Dear Roadrunners, 

It’s good to be back. We are just days away from the beginning of the spring semester, and already campus is humming with activity.   

In this communication, you’ll find key details and updates regarding Martin Luther King Jr. Day, campus renovations and moves, and federal employee-leave programs. As always, stay tuned to the Early Bird and to this series for important administration and campus-operations information.  

MSU Denver closed Monday for MLK Day 

MSU Denver will be closed Monday in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No work or classes will be held, and buildings will be accessible by badged access only.  

Students, employees, alumni, family and friends are encouraged to participate in Denver’s annual MLK Day Marade. University participants will gather near the MLK Statue in City Park at 9:30 a.m. The marching portion of the Marade will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.  

See more Marade information. 

See the full MSU Denver holiday calendar.


Health Institute Simulation Labs Project on schedule; centralized info available on SharePoint 

The Health Institute Simulation Labs Project is progressing successfully and on schedule. 

In December, the Office of the Controller began its phased move from the Jordan Student Success Building to Administration Building Room 450V. The team’s main operations are now housed in the Administration Building. Over the coming months, at least 17 departments will begin temporary and permanent relocations. 

The project is in the Design Development Phase, which will continue through February.  A summary of Design Development User Group meetings and the input received will be presented during the Design Advisory Committee meeting Jan. 17 from 1-2 p.m. Meetings are open to anyone interested in the Sim Labs Project.   

Next, the team will move into the Construction Document Phase, during which designers and contractors will finalize all details needed to construct the project. The Guaranteed Maximum Price will be determined in February, and construction is anticipated to begin later this spring. 

To prepare for construction, many departments will relocate over the coming months with the support of project managers. High-level move schedules have been shared with the departments and will be reviewed during Design Development User Group meetings.  

Thank you to each department for your incredible cooperation and coordination throughout the planning, preparation and moving processes:  

  • Office of the Controller 
  • Classroom to Career Hub  
  • Financial Aid
  • Center for Individualized Learning 
  • Information Technology Services 
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology 
  • Center for Teaching, Learning and Design 
  • Office of International Studies
  • Teaching from Primary Sources 
  • Nutrition 
  • Health Professions 
  • Nursing 
  • Journalism and Media Production
  • Registrar 
  • Exploratory Advising 
  • Admissions  
  • Advising Systems

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

Collage of Simulation Lab renderings

Collage of Simulation Lab renderings

Public Health Emergency Leave update 

Per Executive Order D2023-001, the Public Health Emergency Leave expansion for flu, respiratory syncytial virus and other respiratory illnesses ended Jan. 8. While the expanded conditions are no longer covered, PHEL is still in effect for Covid-19. The 80-hour PHEL will continue until four weeks after all applicable PHE declarations end or are suspended. Based on the current federal Public Health Emergency, PHEL will continue at least into February. Once there is an official end date for PHEL, Roadrunners will be notified.  

Reminders and other information

  • Continue to visit the Workday website for support as we collectively navigate this significant transition, and thank you again to all who made it possible. 
  • The Administration Branch is pleased to welcome Jim Carpenter as interim chief financial officer. 
  • Anyone using AHEC mailroom services must submit a mail slip for billing purposes each time they bring in mail. The mailroom will return or reject mail if it is sent in without a proper slip. 


Larry Sampler, chief operating officer, vice president for Administration