MSU Denver expands with new school

At the Board of Trustees Meeting on May 5, the School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism was formally established.

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The Student Success building’s west entrance on March 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jacob Pacheco –

The approval for the creation of the HEaT school was backed up by the program’s substantial growth since 2012, almost doubling due to the program’s move to the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center.

President Steve Jordan stated that institutions typically elevate programs to the level of being a “school” to increase visibility nationally and locally. According to the Early Bird, the school’s next step is to find a dean with experience in the hospitality field.

Currently, the School of HEaT caters to approximately 400 students, but has the faculty, department chairs and ancillary faculty to sustain and support a student roster doubles that figure.

With the new school centering itself around community building, the meeting also put an emphasis on the importance of civic and community engagement for the success of student learning and for the university’s previously established, positive reputation.

Additionally, President Jordan’s commitment to the community was recognized at the day’s meeting, as May 5 was formally declared Stephen M. Jordan Day by a representative for Mayor Michael Hancock. According to the Early Bird, the comments that President Jordan made about his accomplishments spanning his 12 years with the university were met with a standing ovation.

Author: Montana Martin

Montana Martin is currently in her second year with the Journalism and Technical Communications program at MSU Denver. After graduation, she plans on working as a music journalist to further enable her addictions to concert merch, vinyl records and PBR. When she’s not getting way over her head in mosh pits, she can be found at home taking pictures of her Jack Russell Mutt, Navin Johnson. You can see these pictures and contact her on Twitter @montanaelle.

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