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Business in the Newsroom



May 14, 2015

Student fulfills father's dying wish of graduating

Marissa Jesse’s young life took an ugly turn in October 2013. She got a call from her sister telling her their father was in a coma and likely wouldn’t make it through the night.

“He told me, ‘You go out and give ‘em hell,’” Jesse said. “We’ve had some good life talks since he’s been sick. He told me, ‘You’re a special kid and you deserve the best and don’t settle for anything less.’ I keep those words with me now every day. He told me he wants to see me graduate. I’ve watched my dad get out of bed and get done what he had to do even with a 103 temperature. He’s my daily motivator and cheerleader.”

Jesse also found support from her MSU Denver professors. “Really, the whole business school surrounded me. They helped me strive and shine when I didn’t think I could. I learned then that at MSU Denver, you’re not just a number; you’re a human being.”

Then things got even better. This spring, a rep from Staples guest lectured in one of her marketing classes. She asked some questions he said he’d never heard before. Good questions. Questions good enough to make her stand out. After class he encouraged her to apply for one of eight positions in the United States. She did and she got it — the only person from Colorado to land one of the coveted spots.

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April 28, 2015

University named to "Top Universities for Professional Sales Education" list

MSU Denver has been named one of the “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” for 2015 by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) — the only Colorado university to receive this recognition and one of fewer than 100 institutions nationally.

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March 18, 2015

Christina Huber interviewed about Colorado’s divorce rate

Associate Professor of Economics Christina Huber was interviewed by Colorado Public Radio recently about Colorado’s declining divorce rate.

Read “The divorce rate in Colorado is at its lowest level in a decade.”


March 12, 2015

College of Business among nation's top business schools for vets

For the third consecutive year, the College of Business is included on the Military Times’ annual list of top business schools for veterans. The college is ranked at 48th in the nation on the increasingly competitive list, which was released earlier this week.

Best for Vets: Business Schools” is an editorially independent evaluation that determines whether an institution is a good fit for military veterans.

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February 9, 2015

New Management concentrations meet industry needs

The Management Department has added three new degree concentrations: human resources management, entrepreneurship, and operations and supply chain management.


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 would’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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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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Military Times recently named the MSU Denver College of Business in its Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014 list.


New agreement with Symbiosis University

Students from the Symbiosis University and Dr. Angelica Bahl

The College of Business and SYMBIOSIS University in India have signed the cooperation agreement to support collaborative academic activities among students, professors, and staff at both universities.   

Dr. Angelica Bahl has been invited to the SYMBIOSIS University, Institute of Management Studies in India to lecture as a visiting marketing professor. In January 2015, Dr. Bahl presented lectures to MBA Executive and MBA students at this university. The topics of her presentations were "A comparative Study of U.S. and Russian Marketing", "International Advertising: today and tomorrow". She also organized a roundtable with business faculty to discuss the topic - "How to develop student's creative skills in the classroom".

During her visit she met about 60 students and faculty. As a result of this visit, Dr. Angelica Bahl and marketing professor at SUMBIOSIS University, Dr. B.R. Londhe will be conducting cross-cultural research on consumers and technology. Dr. B.R. Londhe plans to visit the College of Business and MSU Denver in April 2015 and present to students and faculty. New collaborations

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