Seeking Roadrunner Shoutout Nominations

The Early Bird needs more faculty and student-employee nominees for the Roadrunner Shoutout of the Week series. Please take a moment to share your gratitude and nominate employees who are going above and beyond to uphold the University’s CADRE values. 

To nominate outstanding employees for the Roadrunner Shoutout of the Week award, please complete the form on the Roadrunner Shoutout of the Week webpage. Tell us how your nominee is making an impact through great teaching, service to students or innovation. Winners will be selected each week and profiled in the Early Bird on Thursdays. Winners will also get a shoutout on social media. 


Vote for President Davidson as the 9News Leader of the Year

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is proud to announce that President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., is one of three finalists for the 9News Leader of the Year award. Show your Roadrunner spirit by casting your vote, RSVPing to meet the finalists and registering to the Leading Colorado Luncheon for the live winner’s announcement. 

Voting open through April 5 

Meet the Finalists Panel March 16 

3:45-6 p.m. 

Leading Colorado Luncheon 

April 6  

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 


Tuesday Talks With Tatum


To help Provost Alfred Tatum advocate for Roadrunners, all Metropolitan State University of Denver faculty members, staff members and administrators are invited to share what’s on their mind in today’s Talks With Tatum. The weekly open forum provides employees with the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with Provost Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D. The informal events will be held virtually, and employees can drop in and out as needed.   


Upcoming events 

Performance Art Week celebrates 10th event

March 1-2

The Auraria Campus is hosting the 10th Performance Art Week. Be sure to attend one of the following events: 

Gregg Deal spoken word performance 

March 1, 4 p.m. 

Emmanuel Art Gallery, 1205 10th St. Plaza 

PAW X-tra Large and PAW X reception 

March 1 at 5:30 p.m. at  

D&F Tower and Rock Bottom Brewery, located 16th and Arapahoe 

Live Performances 

March 2, noon-5 p.m. 

Emmanuel Art Gallery, 1205 10th St. Plaza, Denver 


Women in Sport Management Panel & Networking Event

March 2

1-3 p.m.

Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis (virtual option) 

The Department of Human Performance and Sport is hosting the 5th Annual Women in Sport Management Panel and Networking event on Wednesday, March 2. This event coincides with National Girls and Women in Sport Day, an annual day of observance to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, recognize the influence of sports participation for women and girls, and honor the progress and continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. 

Panel speakers: 

  • Megan Scremin, President and CEO of Special Olympics Colorado 
  • Shana Ferguson, Chief Commercial Officer of USA Swimming 
  • Arielle Orsuto, Sports Reporter for 9News Denver 
  • Stephanie Zoesch, Compliance Development Coordinator for U.S. Center for SafeSport and MSU Denver Alumni 

This is a free event for students, faculty, staff and local community members. Register today.  


Professional Development Workshops to Elevate Possibilities

Learning and Development is providing meaningful opportunities for employees to be the best they can be through developmental workshops. 

Leading emotional intelligence in the workplace 

In person: March 16 

9 a.m.- noon, Jordan Student Success Building room 209 

Register here for in-person event. 

Virtual: April 12 

9 a.m. – noon, Teams Meeting 

Register here for virtual event.  

Building trust and psychological safety in the workplace 

In person: March 28 

9 a.m.- noon, Jordan Student Success Building room 209 

Register here for in-person event. 

Virtual: April 12 

Noon- 3 p.m., Teams Meeting 

Register here for virtual event.  

Collaborative communication and feedback  

In person: February 23  

9 a.m.- noon, Jordan Student Success Building room 209 

Register here for in-person event.  

Virtual: TBA 


Body Sculpt Thems/Fems/Mens: A Gender Affirming Workout Series

Feb. 21 – March 18 

Body Sculpt Thems/Fems/Mens is a 60-minute, gender-affirming, full-body workout series. The series includes four classes per week, each offering two workouts: one targeted at developing a more feminine physique and one more targeted at building a masculine frame. Participants can choose which workout suits them best. All fitness levels are welcome. Each workout can be modified to fit anyone. Come get your sweat on in a comfortable, safe space with Bailey McCoy (they/them) as your instructor. To register, please visit this link.  

Mondays: 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8-9 a.m. 

Wednesdays 2-3 p.m. 


MSU Denver students – free 

Community College of Denver/University of Colorado Denver students – $20 

Faculty/staff – $30 

Single class – $5 


33rd Annual Bridge Speaker Event

Feb. 24 

Cajetan’s Event Center 

11 a.m.  

The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy’s annual Bridge Speaker event serves as a bridge between Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. 

This year’s speaker is Patrisse Cullors, co-founder and former executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Cullors has been on the front lines of abolitionist organizing for 20 years and is the author of the New York Times bestseller “When They Call You a Terrorist” and the soon-to-be-released “12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World: An Abolitionist’s Handbook.” Cullors is an established community leader, social activist and performance artist who raises awareness through a unique blend of activism and politically expressive theatre. A queer Black woman, she delivers perspective on the adversities inflicted by social injustice, discrimination and the lack of accountability in law enforcement. And she discusses her commitment to being the voice for those who can’t be heard, educating and inspiring audiences to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.  

This event is co-sponsored by friends and collaborators across campus, including the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Center for Equity and Student Achievement; the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion; the Department of Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies; the Department of Africana Studies; the Department of Chicana/o Studies; the Department of Political Science; the Department of Social Work; and the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.  


Office of Education Solutions Conference: Tapping Into the Power of Our Students

Feb. 25 

8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  

Tivoli Turnhalle 

Register today 

Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn about “Tapping into the Power of our Students” is this year’s Office of Education Solutions conference. Presentations will dive into the equity and asset-building work happening in the education field through university and school district advocates culminating in a Student and Teacher Panel Discussion. Helping participants tap into the power of students is Tera Helmon, Ed.D., executive director, Learning and Development at Courageous Conversation and Rebecca Covarrubias, Ph.D., associate professor, Psychology at UC Davis. 


Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health Open House

Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. and March 7 at 5 p.m. 

Learn more about the Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health emphasis in Addictions Counseling program at a  virtual Open House. The program is accepting applications for fall 2022 through April 15. 

Attend Feb. 28 event.   

Attend March 7 event. 

Visit the program website or contact [email protected] for more information or to set up an advising session.  


Rachel Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship welcomes Calvin Mackie Community Lecture and Awards

March 8  

6-7:30 p.m.  

Shorter Community AME Church 

Register today 

Campus keynote 

March 9  

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  

St. Cajetan’s (online is available) 

Untold Stories of Rachel Noel: Film and Panel Discussion 

March 9  

2-3:30 p.m. 

The Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1981 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at MSU Denver. The professorship brings renowned scholars and artists of distinction to MSU Denver to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty members and the larger Denver population.  

Mackie is an inventor, entrepreneur, author and former engineering professor who founded STEM NOLA, a nonprofit in New Orleans that has engaged more than 70,000 K-12 students in STEM activities.  

A community reception is Tuesday night, and a campus keynote will be presented Wednesday morning.  

The theme is “Stronger STEM, Stronger Society.” 

Learn more.