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Metro State in the Media -- Feb. 27, 2012

Metro State�s direct impact on the Denver and Colorado community continues to be demonstrated through stories in local and national news media. Key coverage includes the board of trustees� decision to seek approval to change the institution�s name to Metropolitan State University of Denver, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation�s $1 million contribution to the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, and the Precision Flight Team receiving the Loening Trophy. Also, our professors have offered their expertise to the news media on topics ranging from Super Bowl advertising and attitudes toward Tim Tebow to presidential politics and police policy. These stories demonstrate the diverse ways Metro State educates Colorado by offering programs that meet the changing needs of the local workforce.





The 6-3 vote by the board of trustees on changing the institution�s name to Metropolitan State University of Denver and the introduction of the name change bill to the Senate Education Committee were covered in several media outlets, including:

         The Denver Post, 9NEWS, Education News Colorado[Story I], Education News Colorado [Story II], CBS5 [Cheyenne], CBS4, The Denver Business Journal, CW2, 9NEWS, 7NEWS on Feb. 2

         The Denver Post on Feb. 3

         The Denver Post on Feb. 4

         The Republic, Education News Colorado,CBS4, KOAA-TV on Feb. 23

         The Denver Post, Huffington Post, CBS4, 7NEWS on Feb. 24.


On Feb. 23, The Denver Post mentioned Gov. John Hickenlooper�s appointments to the board of trustees that included John P. Poggee, Dawn P. Bookhardt, Robert Cohen, Melody Harris and Walter Louis Isenberg.




President Stephen Jordan was quoted in numerous media outlets about the $1 million contribution the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center received from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

         The Denver PostandThe Denver Business Journal on Jan. 20

         9NEWS, Education News Colorado on Jan. 24





The 2012 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor, Brenda Palms Barber, was featured in numerous media outlets.

         9NEWS on Feb. 13

         The Denver Post, The Denver Business Journal on Feb. 15

         The Denver Post on Feb. 19


Metro State�s Precision Flight Team was featured in several media outlets for receiving the 2011 Loening Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award.

         Denver Channel 8 on Jan. 23

         CBS4, The Denver Post on Jan. 30

         The Denver Post, Education News Coloradoon Jan. 31

         La Voz Nueva on Feb. 1

         YourHub Denver on Feb. 9


9NEWS ran a story on Feb. 26 featuring Metro State�s �Bridge� speaker Nikki Giovanni, nationally acclaimed poet, who spoke at the college about her story of activism and passion for the arts.

On Feb. 21, FOX31 had Director of Financial Aid Cindy Hejl as a morning show guest to answer viewers� questions about receiving financial aid.

On Feb. 1, Colorado Biz Magazine interviewed Bridgette Coble, director of the Office of Career Services, about programs offered by her office.


On Feb. 1, La Vozhighlighted Metro State�s Caucus that was held at the State Capitol on Jan. 31.


On Jan. 19, Metro State's director of the Educational Technology Center, Ben Zastrocky, and two Metro students interviewed with 9NEWS about Apple's introduction of electronic textbooks on the iPad.





On Feb. 26, FOX31ran a story about women�s basketball team clinching the RMAC title, while also featuring senior Caley Dow.


The No. 7 ranked women�s basketball was recognized in The Denver Postand 7NEWS on Feb. 17 for being one step closer to securing the RMAC title two years in a row.


On Feb. 16, Nebraska Radio Network showed the women�s basketball second place ranking in the NCAA Division II Central Region.


On Jan. 26, 7NEWS and Tahlequah Daily Press recognized the men�s and women�s basketball teams for moving up to the No. 3 and No. 4 spots respectively in Division II rankings.


The Denver Post on Jan. 24 revealed that women's basketball head coach Tanya Haave and Highlands Ranch track coach Sandy Padjen were named coaches of the year by the Sportswomen of Colorado.


On Jan. 24, The Pueblo Chieftain and 9NEWS mentioned that alumna Jennessa Tesone (�11) received a 2011 Sportswomen of Colorado award for her performance in softball.





We very much appreciate the support provided by our Metro State faculty and staff in responding to media requests on national, regional and local levels. Interview requests are often fulfilled on a moment�s notice, and our experts frequently invest their own personal time to make stories possible in support of the College.

African and African American Studies

On Feb. 19 and 26, KS107.5 interviewed Lecturer B. Afeni McNeely Cobham for a two-part series about Black History Month addressing the military contributions of black women during World War II and the impact of Hip-Hop culture. 


Waterloo Cedar Falls Courierand Middle East North Africa Financial Network on Feb. 20 ran stories on a series of videotaped "oral history" interviews with prominent local African-Americans that were made into an interactive website. The project is the result of a longtime collaboration between University of Northern Iowa communications studies professor Joyce Chen and black history scholar and Assistant Professor David Jackson.


On Feb. 13, Assistant Professor David Jackson was mentioned by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier for taking photos for "The Maid Narrative," a book featuring interviews of black former maids and white families who employed maids.



On Feb. 16, 7NEWSinterviewed Professor James Simmons about Spirit Airlines' unique fee structure and its new flights offered out of Denver.


On Feb. 9, 7NEWS and News 8 [Grand Junction] interviewed AssociateProfessor Jeff Price regarding a woman who claimed the lack of female screeners at the Rock Springs, Wyo., airport made her miss her flight.



On Feb. 14, FOX31and CW2 interviewed Assistant Professor Sheryl Zajdowicz about needed changes from the government in food safety oversight as a result of the listeria outbreak.



On Jan. 29,7NEWS interviewed Professor Joseph Sandoval about the traffic stop involving Colorado State Rep. Laura Bradford.



On Feb. 15, 9NEWS interviewed ProfessorKishore Kulkarni about how spending on Valentine's Day contributes to overall consumer confidence.


Hospitality, Tourism and Events

On Feb. 4, chef and Assistant ProfessorJackson Lamb was interviewed by KNUS-AM 710 about Hospitality, Tourism and Events students� volunteer efforts connected with Taste of the NFL  benefiting the Feed America food banks.


The February issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies contained articles by department faculty, including �Planning Is What We Do� and �Marriott Foundation Gives Metro State $1 Million For Hospitality� by Professor and Chair John Dienhart, and �Metro State Helps Serve the Colorado Legislature!� by AssistantProfessor Jackson Lamb.



850KOA-AM, CW2, and FOX31, interviewed Lecturer Darrin Duber-Smith on Feb. 6 about 2012 Super Bowl ads and how advertisers are using social media.


9NEWS interviewed Lecturer Darrin Duber-Smith on Feb. 5 about why Super Bowl advertising can be worth the cost.


On Feb. 3 850KOA-AM interviewed Lecturer Darrin Duber-Smith about what to expect with the 2012 Super Bowl advertising lineup. 


Professional Studies

On Feb. 6, the Pueblo Chieftaininterviewed Tom Cech, director of One World One Water Center for Water Education and Stewardship, about the accomplishments of the late Vena Pointer, Colorado's first female water lawyer and an original member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.



On Feb. 17, 9NEWS interviewed Lecturer Travis Heath about a recent University of Chicago study that suggests social media is more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol.


On Jan. 21, the Orlando Sentinelinterviewed Lecturer Travis Heath about people's love/hate attitudes toward Tim Tebow as a role model.


Political Science

On Feb. 18, 9NEWS interviewed Professor Norman Provizer about the likelihood of education tax ballot initiatives passing in this November�s election.


On Feb. 14, The Huffington Post, La Prensa, and El Semanario quoted Assistant Professor Robert Preuhs about the importance of the Hispanic vote in the upcoming election.


On Feb. 12, the Charlotte Observerinterviewed Professor Norman Provizer about the impacts on a city that hosts a national convention like the upcoming Democratic National Convention.


9NEWS on Feb. 8 interviewed Professor Norman Provizer about Republican candidate Rick Santorum's win in Colorado.


On Feb. 5, Professor Norman Provizer was quoted by LGBTQ Nation  regarding donations made by One Colorado to Republican lawmakers who voted for civil unions.


7NEWS interviewed Professor Norman Provizer on Jan. 29 about the impact that Florida�s Republican primary outcome will have on Colorado's GOP caucuses.


On Jan. 28, 9NEWS interviewed Professor Norman Provizer about the importance of President Obama getting the Hispanic vote.





On Feb. 23, Public Radio International profiled student Belen Colin who could benefit from pending legislation that allows undocumented immigrants who are studying STEM subjects to receive student visas.

On Feb. 23, FOX31 profiled student Joey Joyner and his higher education goals, including why he chose to attend Metro State.

The Denver Poston Feb. 22 featured Phillip Eggers, a Marine who served in Desert Storm and the former president of Student Veterans at Metro State and the new location and renovated building coming for the nation's oldest Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter.


Farmington Daily Times on Feb. 21 profiled alumna Kerry Hart (�73) who is one of six in the running for being President of San Juan College.


On Feb. 16, alumna Jennifer McConnell (�00) was profiled in the Summit Daily News about contending in The Rotary Club of Summit County's Ice Melt Princess contest.


On Feb. 16, El Semanario ran a feature story on art student Jesus "Jesse" Diaz�s art creations addressing the unfair treatment of immigrants. 


Westword on Feb. 15 ran a feature story about student Ryan Ashley Knowles� performance-poetry project, Untouched Poetry.


On Feb. 11, Exhibitor Online mentioned that student Amber Mitchell received the Donald S. Freeman Jr. ESPA Conference Scholarship to attend the Event Service Professionals Association�s annual conference in San Diego, Calif.


John Mosley, former Tuskegee Airman, and his wife, alumna Edna Wilson Mosley (�69), were profiled by YourHub Denver on Feb. 2, about their scholarship to assist first-year African American college students.


CBS4 on Feb. 7 featured student Kenny Craider who saved a woman's life in Ohio. She was having a stroke and dialed Craider by mistake.


The Denver Post on Feb. 4, profiled women's basketball player Caley Dow about her outstanding performance on the court following a three-year break from basketball.


On Feb. 1, Zanesville Times Recorder profiled a book co-authored by Professor of German Gudrun Clay about the language of business German.


On Feb. 1, student Madeline "Maddi" Ortega was profiled on >Women�s Boxing Archive Network for her perseverance and outstanding performance in the boxing ring.


Australian rugby player, alumnus, and former men�s basketball player Hayden Smith (�08) was mentioned in sports media outlets about being asked to tryout by the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.

   Jets Confidential on Feb. 1

   National Football Post on Feb. 2

         Jets Confidential on Feb. 7


Alumna Linzy Novotny (�11) is quoted in Sidelines Online on Jan. 31 about writing for a student-created magazine, �Nvate.�


On Jan. 27, Westword reported that Professor Joseph Sandoval was appointed to a screening committee seeking candidates to fill the Independent Monitor position vacated in early January.


On Jan. 24, The Pueblo Chieftain and 9NEWS mentioned that alumna and former student athlete Jennessa Tesone (�11) received the 2011 Sportswomen Award for her performance in softball.


On Jan. 20, The Denver Post mentioned that student Steven Emory re-signed to The Rapids.



On Jan. 18, Explorer News announced that alumna Lorelei Conrad (�78) is the new musical director and conductor of the Tucson Concert Band.





On Feb. 23, Ruby Magazine mentioned Metro State is providing support for the USA Eagle women�s rugby team with athletic training support at its Denver training center. 


Gateway To Sedona on Feb. 22 profiled former Professor Homare Ikeda for his upcoming art exhibit taking place in Sedona, Arizona.


On Feb. 22, La Voz Nueva mentioned Metro State for its part in presenting a free concert performed by Denver�s premier Latino theater troupe Su Teatro. A tribute to the life and times of Cesar Chavez: �Papi, Me and Cesar Chavez.�


The Englewood Heraldprofiled Metro State�s club football team during their first practice on Feb. 20.


Westword on Feb. 13 profiled former student and actress Pam Grier.


On Feb. 12, the Topeka Capitol Journalran a feature story on former assistant and interim head softball coach Vanessa Becerra, who is head coach at Washburn University.


On Feb. 11, OSU-The Lantern, The Denver Business JournalandThe Dallas Business Journal ran a feature story saying Metro State is one of the campuses chosen for the new Red Robin Burger Works restaurant concept.


The San Jose Mercury News on Feb. 10 profiled former baseball hitting coach Stefan McGovern, who became head baseball coach at Menlo College.


On Feb. 9, Education News Colorado reported that Metro State is working with community colleges to allow students to combine previous academic credit toward establishing an associate�s degree.


Colorado Biz Magazine on Feb. 1 mentioned the efforts of former vice president Carrie Besnette Hauser to bring the NCAA Women's Final Four to Denver.


On Jan. 30,Westwordran a feature story on Mayor Michael Hancock�s economic development plan in which he mentioned Metro State as a collaborative partner to expand the Bridges to Work youth-workforce initiative.


On Jan. 27, The Denver Post ran a brief about the �Out FIGURED� art exhibit at the Center for Visual Art through April 7.


On Jan. 26, CBS4 featured Metro State as one of the colleges supporting a bill that would give undocumented students a lower tuition rate.


On Jan. 25, CBS4 and 7NEWS ran stories about Colorado lawmakers� efforts to reduce the cost of college by directing higher education institutions to create a system for awarding credit for job experience and military service. Metro State was mentioned for already allowing credit for prior applicable education experience.


The Epoch Times profiled former men's basketball coach Mike Dunlap on Jan. 23 for his work with the St. John�s University basketball team in head coach Steve Lavin�s absence.  


On Jan. 20, The Denver Post profiled former professor Robert Mangold and his impressive art being exhibited in the Arvada Center.



MIM Disclaimer: The news stories featured in this report are collected from a variety of news-gathering sources and MUST mention MSU Denver to be considered for inclusion. This report isn�t intended to be comprehensive and there may be stories missing on occasion. Please send any missing stories mentioning MSU Denver to Tim Carroll at


Thank you to everyone for representing Metro State so well! Your efforts promote and support Metro State�s role as Colorado�s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Your expertise greatly reinforces Metro State�s commitment to being the best higher education value in the state through high-quality academics and professors unsurpassed in their expertise and commitment. We are proud of our students, faculty, alumni and staff who have achieved much success. Please let Tim Carroll know of your media interviews or if you have an area of expertise you�d like to share with the news media.


Tim Carroll

Assistant Director of Media Relations



Catherine B. Lucas

Associate Vice President of Communications and Advancement


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