The bill to authorize the name change to Metropolitan State University of Denver heads to the House Education Committee March 14 for the next hearing.
The 13-person, bipartisan committee will convene at the Capitol in HCR 0112 upon morning adjournment, likely around 9:30 a.m. They will hear testimony on the bill (SB 12-148) and then vote on whether to send it to the full House for consideration.
The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate Education Committee Feb. 23 and by the full Senate Feb. 29 on a 33-1 vote.
If the bill is approved by the legislature, it will be sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper to be signed into law.
Committee members wanted
Back on campus, the College is looking for faculty and staff interested in helping redesign the typeface and Metro State logo in the event of a name change. President Stephen Jordan announced the creation of the committee at the Feb. 22 town hall meeting. You can watch the full town hall here.
Jordan says elements like the College’s emblematic Mbird logo will not disappear; however, some changes in design elements will need to be made to accommodate the word university.
“If you look at the formal stuff, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out university will not fit,” Jordan says.
Please contact Cathy Lucas, associate vice president for communications and advancement, if you are interested in helping.
Jordan also announced a weeklong celebration, slated for Sept. 4-8, in honor of the new Student Success Building, the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center and, if all goes well, the name change.
Another committee is forming to help plan the formal celebration of the opening of the Student Success Building. Please contact Brooke Gerber, director of special events, for more details and if you are interested in joining the committee. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to help in the planning process.
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