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Enjoy Inauguration week panels via livestream

Three panel discussions tackle higher education’s role in preparing the students — and security systems — of tomorrow.

By Lindsey Coulter

August 9, 2018

MSU Denver Seal and presidential inauguration announcementWhat is the future of higher education, how do universities prepare graduates to dive into the workforce, and how can technology users — and higher-education institutions — adapt to meet ever-evolving cybersecurity challenges? These questions are the focus of three panel discussions taking place during the Inauguration celebration Sept. 4-7 honoring President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

The Future of Higher Education, Developing a Talented and Diverse Local Workforce, and Securing the Future panels each bring important and timely conversations to the Metropolitan State University of Denver campus. They also provide a venue for MSU Denver leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue and idea-sharing with university colleagues and industry professionals.

Panels will include local leaders such as University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, Ph.D.; Dorothy A. Horrell, Ph.D., chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver; Mark S. Yoss, production principal at Lockheed Martin Space; and Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr., USMC ret., Ph.D., advisor on cyber capabilities and conflict studies at Arizona State University.

MSU Denver faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the panel discussions via livestream, so don’t forget to mark your calendar to be a part of these great events. 

Developing a Talented and Diverse Local Workforce
Tuesday, Sept. 4
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Can’t find enough highly trained local employees? Forced to spend extra funds recruiting out-of-state talent? You’re not alone. Join business leaders from some of the state’s most innovative companies to discuss these evolving challenges and how you can find the talent you need. Get a sneak peek at MSU Denver’s Classroom to Career initiative, which will partner with employers to prepare students for enriching careers through apprenticeships, co-ops and internships, and create a professional pipeline for your industry.

The Future of Higher Education
Wednesday, Sept. 5
8-9:30 a.m.
How should universities adapt and innovate to remain relevant in a highly competitive, complex global society? How can higher education be a part of the solution to emerging societal challenges? What is the role of a college education in an ever-shifting political and economic landscape? Join pioneering leaders in the field to discuss these future-focused topics and more.

Securing the Future
Thursday, Sept. 6
2-3:30 p.m.
Equifax. Yahoo. Target. No company or person is immune from cybersecurity threats. How can we adapt to meet these ever-evolving challenges? And how can we educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to address soaring workforce needs? Join nationally recognized cybersecurity experts for a discussion of these issues. Plus, learn how MSU Denver is deploying new interdisciplinary degree programs to prepare future security professionals.

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