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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.

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June 2014

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.

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April 10, 2014

Two profs win ‘Making it Happen’ awards

The Management Department has given its Making It Happen award to two professors.

Bob Breitenbach’s paper titled “Regional Conflict and Cooperation as Sources of Innovative Ideas” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Competitiveness Studies in April.
Lisa McVicker’s grant proposal for external funding to promote water education has been approved, and her paper, “The Public Trust Doctrine: An Historical and Contemporary Overview: Hawaii and Colorado Contend with a New Era of Water Resources’ Conflict Management,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Leadership this spring.

The department gives the award to management faculty who achieve varied accomplishments. 

April  8, 2014

The Accounting Student Organization receives top award 

Congratulations to all the Accounting Student Organization student members for their wonderful work and engagement this year.   The ASO received two awards at the Annual Student Involvement & Leadership Awards; Student Organization Social Event, for their annual spring banquet and the top award for Outstanding Student Organization.  The ASO student leaders have been extremely busy this year organizing an event each week.  

March 27, 2014

Accounting students prepare taxes for low-income families

Accounting students are helping low-income individuals and families prepare and file income taxes as part of the volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) class ACC 3110.  

The IRS program was organized more than 30 years ago at MSU Denver for low-income students and families. Long-time MSU Affiliate Professor Robert Jaros, our current State Controller, was an integral part of its success. This year we are pleased that MSU Lecturer, Chris Kuglin, has stepped into this role. She brings 10 years of tax preparation experience to the position.  Free tax preparation assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals/families with incomes of $52,000 or less.

VITA offers free tax help for people with low to moderate incomes including MSU students, individuals with disabilities, non-English speakers and elderly taxpayers. Students in Kuglin's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance classes are getting real-world experience by preparing taxes for these clients.

The students in the VITA classes are all certified by the IRS, by attending IRS developed training, and by passing the Advanced Tax Preparation Exam. In addition, they attend classes and volunteer for four hours, once a week, for ten weeks.

Students operate the service just like a professional tax business. They conduct intake & interview sessions, review & input the taxpayer information, e-file the return & assemble a client copy to take home. 

Kuglin, an Enrolled Agent and Certified Fraud Examiner, remains on site to answer any questions and to help with more complicated tax return issues.

March 20, 2014

MSU Denver School of Business: Best for Vets

Military Times named the MSU Denver School of Business to its Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014 list.  

Best for Vets rankings factor in academic quality, outcomes and policies, school culture, student support, and cost.  The rankings are published in full in the March issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, online at, as well as,, and

“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Business Schools is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE magazine.

The full Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014 rankings can be viewed online.

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Students in the Spotlight

MGT 3120 -- Student Promotional Strategy Campaigns made to the Alzheimer's Association

And the Dean's Faculty Award goes to. . .

Apryl Rogers-Brodersen

Excellence in Teaching 

Minga Negash

Excellence in Scholarship

Cindy Sutton

Excellence in Service

Letitia Pleis

Overall Faculty Excellence 

Abel Moreno

Strategic Leadership

AITP Student Chapter President awarded the 2014 AITP Harold M. Pool Recognition Award

Tanya Turitto

The Mile High Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) has awarded Tanya Turitto, the Student President of the Metropolitan State University AITP Student Chapter, one of two 2014 AITP Harold M. Pool Recognition Awards. Tanya will receive the award at an award ceremony to be held in May.  

Tanya was selected after being nominated by faculty in the Computer Information Systems Department for the award.  ‌The Mile High Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) hopes that the award will encourage Tanya and others to continue their roles as enthusiastic IT leaders and mentors.  

College of Business Outstanding Student

Amy Nelson

A‌my Nelson
Named Outstanding Student in Business
College of Business
Outstanding Students in the Departments
Department of Accounting
Travis R. Boyd  
Margaret H. Yujiri
Department of Computer Information Systems
Justin L. Cole
Aaron J. Ditsworth


Department of Economics
Julia A. Wyckoff


Department of Finance
Matthew D. Eickhoff
Hana S. Wells
Department of Management
Aaron L. Roberts
Adam J. Finkey
Department of Marketing
Aaron I. Motsenbocker
Emily Rabenneck
 2013 MIS/SAP Conference‌
SAP conference

‌‌‌Bobby G. Bizzell Innovative Achievement Awards‌

Bobby G. Bizzell Innovative Achievement Award

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