Gina and Frank Day
We invite you to celebrate with us on Mar. 13, 2024 when we recognize Gina and Frank Day's historic gift in support of the Health instituteRSVP
It takes a marathon of Roadrunners to ensure that all MSU Denver students rise, and our generous community of donors stands at the center of all our changemaking efforts.
Whether we invite you to learn more about our incredible students, faculty, alumni and programs, hear from world-class visiting voices or show gratitude for our transformational supporters – you are welcome at MSU Denver. We invite you to participate as we celebrate the milestones of this campaign and see the impact generosity makes.
MSU Denver’s changemakers come in all different forms. For the Roadrunners Rise campaign, our changemakers are the generous donors that are making transformational impacts on our students, campus and university through their giving.
Thank you to our changemakers!
More MSU Denver students will gain career-readiness training thanks to recent gift
Carrie Morgridge, co-founder of the Morgridge Family Foundation with her husband, John, said that they appreciate the University’s ethos of making career-focused higher education accessible to anyone interested in earning a degree, regardless of location. “If you can’t get to MSU Denver, we’re going to come to you,” she said.
MSU Denver receives $1.4 million gift to grow and diversify Colorado’s struggling health care workforce
“I’m first-generation Korean-American, and I first started dealing with the health care system as a kid trying to help my parents navigate the system,” said Annie Lee, president and CFO of Colorado Access. “With a more representative and diverse workforce, you would have better health outcomes and, hopefully, kids and youth would not be put in that position.”
Attorney and activist Dawn Bookhardt, J.D., is dedicated to helping MSU Denver educate a diverse health care workforce in the fields of speech, language and hearing.
“I want to change the dynamics of speech, hearing and language education and careers — for people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds to know they can be part of it,” said Bookhardt, a longtime MSU Denver supporter. “I’m putting my money where my mouth is.”
Gift from longtime supporters Ferd and Christy Belz will support wraparound services that pave pathways to graduation.
“Education is a core value we invest in as a family,” said Christy, “I see the passion students have for the University. The professors are unbelievable, and the staff is remarkable. We’re very, very honored to give this gift and make a difference for these students.”
New investments from the Kemper family and UMB Financial Corp. address a critical shortage of health care workers.
“Megan and I believe in higher education — it’s the key to changing lives,” Mariner Kemper said. “We are excited to invest in MSU Denver because it not only offers an accessible education; it offers a high-quality educational experience. MSU Denver is so important because it focuses on serving Colorado students who will likely stay in our state and serve our community.”
Expansion of the Cohen Pacesetters program makes college dream possible for more students.
“Molly and I learned early in our lives that if you’re blessed and you’re given gifts, then what really makes this world a special place is when you pay it forward, and when you give back to others,” said Rob Cohen.