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College of Arts & Media

August 29, 2017

Dean's Message

​August 29, 2017 
Dean’s Message to Faculty & Staff 

Dear Colleagues, 

1) Join ThinqStudio for lunch and community building on Friday, September 8th. ThinqStudio is a cross-campus and interdisciplinary CU Denver initiative committed to critical digital pedagogy. During this inaugural lunch gathering, reports will be shared from Brian DeLevie and Bryan Leister who participated in recent Digital Pedagogy Lab Institutes in Virginia. The event will take place on campus, location TBD, with lunch served from 12:00 to 12:30, and the conversations from 12:30 to 2:00. RSVP here: 

2) Please hold Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 9:30 am for a special meeting of CAM faculty and staff and a report out on the CAM cultural assessment from Provost Nairn and our Consultant Mark Carneal. The location will be TBD. 3) Final official numbers will not be available for several days, but the one-week numbers put CAM enrollments at 1,301. That is a solid increase from last year. Enrollment of new non-resident students (out of state) is at 80—also a large increase from last year. 

4) The Career Team is continuing to meet weekly to assure that the College of Arts & Media is making student success a priority. At today’s (Monday 8/28 meeting), we learned: 
          a) Michael Seman (Director of Creative Industries Research and Policy) is wrapping up a report to the                    City of Denver and State of Colorado about economic data on the creative industries. 
          b) Amy Foss (Academic Advisor—specialist in Career Advising) shared three major CU activities coming                  up that will help students gain career skills, be knowledgeable about searching for a job, and an                        internship/job fair that will feature representatives from the creative industries. 
          c) Dave Walter (LYNX Camps and CAM Enrollment Management Director) described how prospective                      students and parents appreciate the formation of a career team to track and affirm CAM’s efforts in                    career services. 
          d) Angie Buckley (Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise) convened over 40 students                this past week for the 2017-18 kick-off of the Student Agency, and brought in entrepreneur Travis                    Luther to speak with the students. 

5) Please mark Tuesday, September 19th on your calendar, as higher education entrepreneurship specialist Mark Rabideau from DePauw University will be making presentations to CAM students, faculty and staff. Times and places TBD. 

6) The Denver-based communications agency Karsh-Hagen has provided CAM with branding that is supportive and complimentary of the “CU in the City” campaign. If any faculty or staff would like to review this, please send a request to Carrie Osgood ( Carrie will also be available on Wednesday, August 30th at 11 a.m. and Thursday, August 31st at 3:30 p.m., both in the Conference Room ARTS 176A. University Communications has approved the branding, but I want to assure that faculty and staff have input too. 


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Laurence Kaptain, Dean