Metropolitan State University of Denver
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|Metropolitan State College
Metropolitan State College of Denver (until 2012)
|Motto||We Educate Colorado|
|Type||Public, Urban-grant, Space-grant[full citation needed]|
|Endowment||US$8.6 million (2009)|
|President||Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.|
|Location||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Campus||Urban,126-acre (0.5 km2)|
|Colors||Blue & Red
|Mascot||Rowdy the Roadrunner|
|Affiliations||National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program|
Metropolitan State University of Denver – also known as MSU Denver or Metro State – is a public university located in Denver, in the U.S. state of Colorado. With 58 majors and 82 minors, the college is noted for a wide array of liberal arts and science programs as well as teacher education, business, aviation, and criminal justice programs.
In fall 2010, the university began offering master's programs in teacher education and accounting, with social work beginning in fall 2011. The university is noted for its fine athletic programs: MSU Denver's women's soccer team won the Division II National Championship in 2004 and 2006; the men's basketball team won the Division II National Championship in 2000 and 2002. MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus, along with the University of Colorado Denver and the Community College of Denver, in downtown Denver, adjacent to Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue. MSU Denver has an enrollment of more than 21,000 students.
On April 18, 2012, MSU Denver achieved university status. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper approved the changing of the name of Metropolitan State College of Denver to Metropolitan State University of Denver, effective July 2012.
The university is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 
- 1 History and geography
- 2 Campus
- 3 Organization and administration
- 4 Student life
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Domestic relationships
- 7 International relationships
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
History and geography
The institution is located in one of the oldest areas of Denver. The campus is located at the former townsite of Auraria, which was founded in November 1858. Denver was founded three weeks later on the opposing side (east side) of Cherry Creek. Denver would soon overtake Auraria after thriving for a mere two years. For a century following, an Auraria neighborhood would remain. The boundaries of the former neighborhood were Colfax Avenue on the south, the South Platte River on the northwest and Cherry Creek on the northeast. The Auraria Campus, Pepsi Center, and Elitch Gardens now inhabit this area.
Auraria had a mix of residential areas and industrial areas through the early to mid-20th century. When the campus was built, many Aurarians, a majority of them Hispanic, were displaced and the school promised to serve the community. The historic Tivoli Brewery was a popular beer brewery on this site that was preserved and the building now serves as the Tivoli Student Union to all three schools on the campus; among other things it is noted for being the site of a stage of the now-defunct Coors Classic world-class bicycle race. Many original buildings remain on campus including a preserved street of Victorian cottages in the 9th Street Historic District. Two churches are still on the campus, St. Elizabeth's of Hungary and St. Cajetan's. The Emmanuel Gallery, which is the oldest synagogue structure in Denver, is on the campus as well and serves as a museum.
Metropolitan State University of Denver was founded in 1965 as an opportunity school. The concept was that people from all walks of life could have a chance at a college education. By design, MSU Denver is required to be accessible to all, which is why it consistently has some of the lowest tuitions of four-year Colorado colleges and universities. Approximately a third of the student body are students of color.
The Auraria Campus is situated between Sports Authority Field at Mile High and Pepsi Center. During the 2008 Democratic National Convention, MSU Denver started the semester a week early, closed for the convention, and then restarted on schedule. The campus was within the security perimeter designated by the United States Secret Service, leading to the decision to close the campus to all except essential personnel.
Name change controversy
The then-Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees on March 9, 2011 approved a legislative proposal to change the institution's name to "Denver State University" following a vote among students and faculty.
University of Denver administration and faculty publicly objected to "Denver State University" as MSU Denver's new name. As a result of this, the Board of Trustees decided to cancel the planned name change. This brought up heavy outrage in the community, with a private university (University of Denver) deciding the fate of a public one (MSU Denver).
On July 1, 2012, the name officially became Metropolitan State University of Denver. To coincide with the new transition from college to university status, the Student Success Building opened its doors and now houses administrative offices including admissions and financial aid, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms.
- 1965–1990: Metropolitan State College
- 1990–2012: Metropolitan State College of Denver
- 2012–present: Metropolitan State University of Denver
The Auraria Campus is the main campus of MSU Denver and is located to the southwest of downtown Denver in the Auraria Neighborhood, enclosed by Auraria Pkwy to the west and north, Speer Blvd to east, and Colfax Ave to the south. MSU Denver shares the campus with two other higher education institutions, the University of Colorado Denver and Community College of Denver. The traditional main entrance to campus is Speer & Lawrence between the North and Science buildings. However in recent years due to the addition of the RTD Light Rail, many students regard the Colfax At Auraria station at 10th St & Colfax to be the main entrance.
The campus is located in the heart of the central business district and is in close proximity to the Pepsi Center, Elitch Gardens, The Colorado Convention Center, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Larimer Square, and the 16th Street Mall. The reclaimed Tivoli brewery, which closed in 1969, now operates as a student union serving all 3 schools on campus.
- Auraria West Campus (RTD) – Light rail station for the C, E, & W lines
- Colfax at Auraria (RTD) – Light rail station for the D, F & H lines
- The Auraria Campus can be reached from both the South Platte River and Cherry Creek bike paths, and is only blocks from Confluence Park, where these two paths intersect.
- Science Building (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Mathematics departments; Colorado Alliance for Science)
- Central Classroom Building (Anthropology, Communication Arts, Sociology, Philosophy, Journalism, History, International Studies departments; Center for Faculty Development)
- Plaza (Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Hospitality, Modern Languages, Psychology departments; Health care center; Center for High Risk Youth Studies)
- Kenneth King Center (English, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Music, Theater departments; Golda Meir Center; Writing Center)
- West Classroom Building (Criminal Justice, Gerontology, Healthcare Management, Health Education, Human Services, Nursing, Teacher Education departments; Center For Addiction Studies, )
- Administration Building (Accounting, Business, Computer Information Science, Economics, Finance, Information Technology, Management, Marketing departments; campus police)
- North Classroom Building (Physics and Mathematics departments)
- South Classroom Building (Engineering departments)
- Technology Building (Aviation, Industrial Design, and Engineering departments)
- Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (Hospitality department)
- Arts Building (Fine Arts, Music, Theater departments)
- Seventh Street Building (Aviation/Aerospace department)
Campus Resource Buildings
- Student Success Center (Academic Advising, Admissions, Bursar, Cashier, Center For Innovation, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Academic Success Center, Student Intervention Services, Tutoring Center)
- Tivoli Student Union (Bookstore, Career Services, Counseling Center, Foodcourt, GLBT Services, Multicultural Lounge, Phoenix Center, Theaters, Tivoli Turnhalle, Sigi's Billiards, Sigi's Caberet)
- Auraria Library
- St. Francis Center
- Auraria Events Center
- St. Cajetan's Church
- St. Elizabeth's Church and Bonfils Memorial
- Auraria Early Learning Center
- Campus Village Dorms
- Auraria Student Lofts (located off-campus at 14th & Curtis)
- The Inn at Auraria (located off-campus at 14th & Arapahoe)
- The Regency (located off-campus at I-25 & Elati)
- MSU Denver North Campus
- MSU Denver South Campus
Organization and administration
Board of Trustees
On June 7, 2002, Gov. Bill Owens signed House Bill 1165 – Concerning the Establishment of an Independent Governing Board for Metropolitan State College of Denver – and named his appointees to MSU Denver’s Board of Trustees.
MSU Denver's student government operates under the name "Student Government Assembly" (more commonly referred to as "SGA"), and it is composed of legislative and executive branches. The legislative branch is the Student Senate, which is composed of ten senators popularly elected each spring semester to serve one-year terms of office that begin on June 1. Senate leadership includes the Speaker, the Speaker pro-tempore, and the Parliamentarian. The Senate is the policy-making body of the SGA.
The executive branch includes the popularly elected Student Body President, Vice-President, Student Trustee, and two Representatives to a panel known as the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board ("SACAB"). These five officers form the core of a group called the Executive Council, which also includes the Speaker of the Senate and the appointed principal executive officers. The President and Vice-President are elected jointly as a ticket, and each serves a one-year term of office that runs concurrently with the senators' terms of office; the Student Trustee and SACAB Representatives' terms of office (also one year in length) begin on July 1. Appointed principal executive officers are appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate, and they serve at the pleasure of the President. The President is responsible for implementing Student Senate legislation and for regularly reporting to the Senate on the affairs of the student government.
Matters of a judicial nature, such as appeals in election-related disputes, constitutional interpretation, and conflict resolution, are handled by the university's Student Engagement and Wellness Office through periodically assembled panels known as Student Review Boards.
The Student Election Commission is an autonomous agency within the executive branch, and it is responsible for administering student government elections. It is composed of a chairperson and two to four associate commissioners appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.
The current SGA Constitution was ratified by the student body on April 14, 2013.
Schools and centers
MSU Denver contains 3 colleges and one school..
- College of Business
- College of Professional Studies
- College Letters, Arts and Sciences
- School of Education
Metropolitan State University of Denver is also home to a variety of projects, research centers, and institutes.
MSU Denver is accredited by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program is accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree program is accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
The institution has various fraternity and sorority chapters, including
|Alpha Phi Alpha||Delta Sigma Theta|
|Sigma Lambda Beta||Lambda Theta Nu|
|Mu Sigma Upsilon|
|Pi Lambda Chi|
|Sigma Sigma Sigma|
The Office of Student Media supports four student media productions:
- Accounting Honor Society
- Alpha Delta Omega
- Alpha Phi Sigma
- The Association of Scholars of African American Studies
- Delta Phi Alpha
- Gamma Theta Upsilon
- Golden Key International Honour Society
- Iota Iota Iota
- Kappa Delta Pi
- Lambda Pi Eta
- Phi Alpha
- Phi Alpha Theta
- Phi Sigma Iota
- Pi Sigma Alpha
- Psi Chi
- Sigma Beta Delta
MSU Denver has produced 239 All-Americans and was one of the seven charter members of the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1989 before joining the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1996. MSU Denver competed as a NAIA member until 1983, when the Roadrunners jumped to the NCAA Division II ranks. Since 1998, MSU Denver has captured 32 regular season conference titles, 35 conference tournament championships, as well as the 2000 & 2002 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships and the 2004 and 2006 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer national crowns. MSU Denver also boasts six individual national championships. Men's springboard diver Jeffrey Smith became Metro's first national champion winning the Men's NAIA national championship on the three meter spring board in 1984. Men's swimmer Darwin Strickland won national championships in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle in 1995 and also won the 100 free in 1996. Anthony Luna won men's track championships in the 800 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2009. Metro State's main rivals are Colorado School of Mines, Fort Lewis College, and Regis University.
- Basketball/Volleyball – Auraria Events Center
- Baseball/Soccer/Softball/Tennis – Regency Athletic Complex
- RMLC/MLCA Men's Lacrosse *** Dick's Sporting Good Park
Camps and clinics
- MSU Denver Soccer Camps
- University of Arizona
- Adams State College, Colorado Mesa University, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, University of Colorado Denver, Western State College of Colorado, Colorado Heights University†
- Fort Hays State University
- Mount Saint Mary's University†‡
- Ohio State University
- University of Puerto Rico
- University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee‡
- University of Wyoming‡
† = private ‡ = London Consortium
- – Open University of China
- – Aksum University (AkU)
- – University of Guadalajara
- – University of London
Individuals of note who have attended the institution include:
- David W. Ball – Novelist and short-story writer
- David Barlow – Australian professional basketball player
- Richard T. Castro – educational and civil-rights activist, honored by the Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship
- Steven Emory – Professional soccer player
- Mark Worthington – Australian professional basketball player
- Pam Grier – actress
- Candi Kubeck – captain of ValuJet Flight 592, which crashed into the Florida Everglades on May 11, 1996
- Joe Rice – former legislator in the State of Colorado, former Mayor of Glendale, and Iraq War veteran
- Hayden Smith – New York Jets tight end, played basketball at Metro State
- Todd Schmitz – American swimming coach
- Gary Striewski – NESN Feature Reporter/Anchor/Host
- Gloria Tanner – first African American woman Colorado state senator
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