New donation brings new opportunities


Posted Sun, Oct 9, 2011

MSCD Pride Photo by James Crussel

Denver — Last week Metropolitan State College of Denver received a $1 million anonymous donation. The money is planned to create the One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship, dubbed the OWOW center.

The high demand for water in the urban environment is of concern, and the program will educate students as well as open up new opportunities and internships. The program hopes to reach far beyond the borders of campus and work with outside water resource organizations to further enrich the program..

The OWOW center will work with various MSCD academic departments, where students will study topics such as hydrology, politics, and water-law. Students who choose to go into this field will have to complete a senior thesis working with the water stewardship program.

“The whole idea behind it is that the program wouldn’t be housed under on major,” said Assistant Director of Media Relations Tim Carroll. “It will be an interdisciplinary program that would compliment a variety of majors, from art, politics, to science and so on.”

With the growing demand for water in the urban environment, this donation comes at an important time. The cities water demand is expected to exceed water supply by 2030.

“This is a huge donation for our school to receive, and it will be great to see what career opportunities open up for students,” said MSCD student Joanna Bernahl. “It is not only important for our students, but our resources as well.”

The search for a director is already in place. “The job posting for the executive director went out about three weeks ago,” Carroll said. “Our goal is to be up and running by Fall 2012.”

With droughts in the past, Colorado knows how important water conservation and education is. This donation is a step in the right direction for our state’s environment.


·      MSCD currently offers 55 majors, and 90 minors
·      Bachelor Degrees are offered in 3 different schools of study, Business, Letters, and Professional Studies
·      Average class size at MSCD is 19
·      MSCD offers online classes that account for all General Studies requirement

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5 Responses to “New donation brings new opportunities”

  1. kmd Says:

    A straight-forward, well-constructed article. The last line sort of interrupts things tho – you go from journalist style to you, yourself, James Crussel. Whether this is a step in the right direction for Colorado is up to the opinion of the reader, and you should leave that open – there might be hidden repercussions to this program (like a 18% hike student tuition…. that’s not fact, fyi).


  2. Nikki Says:

    Very straightforward, to-the-point article, which is good, considering stats about how most readers don’t read the entire thing. Good job!


  3. Kevin Rostad Says:

    Very well done. I would have liked to hear more about this topic in the article, but I am also pleased with what you put in it. I was unaware of this going on on campus. Thanks for the heads up.


  4. Caitlin Sievers Says:

    Good to know, I hadn’t heard about this. “on major” i’m guessing should be “one major.”


  5. Cherise Scrivner Says:

    Simple,short but sweet! Informs the reader of a lot of information right away with no carrying on! Good job!


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