MSU Denver

The Office of Student Affairs introduced BRAVO! Awards to recognize both individual staff members and groups of team members within Student Affairs who have gone above and beyond at MSU Denver. Nominations are open throughout each term with winners being announced at the Student Affairs Kickoff Event or the Fall/Spring Appreciation Events.

To submit a nomination, please fill out this form in its entirety.

Individual Award Winners

Melissa Miller (Associate Registrar of Records and Registration | Registrar's Office)

Melissa is a dedicated, knowledgeable and highly driven member of the MSU Denver family. We are fortunate to have her as the Associate Registrar and leading the frontline services for the Registrar’s Office. Melissa’s strong leadership and willingness to go above and beyond with a significant shortage of staff has been inspiring and critical to the success of continuing to serve students, faculty and staff throughout this pandemic. She is managing a heavy workload all while completing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration here at MSU Denver. Thank you Melissa for your tireless dedication to MSU Denver!

Nominated by Connie Sanders

Thanh Nguyen (Interim Director | Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion)

Thanh gracefully stepped in to lead CMEI after just a few short months at MSU Denver. Her leadership, intelligence and ability to make this happen impresses me daily. It is hard to believe that she’s been a Roadrunner for less than a year – as the magnitude of her impact with our students and on our community is truly so significant. I am particularly awed by Thanh’s ability to inclusively engage diverse groups of students, staff and faculty. We are so fortunate to have Thanh at MSU Denver!

Nominated by Braelin Pantel

Eric Silva (Assistant Director | TRIO Student Support Services)

Eric has brought a fun and vibrant energy to our team by thinking of fun and creative ways to engage our students. He has built so many close relationships with our students and has been an amazing model for what it means to be of services to our students. Seeing and experiencing his kind and compassionate nature has truly been a gift!

Nominated by Tisha Townsend

Pam Ansburg (Interim Director of Faculty Engagement | Classroom to Career Hub)

Pam has displayed incredible leadership and steadfast commitment to student success in her role as the interim director of faculty engagement. She agreed to take on the position that hadn’t existed previously at MSU Denver during a challenging time and transformed an idea into a team of capable staff leading efforts to better engage Faculty with the C2 Hub program offerings. She’s done so with vision, adaptability and focus. The Faculty Career Catalyst Awards and Connecting Careers to the Curriculum together recognize the stellar work faculty do for students in the classroom.

Nominated by Adrienne Martinez

Amanda Ryder (Associate Director of Admissions | Admissions)

Amanda is the consummate team player and is always one of the first to volunteer or step up to help out with a project or another area or department. In fact, in the past several months she has spearheaded a conversation with DPS about an enhanced partnership and will be supervising two new Pathways to Possible Counselors for RISE grant along with chairing the search. In addition, she has worked tirelessly with her team to develop new virtual recruitment initiatives to connect with prospective students this past year. A  great example of this is the Rowdy Way bootcamps we now offer once per month for new admits which have been really well attended. And lastly, she always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face and brings this positivity into every interaction and meeting.

Nominated by Vaughn Toland

Maluwa Behringer (Director of Industry Partnerships | Classroom to Career Hub)

Maluwa stepped into the role of Directing the Industry Partnership Team 2 weeks before we were sent remote due to Covid-19. She has supported our team in setting clear goals, keeping us on track, quickly learning the lay of the land at MSU Denver and Higher Education more broadly, and also ensured we were keeping our wellbeing at the forefront. I am so inspired by Maluwa’s leadership during this time and her ability to keep so many projects and programs organized and diligently moving forward. I am so thankful she joined our team when she did!

Nominated by Alyssa Marks

Group Award Winners

Student Affairs Communications Team

 (Jeremy Coleman, Amanda McClure, Su Ann Tan, Asia Wesley)

This group has worked collaboratively to develop strategic communications for MSU Denver students. From using textbot to send memes to students (my student staff loved that), to authoring Runners, giving social media guidance and creating Canvas courses, this group does all things comms. They are so collaborative with their Student Affairs counterparts and regularly ask to assist with collaborations and promotions. Thank you!! 

Nominated by Lauren Koppel

Admissions Front Desk and Crew in Blue

(Victor Mata, Maribel Palomino Valadez, Andrea Garcia-Portillo, Diana Flores | Jessica Burkett, Brian Bogere, Caleb Gardner, Crystal Alcocer, Cole Parsa, Haley Gyurko, Kaelin Messex, Jorge Jimenez, Carolina Devora, Allys Lejarazo Duenas)

Victor Mata, Jessica Burkett and all our amazing admissions student staff have covered the Welcome Desk since August and not missed a day. They assist new and current students by connecting them with virtual resources and helped keep an on-campus presence. They have also been integral in continuing admissions efforts by getting acceptance packets out to future Roadrunners, sending out viewbooks, conducting campus tours, sorting mail, scanning documents for processing, responding to the general admissions inbox, completing Slate data clean-up and so much more (I really can go on). They have truly made it so that we can continue to operate as “normal’ as possible – THANK YOU!!!! 

Nominated by Marlynn Rocha-Vasquez

Diversity Facilitators

(Adrienne Martinez, Ali Houghton, Ally Garcia, Alyssa Marks, Bessie Nolan, Brandy Schooler, Chris Harder, Eric Silva, John Babcock, Kathleen Jewby, Lauren Koppel, Meher Noorulamin, Raquel Jimenez, Regina Burkhart, Ruby Matheny, Salina Blea)

We would like to call out the great work that the Diversity Facilitators did this year in leading us in our anti-racism and equity work. This group went through an intensive boot camp, logged extra hours while working on trainings and created a space for real dialogue around tough issues. We appreciate all the tools the diversity facilitators have given us and the dedication they have shown towards the goal.

Nominated by Will Simpkins and Emily Willan

Past Winners


2019 Fall – John Babcock (Associate Director | Orientation, Transition and Retention), Scott Bergman (Coordinator | Orientation, Transfer and Retention), Josh Gabrielson (Associate Director | Admissions), Alyssa Marks (Program Manager | Classroom to Career Hub), Dr. Braelin Pantel (Associate Vice President | Dean of Students/Student Engagement & Wellness), Erica Quintana-Garcia (Director | Student Engagement & Wellness)

2020 Fall – Juan Gallegos (Director | Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion), James Ross (Assistant to the Registrar & Special Projects Manager | Registrar’s Office), Cathy Hehr (Industry Navigator | Classroom to Career Hub), Dave Lamothe (Assistant Director of Recreation & Leadership | Campus Recreation), Aubrey Winbigler (Coordinator of International Student Support | Registrar’s Office), Chaz DeHererra (Student Success Navigator | Classroom to Career Hub)


2019 Fall – Admissions Team (Marlynn Rocha-Vasquez, Adrienne Perucca and Morgan Raleigh), Writers of the TRIO, Veteran & Military Student Services and CAMP Grants (Rita Case, Faith Fitzgerald, Dr. Ally Garcia, Evelynn Guzman de Leon, Ali Houghton, Raquel Jimènez, Eric Silva and Tisha Townsend)

2020 Fall – Health Center at Auraria Team (Kyle Garrity, Linda Hilliker, Lisa Lasswell, Richard Miccio, Ruben Zorrilla, Shawna Tonick, Sonja Coleman-Harris, Stephen Monaco, Steven Caveney, Susan Louch, Tamara Wristen, Tifany Andrade, Yvonne Olson-Sage, Alyssa Labate, Amy Markese, Anna-Lisa Greenwade, Clinton Hartz, Cynthia Ortiz, David Esslam, Debra Shuman, Denys Frolkov, Elias Gonzalez, Elle Heeg-Miller, Gia Valente, Hang Nguyen, Jeffrey Uszacki, Joshua Pasley, Julie Wagner, Justin Hauxwell, Kajuan DeVan Hernandez), Student Care Center (Alicia Milanowski, Erica Quintana-Garcia, Jesse Wooldridge, Miguel Huerta, Peter Concepcion)