Business in the Newsroom
December 4, 2014
Award-winning professor focuses on students
In many ways, it was Elizabeth McVicker’s destiny to join the faculty at MSU Denver. Her father, Roy McVicker, a Colorado state senator in the 1960s, served on the education committee with then-Senator Roy Romer — well before he became the state’s 39th governor — and helped to establish the legal framework that would eventually lead to the formation of the University.
Before landing here in 2005, the younger McVicker, a professor in the Management Department who teaches courses in international business and water law, cut her teeth at other Colorado universities — but MSU Denver resonates with her in ways the others didn’t.
“I’ve taught at a lot of institutions and I wouldn’t trade my MSU Denver students for those at any other place,” said McVicker. “These students work hard, are committed, engaged and fun, and they bring a world of experiences into the classroom.”
October 30, 2014
MSU Denver establishes Colorado’s first Center for Professional Selling
Building upon the University's existing sales curriculum, the College of Business has established Colorado’s first Center for Professional Selling.
“MSU Denver is growing the candidate pool for employers looking for sales professionals, while providing students with an education in the expectations and rewards of a career in sales,” said Clay Daughtrey, associate dean of the College of Business.
MSU Denver established a sales certificate for business majors in fall 2012 and a sales minor for non-majors in spring 2014. Students who major in disciplines other than business can now add a sales minor to complement their degree program and meet elective requirements for their major.
This month, the Center for Professional Selling secured associate membership with the national University Sales Center Alliance. The Sales Education Foundation has also recognized the center as a notable emerging program since 2013.
September 16, 2014
Marketing students support Hispanic Chamber of Commerce businesses
Businesses affiliated with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver this semester joined a list of more than 150 companies and organizations that have grown their businesses with the help of marketing students.
The students, enrolled in the Senior Seminar Marketing course, are participating in the Marketing Department’s Open for Business program, which offers marketing minors an opportunity to apply what they have learned in class by developing strategic marketing plans for real businesses.
“The College of Business has been doing this since 2003, and the first couple of semesters we had to recruit businesses to participate. Now we have a waiting list,” said Senior Lecturer of Marketing Darrin Duber-Smith, who is the founder of the program. “When the opportunity to work with Hispanic Chamber businesses was offered, we felt it was a great opportunity to support the University in achieving its mission and also help the local business community.”
June 19, 2014
MSU grads are stitching their way to the top
MSU Denver graduate Jeremy Priest (Economics 2012) wants to change the world — one necktie at a time.
On a typical day, Priest and his team – which consists of four other staff members and one intern – can be found in a little upper-floor room in the Santa Fe art district, hand-sewing ties to the sound of jazzy music or designing new patterns on their single Apple computer. When finished, the ties sport patterns ranging from traditional two-colored stripes to dinosaur and shark designs. There’s even a line of ties covered in miniature Colorado flags. The organic cotton fabric is printed in North Carolina, but all the ties are assembled and designed right here in Denver.
COCPA Connections Pay Off
Molly Clark (MPAcc 2012) walked into her final presentation in COCPA member Dave Dirks’s classroom at Metropolitan State University of Denver as an unemployed student. She walked out with a job offer practically in her hand. Connections from the softball diamond to the classroom to a public accounting firm helped to launch this young professional in her career.
COCPA Connections Pay Off (PDF 262 KB)