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Welcome to the spring 2021 semester

A message from President Davidson


Jan. 27, 2021 


Welcome back, Roadrunners!


I like to begin each semester by welcoming students, faculty and staff to campus, and despite the current challenges we are facing with this lingering pandemic, this semester is no different. Whether you will be coming to campus each week or teaching, working or learning remotely, let me remind you that each new semester and new year marks a fresh start and another opportunity to reflect back, look forward and build a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

We have turned the calendar on one of the most challenging years in our lifetimes. Although the pandemic continues to have a tremendous effect on our daily routines, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The promise of the vaccine combined with the demonstrated resilience of our MSU Denver community gives me so much hope and optimism for the year ahead. We have proved that even in the face of epic and historic challenges, when we come together as a supportive and mission-driven community, we can accomplish so much:

As Roadrunners, we went through a lot in 2020, and we should each pause to reflect on how much we have learned. Lessons of community and gratitude, self-care and compassion, perseverance and agility will continue to serve us in our personal and our professional lives well beyond the current crisis.

Looking forward, I am also hopeful more of you will be on campus later this spring, as we created 50 on-campus accelerated spring courses that begin in March in addition to those in-person classes that began last week. I will be participating in a town hall in February to talk more about vaccines and campus operations with Steve Monaco, director of the Health Center at Auraria, and Larry Sampler, vice president for Administration, Finance and Facilities and chief operating officer, so more details are to come.

As we begin 2021, please remain diligent and remember to follow the health protocols we have established, including your daily health assessment. And stay tuned for more information about how the Auraria Campus will soon serve as a Point of Dispensing (POD) for the Covid-19 vaccine. Getting everyone vaccinated is the key to getting past this epic health crisis and back on campus full-time.

Thank you again for all that you have done over the past year to keep our community safe and our mission on track. I am continually inspired by the dedication and compassion of the Roadrunner community, and I remain honored to serve as your president.



Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

President, MSU Denver

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