2021

En garde on the Auraria Campus

MSU Denver Fencing instructor Ernie Heyman has introduced Roadrunners to the thrills and values of the Olympic sport for 42 years.

Former Roadrunners basketball star Nick Kay poised to be key contributor on Australia’s Olympic squad

“I think we have a real chance of winning a gold medal,” the Boomers forward said in advance of the Tokyo Games.

New incentive aims to boost Colorado’s meetings-and-events economy

MSU Denver’s School of Hospitality is partnering with the Colorado Tourism Office to administer $10 million in rebates for costs of hosting events in the state.

It’s time to talk about the past year

Speakers at Sept. 10 TEDx event plan to address resilience amid difficult times and open the door for healing our collective trauma.

Federal grants support future mental-health professionals

Demand for diverse mental- and behavioral-health professionals in Colorado has never been greater. Here’s how federal grants awarded to MSU Denver support the students who will meet those needs in underserved and rural communities.

Boldly going where few universities have gone before

New Lockheed Martin contract provides MSU Denver community with paid research and learning opportunities in space-related fields and beyond.

Recovery revelation

Tabitha Shackleton battled addiction for 25 years. Now, she's wrapping up a Master of Clinical Behavioral Health and championing the wraparound services that turned her life around.

Ballot boost

Audrey Kline's work to expand mail-in voting systems pays off during a global pandemic.

Women pilots take flight

As global travel rebounds amid an aviator shortage, a new generation is poised to take its place in the cockpit.

Prep for the Pentagon UFO report with these 10 extraterrestrial movies

Cinema expert Vincent Piturro offers up flick picks to welcome the upcoming government report on ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ – and any intergalactic visitors you may closely encounter.

Whale tale

MSU Denver biologist Leanna Matthews is featured in Apple TV’s new documentary 'Fathom,' which explores the complex communication of whales. Here’s how she’s deciphering marine-mammal communication in the field and from landlocked Denver.

Mission ready: Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

This nonprofit has worked to empower youth through music education at venues across the metro area for more than two decades. Now, it’s found a forever home, thanks to a partnership with MSU Denver’s Department of Music.

Happy Father’s Day (wherever you are…)

Here’s how dads are honored around the globe, from Cancun to Kyoto.

Five baseball facts from an anthropologist/superfan

With the MLB season in full swing and the All-Star Game a month away, David Piacenti dishes on the trivia-worthy traits that make our national pastime unique.

Rooms to grow

The pandemic hit hotels hard. Here’s how Roadrunners have risen to guide the hospitality industry through the challenges of today and the promise of tomorrow.

Get your shot — at free college tuition

The ‘Rowdy Return Scholarship’ vaccine drawing will award tuition to 5 MSU Denver undergrads who have received at least one dose of any of the three authorized Covid-19 vaccines.

State stimulus bill aims to help Coloradans go back to school

Proposed legislation would help stop-out and gap-year students earn credentials with scholarships and student-support services.

Where to raft, soak, shop and eat in Salida

Here are hotelier Anita Kudasik’s fave things to do in her hometown.

Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Salida's new classic

Anita Kudasik transformed the town's worn-out motor lodge into a stylish mountain stay.

Make the most of your (vaccinated) Denver summer

Vaccination rates are up, and Covid-positivity rates are down, leading public health officials to lift restrictions. Here are a few ideas for getting your summer pumping.

Here are the odds of winning $1 million in Colorado’s Comeback Cash vaccine drawings

Spoiler alert: They’re way better than the odds of winning Powerball

Herd immunity explained

Ending the pandemic is contingent on our ability to achieve herd immunity through vaccination. Here are the science and math that get us there.

Panel ignites discussion on getting women back to work 

MSU Denver presents the first of a series of executive roundtable discussions on avoiding the ‘shecession’ and returning women to the workplace.

Anatomy of a TED talk

TEDx is returning to MSU Denver. What's the 'secret sauce' to those ideas worth spreading? Here's insight - and 5 expert tips to help your presentations connect.

‘We are asking people to be honest with themselves’

The CDC changed its pandemic guidance on masks in the hopes that a return to normal will incentivize Americans to assess their individual risks and get vaccinated. Here’s what experts want those with questions about Covid vaccines to know.

Marketing team helps construction industry build diverse workforce

Associated General Contractors of Colorado will use a student-developed advertising campaign to recruit women and people of color.

Biochemistry undergrads discover new way to detect celiac disease

Their findings were published in an internationally peer-reviewed research article in the journal Sensors.

Reduce soreness in your arm caused by the Covid-19 vaccine with these exercises

WATCH: MSU Denver Exercise Science Professor Joe Quatrochi shows you how to increase blood flow to reduce pain and discomfort.

Fast finish

Social Work grad overcomes early hurdles in life to get speedy start on career.

Cinco de Mayo panel keeps Auraria’s history alive

Denverites whose families were affected by the construction of the Auraria Campus discussed how institutionalized discrimination created the conditions to displace the majority-Latino community in the 1970s and continues today.

Air Force vet ready for trauma in schools

Stephanie Shufelt worked on F-16s before she discovered her love for teaching. To be the educator her students need her to be, she earned a certificate in trauma-informed practices offered by MSU Denver's Office of Education Solutions.

Your vaccine-passport questions answered

MSU Denver School of Hospitality Dean Christian Hardigree weighs in on the prospects for passport programs and “revenge tourism” amid a predicted travel boom.

Focused on service

Volunteering abroad and surviving an accident helped Josephina Carlacci-King discover her purpose in the hospitality industry.

Magical moments in the making

Allison Poeling’s passion for hospitality started with a mouse. Yes, that mouse.

Health care fundamentals, reimagined

WATCH: Nursing students assist Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in administering critical Covid-19 vaccines.

Mission ready: Hide in Plain Sight

This Colorado nonprofit gave Zoë Royer an opportunity to succeed at MSU Denver. Now, she’s paying it forward by helping the organization advance advocacy for other youth whose education is threatened by basic-needs insecurity.

Denver

MLB All-Star Game a home run for Denver’s spirit and economy

The U.S. is hurting as baseball fans return to stadiums around the country. Sports experts say the game can help the nation heal from the Covid-19 pandemic and explain why hosting MLB’s All-Star Game will be a big-league boost for the Mile High City.

Ibram X. Kendi talks anti-racism with MSU Denver Equity Peer Leaders

In a wide-ranging virtual discussion for the University’s Equity Training Series, the activist, scholar and author of “How to Be an Antiracist” discussed anti-racism in higher education, tools for introspection and the importance of hope.

Smartphone or laptop? PhoneBook is both

This student-designed, 3D-printed prototype converts your smartphone into a laptop in a snap, and it just netted a top finish in a Stanford-sponsored competition for its promise to provide internet-connected performance for less than $100.

Photo by George Youngs Jr. and courtesy of the Reading Fightin Phils

MLB pitching prospect back on mound

Last spring, Covid crushed former MSU Denver baseball standout Julian Garcia’s shot at “The Show.” Now, baseball is back, and the righty is fighting for a spot in the Philadelphia Phillies’ farm system.

Gemtrago builds foundation for careers in home finance

New apprenticeship program trains next generation of home finance advisors – and diversifies talent in booming Colorado real estate industry

City Cast Denver: big conversations in small bites

In this daily 15-minute podcast, Bree Davies dishes on the pandemic and the versatility of the ‘Denver sound.’

US President Joe Biden (C) arrives, flanked by the nominees to positions as 4-star Combatant Commanders General Jacqueline Van Ovost (L) and Lieutenant General Laura Richardson, to speak during International Women

Lieutenant General Richardson nominated to lead U.S. Southern Command

The MSU Denver alumna would be just the second woman to be promoted to four-star general in the Army.

Success story

Derek Brekken’s love of storytelling moved the former high school dropout to pursue a degree in PR. Now, his sights are set on law school and a career in media law.

Can-do attitude

Nayeli Cisneros Saucedo was brought to the U.S. at age 8 and overcame great hardship to earn her Psychology degree. Here’s what she wants immigrants like her to know.

From refugee to Colorado House representative

Naquetta Ricks’ path winds from Liberia to the Auraria Campus to the state Capitol. Now, she’s devoted to empowering the state's underserved and immigrant communities.

Brain hacks for happiness

Life coach James Larcus provides tips for keeping your mental health top-of-mind this spring.

Metropolitan State University of Denver Baseball pitcher Cade Crader on March 27 threw a perfect game against CSU-Pueblo. Photo by Darral Freund

MSU Denver Baseball’s Cade Crader pitches perfect game

Hurler gets all 27 batters out in 13-0 rout of CSU-Pueblo as No. 18 Roadrunners improve to 17-1.

MSU Denver reveals vision for higher education post-pandemic

Here’s how Colorado’s public-access institution is reimagining college to meet students where they are in their ‘complicated, zigzaggy lives.’

A nurse prepares a dose of Johnson & Johnson

Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson

Ruben Zorrilla, M.D., medical director of the Health Center at Auraria, discusses the data behind the three approved vaccines.

"I’ve learned it’s crucial to adjust your teaching so it doesn’t prohibit students from learning,” Mayrel Rodriguez said of completing her student-teaching residency during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photos by Alyson McClaran

VIDEO: Student teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic

Shifting between remote and in-person learning has helped elementary-education major Mayrel Rodriguez hone a critical skill: flexibility.

Good hospitality

MSU Denver's School of Hospitality distributed food kits to students Thursday to help alleviate the financial strain of the pandemic.

The truth about Covid-19 vaccines

With shots set to become widely available in Colorado in April, public-health officials find themselves combating vaccine misinformation. Here's what infectious-disease expert Sheryl Zajdowicz, Ph.D., wants you to know.

Fashion Denver forward

PHOTOS: Brandi Shigley and her fave creatives dish on how Covid has changed the Mile High City's style scene.

Q+A: Fashion Denver's Brandi Shigley

For this Colorado couture icon, fashion isn’t about having an eye for hot trends; it’s about having the courage to be authentically you.

Miguel Angel Escobar Garza is majoring in electrical engineering technology and works as a peer mentor for other men of color enrolled at MSU Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Passing on standardized tests

Student-success stories show the shortcomings of the ACT and SAT.

Change agent

The pandemic pushed this single mother in a new direction. Here's how this future social worker aims to put at-risk students on the path to a better life.

Flu infections are at historic lows. Here’s why

Fears of a “twindemic” – a confluence of Covid-19 and influenza – haven’t materialized, thanks to preventive measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Experts weigh in on the debate over student-debt forgiveness

Here’s how the situation looks to a finance expert and two Roadrunners paying off their loans.

Addiction recovery a year into Covid-19 pandemic

Mental-health experts and those battling substance-use disorders discuss the challenges and opportunities of a new era in recovery.

Colorado moves to eliminate food insecurity on campus

New effort announced by Gov. Jared Polis also prioritizes mental-health needs for college students.

Student teachers adjust to Covid realities

Here are the lessons tomorrow’s educators are learning as they navigate in-person and online classrooms amid the pandemic.

Does putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill honor her memory?

The Biden administration has revived efforts to make the abolitionist the first Black American on a U.S. bill. But aspects of the plan give some scholars pause. Here’s why.

Deep experience

Snow-research pioneer Chris George spent decades studying Colorado’s slide-prone slopes. His work lives on in the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies.

Career ladder

Firefighters return to the classroom to advance their skills and lives.

Care across lifetimes

This husband-and-wife doctor duo met at MSU Denver, went to med school together and now help their rural community realize whole-person wellness.

Denver's artists adapt to Covid

The pandemic has devastated Colorado’s creative community. But Denver artists are drawing together and imagining what comes next. PLUS: Preview 'Hail the Dark Lioness,' a new Center for Visual Art exhibition.

Deadly Colorado avalanches underscore dangers of unstable snowpack

Fickle early-season storms and increased backcountry usage are factors behind a deadly winter week in Colorado and across the country. Here’s how hydrologists view the state’s current snowpack and avalanche danger.

Scotti Gladney, general manager of SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown (right), works with Logan Gunter, Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink kitchen manager. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Denver hotel GM of the Year vows to come back ‘stronger than ever’

SpringHill Suites’ Scotti Gladney is focused on what his hard-hit industry does best: hospitality.

Big brands are passing on Super Bowl ads. Here’s why

Budweiser, Coke, Pepsi, Ford and Hyundai are among the recognizable brands sitting out the big game this year.

Of cooking and community

Fetien Gebre-Michael built an Ethiopian-food empire in the Mile High City — and in the process grew a community that is sustaining her business through the pandemic and the fight for racial justice.

Tibs ordered from Konjo Ethiopian.

Fetien Gebre-Michael’s essential Ethiopian

The chef/owner of Konjo Ethiopian Food serves up your guide to her home country’s cuisine.

Macroeconomist Kishore Kulkarni on the president’s massive relief proposal, the country’s uneven recovery and the prospects for the post-pandemic economy.

An economist’s view of Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan

Macroeconomist Kishore Kulkarni on the president’s massive relief proposal, the country’s uneven recovery and the prospects for the post-pandemic economy.

Cybercrime hits pandemic peak

Follow these recommendations from cybersecurity experts to stay safe.

Chris Richardson is associate director of criminal justice services at the Mental Health Center of Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran

STAR alternative

Here's how a new emergency response service in Denver diverts 911 calls for mental health, substance use and other public health issues away from police and toward mental health and medical professionals.

Emanuel Walker is developing ways to increase retention and graduation rates among Black students. Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

MSU Denver junior takes on the education gap, a barrier to top jobs

Emanuel Walker, Liberian refugee and 2021 My Brother’s Keeper Emerging Leader, is on a mission to make higher education more accessible to all students.

 Rioters clash with police as the try to force their way into the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo by Lev Radin / Shutterstock.

What can history teach us about Jan. 6?

Associate Professor Shelby Balik draws parallels from the past to help us understand the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol.

MSU Denver contributes hundreds of millions of dollars per year to local and state economies.

Open access, exponential ROI

New data show how investment in MSU Denver powers Colorado's long-term economic success and boosts the vibrancy of its diverse communities.

Z Change

Gen Z and millennials reimagine the movement for racial justice.

MSU Denver nursing grad serves in Army's new Covid-focused medical unit

Steve Wiseman’s zigzaggy path to nursing and service served him well in his deployment to south Texas as a member of the military’s new Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force.

MSU Denver student and veteran Ellie Wagley plays with her American pit bull terrier service dog Banjo on the Auraria Campus on Dec. 17, 2020. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Rising to the moment

Whether it’s surviving cancer, studying for a career in social work or crisis management, Ellie Wagley is living proof of what happens when you’re prepared to be at your best every minute.

Photo courtesy of Kat for Congress

Kat Cammack was once homeless. Now, she’s the youngest Republican woman in the U.S. House.

The new U.S. representative is the first MSU Denver graduate elected to Congress. Here’s how she worked her way from a Castle Rock ranch to the Auraria Campus to Florida’s 3rd Congressional District.