As we approach this holiday weekend, I want to thank each of you for all that you do for your units, CAM and CU Denver. The semester got off to a very smooth start—due to the efforts of all of you to assure that our students had a smooth entry into the semester.
Two weeks have passed already, and—
- We welcomed a new Chair of MEIS and two new tenure track faculty. These appointments are significant, as MEIS has needed a full-time chair—and the two new tenure track faculty both will help expand and diversify our curriculum. Yes, recruiting and retaining faculty, students and staff from diverse backgrounds remains a top priority of CAM and CU Denver. Yet, if our curriculum is not infused with a global perspective and inclusion—we will fall short in all diversity efforts.
- Last night, (Thursday, September 1) there was a remarkable fundraising event held in the home ofcommunity partners, attended by influential Denver citizens, featuring CAM faculty, and featuring a talented LYNX Camper. It makes all the difference in the approach to have events for CAM hosted in the homes of people who understand the power of the College of Arts & Media—and how their investment can bring them greater meaning in life and to able to see and hear where their money goes. Thanks to Owen Kortz, Peter Stoltzman, Dave Walter and Katryn Bowdle for providing leadership on every level to advance the LYNX Camps and the College of Arts & Media.
- Also yesterday (it was a big day for CAM), we hosted the second visit in a year from a congressional staff member. Representative Ed Perlmutter sent a leading legislative aid from his office to learn more about the National Center for Media Forensics. This is important, as it represents a tangible return on the trip that I made to Washington, DC last December with a representative of CU Denver’s Office of Governmental Relations. We visited five offices (of a senator and four representatives) to tell the story of NCMF and CAM. This is laying the groundwork for an eventual visit to CAM by an elected Colorado representative.
Have a safe and restful holiday weekend, and I look forward to all that lies ahead for our College of Arts & Media this semester.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)