Metropolitan State University of Denver
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|Metropolitan State College |
Metropolitan State College of Denver (until 2012)
|Motto||We Educate Colorado|
|Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities|
|Endowment||US$8.6 million (2009)|
|President||Janine A. Davidson|
|Campus||Urban,126-acre (0.5 km2)|
|Colors||Blue & Red|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – Rocky Mountain|
|Affiliations||Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities|
National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
|Mascot||Rowdy the Roadrunner|
Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is a public university in Denver, Colorado. 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 had an enrollment of 20,192 students in the Fall of 2018.
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. Almost half of the student body are students of color.
The Auraria Campus is situated between Empower 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. Some community members objected and viewed this change of plans as allowing 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 Performing Arts Complex, Larimer Square, and the 16th Street Mall. The reclaimed Callie Maher brewery, which closed in 1969, now operates as a student union serving all 3 schools on campus.
There are ongoing building renovations on campus, including the library, as well as a new aerospace building next to the Student Success building.
- 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)
- Boulder Creek Building (Nursing; Engineering & Engineering Technology departments)
- Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (School of Hospitality)
- Arts Building (Fine Arts, Music, Theater departments)
- Seventh Street Building (Aviation/Aerospace department)
- Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (Engineering & Engineering Technology (civil, Electrical and mechanical engineering technology); Industrial design; Computer science; the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute)
Campus Resource Buildings
- Jordan Student Success Building (Academic Advising, Admissions, Bursar, Cashier, Center For Innovation, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Academic Success Center, Student Intervention Services, Tutoring Center)
- Tivoli Student Union (Alcohol Beverage Analysis and Beer Production Lab, Bookstore, Career Services, Counseling Center, Foodcourt, LGBT Services, Multicultural Lounge, Phoenix Center, Theaters, Tivoli Turnhalle, 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)
Organization and administration
Janine Anne Davidson, Ph.D. became president of MSU Denver on July 24, 2017.
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. executive, and electoral branches. The legislative branch is the Student Senate, which is composed of up to eight 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 current SGA Constitution was placed into effect on November 3, 2017.
Schools and centers
MSU Denver contains three colleges and two schools.
- College of Business
- College of Professional Studies
- College Letters, Arts and Sciences
- School of Education
- School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Metropolitan State University of Denver is also home to a variety of projects, research centers, and institutes.
MSU Denver is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
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
|Phi Beta Sigma||Delta Sigma Theta|
|Sigma Lambda Beta||Lambda Theta Nu|
|Nu Alpha Kappa||Delta Xi Nu|
|Chi Upsilon Sigma|
|Sigma Sigma Sigma|
|Pi Lambda Chi|
|Sigma Lambda Gamma|
|Alpha Sigma Alpha|
The Office of Student Media supports four student media productions:
- Additional Media
- Metro Post-Telegraph
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 100m freestyle 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
- China – Open University of China
- Ethiopia – Aksum University (AkU)
- Mexico – University of Guadalajara
- United Kingdom – 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
- Tony Laubach – Meteorologist and storm chaser featured on the Discovery Channel
- Joe Rice – former legislator in the State of Colorado, former Mayor of Glendale, and Iraq War veteran
- Laura J. Richardson – US Lieutenant-General
- 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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