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Metro State in the Media -- June 27, 2012

Metro State�s direct impact in the Denver and Colorado community continues to be demonstrated through stories in local and national news media. Key coverage includes the Colorado High School/GED Non-resident Tuition Rate, the spring commencement ceremony, and the name change process. Also, our professors have offered their expertise to the news media on topics ranging from safety preparations for the London Olympics to the politics of Denver�s redistricting. These stories demonstrate the diverse ways Metro State educates Colorado by offering programs that meet the changing needs of the local workforce.

On June 4, in an editorial meeting, Metro State announced to The Denver Post its proposed plans to create a Colorado High School/GED Non-resident Tuition Rate. As a result, The Denver Post ran a cover story and an editorial on June 5 sparking public discourse about the proposed non-resident tuition rate benefiting undocumented students. The Metro State Board of Trustees voted 7-1 on June 7 to approve the creation of a new non-resident tuition rate.  The topic generated more than 125 stories in news outlets locally and nationally.




On June 26, The Denver Post ran a brief about how Former Congressman Tom Tancredo�s foundation plans to file a lawsuit in district court in an attempt to block Metro State�s new non-resident tuition rate. Stories also appeared on FOX31 and CW2.


The Denver Post ran a guest column on June 26 by State Sens. Mike Johnston and Pat Steadman in support of Metro State�s effort to create a new non-resident tuition rate. 


On June 22, The Denver Post ran a story mentioning Metro State�s new nonresident tuition rate and how president Obama�s more lenient immigration policy may impact K-12 education graduation rates.


On June 21 Soledad O�Brien of CNN interviewed President Stephen Jordan about Metro State�s approval of the new non-resident tuition rate for undocumented students.


Metro State�s June 20 meeting with the state legislature�s Joint Budget Committee to discuss the non-resident tuition rate for undocumented students was featured in a significant number of media outlets, including:



Colorado Attorney General John Suthers� opinion on the legality of Metro State�s non-resident tuition rate for undocumented students and other reactions were featured in numerous media outlets, including:


The attorney general�s decision to review the non-resident tuition rate for undocumented students was covered in several media outlets, including:


On June 13 The Denver Post, Daily Camera, 7NEWS, and CBS4 ran stories about CU Regent Joe Neguse�s idea of studying a tuition cut for undocumented students.


CU President Bruce Benson and others� reactions to the non-resident tuition rate for undocumented students were featured in several news outlets, including:


Coverage of the Metro State Board of Trustees� approval of the non-resident tuition rate for undocumented students was featured in numerous media outlets, including:




One June 25 Business Unconventional ran a feature story covering the upcoming name change and President Stephen Jordan�s guest appearance on the show, July 1, to officially mark the changeover.


On June 1 Colorado Public Radio and Westword profiled Metro State�s name change process.

On May 24 The Denver Post, CW2, and FOX31 ran feature stories on student athlete Kylee Schuler, who competed in the Division II track championships.

On May 21, 9NEWS and the Denver Business Journal highlighted a franchise ownership program coming this fall, led by The Center of Innovation's Mick Jackowski.

On May 16, 9NEWS reported that a portion of Dazbog's proceeds are going to benefit students at Metro State.

On May 14, Metro State�s spring commencement ceremony was featured in the Denver Post, CBS4, and 9NEWS. Viva Colorado on May 3 and La Voz on May 16 ran feature stories on the Latino graduation ceremony. On May 11, KBNO-AM Radio and Telemundo [Denver] interviewed alumnus Emmanuel Barron (�12) about becoming an Army officer through Metro State's ROTC program and his plans following graduation.

The Denver Post on May 3 published a story about 21 graduate students who worked on simulated cases with agents in the IRS� Criminal Investigation Unit.

The May issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies contained an article about 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.


In May 5280 Magazine, Westword, Summit Daily News, and YourHub Denver ran feature stories on the One World, One Water bronze sculpture created by local sculptor Rik Sargent.

Denver Business Journal and CBS4 on April 27 ran stories about the environmental remediation needed in the construction of the Student Success Building.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce magazine contained an article highlighting the educational opportunities of Metro State�s bilingual program.


On April 24, 9NEWS interviewed Director of Financial Aid Cindy Hejl about the potential impacts of an increase in the student loan interest rate. on April 1 included Metro State among the universities offering programs to meet the changing needs of business and industry. 




On June 11 La Junta Tribune Democrat listed Metro State as one of the higher education institutions with a high correlation between retention and CSAP scores.


The African Community Center�s May Newsletter contained an article congratulating Metro State for winning 2nd place in the annual Compact Service Corps Service in Action photo contest.


On April 29, The Denver Business Journal reported that Metro State received the President�s Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver in recognition of its support of the chamber�s leadership programs and its outreach to Latino students.



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 American Studies

On June 13 Lecturer Hadidja Nyiransekuye was profiled by, Kalkion, and for her memoir, �The Lances Were Looking Down: One Woman�s Path Through the Rwandan Genocide to Life in the States.�



On June 6 Associate Professor Jeff Price was interviewed by The Huffington Post about safety precautions that should be taken in the event of a terror attack.


9NEWS interviewed Associate Professor Jeff Price on May 9 about preparations for the London Olympics.


On May 8, 7NEWS interviewed Associate Professor Jeff Price about the precautions taken by TSA officials in response to weapons found inside stuffed animals at a Rhode Island airport.


Associate Professor Jeff Price commented to 9NEWS on May 8 about overseas security gaps identified after an attempted bomb plot.



On May 29 9NEWS interviewed Professor Joe Sandoval about the safety lapses that occurred when an officer was struck and killed writing a ticket.


Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

On May 22 FOX31 interviewed Assistant Professor Keah Schuenemann about the high spring temperatures and global warming.


Our Colorado News on May 2 ran a feature article by Affiliate Professor Randolph Dohne titled, �NONPROFIT: E-waste: What Is it and How Can Your Company Help?� on April 29 interviewed Assistant Professor Keah Schuenemann on how humans are impacting climate change.



On May 8, Global Finance interviewed Professor Mohammed Akacem about Africa�s anticipated economic growth.


On April 25, Mises Daily ran a feature article by Emeritus Professor John Cochran titled, �Not Enough Inflation?�


Hospitality, Tourism and Events

The April Issue of the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) contained an article about IFSEA member and Assistant Professor Jackson Lamb, who conducted seminars for 14 top Army chefs.


The May issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies included an article �Service is What We Do,� by Professor and Chair John Dienhart. The May issue of IFSEA contained an article by Assistant Professor Jackson Lamb describing his experience presenting at the IFSEA national conference.


The June issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies included an article, �Making Money With Money is What We Do,� by Professor and Chair John Dienhart.


Human Performance and Sport interviewed Emeritus Professor Marc Rabinoff on June 11 about the best home exercise equipment for individuals with arthritis.


On May 20 Emeritus Professor Marc Rabinoff offered to five safety features parents should look for in trampolines, in light of a recent trampoline recall.



On May 10 on FOX31 Lecturer Darrin Duber-Smith provided effective resume tips for landing a job interview.


Mechanical Engineering Technology

On April 30, the Boulder County Business Report interviewed Professor Mingli He about Colorado manufacturing and the workforce gap and Metro State's courses in machining training and mechanical engineering.


Political Science

Professor Norman Provizer was interviewed by several media outlets about the objective of President Obama's commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy, including:


On May 23, The Colorado Statesman interviewed Professor Norman Provizer about the impact of the civil union legislation on Democratic chances of controlling the state House. 

On May 16, Professor Norman Provizer was a guest on Studio 12 discussing the topic of civil union legislation.


On April 24, Professor and Chair Robert Hazan�s interview on President Obama�s impact on young voters following his visit to CU-Boulder was featured in several media outlets, including:


On April 22, Assistant Professor Robert Preuhs was a special guest on Studio 12 discussing the politics of Denver�s redistricting.



On May 9, CW2 interviewed Professor Mary Ann Watson about the growing consumer interest in the provocative book trilogy, �Fifty Shades of Gray.� 


Social Work

On June 13 Univision50 Denver interviewed Assistant Professor Marina Pereira-Badwan about the social implications of legalizing marijuana.




The Arvada News on June 21 interviewed Affiliate Professor Jane Riggs about her teaching students to create artistic landscape drawings at Windy Peak and Mount Evens Outdoor Lab schools.


On June 18, Diverse Issues in Higher Education interviewed Associate Director of Equal Opportunity Charles Batey about the focus of the 38th National Conference and Annual Meeting of the American Association for Affirmative Action.


On June 11 The Denver Post and Westword announced that alumna Rowena Alegr�a (�91) was hired as Mayor Michael Hancock�s communications director.


The Denver Post on June 9 interviewed Tom Cech, director of One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship, about the government's plan to double the water storage capacity of the Chatfield Reservoir.


La Voz on June 6 profiled its former editor and alumna Angela Cortez (�89) about her successful career that began at La Voz.


On June 6 The Durango Herald announced alumna Donna Johnson (�09) as Pine River Bank�s new chief financial officer.

On June 4 ran an article �Job seekers caught in a tangled web of nightmares� by alumna Kelly Wiedemer (�03).

On June 1 KPRC Houston and profiled alumnus Gary Striewski (�10), who joined KPRC�s local news team as a multimedia journalist/reporter in May.

On May 27 the coach of Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and alumnus Todd Schmitz (�01) was mentioned in 5280 and profiled in The Wall Street Journal for his skills and experience in coaching Franklin.


On May 25 Our Arvada News profiled alumna Carissa Shea's (�06) internship experience that jumpstarted her career.


The Fort Hood Sentinel on May 24, highlighted alumna Brigadier Gen. Laura Richardson (�86), commanding general, U.S. Army Operational Test Command. She was honored as the newest member of the Metro State Golden Buffalo Battalion Army Reserve Officers Training Corps Hall of Fame.


The Summit Daily News on May 23 ran a story on alumna and Professor Jennifer Ghormley, (�02) who joined the Tin Shop as artist in residence providing printmaking workshops.


On May 16 Summit Daily News reported that alumnus Steven Neumeyer (�76) was named police chief of Dillon.


On Wall Street on May 16 profiled alumnus Brad Trujillo (�09) on his five years as a financial advisor for The Nice Group.


On May 11 the Colorado Springs Gazette and Dentistry IQ announced that alumnus Scott Keim (�01) became the southern Colorado supervisor for CTL/Thompson, a full-service geotechnical, environmental and materials engineering firm.


Hayden Smith (�08), a former Australian rugby player and Metro State basketball player, was featured in several media outlets about joining the New York Jets, including:
 on May 10

         Blue Mountains Gazette on May 10

         The Washington Post on May 7

         The Star Ledger on May 4
 on May 6

         ESPN on May 4


On May 4 student Amanda Sandoval was interviewed by The Colorado Statesman about her late father, Paul Sandoval.


On May 3, The Denver Post profiled student Kayla Price who placed in the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam.


Westword on May 2 ran a feature story on art student Corrina

Espinosa�s creative pieces made from wood for her senior thesis exhibition.


On May1, WishTV8 [Indianapolis] profiled alumnus Walter Allen (�06) about his career as a weekend anchor at the local news station.


On April 29, The Denver Post ran an article about a study by Metro State students that found an increase in heavy metals and other elements in Fourmile Creek following a fire. on April 23 reported on art student Andy Bell�s portrait of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman made out of Skittles candy.


On April 21, The Denver Post highlighted alumna Katherine Archuleta (�71) as one of Colorado�s most influential women.


On April 21 softball player Kelsey Tillery was profiled by 7NEWS and The Denver Post for her outstanding performance and chance at breaking the Division II record for most home runs in one season.




The hiring of former Metro State men�s basketball coach Mike Dunlap as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, was featured in numerous media outlets, including:


On June 19, profiled Metro State for leveraging NetApp�s Education Technology donation program to address the needs of students with disabilities.


7NEWS on June 1 interviewed Professor Joe Sandoval regarding a police exam study guide distributed by Affiliate Professor Philip Baca that allegedly had verbatim questions from the actual police test.


On May 15, CFO Steve DeVisser explained to 7NEWS how the Metro State Foundation reports fundraising expenses.


On May 14, CBS4, Westword, and 7NEWS ran stories about Metro State�s new breast pumping policy after a student complained she was penalized for breast pumping during class.


On June 13 reported that former provost Cheryl Norton�s was named president of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.


Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 10 mentioned Metro State as one of nine schools competing in the women's airplane race.


On June 8 SF Gate announced that Dr. Joannie DeBrito, director of University Counseling Services at Colorado Christian University and affiliate faculty member of CCU's Master of Arts in Counseling program, was named the "Field Instructor of the Year" by Metro State's School of Social Work.

On June 6 and HotelExecutive ran stories about the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, which is part of the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center.


On June 4 reported that  Metro State is headquarters for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Regional Program.

9NEWS and Lez Get Real on June 1 ran stories about a straight student who accused a professor of discrimination because of his sexual orientation.


On May 22 La Voz, Westword, and Dallas News mentioned the Center for Visual Art �Taos Contemporary� exhibit through August 11.

The Denver Post on May 16 profiled former baseball coach Joe Strain about his coaching involvement in the Denver area.


On May 8, Brighton Standard Blade published an article about the 1st Annual What/Who Inspires You art show sponsored, in part, by the Metro State Journey Through our Heritage program.


Summit Daily News on May 6 profiled former student Scott Miles who started a non-profit called Project Favela, which is volunteer tourism organization in Brazil.


On May 1, Metro State was mentioned in Westword for hosting the Outstanding Women awards with the Women�s Institute for the 25th year.


On April 27, The Denver Post mentioned "The Free Association," a semi- annual exhibition of advanced drawings by Metro State students.

On April 25, La Voz mentioned the 6th annual Colorado Composers� concert hosted by Metro State and the Playground Ensemble.


On April 25, La Voz mentioned Gov. John Hickenlooper�s signing of the bill to change Metro State�s name.


The Denver Post on April 20 included in its arts show listing the Center for Visual Art exhibit, "Intertwined: BFA Thesis Exhibitions," by emerging artists in Metro State�s 2012 graduating class.


Westword on April 18 profiled former student Zoe Williams, one of Colorado�s street medics.



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.


Through our combined efforts to promote the expertise of our faculty and staff, we can now better differentiate the University through our new name. We look forward to highlighting our high-quality programs in the new fiscal year and appreciate your ongoing support.


Tim Carroll

Assistant Director of Media Relations



Catherine B. Lucas

Associate to the President for Marketing and Communications



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