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College of Arts & Media

Dean's Messages

July 10, 2017

Dear colleague,

This message shows how the College of Arts & Media, its 3 departments and 3 centers are all affirming and supporting Chancellor Horrell’s 5 Priorities, and branding of CU in the City:
  1. Elevate student success.
  2. Advance excellence and innovation in teaching, research and creative work.
  3. Strengthen our position as a vital community asset.
  4. Create a more cohesive, collaborative and inclusive CU Denver culture.
  5. Achieve long-term financial stability and sustainability.

Those 5 priorities extend the context of the College of Arts & Media Strategic Priorities. 

CAM Strategic Priorities:
Long Term
  1. Deliver outstanding educational experience that achieves recognition of the College of Arts & Media as a leading professional arts school
  2. Produce innovative research and creative work for societal good
  3. Improve financial strength and secure resources necessary to achieve our mission
  4. Foster culture of community, collaboration and diversity
Near term
  1. Improve program relevancy and strengthen CAM’s reputational excellence
  2. Cultivate cross-disciplinary, cross-department, cross-college creative exchange
  3. Grow endowments for research and scholarships
  4. Create new social and academic networking opportunities for students

A quote from Chancellor Horrell affirms CAM’s direction and the essential academic, creative, teaching, learning and service functions that we are involved in:

“It will take a multi-pronged approach, including fortifying the university’s connections to the city, being “very aggressive” in fundraising efforts, and “keeping that entrepreneurial hat on.”

The Chancellor and other university officials recently met with members of the Denver City Council to see how CU Denver might help with data gathering that might shape policy or meet community needs. Michael
Seman and Storm Gloor have been especially active in addressing the Chancellor’s call for leadership in data gathering.

1) CAM by the Numbers:
The College of Arts and Media finished the year with over $240,000 in funds for various designated areas within the college. This is a 720% increase from 2014, and reflects the tireless efforts of Marianna
DiVietro, and many of you who continue to identify people who wish to invest in the students, faculty and special mission of the college. Just recently, a faculty member introduced us to someone who made a
bequest that will be over $100,000. Another faculty member introduced us to someone who wishes to build a building and establish a cultural center.
  • Giving in 2014, $39,000, Giving in 2017 (not including Comcast), $241,000.
  • Increase in non-resident students—35% increase from 141 in 2015 to 191 in 2017.
  • LYNX: National Art & Media Camps, 600% growth from 26 in 2014 to 190 in 2017.
  • Reputational growth: CAM faculty continue to publish books, make recordings, produce scholarly articles, produce films/videos, use design in innovative ways, and many other types of creative media. BRAVO! A new element (for CAM) addresses something that faculty have been adamant about—and that is growing reputation. This past year, CAM was featured and mentioned in a large feature story in the Denver Post, Westword, 5280, The North Denver Tribune, The CAP (Madison, Wisconsin), Forbes Magazine and other outlets. We also had a faculty member and staff member featured on the popular CPR program, Colorado Matters.

2) Several international projects tied to CAM:
  • A study abroad residency in Ireland.
  • Three faculty members and a student from MEIS attended a major music production conference in Havana, Cuba (June 2017). This trip was linked to the Biennial of the Americas—an initiative of then-Mayor John Hickenlooper and now embraced by the City of Denver, State of Colorado and major philanthropy.
  • The A Cappella Ensemble Lark will be performing in Hong Kong (in August) on a trip supported by the Walton Family Foundation on the basis of winning a competition this past March.
  • With connections provided by Chancellor Horrell, MEIS is sending a delegation to Uganda in September, in cooperation with the Global Livingston Institute (GLI). The request of GLI is for MEIS to help form a music production company in Uganda to help produce and stage major concerts/festivals. Those events are then used as a means to encourage Ugandans to undergo HIV/AIDS testing.
  • It has been determined that the nation of Singapore offers major opportunities to recruit students to CAM: a) the government of Singapore has designated support of the creative industries as a national imperative, b) there are several major arts high schools in Singapore—as well as private schools who graduate students who intend to enter the creative industries, c) a delegation of school administrators from the Singapore School if the Arts visited CAM, was impressed and will host a small delegation on a visit to the country, and d) the Dean-designate of the College of Engineering and Applied Science is stationed in Singapore until he begins his term as dean at CU Denver in January 2018.

3) Please note the requirement of faculty attendance at meetings during the week in advance of the first week of classes.

August 14-18:

Wednesday, August 16
  • 10:00am-12:00pm TFVP Department Meeting, KC 515
  • 12:30-2:30pm CAM Faculty & Staff Meeting, Tivoli Community Theatre
Thursday, August 17
  • 8:30-11:00am CAM New Faculty Orientation, ARTS 177A
  • 1:00-2:00pm Tenure and Promotion Meeting, ARTS 177A
  • 2:00-3:00pm Curriculum Workshop, ARTS 177A
Friday, August 18
  • 9:00-11:00am VA Department Meeting, CU 1120
  • 10:00am-12:00pm MEIS Department Meeting, KC 104

Laurence Kaptain, Dean​​