MSU Denver

Roadrunners Rise: Homecoming 2021

Sep. 27– Oct. 2

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The Metropolitan State University of Denver Homecoming Committee invites you to join it this fall for a celebration of our resilient Roadrunner spirit during Roadrunners Rise: Homecoming 2021 from Sept. 27 to Oct. 2.

The committee has planned a week packed full of activities to keep you connected to your fellow Roadrunners, including opportunities to volunteer, engage in advocacy, network, get Rowdy with Roadrunners Athletics and more. Start planning your week by registering today for the annual Roadrunners 5K, the Women of MSU Denver Panel and Networking Event and What the Eyes Don’t See, a virtual fireside chat featuring Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., and President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Keep an eye on this page for more information as the schedule of events continues to grow.

The past year and a half had its challenges, but MSU Denver faced them with courage and persistence in true Roadrunner fashion. So now, it’s time to come together and celebrate all that we have and will achieve – because through it all, Roadrunners Rise!

Want to learn more? Register for upcoming events or contact us.

Register for Homecoming Events


Volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies
Monday, Sept. 27th | 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Food Bank of the Rockies Main Warehouse

Please join us to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies!

Blood Drive
Monday, Sept. 27th | 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM | St. Cajetan’s

Roadrunner Rise to the occasion to donate blood and save lives! All are welcome to donate blood to Vitalant Blood Donation on Monday, September 27th from 10:30 AM – 2:30PM in St. Cajetan’s. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact: Vitalant Appointment Center (303) 363-2300 or online vitalant.org and use site code 0529.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Monday, Sept. 27th | 11:00 AM | Tivoli Commons

DCPA’s traveling troupe will be performing a (shortened) version of the Bard’s tragedy, Macbeth, followed by a discussion with the cast and director, moderated by faculty from Theater and Philosophy. Presented by The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (D-phi).

Peer Mentor Food Drive: Give a snack, Take a snack.
All week | Tivoli 262

Give back to the student community! The Peer Mentor program is leading a university-wide food drive to support the Roadrunner Food Pantry. Non-perishable foods and beverages can be dropped off at the Roadrunner Food Pantry (Tivoli 262) or the Student Care Center throughout Homecoming week (9/27-10/1).


MSU Denver Myth Busters
Tuesday, Sept. 28th | 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | RSVP or Join Virtually

Presenters include Eric Williams (MSU Denver alumnus and MSU Denver Champions Advisory Board Chair) and MSU Denver student athlete.

Advocacy Achievements | State and federal 2022 legislative priorities
Tuesday, Sept. 28th | 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | RSVP or Join Virtually

Presented by Kaycee Gerhart, Director of Government Affairs in the Office of the President at MSU Denver.

Rebounding with Resilience: Harnessing and Building Upon Your Own Resilience
Tuesday, Sept. 28th | 12:15 PM – 1:15PM | Tivoli Turnhalle

Rebounding with Resilience: Harnessing and building upon your own resilience is a resourceful and timely event featuring MSU Denver’s very own Professor Lisa Badanes. She will be explaining the importance of resilience and how to build on your own. There will be various organizations taking part in order to allow you to build more connections with your resources across campus. Let’s make this comeback from the pandemic a strong one, and enjoy a doughnut while you’re at it! Presented by Health Center at Auraria.

Renewing America’s Public Service Commitment in the 21st Century | Civic engagement and public service at MSU Denver
Tuesday, Sept. 28th | 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | JSSB 440A RSVP or Join Virtually

Presenters include Elizabeth L. Parmelee, Ph.D. (Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies Academic Affairs at MSU Denver) and Paula Herzmark (CEO of the Hart Center for Public Service at MSU Denver).

Virtual conversation with Patricia Ordaz MSU Denver alum and former legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris
Tuesday, Sept. 28th | 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM | JSSB 440A RSVP or Join Virtually

Patricia Ordaz will be interviewed from Washington, D.C. by an MSU Denver political science student. Patricia is the Director of Outreach, Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee at United States Senate | Vice President at Congressional Hispanic Staff Association.

What the Eyes Don’t See: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Tuesday, Sept. 28 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Zoom

Pediatrician. Scientist. Immigrant. Activist. Author.
Dr. Hanna-Attisha was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts. She is a public health champion and advocate for health and racial equity.

Virtual Fireside Chat with MSU Denver President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.


Homecoming Breakfast
Wednesday, Sept. 29th | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Tivoli Turnhalle

Celebrate Homecoming week with fellow Roadrunners at our annual breakfast (available until gone). Come meet others and together lets celebrate MSU Denver and what makes us proud Roadrunners.

Women of MSU Denver | Panel Discussion & Networking
Wednesday, Sept. 29th | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Aerospace and Engineering Sciences (AES) Building RSVP

Join the launch of the Women of MSU Denver Alumni Network with a panel discussion and networking event co-hosted by the MSU Denver Alumni Association and Pivot2Power.

The Women of MSU Denver Alumni Network seeks to provide a space for all alumni identifying as female or non-binary to receive the professional support they need to achieve success. The group will offer inclusive engagement opportunities, networking and leadership development, and encourage an exchange of ideas that will empower women to confidently navigate their career paths.


In the Heights Movie Night
Thursday, Sept. 30th | 5:00 PM | Tivoli Turnhalle

Join the Homecoming Movie Night! In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month we are proving a free showing of In the Heights. Free snacks and drinks will be provided.

About In the Heights (2021, PG-13, Musical/Drama): In Washington Heights, N.Y., the scent of warm coffee hangs in the air just outside of the 181st St. subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a likable and magnetic bodega owner who hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

MSU Denver vs. Regis
Thursday, Sept. 30 | 7:00 PM | The Assembly Athletic Complex

Get rowdy and come cheer on Women’s Soccer team!


Community Discussion of “In the Heights”
Friday, October 1st | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Zoom

CMEI and GITA invites Auraria students, faculty staff and community members to join us for a student led discussion on the film In the Heights. Participants who are unable to attend the September 30th screening in the Tivoli Turnhalle are able to view the film virtually on HBO Max, Hulu, or can request a watch code for participants who are unable to access these streaming services. Additionally, virtual watchers are invited to pick up a complimentary snack pack at GITA the week of the event (September 27-30th). GITA is located in the Boulder Creek Building, Room 132 and is open Monday through Friday from 9-5pm. Request a watch code and/or a snack pack upon registration.

Homecoming Tailgate Party, Volleyball Match & Fireworks
Friday, October 1st | 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Tivoli Quad

Get Rowdy to Tailgate! There’s no better way to celebrate Homecoming than by joining fellow Roadrunners on Friday, Oct. 1, from 5-7 p.m., for live music, food, yard games and more during the Roadrunners volleyball pregame Homecoming Tailgate Party and Cornhole Tournament!

Your free ticket to the Homecoming Tailgate Party includes a food voucher for one of the food trucks, one drink ticket and admittance to the Roadrunners Volleyball match at 7 PM (vs. Colorado Mesa), followed by a fireworks display. We can’t wait to see you there – Go Roadrunners!  This event is sponsored by Queen Anne Pillow Co. and GEICO.


Roadrunners 5k
Saturday, Oct. 2nd | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Jordan Student Success Building Lawn

Join us during Homecoming for the annual Roadrunners 5k fun run & walk through Auraria Campus. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are invited to participate. There will also be a kids fun run following the conclusion of the 5k. All participants will receive a Roadrunners 5k t-shirt with registration and 1 entry into a prize drawing. Everyone is invited to stay after the race for a mimosa bar, breakfast burritos and live music.

Purchase Tickets. All proceeds will directly benefit the MSU Denver Men’s and Women’s Cross Country programs.

Roadrunner Relay
Saturday, Oct. 2nd | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Virtual

Admissions Information Session for High School Students

2021 MSU Denver Alumni Awards

Meet the Class of '21 Alumni Association Award Winners

2021 Alumni Association Award Winners

This year’s committee is dedicated to putting on a great week of events. We are really excited for a great year. If you have any questions about any of the events, please contact the Homecoming Committee by using the form below. Remember you can also find us on Facebook. Facebook.