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College of Arts & Media

April 17, 2017

Messages from the Dean

April 17,2017

Dear Colleagues,

Like every other academic/creative year—we are heading into the home stretch with meetings, openings, concerts, events, shows, final projects and all of the other things that make our college so unique and special.

Here is some information:

1) Building on the success of the opening celebration of the Comcast Center for Media and Technology, CAM was invited to participate in a breakfast and presentation to the University of Colorado Board of Regents on April 7th. CAM Student Agency students Brandon Vargas (VA—Illustration), Ashley Nepomuceno (MEIS—Recording Arts) and Tomas Bernal (Film & TV) not only presented—but the three of them had breakfast with CU System President Bruce Benson. Congrats to our entire faculty who have helped to prepare these students as not just specialists in their areas—but being ready to assume their roles as creative industry communicators.

2) The CAM Pitch Competition for Arts & Media took place on April 5th in the King Center Recital Hall and was well attended and supported. Members of the Dean’s Advisory Council served as judges along with members of the Colorado business community whom also made financial contributions for $3,000 for prizes. MEIS student Isabella Sandoval was the winner with her idea of a concert app, “Concert Buddy”. Thanks to Angie Buckley who found support from some major local agencies and entities that have not had previous contact (or knowledge) of CAM’s accomplished faculty, talented students and leading-edge programs.

3) Chancellor Dorothy Horrell joined CAM faculty, staff and members of the Dean’s Advisory Council to celebrate a new partnership between CAM and The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver). This partnership provides VA students membership to MCA Denver. This was a wonderful event and allowed our Chancellor the chance to speak on behalf of CU Denver and CAM as an important entity in the creative ecosystem that exists in Denver.

4) An invitation has been extended for MEIS to present and be represented at a major music production festival in Cuba this June: América por su Música. As many of you know, Governor Hickenlooper founded the Biennial of the Americas while Mayor of Denver. He led an important delegation to Cuba in March—and now, Vice Chancellor Leanna Clark found a way to involve CU Denver through CAM and specifically MEIS.

5) X Alfonso visited Denver last week and toured our Comcast Center and Recording Core. He is a major creative force in Cuba, and is one of the sponsor's hosts of the June event to which CAM/MEIS has been invited. CAM staff only found out about his visit to Denver two days in advance of his arrival—yet arranged a CAM campus tour, and participation in a personalized tour of Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Here is a link to his venue in Havana:


Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean

College of Arts & Media--University of Colorado Denver​