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Roadrunners Rise: A New Homecoming Experience

September 28th– October 3rd

Homecoming has always been a weeklong celebration of MSU Denver - and this year is no different. We may not all be on campus together, but we can still celebrate what it means to be a Roadrunner.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, one things has stood out above all others: Roadrunners take care of Roadrunners.  Over the past several months, Roadrunners have risen to the occasion by offering to help students with mentoring or job leads, providing critical financial support through the Student Emergency Fund, standing up against injustice in local communities, working on the front lines providing crucial care to patients - Roadrunner generosity knows no bounds.  Time and time again, Roadrunners Rise.

In recognition of this Roadrunner spirit, this year's Homecoming week will focus on all the great ways Roadrunners have Risen to the challenge during a pandemic, economic crisis and civil unrest.


Schedule of Events:

Monday, September 28th: Roadrunners Give Back Day


  • Virtual Paint Night with Evan Struck | 5 p.m. | Watch

    • Celebrate the first day of Homecoming with a fun event that highlights Roadrunner pride. Join the virtual paint night with Evan Struck and see what he will paint for MSU Denver Homecoming! Evan transforms blank canvases into masterpieces through his skill of speed painting. At the age of 17, he is known as America’s youngest speed painter. Watch live at 5PM!

Tuesday, September 29th: Advocacy Day

  • Join the MSU Denver Champions program for a series of virtual events highlighting ways you can be an advocate for MSU Denver
    • Your Vote Matters, Be Informed | 10 a.m. | Watch Recording
      • Get out the Vote video, MSU Denver president Janine Davidson, Ph.D.  
      • MSU Denver Myth Busters (interactive session with Zoom audience)  
        • Moderated by Joe Rice, Director, Government Relations at Lockheed Martin Space and MSU Denver alumnus and Kayla White, student athlete, volleyball player

    • Insights on Advocacy, Politics and Public Service | 12 p.m. | Watch Recording
      • Political science faculty share insights on the political landscape.  
        • Jeremy J. Castle, Assistant Professor of Political Science, MSU Denver 
      • MSU Denver students who have testified, met with the governor, attended JBC hearings, First-Gen Day share their experience. 
        • Angelica Prisciliano, MSU Denver alumna, graduated in 2020 with a Political Science degree. 
        • Alejandra Guadalupe Merjil, MSU Denver nursing student.  
      • What does it mean to be a public servant and why civic engagement matters.  
        • Special Guest, Rosemary Rodriguez, Executive Director, Together We Count. Recently awarded Governors Citizenship Award. Rosemary is a long-time civil servant. She attended Metropolitan State College (now Metropolitan State University), where she studied Political Science.   
        • Moderated by Brandi Rideout, MSU Denver alumni relations 

    • Advocate on the Run | 3 p.m. | Watch Recording
      • Ways to spread the word about MSU Denver via news and stories, Matt Watson (need to confirm) 
      • Athletics Rock the Vote advocacy 
        • John Kietzmann, Associate Director of Athletics for Marketing and Promotions/External Relations, MSU Denver  
      • MSU Denver’s get out the vote work, get involved, make a plan, vote early,  
        • Elizabeth L. Parmelee, Ph.D. | Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies 
          Academic Affairs 

  • Podcast by The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy & the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion | 5:00 p.m. | Listen
    • Listen in on a student-centered conversation as they explore the topic of anti-blackness and what it means to build community at times of social unrest.

  • Presidential Debate Watch Party | 7:30 p.m. | Watch
    Hosted by American Democracy Project and The Commission on Presidential Debates. You will need to go to the Discord site to establish an account to register:  

Wednesday, September 30th: Student Support Day

Learn about all the ways Roadrunners can support students through various mentoring and career guidance platforms.

  • Join the Roadrunner Advisor Network | Join
    • The Roadrunner Advisor Network is an online platform that connects professionals with students to provide career guidance and advice. This is open to all alumni, faculty/staff, students and community members.

  • Volunteer to support students in the First Year Exploratory Program | Volunteer

  • ALUMNI: Join the Alumni Admissions Ambassador group to help connect with potential MSU Denver students | Join

  • STUDENTS: Learn about the Peer Mentoring Program that helps students achieve their best self, by providing academic and social support | Learn More

  • FACULTY/STAFF: Mentor a first year Roadrunner to help them successfully transition from high school to college | Learn More

  • EMPLOYERS: Learn about all the ways you can recruit and hire Roadrunners | C2Hub


  • Virtual Mural Crawl - Exploring Santa Fe Arts District with Museo de las Americas | 4 p.m. | RSVP
    • Santa Fe Arts District, a neighborhood down the street from MSU Denver that surrounds Museo de las Americas is full of rich history. During this guided virtual hour-long session, we’ll virtually explore the neighborhood, engage in conversation, explanation, and history of the ever-changing murals that cover the alleys, fences, and buildings in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District.

Thursday, October 1st: Philanthropy Day

  • Socktober begins! Make a donation to the Student Emergency Fund and receive a custom pair of MSU Denver socks. For each donation, a pair of socks will be donated to a student in need. | Make a Gift

  • Learn about the importance of Philanthropy from MSU Denver Foundation Board members: Barb Grogan and Ron Tilton and Executive Director of the Foundation, Christine Márquez-Hudson. | Register

  • The Dream Unfinished | 5 p.m. | Live Stream
    • Virtual listening event featuring The Dream Unfinished for a chamber music performance, program discussion and Q&A moderated by Dr. Brandon Matthews, Associate Professor at MSU Denver. The Dreatm Unfinished is an activist orchestra. Its mission is to use classical music as a platform to engage audiences in dialogues surrounding social and racial justice.

Friday, October 2nd: Social Justice Day

  • Today we focus on self-reflection and personal commitment to anti-racism work | Tell us how you are engaging in anti-racism work

  • Visit the Dialogue Program website to find more resources, watch previously recorded sessions, and to sign up for a future discussion.

    • Tuesday, October 6th | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Identity, Allyship & Cancel Culture
      This dialogue will cover how identity plays into cancel culture and allyship. A criticism of cancel culture is that it is performative wokeness or sometimes done in the name of allyship. This dialogue will tackle how privilege and identity plays into the role of those cancelling others, particularly in the pursuit of racial justice.

Saturday, October 3rd: Recognition Day

  • Alumni Awards Celebration - Help us recognize our 2020 alumni award winners. Awards include: 2020 Alumni Philanthropist of the Year; 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards; MSU Denver Champion of the Year and the 2020 Distinguished Alumni/a Awards.
    12 p.m. | Online | RSVP


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