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For these alumni, there is nothing else they could possibly be doing with their lives.

Metro State gratefully acknowledges the nearly 2,300 donors who gave $2.6 million in 2008-09.

At Metro State, community engagement is both an old story and a new one.

Colorado’s Speaker of the House talks about the higher education funding crisis and the affinity he feels for Metro State students.


3 Metrozoic Era 4 Newsworthy 18 Alumni Times 24 The Rowdy Report 40 Don’t Blink

Cover photo by Javier Manzano

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Metro Vision /// Letter from the Executive Editor

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Cathy Lucas EDITOR Donna Fowler (‘80)

Through the new design, we will continue to engage readers with interesting stories about life at Metro State. We’ll reflect the incredible successes of our diverse alumni and highlight the many important issues touching your alma mater—all the while showcasing the direct impact the College has on everyday lives on a local, regional and even global level


y the time this edition of Metro Magazine hits your mailbox, 2009 will be coming to an end. In 2010, Metro State will reach many milestones that we hope you will join us in celebrating. In February, the men’s basketball team will bring members of its championship teams back for a reunion. Later in the spring, the Center for Visual Art will host a 20 -year anniversary party with an exhibition of works by art alumni. In the summer, the College will kick off a yearlong 45th anniversary celebration. And 25 years ago Metro Magazine was launched. To celebrate a quarter of a century of keeping our alumni connected to their alma mater, we thought there would be no better time than to launch a newly redesigned publication. The redesign is based on valuable feedback from our readers, given in focus groups, electronic surveys and one-on-one interviews. This feedback allowed us to develop a design that better captures the breadth and depth of the College through words and compelling images. To support our efforts to connect and build relationships with graduates, members of the community, and the faculty and staff of Metro State, we will focus on a broad range of stories and profiles designed to appeal to a wider audience.


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In this issue, we demonstrate how Metro State serves as an urban land grant institution. The College’s impact in the community is more and more becoming a trait that differentiates us from other higher education institutions. This issue illustrates several examples of Metro State’s direct impact through civic engagement. Many of our students, faculty and alumni work tirelessly to make Denver a better city for all of us. Be sure to read about Professor AnnJanette Alejano-Steele’s work with the victims of human trafficking, the 1000’s of elderly Coloradans alumna Elizabeth Cohill’s Association for Senior Citizens has helped, and the well that is bringing fresh water to the people of Kambiri, Kenya that management students helped fund. I know we only scratched the surface of the actions of the Metro State family that have had great consequences. Our goal is for the magazine is to tell Metro State’s story, sharing the extraordinary endeavors of our 64,000 alumni base—an exceptional group of individuals—as well as the successes of our faculty, staff and students who represent Metro State with true distinction. Feel free to e-mail me at lucascat@ if you have any questions, comments or have an idea for a great Metro State story. So, take a few minutes and discover Metro State’s many degrees of impact.

ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER Julie Strasheim GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Richard Jividen (‘00) Ruth M’Gonigle Alan Warner PHOTOGRAPHERS Barry Guttierez Javier Manzano Chris Schneider Julie Strasheim METRO MAGAZINE EDITORIAL BOARD Bridgette Coble, Director of Career Services Stefanie Carroll, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs and Communication Clay Daughtrey, Professor and Chair of Marketing Jeffrey Forrest (’90), Professor and Chair of Aviation and Aerospace Science Donna Fowler (’80), Director of Internal Communications Richard Jividen (‘00), Director of Creative Services Cathy Lucas, Associate Vice President of Communications and Advancement Lunden MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Spanish Angelia MacGowen, Assistant Director of Communications Jeff Martinez (‘95), Director of Communications and Community Relations, BRI Cherrelyn Napue, Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Carmen Sanjurjo, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Tat Sang So, Assistant Professor of English Julie Strasheim, Art Director, Creative Services © 2009 Metropolitan State College of Denver. Metro Magazine is published three times a year by the Metropolitan State College of Denver Office of College Communications for alumni and friends of the College. All rights reserved. Address correspondence to: Metropolitan State College of Denver Metro Magazine Office of College Communications Campus Box 86, PO Box 173362 • Denver, CO 80217-3362 Please send letters to the editor, editorials and inquiries to: Donna Fowler, Editor, at the address above or E-mail alumni address changes and Class Acts submissions to:


The opinions expressed in Metro Magazine do not necessarily reflect the policies and opinions of Metropolitan State College of Denver nor imply endorsement by its officers or by the College’s alumni association.

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Nondiscrimination Policy Metropolitan State College of Denver does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability in admissions or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs or activities.

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Metro State’s past, present future /// Metro State’s past, present and&future

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t’s 25 years and counting for Metro Magazine. And that doesn’t count the newsletter that started it all in the early ‘80s—of which we have no samples, unfortunately. At any rate, what better way to start out the next 25 years than with a fresh, new look and more compelling and fun content. As they say, we’re not getting older, we’re getting better. Hope our readers think so, too.

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Auraria leads Colorado campuses as top buyer of wind energy Auraria is No. 1 in Colorado and No. 7 nationally in purchasing renewable energy, as ranked by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. The Auraria Campus had been 45 percent wind-powered since July 2006. Then in April 2007, Metro State’s Student Government Assembly led the student population to a resounding vote to renew and expand the sustainable campus program. “With this commitment, Auraria Campus students have clearly demonstrated their steadfast support of sustainability and the mission of Greenprint Denver,” said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. “These students are setting a positive example for others in our community to follow.”

Master’s programs on track Since receiving authorization from the Colorado State Legislature in May to offer master’s degrees, Metro State has been hard at work planning for master’s programs in accounting, teacher education and social work. The next step is to receive authorization from the Higher Learning Commission, the College’s accrediting body, which should come following a site visit in February 2010. Plans call for the accounting and teacher education programs to begin in fall 2010 and the social work program one year later. Anyone interested in staying on top of the initiative’s progress should visit mastersprograms/.


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Forrest: “A community of intellectual capital.”

Metro State co-founds STEM education partnership Metro State is an inaugural partner in a new consortium developed to stimulate interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Academy for the Development of STEM-related Careers (ADSC) will ensure that Colorado’s students, from kindergarten to the graduate-school level, are tapped in and connected to scientific and technology education. Co-founder Jeffrey Forrest, chair of Metro State’s Aviation and Aerospace Science Department, describes the ADSC as a “community of intellectual capital and knowledge-sharing that will reach students of all ages to encourage innovation and creativity in the sciences, technology and entrepreneurship.” The other consortium members are the Colorado School of Mines, Community College of Denver and the Cherry Creek School District.

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New provost the ‘right person’ for Metro State Metro State has a new provost/vice president for academic affairs. Vicki Golich came to Metro State from California State University-San Marcos, where she was a professor of political science and had served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Art speaks to Speaker This painting by Metro State art major Patrice Washington is hanging in high places—the office of Colorado Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll. To learn more about Carroll and the other ways he supports Metro State, read his interview, “9 Answers,” on page 6.

College offers teacher ed guarantee Metro State is so confident of the education it provides its teacher education students, it’s backing them with a guarantee. “We are confident in the quality of our Teacher Education program, and establishing this guarantee shows our commitment to the entire education process that is necessary to develop productive citizens for tomorrow’s workforce,” says President Stephen Jordan. The Statement of Assurance says that if the principal finds that the teacher, during his or her first year, needs more training, the College will extend the opportunity for the teacher to come back to audit a course(s) at no expense to correct the identified problem. About 2,200 students are currently enrolled in the College’s Teacher Education Program.

“This guarantee gives teachers an extra edge when applying for jobs throughout their first year, and it shows that Metro State firmly believes in what it’s teaching,” says Patricia Hurrieta, principal of Denver’s Godsman Elementary and a 1993 graduate of Metro State. The College’s initiative speaks volumes, according to Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones. “This extraordinary step provides a gold seal of quality that will boost confidence among hiring districts. I applaud the leadership shown by Metro State, its president and its board in providing this stellar warranty plan.

Enrollment shows no sign of slowing down

“Dr. Golich’s proven record of accomplishment in general education and graduate programs is what Metro State needs right now,” says President Stephen Jordan. “She is the right person to help guide Metro State towards our goal of becoming the preeminent public urban baccalaureate college in the nation.” Golich says that Metro State’s mission, which is similar to her former institution’s, is what drew her to the College. “I see a true importance to providing educational access to the general public. Here in the 21st century, we’re known as the knowledge economy. What better way to create, evaluate and trade knowledge than through Metro State’s mission, which far exceeds the value of most other institutions of higher education in the nation.”

Continuing an 11-year trend, enrollment at Metro State is up again. The College now boasts 22,904 students, a 5.5 percent increase over last fall. And the number of students of color jumped 5.9 percent and now accounts for 24.8 percent of total enrollment. The majority of this growth was in the Hispanic category, who now number 3,089 students.

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By Marianne Goodland

Colorado Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll answers nine questions about his support for Metro State.

You’ve been one of Metro State’s biggest supporters in the legislature. Why is that?/// It’s actually really easy for me. Metro is this jewel in Denver that no one pays attention to, and has quietly for years gone about with this job of really educating students who are first-generation college students, students you wouldn’t expect would end up going to college. People who come back later in life to go to college; they produce more students of color, graduates, than any other school. With a jewel like that, it’s important you support it, and that you make people aware of the great work they’re doing.

What about Metro State appeals to you so much?/// In December 2008, I was the commencement speaker. I looked out at the students, had a chance to talk to some of the students who graduated—so many of their stories resonated with me…in terms of coming from an environment where you never thought higher education was going to be an option. They’re very intent on getting an education, not only so they can improve their lives but so they can improve the lives of their families and improve their community. It’s a recurring theme among so many of the students at Metro…You talk to student after student [who says] I’m the first person in my family to go to college. I was the first person in MY family to go to college...I fight for the underdog. I’ve always been an underdog my entire life. It’s hard to tell now. I grew up as an underdog, I will always side with those folks who people think don’t have half a chance of being successful.


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How did you first get interested in being a supporter of Metro State?/// Dr. Jordan [Metro State’s president] was the first person who reached out to me in a very proactive way about Metro and his desire to have the legislature pay more attention to what Metro does. We had a luncheon and we decided to create this Metro State legislative caucus.

What’s the most important job of that caucus?/// To really raise awareness at the General Assembly about Metro State and its programs. For instance, a lot of people didn’t know Metro State has an aviation program until the Metro State Caucus had a meeting about it. Didn’t know about the entrepreneurship program, where students actually create a business and they market those materials and merchandise and sell it.

What do you think the biggest difference is between Metro State and other state institutions of higher education?/// Main difference, Metro, as an urban school, a self-identified urban school, much like Hunter College in New York, they take that role seriously. They understand they have to do things a little differently to appeal to a population that may have some apprehensions about going to college. They structure their coursework in terms of timing of classes and mentoring programs a little different. That doesn’t mean the work is any

easier, in fact from what I’ve seen, it’s not any easier and doesn’t mean it’s any less rigorous, it’s just as rigorous. It just means that the students they have require different support and encouragements along the way.

What do you think is the solution to the higher education funding crisis in Colorado?/// If I had a magic bullet for that one, I’d be a wealthy man [laughing]. I’m not sure what the answer is. The quick-and-dirty answer is that we have to put more money into higher ed. I don’t know where

Representative Terrance Carroll (D–Denver), Colorado’s first African American Speaker of the House, says the stories of Metro State students resonate with him.

the money will come from, that’s the million dollar question…We have to figure out how we can continue to do that. First and foremost, it’s about educating our kids and keeping our most talented kids going to school here in the state of Colorado. It’s also about being an economic engine. We can’t attract quality companies to the state that will have goodpaying long-term jobs if we don’t have a good educational structure, pre-K

through graduate school, that’s in place to support those companies.

What programs stand out for you?///

One of the quiet programs that Metro has is the teacher education program; Rep. Nancy Todd’s husband “First and foremost, it’s about has taught in the teacher education program. educating our kids and That’s one of the keeping our most talented programs that doesn’t get a lot of attention. kids going to school here in Also the aviation the state of Colorado.” program. Undergraduate business is also a jewel, and criminal justice.

How can Metro State and the legislature partner to insure that students continue to get a higher education, particularly given these funding issues?/// We’re doing part of it already. We’re trying to find innovative ways to fund our schools, like the way the new science building is being built at Metro State through FML [federal mineral lease] money…Another thing we’re doing, trying to help Metro State be more nimble, and give them more options. Past year, there was a bill passed to allow Metro State to offer graduate programs.

What role can a large urban college like Metro State play in collaborating with state lawmakers to resolve [the funding issue]?/// One of the most important things Metro can do, work with us to develop alternative funding sources, or suggest those. We will have to work with Metro and other schools to revisit the amount of bureaucracy that we have placed on them through CCHE and other things, so we can allow them to be more innovative in how they approach the delivery of education.

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Elizabeth Cohill’s Association for Senior Citizens helps ensure that no senior citizen goes without food, shelter and public services—“the necessities of life.”


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Elizabeth Cohill was still a student at Metropolitan State College of Denver when she experienced the moment that would chart the course of her life.

By Janalee Card Chmel

It was 1981 and Cohill was driving through pounding rain to her work-study position at the Williams Street Center, a halfway house for men leaving prison. Splashing up a threelane road downtown, she slammed her brakes when she came upon an “old guy standing in the middle of the lane… “I beeped and the guy didn’t do anything,” she recalls. “So there I am, sitting in my car, sitting in front of him. I put my car in park, got out, and said, ‘Do you need help?’” With angry drivers backed up behind her honking, Cohill discovered that the man had no idea where he was. She escorted him across the street and then retrieved her car. In the ensuing months, Cohill couldn’t shake the feeling that she had to do something for people like that man. So, shortly after graduating later that year with a degree in criminal justice, Cohill rented an office, plugged in a phone, and the Association for Senior Citizens was born. Now 28 years later, the association has $1.5 million in assets, no debt and assists hundreds of seniors annually. “We help ensure that no senior citizen goes without the necessities of life including food, shelter and public services,” she says. “Those basic human needs are the heart of this organization.” The association’s road to success has been similar to many nonprofits, including lean years and strategic coups. Recently, Cohill lived without a paycheck for several months due to the struggling economy. But she says she never loses faith. “I have a severe sense of determination,” Cohill says, adding, “I’ve got more determination than I’ve got brains.” continued on page 10

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Across the Denver region, many more Metro State alumni have found themselves compelled by a community need and a personal passion to start nonprofits of their own. While the choice to serve the community is not always, if ever, an easy one, these alumni say there is nothing else they could possibly be doing with their lives.

Environmental Learning for Kids When Stacie Dardanes Gilmore was placed into a seemingly impossible job, she changed the rules. Working at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNS), Gilmore, a 1994 biology graduate, was charged with raising money for a summer program that helped encourage more minorities to consider careers with the DNS. “But nobody was funding a government agency,” she says. So, she and her husband, whom she met at DNS, sat down at their kitchen table and filled out a 501c3 nonprofit application. They decided to call the organization “Environmental Learning for Kids,” or ELK. “Our mission is to cultivate a passion for science, leadership and service through outdoor experiences,” she says. Today, the organization is 13 years old and leases space from the Colorado Department of Wildlife. They have three full-time employees and many volunteers. ELK first offers a school-based program that can last from one day to eight weeks and is correlated to Colorado state teaching standards. From there, students are encouraged to join one of ELK’s three stand-alone programs, which expose urban kids to everything from overnight wilderness experiences to college campuses and career choices. “We want these kids to succeed in life,” says Gilmore. “We want them to have the freedom to have a job they really love.”

Stomp Out the Silence of Autism and Disabilities Gregg Whelen is a relative newcomer to the nonprofit scene and believes his journey is “being driven by something bigger than me.” The 1996 speech communication graduate had already taken a leap from the corporate world and launched his own assisted living facility for mentally ill patients when he was approached by a friend who wanted to create a treatment facility for adults with autism. The friend has a grandson with autism. Sponsored by the Autism Society of Colorado, they obtained nonprofit status. They named their organization “Stomp Out the Silence of Autism and Disabilities,” or “SOS-AD.” Then, the fundraising began. “I stand in front of Costco. We hold comedy shows. We have events,” he says. Then one day, Whelen received a call from a woman who wanted to donate a house to the organization. While it was exactly what they needed, the residence was not properly equipped and needed to be outfitted with a sprinkler system among other requirements. The fundraising continued. Now, Whelen expects the home, called Hawkeye Ranch, to open in early 2010. There is already a waiting list to get in. “People don’t understand what it’s like to be an adult with autism,” says Whelen. “I’m doing this because I’m really upset with the way these people are treated. We’re going to help our residents reach some level of independence. When they walk through those doors, their lives will be improved or enlightened.”


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Salazar Family Foundation After graduating in 1989 with a degree in elementary education, Lola Salazar immediately began working in schools with low-income populations because she “wanted to make a difference.” As her own two children grew, though, and her husband’s business flourished, Salazar felt torn. She knew her children needed her more at home, so she left teaching, but she simultaneously searched for a way to keep making an impact on Denver youth. “Then Columbine happened,” says Salazar, and she was galvanized. She and her husband Rob used their own money to start the Salazar Family Foundation and their first priority was to provide funding for conflict mediation to Jefferson Public Schools. The foundation’s mission quickly expanded, ultimately providing support to three organizations that both Lola and Rob believe were critical to their own success: The Latin American Educational Foundation, which gave Rob scholarships to attend college; the Jefferson Foundation, because Lola had taught in Jefferson County; and Denver Public Schools, which they both attended. This year marks the foundation’s 10year anniversary and changes are afoot. Salazar is stepping down from the dayto-day management of the organization to launch her new dream, Lola’s Sugar Rush, a sweet shop in Old Town Littleton. However, the foundation will continue to support education in Denver and Salazar believes it will outlive her and her husband. “We want kids to know that they can do what they want and can fulfill their dreams through education.”

“Our mission is to cultivate a passion for science, leadership and service through outdoor experiences,” says Stacie Dardanes Gilmore of Environmental Learning for Kids.

Art from Ashes Catherine O’Neill Thorn was a single mom living on welfare and working three jobs while earning an individualized degree in Writing, Editing and Publishing for the Marketplace. She was also serving on the board of a local residential treatment center, which is where she first heard about “poetry therapy.” Intrigued, O’Neill Thorn began doing her own research and discovered that poetry therapy, which involves selfexpression of often-buried feelings through metaphors and symbols, could help lift people from desperate situations. In fact, reports that writing therapy helps people to reduce stress and to feel more in control of their own lives. O’Neill Thorn decided to try it out on the men at the treatment center; the response overwhelmed her. “They immediately embraced it!” she recalls. Two years before graduating in 2005, O’Neill Thorn created Art from Ashes, a nonprofit organization that provides workshops to youth throughout the Denver region, including gang members, homeless children and even victims from the Columbine tragedy.

The organization has gone from helping 300 in its first year to an anticipated 2,000 this year. “It all begins by helping young people value their own lives,” she says of the transformations that occur in every workshop. “We empower young people to step into their own ability to give, serve and love.”

Resort2Kindness Elva Pellouchoud, a 1993 journalism graduate, says her “ridiculously large” family inspired her to take stock of her life as she approached the age of 40. After nine children of their own, Pellouchoud’s parents began raising hard-to-place foster children. Pellouchoud says their example has meant she always seeks ways, large and small, to give back to her community. Most recently, Pellouchoud started an organization that encourages people around the world to do the same. Called “Resort2Kindness,” the organization’s mission and tactics are simple: encourage people to complete and report simple and large acts of kindness. For every act reported, Pellouchoud finds a donor to make a gift to a charity.

The donors come from the industry where Pellouchoud has achieved some success through a company she founded, Epiphany, which provides resort real estate marketing. For example, The Peloton, a new community in Boulder, gives one dollar per good deed reported to The Family Learning Center. Pellouchoud has made it easy for people to report their acts and to track the nonprofit’s impact through www.resort2kindness, where people see a “Kindness Counter” and can review a list of donors and the charities to which they make their contributions. Kindnesses have been reported from as far away as Korea and Kenya. “Sometimes people feel that they can’t make a difference,” says Pellouchoud. “This organization helps people feel their greatness, even when they do small things. I want people to understand how significant they can be.”

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Alumni Times ///Alumni News and Events

Lavanda Conner’s 180 House is named for her goal of helping troubled veterans turn their lives around 180 degrees.


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t Metro State, community engagement is both an old story and a new one. Opened in 1965 as a place for people to launch fresh dreams or polish tarnished ones, Metropolitan State College of Denver has by its very nature served the community by offering first—and second—chances to locals anxious to refashion their lives through education.



the Metro State Scholars Program targeted primarily to first-generation college students have helped hundreds of people earn baccalaureate degrees and develop professional careers that they may not otherwise been able to attain.

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At Metro State, community engagement is both an old story and a new one. By Leslie Petrovski

On the precipice of a 45th anniversary—fall 2010 will mark 45 years since students first trundled into the Forum Building at 14th and Cherokee—Metro State numbers more than 64,000 in its alumni rosters, almost 80 percent of whom have stayed in and made contributions to Colorado’s economy as teachers, nurses, police detectives, journalists, artists, pilots, nonprofit administrators, hoteliers, and in countless other professions. Metro State, too, has through outreach, word-of-mouth and its urban location attracted more than its share of the underserved from veterans to students of color. Every year Metro State welcomes more than 5,300 undergraduates of color (about 25 percent of total enrollment) to Auraria. High-touch scholarship programs such as the College Assistance Migrant Program for seasonal agricultural workers and their families, Metro State’s Summer Bridge initiative, and

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professional community leaders Academically Metro State has taken a leadership role in community involvement by launching the Rocky Mountain region’s first—and largest— academic program to prepare people for managerial and executive roles in the nonprofit arena. Established in 1974, the Center for Nonprofit Organization Administration has poured more than 1,000 graduates into the workforce, people who have gone on to establish nonprofits, direct organizations and become foundation execs. “We are the leader in undergraduate nonprofit education,” says Kelly Felice, the director of nonprofit studies, assistant professor of human services and program graduate. “When students leave us with a bachelor’s degree they are well prepared to enter the nonprofit workforce at the midmanagement level or higher.” continued on page 14

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Other programs such as High Risk Youth Studies (developed collaboratively with the Denver Juvenile Court and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division), Addiction

Suddenly the word “metropolitan” in the College’s name resonated more broadly. Today, this vision is becoming a reality. In June, Metro State established

Metro State profoundly affects a student’s life but also reverberates throughout the larger community as students begin contributing economically, socially and

“It’s my HEART work” Studies, Domestic Violence Counseling and even Criminal Justice have flooded the marketplace with people who are specially trained to give back.

An urban land grant institution In spite of the above street cred, Metro State is looking to be more intentional—as higher education professionals are wont to say—about its community engagement. When Metro State President Stephen Jordan took the reins of office in 2005, he outlined a vision of the College as an “urban land grant institution,” a post-modern incarnation of the agricultural land-grant schools established by the Morrill Act of 1862. But instead of offering applied “agricultural” training, Metro State would deliver an urban, 21st-century education, helping students prepare for engaged citizenry and jobs relevant in the new millennium; Denver and the metroplex would function as a living learning laboratory, a place where students could experience both the business and social problems they would encounter post-college. Moreover, the College itself would work even harder to cross Speer Boulevard, embedding its expertise, students and resources more deeply in the community than it already has. “We can build shared mission elements,” Jordan said, “so that our teaching mission simultaneously promotes economic development, fosters social cohesion with individuals and groups and provides a locus for cultural vitality.”


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a Center for Urban Connections, a clearinghouse where students, faculty and staff can access volunteer opportunities, find service-related internships and develop servicelearning experiences. The center has two directors, Matthew D’Agostino, who will handle the functional operations of the office and work with students, and Randi Smith, a psychology professor who will work more closely with faculty on developing community-based learning courses that involve both nonprofit and commercial enterprises. Sitting at the table in the center’s conference room in the Tivoli, the newly minted Urban Connections directors know that their most profound initial challenge will be to uncover and document the ad hoc relationships and projects that already exist between faculty, staff, students and the businesses, government entities and nonprofits in the Mile High City. “Metro State’s faculty, students and staff are already involved,” D’Agostino says. “We’re trying to find out who’s doing what with whom and why, so we know where our strengths are and where we need to build.” “We want to see community engagement infused more widely across campus,” Smith adds, “not requiring it necessarily, but building on relationships we have and assisting faculty and staff in creating new ones.” This fall, the College debuted a new advertising campaign, variations on the theme—“Degrees of Impact.” The idea being that a degree from

culturally. The campaign, too, has a self-referential component, evoking the effect professors and Metro State staff have communitywide as volunteers, experts and experiential educators. The stories below represent only a smattering of the deep personal and institutional relationships fostered by some of the people who have helped build this populist urban college. These are the kinds of degrees of impact, which are finally being counted.

The Professor On a temperate afternoon in August, 20-some students trickle into a classroom in the Plaza Building on the Auraria Campus. It’s late in the day and some look tired under the fluorescent lights. A student assistant in blue ballet flats writes these words on the chalkboard: “Child Soldiers. Organ Trafficking. Domestic Servitude.” While she does this, students reflexively check their cell phones or send a quick text messages. Two young women share a syllabus across a row of desks. The class is Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. Taught by AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, professor of women’s studies and psychology, the course is Steele’s

brainchild and a product of her ongoing passion to shed light on this little-known issue. Alejano-Steele began discussing human trafficking years ago, but got more involved personally as she looked to fulfill her faculty service commitment to the community. To learn more about human trafficking on a local level, she turned to the Colorado chapter of the antitrafficking organization, the Polaris Project. As she dug more deeply into it, Alejano-Steele saw how differently her life might have unfolded had her family been less privileged. When her parents immigrated to the United States from the Philippines, they did so as educated people; AlejanoSteele’s father was a doctor who trained in New York. Growing up in Philippine villages, however, they knew the sex trade existed, that young girls pressed into work as maids to help their families could end up as prostitutes in the cities. “Had they not had the opportunities they were afforded,” Alejano-Steele says, “who knows where I would be? It’s sobering. The issue called me. As a professor I had the skills and the experiences where I could help talk about the issue within this local movement.” Alejano-Steele learned too, that human trafficking isn’t just about the import and export of sex slaves across borders. Local runaways, disaffected and abused teens are vulnerable to pimps who know how to brainwash children and youth into becoming sex workers. Because the laws are so young— Colorado passed its anti-trafficking law in 2006—the police, first responders, victims’ advocates, indeed, the vast spectrum of human service providers, educators and law enforcement professionals need training on the differences between prostitution,

human trafficking, smuggling and immigration violations. Alejano-Steele has made the study and dissemination of information about human trafficking her “heart work” and she estimates that she spends as much as 20 hours each week on volunteer efforts related to it. In addition to educating students in her classes, Alejano-Steele trains law enforcement officials and victims’ service providers how to recognize the crime and help survivors begin to heal. She’s chaired the victims’ services committee for the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CO NEHT), worked CO NEHT’s hotline, helped Metro State students who are trafficking survivors, and through Polaris Project Colorado, done countless trainings in police and sheriff’s departments, school groups, women’s organizations and residential treatment centers. Colorado’s Polaris chapter, she says, has trained more than 7,000 people. “It is happening here to kids born in the U.S.,” she says. “We live in a culture that demands cheap labor and cheap sex. Until that demand goes away, this will happen.”

The Student Metro State senior Lavanda Conner is a woman with a mission—and a mission statement. As the founder of 180 House, a nonprofit transitional housing and support program for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, she wants to help struggling veterans successfully reenter society. Conner’s interest in veterans began when her brother Sgt. Robert H. Conner was deployed to Iraq not long after 9/11. His stories about soldiers who never received care packages moved her to begin organizing students in her Metro State classes to donate goods and ship packages to her brother’s outfit in Iraq. Armed with insider knowledge from her brother about must-have items in the desert, Conner and her classmates collected

Oreos (“They were like gold over there,” she says. “The soldiers would gamble with Oreos!”), eye drops, wet wipes, trail mix and plastic bags. Every month Conner and her fellow students shipped huge boxes to Iraq, which her brother then broke down and sent to soldiers he knew weren’t receiving anything. But Conner wanted to do more. “I always knew I wanted to have my own business,” she says. Instead of a commercial business, however, Conner investigated ways she could help troubled veterans turn their lives around 180 degrees. When her advisor mentioned AmeriCorps UCAN Serve program, which offers students scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,362 for community-based volunteer work or internships, Conner jumped at the chance. In its third year at Metro State, UCAN Serve now has 387 students working as student teachers in high-needs areas, doing nursing clinicals in urban hospitals, counseling drug and alcohol clients, helping arts organizations and assisting underprivileged people with their taxes. Conner signed on for 300 hours with a small organization, Second Chance Home, which provides transitional housing and support for women leaving prison. The relationship ended up being a winwin for both. While Second Chance Home had its operational “house” in order, it needed administrative assistance, which Conner provided by helping revamp the group’s business plan, writing policies and procedures and shepherding them through the 501(c) 3 nonprofit tax-exempt application process. Conner’s UCAN Serve placement in turn gave Conner a model for 180 House and seed money for her M.B.A., continued on page 16

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“Something of consequence” is how Howard Flomberg describes his students’ work to fund a well for the Kenyan village of Kambiri.

which she hopes to earn at Metro State if the College, which recently received authorization to offer master’s degrees, develops an M.B.A. program soon. “The things I’m initiating here (at 180 House),” she says, “are based on having helped these women reintegrate back into the family, find jobs and follow the rules. It’s the same thing everyone faces when homeless.” The 180 House in fact is actually three restored Victorians at 18th and High Streets. When it opens in late fall, one home will house women, one men, the third will provide office space, serving 30 people. Conner graduates in December. She says, “That’s when the real work will begin.”

The Class Five years ago when veteran Metro State affiliate professor Howard Flomberg (’74) started teaching the 4000-level Management Decision Analysis course, he wanted to do more than lecture about business theory. “By the time management majors take this class, they’ve had three years of theory,” Flomberg says. “I wanted to get them out to solve problems in the real world, in settings where they could fail and recover and deal with that in a safe haven environment. I didn’t know it was service learning.” Since then, students from Flomberg’s classes have worked on projects for Metro State, Denver Public


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Schools, National Jewish Hospital, Service Corps of Retired Executives, Jewish Family Services, the Equinox Theater Company and Support Africa Empowerment International (SAFI), among others.

to dissect and solve. On Mondays, the class meets to discuss new topics; on Wednesdays they give status reports.

Running the class like a consulting company, Flomberg divides students into teams of four. Each team receives a problem, which they are asked

The class culminates with student presentations to their clients.

“Within two class sessions,” he says, “they are feeding each other ideas.”

Projects have run the gamut from untangling untenable business processes to developing a fundraising plan—and then enacting it—to pay for a well in the small Kenyan village of Kambiri for SAFI. Barbara Novick, (’01), who chairs SAFI, served as the de facto “client” on this project. Founded by Kenyan native and Metro State Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies Lucas Nandih Shamala, the volunteer organization, which seeks to empower disadvantaged rural Africans, needed fundraising assistance for the immediate goal of funding a well. Novick asked Flomberg’s class to use their expertise to help. Two teams went to work. One team planned and mounted a concert and silent auction; the other group organized a cocktail party benefit. Together they raised about $3,000, enough to help the Kambiri villagers build their well.

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me to escape that mentality and get another perspective.”

AnnJanette Alejano-Steele is bringing the scourge of human trafficking out of the shadows through education and volunteerism with the Polaris Project.

Novick, who continues to “hire” Flomberg’s Management Decision Analysis “consultants” each semester, says the collaboration is a “win-win.” “If the people can’t have clean water,” she says, “they have nothing. With clean water, the village can have good health

he recuperated, the 19-year-old Merow decided to embrace the positive lessons he learned as a boy living at Boys Hope, a residential program through which he attended Regis Jesuit High School.

Now Merow wants to spread positivity society-wide. “I want to create a culture where helping each other is normal, where you don’t need to have a Boys Hope to succeed.” Like Merow, first-year English major Eddie Orozco, a PlatteForum alum, looks to give back. As a sophomore at North High School, Orozco became a PlatteForum ArtLab intern, mounting original plays and creating public art under the guidance of visiting artists. This summer prior to starting classes at Metro State, Orozco and other ArtLab youth worked alongside Metro State communication design students to create an exhibition of billboards on the theme of tolerance, called “Create! Don’t Hate.” Visitors to the exhibit voted on their favorite billboard, which

“I realized there has to be something more for me” and the women can cook good food. And Dr. Flomberg’s students can put what they’ve learned to work.” “This is something of consequence,” Flomberg says, of the well’s construction. “These women now have hours every day, which they can use to do something for their families. The students’ involvement has been massively effective. They see the good of what they are doing and they dive into it.”

Full Circle Six years ago, Justin Merow lay in a coma at Aurora’s Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. In the aftermath of a devastating car accident—Merow had been drinking and driving when he slammed into a light post that crushed the roof of his car—doctors told his mother to expect anything. Two-and-a-half-weeks later, though, Merow came to, paralyzed on his left side with a tracheotomy in his neck and feeding tube in his stomach. As

“Not everybody survives that kind of thing,” he says of his accident. “I realized there has to be something more for me.” Today, Merow is a senior at Metro State on pace to complete two bachelor of science degrees in May, one in marketing, the other in management. He is the founder of an on-campus organization, the Mile High Divine Club, dedicated to promoting Auraria’s service groups, arts organizations and spiritual clubs, and has incorporated a business, Divine, LLC, to promote artists and organizations with positive messages. He raps under the name JSmiley, serves as the president of the College’s Black Student Alliance, volunteers regularly for Boys Hope and is doing a UCAN Serve stint at PlatteForum, a youth arts organization. “I come from a culture that doesn’t recognize going to school as a way to succeed,” he says. “Boys Hope allowed

will be produced by Lamar Outdoor Advertising. Working with the student designers from Metro State “was cool,” Orozco says. “They were open; they knew what they were talking about with Photoshop and Illustrator. They knew their stuff and were really cool” about sharing information. Attending Metro State on a full scholarship, Orozco has been invited to serve on the PlatteForum board. “Since I’m in college now,” he says, “I wanted to give up my spot (at ArtLab) for someone else. Being on the board gives me an opportunity to be a part of it and give something back, instead of being a beneficiary.” And, it’s that dynamic between receiving and giving, that engaged citizenry is all about.

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Filling your soul By Vonalda M. Utterback (‘92)


fter two years as a business major at Colorado State University, R.C. Montoya was looking for a change. He found it in Metro State’s Technical Communications Program. “I checked it out and fell in love,” says the 1993 graduate. “The program had all the components I wanted. Plus I really liked the smaller classroom size at Metro and the personal relationships I developed with my professors.” Montoya cites one professor in particular, Robert Amend, as a friend and mentor who he continues to stay in touch with 16 years later. CSU’s loss was Metro State’s gain. Currently director of cable operations at Innov8 Solutions in Denver, as well as an author and motivational speaker, Montoya is an active board member with Metro State’s Alumni Association. As the association’s past vice president, he has a hand in several different committees and projects, including chairing the Scholarship Committee, serving on the College Ring Design Committee and volunteering for the Apprentice Challenge program and the Plain & Fancy Ball. Montoya also proudly recalls a recent event he spearheaded along with Amend and the Alumni Relations Office—the first-ever technical communications alumni reunion. “It was a great experience. We were expecting only a handful of alums, but 50 people showed up,” he recalls. “We had a lot of positive feedback, and we may get an alumni chapter club started as a result. These are 50 people who now feel more connected to their alma mater and who will hopefully stay connected through volunteering in some capacity.”

An effort near and dear to Montoya’s heart, however, is his work with the scholarship committee. His desire to help students reach their educational goals through scholarships was fueled, in part, by his family’s commitment. “My father is an active leader and volunteer in the local business community and a longtime Metro State Foundation board member. In addition, my parents established the Ron and Naomi Montoya Family Scholarship at Metro about 10 years ago, and contribute to Metro’s Pacesetter Scholars Program.” Inspired by his family’s commitment, Montoya wants to not only help raise funds for scholarships, but also help get the word out about available scholarship opportunities to as many students as possible. “This year the alumni association awarded 12 senior-level students full tuition scholarships,” says Montoya. “The scholarship’s criteria considers a student’s leadership abilities, community service and financial need. That’s 12 worthy students who would have otherwise had a difficult time funding their senior year of college.” Montoya’s plans include publishing his first book, expanding his public speaking business and, of course, continuing his volunteer efforts at Metro State. “I truly am motivated to volunteer by knowing I am directly helping students. I don’t do it to feed my ego—titles don’t matter to me. The big emotional payoff for me is the unsolicited ‘thank you’ from a student. Volunteering your time goes beyond just writing a check—it fills your soul.”


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Opportunities abound to stay connected to Metro State Whatever year you graduated, it’s likely that attending Metro State impacted your life in a positive way. No matter your chosen field of study, you harnessed your passion and committed to working hard to make your dream of a college degree a reality. Nearly 23,000 Metro State students traverse the Auraria Campus on a daily basis with similar aspirations for academic success. And you can help them achieve their goals through your involvement with the Metro State Alumni Association, Office of Alumni Relations and the many academic departments and offices at Metro State.

and/or meeting in-person with Colorado lawmakers to present the Metro State perspective. Through a Web site and listserve, AATF members are kept informed about legislation that impacts the College. This year’s AATF advocacy training session, Metro State Day at the Capitol, will be held on Jan. 29, 2010. Visit the Alumni Action Task Force Web site at to learn more. Join or start an alumni club Metro State alumni frequently stay in touch with each other and with their alma mater through clubs and chapters. Or, we can help you launch a chapter. The Office of Alumni Relations will provide staff support, funding and other resources to your group.

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Opportunities to give back include: Join the Alumni Association Board of Directors Through its bi-monthly meetings, the Alumni Association Board of Directors works to represent the voices of Metro State’s 65,000+ alumni. Board members serve three-year terms that are renewable for one additional term. The board mirrors the diversity of Metro State and comprises professionals from all fields. Take action with the Alumni Action Task Force The Alumni Action Task Force (AATF) serves as an advocacy group for Metro State. Activities include calling, e-mailing

Attend or volunteer at a special event Every month, there are events needing volunteers: Commencement, Homecoming Week, the Annual Meeting and much more. In addition, every five years the College holds the Plain & Fancy Ball, which is slated for Sept. 25, 2010, to celebrate the College’s 45th anniversary. Support student scholarships The Alumni Association annually awards full-tuition scholarships to deserving students at Metro State. This would not be possible without the financial support from alumni like you. To learn more, visit Join our social networking groups Have you lost touch with a former classmate? Would you like to enhance your career or meet others in a similar field? Find Metro State on Facebook under “Metro State College of Denver-Alumni.”

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MERGE: Metro State Alumni Exhibition 2010 THE ANNIVERSARY YEAR March 11 – April 17, 2010 Merge: Metro State Alumni Exhibition 2010 celebrates 20 artful years of the Center for Visual Art and precedes Metro State’s 45th anniversary celebration in 2010-11. The juried exhibition will feature the artwork of Metro State art alumni. Eligibility: Open to all Metro State graduates who majored in art. Work must have been created/completed within the last three years. Entry Submission Deadline: Monday, January 4, 2010 For more information and to learn how to submit your work, visit

Mentor a student Help a current student achieve his or her goals by sharing your experience and insight. The Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP) doesn’t require much of your time, but it can yield a big return. Support academic departments and other campus programs Nearly every academic and extracurricular department on campus seeks alumni involvement. From speaking engagements to advisory committee service, you can enrich the student experience and impact program quality.

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Alumni Times /// Alumni News and Events POLISH, UPDATE AND STRENGTHEN YOUR IMAGE /////////


he Office of Career Services has many resources available for alumni who are conducting a job search, preparing for graduate school and/or exploring career opportunities. For a complete list and any applicable fees, go to Job Search / Image Management Workshop • Thursday, November 12, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – This workshop is designed to provide information on how to conduct a job search and the importance of maintaining a professional image throughout the process. Storing holiday leftovers in small quantities is one way to help you avoid packing on the pounds, says personal trainer David Diaz.



re you wondering if you’re going to pack on extra pounds this holiday season? With the average American consuming 7,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone, you should strategize a plan for the next couple of months. Below are a few tactics I suggest my clients practice throughout the holiday season.

n Start exercising or exercise more. If you’re going to eat the extra calories, you’ll need to burn them. It is simple math: the more you consume, the more you need to move. Say you head out one night and have two glasses of wine. Tally the calories and then get on a treadmill to see how much time and 20

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energy it will take to burn the alcohol. Is the wine worth the work? Only you can answer that.

n Watch what you drink. Any juices, punches or alcoholic drinks may contain a high number of calories. Avoid these high-sugar choices or alternate them with a glass of water to limit your consumption.

Interviewing Skills Workshop • Thursday, November 19, from 9-10:30 a.m. – Learn how to prepare for an interview and market your strengths to prospective employers. Graduate School Workshop • Thursday, December 3, from 10-11:30 a.m. – This workshop is designed for individuals who are looking into graduate school now or in the future. Learn what to consider when making the decision to go to graduate school and what to expect during the application process.

n Place leftovers in smaller containers. Break them down into individualized portions so when you revisit the fridge, you won’t overeat. This tactic can also be applied throughout the year.

n Do not overeat. As a rule of thumb, your meat serving should be the size of your palm while each of your two sides should be the size of your fist. Serve the food in one room and sit down in another to eat. It takes your body 20 minutes to feel satiated, so enjoy family-and-friend conversations while your food digests.

David Diaz is a personal trainer and the owner-operator of Fitness Together in Denver. Find out more at

To attend any workshop, you need to register through Metro State JobLink ( You may also reserve your spot by calling the Office of Career Services at 303556-3664. All workshops are held on campus in the Tivoli Student Union, room 215.

ANY SUGGESTIONS? If you have a topic suggestion for our Ask An Alum column please send it to Stefanie Carroll, director of alumni programs and communication, at

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Cherrelyn Napue (‘99)

Joshua Anderson

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Stefanie Carroll

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Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Ph: 303.556.6933

Co-director of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association Ph: 303.556.6934

Co-director of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association Ph: 303.556.6344

Assistant Director of Alumni Programs and Communication Ph: 303.556.6935

Administrative Assistant Ph: 303.556.8320

Student Assistant Ph: 303.556.4076

MAILING ADDRESS: Office of Alumni Relations • Campus Box 11 • P.O. Box 173362 • Denver, CO 80217-3362 CAMPUS LOCATION: 1059 Ninth Street Park • Phone: 303.556.8320 VISIT US ON THE WEB:

Metro State Alumni Association 2009-10 Board of Directors PRESIDENT Eric Peterson (‘99, Marketing) VICE PRESIDENT AND FOUNDATION REPRESENTATIVE Jim Garrison (‘80, Economics) SECRETARY Cassandra Johnson (‘04, Management) TREASURER April Washington (‘93, Journalism) PAST PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPRESENTATIVE Gerie Grimes (‘87, Nonprofit Administration) Derek Anguilm (‘00, Finance) /// Valerie Derrick-Flanigan (‘00, Marketing) /// David Diaz (’97, Mathematics) /// Judy George (‘01, Business Management) /// Victoria Hannu (‘84, Computer and Management Science) /// Tracie Keesee (‘97, Political Science) /// RC Montoya (‘93, Technical Communication) /// Rob Morrill (‘97, Political Science) /// Daniel Parks (’96, Political Science) /// James Patton (‘84, Biology) /// John Silva, (‘91, Finance) /// Wendy Petersen (‘89, Hospitality, Meeting and Travel Administration) /// Judy Shafer (‘95/97, English/Criminal Justice) /// Sterling “Noah” Steingraeber (’08, Marketing) /// Peggy Wortham (’75, Behavioral Science) /// Associate Professor of Human Services Antonio Ledesma, (‘72, English), Faculty Representative /// SGA President Andrew Bateman, Student Representative

SAVE THE DATE! Please join us for these fall and spring events. Check www.mscd. edu/alumni/events for the most up-to-date details on these and other events and activities. FALL 2009 November 18-Student Theatre Travel Benefit Event November 19-Aurora Town Hall Meeting with President Stephen Jordan November 28-Metro State Night at the Colorado Avalanche December 13-Fall 2009 Commencement: Alumni Volunteers Needed SPRING 2010 January 4-Submissions due for Merge: Metro State Alumni

Exhibition 2010 at the Center for Visual Art January 29-Metro State Day at the Capitol February 20-Pack the House Night and Men’s Basketball Alumni Reunion February 23-Rachel B. Noel 2010 Distinguished Visiting Professorship Community Event March 11-April 17-Merge: Metro State Alumni Exhibition 2010 at the Center for Visual Art March 12- Nominations due for the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Awards March 18-Lakewood Town Hall Meeting with President Stephen Jordan

RIDE WITH METRO STATE PRIDE And support scholarships and alumni programs at the same time! Get yours now by purchasing a voucher from the Metro State Alumni Association: $25 current students and alumni who graduated within one year • $50 all others Your voucher fee will help the Metro State Alumni Association provide scholarships to deserving students and programs for you and other alumni • Simply take your voucher to the Department of Motor Vehicles* office nearest to you. For your voucher, go to or call 303-556-4076. *There is a one-time $50 DMV fee for specialty plates.

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CLASS ACTS Class Acts highlights the latest news from Metro State alumni. To submit your information for publication, go to and click on the “Update Your Info.” Walter T. Evanuska (’72, aviation management) retired from the U. S. Air Force after 23 years, with service in Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He is nearing retirement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Los Angeles where he has been a border patrol canine enforcement officer. He lives in Fullerton, Calif. Bruce D. Glasscock (’78, criminal justice) lives in Plano, Texas, where he is the deputy city manager of the city’s Public Safety Services Business Center and oversees police services, fire services, public safety communications, emergency management and health services. He was formerly the police chief for the Plano Police Department and also worked for police departments in Colorado and Florida. The past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Glassock holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver. Ahmad M. Albaqsami (’84, marketing) is a researcher with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in Deaeyah, Kuwait. Virginia A. McCann (’81, human services) lives in Denver and is retired from the U.S. Department of Defense. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Metro State’s Department of Psychology last spring for her advanced education and volunteerism around the world during her career with the government. Samuel O. Spooner (’81, philosophy) is retired and living in Harlingen, Texas. He spent 20 years working in the real estate industry and also taught community college-level real estate courses in Riverside County, Calif. He is currently working on a Zen-based mystery novel that he hopes to have published this year. Thomas J. Tegeler (’84, electrical engineering technology) lives in Austin, Texas and is a software developer at IBM. Donald Gardner (’90, technical management) is a data network manager for CH2M Hill, a global engineering firm headquartered in Englewood, Colo. Yvonne (Scottie) Menin-Hicks (’95, English) is a special education teacher at Rangeview High School in Aurora. She recently earned her master’s degree in education and a principal’s license from the University of Phoenix. Michelle K. Mondragon (’99, behavioral science) recently obtained her master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is the current vice president of the Georgia Tech Hispanic Alumni Network. She lives in Denver. Gerald J. Rivale, Jr. (’91, marketing) lives in West Bend, Wis. where he is the manager of service planningmerchandising for Kohl’s department store.

Doug Barnes (’09, computer information systems) lives in Colorado Springs where he works as a computer technician for the Judicial Business Integrated with Technology Services Division of the El Paso and Teller County Combined Courts. Bryan Becker (’03, accounting) lives in San Francisco and is a senior associate with Grant Thornton LLP. Rosie Branstetter (’03, marketing and business management) is a principal with fiveseed llc, a strategy consulting firm specializing in brand development and integrated marketing for start-up companies throughout the country. She is a board member of the Colorado Chapter of the American Marketing Association and lives in Parker, Colo. Annette Chevarria (’08, human performance and sport) is a representative for ServiceMagic, Inc. She lives in Lakewood, Colo.


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“[Our library] is one of the most forward-thinking library districts in the country… We broke up with Dewey entirely!” —Deborah Hogue (’94, history), branch manager, Commerce City (Colo.) Branch Library, Rangeview Library District

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Ryan Gillespie (’03, history) lives in Long Beach, Calif. and is a history teacher at Andrew Carnegie Middle School, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He serves as department chair at his school and is active with United Teachers Los Angeles. Mark Inzana (’05, aviation management) is the contract security manager and an airport security coordinator at Denver International Airport. He lives in Centennial. Jeremiah Johnson (’08, finance) is a financial consultant with RBC Wealth Management in Boulder. Will Killhour (’02, finance) is a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed in Denver. Lena Lauth (’05, human services) is a mediator with Consensus, a mediation firm in New York. She is nearing completion of her master’s degree in conflict resolution and mediation from Regis University. Aaron Lopez (’06, criminal justice and criminology) lives in Fort Collins, Colo. and is a police officer with the Windsor Police Department. He worked for more than three years at the Colorado Department of Corrections. Richard Marquez, Jr. (’08, criminal justice and criminology) is a claims assistant with the U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs and lives in Broomfield, Colo. Sonya Marquez (’00, speech communication and political science) is the learning and development coordinator at The Cable Center, an educational nonprofit housed on the University of Denver campus. Tiffany O’Shaughnessy (’03, psychology) completed her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Lehigh University and won the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Student Research Award for her dissertation. She resides in El Cerrito, Calif. and is a postdoctoral fellow in counseling and psychological services at the University of California-Berkeley. Michelle Rea-Meredith (‘01, criminal justice and criminology and psychology) is the director of student services at Concorde College. She lives in Brighton, Colo. Jessica (Green) Scott (’05, environmental science) is a graduate student in the Department of Geography at the University of Missouri, where she teaches undergraduate geography labs. Benjamin Stein (’07, exercise science) lives in Eagle, Idaho where he is a fitness trainer for Fitness Together. He began graduate studies at Boise State University this fall toward a master’s of science in exercise and sport. He races mountain bikes and competes in extreme sports competitions. Kimberly D. Taylor (’03, computer information systems) lives in Aurora, Colo. and works for Accenture. Bret Allen Wickstrom (’08, accounting) lives in Littleton, Colo. where he runs Active Partners in Management, a home-based business. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and serves as newsletter editor of the Denver-Centennial chapter.

Matthew Becker

FROM METRO STATE TO MONGOLIA In a remote corner of the world, tucked into the mountains of west Mongolia, lies the Bayan Olgii Province. It’s here that Matthew Becker is helping teach valuable life skills to Kazakh youth. After graduating from Metro State in 2008 with a degree in political science and international business, and with a four-year stint in the United States Marine Corps Reserve behind him, Becker, 27, felt inspired

to join the Peace Corps under its Community Youth Development Program. Although Becker, who has one year remaining with the Corps, does tutor his students in the English language, life-skill training for his teenage students goes beyond the traditional reading, writing and arithmetic. “The curriculum incorporates vital topics that aren’t commonly addressed or discussed in the home or at school, such as self-esteem, communication, planning, managing stress and emotions, critical thinking, and HIV/AIDS education and awareness,” reports Becker. He misses some of the conveniences of life in the States, but has few complaints about his

living conditions. “It’s a much simpler lifestyle, but it’s nice because it makes you realize what’s really important in life.” And what’s really important to Becker is his work with his students. “When I first came to Olgii, many of my students were shy, quiet and often unsure of themselves. In the past 14 months since I’ve been here, I’ve seen them grow in so many ways. They are much more talkative, optimistic, open and interested in making a difference in their community and the world.” — Vonalda Utterback (’92)

Check out Becker’s blog at: http:/

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The Rowdy Report /// Roadrunner Sports

By Pete Lewis (’93)


ho has the “winningest” men’s basketball program in NCAA Division II history? Who has the only collegiate basketball national championships in Colorado? If you’re thinking Metro State, you’re right. The Metro State men’s basketball program has a remarkable 533-220 record—an all-time best for NCAA Division II—and a pair of national championships. It has also played a pivotal role in transforming the College’s entire athletic program. On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, Metro State will celebrate two athletic milestones: the

20-year anniversary of Metro State’s firstever appearance and victory in the NCAA tournament, and the 10-year anniversary of its first NCAA national championship. The festivities, scheduled to coincide with the Nebraska-Kearney basketball game, will honor the players and coaches of the Roadrunners’ 1989-90 and the 1999-2000 basketball teams for their contributions to Metro State. Former players and coaches, alumni, fans and friends of the College are encouraged to attend. “We’re proud of these players and their accomplishments that set the stage for a rich history of basketball at Metro State,” says Joan McDermott, director of athletics. “Both teams helped the athletic program and Metro State as an institution gain recognition in the community and nationally. The first national championship was a huge achievement. And the 1989-90 successes set the standard for a long tradition of excellence, not just for basketball, but for athletics in general at Metro State. We’re hoping everyone will join us for this special celebration in February.” Bob Hull, head coach from 1985 to 1993, remembers his 1989-90 team as a group

Coach Mike Dunlap brought Metro State its first-ever national championship in basketball in 2002; then repeated the feat in 2004.

of young men from a variety of backgrounds, with a great deal of talent, willing to work hard and grateful for the opportunity to attend college and play basketball. The team set the tone for its season early by upsetting Division I University of Mississippi on national television. The NCAA tournament only solidified the legitimacy of the program. “From that point on, when recruiting players, we would go into people’s homes and they’d know Metro State,” says Hull. Mike Dunlap inherited a team with a .500 record when he took over as a head coach in 1997. Three years later they were national champions. “At the time, the legislature recognized the team and our victory, and the community came out to honor the players and their success,” Dunlap said. “It was a very special moment and a unique experience for the entire Metro State community.” Dunlap is quick to point out that what made the program special was the dedicated group of individuals behind the scenes. For more information about the basketball celebration/reunion, go to

Coach Bob Hull credits the Roadrunners’ first nationally televised game with giving the program more recognition, which furthered his recruitment efforts.


We were never more important than the mission of the school. We were happy to give credit to the faculty and administrators who made us what we were. It was a united effort that made our success, and we need to remember everyone involved and welcome them back as part of the celebration. Coach Dunlap —Former Coach Mike Dunlap

HELP US CELEBRATE THE ROADRUNNERS WINNING TRADITION! Metro State Roadrunners vs. Nebraska-Kearney Lopers Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 • 7 p.m. Auraria Event Center Join us for the 20th anniversary of Metro State’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and win and the 10th anniversary of its first national championship!

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basketball alumni. We’re looking for YOU! We’d like to extend a special invitation to all of our basketball alumni to join us Feb. 20 for our basketball celebration. Log on to www. to update your profile.


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DEAR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS: On behalf of Metropolitan State College of Denver’s students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, alumni and our colleagues on the Foundation Board, we offer our deepest gratitude for your generous contributions to the Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation during the past fiscal year. We recognize that every gift during these challenging economic times represents a personal commitment to Metro State and the success of our students. Metro State and our nearly 23,000 students are robust, but not immune to Colorado’s serious economic downturn. We are responding to their needs fully committed to our mission of providing quality academics for every student who wants a richly diverse experience in an urban setting and the competitive advantage of a baccalaureate degree.

Raymond L. Sutton, Jr.

Your gift takes on special meaning at Metro State because it can be life-transforming. Our students come from all walks of life, many from at-risk and lower-income backgrounds, working adults, and often the first in their families to attend college. More than 400 deserving students received $850,000 in private grants and scholarships this past fiscal year. Contributions to the foundation for the year ending June 30, 2009 totaled $2.6 million, including gifts-in-kind. Your generosity made it possible for the Metro State Foundation to provide more than $1.8 million in support to the College. In addition to scholarship support, your gifts were invested to ensure student success campus-wide, a hallmark of President Stephen Jordan’s tenure. We are grateful for your contributions to maintaining Metro State’s high-quality academic programs and unsurpassed faculty, furthering diversity initiatives, advancing award-winning performance and visual arts, supporting top-ranked athletics, and providing unique learning experiences that only our urban connections in the heart of Denver can provide. Your gift makes a significant and meaningful impact at Metro State, as we continue to be the best value in higher education in Colorado. We are also appreciative of our Legacy Society members who have included Metro State in their estate plans through a bequest, a charitable trust, insurance plan or other estate planning method. Planned gifts are a cornerstone of Metro State’s future. We are pleased to recognize those listed in the Honor Roll of Donors for your belief in Metro State’s mission and investment in our excellent programs and its rich diversity of students and faculty. For all those here, and all those yet to come or partner with Metro State, please accept our heartfelt gratitude. We need your support now more than ever.

Carrie A. Besnette


Raymond L. Sutton, Jr. Chair, Metro State Foundation, Inc. Managing Partner, Baker Hostettler, LLP


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Carrie A. Besnette, Ph.D. Executive Director, Metro State Foundation, Inc. Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Metro State



28 President’s Society

Platinum Circle Gold Circle Silver Circle Bronze Circle


28 Tivoli Circle

Raymond L. Sutton, Jr., Managing Partner, Baker & Hostetler

29 Metro State Club

VICE CHAIR Jon Robinson, CEO and Chief Lending Officer, UMB Bank

SECRETARY Marilee Utter, President, CitiVenture Associates

TREASURER Courtney Cowgill, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Treasurer, VCG Holdings Corporation Robert Allen, Sr., Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, CH2M Hill Michael Benson, Sr., Vice President, Business Affairs and Treasurer, Kroenke Sports Enterprises Carrie A. Besnette, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Ex-Officio Sam Boyer, President, Geode Construction Robert Cohen, CPCU, Chairman and CEO, IMA Financial Group, Inc., Ex-Officio Jerome Davis, Area Manager, Xcel Energy Navin C. Dimond, Principal, Stonebridge Companies Diedre Garcia, President and CEO, DRG Construction Corp. Jim Garrison, Business Manager, Rocky Mountain Microfilm and Imaging, Inc. Robert Grabowski, Retired, Vice President Finance and Administration, Sunny Side, Inc. / Temp Side Robert Hahn, President, Asset Sources Ralph Hargrow, Global Chief People Officer, Molson Coors Brewing Company Stephen Jordan, Ph.D., President, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Ex-Officio Evi Makovsky, Shames Makovsky Realty Donald Marshall, Regional President, Wells Fargo Bank Cindy Parsons, Vice President of Public Relations, Comcast Cable Jeff Potter, Chief Executive Officer, Exclusive Resorts Margaret Rivera, Community Volunteer Chris Silvestri, Principal, CresaPartners and President, Executive Leadership Forum Henry Strauss, Chairman of the Board, Strauss Enterprises, Inc. Carolynne White, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck William Wright, M.D., Executive Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente of Colorado

29 Roadrunner Club 31 Donor Profile: Chad Gruhl 34 Donor Profile: Rob Morrill 37 Memorial and Honor Gifts 39 Donor Profile: Doris B. Jones We apologize in advance for any misspellings, omissions or other errors. Please call the Development Office for correction of our records, 303-556-8424.

Create a charitable legacy for Metro State. Have you ever considered providing for Metro State in your estate plans? Many people just like you have made the College a beneficiary in their will. It’s a lasting investment in the mission of Metro State. For information contact Susan Noble, director of development for major and planned gifts, at 303-556-2242 or

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President's Society PLATINUM CIRCLE $50,000 & Above Daniels Fund The Denver Foundation El Pomar Foundation Diane & Charles Gallagher Family Foundation of The Denver Foundation Kaiser Permanente MillerCoors The Peierls Foundation, Inc. Reisher Family Scholarship Fund of The Denver Foundation President's Society GOLD CIRCLE $25,000 - $49,999 Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation Kingdom Enlightenment Scholarship Foundation Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation Mile High United Way The Piton Foundation Rockley Family Foundation The Taishoff Family Foundation Wells Fargo Bank West, N.A. Anonymous AnonymousH President's Society SILVER CIRCLE $5,000 - $24,999 Baker & Hostetler Founders' Trust Baker & Hostetler, LLP Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Benson Mineral Group, Inc. Marcy and Bruce Benson Boettcher Foundation Jerome and Gertrude Bohland Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Ralph L. & Florence R. Burgess Trust Centennial Airport Foundation CH2M Hill Cheeryble Fund of The Denver Foundation The Clayton Foundation CollegeInvest The Colorado Health Foundation Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Comcast Credit Union of Denver


Dean Foods VISIT DENVER, The Convention and Visitors Bureau Denver Post Charities, a fund of The McCormick Foundation Navin and Rita Dimond Roy & Shirley Durst Foundation Peter and Ellen Durst Edgemark Jeane Fair Charitable Trust FirstBank of Parker FirsTier Bank Joan Laura Foster, Ph.D.WH Haselden/Barton Malow HCA Continental Division, Inc. Virginia Hill Foundation Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Foundation UMB Financial Corporation United Western Bank Janice and JamesW Velayas, Ph.D. Wells Fargo Foundation David M. Wells Xcel Energy Foundation AnonymousH (2) President's Society BRONZE CIRCLE $1,000 - $4,999 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation Milroy A. AlexanderW Robert C. Allen American Produce, LLC Patricia C. Amole Aspen Catering & Specialty Foods, LLC

Alice and Phillip B. Foster, Ph.D. Foster's Wine Estates Americas Faith E. Friot, Ph.D.H Gannett Foundation James R.W and Kathleen M. Garrison Bob Grabowski and Ann Padilla Gerri GrimesW Chad M. Gruhl, Ph.D.H Robert B. Hahn and Sharon Mushkin Linda and Charles Hamlin, M.D. Chris and DanyetteW Hardin Ralph Hargrow Melody Harris Sandra D. Haynes, Ph.D.H Health Matters PC Mary Hellman-Wert Kathy HeylH DouglasW and AliciaW Hoegh

CONTRIBUTIONS /// July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 Ruthie and Stephen M.H Jordan, Ph.D. William T. Kemper Foundation Susan and Leo Kiely Kroenke Sports Enterprises, LLC - Pepsi Center Mark Smith Family Foundation McCormick Foundation Metropolitan Denver Hotel Association Gail Steger Mock Ron and Naomi Montoya Family Ralph Nagel NCAA The Regency Robinson Dairy, Inc. Edward A. Robinson Rose Community Foundation Richard C. Saunders David J. Scanavino Seeley Family Partnership, Ltd. MichaelW and Rachella Seeley Judith A. ShaferW Mark J. Smith Stonebridge Companies Raymond and Kathy Sutton and Family SeanW and Laura Tonner The Harry Trueblood Foundation

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AT&T Foundation Keith A. BembenekW Maria Garcia Berry Carrie A. Besnette, Ph.D.H LaFawn Biddle Arthur and Mary KardoesW Bleecher Sam S. Bloom Foundation Bookhardt & O'Toole Dawn Bookhardt, J.D. Bruce V. BushW Robert L. and Molly Cohen College Board Cassandra L. CollinsW Colorado Scholarship Coalition, Inc. Columbine Health Plan The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County Earl E. Cooperrider Courtney CowgillW Delta Eta Boule Foundation Denver Lyric Opera Guild The Frank Edmonson Foundation Wayne E. Ehlert Encore Electric, Inc. First Western Trust Bank, Downtown Denver Heidi Flammang Forest City Stapleton, Inc.

Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP KarynW and BillW Huffman The Integer Group - Denver Carol A. JensenWH Kinder Morgan Foundation King Soopers Kroenke Sports Charities, Inc. Kroger Company Foundation Land Title Guarantee Company Liberty Mutual Amy M. and Harold R. Logan, Jr. Lotus Entertainment Natalie K. LutesWH H. John Lyke, Ph.D. J. F. Maddox Foundation Edward Madigan Foundation Evelyn B. Makovsky Marcia Gold Naiman Fund of The Denver Foundation Donald M. Marshall Lea Marshall J. Landis Martin Caroline “Caz” Matthews Max DiJulio Fund of The Denver Foundation The Jan & Fred Mayer Fund for Exhibitions at the Metro State College Center for the Visual Arts of The Denver Foundation Jan P. Mayer

Joan M. McDermottH M. Robert MorrillW Joyce K. MountainW Gary Mulkins Marcia G. Naiman National Center for Family Literacy David M. Newberger Russell G. NolesW Paula Noonan Patricia L. PeacockW Eric M. PetersonW The Gerald and Adele Phelan Fund of The Denver Foundation Adele Phelan Jeff S. and Kelly M. Potter Carl R. Powell, Ph.D.H Pride Mobility Products Corporation Qdoba Mexican Grill Bud and Beth Ratcliffe Margaret N. RiveraW Scott and Ellen Robinson Jon M. RobinsonW Freda T. Roof Trust Sage Foundation of The Denver Foundation Sage Hospitality Resources, LLC Meyer Saltzman Jerry SchemmelH Kenneth and Harriet Shaw Silicon Valley Bank Foundation Miriam Sims Skal International – Colorado Clark B. SmithW John K. Stanton, D.O.W Steger Farms, Inc. Dan Yagow and Vikki Stevens Henry and Joan Strauss Barbara S. and Cecil E. Tackett Charles G. Tindall, Ph.D.H Luis Torres, Ph.D.H Beth Treadway U.S. Bank Marilee and Harry Utter ConnieW and William Waddington Michael WaltersW Weckbaugh Foundation, Inc. Ira and Norma Wier The Williams Companies, Inc. William G. Wright, M.D. Anonymous (2) TIVOLI CIRCLE $500 - $999 Lupe and Mary T. Alvarez Alpha Delta Kappa George Andrews

J. A. Balistreri Vineyards Jill and Ali Barghelame Bradley K. and Suzanne L. Benson Robert W. and Sandra Bertrand Kenneth D. BisioH BKD, LLP Brickyard BBQ Charles S. and Julie Y. Brooks Bridget E. BrophyW Barbara Card Centennial Airport Business Association John P. Cochran, Ph.D.WH Colorado Bankers Life Insurance Company Colorado Parent & Child Foundation (CPCF) Colorado Rapids Swim Team of The Denver Athletic Club Russell A. Cormier, Ph.D.H D.O.G. Development, LLC Jerome Davis Denver Hotel Management Company Destination Hotels & Resorts Jim Doherty Philae C. and Peter H.F Dominick, Jr. Ben B. Eastman, Jr. Gloria S. Eastman, Ph.D.H The Enchanted Florist, Inc Event Specialists Inc. Forest Oil Corporation Diedra Garcia Julia M. GlotzbachW Grand Hyatt Denver Bob Gunther and Jill A. McCartneyH Pamela G. Hart Anne S. Hatcher, Ph.D.H James G. Hill and Florence Jackson IBM International Foundation Kristina M. Johnson KPMG Peat Marwick Foundation Janell I. LindseyH CatherineH and Geoff Lucas Michelle M. Lucero Kathleen A. MacKay, Ph.D.H Mark J. and Saranne Maxwell RosannW and Gene McCullough David W. McReavyW Estate of Jeanne Mock Stephen J. and Laurel J. Mohr Dale MurphyW Cherrelyn A. NapueWH Nicalie A. NelsonW

Sean C. NesbittH Cynthia J. Parsons George B. PillsburyW David A. ReinH Rialto Cafe Alan W. RichardsW Paula Rogers Wayne and Karen Schubert Emerson L. SchwartzkopfW John P. SilvaW Silver Wings Fraternity, Colorado Chapter Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado Melvin and Bernice Strawn Student National Education Association Leslie A. Swetnam, Ph.D.H Marion L. TobinW United Properties Investment April M. WashingtonW Michael J. and Pamela A. Watanabe Joseph P. and Virginia L. Weber Carolynne C. White Lyn W. Wickelgren Gary A. and Carol A. Young Patrick and Helene Young Anonymous (2) METRO STATE CLUB $250 - $499 Cavell AlexanderW and Robert Mahan Jeannine and Thomas P. Allen, Jr. Vanessa L. and Myron R. Anderson, Ph.D. John M. Arntz Avaya Communications Michael L. BahlW Dustin J. BallardW Bannock Street Center Limited Partnership Geraldine S. Baron Richard A. BeckH Benton C. BleeW Bonacquisti Wine Company Bowl-ero Lanes Corrine Algrim BoyleW Terry W. BullingtonW LarryW and ConcettaW Busnardo Donald D. Ciancio Kenneth W. Ciancio Linda M. ClineW Lorna J. Columbia Comedy Works Joe and Diane Crawford Skip CrownhartH Cup Cakery

Catherine E. Curran, Ph.D.H Linda S. Curran, Ph.D.H Clayton L. Daughtrey, Ph.D.H Amy Davis Daryl Davis Patricia E. DavisW Denver Center for the Performing Arts Judi A. Diaz BonacquistiH E. Catherine DitamoreH Amy K. DoreWH Darrin C.H and Angela Duber-Smith Charles and Madeline Durbin Michael R. EarnestW Camille FangueWH Cynthia A. FarkasW John and Martha Ferris Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Michael Fife FirstBank of Colorado Jennifer A. FisherH Yvonne FloodWH Donna J. FowlerWH Nancy T. Frontczak, Ph.D.H Gaetano's Terry Galpin-Plattner and Michael E. McGoldrick Christopher C. GreggW Doug Griffin Gregg A. GuinardW Burney and Sherrie Hainlen Dianne Harrison-MillerH Lonny Haynes, D.V.M.W Debbie HendricksH Patricia A. Hicks Frieda K. Holley, Ph.D. Madison W. Holloway, Ph.D.H Holland D. Houchin Ronald L. IngramW J & S Automotive Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Tom R. KaleyW Bradley S. KaplanW Cmdr. Tracie L. KeeseeW Kate D. KelsayW Rajendra P. Khandekar, Ph.D.H Peter Kirsch Phil and Joann Klingsmith Trey DW. LambertWH Las Vegas Umpire Association Michelle M. LeBooWH Richard E. LeDuc Linda D. Campbell Fund of The Denver Foundation Lockheed Martin Corporation Foundation Matching Gift Program ChrisWH and Julie RummelH Mancuso

Kimberly J. MartinezW M. E. McGoldrick Charitable Fund of The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Paulette W. McIntoshWH Mildred P. McIntyre Michael McLaughlinW George E. MiddlemistH Jeanne M. MockF William K. Mock Stuart R. Monroe, Ph.D.H Percy A. Morehouse, Jr.H FrankW and SusanW Mullen Kendall C. NeckerW David C. O'Brien Owlettes of Denver Kenneth C. ParsonsH Wendy PetersenW The Pfizer Foundation, Inc. Sandra J. Phifer, Ph.D.H Russell B. PietzW PatriciaW and Bernard Poppenga Jeffrey C. PriceWH Marc A. Rabinoff, Ph.D.H Vance W. and Sandra Raye Reginas Social & Civic Club Linda Campbell Reilly Fund Julie C. RodriguezW Jessy RoyW David K. Ruch, Ph.D.H Lorraine Rybarczyk-Beal Elena Sandoval-Lucero, Ph.D.H Eugene W. Saxe, Ph.D.H Jeffrey S. Schauermann Susan M. Schelble, Ph.D.H Stephen J. and Kathleen A. Schultenover Michael K. Schutte Eugene Schwartzman Julie K. Seehausen Farah Sharafabady Chris E. SilvestriW Six 88 Solutions Ski Train David A. Skougstad William F. SmithW Start Smart Programs of The National Alliance for Youth Sports RhodaW and Kent Story Stephen J. TaylorW Terry Trauer Robert D. VargasW Visa International Richard G. Wagner, Ph.D.H Sanford and June Watzman Wazee Supper Club John J. WeissW

Paul T. Welte Howard and Rhonda M. Westerman Williams Construction Corporation The Wine Academy of Spain William E. WiseH Wynkoop Brewing Company Ann and David Zobeck Anonymous (2) AnonymousW (4) AnonymousH ROADRUNNER CLUB $100 - $249 Accenture Foundation, Inc. Jeffrey P. and Marilynn H. Ackermann Eugene J. AcklerW Patrick W. AdamsW Bonita and Jon Ades Adele A. Ahnstedt Adrianne M. AlmarazWH Al's Formal Wear Robert H. AmendH American Institute Architects/ Kansas City Michael J. AmesW Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Joshua D. AndersonH Lisa A. and Eric C. Apel, Ph.D.W Apple Farm Media LLC Joseph and Susan Arcese John C. ArchiboldW Raynalda Archuleta C. Alan ArthurW Kenneth E. AshenW Noah M. and Diana F. Lopez Atencio James R. Aubrey, Ph.D.H John and Frances Augenblick Philip J. Baca Nancy S. Bailey, Ph.D.H Charlotte M. BakerWH Brent W. BalazsH Ellie Baldwin Eric S. Ball, Ph.D.H BankAmerica Foundation Michael F. BarthW Julianna K. Bodenbender BassmanW The Baxter International Foundation Marina Bazana-CalcavaraW Dan A. BeckerW Linda A. BellW Barbara J. BellamyW Curtis A. BellewW Ashley J. BenningtonW

Key: W Alumna/Alumnus H Faculty/Staff F Deceased

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Kenneth D. and Vivian J. Benson Laurel J. Benson Torin G. BergeW David H. BernsteinH Brett W. BesserW Paul H. BetthauserW Gregory G. BettridgeW Stuart BlackW Grant and Katie Bledsoe The Boeing Company Sandra M. BoeschW W. C. and Christine M. Bogatay Rob R. and Patricia N. Bollinger David G. BombeckW Lloyd and Elene Boren Ellen L. BoswellW Ray BowmanW Ruediger F. and Kristen A. Bracht Clint C. BradyW Breeze Ski Rental H122 Carolyn BrislenH Jane Broida, Ph.D.H Jane P. BrossmanW George BrownW Howard M. Brown Jeanise J. Brown Jonathan C. Brown Matthew Brown Scot BrownW Diane M. BushlyW Shirley Leitner ByersW Richard A. ByrdW Charles A. and Kelly C. Byxbee Vincent Z. C. deBaca, Ph.D.H Christopher C. CampbellW Sue Carey Richard H. CarlsonW Judy T. and Bernard L. Carroll D.D.S. Cheryl W. Carter Mary K. ChadyW Anne L. ChandlerW Chevron Matching Gift Program Ron G. ChristianH Leigh T. ClarkW Angela D. ClarkeW Kay C. ClaypoolW ClientSolv Technologies William B. Cogar Norman and Nancy Cole Gary M. and Diane M. Cook Kathryn A. CooperH Lise N. CordsenW Angela D. CortezW Gwendolyn R. CrawfordW Christie L. CromwellW Ellen Cronan Rose


Todd E. CrouseW Marilyn F. Cullen-ReavillH Frances Dahlberg Michael R. DalkeW Tupy N. DavisW R. E. Deline Stephen M. DenesW Denver Commercial Coatings, Inc. Denver Investment Advisors Lynn Denzin Valerie R. Derrick-FlaniganW Stephen and Katherine DeSellemW Dale J. DeSmetW Jared M. DevineW Suzanne Discenza DLR Group James E. DolbergW Don Dollfka Frank DonlonW David Downs and Debra Parsons James Drake, Ph.D.H Judith K. DrakeW J. E. Dunn Construction Terrence P. Dunn Richard A. DurkopW Robert L. DuvalW Michael P. and Vicki Earnest James A. Eck, Jr.WH Brian J. EdwardsW James A. and Amy J. Edwards Janice Embree-BeverW Mary J. EmmettWH George E. Engdahl Marie E. EricksonW Michael A. ErskineWH Major Randall A. EspinosaW Robert EustaceW and Barbara TracyW Richard E. EvansW Patrick A. EverettW Gerald I. FagerhaugW Lawrence E. and Marjorie G. Feinberg Kelly FeliceH Rebecca V. Ferrell, Ph.D.H William M. Filion Joseph R. and Jennifer A. Fisher Fit N' Fun Educational Center Flights, Inc. Debra J. and David N. Flitter, M.D. Howard P. FlombergWH Harumi U. FlorenceW Brian M. Fonseca and Jennifer L. Dorosz Foos Financial, Inc. Gary A. ForceW Bradley D. and Beth C. Forsyth

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Anne M. FrankW Dan and Kristen E. Fromm Ricky Fuller Richard C. Funk WilliamW and SheilaW Furman Elizabeth O. GallegosW John A. GallegosW Anthony J. Garcia Donald J. Gavato II The GE Foundation John M. and Karen M. Gebhardt Judith K. GeorgeW Iliya K. Georgiev, Ph.D.H Matthew L. GerardW Mahlon L. GerrowW Jason and Niki Gewirtz Frances E. GibbsW Sharon L. Gill Cecil E. and Lucille Glenn Katherine S. GoldbergH Charlotte H. GoldsmithW Jerry L. GonzalezW Thomas A. and Jean E. Goode Doris M. Goodrich Larry Goolsby Suzanne L. GreeneW Richard GrierW Joan GriffinW Jan GrillosW Quintin O. Grogan Malcolm K. GrovesW Steve Guerrero Dennis L. GulichW John G. GurzoW Mary M. HaasW Lisa R. Hagan, Ph.D.H Kenneth P. HainW Robert N. HansW Lora HansenWH Cheryl A. HarrisonW Katherine HasfjordW Terry L. HassmanW Wayne L. HawkinsW David M. and Gloria J. Hedstrom Ron and Terri Hendrick Mike and Kristi JoW Henritze Dennis and Bernadette Hensen Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club Lynn D. HerlingerW H. Manuel HernandezW Debra K. HerringtonW Marilyn A. Hetzel, Ph.D.H Ernest L. Heyman Thomas J. and Susan S. Hilb Jerry R. HilderbrandW Mackie F. Hill, Ph.D. William L. HillW Mary and Owen Hobson

Julie A. HoffmanW James W. HoganW Dale H. and Carrie A. Hokanson Hollingsworth & Vose Company Kerry K. HopfnerW James M. HorvatW Glen O. HoughtonW The Howell Research Group Eriks Humeyumptewa Yvette M. Hunt Omar A. Hurricane, Ph.D.W Institute of Management Accountants Gary D. and Renee Isaac Thomas L. IsaacsonW Michael JackowskiH John R. Jacobs Stanley J. and Judith L. Jacobs Bart D. JamesW Joyce L. Jamison Lorrie A. Jamison Jon P. JohnsonW Maureen Johnson Michael R. Johnson and Carol M. Friezen Randall Johnson Cynthia J. JonesW Debora A. JudishW Peter J. JulianH Cynthia C. Kahn Greg K. KaselW Barbara J. KeatingW P. David KennedyW Janice M. KingW Peter A. KlingsmithW Vonda G. KnoxH Diane R. KopischkeW Steve and CherieW Krasovich James R. KrattenmakerW Richard J. and Dawn I. Kraus John and Kathryn M. Krause Patricia Kresch Mary K. and Richard D. Krugman, M.D. Henry and Melanie Kusami Patricia Lake Kathleen M. LambW Margaret D. LaneyW Christopher A. Lang and Janet S. Kuhns Patrick A. LanglaisW James C. LapaseotesW Linda M. LappeH Deborah J. LarsenW Eric A.W and JosephineW Larson Nathan R. LavrenzW Danny J. LeeW Noel F. LeJeune, Ph.D.WH Daniel LeszcynskiW

Laurent and Holly Lewkowiez John Gilbert Leyba Donald E. LindemannW JoAnn Lindenfeld James T. Loats, Ph.D.H Gary J. LoganW Ann K. Long Donald C. LongW Lost Creek Guide William H. Low, Jr.W Steven R. Lowenstein and Elaine M. Sabyan Brian D. and Jane A. Lowes Kate B. LutreyWH M. C. Marchman Scott E. MargolisW Eppie A. and Loretta S. Marquez Joe Marquez Michael A. MartinW Nila R. Mason Frederick A. Masoudi and Marie F. Johnson Kenneth W. MastersW John C. and Susan K. Maus Charles H. Mawhinney, Ph.D.H Diane K. McAllisterH Michael P. McCaskyW Joyce McClainW Heather J. McClureW Yova L. McCoyW Brent W. McDanielW Michael P. McGinleyW John J. McKenna Maureen C. McKenna Greg C. McQueenW John McWilliamsW Larry K. MeerdinkW Theo H. Mees, Jr.W Nancy A. MehlerW Virginia F. Mennenga Jennifer L. Mikkelsen Michael W. and Kathryn F. Miks Darrell L. MillageW Jean C. MillarW Millennium Harvest House - Boulder Dave and Deborah Milner Michael Milner Thomas L. MilnerW Linda J. MitchellW E. James MizellW Robert J. MolterW Justin Montover Ronald C. MontoyaW Eileen E. Moore Richard A. Moore, Jr.W Stephanie M. MoranH Alvin Moreau Lavonne E. MorrellW

Steven V. ReederW Cynthia P. ReinersW Renaissance Denver Hotel Steven H. and Dorothy Resnick William L. ReuterW Michael F. Rice Lynn M. RichW Willie C. RiversW Richard R. and Janet D. Robbins Greg RobertsonW Claudia J. RomansWH Bradley J. RundquistW Donald R. RutledgeW Margaret A. RyanW Ty R. RylandW Tae G. Ryu, Ph.D.H Brenda L. SaboH David Samuel Emily SandelinW Anthony J. SargentW Harold L. and Genevieve Sattler Orfeo Sbaizero and Luisa Mestroni, M.D. Paul Schadler Susan K. SchmidtW Patricia M. and Robert C. Schubert, M.D. Shannon E. SchumacherW Joan R. and John C. Scott, M.D. Jacqueline F. ScriptureW Vicky A. Seehusen Mark Segall, Ph.D.H Gerakina A. Sgoutas, Ph.D.H Virginia M. Powell ShapiroW Steven M. and Lynne E. Shaver Marilyn Shaw Donald C. ShermanWH Rae S. Shevalier Zoe R. Shevalier, Ph.D.WH Marcia ShpallW Sandra D. Shreve James A. and Bonita A. Shviraga David S. SidwellW Dick and Jan E. Silverstein James L. Simmons, Ph.D.H Kristy S. SinghW Roger E. SipleW Smith Co. Louise A. SmithW Chrisette SoderbergW Leon Solomon Squires Large Animal Practice PC JohnW and MarilynW Starrett John F. and Jane C. Steiner SheldonH and Jan Steinhauser Douglas A.W and Virlee Stepelton

Marvin H. Stumpf IIIW David F. SunstromW Diana M. SuperkaW Carol M. SvendsenWH Janice C. Swartout Gloria Travis TannerW David A. TaylorW Jefferey H. Taylor, Ph.D.H William D. and Enli Thode William M. ThompsonW Gloria R. ThuonW James E. TierriW Joe H. TincaniW Nadine M. TronickW Annie T. Truax Tara S. TullH Timothy W. TurnerW Barbara Uliss, Ph.D.H Michael Underriner Andrea L. Van GundyW John Van LeuvenW Sharon L. VanzantW Daniel C. VenardW Martha I. VigilW Sadie Ann VigilH Connie R. WagersW Dennis WaneboW James E. and Sarah L. Wardlaw Deloris E. Warnecke Robert E. and Roberta M. Weber Councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth Earl B. and Susan K. Weihe Sue Weinstein Stacy Weislogel Vivian P. Wetzel Michael G. WhalenW Dave Whipple Linda B. White, M.D.H Rebecca White D.B. and C.B. Whitehouse Milton J. Wieder, Ph.D.H L. Jean WilkinsW Phillip R. WillettW Susanne E. WilliamsW Catherine J. Williamson Charles Williamson Elizabeth Williamson James Williamson Beth A. Wilson, Ph.D.H Mary E. WolfW Shawn C. Worthy, Ph.D.H Randall M. YarbroughW Steven J. YoderW Joan C. YonchekW Joanne C. and Thomas C. Young III Teresa J. Youtz, M.D.W

Key: W Alumna/Alumnus H Faculty/Staff F Deceased

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EMPOWERED TO GIVE A combination of internal drive, career passion and systemic support from leadership motivate Chad Gruhl to wake each day excited to work crazy hard. This zeal also motivated Gruhl’s decision to establish a planned gift to Metro State. Gruhl and his partner Jim Robison hold a significant combined estate. The bulk of it will go to the College for hospitality scholarships and other needs, yet to be determined. Nearly four years ago, Gruhl found inspiration in Denver thanks to an intense, four-day interview at Metro State. “I was so impressed when I left,” he recalls. “I said, ‘That’s it! We’re moving here.’” Gruhl spent 15 years in the food/beverage and hotel industry. This early success took him to nine states before he went back to school and earned back-to-back degrees from Rosemont College (master’s) and University of Delaware (Ph.D.). He taught at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia for nearly nine years before moving west. Gruhl, director of hotel-lodging management and assistant professor of hospitality, tourism and events, enjoys influencing students’ lives earlier in their career than he could when he was managing hotels. “I see working hard in the education piece as more productive for me than the actual industry itself,” he explains. His planned gift doesn’t mean he’s planning to retire any time soon, if ever. “I can’t retire,” he says. “I’ll quote-unquote semi-retire at some point, which means I’ll slow down … Right now, I’m kind of doing two full-time jobs—teaching and creating this new hotel.” Metro State’s 190-room Hotel Learning Center, planned for the corner of Auraria and Speer, will include 21,000 square feet of academic space. Students will likely fill many of the hotel staff jobs as well as train others. “Fingers crossed,” Gruhl says, “it’ll open in three years.” With this sizeable donation, on top of annual giving, Gruhl feels a bit like a poster child for Metro State. “This is not a typical institution,” he says. “All the professors work very, very hard— much harder than they have to, to be perfectly honest… It’s an energy that’s beyond anything I’ve ever seen before. To go from zero to almost 23,000 students in less than 45 years is just amazing to me. That right there tells volumes.” – Roxanne Hawn

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Rob Morrill A LASTING IMPACT Devoted to his alma mater, Rob Morrill is a member of the Metro State Alumni Association Board of Directors, but he is new to the College’s community of endowed scholarship donors. And, while the details are evolving, the potential to have an impact well into the future compels him. “Rather than just a cash outlay—where I contribute one year, and it goes out the door the next year—this has a more lasting nature to it,” Morrill says. The 1997 political science graduate made foundation donations in 2007 and 2008. By the end of 2009, he’ll have fully funded the scholarship’s principal, the interest from which will provide future student awards. Befitting the College’s ability to mirror Denver-area needs and values, Morrill and campus experts continue discussions on how best the scholarship can help students and elevate Metro State’s mission. It may serve pre-law students. It may focus more broadly on those with any graduate school aspirations. It may hone in on career placement enrichment. All those options, and others, appeal to Morrill, who earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 2001 after his Metro State graduation. He worked in the Chicago area until 2005, then returned to Denver, as so many Metro State alumni do. Now a partner with Barlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, Morrill admits, “I’m not one of those who at age 6 knew I was going to be an attorney—I was planning to be a teacher. But now that I’m in the law profession, there are aspects of it that I enjoy. It’s certainly challenging and different from day to day. It always presents unique problems.” Morrill works in corporate law—mostly mergers and acquisitions, with a little general counsel thrown in. He chuckles when he adds, “No courtrooms for me. Lots of contracts, though.” Calling his March 2009 marriage to LeeAnn Richey “big news,” Morrill enjoys showing his bride, a Colorado assistant attorney general whom he met in Chicago, the compelling nature of Denver and beyond. This includes his enthusiasm for Metro State as a unique bastion of education. “For a lot of students,” he says, “it provides a very different alternative for higher education. It’s not like every other institution in the state.” – Roxanne Hawn


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Paul R. Vaughan Verizon Foundation Diane A. VoakeW George A. VogelW James P. and Jeanne Voight David L. VolkelW Susan K. VonroedernW Jean Wagner Linda S. WagnerW Marcelyn D. WahlW Wahoo's Fish Taco M. Earl WaibelW Cynthia L. WakefieldW Olivia Wagner WakefieldW M. Patricia WakhamW Nicholas O. WalkerW Ralph R. Walker, Jr.W Thomas E. Walker Timothy W. WalshW Nancy M. WaltersH Ralland A. WaltersW Beverly B. WarburtonW Jana S. WardW Michael W. Ward Wayne J. WassonW Marcus L. WeathersbyW Ann S. and Marlin Weaver, M.D. Patrick A. WeaverW Gregory J. WeberW Lisa C. WedmanW Joan T. WeeksW Rohan N. Weerasinghe and Riva Sweetrocket Valerie Weimer Leslie D. WeisenhornW Lisa A. Wertz Richard A. West Michael G. WestcottW Vanthan Ek WestonW GregoryW and DonnaW Wetherbee David N. and JodiHF Wetzel, Ph.D. Buck J. WhatleyW Leonard R. WheelerW James F. WherryW White Fence Farm Ardie White Essie M. WhiteW Vernon V. White, Jr. Mary M. WhitlockW Diana M. WhitneyW Barbara A. WiensW Loy B. WieserW Opal R. Wilcher-LamkinsW Lana T. WilcoxW The Wildlife Experience Randy D. WileyW Erin E. WilliamsW

Gary R. WilliamsW Kathleen M. WilliamsW Kimberly E. WilliamsH B. D. Wilson Inez M. Wilson Kent A. Wilson, Ph.D.W Patricia Wilson JoAnn WindholzW Anne M. Wintersmith Dorothy M. WisemanW Kay D. Wisnia Russell J. WitkopW The Wizard's Chest Joseph M. WojteczkoW Mitchell I. WolbergW Carol Wolf John E. and Sharon M. Wolf Billie D. WolfeW Janet K. WolferW James L. WolfordW Teresa M. WoodW Linda M. WoodinW Dale P. WoodsW Jacqueline W. WoodsW Sandra L. WortmanW Marjorie N. WullschlegerW Roberta K. WyckoffW Andrea R. Wygle Richard A. WyseW Karen S. YeeW YiaYias Euro Cafe Bonnie YockstickW Alan C. YostH Virginia A. YoungstromW Jeff Younker Randal M. and Sally Zanon Eileen ZantoW Michael E. ZastrowWH Thomas E. ZehrenW Kristine A. ZieglerW Mark S. and Sandi L. Zimmerman Maureen H. ZitzW Sarah Zubrin Zunesis Anonymous (8) AnonymousW (63) AnonymousH

Ernest Stephen Ackler Memorial Scholarship

Eugene J. AcklerW Donna J. FowlerWH Gene Amole Memorial Scholarship

Patricia C. Amole Michael A. SheehanW Anonymous In Memory of Rene Temple: Kenneth D. BisioH Christopher Lee Anderson Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jason and Niki Gewirtz Barbara S. and Cecil E. Tackett The Nadia Barghelame Female Aviator Endowed Scholarship

Jill and Ali Barghelame Michael F. Barlow Sichia Bell Joyce A. Benckini Josh Davies Christine Devaney James A. and Amy J. Edwards John and Martha Ferris Connie R. Higgins Donna R. Kearns Scott A. Mulvany Roderick and Frances Nell Emilia G. PaulH Andrew V. and Liza M. Ratana Eugene E. Roth Don E. and Michelle K. Scott Jeffrey L. Simpson Smith Co. Jean Wagner David and Ann Zobeck Russell D. Bean Endowed Scholarship

David A. Skougstad In Honor of Patrice and Jessica Bradford

ClientSolv Technologies On Behalf of Brennan Brown

Pamela G. Hart Thomas W. Burns Endowed Scholarship

Karen D. FindlingW

The Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Joan Laura Foster, Ph.D.WH U.S. Bancorp Foundation Classified Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Roy & Shirley Durst Scholarship

Roy & Shirley Durst Foundation Frank G. Edmonson Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Sound Engineering

Dr. Gerald J. Fenger Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Carol M. SvendsenWH The Beverly Christiansen Fernald Endowed Scholarship

Charlotte M. BakerWH Vonda G. KnoxH Janet L. MaestasH Michael E. ZastrowWH

Kenneth D. BisioH The Frank Edmonson Foundation

Susan K. VonroedernW

In Honor of David Cohen:


Jan Embree-Bever Endowed Scholarship

L. Jean WilkinsW

In Memory of Pam Hitchcock

David H. BernsteinH Janice Embree-BeverW Weckbaugh Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Furman C. Griffis Endowed Memorial Scholarship

M. Claudia Marchman

In Honor of Harry Gianneschi

Jeannine and Thomas P. Allen, Jr. Bruce L. Morgenegg, Ph.D.H

MEMORIAL AND HONOR GIFTS /// July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 Herb Creswell Scholarship

Metropolitan Denver Hotel Association Lyle Dehning Accounting Scholarship

David A. Skougstad John E. Donohue Scholarship Award

Anne S. Hatcher, Ph.D.H Diane H. SmithW

Fair Awards for Excellence in French, German, and Spanish

Jeane Fair Charitable Trust The Leonard A. & Anna B. Fair Diversity Scholarship

Jeane Fair Charitable Trust The Leonard A. & Anna B. Fair Memorial Scholarship

Jeane Fair Charitable Trust

Patricia L. Duckworth Endowed Scholarship

Paul Farkas Endowed English Memorial

Terry L. NelsonW William L. ReuterW David A. Skougstad

Carl and Linda Bergman Helen Borosh Terry and Jennifer Chleboun Gary W. and Phyllis Dickinson Ben B. Eastman, Jr. Gloria S. Eastman, Ph.D.H Jeanne M. Erly Cynthia A. FarkasW Foos Financial, Inc. Lora HansenWH Eugene J. and Andrea J. Hartman Linda Lang-Peralta, Ph.D.H Gary and Elise Lubell Alvin Moreau L.G. Closs and Norma Tubman David L. VolkelW Gary A. and Carol A. Young

Dr. Suzanne W. Dunshee Endowed Scholarship

Barbara A. Rathke Chrisette SoderbergW Peter Durbin Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Charles and Madeline Durbin Patricia A. LacyW Steven M. and Lynne E. Shaver John E. and Sharon M. Wolf

Max and Margot Guldman Scholarship

Henry and Joan Strauss Zachary Hergott Endowed Scholarship

Jeffrey P. and Marilynn H. Ackermann John and Frances Augenblick Michael R. Baca Herbert W. Baerwaldt and Shelley Dawson James R. Barr Robert S. and Mary Alyce Behrns Jan M. Belle Benson Mineral Group, Inc. Marcy and Bruce Benson Grant and Katie Bledsoe Jeffrey P. and Pequita Bludeau Paula L. and The Honorable James B. Breese Gordon and Laura Brinkley Benjamin H. and Debra H. Brinkmann Lloyd and Abby O. Burton Peter Buttrick and Anne Wattenberg Sue Carey Bonita Casteel Brian Cennamo and Stacy Read Jimmie ChaissonW

Henry N. Claman, M.D. Gary M. and Diane G. Cook Virginia B. Cowles Chris Daniels and Kelly Bates Chris and Joanna DeMarrais Thomas J. and Donna J. Diers David Downs and Debra Parsons Michael P. and Vicki Earnest Lawrence E. and Marjorie G. Feinberg Flights, Inc. Debra J. and David N. Flitter, M.D. Brian M. Fonseca and Jennifer L. Dorosz Bradley D. and Beth C. Forsyth Janet R. Frazier John V. FrazierW Kendall Gerdes Jane H. and Ronald S. Gibbs, M.D. L. Michael and Mary P. Glode William C. Gorham Amanda M. Graw Kenneth A. and Kathleen B. Guckenberger Matthew and Jennifer Hamilton Brian P. and Melanie Havener Diane M. and Lawrence J. Hergott, M.D. Father Roger J. Hessian Thomas J. and Susan Shelton Hilb Dale H. and Carrie A. Hokanson Jonathan S. and Jennifer M. Hokanson Lawrence D. Horwitz, M.D. and Kathryn B. Horwitz, Ph.D. Kathleen B. Huggins Margaret R. Humphreys Independence Aviation, LLC J. F. Maddox Foundation Steve A. Jackson John R. Jacobs Michael R. Johnson and Carol M. Friezen Cynthia C. Kahn Kaiser Permanente Thomas E. Korson Robert A. Kortz Richard J. and Dawn I. Kraus John and Kathryn M. Krause Kent R. and Elizabeth S. Kreider Patricia Kresch Mary K. and Richard D. Krugman, M.D. Henry and Melanie Kusami Denise M. La Rocca Christopher A. Lang and Janet S. Kuhns Marlene G. and Robert L. Lederer, M.D. Laurent and Holly Lewkowiez L. Lee and Eldred J. Lindecrantz

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James P. and Jeanne Voight Ann S. and Marlin Weaver, M.D. Earl B. and Susan K Weihe Sue Weinstein Howard and Rhonda M. Westerman Ardie White Patricia Wilson HHEROS Scholarship

Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado Human Services Student Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Anne S. Hatcher, Ph.D.H In Memory of Barry Alexander:

ChrisWH and Julie RummelH Mancuso On Behalf of Ted Jamison

Francis Jamison Professor Larry G. Keating Scholarship

DouglasW and AliciaW Hoegh Barbara J. KeatingW John W. Synhorst Leo Kiely Endowed Scholarship

Keith A. BembenekW Kingdom Enlightenment Scholarship

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Kroenke Sports Enterprises, LLC - Pepsi Center Greg Lopez Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jerome and Gertrude Bohland JohnW and MarilynW Starrett

Kingdom Enlightenment Scholarship Foundation

Keith Mann Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Donald Kubacki Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Gail C. Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.H Skip CrownhartH Cherrelyn A. NapueWH Luis Torres, Ph.D.H

Anne S. Hatcher, Ph.D.H Lucy Leyba Book Award

Mark A. and Natalie R. Archuleta Raynalda Archuleta Noah M. and Diana F. Lopez Atencio George Basquez Paul G. and Carol A. Basquez Laurel J. Benson Martha A. Brophy John J. Buckley Deanna Castorena Arcini A. Crespin, Jr. Melissa A. CrespinW Daniels Fund Carol and Gene Dell Antonio Esquibel, Ph.D. Tomas EsquibelW Paul and Maureen Hofmann John Gilbert Leyba

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Larry K. MeerdinkW In Honor of Joan McDermott, Athletic Director

Peter A. KlingsmithW Phil and Joann Klingsmith Pamela McIntyre-Marcum Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Arthur L. Campa, Jr., Ph.D.H Barbara DuckworthW Shirley F. Fredricks Katherine S. GoldbergH Lora HansenWH

CatherineH and Geoff Lucas Kate B. LutreyWH David A. ReinH Gerakina A. Sgoutas, Ph.D.H Martha L. Shwayder, Ph.D.H Cheryl S. SipeH Tara S. TullH David N. and JodiHF Wetzel, Ph.D. AnonymousW In Honor of migrant workers

Steger Farms, Inc. Janice C. Swartout Leslie A. Swetnam, Ph.D.H Stacy Weislogel C.B. and D.B. Whitehouse Andrea R. Wygle Anonymous In Honor of Dr. Stuart Monroe

BankAmerica Foundation Scott E. MargolisW

Donna DeMariaW Colonel Robert K. Mock Endowment

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The Ron and Naomi Montoya Family Endowed Scholarship

Ron and Naomi Montoya Family Vern Nelson Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Mary K. ChadyW Victoria A. FiccoW Gretchen GvothW Jeannine HoneyW Kathleen M. LambW James T. Loats, Ph.D.H George E. LombardiW Mary A. MaddyW Lindsay Packer, Ph.D.H George B. PillsburyW Seeley Family Partnership Ltd. Michael and Rachella Seeley Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship Endowment

Robert C. Adams Jeweldine Blair B. Louise Dave Delta Eta Boule Foundation Forest City Stapleton, Inc. Joan Laura Foster, Ph.D.WH Cecil E. and Lucille Glenn Brendell Hicks Mackie F. Hill, Ph.D. Yvette M. Hunt Sylvia S. Jackson Cassandra P. JohnsonW Ruthie and Stephen M.H Jordan, Ph.D. Kathleen A. MacKay, Ph.D.H Beverly A. Middleton-Johnson NCAA Gloria J. Olivier Owlettes of Denver Roosevelt J. Price II, Ph.D. Bettye J. Reed Reginas Social & Civic Club Judith A. ShaferW Sandra D. Shreve Gloria Travis TannerW Michael G. TatomW

Aaron S. Richmond, Ph.D.H Farah Sharafabady Callie Smith Susan Splitt Buck J. WhatleyW

Janice L. & James M. Velayas, Ph.D., Endowed Scholarship

M Paschal Scholarship

L. Quinn-Rudolph Scholarship

Meredith Wetzel Memorial Scholarship


Lea Marshall

Greg Pearson Endowed Memorial Journalism Scholarship

In Memory of Pauline Reece

Gregory E. and Rebecca A. Nook Thomas J. Proebstle and Jenifer L. Gulvik Marjorie N. WullschlegerW In Memory of Jodi Wetzel: American Institute Architects/ Kansas City Barbara A. Arnell Gary D. Baker Bonita L. Benda, Ph.D. Janis S. Bohan, Ph.D. Sidney R. and Barbara H. Busby Barry Carlson and Sharon A. Thorne Paula J. DietzW DLR Group Charles M. Dobbs Terrence P. Dunn El Dorado Incorporated Debra L. Falvo Dan and Kristen E. Fromm Richard C. Funk Willis G. Grinstead Traci Hailpern Carol A. Hansen Eve M. Hillyard Frieda K. Holley, Ph.D. J. E. Dunn Construction Jayne L. James Michael and Jane Dickinson Kress William B. and Amy L. Pierce Fuad A. Raja and Kim Thornburg Ellen Cronan Rose Susan Rosen Robert T. and Marilyn P. Ruppe L. Virginia Santy Rae S. Shevalier Annie T. Truax Vivian P. Wetzel AnonymousW

Carol E. AtkinsW Pat ClearyW Angela D. CortezW Joseph J. FuentesW Gannett Foundation Kate B. LutreyWH FrankW and SusanW Mullen David P. ReddickW Emerson L. SchwartzkopfW JohnW and MarilynW Starrett Dennis WaneboW Peierls Opportunity Scholarship

Freida M. BowmanW Lynn Denzin Sadie Ann VigilH Reisher Scholars Program

Reisher Family Scholarship Fund Ride 9/11 Scholarship

9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation Margaret N. Rivera Scholarship

Margaret N. RiveraW

The Peierls Foundation, Inc. Peierls Student Teacher Scholarship

Stormy Rottman Endowed Memorial Scholarship

The Peierls Foundation, Inc.

Gannett Foundation Ann K. Long

Christopher Priolo Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Scott & Lisa Shaw Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Carole A. LondonW Hal and Ginny Tamblyn

Kenneth and Harriet Shaw David M. Wells

Psychology Emeritus Faculty Scholarship

Skal International Colorado “William C. Sweet” Scholarship

Eugene J. AcklerW Sarah Benedict Jennifer A. BlairW Lauren Carrillo Stefanie M. CarrollH Victoria Carter-Fanganello Layton S. Curl, Ph.D.H Laura D. ExcellWH Anne Fazio Joan Laura Foster, Ph.D.WH Lisa R. Hagan, Ph.D.H Bridget C. Kelsey, Ph.D.H Sean King Trey DW. LambertWH H. John Lyke, Ph.D. Lisa M. Martin, Ph.D.H Virginia A. McCannW Lisa W. NordhauserW Peter S. Panos, Jr.W Shana Pitler Roarke D. PulcinoW

Skal International - Colorado Mark J. Smith Education Scholarship

Mark Smith Family Foundation In Honor of Ray Sutton

The Denver Foundation Lawrence Taishoff Communication Design Scholarship

The Taishoff Family Foundation Harry Trueblood Foundation Scholarship

The Harry Trueblood Foundation

Doris B. Jones

U.S. Bancorp Foundation Rosa L. Walker Councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth The Williams Companies, Inc. Inez M. Wilson Anonymous (2)

AT&T Foundation Janice and JamesW Velayas

James E. Wier Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Attila C. DenesW DouglasW and AliciaW Hoegh John W. MlinarW Ira and Norma Wier

A LEGACY THAT LIVES ON When Doris B. Jones’ late husband Dr. Furman C. Griffis joined the Metro State faculty in the very early days of the College, neither of them imagined the impact on generations of their family and others. Sure, “Griff,” as everyone but his wife called him, thrived with his colleagues in the Leisure Studies Program back when they worked out of tiny offices across from the Denver Athletic Club. You bet he adored teaching Metro State’s unique students of all ages. Even when friends, faculty and family joined forces to endow a memorial scholarship in honor of his 20-plus years of service to the College, Jones admits they didn’t realize how a bigger legacy would unfold. “You don’t know that going in,” she admits. “You go into it trying to remember someone who was quite special. You don’t think about all this other stuff that you have no way of knowing is going to happen. It has been wonderful.” In addition to the scholarship, which typically awards two $500 scholarships to leisure study students each year, one of the couple’s three daughters is among Metro State alumni. Michele Ienna, a 1989 music graduate, teaches elementary music in Cherry Creek. And, currently, three of their seven grandchildren attend Metro State: BreAnne Griego, Tiffany Blakley and Kasha Trujillo. Before enrolling, the granddaughters helped Jones select scholarship recipients. After graduation, she hopes they’ll resume the tradition of both donations and service. “That will be really neat,” Jones says, “because we don’t all live forever, and we want it go on.” A retired teacher—she taught for 30 years primarily with Jeffco schools—Jones finds Metro State’s campus activities and community invigorating. “To see all the students is just wonderful. It’s amazing to see how much Metro State has grown,” she says. Jones continues to add to the endowment as her budget allows. She also built a planned gift to the College into her trust and accepted an invitation to join the Metro State Legacy Society. Looking back, she is glad Dr. Griffis attended his daughter’s graduation. “That was quite a moment,” she recalls. “I think it will be even better when these girls graduate. They may not graduate all at the same time, for one reason or another, but they are very, very proud to be where he was.” – Roxanne Hawn

In Memory of Joy Yunker

Mary L. McVeighW

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Don’t Blink /// A Last Look

A proud CEO and his Roadrunners Mark Van Tine, president and CEO of Jeppeson, has made a career of hiring Metro State graduates. Here (first row in jacket) he poses with some of the more than 100 alums who currently work at Jeppeson, a world leader in transportation information, at its world headquarters in Englewood.


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