2017

Maggie Larson, teaching English to students in the classroom while working for AMES.

“Realizing the positive in the moment”

Chance encounters helped one student integrate international perspectives – and make the personal connection within.

Graduate Hannah Wagoner shows girls they can rock at science.

Breaking down barriers in STEM

Graduating senior Hannah Wagoner shows girls they can rock at science.

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?

South Adams County Fire Protection District Chief Kevin Vincel take first spot in new undergraduate internship at MSU Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Hail to the (fire) chief

Kevin Vincel is an MSU Denver student who's landed the first spot in a high-flying homeland security internship.

Psychologists say a majority of Americans are stressed about at least one aspect of the holidays.

How not to lose your mind during the holidays

The “happy” holiday season can actually bring all kinds of stresses and frustrations. But don’t worry – help is at hand.

Wyatt Rottschafer and his classmates at The Boys School of Denver hold a yoga pose during a class in the morning.The Human Performance and Sport Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver partnered up to host a Spin-A-Thon that took place on Dec. 9. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Partnership spins two schools together

MSU Denver's sport event management class partners with sixth-graders to earn real-world experience.

Lucero Portillo has a younger sister, Estrella, with a rare neurological condition. Portillo’s mother serves as caretaker while Portillo and her father work to pay Estrella’s expenses. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Shining a light on equity and diversity

Business graduate works to provide for her family, advocates for diversity in her field.

Photo Alyson McClaran

We need to talk … about mental health

Two grants totaling $3M to train behavioral health and addictions clinicians in medically underserved communities.

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.

Graduating senior Abdalla Elmedani earned a degree in dental surgery from the University of Khartoum in Sudan, but he went back to school at MSU Denver to follow his real passion: computer science. Photo by Alyson McClaran

1 out of 5 dentists recommend computer science

Graduating senior Abdalla Elmedani left a career and a continent behind to follow his passion at MSU Denver.

Rita Araceli Zerfoss knows a thing or two about healing broken hearts. Photo Alyson McClaran

Nursing broken hearts

When her husband passed away, this aspiring nurse had a choice – quit college or find the strength to keep going.

2017 President

How can you give back with math?

Putting statistics to work for her community adds up to a place of belonging for the President's Award winner.

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On a highway to ale

Fresh off a preeminent internship, this grad makes the case for making beer her business – and business is good.

Sean Peters is the Provost

Homeless to homebrewing: Peters never quits

From living out of his car to living out his dream, Provost’s Award winner prepares to open brewery after graduation.

President Janine Davidson is ready to pilot MSU Denver to new heights. Photo by Mark Woolcott

Taking flight

President Janine Davidson is ready to pilot MSU Denver to new heights.

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.

Social work student Magaly Sanchez De La Cruz ties a piece of thread onto the interactive art installation titled “We Are HSI.” Created by students in the Communication Design Program, the work represents the value of diversity. Photo by Craig Korn

‘This is who we are’

The motives and means behind MSU Denver’s pledge to achieve Hispanic-serving status.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

From migrant work to master’s degree

A decade after missing school to pick potatoes, a first-generation graduate can’t get enough education.

MSU Denver alumni Dan Strawn went from being homeless living on couches and in his car to getting an education and becoming a rocket scientist. Photo by Alyson McClaran

From homelessness to rocket science

An alumnus proves the sky is the limit with small steps and an eye toward helping others.

Alumna and chief of family and community engagement for Denver Public Schools, Tameka Brigham, Ed.D.

A class act

Alumna Tameka Brigham is a leader for educational equity in Denver Public Schools.

Michael Bahl is the first alumnus to coach the MSU Denver men

Keep your eye on the Bahl

First alumnus head coach dishes on his path to MSU Denver and the Roadrunners’ path forward.

MSU Denver seniors Lily Armijo and Collin Adair are working together to build a children

Local entrepreneurs back student business contest

Prize money up for grabs in student pitch competition, capping class taught by alumnus Travis Luther.

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.

MSU Denver event and meeting management major, Halee Everett, pours a nitro porter and wheat beer brewed by students Nov. 16 for people throughout the HTE-planned conference

Props for an out-of-this-world event

Drone lunch delivery. Galactic-inspired beers. For hospitality students behind this aerospace symposium, it was all systems go.

MSU Denver student and Healthcare Interest Program participant Jiwon Kim practices life-saving compression exercises to an infant CPR dummy. Photo by Aly McClaran.

Who gets to be a doctor?

Thanks to an equity-driven partnership with Denver Health, students are making inroads into health care opportunities.

MSU Denver senior Angie Cole stocks the food bank located on the second floor of the Tivoli several times throughout the day. The food bank is free and open to all MSU Denver students. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Fighting hunger with research… and Brussels sprouts

Roadrunners turn applied study into sustainable resources for addressing food insecurity throughout Denver.

Ricardo Rocha runs a startup social enterprise that began delivering groceries and goods to low-income neighborhoods in northeast Denver in November. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Delivering equity and meals on three wheels

Alumnus Ricardo Rocha aims to solve food insecurity with grocery delivery to low-income neighborhoods.

Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority donates $50,000 to help kids at Children

50,000 reasons to smile

MSU Denver sorority makes $50,000 donation to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Thousands of shoppers are getting ready for the holidays downtown Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran

How Black Friday lost its mojo

Holiday creep? Zombie marketing? Yikes. What’s going on with the supposedly unstoppable sales phenomenon? Marketing professor Darrin Duber-Smith explains.

Students walking by the Denver skyline on campus. Photo credit: Alyson McClaran

Bucking the enrollment trend

In a red-hot local economy, strategic business practices don’t just mean dollars at MSU Denver – they make sense.

2015 hospitality graduate Tristin Lawrence credits the experience in the Dimond Fellows Program for subsequent success in the hospitality industry.

From standing water to standing ovations

Dimond fellowship alum Tristin Lawrence found success in hospitality – from expecting the unexpected questions.

MSU Denver

Partnership addresses Colorado's water challenges

MSU Denver and the Denver Botanic Gardens want people to care about water conservation.

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.

Health Care Management professor Dr. Jeffrey Helton talks about health care changes.

Understanding insurance under the Affordable Care Act

Open enrollment for Obamacare plans is open and there are changes that could affect how people buy insurance.

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.

Exercise science major Sandra Tran performing a deadlift at the world powerlifting championship in Minsk, Belarus in June of 2017.

Is this the strongest woman in the world?

First in the nation. A second trip to the global stage. For Sandra Tran, good things come to those who weight(lift).

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.

“We’ve been actively recruiting (at MSU Denver) almost 10 years now, and we continue to get good people. They perform well, they get promoted and they make the school look good," said Brad McQueen. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Accounting for success

Partners at EKS&H audit their paths to success and the pipeline from MSU Denver to top firm.

MSU Denver senior Sara Chen plays the trumbone in her secondary instrument band class Nov. 2. 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.

MSU Denver student Luke Mossell, left, bounces a ball to Thomas Ford, right, as they practice a warm-up activity for physical education classes. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Fit for duty: The veterans who teach P.E.

Veteran and military students enroll, engage and excel in new Physical Education Teacher Education program.

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.

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.

MSU Denver

Dancer in the dark

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

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.

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.

MSU Denver was honored in October as the winner of the ALL IN Challenge

Making their voice heard

Roadrunners earn national honors for highest undergraduate voting rate, highest overall rate for large campus.

MSU Denver alumna Marcela Mendoza went from pilot to immigration attorney. Mendoza was inspired to continue on her education at law school after hearing about a deferred case involving a Somali woman. She was frustrated there was nothing she could do to help and knew she wanted to make a difference. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Taking off as a pilot, landing in law

Alumna Marcela Mendoza overcame early head winds to become a pilot before a change in course led her to immigration law.

MSU Denver junior biology major Cristina Oviedo comes to the CASE Learning Center in the Science Building every day to study alone or with her classmates in the Science Building. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Granting access to STEM-grant access

With millions available in research funding, innovative consortium brings brains together for application – and student – success.

MSU Denver senior Lily Asadullina tests the pH level of different solutions with professor April Hill at a lab in the Science Building. The machine Asadullina uses called LabQuest gives audible instructions of pH levels to keep her independent while working. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Perfect chemistry

How a professor’s experiment of bonding with the blind has introduced hundreds of visually impaired students to science.

St Elizabeth of Hungary Church at night

The 5 most haunted places on the Auraria Campus

Paranormal investigator and MSU Denver alumnus Jason Cordova reveals the ghostly history of the tri-institutional campus.

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rica in September 2017 - Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

Powering up Puerto Rico

In the wake of a tragic natural disaster, faculty member discusses sustainable humanitarian relief and rebuilding infrastructure.

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.

As seen on May 30, 2017 in Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site. A ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and its exo-atmospheric kill vehicle later intercepted and destroyed the target in a direct collision. Photo courtesy of Orbital ATK

It actually is rocket science

Alumna Samantha Sizemore on missile defense, space station missions and getting what you want out of the college experience.

NCIS Director Andrew Traver speaks to the MSU Denver community in the Tivoli Turnhalle at Oct. 12 event. Photo: Alyson McClaran

As seen on TV? Not quite.

NCIS Director Andrew Traver shares intel on life at a federal agency, skills students need for criminal justice careers at Oct. 12 event.

Gabrielle Katz, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at MSU Denver, has been studying river hydrology and its impact on ecosystems for the last two decades. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Bridging troubled waters

Professor’s expertise sheds light on impact of 2013 Colorado floods.

This summer 10 students from the United States and 10 from Mexico spent a month together, learning how to use their technical skills to benefit vulnerable communities, while also breaking down misconceptions between cultures. Photo courtesy of Aaron Gross

Building relationships – not walls – in Mexico

What happens when 10 students from the U.S. and 10 from Mexico collaborate on an engineering project? They change the world.

Coming face to face with hate

Southern Poverty Law Center representative discusses how modern extremist views take root – and what to do about it.

David Campos is a student representative on the MSU Denver DREAMer Network, a group of faculty and staff that meets regularly to discuss issues or projects that affect, support or create barriers for undocumented students. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Roadrunners rally around DACA students

MSU Denver community provides emotional, financial and legal support for undocumented students facing uncertain future.

MSU Denver student, Alejandra Borunda, and single mother of two holds the hand of her son Raul Baca Borunda, 8, and her daughter Natalia,11, at Cheesman Park in Denver. Borunda said “Before anything, I’m a mother. I love my children and they support me. They’re a blessing.” Photo by Alyson McClaran

Running the zigzag road

A single mom, a restaurant executive and a grieving son reinvent themselves through education.

MSU Denver senior Toby Scott performs the side reach which stretches abdominal obliques and latissimus dorsi (back and side muscles). Photo by Alyson McClaran

5 stretches that will get you out of your seat

Exercise-science student Toby Scott shares stretches that can counteract the negative effects of sitting at a desk all day.

Collin Caffrey, a 2013 alumnus of MSU Denver’s aviation management program, founded his own drone charter company in 2017 after bouncing around jobs after graduation. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Mind your own business: Entrepreneurship for everyone

Degree program is complemented by curriculum and events for students, alumni and community members.

MSU Denver women

Paving the road ahead with scholarship endowment

MSU Denver Athletic Department receives gift from Rob and Molly Cohen Family Foundation.

MSU Denver senior Connor O

Invasion of the butterflies!

The Colorado sky has metamorphosed into a sea of color, thanks to the arrival of a very specific winged visitor.

Christine Sierra, Ph.D, is this year’s Richard T. Castro Distinguished Professor.

"Sharing the mic, sharing the labor"

Latina political powerhouses examine the interplay of race, gender and politics in this year’s Castro professorship.

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.

MSU Denver student athletes Alyssa Richter, left, and Megan Sansburn work at the call center two or three days a week after practice. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Making it rain for Roadrunners

How does the University more than double its fundraising efforts over a year? Read on to find out.

An attendee asks a question of President Janine Davidson at the recent Town Hall in the CAVEA.

President welcomes community questions in Town Hall event

Further articulating her vision for Roadrunner success, Davidson dished on mission and committed to a multicultural center.

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.

President Davidson shared her vision with a packed house in the King Center Concert Hall at the Sept. 13 Welcome Home event. Photo Aly McClaran

President calls on University to hold line on American dream

Davidson rolls out vision of becoming a model urban university, continuing to offer high-value education to the 99 percent.

Alumus Jeff Daniels wasn

How to change a life

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

Two hikers in Evergreen, Colorado. Photo Alyson McClaran.

5 trails to hike while the weather is still warm

Recreation faculty member Ryan Campbell shares the five best trails within an hour drive of Denver.

President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., will share her vision for the future of MSU Denver on Sept. 13.

President Davidson to share vision with University community

The new president will lay out her plan for the future of MSU Denver at Sept. 13 Welcome Home event.

At MSU Denver, students who are active on campus have proven to earn better grades and are more likely to stay in school. In the 2016-17 academic year, MSU Denver students who participated in student-engagement programs earned a median cumulative GPA of 3.29 and returned to school at a rate of 88 percent. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Student employment works for students, employers

Alumni build on student employment skills in the workplace, while research demonstrates academic and retention benefits.

Metropolitan Magazine cover image of a hand using a marker to draw the Denver skyline.

Making our mark on the Mile High

Meet three alums who’ve had an immense impact on Denver.

Vicente Fox sitting on stage with President Janine Davidson and two other people

Vicente Fox talks leadership, business in uncertain times

Former Mexican president joins Gov. Hickenlooper and Canadian Consul Stephane Lessard for a spirited conversation at MSU Denver.

Sibling alumni, Bob and Tom Morrison, parlayed their accounting degrees into success. Photo: Mark Woolcott

Brothers in business

Sibling alumni parlay their accounting degrees into success.

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.

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.

MSU Denver’s Daisy Corso begins moving signs to the location where the class wants them mounted in the courtyard of Cheltenham Elementary School. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Not all heroes wear capes

Mild-mannered students by day, Roadrunner interns transformed into an elite design team to save a school’s branding efforts.

Students from Adams City High School participate in an a joint project with MSU Denver students in industrial design on the Auraria Campus. With the new High School of Business partnership, participating high schools students can now obtain up to seven college credits for select high school coursework.

A running start on the road ahead

How some enterprising high school students are building up credits for college before they even get there.

Alumna Michael Roos is charged up to begin doctoral studies in physics this fall, after completing a prestigious internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory this past summer. He stands here in front of a white board with complex equations written on it. Photo credit: Sara Hertwig

Tapping into your potential (energy)

Want to know one alum’s formula for landing a prestigious internship and a path to doctoral studies in physics? Read on.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to speak at MSU Denver. Fox will join Gov. John Hickenlooper and Canadian Consul Stephane Lessard for a conversation on global business Aug. 30.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to speak at MSU Denver

Fox will join Gov. John Hickenlooper and Canadian Consul Stephane Lessard for a conversation on global business Aug. 30.

Wellness program intern Erin Horne talks with Karina Bridget, a resident at Eaton Senior Communities.

Healthy partnerships for senior living

Students gain essential skills in health care as interns at Eaton Senior Communities, Health Professions chair recounts.

Elizabeth High School teacher and MSU Denver alumnus, Dan Marcus, surrounded by current and former students. Marcus has been nominated for the National Communication Association’s Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Making the grade

Alumnus earns nod for national lifetime teaching award.

MSU Denver senior Carl Payne tries out his solar eclipse glasses outside of the new AES building on Auraria Campus. The eclipse is scheduled to start in Denver on Aug. 21, 2017 at 10:43 a.m. and will end at 1:14 p.m. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Something new under the sun

As solar-eclipse fever is sweeping the nation, here's a look at why it’s a big deal now – and why it has been for millennia.

Raquel “Rocky” Torres came to MSU Denver from City College of San Francisco to play basketball, she not only was a great student but she was a scoring machine. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Slam dunking … in life

How this injury-plagued basketballer let her heart heal the hurt.

Yao Qian and Pablo Rivera enjoy the view of the mountains. Photo by Alyson McClaran

4 tips for climbing a 14er this summer

Recreation faculty member and outdoor enthusiast Ryan Campbell offers advice on making it to the top of the mountain.

Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Photo: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

Will the Rockies make the playoffs?

Psychologist Travis Heath dishes on young rosters, avoiding slumps and whether the team can make a second-half run.

Dance students Kallyn Rand (left) and Olivia Sando are using their skills to help local children twist and spin their way to a more positive outlook. Photo: John Arnold

Making all the right moves

Two dance students are using their skills to help local children twist and spin their way to a more positive outlook.

Jessica Johnson graduated from MSU Denver in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Care degree and will be moving to Baltimore this fall to start her master

Jess of all trades … master of one

From mechanic to medicine-woman, Jessica Johnson is proving that it’s never too late to find your passion in life.

Fabio Fina is working on his master

Immigrant at home helping others

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

SU Denver instructor, Sarah Schliemann, watches incoming freshman Deja Knox, processes dirt collected from Rocky Mountain National Park by pouring it into a strainer June 28 as part of the College Works program. Photo by Alyson McClaran

A job and a strong start? College Works for that.

Campus program partners with governments and companies for access-driven workforce transformation.

Students Alan Silva and Rayito Ornelas from partner institution Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Zapopan, Mexico touch the water at one of the ponds at the Botanic Gardens in Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Ripple effect

Denver’s urban university and botanic garden team up to make an even bigger impact on water issues in Colorado.

Keah Schuenemann, Ph.D., stands in front of the Sawyer glacier in Alaska as part of an MSU Denver class offered in May 2015 to study Alaskan glaciers and ecosystems.

Cold, hard facts about the new iceberg

Meteorology faculty member discusses the implications of ice the size of Delaware breaking off from a shelf in Antarctica.

MSU Denver senior Karen Williams uses dumbbells for upper body workouts July 11 at the Auraria Campus Recreation Fitness Center. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Deskercise! 5 ways to stay active on the job

Finding time to work out can be difficult, but here are some suggestions for how to stay trim while on the clock.

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.

An image of HAL 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Image credit: René Spitz, https://www.flickr.com/photos/renespitz/6085714636 [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)]

Out of this world

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

Panoramic view of Pike

7 must-see Colorado literary landmarks

Our English faculty round up statewide hidden gems to route your writerly summer road trip.

A server sets up the patio at Milk & Honey located in a lower level in Larimer Square. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Are the stars out tonight?

Michael Wray, professor of restaurant management, suggests the best Denver area spots to dine al fresco.

Jeff Helton, assistant professor in health care management at MSU Denver, helped create the new Health Data Science Certificate. It well help future executives better understand and use information in health care. Photo by Alyson McClaran

The nexus of health and tech

New certificate mixes tech and business to heal what ails the system.

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.

Stout and Pomegranate-glazed Chicken on a plate

Sweet, stout and sizzling

MSU Denver's David Beckwith, chef and lecturer, whips up a simple and delicious grill recipe: Stout and Pomegranate-glazed Chicken.

The inside of Denver International Airport, where security lines can grow exponentially during peak travel times. Photo credit: Jeff Price

Summer air travel survival guide 2017

How to be a road warrior this summer when you’re flying and not driving.

Cathy Lucas (left) speaks during the weekly Tuesday morning editorial meeting. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Chief of storytelling

Here’s how to become a public relations person of the year – by doing the opposite of public relations.

MSU Denver students in the Fire and Emergency Response Administration program benefit from applied lessons and experience from local fire department personnel.

Lessons from London

Our interview with a former fire investigator and current faculty member on ways homeowners can protect themselves.

Aaron Johnson, a faculty member in MSU Denver

Behind handle bars

Faculty member Aaron Johnson’s research delves into why bicycle riders get a bad rap on the road.

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.’

Allison Kassian helped construct a $50M Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building on her university’s campus while she was still a student. The building opens June 22. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Intern builds resume … and a building

Allison Kassian helped construct a $50M building on her university’s campus while she was still a student.

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.

Immigrant women walking down a street

Why we blame immigrants

Whenever societies find themselves in flux or experiencing change, immigrants often seem to emerge as the fall guy – but why? Politics professor Robert Preuhs explains.

Smiling graduates at MSU Denver ceremony.

Leading the way to get that 'A'

Thanks to a resourceful program, students who fell just short of admissions requirements are being accepted to college anyway – then given the support to succeed.​

Person surrounded by debt-related items.

‘Til debt do us part

Even with comparatively low tuition rates, student loan debt can be debilitating. Our aid expert weighs in on what everyone needs to know.

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!

Spring 2017 Dimond Fellow Devin Andersen sits at her desk, inputting information for the sales department at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Cherry Creek. Photo: Sara Hertwig

For these are jolly good fellows

How enterprising students find success through experiential workplace learning.

CESA Director Brandi Scott, standing on a stairway with an MSU Denver banner hanging behind her. Photo credit: Alyson McClaran

Equity, TRiO news and caffeine-powered conversation

Brandi Scott talks about national student-support policy and MSU Denver’s new Center for Equity and Student Achievement in this Coffee Break episode.

Pictured is MSU Denver student Chris Battraw, who received his bachelor

Full steam ahead

Accounting graduate Chris Battraw is chugging at full speed toward his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and CPA this month.

Elizabeth Hubbard is the spring 2017 MSU Denver Provost

This is your brain off drugs

Elizabeth Hubbard struggled with drug addiction as a young adult; today she is a top student in her graduating class.

MSU Denver students Clinton Woods (left) and Steven Stier (right) conquered their dislike of math. Both are graduating from MSU Denver in mathematics with a concentration in probability and statistics.

Strength in numbers

Two military vets summon their grit and earn hard-fought victory over … math.

Why employers love college athletes

Good news for college athletes. If your sporting heroics don’t work out, you’ll probably not struggle to find a good job.

Janet Hernandez is the first MSU Denver student to win a Fulbright Scholarship.

Heading to South Korea and a Fulbright future

She was the first in her family to go to college; now she’s the first student in University history to win a Fulbright.

Chris Escobar is the spring 2017 MSU Denver President

Sometimes, in a given moment...

President’s Award winner Chris Escobar is graduating from MSU Denver as one of the most accomplished students in his class.

Criminology and criminal justice students chose to spend their spring break in an exotic global locale – studying.

They did WHAT on spring break?

These criminology and criminal justice students chose to spend their break in an exotic global locale – studying.

Outside of the OWOW building on 9th Street Park.

Take a Coffee Break with OWOW

Fill up a cup as we chat with Tom Cech and Nona Shipman from the One World One Water Center.

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.

MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan standing outside of the Student Success Building.

Take a Coffee Break with Dr. J

Settle in for caffeine and an outgoing conversation with the man, the myth, the Roadrunner.

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.

Members of the Society of Physics Students walk toward the giant receivers of the Very Large Array telescope outside of Socorro, New Mexico.

Catching a (radio) wave

Students trade sunglasses for telescopes in their spring break road trip to a famed research facility.

Following the recent Pepsi and United Airlines PR blunders, marketing expert Darrin Duber-Smith offers cautionary advice on how to control a story without losing the plot.

So, there is such a thing as bad publicity

Following the recent Pepsi and United Airlines PR blunders, marketing expert Darrin Duber-Smith offers cautionary advice on how to control a story without losing the plot.

Alumnus Nicholas Garcia started reporting the news in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. Photo: Sara Hertwig

On the beat

Alumnus Nicholas Garcia started reporting the news in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since.

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.

Despite significant roadblocks, this alumna reached her destination: Today, Heather McKillop the CFO of RTD. Photo: Sara Beets

Transported by education

Despite significant roadblocks, this alumna reached her destination: Today, she’s the CFO of RTD.

While most people try to avoid insects, biology alum Brad Hiatt has dedicated his life to studying the

Brad loves bugs ... and life

While most people try to avoid insects, this biology alum has dedicated his life to studying the 'small, beautiful creatures.'

Mount Rushmore

QUIZ: 10 things you didn’t know about US presidents

To celebrate Thomas Jefferson Day, history professor Thomas McInerney poses some fun brain-teasers about our great (and sometimes ghastly) leaders.

Braelin Pantel at her desk with a student.

Take a Coffee Break with Braelin Pantel

Get your caffeine fix with one of MSU Denver’s chief advocates for engagement, wellness and all-around student success.

Julian Garcia pitching for the Williamsport Crosscutters.

No trouble with the curve

Former MSU Denver pitcher Julian Garcia has a firm grip on life in the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system.

Engineering students want to add electricity to your commute, will debut charger at April 21 research conference.

When riding your bike also charges your phone

Engineering students want to add electricity to your commute, will debut charger at April 21 research conference.

solvingFor“Why”01Hero-Students build a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows.

Solving for “why”

Math Day is an unorthodox entry into a world of quantitative possibilities. But for one alumna, it all adds up.

This composite photo shows Doug Laufer, MSU Denver accounting professor (left), finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon (image on the left), and one minute later the first deadly bomb blast that occurred during the marathon (image on the right; the explosion captured in the upper right corner of the photo frame). Photos: Boston Athletic Association

The man who beat the Boston Marathon

Doug Laufer finished the 2013 Boston Marathon 60 seconds before the first bomb exploded. Unbowed and optimistic, he’s heading back.

5 kinds of winter weather you really want to avoid – and why

There are many kinds of misery in winter, but which is the worst? Associate Professor of Meteorology Keah Schuenemann offers a guide.

Graduates of the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science thrive in a hidden and high-demand health care profession. Photo: Sara Hertwig

The scientists you’ll never meet, who might just save your life

Graduates of the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science thrive in a hidden and high-demand health care profession.

A map of the Earth with a radioactive symbol, biohazard symbol, and skull/crossbones

Murder in Malaysia

Kim Jong-nam’s recent assassination with a chemical agent is part of a macabre tale of life – and death – imitating art.

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.

Not your grandparents' rain barrel

Industrial design students debut concepts for a better rain barrel, compete for cash prizes on March 15.

State Representative Jackson from Aurora

From without a home to the golden dome

State Representative Dominique Jackson has run a long road -- and as an advocate for others, she's not slowing down now.

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.

Bored worker

Good day at the office?

A miserable workplace is bad news for everyone. Our faculty expert Apryl Rogers-Brodersen explores how to ensure all go home with smiles on their faces.

Graduating class

Class is over. Now the real work begins…

For university students, it’s no longer enough to just get good grades. Employers are looking for that little extra something.

Tyler Box, Jackie Maldonado and Charles Oyewole (l to r) turned their student internships into jobs at Fortune 150 company Arrow Electronics, Inc. All told, six MSU Denver interns have transitioned into full-time jobs over the last two years. Photo: Sara Beets

Interns hit their target: jobs at Fortune 150 company

They turned one summer into full-time work at Arrow Electronics, a company investing in a diverse workforce.

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.

The Colorado State Capitol dome looms in the distance, as throngs of participants take place in the recent Women

Of presidents and protests

A new administration leaves many searching for answers. An alumna and faculty member talk about what might be next.

A realistic-looking representation of what Homo naledi may have looked like.

Meet your new cousin...

The human family just got bigger, with the discovery of a new species deep in a South African cave.

Hugo Teufel

Always ready to serve

Since graduating from MSU Denver, the career of Hugo Teufel III has been in overdrive. His latest stop? Serving on the presidential transition team.

Heart monitor

The science of love – why we go gooey on Valentine’s Day

What actually happens to us when our gentler emotions are roused? Our psychology expert Mary Ann Watson explains.

Janine Davidson, Ph.D., finalist for president of MSU Denver. Photo: MSU Denver

Janine Davidson named as finalist for MSU Denver president

Board announces selection of the former undersecretary of the United States Navy.

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.

Jeff Pollmiller (left) and Greg Lopez (right), graduates of MSU Denver’s co-op program, work with one of Lockheed Martin

Wanted: apprentices. Must love work

Why programs that blend work-based learning and traditional academics might be the future of higher education.

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.

Carrying signs and a banner they made through The Institute for Women

Roadrunners have a presence – and voice – at the Women’s March on Denver

Organized as an offshoot of the Washington march, the Women’s March on Denver had thousands of participants.

Alum Zena Dyson leaning against a brick wall

Zena: warrior-graduate

For Zena Dyson, the path forward hasn’t been an easy one – but perseverance pays off, one step at a time.

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.

Carol Krugman sitting at a desk

Coffee break with Carol Krugman

Get your caffeine fix as we spotlight great goings-on in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events.

5 nasty things that happen in freezing weather

Winter blues can sometimes have a bite. MSU Denver's Michelle Tollefson, M. D., explains what to do if things go wrong.

Close up of a dollar bill (public domain image)

Compounding interest in student fiscal health

MSU Denver will participate in a test federal financial aid counseling program to help students manage personal finances.