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At MSU Denver, we believe every student deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams. We know higher education is the critical factor in upward economic and social mobility, and that is why we offer a high-quality education that prepares students to be well-rounded and work-ready.

MSU Denver educates more Coloradans than any other public institution in the state, yet we receive the least state funding per student. Our availability to offer access to educational opportunities depends on everyone’s support and generosity.

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MSU Denver Announces the Irv Brown Endowed Fund

On Saturday, Jan. 28, MSU Denver announced the new Irv Brown Endowed Fund at a kick-off event with the Irv Brown Champions group. The fund will support an annual professional development conference for students majoring in Sports Management. It will also provide scholarships for students in either Sports Management or Journalism and Media Production with a preference for students from Denver Public Schools or Arvada High School, where Brown coached from 1959-70.

Irv Brown was MSU Denver’s first baseball coach in the 1960’s and was later inducted into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame. During his long career as a coach, referee and broadcast journalist, he mentored countless young athletes and students aspiring to enter the sports profession. Brown passed away in 2019 and the Group of Champions has been working to raise money to honor his legacy.

“We chose MSU Denver because of Irv’s legacy here,” said Champions Co-Chair Mark McIntosh at the event. “Irv would be pleased with the dedication of these resources to students aspiring to careers in the business of sports and sports journalism.”

Gifts to the Irv Brown Endowed Fund can be made here.

Mariner and Megan Kemper with friends and family from MSU Denver

‘Transformational gift’ to support new health-education facility, career program

Plans to expand health education at Metropolitan State University of Denver got a big boost this month, thanks to a “transformational gift” by the CEO of a leading financial institution.

Financial support from Mariner and Megan Kemper, the Kemper family and the UMB Financial Corp. Charitable Foundation will help MSU Denver kick off a capital campaign to construct a building housing the University’s Health Institute, a collaboration of 10 health-related departments across campus that aims to bolster the state’s health care workforce while closing access gaps.

In addition to supporting the new Health Institute, the three-part gift will seed an endowed deanship for the new College of Health and Human Sciences and support the construction of the Classroom to Career Hub (C2 Hub), a University program that provides professional development and career-planning services to its students.

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