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Getting real about hunger and homelessness on campus

New data show housing and food insecurity is a pressing issue for many college students across the country — and in Denver

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.

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

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

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

How to choose a school teacher and preschool student

5 tips for finding the right school for your child

What parents need to know, whether picking a preschool, considering kindergarten or exploring charter schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TEDxCrestmoorParkWomen Speaker Eunice Hudak standing in front of TEDx letters. Photo Credit Ali Bibbo

Anatomy of a TED talk

Want to have your big idea heard at TEDxMSUDenver 2019? Here are 5 expert tips to help your talk connect.

PHOTOS: Auraria then and now

Rephotography focuses the lens of time on Denver’s oldest community.

Reading a book -- not on an electronic screen -- is great for helping kids wind down at night and fall asleep. Photo by John Arnold.

Quality sleep and good food

For back-to-school, prioritize these two critical items

A look at the top ten RED stories from 2019.

Best of RED 2019

Our reporting last year stretched from the Auraria Campus to the Capitol, rural Colorado to grade-school classrooms. Here are the best and most-read stories of 2019.

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.

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.

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.

Early childhood education major Caroline Edinger works 30 hours a week as an assistant teacher at the Auraria Early Learning Center, a school on campus at MSU Denver that provides her paid, relevant work experience for her career. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Redefining working class

Most college students also have a job. Here's how savvy undergrads are finding career-related work experience on campus.

Colorado legislation prioritizes mental health in schools

Prioritizing mental health in schools

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

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Fight fake news with these 4 steps

A provocative book and innovative curriculum initiative prepare a new generation for the social media information wars.

President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., delivers her keynote address at Sept. 7 Investiture ceremony.

Dedicated to the future of students – and the state

Invested as president of MSU Denver on Sept. 7, Janine Davidson posits path forward for higher ed

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.

Photo by Elizabeth Moreno Rosales

A career in education leads to graduation

Delores Leslie, a paraprofessional in Denver Public Schools, goes back to college to better educate the special-needs students she serves

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Infographic: MSU Denver's outsized impact on Colorado's economy

The Mile High City's open-access University is also a powerful economic engine.

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.

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.

Photo by Julie Strasheim

First-gen forward

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

A montage of Gabriella Rodriguez, Jesus Quintana Martinez, Roberto Nava and Kenn Bisio, all the first in the their families to go through higher education.

Four first-generation college success stories

On the 53rd Anniversary of the Higher Education Act, institutions around the country celebrated first-generation college students.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Magaly Sanchez De La Cruz is a a senior who will begin the Master of Social Work program at MSU Denver this summer. Photo by Mark Woolcott.

MSU Denver earns Hispanic-Serving Institution status

Decade-long effort to better reflect and serve Colorado opens up new funding sources for student support.

Dean Liz Hinde in her office, with books on the table and light coming in through the window.

Historical truth is hard to handle

There are reasons history is rewritten: Today’s concerns and controversies shine light on things that were papered over

Homecoming during COVID-19

With a global pandemic upending the century-old fall tradition, universities across the country are finding new, creative ways to celebrate and engage alumni.

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.

How to homeschool your kids through COVID-19 closures

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

Rosemarie Allen, Ed.D., is an associate professor of Early Childhood Education. She began teaching at MSU Denver in 2004.  Her research interests are related to addressing the disproportionate number of children of color expelled and suspended from early childhood programs and how culturally responsive teaching can more effectively address the problem.

How to talk with kids about racism

The police killing of George Floyd thrust the realities of racism into homes across America. Early childhood education expert Rosemarie Allen provides guidance for starting the conversation about race with kids of all ages.

How to get kids to love science and math

STEM is the hottest acronym in education. Here are tips from Colorado's Teacher of the Year for helping students discover science, tech, engineering and math.

Oh, the humanities: What's the ROI?

The goals of getting a good job and gaining a more meaningful understanding of life aren't mutually exclusive.

Oh, the humanities

Why study philosophy, history or language? What is the value of liberal arts? The answers may surprise you.

Oh, the humanities: What employers want

When business leaders are asked what they really want in employees, they list qualities — not majors

Oh, the humanities: What’s lost without them?

Humanities play a critical role as society grapples with artificial intelligence, migration, climate change and more.

Idalee Nunez reads to her class at Asbury Elementary in November 2018. Photo by John Arnold.

Bound to educate

Upward Bound helps low-income high school students pursue postsecondary education. Here's how it helped one student discover her calling to teach.

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Choose your own adventure

While all Roadrunners run their own roads, those who go through the Individualized Degree Program start by designing the map.

President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., pictured on the Auraria Campus.

The road ahead for higher ed

Workforce development, cybersecurity and future of higher education to be discussed at Inauguration of Janine Davidson Sept. 4-7.

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.

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.

Graduating next-gen first responders

The Denver Fire Department Academy's latest class provides a glimpse of what it takes to land a job in the life-saving field.

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.

Jacqueline Lujan gives kindergartners "wild curiosity" by reaching them where they are. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Third-gen teacher speaks kids' language

Jacqueline Lujan gives kindergartners “wild curiosity” by reaching them where they are.

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.?

Illustration by Craig Korn

Learners connect with leaders

Colorado’s open-access university provides premier access to national experts

Amber Longoria is a student in the Master of Health Administration program. Photo by Aly McClaran.

Level up

MSU Denver’s unique graduate programs help students advance in careers and fill shortfalls in Colorado’s top industries.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

Just Keep Swimming

Trailblazing U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson reflects on the value of struggle, her rise to the top levels of the military and what makes a great leader.

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.

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

Principal catalyst

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

"Molly of Denali" premiered on PBS in July and airs at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday on Rocky Mountain PBS. Photo courtesy of PBS.

PBS Kids’ new star: Indigenous inclusion

‘Molly of Denali’ is the first children’s TV show to feature a Native American lead character.

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.

Online learning

Higher education adapts to remote learning during COVID-19 pandemic

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

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

Securing support for students

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

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

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.

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.

Emily Ragan sitting at her desk with a stack of textbook and a laptop on top of them.

The death of textbooks?

Technology is disrupting the textbook industry, and the implications are massive – to the tune of more than $600 million in savings for students.

MSU Denver graduate Elizabeth Moreno Rosales at Fall Commencement 2019. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Higher education's day of reckoning

Recent college admissions scandals highlight the moneyed nature of acceptance — and MSU Denver's position of strength as an open-access institution.

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.

A parent’s guide to screen time

Thousands of Colorado K-12 students are starting the school year where they left off last spring: at home, in front of a screen. Here’s how experts suggest you handle technology at home to keep children healthy and happy.

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.

Keeping preschoolers in the classroom

Early childhood education experts applaud a new Colorado law limiting suspensions and expulsions for young students.

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.

Metropolitan State University of Denver student and Peer Mentor Jasmine Villalobos-Valles works with fellow students during a session at MSU Denver

Investing in our future

Last November, Denver voters approved a tax creating a $14M college scholarship fund. Here's how the first-of-its-kind model will expand opportunity.

Rachel Averch Montessori Children

Making dreams possible

Rachel Averch empowers students to dream big as co-founder and CEO of Montessori Children’s House of Denver.

A parent’s guide to remote learning during COVID-19 closures

Thousands of Colorado K-12 students will start the school year with remote learning. Education experts provide some practical advice for parents wondering how they’re going to make it work.

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.

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.

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.

Special educators

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

Joe Schneiderwind watches and directs his father Mike as he has Everett Allmon participate in a liquid nitrogen experiment. August 8, 2020. Photo by Sara Hertwig

This future teacher is dedicated to opening STEM to students with disabilities

When multiple sclerosis derailed his Ph.D. research, Joe Schneiderwind dedicated his career to teaching math and science – and shining a light on the underrepresentation of people with disabilities in STEM.

For the past 14 years, Metropolitan State University of Denver has been home to one of three grant-funded Teaching With Primary Sources regional hubs that offer professional development for educators and administer grants to universities, school districts, library systems and other organizations on behalf of the Library of Congress.  Photo by Peggy O

Straight from the source

Smithsonian and Library of Congress throw open their digital doors, giving teachers access to troves of unfiltered information

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.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

Teachers learn the language of trauma

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

Teachers tackle student trauma

Educators learn informed approaches to supporting children in need.

Who takes care of teachers?

Connecting with kids makes for better instructors, but the emotional expense takes a toll.

TEDx MSU Denver Emily Ragan HERO

TEDx MSU Denver: Lasting learning

WATCH: Open educational resources champion Emily Ragan reimagines learning in our age of abundant information.

“It’s going to take all of us to toss the ladder down for the next generation and ensure the American Dream is a possibility for everyone. And that’s something worth fighting for.”  -MSU Denver President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., on reimagining higher education. Photo by Sara Hertwig.

TEDx MSU Denver: Is college worth it?

WATCH: MSU Denver President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., makes the case for reimagining higher education.

The case for cursive HERO

The case for cursive

Should script be taught in the 21st century? Our education expert examines the pros and cons.

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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.

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.

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.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

7 learning myths debunked

Want to make sure your schooling sticks? Spoiler alert: Listening to Mozart won’t help.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Will schools open? Experts weigh in on what to expect in education this fall

As COVID-19 cases climb in Colorado, plans for the upcoming K-12 school year are evolving by the day. Here’s what education experts expect, and how the disruptions could affect students and teachers.

Wilton Flemon began his teaching career at MSU Denver in fall of 1969. Currently Flemon is a professor of chemistry and has been teaching online classes since the mid 1990’s. The online classes he designed and taught are: chemistry and society, principles of chemistry lecture and laboratory and environmental chemistry. He

A new way to postdoc

A 50-year champion for equity leads a new fellowship reimagining the process for building a diverse faculty.

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.

“You can’t stop just because you’re dead”

Zuton Lucero-Mills' heart stopped beating after a horrific car crash. Less than two years later, she’s realizing her calling to live by helping children.

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.

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.