MSU Denver

Course Support



Credit Based Internships

Featured Profile: Olivia Czarnecki

2020 Spring Semester
Project: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Graduated: 2020 Fall Semester

Olivia Czarnecki

“The Affordable Housing Panel Discussion and Arc of Justice Screening was one of the biggest moments of growth I’ve had in the course of my internship. I am so grateful for the role that you and the rest of the fabulous CAVEA staff had in that experience.”

-Olivia Czarnecki

“When I was tasked with hosting a film screening and panel discussion as part of my internship with Elevation Community Land Trust, I knew that the CAVEA would be the best place for the event. Everything about the space- right down to the shape of the room- creates an intimately immersive experience for both audience and presenter, inspiring deep learning and conversation that cannot be replicated elsewhere. From careful attention to detail in planning to seamless and creative technological integrations, the CAVEA staff was invaluable from start to finish. Their gentle coaching and genuine interest in the subject of my event made what could have been a very intimidating assignment into one of the most crucial and rewarding learning experiences of my time with ECLT. Hosting an event with CAVEA was undoubtedly a highlight of my undergraduate career.”

Featured Profile: Dominic Baca

2016 Fall Semester
Project: ArcGIS Story Mapping
Graduated: 2019 Spring Semester

Dominic Baca joined CAVEA in a Fall 2016 internship collaboration between CAVEA and the Journey Through Our Heritage program. He began as a novice GIS student under the mentorship of Chelsie Worth and completed two story maps using ArcGIS online software to highlight the Corn Mothers from the San Luis Valley of Colorado and the Dakota Access Pipeline. His time in CAVEA forged new relationships, memorable experiences, and new skills in data visualization, all of which added to the thrill of witnessing Dominic’s ongoing achievements, presented at the Fall 2018 Honors Thesis Symposium.

“I want to express my deep gratitude for the CAVEA team in making my first internship experience significant and memorable.”

-Dominic Baca

Zachary Stazick

2017 Fall Semester

Project: GIS Drone Data for Plaza Design Charrette

Tyler Eversaul

2016 Spring Semester

Project: GIS Internship

Jon Pomeroy

2016 Spring Semester

Project: GIS Campus Model

Student Research Support

Faye Olsgard

Student Research: 2015 Spring Semester

Project: Regla Skull Forensic Reconstruction

Graduated: 2019 Spring Semester

Faye is devoted to a specialized field of archeology that combines the disciplines of art and science research to produce forensic facial reconstruction, using non-destructive image and visualization tools and promoting non-invasive methods of excavation. Faye graduated MSU Denver in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a minor in Art History, giving her a concise educational foundation and an ongoing inspiration to seek out unconventional research methods and new visualization solutions. Through CAVEA, Faye found a consistent source of enthusiasm and support, as well as rich collaborative opportunities in an international arena.

Faye Olsgard
This allowed for her research in 3D digital technology to conserve and re-construct skeletal artifacts and provide archeological data for the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica. Faye has completed her MA Art In Science degree at Liverpool College of Art in the UK, where she focused on digital interpretation and 3D prototyping to visually communicate complex scientific concepts. Faye continues to work with the Regla 3D data, procured through CAVEA. Learn more about Faye’s accomplishments in CAVEA’s Success Stories.

Academic Scholarship Support

Chelsie Worth Celebration Endowed Scholarship

Chelsie Worth Celebration Endowed Scholarship

The Chelsie Worth Celebration Scholarship is a perpetually endowed scholarship to continue the celebration of the life of team-member Chelsie Marie Worth. In honor of Chelsie and her love of learning, the scholarship is designed to support women in their academic and professional paths through earth sciences.

CAVEA initiated a fundraising campaign in which family, friends, and colleagues gathered donations to celebrate Chelsie’s life rather than memorialize her passing. A generous fund match met the crowd-sourced contributions to endow a permanent $1000 scholarship. Direct distribution of annual fundraising by our generous donors has increased the number of scholarships distributed each year.

Veteran Student Employment

Featured Profile: Mathew Taylor

Veteran Student Employment
2020 Fall Semester – Present
Graduated: Anticipated Summer 2022

Coming from a background in aviation and business start-up, Mathew is dedicated to providing solutions for even the most problematic business concerns. He has built a strong foundation of experience in business analytics by working with leading industry experts, while also contributing to the success of the teams he has supported. He is currently a full-time student.

Mathew Taylor

Mathew is working on his degree in Aviation Management, and in his free time, he spends his time with his family and restores classic Japanese cars.

Featured Profile: Calvin Mack

Veteran Student Employment
2020 Fall Semester – Present
Graduated: Anticipated Spring 2023

A Colorado native and U.S. Army veteran, Calvin brings his experience in data analytics and reporting to create data-driven media applications for the CAVEA Theater. Working to complete a degree in Computer Information Systems, Calvin is eager to meet the evolving needs of modern day industries by integrating new and developing skills into his global background.

Calvin Mack
In his free time, Calvin enjoys leisurely moments at the computer and spending time snowboarding in Breckenridge and fishing along the South Platte River.

Student Employment

Featured Profile: Lily Hailmariam

Student Employment
2020 Spring Semester – 2021 Spring Semester
Graduated: 2021 Spring Semester

In celebration of Spring 2021 graduates, CAVEA congratulates Lily Hailmariam, former CAVEA Student Employee! Inspired by her passion for creating beauty, Lily has an enthusiasm for planning and producing events that yield effective and rewarding outcomes. With determination and persistence, Lily pursued her degree, working as a full-time student at MSU Denver with a major in Event and Meeting Management, a minor in Nonprofit Studies and a second minor in Sustainability. She also worked on the side as an Event and Wedding Planner.

Lily Hailmariam

With this job, she brought over ten years of experience in decoration and design. She is also a founder of a non-profit organization that aims to help children with Down syndrome in Ethiopia. Lily loves spending her free time with her family, whether watching movies, eating out, or cheering on her son at basketball games.

Featured Profile: Lakpa Sherpa

Student Employment
2020 Spring Semester
Graduated: 2020 Spring Semester

In celebration of Spring 2020 graduates, CAVEA congratulates Lakpa Sherpa, former CAVEA Student Employee! Lakpa is a visual storyteller and an aspiring filmmaker. His early work with photography as a Cybersecurity student at MSU Denver led to occasional experimental videos which kindled a new passion. Motivated and determined, he sharpened his focus and fueled his inspiration.

Lakpa Sherpa

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Video Production with a minor in Digital Media in spring of 2020. Lakpa, thank you for serving as CAVEA’s Digital Content Assistant, we wish you all the best and are excited for your road ahead.

Featured Profile: Luan Tran

Student Employment
2017 Fall Semester – 2019 Fall Semester

Graduated: 2019 Fall Semester
Hired into Staff Position

Luan has served a critical role as CAVEA’s dedicated Events Specialist and an alumnus at MSU Denver who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS), with a concentration in Business Analytics. He has developed his skills in statistics and communication by working for multiple teams within the Administration Branch, including Business Intelligence, Institutional Research, and Process Transformation.

Luan Tran

His steadfast service to CAVEA has catalyzed his excitement for the Hospitality and Events Industry, a natural complement to his background in multicultural customer service in Asia, Europe, and now America. In his free time, Luan enjoys exploring the artistry of video game graphics, drawing and martial arts.