By Donna Fowler
The new domain name of msudenver.edu has been approved by Educause, a nonprofit association that assigns all higher education institution domain names.
The name was submitted after the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) last week approved Metropolitan State University of Denver as the institution’s new name.
“We plan to have our renamed website up and running at midnight on July 1,” says Cathy Lucas, associate to the president for marketing and communications and chair of the Name Change Transition Team.
Over the next six to 12 months, all use of mscd.edu will be redirected to that new domain name.
The name change team chose msudenver.edu following an online survey of faculty, staff, students and alumni in April that resulted in a virtual tie between msud.edu and msudenver.edu. The team voted to recommend msudenver.edu, because MSUD is an acronym for maple syrup urine disease, a serious and rare genetic disorder.
The new email address will use msudenver.edu as well. Watch @Metro for updates on the email migration.
"The technology group is working toward making the transition to msudenver.edu as seamless as possible, and currently, we’re identifying all the systems that are configured with mscd.edu and their interdependencies," said Kenneth Garcia, director of Infrastructure Services.
"We are rolling everything into a timeline where we can expect the start of services, like the website, www.msudenver.edu, to reflect the new name and logo on July 1, and others like Google, Banner and MetroConnect, to come online August 1. We are being very cautious when bringing new services online, so we don’t affect the users on Google and MetroConnect, and up to this point, our testing has been very successful."
When the Metropolitan State University of Denver official seal was presented at last Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Board Chair Rob Cohen asked why the “established” date has been changed from 1963 to 1965.
Metro State was created in 1963 by the Colorado General Assembly. It opened its doors two years later, in 1965.
“We’ve been celebrating our anniversaries based on the 1965 date when we enrolled our first students,” says Lucas. “For instance, 1990 was our 25th anniversary year and 2015 will be our 50th anniversary. The team suggested that this was an opportunity to align the dates on the seal.”
Lucas ran the suggestion past Loretta Martinez, counsel for Metro State, as well as three Board of Trustees members who are attorneys and “they all agreed it was a good decision.”
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