sheldon Steinhauser poses for a photograph in front of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Denver

Lessons from the Selma to Montgomery march

Civil rights champion Sheldon Steinhauser marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. Now, he's returning to Alabama with the Anti-Defamation League to retrace King's steps and advance his message.

Vibeke Gaard, left, and instructor Dagmar Kress practice aerobatics maneuvers near Fort Morgan, Colorado. Photo by John Arnold.

Controlled airspace

MSU Denver’s Aerobatics and Glider Club wins its second national championship in three years.

People take in the Monet exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

Must-see Monet

Time's running out to catch "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature" at the Denver Art Museum. Here's your primer to the largest exhibition of the French Impressionist's work in more than 20 years.

America is caught up in a “smart” revolution. Billions of internet-connected devices, collectively known as the Internet of Things (IoT) – all those video cameras, speakers, doorbells, kitchen appliances and toys – have become increasingly entwined into the fabric of our everyday lives.

The spies you invite into your home

Getting a smart device this year? Make sure you know how to protect your privacy.