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Poetry, civility, awards and more

Can’t-miss events this month include Health Institute Planning Forums and Friday’s Open Textbook Network Workshop.

By Lindsey Coulter

April 2, 2019

Attendees at a Palliative Care ConferenceThursday

Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival

Alas y Raices: Looking Back and Moving Forward

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday, St. Cajetan’s Event Center

Join the Metropolitan State University of Denver Chicana/o Studies Department for the 12th annual Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival. The event is a celebration of poetry, music, community and the life and work of Denver poet Lalo Delgado. Featured poets include Ariana Brown and Eden Nicole. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Christina M. Sigala at 



MSU Denver Dialogues Program Faculty and Staff Orientation

2-3:15 p.m.

Tivoli Student Union, Room 320

If you value substantive conversation and ensuring that all campus voices are heard, the new Dialogues Program needs you. Facilitated by Katia Campbell, associate professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Thomas Ragland, associate director for student conduct, the Dialogues Program seeks to help students and employees alike develop the skills to understand and be understood by engaging participants in potentially challenging conversations around identity, the role of social justice in higher education and how to deal with difference. Register on the MSU Dialogues Program website.

Don’t miss these upcoming Dialogues Program events:



Open Textbook Network Support Team Workshop

8-9:30 a.m.

Jordan Student Success Building, Room 215


Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Learn more about these full textbooks (which are licensed to be freely used, edited and distributed) at this 90-minute workshop led by Merinda McLure, University of Colorado Boulder librarian, and Joe Nowakowski of Muskingum University. Coffee and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Ragan, MSU Denver OER coordinator, at



Roadrunners Who Soar Awards Ceremony

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

St. Cajetan’s Event Center

Roadrunners Who Soar recognizes faculty, staff and student employees who embody our MSU Denver values and are finding creative and impactful ways to strengthen our University and support student success. Please join President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., and Provost Vicki Golich, Ph.D., to celebrate outstanding Roadrunners from every corner of our campus. Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and entertainment will be provided. RSVP for Roadrunners Who Soar.

April 9-10

Health Institute Planning Forums

April 9, 11 a.m.-noon

April 10, 2-3 p.m.

AES Building Auditorium

The Metropolitan State University of Denver Health Institute Leadership Group will host two forums with the MSU Denver community to gather thoughts and feedback about the Institute’s potential design. The discussion will include a Health Institute overview, allowing participants to provide feedback on preliminary activities, planning, work spaces, clinical lab spaces, simulation capabilities, a potential community clinic, advising areas and possible retail and dining. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and participate in an informal vote on potential design inclusions. All who attend will also be entered in a raffle to win a wellness basket. Contact Annjanette Alejano-Steele, Ph.D., associate dean, College of Professional Studies, to learn more.


April 9

Health Center at Auraria Student Wellness Series

Social Wellness: April 9, 12:30-2 p.m.

Creating a Wellness Plan: April 30, 12:30-2 p.m.

The Health Center at Auraria is sponsoring a five-part wellness series for all students. The goal is to equip attendees with knowledge and simple skills to help improve and maintain personal well-being. This interactive workshop will address the important mind/body benefits of various social connections. Lunch provided. Please consider forwarding this information to students in your department and encouraging them to register. For more information, contact Monica Simpson, health-education assistant and mental-health specialist intern, at or 303-615-9939.


April 12

11th Annual Palliative Care Social Work Conference, “Leaning In to Lead: Innovations in Advanced Practice & Policy

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tivoli Student Union

Join students and professionals from all health and mental-health disciplines for discussions on quality of life in the face of serious and life-limiting illness. Keynote speakers include Barbara Head, Ph.D., associate professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Medical Education and Palliative Care, School of Medicine, University of Louisville; Andrew MacPherson, principal of Healthsperien LLC; and Stacy Fischer, M.D., a geriatrician and palliative-care physician researcher at the University of Colorado. Attendees can also participate in a variety of afternoon breakout sessions on topics such as supporting the customs and wishes of culturally diverse clients, implementing virtual tours for veterans transitioning from hospitals to nursing homes, and using telehealth to bridge barriers. Students, faculty and health professionals are welcome to attend, and enrolled students can register at a special $35 rate.


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