Honoring Outstanding Alumni
The Metropolitan State University of Denver Alumni Association Alumni Awards program proudly recognizes alumni and students who continually bring pride, honor and support to the University. These are the highest awards bestowed upon our alumni and we take great care and pride in selecting alumni that exemplify the Association’s Core Values – Giving Back, Pride, Work Ethic and Making a Difference.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jerry Hilderbrand (1974, Accounting)
Jerry is a nationally recognize forensic accounting expert who has testified in more than 120 cases of fraud and theft. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Company before purchasing a firm in Colorado Springs, and carved out a niche in litigation support services.
Making A Difference Award
Dusti Gurule (1996, Chicano Studies)
Dusti has been nationally honored for her work to engage Latinas into voting and campaigning for social and political issues. Awarded as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, Gurule’s organization Latina Initiative works to engage Colorado Latina voters through education and outreach.
The Giving Back Award
Rowena Alegría (1991, Spanish)
Rowena serves as Director of Communications for Mayor Michael Hancock. She had served as Editor and Publisher of The Denver Post's Viva Colorado. She is active in the Denver community.
Student Leadership Award
Molly Hurley (2013, Integrated Therapeutic Practices)
The Student Alumni Association has had significant success due large in part to students like Molly. This year the SAA has become the go-to organization for staffing several of the events on campus. Molly always volunteers for events and is one of our most consistent.
Dean’s Honor Alumnus Awards
Letters, Arts & Sciences
Malcolm Farley (1981, Art)
Malcolm is renowned for his visions of color and ability to capture the moment , the action, and the spirit of the event. Malcolm is the most sought after modern day artist for national and international television broadcasts including USA, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox Sport, ESPN, NFL films, and the NFL network.
School of Business
Russell Noles (1981, Accounting)
Mr. Russell Noles is the Senior Vice President and Head of Internal Audit at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund.
School of Professional Studies
David Quinones (1985, Criminal Justice)
David Quinones serves as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Denver Police Department.
Distinguished Alumni Employee Award
Kate Lutrey (1988, Journalism)
Kate has held several jobs during her time at MSU Denver. Her latest as director of student concierge services. She started working at MSU Denver in 1982 as business manager of the student newspaper. Two years later, she became the director of student publications. After that she took on various roles as executive assistant to the vice president of student services, including student retention projects.
STATEment Maker Award
Bobby LeFebre (2004, Psychology)
Bobby is an award-winning spoken word artist, actor, and social worker. He is a two-time Grand Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam Finalist, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and has been a member of three National Poetry Slam Teams. He is also a company actor with Denver's only Latino Theater, El Centro Su Teatro, and has performed in countless productions over the last ten years.