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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Dean's Messages

May 17, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations on the completion of another academic year! All of the reports on the Courtyard by Marriott Celebration, the Redline Gallery BFA Thesis Show, Cinefest, MEIS end of year ensemble concerts, Graduation and the CAM Graduation Reception indicated strong attendance and showed the best of CAM student work and faculty
support/mentoring. Many thanks to our staff and faculty who coordinated, staged and produced so many events in such a condensed timeframe.

I am pleased to announce that Eric Jewett will be joining us as Assistant Professor of Film/TV this fall. He has served as Director/First Assistant Director on films such as Basic Instinct and Return of the Jedi, and TV shows including Party of Five, Weeds and many others. Most recently he has been working on the CBS program Code Black. Congrats to the
search committee for attracting such a strong and seasoned professional with over 30 years of high-level Hollywood experience.

The Student Agency has been offered two significant contracts totaling $22,000 from the School of Public Health at Anschutz Medical Campus for student work in digital media. In addition to using their creative skills, they will be gaining experience in business and finance, technology, interpersonal skills, and networking with their clients on the Anschutz faculty and staff.

In my own continuing efforts to improve communication, I will be sending out future updates at the beginning of the week. This will allow a better stream of feedback—and also free up “mental space” for the weekends.

The next communication will include information about the CAM report from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). This organization (SNAAP) produces and administers an online survey, the accompanying data management, and institutional improvement system designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education. SNAAP is helping to change the national conversation on the value of an arts degree. I know that we all share interest in learning how our alumni feel about their experiences in CAM—and how they are using their skills in research, performance, design, technology, commerce and other areas where they are employed.

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