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MSU Denver in the Media

MSU Denver in the Media -- Oct. 26, 2012

MSU Denver�s direct impact in the Denver and Colorado community continues to be demonstrated through stories in local and national news media. Key coverage areas include the presidential elections, the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, the status of the University�s Hispanic Serving Institution initiative and fall 2012 enrollment figures. Our professors have offered their expertise to the news media on a variety of topics, including the presidential debates, criminal trends and statistics, federal banking policy and social issues. These stories demonstrate the ways MSU Denver provides students with individualized, relevant and affordable education defined by diversity, high-quality professional experiences and community engagement.



The September/October Issue of Trusteeship Magazine featured an article written by President Stephen Jordan in which he answered questions about issues confronting colleges and universities as the start of the Affordable Care Act approaches.

On October 4, The Denver Post quoted President Stephen Jordan about federal education programs following the presidential debate.

On September 12, President Stephen Jordan was interviewed by KUVO-FM about the University�s strategy to increase freshmen enrollment.

On September 7, The Denver Post interviewed President Stephen Jordan and other Colorado university leaders about the challenges and opportunities facing Colorado higher education. The story also appeared in the Ca�on City Daily Record on September 7.




On October 23, 9NEWS interviewed Braelin Pantel, associate dean for student engagement and wellness, about how the MSU Denver Food Bank helps students and benefits from the 9Cares Colorado Shares Winter Food Drive.

Robert Preuhs, an assistant professor of political science, organized a Colorado Latino voter event on October 10 at the University where polling data on Latino support for the presidential candidates was presented. A sampling of the coverage includes:

VOXXI on September 15 and Think Progress on October 10 ran stories about how undocumented students nationally are accessing higher education. The stories included MSU Denver�s Colorado High School/GED Non-resident Tuition Rate. Several Colorado election candidates have been asked for their opinion of the University�s new tuition rate. A sampling of the coverage includes:

On September 30, The Denver Post ran a story that 15 MSU Denver anthropology students and an instructor helped search for the remains of Dolores House, who went missing about 40 years ago.

On October 17, ran a story about Dazbog Coffee�s new location on the MSU Denver campus, noting that a portion of the sales will support an entrepreneurial scholarship.

On October 14, ran a story highlighting SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, which is part of the University�s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. The October issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies ran a feature story highlighting the September 27 Hospitality All Stars gala at the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. A story also appeared in Smart Meetings magazine in October.

Westword on October 3 ran a story about MC Lyte, who was the keynote speaker at the Sankofa Lecture Series organized by the Department of African and African American Studies.


The Denver Post on September 18 profiled MSU Denver�s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, noting that it gives students hands-on experience and job opportunities. In another article in The Denver Post  on September 18, MSU Denver�s enrollment and its partnership with Sage Hospitality in the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown were mentioned.

El Semanario on September 21 highlighted MSU Denver�s �El Grito de Dolores� celebration honoring Mexican Independence Day.

On September 21, El Semanario ran a story on the progress of MSU Denver�s Hispanic Serving Institution initiative.

Stories highlighting the September 24 opening of Red Robin�s Burger Works at the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center ran in the following media outlets:

On September 6, YourHub Denver profiled the �Return of the Corn Mothers� exhibit at MSU Denver�s Center for Visual Art September 20 through November 2. It was also mentioned in The Denver Post on September 14 and on October 22.





We very much appreciate the support provided by our MSU Denver 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 University.

African and African American Studies

On September 25, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier profiled the book titled, "The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South," co-authored by Assistant Professor David Jackson.



On September 11, ran a story from the Dayton Daily News that quoted Associate Professor Jeff Price about airport security.



9NEWS on October 15 interviewed Assistant Professor Andrew Bonham about the significant role DNA will play in identifying Jessica Ridgeway's killer.


Criminal Justice and Criminology

On October 10, Associate Professor Allison Cotton was interviewed by 7NEWS about police investigations of child abductions.


On October 10, Affiliate Professor Stacey Hervey was interviewed by FOX31 and CW2 about how to speak to children about personal safety and common misperceptions about abductions.


On October 1, Professor Joseph Sandoval was interviewed by 7NEWS regarding a police officer�s alleged mishandling of a sexual misconduct accusation.


On September 17, Associate Professor Allison Cotton was interviewed by 7NEWS about the psychological state of a serial groper attacking women in the Denver area.



On October 9, The Denver Post ran a guest commentary by Associate Professor Alexandre Padilla in support of Amendment 64, which would legalize the limited possession of marijuana by adults over 21 in Colorado.  


The Denver Business Journal on October 4 interviewed Emeritus Professor John Cochran about the fiscal policies mentioned during the presidential debate.


On September 29, The Daily Caller ran a guest commentary by Associate Professor Alexandre Padilla, "Why California shouldn't force porn stars to wear condoms." The Daily Caller on September 25 also published Padilla�s article, �Bad news for the land of the free.�


On September 13, The Huffington Post and North County Times interviewed Associate Professor Alexandre Padilla about contributions to Democrats by donors tied to Bain Capital and its related companies.



On October 15, EdNews Parent ran a guest column by Assistant Professor Ann Morrison outlining tips for managing online instruction. 


Hospitality, Tourism and Events

On October 11, 303 Magazine ran a guest column by Affiliate Professor Simone Spinner about food and wine learning opportunities, including a wine dinner hosted by MSU Denver�s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management Department. 303 Magazine on September 13 published a story by Spinner, �Chasing Grapes: The World�s First Premier Cru: Aglianico.�

The September issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies included an article titled, �Colorado Governor�s Garden Party Attracts Chefs and Students� by Assistant Professor Jackson Lamb. The issue also featured an article recognizing the retirement of Professor and Chair John Dienhart.


On October 19, The Denver Post ran a story quoting Lecturer Darrin Duber-Smith about the marketing impact of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race.


Political Science

On October 20, interviewed Professor Norman Provizer on how foreign policy in the presidential debate will provide clarity for undecided voters.


On October 17, the Christian Science Monitor interviewed Professor Norman Provizer about the role and impact of third-party candidates in elections.


On October 3, Professor Norman Provizer was interviewed by 9NEWS about the absence of third-party candidates in the presidential debate.


On October 1, Assistant Professor Robert Preuhs was quoted by Swiss Public Radio about Colorado�s Latino voters and their impact on the 2012 presidential election. Preuhs was also interviewed by WBGH-TV [Boston] in a segment of PBS� 2012 election coverage series, �Your Vote: The Latino Vote.�  


On October 1, KUVO-FM interviewed Professor Norman Provizer about the impact of the presidential debates.


9NEWS on October 1 interviewed Professor Norman Provizer about the implications of discussing gun control in the presidential debate.


On September 29, 850 KOA  interviewed Professor Norman Provizer about unaffiliated voters and the upcoming election.


On September 28, Assistant Professor Robert Preuhs was interviewed on about his new book, �Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics.� Preuhs discussed the findings he and co-author Rodney E. Hero presented in this first study of minority intergroup relations at the national level.


On September 14, Professor and Chair Robert Hazan was interviewed by 7NEWS 5 p.m. and 9NEWS about anti-American protests in the Middle East. These interviews were also aired on 7NEWS 10 p.m. and on My20.


9NEWS on September 12 interviewed Associate Professor Richard Moeller about the difficulty of providing adequate security at foreign embassies, including in Libya.


On September 12, Professor and Chair Robert Hazan was interviewed by FOX31 and 850 KOA about the impact of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.



On September 23, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed Assistant Professor Travis Heath about the psychological benefits of youthful activities geared for adults.





On October 16, NBC Latino profiled alumna Carolina Fontoura Alzaga (�07), an artist who makes chandeliers out of bike parts.


The Denver Post on October 15 interviewed Affiliate Professor Larry Ambrose about the history of kite flying and the One Sky One World Kite Fly for Peace event.


On October 2, The Denver Post ran a story about issues in the presidential race that quoted MSU Denver students Tyler Antikainen, Laura Noe, and Jesse Altum. The story also appeared in the Ca�on City Daily Record and Kaiser Health News.


On September 29, Assistant Professor Alex Komodore was interviewed by Colorado Public Radio about the �Guitar celebration at MSU Denver" concert featuring the French guitarist/composer Roland Dyens.


On September 26, La Voz ran a story updating the progress of its former Student of the Week, MSU Denver senior Sonia Gutierrez.


On September 25, the Berlin Daily Sun [New Hampshire] announced that alumna Cyrena-Marie Briede (�05) was named summit director of the Mount Washington Observatory.


The Herald [South Carolina] on September 25 reported that alumnus David Nafie (�94) was hired by Jviation as a planning manager based in its Denver office.


On September 24, the Trinidad Times Independent profiled alumnus Andrew Hall (�04), who received the 2012 Prosecutor of the Year award from the Colorado chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.


On September 21, the Summit Daily News previewed an upcoming performance by the Denver band, The Living Wills. Students Devin Wills and Brian Saulig, who are members of the band, were interviewed.


A September 20 story in the Montrose Daily Press profiled city clerk and alumna Lisa DelPiccolo (�87), who was listed as the 67th of 130 reasons to love Montrose in celebration of the city�s 130th anniversary.


On September 12, student Alheli Vergara was part of a PBS Studio 12 panel discussion, �Undocumented Students and the American Dream.�


On September 12, Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings noted that the Professional Convention Management Association named Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management Professor Cynthia Vannucci this year�s Educator Honoree.


On September 10, the Colorado Statesman interviewed student Luis Serrano about the struggles he faced prior to the deferred action immigration policy and what it means to him and other undocumented students.


On September 9, ran a feature story about Affiliate Professor Debra Faulkner and her mother. They wrote about Loveland's history as part of a publisher�s series, �Images of America.� on September 7 ran a story on alumnus and former MSU Denver basketball player Hayden Smith (�08), a member of the practice squad of the New York Jets.


On September 6, Great Plains Examiner profiled swimming coach and alumnus Todd Schmitz (�01), a member of the U.S. coaching staff for the London Olympic Games.





On October 19, The Denver Business Journal ran a story about RNL Design�s work on the Student Success Building and the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center quoting Sean Nesbitt, MSU Denver director of facilities planning and space management.


On October 19, The Washington Post and Richmond Register ran stories about the search for a new president of Eastern Kentucky University. The stories noted that Carrie Besnette Hauser, MSU Denver�s former vice president of advancement and external affairs, is one of the consultants on the search committee.

On October 17, profiled the upcoming activities planned by MSU Denver�s American Association of Airport Executives chapter.


On October 16, 4-Trader and mentioned MSU Denver as one of the universities provided rare Earth elements ore by Rare Resources Elements Ltd for research purposes.


La Voz on October 2 mentioned that MSU Denver inducted several individuals and the school�s 1982 baseball team to its 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame. La Voz also mentioned MSU Denver�s collaboration with the Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation to offer the Hispanic Leadership Development Program.


On October 3, Our Colorado News mentioned Irene Griego, former program coordinator and part-time faculty member of the Teachers for Colorado Program at MSU Denver, as one of three candidates in the District 7 race for the University of Colorado Board of Regents.


CBS News MoneyWatch on October 1 ran an article headlined �50 state universities with best, worst grad rates� that put MSU Denver into the second category. The University�s six-year graduation rate in 2010 was 20.5 percent based on data collected by the Chronicle of Higher Education, including from the federal National Center for Education Statistics� Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. The system tracks four- and six-year completion rates only for first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who begin their college educations in the fall semester.


Former men�s basketball coach Mike Dunlap, current head coach of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, was profiled in several articles, including in on October 16, The Washington Post on October 3 and on September 13.


On October 1, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a feature story on Temple student Danielle Maslany, a recently appointed intern in the Philadelphia Flyers' public relations and new media departments, who is dedicating her work to the memory of Jessica Ghawi, the University student killed in the Aurora theater shooting.


On September 27, the Pueblo Chieftain mentioned the BEST Robotics Project competition scheduled to take place at MSU Denver in late October.


The Atlantic on September 27 profiled former MSU Denver student John Sherry in a story about the struggling middle class. This story also ran in the National Journal.


On September 20, Westword reported that former congressman Tom Tancredo purchased an ad in The Metropolitan seeking plaintiffs in a potential lawsuit challenging MSU Denver�s Colorado High School/GED Non-resident Tuition Rate. Stories about Tancredo�s potential lawsuit also appeared in the Huffington Post on October 13 and and on October 11.


On September 19, La Voz profiled former criminal justice professor Celeste C de Baca in an article about her contributions to the law and those of her family.


The Daily Camera on September 16 highlighted Mental Health Partners� 50 years of service to low-income patients. Current patient and former MSU Denver student Greg Vickery was mentioned.


On September 13, The Denver Post ran a story on the death of MSU Denver student and Army specialist Jesse Pringle, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.


On September 12, the Billings Gazette featured an article about the high coaching standards of former MSU Denver volleyball coach Lisa Axel in her first year as head volleyball coach for Montana State Billings.


Westword on September 12 ran a story about a 1940s radio segment co-authored by former MSU Denver Professor Elliot Wager.


The September issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies included an article on the eighth annual Denver Food & Wine Festival. A follow up story ran in the October issue of Restaurant News of the Rockies.



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 MSU Denver so well! Your efforts promote and support MSU Denver�s role as Colorado�s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Your expertise greatly reinforces MSU Denver�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 to the President for Marketing and Communications


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