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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

October 23, 2017

Dean's Message

​October 23, 2017 

Dean’s Message to Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues, 

This information is being shared in the context of the 5 Strategic Initiatives of the College of Arts & Media: Support an outstanding educational and creative student experience. 
Embed entrepreneurship across the College of Arts & Media. 
Support relevant research in the creative industries. 
Advance CU in the City through CAM communication and branding. 
Improve financial strength of CAM. 

These strategic initiatives were formed through the 2015 retreats with Beth Herman and Stacy Sopcich, the results of the 2016 SNAAP reports, faculty research interests, and a coalescing of CU System Planning, CU Denver (Chancellor’s planning), and the extensive work that was undertaken with Mark Carneal. These will serve as CAM guiding priorities as we continue through the 2017-18 academic year. 

1) We are providing opportunities for our students to be global in their research, creative work, design, performance, and abilities to navigate and advance new technologies. Since the past academic year, our faculty and students have traveled to and interacted with people and institutions in: 

• The United Kingdom • Ireland • Denmark • Mexico • The Czech Republic 
• Hong Kong • South Korea • China • Singapore • Uganda 

That is just in six months (May through October). The reach of CAM and the opportunities for our students are exceptional. Let me also add that we are stepping up our efforts to attract international students to CAM. At the present time, CAM has the fewest number of international students of any campus unit. We are working to change that. 

2) Early career advising is taking place through efforts across the three departments in CAM, and through regular meetings of the Career Team. The Career Team meets every Monday to survey the landscape of work in the creative industries. Faculty who would like to attend these meetings should check-in with Shannon Squires. The meetings generally take place on Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Conference Room 176A of the Arts Building. 

3) CAM continues to attract outstanding talent in both faculty and staff. As Stephanie Kelly informed you, Kelli Rapplean will be joining the College of Arts & Media on November 13th. In addition to her duties with LYNX Camps and recruiting, she will be joining the Career Team and brings a special expertise in internships. The search for a new Director of Communications as taken place and the committee (led by Karen Ludington and including Richard Strasser, Lanny DeVuono, Marianna DiVietro and Laura Parker from University Communications) has concluded their work and recommended a preferred candidate. This individual has an exceptional background and experience well matched to the needs of CAM. The position has been offered to Ms. Alice Crogan of UMBC (Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County), and she will begin on November 20, 2017. We will provide more information about her hire very soon.

Laurence Kaptain, Dean