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Happy Holidays! 
As we enter this time of celebration and thankfulness, we are extra thankful for all of you for supporting us! We are looking forward to this next season of the One World One Water Center as we jump into celebrating our 10- Year Anniversary! 2022 will be filled with events, scholarship, projects, and more all celebrating 10 years of OWOW, and looking towards many more. 
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Tom Cech retires, Nona Shipman to lead the OWOW Center
It is a hard thing to say "goodbye" to Tom Cech but we feel extremely grateful to have had his leadership, guidance, and knowledge at the OWOW Center since 2011. “It's been a wonderful journey with all of the students, faculty, and staff at MSU Denver. It is a very special place, and I will miss many good friends and colleagues," Tom said when he announced his retirement in November. His last day will be December 31, 2021. Until then, you can send congratulations and well wishes to him at his MSU Denver email address.
 Nona Shipman has been with the OWOW Center since 2013, and most recently has served as Associate Director. She will serve as Co-Director with Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd of Denver Botanic Gardens beginning in 2022. Nona brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the world of water in Colorado. She grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications & Marketing from University of Lynchburg, and then a Master's Degree from the Miami University in Biological Sciences. In 2012, Nona worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Water Education Colorado. It was while serving at a VISTA that Nona met Tom Cech, and the rest is history. 
Nona, alongside Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd and Hope Bartlett, will lead the OWOW Center into its next decade of promoting the water studies minor, certificate, and online water studies certificate at MSU Denver, as well as continuing to promote water stewardship on and beyond the Auraria Campus.

Student Corner:

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Dec 13: Final Exam Week
Dec 17: Fall 2021 Commencement
Dec 20- Jan 18 : Winter Break 
Jan 18: Spring Classes Begin
Feb 28: Summer Priority Registration Begins
Don't forget to schedule an advising appointment with either Nona or Hope to make sure you are on track to graduate with your Water Studies program! And, if you are graduating this fall, stop by our office to pick up your OWOW Stole!


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Millions of Americans struggle to pay their water bills – here’s how a national water air program could work
A 2019 survey found that U.S. households in the bottom fifth of the economy spent 12.4% of their disposable income on water and sewer services. News reports suggest that for low-income households, this burden has increased during the pandemic. Until Congress created a temporary Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program as part of the COVID-19 response, America has not had a national water aid program. Now the House-passed Build Back Better Act includes US$225 million for grants to states and tribes to help reduce the cost of water services for low-income households. Continue reading below to learn how America can learn from other countries with successful programs.
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December 7 is Colorado Gives Day! 
Take this opportunity to support your favorite groups in Colorado (like our friends at H2O Radio or even the OWOW Center! Visit and direct your gift to the One World One Water Center. 
Thank you for all your continued support. Happy Holidays, and cheers to a great new year! 

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As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

All the Best, 

The One World One Water Center 


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