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State Senator Sandy Pappas '86 named Metro State Alumna of the Year

Posted November 28, 2023

The Metro State University Alumni Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Senator Sandy Pappas has been named the Alumna of the Year. 

Ryan Ringwelski ’21, Metro State Alumni Board vice president, notes that “Senator Pappas exemplifies how an engaged alum can make a difference for Metro State. When I joined the board and learned that she was so generous with her time to host events like the Breakfast at the Capitol, I was really impressed. She has shown her support in so many ways, hosting Breakfast at the Capitol for more than 20 years, serving on the Alumni Board, leading information sessions to educate alumni about their role in the legislative process, and securing critical partnerships for the GROW-IT Center. I am honored to be able to recognize her for her hard work and her support for Metro State Alumni.”

Senator Pappas’ involvement with and advocacy for Metro State has been wide-ranging and constant. Notably, she has served as community faculty many times over the years, been a tireless voice for the university at the Senate and been the long-time host of Metro State’s Breakfast at the Capitol. “We love the event, and I think people get a lot out of it,” she says. “I really strive to bring in more of my colleagues to attend, because I want them to learn about Metro State, and how unique it is to have a public university in the metro area, and the importance of having a place for working people to finish a degree, improve their credentials, or transition to a new career without having to pay private college tuition or move out of the metro area to finish.”

In the words of Metro State President Ginny Arthur, “Senator Pappas exemplifies a Metro State graduate. She is a learner and a doer, continually striving to make the lives of people in both her local and global communities better. I have long admired her thoughtful approach to issues and her inclusiveness in hearing all points of view. We are deeply appreciative of her advocacy for Metro State so it may better serve its students, alumni, and community.” 

Read the full article about Senator Pappas in the Fall 2023 issue of buzz magazine.