Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Business Fair Open to Alumni - see list of employers here

Are you looking for a job? 40 employers will be attending the Metro State Fall Business Fair next Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 10:30-2:30 at the Tivoli Turnhalle. Career experts will also be on hand to answer questions for you.

There will be information on full time jobs, part time jobs and internships in Marketing, Sales, IT, Economics, Management, Accounting, Finance, General Business and more.

Employers Attending:

Alliance Data
Apex Energy Solutions
Avis Budget Group
AXA Advisors
Bureau of Land Management
CA Technologies
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
City of Pueblo
Complete Business Systems of Colorado
Default Servicing Solutions, LLC
Denver Department of Safety
Department of Heal and Human Services
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc.
Enterprise Holdings
Farm Credit Administration
General Services Administration
HSS Inc.
JP Morgan Retirement Plan Services
Kasier Permanente
Lakeshore Staffing
MINES and Associates
Mutual of Omaha
National Jewish Health
Nationwide Insurance
Network Global Logistics
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Old Navy
TCF National Bank
Tyler Technologies, Inc.
U. S. Marine Corps
USDA Forest Service
Wall Street On Demand Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Highway to the Danger Zone - Get together with fellow alumni, both young and old, to discuss the realities of pilot hiring and careers in aerospace and aviation management.

Friday, November 5th, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the 7th Street Classroom Building, Aviation & Aerospace Science Department

Click here to RSVP!

Connect with alumni working in the field who can share their insight and experience on a long term career in aviation and/or aerospace:

* Alumni with 10+ years of experience from various facets of the industry will be on hand to meet younger graduates in an informal, reception setting
* Pilots, Aviation Management, and Aerospace
* Seasoned alumni from Jeppesen, United Airlines, and Great Lakes Airlines on hand to answer questions
* Hiring managers and chief pilots will also be at the event

A facilitated discussion on the myths and realities of pilot hiring will provide relevant, and up to date information to alumni. And faculty will provide a behind the scenes look at how the department is meeting the needs of our future aviation and aerospace professions. Light refreshments and snacks provided.

Thomas Letts:
You can tell by the smile on his face when he’s flying, teaching or anywhere near airplanes, Jeppesen employee Thomas “Tom” Letts (’83, PPT) loves flying. He works overtime and loves it, he teaches disabled people to fly to empower them, and he even writes poetry. Read about why Letts feels supporting the community is important and what his experiences were like at Metro State by clicking here.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Carrie Besnette, Metro State VP of Institutional Advancement, on bringing the call center in house

Metro State now houses its call center in house rather than outsourcing. This means that students talk directly with alumni & friends of the College, which makes the interactions more meaningful. The call center is already on its way to paying for itself with an 820% in cash in the door between last year and this year for the call center. On Oct. 18, the staff of Institutional Advancement challenged students to a staff vs. student call night. The students whooped the butts of the staff, raising $1950.64 to the staff's $185. In this video, VP of Institutional Advancement Carrie Besnette talks about the benefits of bringing the call center in house.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Second Annual Denver Veteran’s Day 5k Walk!

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On Saturday November 6, 2010 in celebration of Veteran’s Day there will be a 5k walk to honor a 1999 MSCD grad and fallen solider, CPT Russell Rippetoe. The walk starts at 8am followed by the Denver Veteran’s Day parade.

The Russell B. Rippetoe Foundation was founded in memory of CPT Russell Rippetoe (Metro State Graduate)who served with the 75th Ranger Regiment and was killed in action in Iraq in 2003. The Russell B. Rippetoe Foundation annually presents a scholarship and ceremonial saber to a deserving ROTC cadet that displays outstanding leadership skills.

For more information on CPT. Rippetoe:

All race proceeds will go to support the Auraria Future Leaders Association (AFLA) and the Russell B. Rippetoe Foundation. The AFLA is a Colorado nonprofit organization founded by Metro State Army ROTC cadets. The AFLA supports local nonprofit organizations by participation in 5k races in the Denver metro area. Cadets also support these organizations by serving as volunteers for many of these events.

Early registration ends October 23, 2010.
Early Registration includes a complimentary on-campus parking pass that is also good for the parade and a DVD5K t-shirt!

Register at:

Friday, October 15, 2010

"It Gets Better" Rally to be held at Auraria Campus, Tivoli, Oct. 20

In response to the recent incidents of youth taking their own lives because they were teased or bullied for being gay or perceived as such, we are organizing a campus-wide rally to express our outrage at how these youth were treated. Additionally, we are hosting a resource fair with information from both campus and community resources to show these teens that they are not alone, that there are people out there that do care, and that they have resources available to them to support them in their struggles.

We are combining the ideas of two national campaigns into one themed event: It Gets Better…Because I Give A Damn. The It Gets Better project was started by Dan Savage, and the I Give A Damn campaign is from Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Foundation.

The event will be held next Wednesday, October 20 from 11:00 – 12:30. The rally will be held in the Tivoli Commons area, and the resource fair will be held in the Tivoli Multicultural Lounge. Our event is being held in conjunction with a national movement on Facebook to Wear Purple To Help The Fight Against Homophobic Bullying.

The rally will feature speakers from the administration of all three schools, as well as community resources. As part of the resource fair, we will be showing videos from the “It Gets Better” campaign, as well as have stations where members of the Auraria campus can record their own “It Gets Better” messages.

Please wear purple next Wednesday, October 20, and join our efforts to battle bullying and youth suicide!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

6 Reasons to Attend This Years Fall Business Fair!

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1. Glean valuable info about the application process, tricks and techniques, and corporate culture from an employee rather than a web site.

2. Interview companies before you decide to apply. Learn about the company's mission, strategic objectives, and employment needs

3. Begin to establish your professional image, expand your network of contacts and practice your interview skills

4. Make a positive and lasting impression with the employer so they remember your name when they review resumes and select applicants

5. Find part-time, full-time and internship positions. Students and Alumni from all 3 schools are welcome

6. Enter to win an iPod shuffle and other prizes if you bring your resume

For more information visit:

Writing your first resume workshop presented by Charles Schwab:
October 21st (2PM - 3:30PM) in Tivoli 215

Career fair prep workshop presented by FirstBank:
October 28th (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM) in Tivoli 329 LUNCH PROVIDED! 11-12 presentation and lunch, 12-1 get your resume reviewed


Monday, October 11, 2010

Where they are now?

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Omar Hurricane’ 90 is a Metro State physics grad who has received numerous honors worth thousands of dollars. But he traces his start on this super-academic trajectory to a “superman” stunt he pulled in 1986, when applying to Metro State.

According to an article in the July 1995 issue of Metropolis magazine, by Vonalda Utterback, Hurricane thinks it was a stunt that gave him the edge in 1986 for a Presidential Scholarship to attend Metro State. “Toward the end of the interview process for the scholarship, he recalls that the Metro State scholarship committee asked him, ‘Why should we give you this scholarship?’ Throwing open his suit coat and unbuttoning his shirt with a superman-type flourish, he revealed a Metro State T-shirt, and replied, ‘Because I bought one of your T-shirts!’”

In 2009 Omar accepted the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for National Security and Nonproliferation. Named for Lawrence, a Nobel laureate and the inventor of the cyclotron, a subatomic particle accelerator, the U.S. Department of Energy honor is given to mid-career scientists for contributions supporting the DOE and its mission to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States.

Hurricane, who attended Metro State on a scholarship based on the recommendation of his stepfather and Metro State English professor, the late Jerry Finger, says he received “a lot of extra attention from professors that I’m very grateful for now. I observed at UCLA that I was just as well prepared as any other student. I got a very good education.”

Friday, October 8, 2010

Project Homeless Connect sponsored by Metro State

On October 29th, Metro State is hosting Project Homeless Connect and we need at least 400 Metro State volunteers to staff the event. Project Homeless Event is a one-stop shop event for homeless individuals and families who are seeking services. We expect about 800 individuals who are without housing to visit the Auraria Campus for PHC to receive a whole range of services, including various social services, housing assistance, resume building, food assistance, clothing, from over 50 organizations.

In the past, Metro State volunteers have made an incredible showing at PHC. Last October, when the event was at the Pepsi Center, Metro State had the single largest contingent of volunteers--160.

Now that we are hosts, it is up to Metro State--students, faculty, and staff--to make this event successful. Ask your professors, classmates, supervisors, and colleagues to volunteer with you. Some classes, for instance, are volunteering as a group, as well as some offices.

Click here to sign up through the United Way's website and learn more about Project Homeless Connect. In addition, you can always contact The Center for Urban Connections for your ideas and questions.

For more information, you can also visit:
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Come Have Lunch with the Roadrunners!!!

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What: Have Lunch with the Roadrunners!

When: Wednesday October 6, 12 - 1 pm

Located off Auraria Parkway near Pepsi Center
(The old Cashback Textbooks building)
Brauns Main Number: 720-932-0707

Price: $10 per guest (includes meal and program)

Roadrunner Special 2 for $15
Bring a colleague from another campus department (other than your own) and get 2 lunches for $15!

Season updates from:
Women's Soccer - Coach Almaraz;
Men's Soccer - Coach Parsons;
Volleyball - Coach Hendricks;
Cross Country - Coach Supsic;
Tennis - Coach Meares

Join us for food and prizes, while learning about Roadrunner athletics!

Grad Fair!!

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This year's Grad Fair will be held at St. Cajetans on October 19, from 10-2 and October 20, from 1-6.

At the Fair, seniors can order cap and gowns for commencement, purchase grad photo packages, talk to career services experts, check out bookstore goodies, and hear other announcements about graduation.

Lunch will be available for all fall graduates, and there will be drawings for various prizes!

Also, tell us Your Metro Experience in Three Words and have your photo taken. You can then find and print those photos out from our fan page!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Alumnus Shane Kelly honored with Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

At a September 15th Partnership for Public Service gala in Washington D.C., Shane Kelley (’01, CIN) and seven other notable Federal government employees were presented with Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies). Kelly, who gained recognition and the Citizen Services Medal along with colleague Eva Ristow, developed a way to bring services to citizens living in impoverished and remote locations in the country utilizing two-way video technology.

According to the organization’s Program Manager, Samantha Donaldson, these awards are central to the organization. “It pays tribute to America's dedicated federal workforce, highlighting those who have made significant contributions to our country.” Honorees are chosen based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.

Hailing from San Francisco to Haiti, Sammies recipients are working to confront increasingly complex challenges, from environmental crises to foreign wars to economic recovery. Their accomplishments tell the true stories of a dynamic group of talented, bright individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of the American people.
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

All photos by Sam Kittner/

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