Dear Roadrunners, 

I can’t believe how quickly summer break is flying by. This week, I’m excited to share progress on the Simulation Labs project and to offer some key Human Resources reminders. 

Administrative-staff members: Complete two Workday actions by Friday, July 21 

Don’t forget that administrative-staff members must complete two critical actions within Workday by Friday, July 21, to inform the University’s upcoming Compensation Equity Study. Please complete the following as soon as possible to ensure that the study is a success: 

  1. Verify that your Employee Profile and Personal Information are complete and accurate.  
  2. Input your Work Arrangement.  

Health Institute Simulation Labs progress to date

Howell Construction continues to work on the third floor of the Administration Building to remodel spaces for the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Design. In addition, construction is in progress on the second floor of the West Classroom Building, and work has begun to establish a new Information Technology Services Service Desk in the lobby of the Jordan Student Success Building.  

Construction schedule: 

  • Through August:  
    • West Classroom second-floor demolition 
    • JSSB lobby ITS Service Desk Construction 
  • Through October:  
    • Administration Building third-floor construction, Suite 310 (Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology) 
  • Through November:  
    • Administration Building third-floor construction, Suites 326 and 360 (Center for Teaching, Learning and Design) – in progress 
  • November-June 2024 
    • West Classroom Building second floor and Central Classroom Building Suites 105 and 220 construction  
  • March 2024-August 2024 
    • Auraria Higher Education Center Project B HVAC Upgrade, full closure of West and Central Classroom Buildings 

For more information and new and temporary department locations, please see the regularly updated SharePoint site.  

What’s next  

All Roadrunners are invited to join the Project Update meetings. The next meeting is Aug. 15 from 1-2 p.m. Click here to join the meeting.  

Please submit any questions or feedback to Martha Nelson, senior project manager for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction. 

Salary increases 

As communicated in June, the Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees approved a new University budget highlighted by employee-compensation increases. On June 26, all administrators and classified-staff members received a communication from Stacy Dvergsdal, associate vice president for Human Resources, that included the following: 

Professional-staff members:    

  • The 4% salary increase was based on the employee’s base pay as of June 30. 
  • Any promotion or increase in salary on or prior to June 30 is eligible for the across-the-board pay increase in fiscal 2024.   
  • The employee must have been employed as of June 30 and July 1 to receive the across-the-board increase.   

Classified-staff members:   

  • State-approved 5% across-the-board increase became effective July 1. 
  • The 5% salary increase was based on the employee’s base pay as of June 30. 
  • The employee must have been employed as of June 30 and July 1 to receive the across-the-board increase. 

Faculty members will receive a separate compensation-increase communication from Interim Provost Marie Mora, Ph.D. 


Don’t forget to RSVP for Convocation, which is Aug. 17, for a fun evening welcoming new Roadrunners to the flock in their first University event. The evening event will feature food, games, prizes and more, including opening remarks from President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., and words from this year’s keynote speaker, author Dudley Thurmond. I hope all employees can attend. 

Thank you again for staying up to date on all the exciting things happening at MSU Denver. 

Larry Sampler, chief operating officer, vice president for Administration