Ready to find out what MSU Denver can do for you? We’ve got you covered.
The PACCW has gathered a list of opportunities for MSU Denver employees to engage, socialize and build community outside of their departments. This can be in the form of a committee, working group, club, society, social group, event, service project, etc. Click on a title to learn more about engagement opportunities at MSU Denver. Send questions/comments to: Director of Campus Recreation, Diane Yee, [email protected]
APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Faculty and Staff Alliance is a support network for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American identifying MSU Denver faculty and staff.
Contact: Courtney Matsumoto
The Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Athletics offers two free tickets to all MSU Denver faculty and staff to all regular season Roadrunners Athletics home games. MSU Denver employees will need to present a valid ID at the box office of the Auraria Event Center or the Regency Athletic Complex to receive their tickets for the game. Additional tickets to all Roadrunners Athletics home games can be purchased at RoadrunnersAthletics.com/Tickets.
MSU Denver faculty and staff benefits can access additional benefits by contributing to the Red and Blue Fund, including invitations to exclusive VIP donor events.
Get ready to read and discuss an exciting variety of books with fellow Roadrunners when you join the MSU Denver Alumni Book Club! The books we choose may be related to ongoing campus initiatives or events, and some may even be written by MSU Denver Alumni. The club is open to all alumni, students, faculty and staff.
You are cordially invited to volunteer as a marshal for MSU Denver’s semi-annual Commencements, where you get an up-close opportunity to cheer on your students as they walk across the stage. As you cheer them on, you can help point graduates (and their mortarboards) in the right direction and help with all the little things that make Commencement possible. Click here for more volunteer information.
The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (D-phi) aims to enrich Denver’s intellectual and cultural life through programs designed to reframe our perspectives, challenge our assumptions, and stimulate dialogue about human thought, history, science, art and culture. D-phi organizes roundtable discussions, art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performances, and lectures centered on major themes, issues or questions of abiding human concern. We host both local and international experts, artists, and some of the ‘greatest minds of our time’.
We started a Facebook Group to connect MSU Denver Faculty and Staff outside of work.
In this group, feel free to let us know what’s going on in your neck of the woods. You’re encouraged to create/share events on this page to support, or mingle with, your fellow Roadrunners. Please invite all the employees you know!
The success of MSU Denver depends on the participation of many. As faculty and staff members, our support of students and University initiatives is paramount. Not only do our gifts provide funding for our programs and scholarships, they also endorse our commitment to helping our students reimagine all that is possible with their futures. They say we choose MSU Denver and that we believe in our mission and in its execution.
Support your passion with by making a gift in the way that works best for you:
Lunch presentation on faculty/staff current work abroad. For more information email Kat Martinez.
Faculty and staff can be seen at the Health Center at Auraria, which provides comprehensive medical and mental healthcare. The department is staffed by highly trained medical personnel dedicated to the well-being and success of students and campus colleagues. The Health Center at Auraria can treat the majority of your health concerns on-site in a welcoming environment that is professional, inclusive, supportive and affordable.
For more information visit, healthcenter1.com
For the latest information on COVID-19/Safe Return to Campus, visit msudenver.edu/safe-return-to-campus
The Health Center at Auraria has a variety of offerings through different Outreach Programs that extend beyond the Medical Services and Mental Health Services. Programs are available to all AHEC, CCD, MSU Denver and CU Denver students, faculty and staff which are offered at no charge. The programs enhance many aspects of wellness, allowing an individual to manage school and everyday life while also learning new skills to promote overall wellbeing.
Through our campus interactive Events and Mental Health Initiatives students can drop in to learn about trending health topics. In addition, each institution has access to their own health blog, CampusWELL for current wellness information. You can also take a Pilates, Yoga or Zumba class through the Healthy Pursuits Mind Body Fitness classes.
Faculty, staff and student organizations can also request a Presentation tailored to specific health subjects.
For more information visit, healthcenter1.com/outreach-programs
As part of the Healthy Pursuits program, Mind Body Fitness classes may consist of Yoga, Zumba and Pilates. These classes aim to support your health through a connection from the inside out. The goal of the classes is to enable students, faculty and staff of the Auraria Campus to lead a healthier and less stressful lifestyle. There is no charge to attend the Mind Body Fitness classes and no prior registration is required. You can find the schedules, class descriptions and instructor bios at healthcenter1.com/healthy-pursuits
An organization for the Latin@ community to mingle, share interests, mentor students and foster unity.
Contact: Tisha Townsend
Lunch Buddies (circa June 2019) was designed to connect people around campus who may not interact on a regular basis. We’re all here to do our part and can function more effectively when relationships (both professional and personal) are established and a better understanding can be made across departments. Program highlights include:
Participants can opt-in monthly (feel free to skip months as needed) to be paired with a buddy from another department. Buddies will choose a day & time to e-meet, with an open agenda. When this program was on campus the intention was to meet over a meal, but since it’ll be virtual (for now), the meal portion is optional — though you are encouraged to break for lunch daily. During your “Buddy Lunch” usually work is brought up where each buddy talks about their path to MSU Denver, department and role; but it’s even better when a personal connection can be made. Either way, this program will help bond our campus community over information sharing and storytelling. You will be paired with a new buddy each month you opt-in, but you’re encouraged to maintain relationships with past buddies as you see fit.
Simply complete this quick registration form. At the end of each month I’ll reach out to gather interest for the following month.
Feel free to email Diane Yee with any questions/comments.
On-campus, fun information sessions for MSU Denver employees to empower and inform them about graduate programs, making them knowledgeable ambassadors to the programs.
Join the Math Department each April as they host this annual competition (35+ years) for HS students focused on engineering, geometry and algebra. Seeking judges, volunteers, and cheerleaders. For more information email Brendan Fry.
NOTE: Metro Math Day has been canceled for April 2021 due to COVID. Please join us in 2022.
What if there was a way for you to combine the things that you love–MSU Denver and beer–AND support student scholarships? Now you can!
Become a lifetime member of the MSU Denver Mug Club and take advantage of your benefits at the Tivoli Taphouse while having the satisfaction of supporting student scholarships. All membership dues directly support the funding of the MSU Denver Mug Club Endowed Scholarship. See you at the next happy hour!
MSU Denver Students and Alumni: One-Time Gift of $25
MSU Denver Faculty and Staff: One-Time Gift of $60
The Health Center at Auraria offers free nutrition consultations with Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). The RDNs can support you, provide recommendations, and answer your questions whether you are trying to manage a chronic condition, lose or gain weight, optimize athletic performance or develop a personalized healthy eating routine.
What to Expect
We are a judgment free “zone” and we are dedicated to supporting and collaborating with you. The first appointment may be up to one hour in length, with follow-up visits being shorter. Before the first visit, you will be asked to complete a nutrition goals form. During the visit you’ll meet with the RDN and, with your consent, a nutrition student intern. After the visit, you’ll be asked to complete an evaluation form.
During most appointments a student intern will be in the appointment and, if you are interested, will contact you for continued support. After your initial appointment an action plan will be recommended including dietary information and recommendations for free follow-up visits.
Call 303-615-9999 to schedule an appointment. For more information (including registration and food insecurity) visit, healthcenter1.com/nutrition-counseling
The MSU Denver Professional Development Conference (PDC) is an inclusive and energizing opportunity (usually in May) for members of the MSU Denver community to grow both professionally and personally while they learn more about their colleagues. It takes place in the King Center, with identical sessions in the morning and afternoon. The day features workshops presented by your peers and a keynote speaker to frame the day’s activities. We invite you to attend as many activities as your schedule allows. Food and games are also provided. For more information visit the PDC website.
Get involved as a committee member, presenter or day-of volunteer
The committee is a diverse and inclusive assembly of Roadrunners who are committed to the faculty, staff, and student employees of MSU Denver in coordinating top-notch professional development workshops and sessions. The committee looks internally to subject experts who are passionate about highlighting ways to transform personally, expand intellectually, and be the best one can be for each other and our students. The planning committee meets virtually every two weeks on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. If you’re interested in joining the committee, being a presenter or helping with day-of events, please contact Rob Ingle at [email protected] or Jeremy VanHooser at [email protected].
The Road Riders Cyling Club would like to invite you to join a growing number of colleagues who are getting away from their computers and going for a brief peddle. This is a great way to exercise and practice social distancing while giving to the Student Emergency Fund. With many of our students out of work and uncertain how life’s essentials will be paid for, your membership to the Road Riders can help them out. For a donation of $100, you will receive a snazzy MSU Denver jersey and a lifetime membership to the cycling club. To date, $3,000 has been raised!
Riding with your jersey will give greater visibility to our University. Keep your eyes open for a bike ride invitation – we hope to have our inaugural ride in the Spring 2021. Also, Road Riders plan to have small group rides once we go back to campus to continue our comradery and support of MSU Denver students.
RGBD projects give MSU Denver employees the opportunity to serve together on a variety of needs, including hunger, early childhood education, school and neighborhood refurbishment, supporting veterans and more. Students, faculty, staff and alumni can find new experiential learning opportunities, expand your community network and connect with each other, all to create a positive impact in our community.
MSU Denver faculty and staff will be given four hours of release time to participate and also are encouraged to volunteer together to team-build outside the office. Snacks and T-shirts will be provided for all participants. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.
The MSU Denver Staff Senate represents all classified, administrative and student staff within the University’s shared governance system. The MSU Denver Staff Senate fosters community and collaboration among all MSU Denver Staff by:
University staff can visit the public Staff Senate SharePoint site to access important information, including the Meeting and Events calendar, meeting agendas and minutes, governing documents and news. Permission to join the site is not required. Click here for instructions on how you can follow the Staff Senate SharePoint site and add meeting/event dates to your calendar. We will continue to update the SharePoint and streamline communication to ensure transparency and accessibility of relevant information.
The Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium (TLTS) is a collaborative venue to critically learn, discuss, and create. We aim to cultivate a regional network focused on creativity, equity, leadership, and the creation of artifacts that inspire, and positively shape, the future intersection of teaching, learning, and technology. For more info contact Alex McDaniel.
UPDATE: the 2020-21 TLTS is suspended due to COVID.
The Tenure Track Supper Club provides tenure track faculty with the intellectual and structural tools to increase their capacity to earn tenure. The TTSC is voluntary and focuses on current junior faculty from underrepresented populations, who are between 1-5 years in their tenure track journey. Contact Chalane Lechuga for more info.
Program History, Mission and Goals
The MSU Denver Family Literacy Program (FLP) began in 1994. The mission of FLP is “to meet the literacy needs of metropolitan Denver’s lower-income families.” The program works to break the cycle of poverty and low literacy by providing intergenerational, unified family literacy services for those most vulnerable families. FLP partners with many agencies including Adams County School Districts 12 and 14, the Denver Housing Authority (DHA), and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL—formerly, the National Center for Family Literacy) to provide services that: 1) assist children in reaching their full potential as learners; 2) educate and engage parents in becoming full partners in the education of their children; and 3) help parents improve their literacy or basic educational skills to attain a post-secondary education and/or employment.
The very nature of family literacy programs is to provide intergenerational educational services to families with the idea that educated adults can profoundly influence the academic achievement of children. Many studies support the notion that parent education and involvement impact students’ success in school. These services are provided free of cost in the participants’ neighborhoods. FLP offers three major program delivery strategies: the home-based Parents as Teachers (PAT), the school-based Families Learning Together (FLT), as well as English and Spanish-language GED classes.
For more information email Adriann Wycoff.
If you’re ready to quit using tobacco the Health Center at Auraria can connect you to tobacco cessation resources. Accessing the proper tools and support can increase your chances to become tobacco free. The Tobacco Cessation program is designed to tailor a program to your individual lifestyle and needs. If you have ever considered eliminating the use of tobacco in your life, now is the time to take advantage of this exclusive Auraria Campus service.
Combined with support coach services, tobacco cessation medications improve your chances of successfully eliminating tobacco usage. The Health Center at Auraria will pay for 100% of the cost of a medication for up to a three month supply, according to appropriate medical usage guidelines.
For more information, visit healthcenter1.com/tobacco-cessation
Networking and community building events for Womyn of Color.
Contact: Andrea Borrego
We are proud of our Roadrunners and have several events/awards to honor our outstanding peers.
The Roadrunners Who Soar Awards ceremony, held each spring, is the University’s pinnacle recognition event. It honors employees from across the University for their contributions throughout the academic year, specifically those high-performing employees who positively impact student and employee success and model the University’s CADRE values: Community, Access, Diversity, Respect, Excellence.
Established in 2010 by Vicki L. Golich, Ph.D. (Provost 2009 – 2020), the Faculty Tenure & Promotion Celebration, which is held annually in the Fall, recognizes faculty who have recently achieved promotion and/or tenure at MSU Denver. These faculty members and their families, as well as their colleagues, are invited to an evening of celebration for this achievement.