DENVER - Few things energize an artistic student more than getting to show off his or her creative talents to an appreciative audience.
That's what aspiring artists at the Denver School of the Arts got to experience Dec. 1 when members of the university administrative team met one-on-one with students to view their portfolios. The students are taught by Nate Greene, a teacher in the Goodwill Industries of Denver career development program. Goodwill employs teachers in 26 Denver public high schools to help teens decide on a career path and stay excited about their studies.
Dozens of students participated in the "mock interviews" -- a chance to explain their creative work to adults -- with university leaders who spent 90 minutes at the arts magnet school as part of the university's annual Giving Back Holiday Campaign.
"I think it's good for the students to get to learn about us while we hear about them," said Provost Rod Nairn, who was among the university's volunteers. "We're all part of the same community neighorhood here. It's good to have these connections."
Also volunteering were Mark Gelernter, dean of the College of Architecture & Planning; David Dynak, dean of the College of Arts & Media; Sam Ortiz, dean of students; Denise Kassebaum, dean of the School of Dental Medicine; Steve Zweck-Bronner, lead legal counsel; Jeff Parker, vice chancellor of administration and finance; and Judith Albino, interim dean of the Colorado School of Public Health.
"Some of the greatest satisfaction in life comes from giving back," Nairn said. "I think it's great that the university makes time for us to go do it."
Andrew Bredeson, volunteer team lead for Goodwill Industries, said students gain invaluable job skills training from the "mock interview" sessions. They also receive encouragement to pursue degrees in higher education.
"They get practice, confidence and they're making preparations for their future -- those are the main goals," Bredeson said.
(Photo: The university leadership team stands with a thank you sign from Goodwill Industries of Denver before giving feedback to students about their portfolios at the Denver School of the Arts Dec. 1. Pictured in the first row (l to r): Jeff Parker, vice chancellor of administration and finance; Judith Albino, interim dean of the Colorado School of Public Health; Denise Kassebaum, dean of the School of Dental Medicine; and Mark Gelernter, dean of the College of Architecture & Planning. Back row (l to r): a representative from FirstBank; Provost Rod Nairn; David Dynak, dean of the College of Arts & Media; and Steve Zweck-Bronner, lead legal counsel.)