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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

July 26, 2017

Messages from the Dean

​Dean’s Message to CAM Faculty and Staff 

Dear Colleagues, 

1) Last week, 11 members of the CAM Leadership Team had a two-day off campus retreat with our Consultant Mark Carneal. It was time well spent, as we were able to review the mission, vision and values of CAM and to discuss how to put those words into action. The three Chairs will have a large role in determining next steps for the units. We will all learn more about the formation of strategic initiatives, priorities and action steps at our meetings in August. 

2) For more than 2 years now, Bill Lewis has done a terrific job as Director of Marketing and Communications in CAM. As a 27-year Naval Veteran, he brought an important combination of skills that advanced CAM in many ways. He told me today that his last day will be in midAugust. Please thank him for the many ways he advanced the image and branding of CAM. I will be consulting with the Chairs and Leadership Team to structure a search to fill that position. 

3) The Uganda Trip you may have heard of, is through an invitation from the Global Livingston Institute, and we are sending a delegation of 3 faculty experts in the creative industries, 2 support staff members to assist with implementation, and 4 advanced music production students to visit Uganda, September 9th-18th, 2017 in order to create new models and approaches to international development, through the creation of a non-profit music production company. Specifically there are three priorities for those making this trip: a) Create a determination of short-term needs and long-term aspirations as they relate to music production in Uganda; b) Formulate a plan that empowers Ugandans to implement structures needed to create and share music content; c) Collaborate with Ugandans in-country to build essential supports (for example, the formation of a music production company) that are sustainable beyond intervention from Global Livingston Institute and the College of Arts & Media. 

4) The Americans for the Arts will hold their 2018 National Conference in Denver June 15-17, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Denver. Arts and community leaders from across the country will discuss pressing issues around public art, community development, education, advocacy and equity. I was invited to a meeting yesterday with two members of the leadership of Americans for the Arts and two Denver arts leaders who wanted to find out how CAM can participate in this important gathering. Your efforts and hard work are gaining national notice.


Onward! Laurence Kaptain, Dean