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Dean's Messages

January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017


Dear Colleagues,

1) Last week’s recognition ceremony for 86 faculty & staff reminded us all of the human investment made by so many to advance the College of Arts & Media and CU Denver. The panel discussion by leading community partners also reminded us of how CAM is valued—but that it is our responsibility “to be known” by the scholarly and creative communities in the City of Denver, the State of Colorado, across the nation and internationally. Friend raising is everyone’s business.

2) The Search Committee for the Assistant Dean for Budget and Financial Systems has recommended that Karen Ludington be offered the position. Thanks to the 8 people who served on this committee, reviewed the candidates and interviewed the finalists. She will officially move into this role on January 23rd . Congratulations Karen!!!

3) The Provost has invited me (as Dean of CAM) to serve on the Steering Committee for a 3-year effort (and likely more) to form a new budget model. The first meeting of the Steering Committee was January 13, 2017—and the bulk of the discussion was on wording for “The Guiding Principles.” There was no discussion about formulas or specific criteria. Have those items been discussed at other meetings (with the consultants, senior leadership, unit fiscal officers)? Most likely, yes. Have any decisions been made? Not to my knowledge (as a member of the Steering Committee). Are formulas and new models going to be put into place to limit or damage CAM? That’s highly doubtful. Why would anyone do that? Two things we do know:
•  The new budget model is likely going to be put into place (fully) in FY2019.
•  That gives two years for testing, sampling and projections on how to have a stronger CU Denver.

What can faculty and staff do to strengthen CAM?
• Recruiting students is everyone’s business  but please call on our team that works with enrollment
management and LYNX Camps—Dave Walter and Katryn Bowdle. Thank you for supporting the work of our recruiters and summer camp directors.
• Retaining students is everyone’s business —please work with and support our full time advising team of four, the Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise and the Director of Creative Industries Research and Policy. Research shows that students who are placed on a career path AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR STUDIES have a better chance of staying in school and graduating. Thank you for supporting the 6-person retention team.
• Friend raising and being visible in the community is everyone’s business . In the first 3 weeks of 2017 CAM has raised over $77,000 (that’s 70% of what was raised in each of the last 2 years--2015 and 2016). Marianna DiVietro had over 170 contacts this past year—and is among the leaders in the entire CU System. Many faculty are sending people her way. Thank you.
•  Research and creative work, teaching and service are the jobs of the faculty. Logistics, fiscal tracking, and administrative matters, should be handled by the professional staff.

Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean
College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver

P.S. These four links present research to back the claim of a correlation between career paths and retention: