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Mary Landerholm was sitting in her human-trafficking class at MSU Denver when she realized she had been a victim of the crime. Since then she

Under lock and key

Nonprofit fights to end human trafficking by influencing policy, training responders, empowering survivors and more.

Tony Velasquez reading a book, with many books piled behind him.

The power of words

Here’s how a seemingly simple question led Tony Velasquez to one of the most prestigious schools in the world – Oxford University

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Under the surface of sci-fi

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

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

Emily Hunt, Recent Graduate Human Nutrition and Dietetics chopping a pepper

Try the $10 Challenge

Here’s how to feed a family of four on a budget without skimping on taste or nutrition

Black and white photo of jungle gym mixed with areas of color Photo by Kylie Henson

What happens when we don’t make time for recess?

While physical activity has obvious long-term benefits, research shows its value in the classroom, too.

Thomas Hoenig, Ph.D., former vice chairman of the FDIC speaks to the audience June 20 about the different factors affecting the U.S. economy over the next two years. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Former FDIC leader talks big banks, bubbles and Bitcoin

Thomas Hoenig, Ph.D., visits Auraria Campus in Denver, discusses factors to affect economy in 2018 and beyond.

Ian Hodges teaches kids at Park Hill Elementary School while student holds up a timeline

Paving a STEMpath for teachers

Tech startup, nonprofit help University address K-12 shortage.

Associate Professor Cynthia Dormer demonstrates a skill that helped her become the Colorado Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Food for thought: Is the Keto Diet right for you?

Award-winning dietitian offers expertise on nutritional routine, advice on eating well.

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.

Recent MSU Denver biology graduates Rachel Himyak and Stephen Aderholdt take measurements at the Bear Creek watershed.

Majoring in saving the planet

Partnership with EPA draws new generation of students into the field.

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.

MSU Denver faculty members Greg Clifton, left, and Elizabeth Hinde, right, were awarded MSU Denver Champion Advocate Awards for testifying and advocating for legislation that passed during the 2018 session. Photos by Mark Stahl.

More teachers, less cheating and value in education

MSU Denver faculty lead the charge against the teacher shortage and academic fraud at the legislative level.

gasoline prices have been rising throughout the spring, with some forecasts predicting they will surpass $3 a gallon.

Gasoline prices going up, up, up

Economics Professor Mohammed Akacem cites global uncertainty, market conditions for rising travel costs.

Denver International Airport sits with the Rocky Mountains as a majestic backdrop. As airports become increasingly busy and new technology such as drones crops up, the management of airports becomes more complex.

Flying into turbulence

Faced with more passengers, red tape and security concerns, airports are buckling. Aviation Professor Jeffrey Price discusses how they can stay a step ahead.

Spring 2018 graduate Caitlin Monaghan landed an internship with the Denver Nuggets in October 2017 and was promoted to full time a month before graduation. Photo by Olga Sago.

Setting sail on a sales career

Students gain experience, connections through competitions, corporate partners.

Rita Dimond, Jazmaray Martinez, and Navin Dimond are all smiles after Martinez is surprised with a five thousand dollar check for the Fellow of the Year award. Photo by Alyson McClaran

No reservations: Dimond Fellows embrace hospitality

The Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program gives students a deep dive into the hospitality industry while helping develop a diverse, skilled workforce in Denver.

Miriam "Mimi" Madrid holds hands with her sister, Tahiyari Yatzil Puga, 5, right, and her friend Zoë Sandoval, 5, as they jump with excitement after the Latinx Graduation Ceremony on May 3 at the Tivoli Turnhalle. The green dress that her little sister is wearing is the same dress Madrid wore when she was a child living in E Paso, Texas. Photo by Alyson McClaran

To tell the truth

Graduating student journalist Mimi Madrid takes on survivorship, storytelling and a decade between college classes.

Connor Cottrill will graduate from MSU Denver

Change is a-brewin’

From dentistry to first-place individual and team finishes in prestigious beer competitions, this grad’s tapping into transformation.

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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.

By taking concurrent-enrollment classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver while attending the Denver Center for International Studies, Alex Jones earned a college degree before receiving his high school diploma.

Degree before diploma

18-year-old will graduate from MSU Denver, then from high school.

Traci Lundstrom is the spring 2018 Provost

Getting up off the (yoga) mat

Provost's Award winner Traci Lundstrom runs a yoga program in the Boulder County Jail, helping women find a better path forward like she's found for herself.

2018 spring President

Running the road out of darkness

President’s Award winner Maria Coppersmith-Buschman is living proof that resilience is real, difficulties strengthen us and living matters.

Josiah Goodley was an intern on the fourth floor of MSU Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building with York Space Systems, simulating how heat affects satellite components.

From tractors to satellites

Josiah Goodley grew up on a Kansas farm, came to MSU Denver and connected with York Space Systems.

“My passion has always (been) within space – exploration and manufacturing of future spacecraft,” says Joshua Harris, who was offered a job at Lockheed Martin after working for a year in the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co-Op Program. The Orion spacecraft hangs in the foreground in the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building.

Launched at Lockheed Martin

From a dead-end job to a high-flying career in space manufacturing, Joshua Harris aims for the stars.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is an author and journalist who will speak at MSU Denver

The latchkey kid unlocking human commonalities

MSU Denver commencement speaker Gayle Lemmon discusses her humble roots, reporting from all over the world and the universality of the human spirit.

Tina Ramirez, center, and daughters Marion, left, and Stacy will graduate together from MSU Denver on May 11. “I’m very excited that we’re going to be accomplishing such a great goal together,” Tina says.

It runs in the family

A mom and her two daughters will graduate together.

Jonathan Spencer Martinez was one of 10 students who traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, last summer to put humanitarian engineering into practice.

Solving big problems with small solutions

When it comes to career choices, student Jonathan Spencer Martinez is thinking small – as in nanotechnology.

A tight job market that has lasted for several months should work in favor of new graduates. Also, real wage growth is up for the first time in years.

Opportunity knocks loudly for grads

With low unemployment, Colorado companies hunger for qualified applicants.

Nine years ago, Audrey Johnson didn’t know what a social worker was or did. This May, she’ll earn a master’s degree in social work from MSU Denver. Photo: Alyson McClaran

Keeping kids safe

A tuition stipend and online degree are helping this alumna make a big difference in her small town.

An education from MSU Denver helps student circle the globe.

We are the Globerunners

Thanks to blossoming international partnerships, Roadrunners have access to perspectives from across the map.

How does a federal officer end up as the top tech leader in a construction firm? For Jim Qualteri, it

The Unlikely CIO

How does a federal officer end up as the top tech leader in a construction firm? It’s all about problem-solving and leadership.

A January 2018 study by the nonprofit Pew Research Center found that 50 percent of women in STEM experienced discrimination in the workplace versus 41 percent of women in non-STEM jobs and 19 percent of men in STEM. Photo by Mark Stahl

Women in STEM

Here's how female STEM students deal with gender-based challenges and how alums in the workforce are making it work.

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.

Sarah Baker, second from right, teaches yoga as a part of a requirement for a class she

Spreading the health

Lifestyle-medicine students share wellness tips with young and old as community health educators.

Metropolitan State University of Denver alumna Christine Wetzig, far left, and Professor Joe Quatrochi, front row, fourth from left, show the Comparative Fitness class the varied things graduates can do with a degree in exercise science.

Exercising options

Comparative Fitness class shows students the many career paths in exercise science.

In their book "Tyranny Comes Home," authors Abigail Hall and Christopher Coyne posit that when military troops and contractors return home from war and go to work in law enforcement, citizens

From battlefield to U.S. streets

Author of book on police militarization to speak as part of Exploring Economic Freedom Project.

Left to Right, Allie Dirks and Andrea Garcia-Portillo, in front of the student-designed and -painted mural in the Student Success Building. Photo/Mark Stahl

Entrepreneurs in enrollment

At MSU Denver, innovation comes standard. These two students are improving the process of going to college from the ground up.

Charles and Drubix wearing service dog vest.

Service for those who serve

Roadrunners Give Back Day goes to the dogs.

Lesly Castillo spoke only Spanish before she moved to Denver in 2015 and enrolled at Abraham Lincoln High School. She is excelling in the dual-enrollment Spanish-minor program that could give her up to 21 college credits before she leaves high school.

A minor with a major impact

A concurrent-enrollment program from MSU Denver and Abraham Lincoln High School offers students the chance to complete enough credits for a Spanish minor before leaving high school.

The price of televisions, many of which contain parts made in China, could cause sticker shock in the event of a U.S.-China trade war.

A U.S.-China trade war will hit your pocket

The world’s two largest economies are threatening each other with billions of dollars in tariffs. We might all pay, an economics professor says.

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.

Urban-agriculture students get their hands into the dirt as part of the course work in urban vegetable farming. "I truly make a connection with the soil and the plants," says student Amanda Hillard.

Green shoots in the concrete jungle

Urban-agriculture program germinates with help of Acres farm.

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A’s in the hole

Drive to succeed extends to classroom for record-breaking Roadrunner student-athletes.

Antonio Bellisario, professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, stands amid a rock glacier in the Chilean Andes. “Chile is going through a process of changing the water laws,” Bellisario said. “There’s a whole impetus now from civil society for glaciers to be protected.”

The shape of water's future

MSU Denver-led research in the Andes targets solutions to Chile’s dwindling supply.

A young girl connects with one of the dogs in the Canine Airport Therapy Squad at Denver International Airport. The program, begun by Metropolitan State University of Denver alumni Mark Inzana and Lisa Dittberner, helps travelers cope with flying-related stress.

Dogs of CATS treat travelers

Ironically named program, founded by alumni, helps calm anxious flyers at DIA.

Head Tivoli brewer and MSU Denver beer program alumnus/affiliate faculty Nate Nicklas (left) with Eric Toft, world-renowned brewmaster from the southern Bavarian Private Landbrauerei Schönram. One of the most decorated brewers in the world, Toft collaborated with Tivoli to bring back the historic Hi-En Brau Swiss-style dunkel, at one time the brewery

Buds in suds

MSU Denver beer program’s Scott Kerkmans details how industry partnerships are a key ingredient in brewing success.

This week, the Downtown Denver Partnership named the AES Building, and the initiative that developed it, one of six recipients of the 2017 Downtown Denver Awards. Photo: Mark Stahl

Rising star: AES Building shines with prestigious honor

Aerospace and engineering-sciences facility wins 2017 Downtown Denver Award for impact on the Mile High City.

A half-scale model of a weather station produced by students from the Department of Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver. One of 11 student design concepts will replace the current weather station at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Budding designers grow skills at Denver Botanic Gardens

Industrial design students develop new weather station for legendary locale.

Researchers say taking a break from work to clear your head can improve creativity and productivity.

Why you should (occasionally) goof off at work

In celebration of National Goof Off Day – seriously, it’s a thing – we celebrate the art of the unofficial work break.

The upcoming Third Annual Undergraduate Women

Of Socrates and inequities

Women are underrepresented in philosophy. Here's how a few academic advocates are planning to change how we think.

Three of the four judges at the 2018 Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee were MSU Denver faculty members. Photo by John Arnold

Professors spell h-e-l-p-i-n-g

MSU Denver continues contributing judges to Colorado bee.

MSU Denver CIS student Stan Allen will take part in the veteran certification training provided by Palo Alto Networks. Photo by Olga Sago.

Reboot camp: cybersecurity education for vets

A collaboration between Palo Alto Networks, State of Colorado and MSU Denver serves a growing workforce opportunity.

Three MSU Denver students are among 13 fellows from five Colorado universities who will complete a STEM policy program with Reps. Chris Hansen and Bob Rankin. Photo by Mark Stahl

Engineering meets influence in STEM policy program

Three students from MSU Denver are selected for the first Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship.

Francisco Hansen graduated from MSU Denver in December with a degree in astrodynamics and aerospace operations. Today, he works for York Space Systems, a new tenant-partner opening its headquarters at the University on March 20. Photo: Alyson McClaran

Students contribute to next-generation satellite manufacturing and operation

York Space Systems opens headquarters at MSU Denver on March 20, giving students opportunities to launch into aerospace career orbit.

MSU Denver student Justin Darnall named ACE Student of the Year.

Veteran turned student wins the war for his future

When Justin Darnall left the Marines in 2012, he traded one war for another: the war for his future.

Kenn Bisio, right, teaches a beginning photojournalism course at MSU Denver. Bisio is one of the more than half of MSU Denver faculty and staff who identified as first-generation college graduates in a campus survey. Photo by Jessica Taves

The second-wildest journalism teacher in the West

I’m First Gen Too: An MSU Denver professor shares his own first-generation college experience.

MSU Denver senior Abby Gray works on homework for her Micro Biology class in the Auraria Library and says most of her homework assignments are online. Photo by Alyson McClaran

A catalyzing force for open access

Chemistry faculty member finds periodic use of these resources increases teaching quality – and seats at the table.

Phil Hart, Ph.D. is the 2018 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor.

The Hart of a city (planner)

2018 Noel Professor talks gentrification, inclusive urban development and life lessons found in a basketball game.

Jonathan Gourley, a Marine Corps Reserve sergeant, graduated from MSU Denver in December 2017 while actively deployed to the Corps

Operation Study Abroad

Active duty and academics coexist for MSU Denver students who deploy across the globe.

Bianca Williams is a black feminist cultural anthropologist. She is speaking at MSU Denver March 8.

Women challenging the norms

Two women who started movements in their communities will be speaking at the Women's Leadership Conference March 8 on the Auraria campus.

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The Denverite who really did go Dutch

When a Dutch and Denver professor swapped jobs last year, they also embarked on a fascinating globe-trotting correspondence.

Dan and Paul Tighe mix drinks at Tighe Brothers Distillery in Denver

That’s the spirit

For alum Dan Tighe, a distillery is a family affair.

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.

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.

Reisher scholar Karl Muniz has found the program transformative both personally and academically. Priority general scholarship deadlines for 2018/19 are March 1. Photo by Mark Stahl

A full-ride on the road ahead

This scholarship prioritizes creating debt-free graduates. Here’s how it’s impacting two awardees’ lives.

MSU Denver is the first University in the nation to offer a lifestyle medicine minor, which will launch in fall 2018, and cover topics such as stress. Photo by Mark Stahl

Your job is literally killing you

How stress at work is taking years off our lives and what we can do to find inner-calm in our cubicles.

Dr. Darlene Sampson holds her sign from the Martin Luther King Jr Day March that will be on display at History Colorado. Photo by Mark Stahl

Sign of the times

Professor Darlene Sampson created a sign to show what she stood for in her profession. It would become part of history.

Students take in new information in their tax research class, which is part of the Master of Professional Accountancy program. Photo by John Arnold

Double-check your paycheck with new tax law

Tax Day for 2017 is still a few months away, but you can make sure you're prepared to do your taxes for 2018 right now.

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.

Payton Bradley overcame years of bullying and found a home at MSU Denver. Photo by Mark Stahl

Overcoming bullies

Student overcomes years of harassment, finds community at MSU Denver and shares a powerful message of hope.

Anthony Grant, Ph.D., director of athletics and vice-chair of the NCAA’s Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee (MOIC); Erin Hiltner, associate athletic director for student services and MSU Denver’s SWA, and Michael Bazemore, associate director of athletics and active member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.

Teaming up to level the playing field

Athletics leaders discuss advocacy, representation and the difference between diversity and inclusion.

MSU Denver psychology professor Randi Smith determined to help homeless students.

'Ghosts' on campus: The plight of homeless students

Randi Smith knew there was a hidden population of homeless students on campus – and she was determined to help them.

MSU Denver flight students inside flight simulator

Cleared for takeoff

Partnership between United Airlines and MSU Denver provides clear path from classroom to flight deck.

The primary flu strain we

5 need-to-know answers about this flu season

Ah-choo! There’s a nasty bug going around – so equip yourself with a doctor’s insight that’s nothing to sneeze at.

MSU Denver student places her end-of-day reflection on a light bulb after the 2018 Illuminate day of service. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Volunteering: A bright idea

Students pitch in to help their communities – and in turn, themselves – during the 2018 Illuminate day of service.

MSU Denver grad Eric Ybarra is in charge of marketing for a mobile app called Street Kingpins. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Skateboard of directors

MSU Denver grad pitching mobile app for skateboarders at national entrepreneur contest.

Athletic training student Heidi Moore (blue, center) is a coach for the US Paralympic judo team and lead instructor for Denver Judo. Here, she is throwing a combatant as part of a demonstration while setting up the national program for Turkmenistan.

Acing her mat classes

Martial artist. Paralympic coach. International program builder. For Heidi Moore, judo isn’t just a sport – it’s a calling.

MSU Denver alumnus Mike Silva receiving Vertical Flight Hall of Fame award.

Alumnus pilot on the rise

Mike Silva soars to the top of his profession with hall of fame entry.

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.

More than a quarter of US workers use jargon every day.

Workplace jargon: Why do we speak like that?

Business blather is running rampant in the office. Maybe we should all take a rain check.

MSU Denver alum Neil Dreher behind the scenes at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. Photo courtesy StageOne.

Giving the Olympics the gift of flight

As athletes strive for new heights in Pyeongchang, Neil Dreher is already an expert on the air up there.

MSU Denver aerobatics club members upside down in a loop.

Flying circles around the competition

MSU Denver aerobatics club team crowned national champs, defying expectations and gravity.

Andrea Herrera joined Met Media as a freshman and will graduate with a job at Entravision in Denver. Photo by John Arnold

This just in: Student’s TV job a ‘dream come true’

Met Media’s Andrea Herrera takes journalism pedigree to Entravision as news producer and editor.

MSU Denver alumna Gabriela Rodriguez works for KIPP Colorado Schools as an advocacy and community engagement assistant, helping parents get involved with their students

Unabashedly undocumented

For undocumented immigrants living in fear, MSU Denver alumna Gabriela Rodriguez lends her voice.

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.

Gloria Tanner honored by her alma mater with MSU Denver’s first ever Alumni Achievement Award

Leadership 101 with Gloria Tanner

Trailblazing Colorado legislator reflects on life of leadership and honors from mayor, senator, governor and her alma mater.

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.

Left to right: MSU Denver alums Leah Dozeman, Wheat Ridge City Council District 4; José Guardiola, Commerce City Council At-Large; and Jacob LaBure, Lakewood City Council Ward 2.

Building and serving their communities

Three recently elected city council representatives share stories that started with a run through campus.

Stronger at the broken places

Fixing bone fractures has stayed the same for 200 years. These engineering students aim to change that via 3-D printing.

Sport management student Brad Birling is going to the Winter Olympics in South Korea as a consumer products intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Going for gold with an Olympic internship

Sport management student Brad Birling headed to Winter Olympics as an intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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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.