Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Roadrunner Shoutout series highlights the excellent and important work happening at all levels of the University. Each person nominated exemplifies MSU Denver’s core values of community, access, diversity, respect and excellence (CADRE). Winners are recognized at the monthly President’s Cabinet meeting.    

Congratulations to October’s winners! 

Faculty-winner: Colleen Colles, Ph.D., professor of Sport Management

Nominated by Joe Quatrochi, Ph.D., professor of Exercise and Sports Sciences, who wrote: 

“Dr. Colles embodies all of the CADRE pillars. In particular, her tireless work as Sport Management Program Director and Internship Coordinator demonstrates her commitment to both Community and Excellence.  

Dr. Colles spends countless hours cultivating and maintaining relationships with community agencies to provide field experiences, internships and real-world learning opportunities for students. A few examples of these agencies include: the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche, the MSU Denver Department of Athletics and NeuAbility, an adaptive rehab and wellness center for people with brain and spinal cord injuries.  

Additionally, she and her colleagues have worked diligently to attain and maintain program accreditation through the prestigious Commission on Sports Management Accreditation. This adds a level of excellence and recognition that sets our graduates apart as they pursue job opportunities.”

Staff-winner: Daniel Haupt, Academic Advisor II within the College of Business

Nominated by student Lauren Gutierrez who wrote

I have been going to MSU Denver since 2017, and Daniel Haupt is by far the best academic advisor that has assisted me. Deciding what degree and classes will be most beneficial, and how different degrees will impact post-grad opportunities, can be overwhelming. I made an appointment with Daniel to explore different business degree options and how they could elevate my career success. Daniel flawlessly navigated it all with me, and helped me gain a deeper, more informed and more realistic understanding of my options. He concisely and clearly covered every single thing that I was curious about and needed to know. He offered extremely useful resources and helped me come up with next steps. I was so energized after our meeting. MSU Denver is lucky to have an advisor like Daniel.”

Student employee-winner: Jordan Henderson, HR learning and development assistant

Nominated by Marlys Rybchenko, Senior Program Manager of Leadership and Organizational Engagement, and Lauren Jones, Leadership and Organizational Engagement Coordinator, who wrote: 

Jordan consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of him and is a valuable member of the team. His ability to listen with intent and use those skills to inquire about details, processes and formalities has created a more inclusive environment. As a student employee, he teaches us something new each time we collaborate with him on projects. He’s contributed by asking pointed questions that allow us to consider alternative perspectives and student impact. He is able to stretch his talents across multiple dimensions, benefitting each member of the team and the larger Human Resources department. As a result, he serves as an advocate for all students.”