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Metro State in the Media -- April 20, 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 legislative approval to change the institution�s name to Metropolitan State University of Denver, the College�s sponsorship of the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science, and the creation of the �Food for Thought� food bank. Also, our professors have offered their expertise to the news media on topics ranging from the Tim Tebow trade and marketing opportunities for him in New York to the �pink slime� food additive and the psychological impact of �The Hunger Games� movie. These stories demonstrate the diverse ways Metro State educates Colorado by offering programs that meet the changing needs of the local workforce.


The Denver Post on April 15 interviewed President Stephen Jordan and other higher education leaders about funding challenges and other related topics. 


On March 2, Diverse Issues in Higher Education quoted remarks by President Stephen Jordan during a panel discussion at the New America Foundation titled, �Funding Public Higher Education Post-Stimulus.�





Gov. John Hickenlooper official bill signing of SB12-148 �Name Change Metropolitan State College of Denver� on campus was covered. Other stories about Metro State�s name change and the lead up process include:


         The Denver Post, Westword on April 19

         FOX31, 9NEWS 5am, 9NEWS 6pm, My20, CBS4, Univision50, Associated Press, Colorado Public Radio on April 18

         The Denver Post, Denver Business Journal, Education News Colorado on April 17

         Pueblo Chieftain on March 29

Valley Courier on March 28

         Denver Business Journal on March 28

Education News Colorado on March 27

         Education News Colorado on March 26

         Education News Colorado on March 14

         Education News Colorado on March 11



On April 11, Westword featured the Theater Department for being the first college in the state to secure accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre.


Westword on March 30 profiled Associate Professor of Art Carlos Fresquez�s mural class, which won the publication�s Denver�s 2012 Best Mural Project for murals at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center and at the Center for Visual Art gallery.


On March 25, Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, associate vice president of enrollment services, spoke to 9NEWS about the importance and the benefits of attending Metro State�s March 31 open house.


Metro State�s alliance with the Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club to create "Food for Thought," a food bank on the Auraria Campus to help students at Fairview and Columbian elementary schools, was featured in several news media outlets, including:


9NEWS, The Denver Post, FOX31 and CW2 on March 16 on March 15 noted that the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science had won the prestigious 2011 Loening Trophy.


On March 14, the Denver Business Journal ran a feature story on Metro State�s sponsorship of the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science beginning July 1. The Denver Post also reported this news.


On March 10, The Denver Post profiled the new Student Success Building and spoke to Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, associate vice president of enrollment services, about the expected benefits of the new facility. 


On March 2, 850 KOA-AM, FOX31, and 9NEWS interviewed Bill Carnes, assistant professor of management, about his use of Dr. Seuss books in teaching management-related courses.





7NEWS on March 28 reported that senior basketball players Reggie Evans and Jasmine Cervantes had received All-America honors.


The Denver Post on March 21 reported that men's basketball player Reggie Evans had been named a Daktronics third-team All-American, becoming the first Roadrunner player to be so honored since Jesse Wagstaff in 2008-09.


On March 20, The Denver Post reported that women's basketball player Jasmine Cervantes had been named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention. on March 14 profiled men's basketball player Demetrius Miller, who was named to the all-tournament team during Metro State�s advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.


On March 1, Tamara Goldstein, associate professor of music, was profiled by Broomfield Enterprise for her role as one of three distinguished musicians and piano professors judging the Broomfield Piano Festival.





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 March 5 ran a story on the interactive website featuring videotaped "oral history" interviews with prominent African Americans. The project is the result of a longtime collaboration between Joyce Chen, University of Northern Iowa communications studies professor, and black history scholar and Assistant Professor David Jackson III.



The Denver Post on March 10 and Westword on March 29 reported on an exhibit titled �Out Figured� assembled by Associate Professor Jennifer Garner.


Chicano/a Studies

Viva Colorado on April 4 interviewed Department Chair and Associate Professor Ramon Del Castillo on the march honoring the legacy of civil rights leader C�sar Ch�vez.



On March 11, Professor Joseph Sandoval was interviewed by 7NEWS about the reliability of video evidence in a domestic violence dispute.



The spring Issue of The Independent Review contained a review essay by Professor John Cochran titled,A Crisis of Authority: Pierre Lemieux�s Somebody in Charge: A Solution to Recessions?�


The Denver Post on March 18 interviewed Professor Mohammed Akacem about why Denver had the lowest gas prices in early March.


Professor Alexandre Padilla was interviewed by 9NEWS on March 4 about the costs and effects of daylight savings.


Health Professions

On March 13, 9NEWS and KSDK-TV St. Louis interviewed Associate Professor Jennifer Weddig about the production and use of �pink slime,� a finely textured beef additive.


Ann Diker, chair and assistant professor, gave expert advice on why the country of Turkey has exceptional breakfast traditions, and Malena Perdomo, affiliate faculty member, provided insight into the benefits of Costa Rican breakfast cuisine in the March issue of Today�s Dietian.


Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Associate Professor Chad Gruhl was interviewed by 7NEWS on March 4 about airlines paying the depreciated value of lost bags.


The March issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies contained an article, �Listening Is What We Do,� and Writing Is What We Do� by Professor and Chair John Dienhart. It also reported on the participation of students at the CHLA 3rd Annual Delightful Dishes & Dreamy Getaways event at the Brown Palace and at the 21st annual Taste of the NFL, held in Indianapolis.


Human Services

On March 26, Associate Professor Shawn Worthy was interviewed by The Arizona Republic about preteens� perceptions of �The Hunger Games� movie and potential psychological impacts. Worthy was interviewed by FOX31 on March 22 about what motivates American couples to live together before getting married.



On April 18, 9NEWS interviewed Assistant Professor Shaun Schafer about the ethical and journalistic decision made by the Los Angeles Times to print photographs of military personnel posting with the dead bodied of Afghan insurgents. 



FOX31 and CW2 interviewed Lecturer Darrin Duber-Smith on March 6 about Oreo�s 100th birthday. On March 20, FOX31 interviewed Duber-Smith about Denver City Council�s tax break incentive for Target to open another Denver location. Duber-Smith was interviewed by 850KOA-AM on March 22 about the potential endorsement earnings of Tim Tebow in New York and Peyton Manning in Denver, and whose jerseys will sell the most in the 2012-13 season. On March 23, Duber-Smith was interviewed by 9NEWS about the limitless marketing opportunities Tim Tebow has in New York.


Professor Harvey Milkman was interviewed by FOX31 on March 20 about the Tim Tebow trade and the psyche of Broncos fans.


On March 5, 9NEWS interviewed Lecturer Travis Heath on the fear of missing out on something, a feeling some people have due to the growth of social media.


Political Science

On April 18, CBS4 interviewed Professor Richard Moeller about a proposed troop drawn down in Europe by Rep. Mike Coffman.


La Opinion on March 12 interviewed Assistant Professor Robert Preuhs about the diminishing number of Latino Republicans.


On March 5 and 6, Professor and Chair Robert Hazan was interviewed by 710 KNUS-AM and 850 KOA-AM about President Obama's meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu and what can be expected for stability in the Middle East, including Iran's nuclear ambitions.





On April 15, Kansas City Star profiled alumnus Bruce Thomas (�86) for bringing awareness to weather radios.


The Colorado Statesman on April 15, highlighted former senator and alumna Gloria Tanner (�74) for her continued efforts in the community mentoring young leaders.

On April 15 softball player Kelsey Tillery was profiled by
7NEWS for her outstanding performance and chance at breaking the Div. II record for most homeruns in one season.

Art student Andy Bell was feature locally and nationally for his use of Skittles candy in his art piece displayed at the Redline Gallery featuring George Kimmerman, a Florida shooting suspect who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. A sampling of the coverage includes:

         The Denver Post, Miami Herald on April 13

         7NEWS, FOX31, 9NEWS, Daily Mail, Associated Press, Palm Beach Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution on April 14

         The Denver Post, Houston Chronicle on April 15

         The Associated Press, Washington Post, Art Daily, on April 17


On April 8, The Denver Post and Daily Camera ran a profile story about Ana, a 22-year-old Metro State biology student who requested that her last name not be used, who utilized funds from the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Cole Promise scholarship to finance her education.


Australian rugby player, alumnus, and former Metro State men�s basketball player Hayden Smith (�08) was featured in several top media outlets for his free agent contract he signed with the New York Jets including:

         The Denver Post on April 3

         FOXSports on April 3

         USAToday on April 3

         The New York Post on April 4


On April 1, SwimmingWorldMagazine profiled Metro State diver Katherine Andrie for taking home the gold in the 3-meter diving competition at the East Coast Swim Club Championships.


On April 3, CBS4 interviewed Director of Financial Aid Cindy Hejl about consumer tips for students who are seeking financial aid application assistance.


On March 31, 9NEWS profiled alumnus Malcolm Farley (�81) "America's Premier Sports Artist," for creating the NCAA Women�s Final Four poster.


Women's basketball Head Coach Tanya Haave was interviewed by 9NEWS on March 29 and The Denver Post on March 31 about the NCAA women's Final Four tournament.


On March 19, The Denver Post announced alumna Laura Richardson (�86) was promoted to brigadier general and will be the Army's first female deputy division commander at Fort Hood, Texas � one of the branch's most-powerful and storied units.


The Coloradoan on March 28, profiled former Metro State baseball player Jordan Stouffer who signed his first professional baseball contract with the White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos League.


On March 19, The Billings Gazette announced that Montana State University Billings hired Metro State assistant Lisa Axel as its new head volleyball coach.


On March 15, MarketWatch reported that alumnus Bob Belt (�79) had been promoted to assistant vice president at Union Pacific.


Tom Cech, director of One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship, was featured in numerous media outlets:

         The March issue of Water Resource Advocates regarding water issues in the Arkansas Basin

         The Pueblo Chieftain for being a speaker at Colorado Water 2012.

         An interview in the March Newsletter of Colorado WaterWise


On March 11, and Wareham Week announced that alumna Melissa Dyer (�03) had been named director of aquatics at Gleason Family YMCA in Massachusetts.


Alumna Susana "Susy" Osorio (�07) was profiled by La Voz on March 7 for her achievements and contributions to the community.


On March 7, student Sonia Gutierrez was mentioned in La Voz for receiving the Student of the Year Award from the Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF).


Deputy Chief David Quinones (�85) of the Denver Police Department was profiled by Westword on Feb. 29, in an article about the realignment of the department.


On Feb. 29, The Denver Post quoted student Jeremy Askim in a story about the debt Colorado students will carry with them upon graduation.


Current Metro State men�s head basketball coach Derrick Clark was mentioned for his recruiting when he was the assistant coach at CU Boulder by The Denver Post and The Daily Camera on Feb. 26.


On Feb. 26 The Sheboygan Press ran a story about the hiring of four new part-time employees at the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, including alumnus Gerard Brandimarte (�05).





Westword on April 16 ran a feature about Taliba Kweli who was the keynote of the Sankofa Lecture Series organized by the Department of African and African American Studies.


On April 12, El Semanario ran a feature about Colorado Folk Arts Council and Metro State�s Department of Chicana/o Studies Journey Through Our Heritage Program will host a special tribute to National Poetry Month. 


Education News Colorado and Springfield News Leader on April 9 ran brief about Metro State�s Center for Urban Education hosting a national conference on Great Teachers for our City Schools.

On April 6, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette ran a feature story highlighting Cheryl Norton, former Metro State provost, and vice president, for being hired as the new president of Slippery Rock University.

Metro State�s Department of Chicana/o Studies and Journey Through Our Heritage were mentioned in The Denver Post on April 6, for being a presenter of "Sacred Foods, Sacred Sites: Multi-cultural Wisdom to Nourish the Soul," an exhibit showing through April 28 at the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council.

On April 5, The Denver Post profiled student Ean Tafoya regarding his driving habits a part of a larger report released about how Americans drive less and use public transportation.

On April 5, Westword columnist Gustavo Arellano mentioned Metro State's Department of Chicano Studies and his role as the 2010 Richard T. Castro distinguished visiting professor.

Westword reported on April 3 about the final days of �Out Figured� exhibition at the Center for Visual Art. 

On April 2, Ca�on City Daily Record mentioned Metro State for the students who assisted with the original grant application for Challenge Grant from the Gates Family Foundation.

Exhibitor Online reported on March 29 that Cynthia Vannucci, professor in the Department of Hospitality Tourism and Events, received the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Leadership Award at the organization�s 12th annual conference and trade show.


On March 28, Wet Mountain Tribune mentioned the Crypto Science Society�s upcoming research into the mysterious blue lights that have been seen at the Silver Cliff Cemetery.

On March 28, La Voz ran a feature story on Irene C. Griego, former program coordinator and part-time faculty for the Teachers for Colorado Program at Metro State, who was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

The Denver Post�s Community E-News March newsletter mentioned Metro State as a sponsor of the Colorado Spelling Bee.


On March 21, The Denver Post mentioned Metro State in a story about a program of Mile High Ministries.


National Football Post on March 20 ran a feature story on tight end expert Tim Brewster�s confidence in former Metro State basketball player Hayden Smith to make the move to the NFL.


University of Colorado President Bruce Benson�s opinion of Metro State's name change was featured in numerous media outlets, including:

         The Daily Camera on March 20

         The Denver Business Journal on March 21

         The Denver Post on March 21


On March 14,The Denver Post reported that Foundation Board Member and Colorado political consultant Sean Tonner's firm, Phase Line Strategies, had been acquired by R&R Partners, a nationally recognized firm named by Ad Age as among the top 30 �Best Places to Work in Marketing & Media.�


Pocono Record on March 10 reported that Cheryl J. Norton, former Metro State provost, was as one of three candidates for the presidency of East Stroudsburg University.


On March 8, TalkinCloud, State Bill Colorado, and FutureGov Magazine mentioned that Metro State is among the institutions in Colorado that uses Google Apps for Government. on March 7, reported that Metro State was part of Echo Mountain�s College Day, a discounted event for college students.


The 2012 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor, Brenda Palms Barber, was profiled by on March 6.


On March 6, Education News Colorado ran a story on college tuition, and mentioned Metro State for its previous 13 percent increase.


MIM Disclaimer: The news stories featured in this report are collected from a variety of news-gathering sources and MUST mention Metro State 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 Metro State 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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