Award-winning author Claudia Rankine joins Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for conversation on race as part of Denver Talks initiative Nov. 16.

Claudia Rankine to talk race in Denver this week

Award-winning author joins Mayor Hancock for conversation on race as part of Denver Talks initiative.

Tanairi Ochoa-Magellanes, right, marching in the 2018 Denver PrideFest Parade. Ochoa-Magellanes is a student employee in the LGBTQ Student Resource Center. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

25 years of pride

How Colorado’s first on-campus LGBTQ support organization was formed, how it has made a difference and what’s next

As a member of the design team at Kidrobot, Sharon Park dreams up, draws up and develops toys for today’s vinyl-art collectors. She even gets to play in the worlds of other creators, designing toys based on TV shows such as “The Simpsons” and “South Park.”  Photo by Mark Woolcott

Toymaker. Joy bringer. Roadrunner.

Alumna Sharon Park has the coolest job in the world – making people smile.

Actor Bob Ari, left, and MSU Denver head basketball coach Michael Bahl, right, on the set of The Great Leap at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Bob Ari "Coach Saul" spoke with coach Bahl about what it

Acting head coach: Bahl lends expertise to theater

MSU Denver coach Michael Bahl consults on basketball-themed play at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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Dancer in the dark

How a dance student turned the tragedy that left him blind into a haunting and beautiful ballet performance.

MSU Denver Carlos Frésquez portrait

Playing with the magic of color

40 years of painting the Denver community has taken Carlos Frésquez around the globe – and he’s just getting started.

essica Thummel won the prestigious 2016 Dundee International Book Prize for her debut novel, “The Cure for Lonely,” which tells the coming-of-age story of Sam, a transgender man who moves to San Francisco amid the 1980s AIDS epidemic.

The writing on the wall

How do you win an international award for a debut novel? Here's alumna Jessica Thummel's success story.

Cat figurine in alley. Photo by Kylie Henson.

Don't avoid these alleys

Neglected urban spaces get a splash of color thanks to surprising and inviting art installations

An audience watches a band perform. (CC0 Public Domain image license)

Amplified through song

We asked the chair of the music department to give some context on the convergence of music and politics.

Juan Palacios, right, being honored by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, left, at an event recognized 25 community leaders in Denver for their work with young men of color. Photo courtesy of Michael Simmons, My Brother

Brother to Brother peer leader honored by mayor

Juan Palacios was the only student among 25 community leaders recognized for their work with young men of color in Denver.

laying on the beach looking at the water

Top 6 summer beach reads

Looking for some great books for the season? We’ve got you covered with these picks from one of our English department experts.

Julie and David Sandusky found love and founded a business, creating stationery and handmade gifts. Photo by Mark Stahl

Made with love and a letterpress

How this couple found love and founded a business, creating stationery and handmade gifts.

Randi Smith, professor of psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, says people give up on resolutions too easily.

Why our New Year’s resolutions fail

Easy to make and almost impossible to keep. Why do we struggle with this popular tradition?

Juul Gooren will be living in MSU Denver

Handelsplaatsen! (That’s Dutch for trading places)

Two criminology professors from Denver and Holland are going all in on their teaching exchange – and even moving into each other’s homes.

MSU Denver alumna Jessie de la Cruz (center), holding a donated work by artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy and Art & Humanities Librarian at CU Boulder, Alex Watkins.

Saving Colorado's creative voices

Two Roadrunner grads are on a mission to preserve our other natural resources: community stories.

An image of HAL 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Image credit: René Spitz, [CC BY 2.0 (]

Out of this world

Sci-fi film series explores the science of how imagination takes flight into other dimensions.

MSU Denver student Sara Chen plays the trombone in her secondary instrument band class. The students practiced instruments that they just recently started playing. Photo by Alyson McClaran

6 ways to improve performance

From music to sports or anything else, here are top bets to help you better the practice … of practice

Fabio Fina is working on his master

Immigrant at home helping others

Student taps personal experiences to guide refugees into their new lives.


Tending to the light of the world

How do you study to become a nun? For this student, the road to grace runs through MSU Denver – and beyond.

MSU Denver faculty and co-director of Jazz Studies, Ron Miles.

“You have to not be afraid to fail”

Longtime professor and co-director of Jazz Studies Ron Miles on creativity, community – and Kendrick Lamar.

The Guestlist performed July 29 at Sesh Stage presented by Two Parts during the 18th annual Underground Music Showcase in Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Two Parts’ harmonies

What went into making this year’s Underground Music Showcase rock? For Tobias Krause, it’s all in the details – and the community.

Statuette of a character from Guillermo del Toro

8 fictional characters to scare you on Halloween

English professor (and fright fanatic) Christina Angel names some ghoulish dudes you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.

Schoolchildren sit in a Ford Model T at the History Colorado Center as MSU Denver student Maggie Schieffelin, right, looks on. Photo by Alyson McClaran

The Roadrunners rewriting history … lesson plans

Museum partnership provides School of Education new avenues for field experience and research at History Colorado Center.

More than 20,000 youth emancipate from (age out of) foster care every year in the United States, and most studies suggest the percentage that obtain a bachelor’s degree is somewhere between 2 and 10 percent. Photo by Alyson McClaran

From foster care to Fostering Success in college

Alumna of foster care system serves as coordinator of student support organization.

The rescue effort gets underway in Nepal city center.

All roads lead to Nepal

A teacher and a student felt exactly the same impulse when an earthquake struck Nepal in 2015: Do something, now.

Molly Bounds

Spread it all over town

Molly Bounds and several other alumni create an indelible imprint on the art community of metro Denver and the Front Range.

Student art hanging in the office of Colorado Speaker of the House of Representatives, Crisanta Duran. Left: Namuun Baatarjav’s “Broncos Lose;” right: Amanda Gilleland

A gallery show unlike any other

For Roadrunner artists, the chance to display their work for legislative leadership is a Capitol achievement.


Under the surface of sci-fi

Film series explores xenophobia, sexism and other social issues through fantasy

A staple on Santa Fe Drive for community and contemporary art, the CVA is adorned with murals and is a collaborative work itself. Exterior works shown here are by Denver-based Jaime Molina (right) and Sandra Fittings (above center).

Finding presence on Santa Fe

Through experiential opportunities in a contemporary arts community, the CVA proves curation is an art in itself.

Members of Huitzilopotchli Aztec Dancers and Procession put on a performance Oct. 31 during the Tri-institutional Annual Dia De Los Muertos at St. Cajetan

Día de los Muertos: Inviting loved ones back

Halloween is often the day most closely associated with the dead, but another celebration has a much deeper meaning.

Comedian Troy Walker standing in front of the Denver skyline. From the Five Points neighborhood originally, Walker now lives in Los Angeles as a stand-up comic. Catch him Aug. 30 at Comedy Works Downtown, and use promo code ROADRUNNER for 50% off a ticket.

The fall – and meteoric rise – of Troy

How did Troy Walker go from a 1.9 GPA to law school and a break-out career in comedy? He stopped by for a Coffee Break to clue us in.

History professor Stephen Leonard

"Con men, scoundrels and others of various ilk"

From saints to the 20th-century rise of (and resistance to) the Ku Klux Klan, Steve Leonard dishes on Denver's history.

Egyptian professor Amany Bassyouny visits MSU Denver from Cairo. Photo by Mark Stahl

All about perspective

Almost seven thousand miles from home, Egyptian professor Amany Bassyouny visited MSU Denver to teach, learn and share stories about her life.

Recent MSU Denver graduate Emily Zimmermann has overcome setbacks and hardships, all with a positive attitude. She

Insightful design, one page at a time

Emily Zimmermann’s vision is to speak to the heart of access – for blind-friendly websites, and beyond.

Alumus Jeff Daniels wasn

How to change a life

Alumnus taps inner strength to overcome guidance counselor’s snub.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an associate professor of political science and Native American studies, observes the activities at the Denver March Powwow. Weiden was awarded a fellowship to the renowned MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire this summer.

Professor wins major fellowship

At the MacDowell Colony this summer, David Weiden will work on his Native American crime novel.

Professor Cynthia Kuhn with two of her novels.

Look whodunit

English Professor Cynthia Kuhn won an Agatha Award this year for her first mystery novel, ‘The Semester of our Discontent.’

Former MSU Denver student Jessica Filipeli helps Assistant Professor Christine Pink exhume the grave of Julia Greeley in May 2017. Photo by Anya Semenoff.

The case of Denver's angel of charity

As a forensic anthropologist, Christine Pink helps build cases against the accused. Her recent work, however, could help build a case for sainthood.

Ellen Watson a.k.a Cattle Kate Taken in the 1880s or earlier

6 Great Colorado Women

During Women’s History Month, history professor Meg Frisbee nominates some of the outstanding female pioneers who helped shaped our state.

Symone Sanders is the 2018 MSU Denver Bridge Speaker; her address is free and open the community, at 11 a.m. March 1 in St. Cajetan’s.

Bridges, Bernie and building community

At 25, Symone Sanders became the youngest presidential campaign press secretary on record. Catch her on campus March 1.

Alumna Veronica Barela, standing on the sidewalk outside of the building on 10th and Santa Fe Dr. that houses the NEWSED offices.

Paving the road home

Veronica Barela is tough. She’s determined. And as a savvy community-builder, she knows how to get things done.

Professor Cynthia Kuhn with two of her novels.

Give her an ‘A’ for murder

English Professor Cynthia Kuhn just released her latest mystery novel; her debut was recently nominated for a major award.

Soldier laying on ground in gear with gun in-front of him shouting over his shoulder

5 photos from the frontline

From firefights in Afghanistan to funerals in Colorado, this student-veteran and combat photographer captures moments in military life.

The Water Wise troupe brings theatre for social change to life, gathered here at the recent Colorado Water Congress.

Rising curtains, rising tides

In observance of Earth Day, we spotlight an MSU Denver theatre ensemble changing lives, one drop at a time.

Marialuisa Burgos, on a camel in front of one of the pyramids in Egypt.

Not just a local act – alum shines on international stage

For Marialuisa Burgos, harnessing the power of community-based performance has opened a window to the world.

Cornel West addresses a crowd in the Tivoli Turnhalle as part of a D-phi event on race, democracy and the humanities.

“D-phi”-ing conventional education

An engine for the city’s creative life, the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry redefines applied interdisciplinary work.

Buffalo Bill with rifle

8 reasons why Buffalo Bill was the original branding genius

Yeeeee-haa! To mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary frontiersman’s death, marketing professor Darrin Duber-Smith looks at the man behind the legend.

Toby Yount, right foreground, performs in "Dreamprov," a show he

How can you succeed? Improvise

Theatre grad excels at comedy and acting, uses those skills in daily life.

Ernest Ebell writing sheet music on his piano photo by Alyson McClaran

Give his regards to MSU Denver

From Broadway and Sondheim to receiving his diploma, this graduate is crossing stages to great acclaim.

The office of English Professor Christina Angel is festooned with comic images and pop-culture items. She uses pop culture as a way to introduce students to classic literature.

Comic Consummate pro

English Professor Christina Angel turns her hobby into a national success story.