Why did MSU Denver change its name?
The University pursued a name change to elevate the institution’s status to match its current reality as Colorado’s preferred choice for Colorado undergraduates and to eliminate confusion among prospective employers and other members of the community who perceive the institution as a community college. The name change to Metropolitan State University of Denver is intended to raise the value of MSU Denver degrees for our alumni. Read about the Strategic Name Initiative.
When did the new name take effect?
The new name, Metropolitan State University of Denver, became official on July 1, 2012. Because of the enormity of the undertaking to change the name on so many levels, the University will take one year to make the full transition. All materials must be changed by June 30, 2013.
Why did the University change the shortened version of its name from Metro State to MSU Denver?
People will still use Metro State conversationally, but MSU Denver incorporates the “U,” which emphasizes our new university status, and “Denver,” which refers to our urban location. A survey asking faculty, staff, students and alumni their preference for a shortened name was evenly divided between MSU Denver and Metro State.
Can we still use Metro State?
Yes, we will still use Metro State colloquially, and Metro State will still be on our athletic uniforms along with the informal logo.
How will we pay for the name change?
You may pay for worn-out items and the replacement of depleted consumables such as letterhead and envelopes out of General Fund budgets. Other costs associated with the name change will be paid for with Indirect Cost Recovery funds. No state appropriations or student tuition monies will be used for name-change expenses.
Where can I get an MSU Denver T-shirt?
The Auraria Bookstore is authorized to sell licensed MSU Denver merchandise.
My department has a lot of brochures and letterhead that read Metropolitan State College of Denver. What should we do with them?
Fiscal Year 2012-13 is a transitional year. To cut down on waste, use your existing materials until June 30, 2013 or until they run out. Then reorder new supplies with the Metropolitan State University of Denver name.
Web and Email
What’s our new website address?
Will I have to change my email address?
Yes. All email addresses will change Aug. 6. Although the first portion of your email address will remain the same, the suffix will change to @msudenver.edu. Prior to Aug. 6, emails sent to @msudenver.edu will not be deliverable and will not bounce back. Emails sent to faculty and staff @mscd.edu will be forwarded to @msudenver.edu addresses until June 30, 2013.
Emails sent to student @mscd.edu will be copied to @msudenver.edu through Sept. 30, 2012. Student @mscd.edu email accounts will be disabled on Oct. 1, 2012.
Will I need to re-setup email forwarding from my msudenver.edu Gmail account to my personal email account?
Yes, all mailboxes will be moved from mscd.edu to msudenver.edu and you will need to reconfigure your new Gmail settings to forward to your personal email account.
Will my user name and password change for MetroConnect?
MetroConnect is changing to ConnectU. However your user name and password for ConnectU will remain the same as your MetroConnect user name and password.
Will there be a new URL to check Outlook Web Access (metromail.mscd.edu) ?
The new url for employee Outlook Web Access email is mail.msudenver.edu.
Will departmental 'shared' email addresses change?
Any email address referring to 'mscd-', such as mscd-department @ mscd.edu, will be changed. Infrastructure Services will contact all shared email address owners and ask for recommendations. In most cases, the 'mscd-' in the email will simply be dropped.