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Welcome from the Dean

​​​Greetings from the College of Arts & Media (CAM) at the University of Colorado Denver!

Not only is our unit Colorado’s first arts and entertainment college—but we are also one of the few public institutions nationally to be offering programs at the intersection of arts, technology and commerce. It’s at that location that our art changes lives.

It has only been within the past 20 years that significant research has illuminated new career paths for prospective students and their parents to consider. Please read the following sentences from Steven J. Tepper and Elizabeth Long Lingo (formerly of Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy),

Artists need to be masters of navigating across historically disparate domains, for example, specialization and generalist skills, autonomy and social engagement, the economy’s periphery and the core, precarious employment and self-directed entrepreneurialism, and large metro centers and regional art markets.” 

That is what CAM is all about. Our faculty have high expectations for our students—and in that regard, a core belief we all share is the importance of assuring that young artists, designers and scholars have the tools to form their own creative identity. They will then be able to establish their role in the new contingent economy by leveraging entrepreneurship and enterprise for their success as artist citizens.

Please explore our web site, printed materials—and then plan a visit to our campus. When you meet our faculty and students you will understand the special nature of how an education at the intersection of arts, technology and commerce changes lives.

With best regards,

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Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA

Dean, College of Arts & Media
Professor of Music, Entertainment and Industry Studies 
University of Colorado Denver
Executive Assistant:

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 Dean's Messages


 April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016 

Dear Colleagues of the CAM Faculty and Staff 

On April 1st, 2016 there was a vote of the faculty to determine the frequency for meetings. The vote was taken with an anonymous ballot (and those who could not come to the meeting sent Shannon confidential votes). The results were 27-­1 to sustain the consensus decision that was reached last Spring by the faculty and affirmed by the Executive Committee, which is to have two full CAM faculty and staff meetings per semester. Some comments were heard, including a suggestion that the CAM faculty should meet. I will meet with any individual or group at any time. Shannon helps me with scheduling: Please do not hesitate to request time for individual meetings, small groups—or the entire faculty. 

Thank you for the dialogue and participation in our democratic process, and the reaffirmation of openness and transparency that demonstrates how CAM concerns are addressed when they are heard. And thank you for continuing to support the success of our students – particularly as the semester (and year – for some) comes to a close. Please look at the blog that our students have contributed to on sponsored trips to Art Dubai, SXSW and a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit.

Let me give a vigorous and sincere shout out to the advisors as their schedules start to get busy with registration season. Stop and thank our advisors when you see them. 

Brian DeLevie and Noelle DeLage are currently overseas in the Middle East on a recruiting, donor stewardship and CU Denver cultivation trip. The Middle East is a region that is rich in potential for student recruitment and investment in CAM. Michelle Carpenter also has recently made two trips to the Middle East. 

Budgets for next year? Stand by. There is good news so far, as we have been allowed to search for a MEIS Chair, music history specialist, art history specialist and an enterprise/entrepreneurship specialist—so we are in an exciting time for CAM. 

Please pass this link around—as it reaffirms the strength of our curriculum, programs and a bold and bright future for our graduates. Uncle Henry is Wrong. 

Here is the link for the a2ru 2016 National Conference that will be hosted by CU Denver. 


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA Dean, College of Arts & Media



 April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016 

Good morning CAM faculty and staff, 

As you may have read in the April 7, 2016 CU Connections the University of Colorado Board of Regents approved a non-base- building salary pool for eligible employees at CU Denver for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017). This means that this will be a one-time raise.

Why a one-time raise and not a raise that is permanent? CU Denver did not hit our enrollment goals for the current academic year, and 85% of our budget comes from tuition. This is one reason that I have been reminding everyone of the critical importance of not just recruiting—but assuring an increase in yield (the students whom we can count as enrolled on the census date—about 2 weeks after the Fall semester begins) funds the budget that is set in advance of the academic year.

I encourage you to continue to discuss and consider how you and your role can strengthen our efforts to reach out to the 700+ admitted students to encourage them to look carefully at their college choice and consider the many benefits of attending CAM. We have members of our team focused on these efforts, but they cannot do it alone – we each have a critical role to play in ensuring that admitted students become enrolled students. Our outreach and engagement efforts have increased the number of admits by 61%, but we’ll need all of us – faculty and staff – to “close.” 

Erin Hutchinson, CAM’s Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, is working with the budget and finance offices to gather information from central campus so the College of Arts & Media may determine how and when CAM’s share of the non-base-building, merit-based salary pool will be distributed to CAM faculty and staff. Merit-based salary pools must be approved by the Board of Regents and are based on the campus’s ability to fund a pool. Typically, salary pools are allocated at the discretion of the Dean and are based on merit scores earned during the preceding performance review cycle. 

Stay tuned for more information and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media. 

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

 April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016 

Dear CAM Faculty and Staff, 

In my March 11th, 2016 message to all faculty and staff, I described some of the ways that Sam McGuire is helping out on the many duties of the Associate Dean. Within that message I listed some specific accountabilities Sam had taken on in a role that we are calling “faculty administrator.” 

We have learned that Joann Brennan will be leaving her role as Associate Dean of CAM as of May 1, 2016, to assume the position of Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs | CU South Denver University of Colorado on a full-time basis. Starting in the AY 2017, she will be teaching one photography course per year in VA. Let me make this clear that Joann’s tenured position at the level of Professor will remain in our college. This is the way that all tenured administrative leaders function at any institution—it is always with a “home” unit. 

I wish to thank Joann Brennan for dedicated, selfless and sterling service to the College of Arts and Media for 18 years as an award winning artist/faculty member and 8 years as Associate Dean. To say that she has served CAM with distinction (in a very difficult and challenging position) would be an understatement. Thank you Joann. 

Knowing that this (Joann’s move to CU South) might occur, I looked at the CAM By-Laws and started querying the Executive Committee about the suitability of a current faculty member to fill Joann’s role, should she change positions at CU Denver.  

Approved April 6, 2012 

College Administration 
2. Associate or Assistant Dean(s): 
a. Appointment is by the Dean of the college in consultation with the CAM Executive Committee. Term of the appointment of the Associate or Assistant Dean is indeterminate, and at will. Associate Deans and Assistant Deans are subject to yearly performance/merit reviews as Professional Exempt Administrative positions. 
b. There shall be at least one Associate Dean of the college whose role and responsibilities will be determined by the Dean in relationship to program and college need. The Associate Dean will report to the Dean and assist, advise and support the Dean in the academic leadership of the college.

Since the March 11th, 2016 memo detailed the roles Sam had taken on, I’m asking him to step up to assume broader responsibilities throughout April and assume the title of Associate Dean on May 1st.  

As stated in the CAM By Laws (adopted by the faculty in April 2012) regarding the appointment of an Associate Dean, “Appointment is by the Dean of the college in consultation with the CAM Executive Committee.” I have spoken with the members of the Executive Committee, as well as several CU Denver leaders—and there is a strong consensus that supports his taking on the role to “assist, advise and support the Dean in the academic leadership of the college.” 

As always, I invite faculty, staff, and students to come and speak with me about this and all other matters of appointments, communications, organization, structure of the college and any other matters. I am fine with seeing people individually, with their Chairs or in small groups. Most of you know that Shannon Squires coordinates my calendar, and she may be reached at

So we are moving forward as change agents and this is continuing to be an exciting time for CAM and CU Denver.

All best!

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA Dean, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver​

 April 18, 2016

It’s no secret that there are many misconceptions about careers in the arts. Some, like this commercialare more prevalent than others. It seems that this television commercial furthers misperceptions about careers in the arts. The stereotype of the starving (or at least poor) art school attendee/grad (Dad at the wheel of the minivan)— is advanced through the mouths of babes who seem to be aware of an often-repeated storyline that, in reality, is baseless.

What do we know about the lives of arts graduates? Data from surveys administered by Indiana University’s Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) of over 100,000 alumni of arts programs tell us the following:

  • Only 4% are currently unemployed and looking for work
  • 74% of alumni, who intended to be professional artists, have done so
  • 82% are satisfied with their ability to be creative in their work
  • 90% say their overall experience in art school was either very good or excellent
  • 76% would attend their institution again
  • 87% are satisfied with their current jobs
  • Only 3% of arts majors work in food services

Starving? Hardly. Satisfied with their lives/work? Seems so.

At CAM, we will be administering the SNAAP alumni survey for the first time in the Fall of 2016. We look forward to working with each of our departments to engage and encourage our alumni to participate.

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver

P.S. This short video informs us about the bright future of arts graduates:​


 April 27, 2016

CAM Staff members (in the Dean’s Office, the Departments and other locations), Today is Administrative Professional’s Day. During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association's name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.

The Administrative Professionals in all offices of the College of Arts & Media attend to many essential tasks that support research/creative work, teaching, service, student support, fiscal management, human resource management, communications, development/advancement, technical support, upkeep/tracking of expensive equipment, procurement, travel, laboratory and studio support and other areas.

Our team of staff members helps us all to attract and retain talented students, achieve national rankings (in 3 areas), and support faculty attainment. 

Thank you colleagues who work toward the quality and excellence that we take much pride in. Your work is noticed and appreciated.

All best!

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver


 May 2, 2016


In our retreats and mission/values planning (Golden Circle), “Diversity of Voices” is part of the how of CAM. Diversity is a closely held value. That sure sounds good—but what does it mean? Let me share some of the steps we have taken as examples of a commitment to inclusion and diversity: 

Recently, we’ve been strengthening our college by focusing on inclusive hiring practices: 

  • Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Brenda Allen met with the search committee for the MEIS Chair to assure that diversity would be a central principle of the search process. MEIS faculty were asked to nominate individuals to help assure a diverse pool of applications. 
  • Three recent additions to the faculty and staff have brought individuals who offer culturally diverse perspectives. 
  • The priority request from CAM for new faculty/staff (AY 2017) was a faculty position that would be for both teaching and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. That request was not funded. 

We’re being intentional and thoughtful to strengthen our current and future programming with strong themes of diversity: 

  • The CAM Diversity Council continues to meet, and recently completed a planning retreat. They will soon release recommendations. 
  • The deans of CAM and the College of Architecture and Planning are meeting with Brenda Allen to see how an event in 2017 might be planned to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and find ways to highlight how diversity and inclusion can be advanced by the common threads found in both Arts & Media and Architecture and Planning. 
  • CAM helped sponsor Michelle Norris (NPR Host and Special Correspondent, and Founder of the Race Card Project) who presented a speech at CU Denver on April 21, 2016. 
  • The 2016 Winter Convocation with John Hockenberry (host of The Takeaway) helped us advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion with regards to outreach. We featured a program and panel rich in ethnic diversity and gender, diversity of age and ability and diversity of experience and thought. Five CU Denver faculty, students and administrators were interviewed on The Takeaway and those interviews were released online and archived reaching millions of listeners. The Takeaway has attracted a more diverse audience, with African American listenership exceeding public radio averages by 60%. 

We’ve taken some steps to start expanding/globalizing CAM’s curriculum to create a more diverse context for learning: 

  • MEIS is conducting a search for a tenure track music history position to specialize in non-western music. This is a hire that is rich in potential to help diversify the curriculum. 
  • VA just made a hire of non-western art historian with a specialization in Chinese Art. 

Current Colorado demographics show that the population breakdown is 81% Caucasian; 20% Latino; 4% African America and 2% Asian. The Chronicle of Higher Education states that children born today in Colorado will grow up with these differentials in demographics: 

By 2030: 

  • Caucasian -7.5% 
  • Hispanic +20% 
  • African America -8% 
  • And other +13% 

How will our curriculum and faculty/staff hiring reflect the above statistics? What do our students see when they choose courses?  A cursory look at the course titles and descriptions show that out of more than 1000 active CAM courses, 10 TFVP, 14 VA and three MEIS courses indicated global content in the titles and descriptions (what students use to search for courses). My challenge to CAM is to continue teaching quality classes that reflect diversity and inclusion—and add courses that provide value to our programming and curriculum. 

What can we be doing to sustain and enhance inclusive practices? How can this information inform and strengthen our student recruitment and enrollment and programming efforts? 

Im proud of our efforts thus far, but know we can do more and do better. I look forward to supporting proposals and initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion and to continuing this important dialogue. 


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA 
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM) 
University of Colorado Denver 


 May 12, 2016

Increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM

Dear Faculty and Staff colleagues,

In both of our retreats, the three top priorities that I heard about were:

  1. A new CAM building
  2. Increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM
  3. Scholarships

Let me focus on increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM:

To build the brand of CAM you (faculty, staff, students and community partners) identified three essential values: creative excellence, discovery and Denver. We took part in activities last year to allow us find a position we can own, to communicate the benefits of our brand and to work towards going inside the mind of prospective students (and their parents), donors, industry leaders and others.

To continue this work, we have engaged an agency to work in further building the brand of CAM. This firm is called Karsh Hagen and they have a hard-earned, well-deserved national reputation for success in branding and research in the area of marketing that strives to gather attention in a crowded media arena. Karsh Hagen works with the University of Colorado System, various other CU Denver colleges and units, schools and units at Anschutz, Colorado Tourism and many others.

In the meantime, we will continue our work with Orbit Design, a local design agency, to produce promotional material and our printed publications. We are also leveraging our student talent by employing CAM students in roles for graphic design and events.

On my part, careful planning goes into local and regional event attendance, presentations at national conferences, visits to alumni and donor stewardship/prospecting. All of those activities allow me to activate our branding and positioning to advance CAM’s value proposition.

Another essential part of any Dean’s job is to “be the face of CAM” with organizations that can advance all aspects of reputation, recognition, rankings and support of CAM. Since arriving in Denver I  have been asked to be a part of numerous local, regional and national boards. Here are some of the groups that I participate in and the roles that I play:

  1. Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation, Board of Directors
  2. Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Board of Directors
  3. Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), National Advisory Board
  4. Arts Schools Network, Board of Directors
  5. Stanley Film Center and Film Festival, Advisory Board
  6. Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), 2016 National Conference Host and member of the Strategic Planning Group
Several faculty and staff members of CAM are officers and board members of local, regional, national and international organizations. Your service is appreciated—and we cannot be too active in organizations that allow us to tell the story of CAM. As we embark on this journey to continue refining and establishing our value proposition, please work closely with our marketing and outreach team members and share your stories and the stories of your colleagues, students and alumni.


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver


 Faculty and Staff Meeting May 13, 2016


 July 6, 2016

July 6, 2016

To the Faculty and Staff of the College of Arts & Media,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce three new CAM tenure/tenure track colleagues:

Richard Strasser, PhD, is the new Chair of the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department. He was granted tenure by the University of Colorado Board of Regents and comes to the University of Colorado Denver from Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Strasser is a graduate from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music (distinction) and a Graduate Diploma in Music. After winning both the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award and the Arts Council of Australia Scholarship, he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Richard Strasser also has an arts administration degree from New York University. He has served as a faculty member of numerous universities including John Cabot University in Rome, Clarion University of Pennsylvania and as Coordinator of the Music Business program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Richard served on the Board of Director’s for the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the Cultural Organization of Lowell and the working group for the development for national music industry education standards for the National Association of Schools of Music. He is author of The Savvy Studio Owner published by Hal Leonard books, Music Business: The Key Concepts, and The Music Business and Recording Industry with Routledge. Richard is the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award at Northeastern University. His first day was Tuesday, July 5th!

Yang Wang comes to CU Denver as Assistant Professor of Art History from a post-doctoral fellowship in Asian art history at Luther College. She holds a PhD and a master’s degree in history of art from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from the University of Missouri. She was recently awarded a Philanthropic Education Organization International Scholar Award for Doctoral Studies and a Presidential Fellowship from The Ohio State University. Yang was granted a Louise Wallace Hackney Fellowship for the Study of Chinese Art, American Oriental Society from the University of Michigan and an Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship from The Ohio State University. She has nearly eight years of teaching and lecturing experience through the University of Toronto, The Ohio State University and the University of California-Davis.

Aleysia K. Whitmore comes to CAM as an Assistant Professor of Music History and previously was a visiting assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She holds a BM from the University of Toronto and AM and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology from Brown University. Her dissertation, entitled Performing Pleasure: Africa and its Diaspora on the World Music Stage, was an ethnographic study of two world music bands that creatively combine West African and Cuban musics, and the industry and audiences that surround them. A multi-sited ethnographic study of the contemporary world music industry across Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and North America, it provides a window into the transnational lives of musicians, industry personnel, audiences and the specific post-colonial era of globalization in which they are situated. She is currently researching cultural policy and the world music industry in France.

You will be able to meet these new colleagues at our CAM Welcome Back Faculty and Staff Meeting on Wednesday, August 17th at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Theatre (Tivoli).


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver


 July 29, 2016

We have all heard the saying that goes, “You will never have a second chance to make a first impression.” I have certainly found that to be true.

On Friday, August 19, 2016, CU Denver is hosting the 2016 New Student Convocation ceremony. This serves as a symbolic initiation into the world of higher education and a formal introduction to the traditions, standards and principles of CU Denver. 

Last year’s Convocation Ceremony was very impressive. The number of incoming students in attendance was exceptional—and many parents were there too. The incoming students wear regalia (over their casual clothing) and process into the venue. After the very short ceremony, they return their regalia and get a CU Denver t-shirt in exchange. The message being—complete your time at CU Denver and you will wear the regalia again. 

Unfamiliar with Convocation? Click here for a 90-second student produced video overview.

The day consists of three events:

School & College Receptions
All faculty and staff are requested to attend their designated school/college reception from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. to interact with new students prior to the convocation ceremony. Light refreshments will be served. CAM Reception Tivoli 440 Adironacks.

New Student Convocation Ceremony
The formal ceremony is held in the PE/Events Center Gym from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is the main event where more than 600 new students will be inducted into the university. It is the bookend to commencement and faculty and administration dress in academic regalia. Students are dressed in black gowns to symbolize their transition into the world of higher education.

Convocation BBQ
Immediately following the ceremony from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., all attendees, including the families of faculty, staff and administration, are invited to celebrate the start of a new academic year on the CU Denver Field and enjoy the free fun, games and delicious food sponsored by Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q.

Each year CAM’s participation by our faculty and staff grows, and I’d love to see this trend continue, so I ask that you consider attending.

The new student reception will give you an opportunity to mix and mingle with our new students, talk with them, answer their questions and make them feel welcome. 

Thank you for your consideration of making a lasting impression on the new students, parents, and leadership of CU Denver who will be seated on the podium of this impressive event.

I look forward to seeing you there!



 August 5, 2016

The potential appointment of a 2nd Scholar in Residence

Dear Colleagues of the CAM Faculty & Staff,

Through the efforts of music business faculty member Storm Gloor and several city and philanthropic officials, the need was identified for someone to provide research and make policy suggestions for both the city and state governments. Hence, CAM is receiving funding to help add a two-year position entitled “Scholar in Residence for Creative Industries Research and Policy.” This funding will place an academic researcher in CAM who has Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy, and is already widely published in the areas of the arts and entertainment economies.

In order to best articulate the how this Scholar in Residence opportunity came to fruition, I’ve included some important background information and details about the opportunities and impact of the position.


Since Dr. Dorothy Horrell arrived and assumed the position of Chancellor, the Deans of CU Denver have benefitted from her profile as a foundation president, president of the state community college system and chancellor of a local community college. In the case of CAM, she is leveraging her contacts in the city government to provide some valuable linkages.

The connections she has provided opened the door for discussions about a potential CAM presence in the new Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). A new building/facilities was the primary concern of the CAM community who attend the two all-CAM retreats in 2015. A CAM building in the new DCPA is a vision for the future in which we are enrolled—and it requires that CAM be positioned favorably with Denver’s Office of Arts & Venues.

The City of Denver’s cultural plan, IMAGINE 2020, provides a collective framework for innovation and advancement. Colorado Creative Industries, the state’s arts council, also defines a path for creativity in Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock view the creative industries as essential to quality of life. It would be highly beneficial for them to have clear data on the impact of further investment in creative industries that will drive up the City’s and State’s social, cultural, and economic growth.

The College of Arts & Media (CAM) is committed to answering that call both inside and outside the classroom. The accessibility, diversity and cultural energy of Denver and beyond make the College of Arts & Media a better place to teach, work and learn. Students in CAM learn with purpose, create with passion and change lives in Denver and beyond.


The position of a Creative Industries Research and Policy Scholar offers reciprocal support to the citizens of this great city and pays it forward by quantifying the reach and economic impact of the arts in Denver and the State of Colorado.

An initial 2-yr. internal appointment:

  • Fulfill the mission, values and near-term CAM strategic priorities of the October 1, 2015 document that was formed through the participation of CAM faculty, staff, student representatives and community partners, and based on the January 2015 retreat.
  • Support the vision to improve program relevancy and strengthen CAM’s reputational excellence by attracting a creative industries research and policy scholar with the direct support of state and local government, and to serve nonprofit and philanthropic entities, private businesses, and individual creative workers.
  • Employ real-world experience to cultivate cross-disciplinary, cross-department, cross-college creative exchange, and create new social and academic networking opportunities for students the vision to advance creative industries research and policy.
  • Through research and formation of policy, facilitate successful learning experiences where the complementarity and interdependence of the three departments in CAM is recognized and conveyed.
  • Assure that creative industries research and policy is a part of the CAM student experience.

Specific duties:

  1. Provide research and policy support to Denver Arts and Venues and Colorado Creative Industries in their efforts to advance creative industries in Denver and statewide.
  2. Lead research and policy efforts to advance art forms as creative industries (and economic drivers) in Denver and statewide.
  3. Convene students and inspire them toward action as agents of the artistic experience, perhaps creative industries researchers, possibly policy-makers, but always champions of nurturing creativity as "agents of the artistic experience." This is essential if they are informed through research to develop the flexibility, vision, social empathy, enterprise and entrepreneurship they will need to adapt to and thrive within new economic parameters.
  4. Embed with students from the three departments who can develop enabling mechanisms develop their capacities, that will in turn, identify other student leaders to become CAM ambassadors who will advance the creative industries.
  5. Provide support for CAM-related creative industries initiatives, including but not limited to 2017 Association of Popular Music Education National Conference, convening, Music Academy Start-Up (if repeated), and LYNX National Arts & Media Music Industry Summer Camp.
  6. Assume the role of CU Denver Partner Content Curator for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru).
  7. Join the CU Denver team that is facilitating and hosting the November 2016 National Conference of a2ru that is being held on the CU Denver Downtown Campus and Anschutz Medical Center.
  8. Provide support and assistance with CAM’s participation in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project initiative and alumni survey in conjunction with the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement.

General Duties

  • Attend departmental faculty meetings.
  • Keep the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement informed about communication that can boost efforts.
  • Alumni—work collaboratively with Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement and Assistant Director of Development.
  • Meet regularly with student leaders and co-stage events with the Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise (mixers, networking, fairs and other opportunities—both in person and in various digital/cyber formats that will encourage interaction).
  • Record, document and quantify interactions, encounters, meetings and activities.

Some desired action items:

  • Have contact and communication with other CU Denver units and community partners, including but not limited to: Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Denver Arts and Venues, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, SCFD, Biennial of the Americas, AEG, and 7S Management.
  • Become a voice in the national conversation of creative industries research and policy.
  • Through scholarship and research posit how these proposed Centers may interact with the local research and policy ecosystem in meaningful and productive ways.
  • Leverage the talents of CAM’s professional staff.
  • Investigate opportunities for CAM engagement in the reimagining and animating of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
  • The creation of arts and entertainment databases that can inform planning on several different levels (local, regional and state governments, in addition to private agencies, arts organizations and philanthropy).

Initial outcomes/deliverables:

  • Students will be polled at the outset (August 2016) and then in April 2018 about their abilities to research, advance, and advocate for creative industries, including the Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Engagement.
  • Specific research deliverables relevant to core partners: Denver Arts and Venues, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, and Colorado Creative Industries.
  • Quantify how both local organizations and campus entities will have gained a familiarity with the power of research and policy information that emanates from CAM.
  • SiR will have presented at a national conference(s)
  • SiR will have CAM represented in national organizations that further creative industries in Denver and Colorado.
  • SiR will move faculty champions for creative industries to become visible leaders across CAM through their actions and thought leadership
  • SiR will have helped advance CU Denver’s membership in a2ru through attending the national conferences and leading the student groups to the annual Emerging Creative Student Summits (and perhaps host one at CAM)
  • Position the Dean to have the ability to increase visibility of CAM to the point that philanthropy may endow the present and future of creative industries at CAM (and perhaps fund this position)
  • Feature articles in print media, interviews/features on radio, TV and internet will assure a type of viability that will attract attention from government, industrial, educational, creative and non-profit entities.

The funds being used for the CAM match on this hire are reserve funds that cannot be used for permanent raises or permanent hires. Thus, nothing is being “taken” from a source that could be used for regular faculty or staff positions.

The work of this Scholar has the potential to yield great benefits for the College of Arts & Media:

  1. Realization of new career paths for CAM students (in government, higher education, arts councils, state, regional, and national agencies, and others).
  2. Bringing CAM faculty and students closer to arts and entertainment policy makers in state and local governments, and extending their educations through formal and informal learning.
  3. Research in the creative industries is contextually linked to the social, cultural and economic factors in a community. CAM students maybe inspired to attend graduate school and enter this evolving field.
  4. This position will enhance the reputation and branding of CAM. It is a very distinctive area of study, and thus can be institution enhancing (adding value to CAM degrees) through publications of articles, white papers, books and presentations at local, regional, national and international fora.
  5. The intellectual side of CAM will be expanded, and compliment researchers already in place (art history, music history, music business, and others).

More information will be coming soon on this exciting opportunity for CAM. As always, my door is open should you have any questions.


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)


 Faculty and Staff Meeting August 17, 2016



 September 2, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach this holiday weekend, I want to thank each of you for all that you do for your units, CAM and CU Denver. The semester got off to a very smooth start—due to the efforts of all of you to assure that our students had a smooth entry into the semester.

Two weeks have passed already, and—

  • We welcomed a new Chair of MEIS and two new tenure track faculty. These appointments are significant, as MEIS has needed a full-time chair—and the two new tenure track faculty both will help expand and diversify our curriculum. Yes, recruiting and retaining faculty, students and staff from diverse backgrounds remains a top priority of CAM and CU Denver. Yet, if our curriculum is not infused with a global perspective and inclusion—we will fall short in all diversity efforts.
  • Last night, (Thursday, September 1) there was a remarkable fundraising event held in the home of community partners, attended by influential Denver citizens, featuring CAM faculty, and featuring a talented LYNX Camper. It makes all the difference in the approach to have events for CAM hosted in the homes of people who understand the power of the College of Arts & Mediaand how their investment can bring them greater meaning in life and to able to see and hear where their money goes. Thanks to Owen Kortz, Peter Stoltzman, Dave Walter and Katryn Bowdle for providing leadership on every level to advance the LYNX Camps and the College of Arts & Media.
  • Also yesterday (it was a big day for CAM), we hosted the second visit in a year from a congressional staff member. Representative Ed Perlmutter sent a leading legislative aid from his office to learn more about the National Center for Media Forensics. This is important, as it represents a tangible return on the trip that I made to Washington, DC last December with a representative of CU Denver’s Office of Governmental Relations. We visited five offices (of a senator and four representatives) to tell the story of NCMF and CAM. This is laying the groundwork for an eventual visit to CAM by an elected Colorado representative.

Have a safe and restful holiday weekend, and I look forward to all that lies ahead for our College of Arts & Media this semester.

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)


 September 12, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that the search committee for the Director for Creative Industries Research and Policy position has completed their work. I accepted their recommendation of Dr. Michael Seman, PhD. National Public Radio, Wired, The Washington Post and many regional media outlets of NBC and CBS seek his perspective concerning the creative economy. 

Michael will be working across the entire college (music, film and visual arts), and his position is partially funded by the City of Denver (Denver Arts & Venues) and the State of Colorado (Colorado Creative Industries). Michael will start on October 17, 2016. 

You may recall a message I distributed earlier regarding this position. That message was sent on August 5th and details the projected scope of work for the position. Provost Nairn suggested changing the position title from Scholar in Residence to Director, and I gladly accepted his recommendation. 

To provide additional context for this hire, let me share some thoughts from Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky (Leadership on the Line, 12-13) on what they call “adaptive change”:Leadership would be a safe undertaking if your organizations and communities only faced problems for which they already knew the solutions. Every day, people have problems for which they do, in fact, have the necessary know-how and procedures. We call these technical problems. But there is a whole host of problems that are not amenable to authoritative expertise or standard operating procedures. They cannot be solved by someone who provides answers from on high. We call these adaptive challenges because they require experiments, new discoveries, and adjustments from numerous places in the organization or community. Without learning new ways–changing attitudes, values, and behaviors–people cannot make the adaptive leap necessary to thrive in the new environment. The sustainability of change depends on having the people with the problem internalize the change itself.

At our meeting in August I challenged all of us to focus on these priorities:

  • Recruit
  • Retain
  • Reach

Recruiting students is everyone’s business, retaining students is everyone’s business and reaching inside and outside of CU Denver is something we all should be doing. Michael Seman will be standing with us as we reach to utilize "adaptive challenges because they require experiments, new discoveries, and adjustments from numerous places in the organization or community."

So let’s do it!


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)


 September 16, 2016

Dear faculty and staff colleagues,

The semester is well underway and a lot of important and purposeful work is being done. Here are some updates:

1. A special opportunity exists for a limited number of our CAM students on Friday, November 4. Author, inventor and artist, Todd Siler, will be conducting a special workshop for a limited number of CAM students during the 2016 a2ru national conference. The workshop is entitled “Metaphorming” and aims to challenge students to use art-based thinking to problem-solve and achieve goals. Workshop arrangements are being spearheaded by Angie Buckley and Tanida Ruampant. Since seating is limited, Angie Buckley will be calling upon the faculty to nominate two students each to take advantage of priority registration for this workshop. Nominated students will get the first opportunity to reserve a seat for the workshop – well before the registration is open to the entire 1200+ CAM student body. Please look for a communication from Angie today or Monday with instructions on how and when to nominate your students. This communication will also contain further details about the workshop and the benefits it presents for our students.

2. Collaboration between the three CAM departments is a mandate the students have presented me with and the need for interdisciplinary work is also appearing in academic and popular press. As you know, Angie Buckley, Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurism and Enterprise, is working with faculty to find ways to connect students across the three departments. There has been discussion about an all-CAM course that would provide our new and incoming students with a basis of developing a creative identity and personal brand, interdisciplinary work, learning the value of internships, having an awareness of creative industries in Denver, navigating within CAM and other essential information to position our students for success.

I’ve asked Sam McGuire to work closely with Angie and to identify three-person faculty committee to help her shape this endeavor. This will be a good way to assure faculty input – before a proposal goes to the Executive Committee. As your Dean, I am also providing citations (see below) that underscore the importance of the direction we’re taking with this initiative and stating, once again, that the isolated nature of our programs is a student concern that is being addressed.

3. CAM student William Card (MEIS, ’17) is featured on the a2ru website.

4. CU Denver (not CAM) had an additional shortfall from the AY 2015-16. The Deans were all asked to turn back funds to cover this deficit. The CAM amount was $167,000. My choices were few – cut all four college operating funds (three departments plus the Dean’s office), or delay some commitments that I had made previously. I have chosen the latter as it will do the least amount of harm to the student experience.

As always, I welcome questions or comments. I am grateful for the important work you are doing. Faculty members, please watch for the communication about the Todd Siler workshop from Angie.


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media


Leading authors in the academic and popular presses have written about the need for entrepreneurship in arts and media. William Deresiewicz in the January/February 2015 issue of The Atlantic Magazine wrote, “Creative entrepreneurship, to start with what is most apparent, is far more interactive, at least in terms of how we understand the word today, than the model of the artist-as-genius, turning his back on the world, and even than the model of the artist as professional, operating within a relatively small and stable set of relationships.”

Academic scholars have also stated the need for entrepreneurism in arts and media programs and curricula. In the journal Work and Occupations an article titled “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Arts-Based Careers and Creative Work,” Elizabeth L. Lingo and Steven J. Tepper state that, “… artists need to be masters of navigating across historically disparate domains, for example, specialization and generalist skills, autonomy and social engagement, the economy’s periphery and the core, precarious employment and self-directed entrepreneurialism, and large metro centers and regional art markets.”

The consultants from the University of Michigan concur with all of the above and shared the ideas that a faculty director specializing in entrepreneurism might be able to “nurture entrepreneurship capacity across the school in addition to the music business program…” and could possibly, “further galvanize entrepreneurship capacity across CAM, become pointperson for receiving internship inquiries (perhaps to develop a series of formalized partnerships), connect current students with alumni mentors, and to help broaden the reach and impact of existing programs.”


 September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016

Subject: Diversity and equity is everyone’s responsibility

Dear Colleagues,

I’m typing this just several hours after attending a luncheon hosted by the Colorado Women’s Foundation. 

The celebrated Principal Ballerina with the ABT, Misty Copeland was the guest speaker.

She spoke from the many experiences she has had and the challenges she regularly faces being both a worldclass ballet dancer and a role-model/pioneer who broke down racial barriers. As we all know, diversity and matters of race still need all of our attention. Recent national news just shows the challenges that highlight our need to be aware of the need to make diversity and equity strategic priorities of the College of Arts & Media.

Ms. Copeland’s strength of character is epochal, to say the least. She is a Principal with what many consider America’s foremost ballet troupe. At the same time, she carries the expectations and weight that come with being someone who has broken down barriers—that brings an extra set of expectations. The other members of the company can just dance…

Like Misty Copeland, our faculty, staff and students of color, varied sexual orientations, and all other diverse backgrounds carry extra challenges with them. And as your Dean, I want to be very clear about my expectations that we have an open and inclusive environment of mutual respect and the explicit acknowledgement that a CAM education will not be complete without the diversity that our population offers.

The CAM Diversity Council has been diligent and focused in developing the following systemic definitions-inprocess as a starting-point to encourage open engagement and discussion in a safe and nurturing environment.


Diversity encompasses the presence of a broad spectrum of differences among individuals and group/social constructs within our community. Some dimensions of diversity include the following: age, color, disability, ethnicity/national origin, family status, gender identity or expression, generation, language, life experiences, organization function and level, physical characteristics, race, religion/belief/spirituality, sexual orientation, thinking patterns, and veteran status.


The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the CAM curriculum, in co-curricular activities, and in communities within the college as reflected in thought patterns, interpersonal and institutional behaviors, and in educational practices.


Equity is only found in communities in which all participants are provided the necessary tools and resources to access the same opportunities for success. The council works to maintain an environment of transparency and support to the overall student experiences at CAM. In addition, the group will make concerted efforts to develop systematic support for faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented backgrounds.

They also have provided us with 4 CAM Strategic Goals:

1) Improving student experience and services through more diverse support offered by the college and expanding/globalizing the college curriculum with course offerings and content to reflect a wider net of content and context for learning

2) Implementing concerted college recruitment efforts for underrepresented groups to diversify the college community of faculty, staff, and students

3) Empowering faculty and staff to create a safe community through communication strategies that encourage engagement, discussion, and thoughtful discourse with colleagues and students without retaliation

4) Promoting institutional and behavioral awareness and action to support the abolition of barriers which serve the purpose of exclusion

So as a college, let’s make doubly sure that we align these strategic priorities and diversity statement with the institution, bringing attention to fulfilling the new non-discrimination policy for UCD and Anschutz as of July 2016 that is at the bottom of this message.

Let me conclude by saying that as scholars, researchers, artists, designers, performers, professional staff and others in all areas of creativity we cannot ignore the news of the day that shows how far we still have to travel--to assure equal opportunity and treatment of all citizens. As your dean, I feel that we need to provide vital first-stage support to foster individual creative self-awareness, expression, and personal growth, but also to motivate our students to reach out and explore the potential of emerging areas of public consciousness and social accountability. I believe that when, by word and personal example, our students examine and address the steep social challenges and cultural barriers they witness in the world, they will become empowered to contribute, through their academic, professional, and social endeavors, as vital contributors to the betterment of our changing society.

Thank you to our CAM Diversity Committee, Shannon Squires (chair), Denise Larson, Stephanie Kelly, Leah Haloin, Katryn Bowdle, Aleysia Whitmore, Peter Stoltzman, Craig Volk, and Quintin Gonzalez. 

This committee worked very hard, and I ask that all of you consider filling out this brief survey (<1 minute):


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)


Administrative Policy

Title: Nondiscrimination Policy

Source: Office of the Provost

Prepared by: Office of Equity

Approved by: Roderick Nairn
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Effective Date: July 1, 2016

Replaces: New

Applies: All Campuses


A. Introduction

Unlawful discrimination and harassment has no place at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus and offends the University’s core values, including a commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion. All University employees, faculty members, students and community members are expected to join with and uphold this commitment. Robust discussion and debate are fundamental to the life of the University.

Consequently, this Policy shall be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with academic freedom as defined in Regent Law, Article 5D.

B. Policy Statement

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working, and living environment. As such, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities. (Regent Law, Article 10).

This policy: (1) provides a definition of discrimination and harassment based upon Protected Class status and related retaliation; (2) prohibits such discrimination; and (3) identifies the procedures (the “Procedures”) the University follows when it receives a report alleging a violation of the university core values. Individuals who violate this policy shall be disciplined or subjected to corrective action as outlined herein. This policy is meant to be read in conjunction with the accompanying University Nondiscrimination Procedures.

C. Prohibited Conduct

The conduct listed below is prohibited, as are attempts to commit and aiding, abetting, or inciting others to commit them. Prohibited conduct also includes conduct engaged in by electronic means including, but not limited to, computers, any type of phone, or any other means of electronic communication. 

Discrimination occurs when an individual suffers an adverse consequence on the basis of a protected class. Examples include failure to be hired or promoted or denial of admission to an academic program based on protected class status. Harassment means verbal or physical conduct related to one’s protected class that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.

Harassment means verbal or physical conduct related to one’s protected class that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.

Hostile Environment. Whether a hostile environment exists is determined from both a subjective and an objective perspective. The subjective perspective evaluates whether or not the reporting party experienced unwelcome conduct [based on a protected characteristic]. The objective perspective evaluates whether or not the unwelcome conduct was, from the perspective of a reasonable person in the alleged reporting party’s position, sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities. [Harassment becomes prohibited by this policy where enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued participation or receipt of benefits from the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities.] Mere offensive conduct, such as petty slights and annoyances, such as stray negative comments in an otherwise neutral evaluation, “snubbing a colleague,” or negative comments that are justified by an individual’s poor performance or history are not enough to create a Hostile Environment. 

Although repeated incidents increase the likelihood that harassment has created a hostile environment, a single or isolated incident of discrimination or harassment may be sufficient.

Retaliation. Means any adverse action threatened or taken against a person because an individual has filed, supported or provided information in connection with a complaint of discrimination, including but not limited to direct and indirect intimidation, threats and harassment. An “adverse action” is any conduct or action that would dissuade a reasonable person from reporting an allegation of discrimination or participating in an investigation of discrimination. 

D. Protected Activity and Good Faith Reports

Protected activity includes complaints involving violations of the Non-discrimination Policy and the Sexual Misconduct Policy. It does not include complaints involving violations of other policies. Not does it include complaints raising ethical, financial or other concerns unrelated to discrimination. Protected activity does include requesting reasonable accommodation based on, for example, disability or religion. Protected activity is covered under this policy even if the claims involved were ultimately found invalid so long as those claims were made in good faith. It is a violation of this policy when a person knowingly or recklessly alleges a false complaint of protected class discrimination or harassment or provides false information during the course of an investigation, and violations may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including, expulsion or termination of employment, as applicable. This provision does not apply to reports made or information provided in good faith, even if the facts alleged are not later substantiated.

E. Reporting Obligations

Any faculty or staff member who is considered a Responsible Employee, as defined herein, who witnesses or receives information regarding possible prohibited protected class discrimination or harassment is required to promptly report the information to the Office of Equity or his or her designee. Such information about the alleged conduct, where possible, should include:􀂃 name of the alleged complainant(s); name of alleged respondent(s); name of any alleged witnesses; and􀂃 any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.

All other individuals who become aware of an incident of Prohibited Conduct are highly encouraged to report all known details about the Prohibited Conduct to the University Office of Equity by telephone, email, in person, or through the University’s online Incident Report Form.

The University may have an obligation to report to the police, keeping the name of the victim confidential, in circumstances where the incident includes an allegation that a crime has been committed.

F. Procedures

Reports or complaints made pursuant to this policy will be addressed promptly and as practicably as possible after the report is made in accordance with the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Nondiscrimination Procedures.

G. Related Policies

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Administrative Policy on Anti Violence, October 21, 2011 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Nondiscrimination Procedures University of Colorado Administrative Policy Statement APS 5014 Sexual Misconduct For related complaint, grievance or disciplinary processes, refer to Regent Policies under 5. Faculty, 5. H. Faculty Senate Grievance Process and 5. I. Faculty Dismissal for Cause Process (for faculty), State Personnel Board Rules (for classified employees), and campus student disciplinary policies and procedures (for students). University of Colorado Denver Student Code of Conduct, including Student Conduct Codes promulgated by the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School, Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry.


Appointing authority/disciplinary authority. An appointing authority is the individual with the authority or delegated authority to make ultimate personnel decisions concerning a particular employee. A disciplinary authority is the individual who or office that has the authority or delegated authority to impose discipline upon a particular employee or student.

Complainant and/or Respondent. Within the context of this process and related procedures, the individual alleged to have been subjected to harassment or discrimination may be referred to as the “complainant or reporting party” and the person(s) against whom the complaint is filed is the “respondent” or “responding party.” For related complaint, grievance or disciplinary processes, refer to Regent Policies under 5. Faculty, 5. H. Faculty Senate Grievance Process and 5. I. Faculty Dismissal for Cause Process (for faculty), State Personnel Board Rules (for classified employees), and campus student disciplinary policies and procedures (for students). Equity, Office of. The Office of Equity at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus investigates allegations of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct and relate retaliation based upon an individual’s Protected Class status. This Office has the authority to impose discipline in conjunction with the appointing authority/disciplinary authority.

Protected Characteristics/Class. Are those personal traits, characteristics and/or beliefs that are defined by applicable law as protected from discrimination and/or harassment. They include race, creed, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital or domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation and/or other characteristics protected by applicable law. For further information on the definitions of protected classes, link to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at

Responsible Employee. Means any employee who has the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade, formally advise or direct faculty, staff or students and/or has the authority to redress sexual misconduct. This definition does not include any medical, mental health, counseling or other office personnel, in addition to any other offices covered by a statutory privilege or designated in campus procedures as not subject to mandatory reporting to the university.

University Property. University property is defined as land, buildings, and facilities in possession or owned, used or controlled by the university or funded by university budgets.


 October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016

Dean’s Message

CAM Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

CU Denver will be hosting the 2016 National Conference of the Alliance or the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). Here is the agenda—as of last week:

Here are the conference apps, constructed by Visual Arts student Nico Van Poolin,  Bravo Nico!

While I hesitate to recommend any specific sessions, if you had to choose one, try and attend Liz Lerman’s Keynote at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 in the Tivoli. Liz Lerman is an American icon and treasure, and just having her on our campus is a high honor.

Let me share again that the CU Denver membership in a2ru is shared by Dean Marc Ingber—College of Engineering and Applied Science (many of you know that we have received a large gift for CAM to collaborate with CEAS over a period of years), Dean Mark Gelernter—College of Architecture and Planning (there have been numerous collaborations with CAP—as well as the commonality of design between our units), and John Bennett--Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Director of inworks (he has funded numerous CAM faculty in the creation and offering of interdisciplinary courses).

There will be a special Friday morning session on creativity for CAM students hosted by author,  inventor, artist, Todd Siler, and facilitated by Angie Buckley.

CAM Colleagues who will be presenting or serving on panels:

  • Thursday, Nov 3rd, 3:00pm Marina Buszek Artist Residencies in Research Institutions, Adirondacks, Tivoli 440 (on a panel with Liz Lerman)
  • Thursday Nov. 3rd 4:45pm CAM student William Card will be on a panel led by J.D. Talasek, National Academy of Sciences. Making the Future — Foresight Thinking to Motivate and Innovate, Bearsden Ballroom, Tivoli 320
  • Thursday Nov. 3rd 6:00pm VA Chair Brian DeLevie, The Time for the Arts and Entrepreneurial Endeavors Is Now! Or Is It? Tivoli Community Theater
  • The closing session on Saturday November 5th 12:15PM “Glocal” Rocky Mountain Entrepreneurship Marco Polo Ballroom, Curtis Hotel, Keynote by John Bennett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives, Director of Inworks – University of Colorado Denver, Moderated by Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver, panelists Gary Steuer, President and CEO – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Lisa Gedgaudas, Program Administrator — Create Denver and Michael Seman, Director, Creative Industries Research and Policy – University of Colorado Denver


Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean


 a2ru National Conference Program November 3, 2016


 November 6, 2016

November 6, 2016

Dean’s Message to CAM Faculty and Staff,

Dear Colleagues,

1) Our Assistant Dean for Business Operations Erin Hutchinson has accepted another position and her last day in CAM will be Wednesday, November 16th. That is coming up quickly and I have been in touch with CU Denver’s CFO to look at how to fill this opening—both short and long-term.​

Erin Hutchinson came on board at a time when the CAM business and fiscal operations and tracking were not in place to serve 1,200+ students, 120+ faculty and almost 30 professional staff members. Thus, she entered CAM at a difficult time and worked with dispatch to put systems in place to provide compliance, current information on accounts, planning, analysis and projections. That work has been of great benefit to all of us in the college. Her expertise allowed for growth in faculty and staff lines and student enrollment— along with many other positive contributions like remodeling the CAM Offices, the Tivoli construction projects, CU bldg. 8th Fl. remodeling, and building the initial infrastructure for the new CAM Space in the DPAC Galleria. She also led the search that brought us Karen Ludington—who has provided outstanding support in the many areas of financial tracking and procurement.

While I hesitate to identify a single area of excellence, Erin’s abilities to forecast and find ways to fill positions helped us to gain new tenure-track lines in art history, music history/ethnomusicology, a Chair of MEIS, and a search for a new film/TV line that is about to be launched. She also helped facilitate new staffing in CAM communications, LYNX Camps, CAM Admissions/Enrollment Management, and the recent appointment for entrepreneurship/enterprise leadership, and the research position partially funded by the City of Denver and State of Colorado.

Erin will be accepting a new position at CU Boulder. Please stop by her office to thank her for sharing her expertise and skills to advance CAM.

2) Thanks to our faculty and staff who made the 2016 National Conference for Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) a huge success. From Liz Lerman’s opening Keynote, to Todd Siler’s work with over 60 CAM students, to the CAM ensembles who performed at MCA Denver, Anschutz and the Curtis Hotel, to CAM student William Card’s (MEIS, ’17) presence on this high-level panel:

  • Making the Future — Foresight Thinking to Motivate and Innovate Baerresen Ballroom, 320 Moderated by J.D. Talasek, Director of Cultural Programs – National Academy of Sciences and featuring panelist Jerome C. Glenn, CEO – The Millennium Project; Peter Scupelli, Assistant Professor; Chair, Environments Track; Director, Learning Environments Lab – Carnegie Mellon; Edward Finn, Director, Center for Science and the Imagination – Arizona State University; Charles Lilly, PhD Student – The University of Texas at Dallas; William Card, Student – University of Colorado Denver and Dan Novy, PhD Student – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laurie Baefsky, Executive Director of a2ru told me how well William did—and how he brought positive attention to CU Denver and CAM.

Todd Reid and Greg Garrison provided student ensembles who provided a major “wow” factor. Avenhart (current CAM students and alums) performed out at AMC. Maria Buszek and Michael Seman appeared on panels and Brian DeLevie made a presentation. Michelle Carpenter, Howard Cook and Storm Gloor were on hand during the student session with Todd Siler that Angie Buckley facilitated, and then I saw many more faculty at sessions and receptions.

Special thanks to Tanida Ruampant, Bill Lewis, Erin Hutchinson, Shannon Squires, Leah Halolin, Morag Nairn, Dave Walter, Sam McGuire, Katryn Bowdle, CC, and any others whom I left out for excelling on production excellence and showing the best face of CAM.

Chancellor Horrell, Provost Nairn, CFO Sobanet, Assistant Vice Chancellor DeLage, Associate Vice Chancellor Damrauer, and many other institutional officials were on hand during the conference.

The Interim Provost of the University of Illinois, the Dean of Art and Architecture at Penn State, deans from Northeastern, the University of Utah, Northern Illinois, a team of 3 from the National Academies of Science, and 250+ faculty and professional staff learned more about CU Denver, CAM faculty, staff anstudents, and the special nature of all that you do.

Thank you!

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


 November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

As you know, we have learned that Erin Hutchinson has accepted another position and will have her last day in CAM on Friday, November 18th (officially, her last day at CU Denver is November 23rd).

Karen Ludington has agreed to take on elevated duties and the fiscal responsibilities for the college on a temporary basis while there is a search. This will greatly help the college ensure continuity in financial management and I want to thank her for her willingness to help fill the gap while we conduct a search for a replacement Assistant Dean. Those of you that know Karen are aware of her diligence and professionalism.

The Executive Committee will serve as a search committee with a retooled position description, “Assistant Dean for Business and Financial Systems.” This more accurately reflects the needs of CAM. Before we added staff (in 2015)—this position needed to do a number of other things—now it will be more strategically focused and will head up all budgetary and fiscal operations (and that is plenty). We will be conducting a search throughout the CU System—so as to have a pool of qualified individuals who have experience with the nuances of the financial structures and business practices of CU Denver and the University of Colorado System. The paperwork for this position has moved quickly and has already received budgetary approval from the Provost’s office.

I’ve asked Sam McGuire to Chair the search, Shannon Squires (to represent the staff) and Stephanie Kelly to join the rest of the Executive Committee in this search process.

Please speak with your Chairs, Sam McGuire, Stephanie Kelly or me if you have input you would like to share about this important position.


Laurence Kaptain, Dean



 Faculty and Staff Meeting December 2, 2016


 December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016

Dean’s M​essage to CAM Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues,​

Thank you so much for attending the Holiday Potluck and important CAM Faculty and Staff Meeting that we had following the social hour. Thanks too to the Camaraderie folks who produced the event: Shannon Squires, Katryn Bowdle, Leah Haloin and Karen Ludington.

1) Thanks to Sam McGuire and all others who put forward the new evaluative standards for clinical track fac​​ulty. I had to head to an off-campus meeting and couldn’t stay for the end—but appreciate everyone who was able to participate in this important vote.

2) The Search Committee for the Director of the Emmanuel Gallery was led by Richard Strasser, and consisted of Lanny DeVuono, Amanda Addison, Michelle Carpenter, Yang Wang, and Adam Lerner (Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver). Their recommendation of Jeff Lambson has been accepted and he has signed the agreement to serve as the new Director of Emmanuel Gallery. His start date is January 17, 2017. 

Prior to his appointment as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brigham Young University (BYU) Museum of Art, Jeff Lambson worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the nation’s museum of modern and contemporary art. Lambson has curated many successful exhibitions at BYU, including Mirror Mirror: Contemporary Portraits and the Fugitive Self; We Could Be Heroes: the Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art; Work To Do; Think Flat: Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami, and many others. Lambson is the recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Service in the Arts and was named by Salt Lake Magazine as one of Utah’s most significant people of the past 20 years. His work has received publicity in W magazine, Art Ltd, Sunset, and BBC’s The Culture Show. 

Many thanks to the search committee and we look forward to welcoming Jeff to the College of Arts & Media.

3) Some recent news:

4) Be sure and visit the Next Stage Collaborative at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. It’s next to the Limelight Supper Club and Lounge and across from the Buell Theatre. Our student docents are there doing a great job.​

All best!

Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean

College of Arts & Media​​​


 December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016

Folks, Please mark these dates and times on your calendars:

January 10, 2017 9:30am-11:00am

Faculty and Staff Recognition Event—honoring the dedication and service of CAM’s faculty and staff

January 12, 2017 9:30am-11:00am

CAM Faculty and Staff Meeting

Please save both of these dates and plan on attending.

The Tuesday, January 10th event will be held at 9:30 am in the Lawrence Street Center Terrace Room (2nd Floor), and CAM faculty and staff will be awarded and honored for outstanding service. This is an important event—as it reflects a climate of respect and recognition for dedication to the mission and values of CAM. This will be the inaugural event of a new annual CAM Employee Recognition Program to provide well-deserved acknowledgement and affirmation of lives that have been dedicated to the College of Arts & Media. Full and part-time faculty and staff who have achieved length of service milestones as CAM employees will receive awards honoring their work and dedication according to the attached program. The event will be catered, and brunch will be provided.

**Please send Shannon Squires ( confirmation that you will be attending the January 10 event. **

All attendees must RSVP by noon on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

The Thursday, January 12th meeting will also be held at 9:30 am in the Tivoli Community Theatre. It will be primarily dedicated to hearing from voices outside of the College of Arts & Media who represent the creative industries. This will allow us all to hold up a mirror and check-in on how our students are perceived, how our alumni contribute to the creative economy and how our faculty are connected in ways that benefit all of CAM and CU Denver. A panel of leading Denver-area professionals will provide their views of the creative industries and CAM (and it’s role), thus providing us with essential information that will inform our planning for our research / creative activity, teaching, student recruitment, retention and outreach.

Important news about CAM Goals:

At the Opening Faculty & Staff Meeting in August 2016, I shared three goals for CAM that are linked to the overarching mission of CU Denver. Those three goals are: Recruit, Retain and Reach (as in outreach and community engagement) and I offer the following updates:


In State (admitted) as of 12/12/16:

  • 2015--152
  • 2016—269
  • 2017--434

Out of State (admitted) as of 12/12/16:

  • 2015---48
  • 2016--133
  • 2017--212


A three-person team has been formed to help with our goals—we are calling it the “Career Team.” The Career Team adds value and compliments the three full-time academic advisors in the CAM Office.

The funding for these three positions comes from Student Program Fees, CAM salary savings, the City of Denver’s Arts & Venues and Colorado Creative Industries (the arts council of Colorado). While the recruitment and outreach parts of the Career Team may seem obvious, retention seems to be enhanced when students and their families have better knowledge of their career paths. These four links present research to back the claim of a correlation between career paths and retention:

Thus, the CAM Career Team of a researcher, industry liaison and academic career counselor will provide services that we will track quantitatively and qualitatively to assess ROI on this infinitive.

Reach (as in outreach and engagement): just several of MANY examples

  • Hosted a2ru 2016 National Conference
  • Next Stage Collaborative at the DPAC Galleria
  • Student Sculpture Show at CU South Denver
  • Agreement reached with Museum of Contemporary Art Denver to provide memberships for all VA students
  • TFVP were sponsors of the Denver Film Festival and SeriesFest
  • MEIS were sponsors of the Underground Music Showcase
  • Construction started on new Comcast Media and Technology Center in the Tivoli (January 2017—projected completion)
  • $35,000 to CAM from three different donors gifted on one week in December
  • CAM sponsored Colorado Business Committee for the Arts biennial economic study


 Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean

College of Arts & Media --University of Colorado Denver


 December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016

Dean’s Message to all CAM Faculty and Staff


Thank you for a terrific semester!

1) “studio” is being mailed as I write this note. Here’s a digital copy. Bravo

2) Last night (122216) the Denver Post put up the link with the Michael Seman
interview. It's on the front page of their digital edition--and we are told that it
will be on the front page of the Sunday (122516) Entertainment Section in
print. This is an especially good "break"--getting print coverage on a major
holiday, when a major newspaper is generally passed around and discussed.
Thanks to Leanna Clark’s team and the CAM Communications staffers (Bill
Lewis and Tanida Ruampant) for making this happen. I also want to thank
Provost Nairn for helping shape and then approve this unique position that
brings Michael Seman to CU Denver.
Update: Michael was contacted by the NEA about this interview—as it is
going viral across the country.

3) Thanks to everyone who came to Graduation and the CAM Graduation
Reception at the Courtyard Marriott. It was great to see so many faculty and
staff—and to honor the Outstanding Student, Sidney Clapp--who has landed a
position with Colorado Creative Industries.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at 9:30 am Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 for the
Faculty and Staff Recognition Ceremony in the Terrance Room of the Lawrence
Street Center, and then again on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 9:30 am in the
Community Theatre of the Tivoli Building for the CAM Faculty and Staff Meeting.

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

 Faculty and Staff Meeting January 12, 2017


 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:


 Chancellor's Communique: New center for media and technology, thanks to $5million Comcast gift. January 31,2017

Dear faculty, staff and students,

I’m writing today to announce the launch of the Comcast Media and Technology Center at CU Denver. Made possible by a $5 million cash and in-kind gift from Comcast, the multidisciplinary center will focus on the intersection of creativity, media and technology. It will enable students from the College of Arts & Media and the College of Engineering and Applied Science to apply what they are learning in the classroom to solve real-world challenges.

Unique in the Rocky Mountain region, the center will serve CU Denver students and members of the community with a range of programs focused on developing next-generation media and technology skills applicable to the digital economy. It will bring together engineering, arts and media students in a collaborative environment to discover new approaches to and methods for addressing modern media and technology challenges; they’ll also have access to Comcast internships. The center’s research will foster innovation, creating and engaging with communications and entertainment platforms of the future. The community and area businesses will be invited to become actively engaged with projects designed to push the boundaries of media and examine the impact and promise of new technology. 

CU Denver’s partnership with Comcast emerged from a bold idea: to create an exciting, innovative resource for creative technology with a pipeline of workers with the skills to develop, execute and accelerate entrepreneurialism in the tech sector. Comcast is a leader in the technology community in Colorado, with more than 1,000 employees working in downtown Denver. And, as you well know, CU Denver provides high quality, hands-on education to students in the heart of the city. Together, the two are a natural fit to encourage growth and innovation in multimedia industries, which is of particular importance in Denver with its high concentration of broadcast, media and technology companies.

The center will be located in the Tivoli – you may have already seen the construction underway. If you haven’t, I encourage you to go check it out – it’s in the lower level, where the Starz Film Center once was.  It will officially open in March and classes will begin in the fall. 

The Comcast Media and Technology Center is an example of how CU Denver works with our industry partners both to meet workforce needs and to develop innovative approaches to the emerging issues of today. We’re grateful for Comcast’s support and delighted to add this state-of-the-art center to our campus. 

Dorothy Horrell

 February 1, 2017

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students of the College of Arts & Media,

As your Dean, and with the support of the Diversity Council of the college, I would like to comment on the recent national events that seem counter to the mission and values of not just the College of Arts & Media—but the essential culture of creators, performers, designers, scholars, researchers, technologists and others who are engaged at many levels of the creative industries and scholarly work.

As a candidate (2014) for the deanship of the College of Arts & Media, diversity and inclusion were addressed in my presentations, application letter and leadership statement. On September 23, 2016, I sent a letter to the entire college restating my own dedication to diversity—and attached the Provost’s statement.

As Dean of a nationally visible arts & media unit it is important for me to comment on several recent announcements and executive orders that many view as limiting creativity and the free exchange of ideas.

First off, I am proud to live in both a state and city with a Governor and Mayor who have proclaimed their support of human rights and denounced the limitations that are being placed on refugees and innocent people who deserve to compliment and enhance the diversity of our nation. Secondly, I am inspired by the strong statements that Chancellor Horrell and Chancellor Elliman have made. As Chancellor Horrell noted in her missive, CU Denver currently has 1,500 international students overall, and 58 students from the seven countries mentioned in several Executive Orders. She shared the following definitive statement in her note to the campus, which I wholeheartedly support:

“Appropriate vetting processes have brought CU Denver international students and faculty from all countries and diverse faiths, and we are confident that the processes can be administered in a way that continues this tradition. CU Denver welcomes students, faculty and staff of all national origins, religious beliefs, races and all other identities in our community, and we will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment against any member of that community.”

The dialogue about immigration hits very close to home. Many of you know that my wife, Dolores, immigrated to the United States shortly after we got married. When we met, she was a foreign national working for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City (commended by the U.S. Department of State for her service during the 1985 Mexico City earthquakes) and I was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico. Since arriving in the U.S. she has dedicated herself to advancing justice and human rights for both immigrants and all U.S. citizens. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox appointed her to a commission called Mexicans Living Abroad. Because of her distinguished service (notably, in health and education) she stayed active on that commission even after her term ended. At the age of 47, she attended the Police Academy in Winchester, Virginia and became the first Latina police officer in that city. After moving to Baton Rouge, she became the first Latina criminal investigator for the Division of Sex Crimes and Child Abuse—where she wore a badge and carried a weapon—because of the inherent dangers of that job. Our oldest son, Emiliano, is a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force and a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. I am very proud that Dolores and son Diego hold dual citizenship (U.S. and Mexico). I am also proud to be a member of an ethnically diverse family and to have a research portfolio that is focused on the musics of southernmost Mexico and northern Central America, and numerous professional recordings that shared the musical cultures of Mesoamerica with an international audience. This information is being shared to provide both context for my statements and beliefs, and also the shock our family feels with the deteriorating governmental relationship with Mexico.

So that this letter to faculty, staff and students goes beyond words, here are some actions that reflect the importance of diversity and inclusion in the College of Arts & Media:

1) Members of the CAM Diversity Council and others attended the Inclusive Campus Action Network (ICAN) w/Dr. Brenda J Allen, Vice-Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, on December 9, 2016. It seemed that CAM had the largest number of attendees at this important interactive event. There was a follow-up meeting on December 16, 2016 of the CAM attendees to outline action steps.

2) All CAM searches for faculty and staff seek diverse pools of applicants. Dr. Brenda Allen has consulted with CAM leadership—and Human Resource Director Stephanie Kelly to assure practices that embody fairness, diversity and inclusion in all searches. Recent leadership searches (MEIS Chair, for example) resulted in an inclusive pool of finalists in terms of both gender and diversity.

3) The addition of two new tenure-track positions (Asian art history and ethnomusicology) reflect a much needed boost to diversify course offerings—but more hires need to be made to continue broadening the curriculum and reflecting the changing demographics of Denver, the State of Colorado and the nation.

4) The need to actively uphold (through our actions) Chancellor Horrell’s statement in her message of last week, “CU Denver welcomes students, faculty and staff of all national origins, religious beliefs, races and all other identities in our community, and we will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment against any member of that community.

The membership of the CAM Diversity Council is as follows: Shannon Squires, chair, professors Quintin Gonzalez, Peter Stoltzman, Craig Volk and Aleysia Whitmore, and staff members Stephanie Kelly, Leah Haloin, Karin Hunter-Byrd, Katryn Bowdle, and Mariah Coughlin. Please reach out to them as we work toward enhancing program and curricula to increase mutual understanding, hiring practices, and any other matters regarding culture and climate in CAM.

You can reference CAM’s strategic initiatives on diversity and inclusion at any time on our website:
If you have any questions about these, or wish to engage in dialogue, please reach out to CAM Diversity Council chair, Shannon Squires.

CAM faculty, staff and students who are impacted by these executive orders may seek information and counsel from International Student and Scholar Services at 303-315-2230 (press “0”) or​

We have numerous faculty and students who have traveled frequently to the Middle East for research, creative work, student recruitment, development, commissioned work, and accreditation reviews. The current confusion makes it less likely that these activities can be sustained until some sort of clarity is obtained.

For anyone in our CAM community considering travel that may have implications surrounding recent executive orders, please contact the university's International Student and Scholar Services Office.

In the most difficult times in our nation’s history, creative people and scholars have provided paths to equality and freedom. As your dean, I am calling on you to join me in assuring that we will continue to advance mutual understanding while not tolerating any discrimination or harassment against any member of our community regardless of identity or political affiliation.

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

 February 10, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Here is a letter with good news:

1) President Benson is increasing the base budget for CU Denver by $5M a year for several years. This is excellent news for the institution. It will mean that some level of merit raise will be available in July, as well as additional investments in CU Denver’s strategic priorities. This is an exciting sign of CU’s commitment in our continued success.

2) Rian Kerrane has received the $25,000 ORS Large Grant funded jointly through the Office of Research Services and the College of Arts & Media. We believe that Rian is the first CAM faculty member to receive this award (the ORS Large Grant) which is the largest offered by CU Denver. Congratulations Rian!

3) Two unexpected gifts of $10,000 and $5,000 came in last week. One is for MEIS and the other for VA. We have quite a few other “asks” out that we expect to have decisions on soon.

4) CAM received its first planned gift. An alum has placed CAM in their will. We just learned about this last week. CAM Film student, Darshae Hobley, helped bring in the gift through her work at the Student Call Center.

5) Several “start-up” gifts have come in for the student agency. These gifts have been designated for the “pitch competition” that Angie Buckley has started as a part of “The Agency.” Her role as Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise is gaining more and more student participation as well as recognition throughout the community.

6) Storm Gloor is in Gainesville at the University of Florida with four CAM students attending the a2ru 2017 Emerging Creatives Student Summit - WATER: New 
Directions Through Arts and Science

The adage that “a rising tide lifts all ships” is indeed true. The combined efforts of our faculty, students, professional staff, alumni and community partners are showing results. And while each of the three CAM departments has their own program, curricula, and identities—CU Denver and the College of Arts & Media are brands that will aid in attracting philanthropy, driving up enrollments (CAM applications and admits are way up), increasing retention, providing faculty with the resources to advance their work, and giving students the opportunities to succeed in building their creative identities and assuming their roles as leaders in creativity and scholarship.

Laurence Kaptain, Dean
College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver​​​​​​24

 February 17, 2017

Faculty and Staff of the College of Arts & Media

Dear Colleagues,

• Tonight--Friday, February 17th—the Next Stage Collaborative will be featured at 8:30 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS. Executive Producer Cynthia Hessin will be speaking with students, City of Denver officials and others about this excitinproject between CU Denver and the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This is Channel 658 on Comcast, Channel 6.1 over the air and Channel 6 on Dish and Direct TV.

• After the completion of a national search, chaired by Katryn Bowdle, we are pleased to welcome Christian Ecker as the new IT Director for the College of Arts & Media. Christian comes most recently from the University of Kentucky and has almost 20 years of high-level strategic experience in a variety of IT roles. In his role as Director of Technology with the College of Health Sciences at UK, he was responsible for all IT functions. He also spent eight years in IT positions with the College of Arts & Sciences at the same institution. Christian has experience building online courses and with instructional design/support. He also has extensive experience managing large teams, overseeing help desk operations and providing integrative technical and creative services to faculty and staff in the higher education setting. Christian's anticipated start date is March 1st. Thanks to Katryn and members of the search committee.

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

 March 6, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Here are some updates:
1) The community celebration of the opening of the Comcast Center for Media and Technology was held Thursday, March 2nd and was a huge success. Comcast had over 25 employees and members of their leadership team there, Chancellor Horrell and Comcast Senior Vice-President Matt McConnell gave extended remarks, the Mobile Device ensemble directed by our colleague Todd Reid performed, a student film was shown (made last summer—and supported from a separate gift from Comcast’s NBCU unit), and many members of the CAM Dean’s Advisory Council were on hand. Please watch for an announcement of a CEAS and CAM faculty & staff event to introduce the Comcast Center for Media and Technology. Brian DeLevie is Co-Faculty Director of this new center.

2) New budget model to go in place in AY 2019. The planning for a new budget model is on going. As I have mentioned on many occasions, recruitment and retention will be among the future drivers of how budget funds are determined. Since we have made large gains in recruitment, and have a team in place to address retention—we are ahead of many other units. Next year’s budgets to the colleges and schools will remain the same as this year’s—but there will be a new shadow model showing what we will be facing for budgeting in 2019. So there will be a year of being held “harmless” while the institution does a reset on how funds are allocated. Each of the 3 Chairs has the slide deck that  shows some of the principles going into planning the new model. Karen Ludington and I are each on planning groups to advise on this new model of budgeting.

3) MEIS gets a mention in Forbes​. “Many governments are encouraging ties between the music industry and educational institutions, including Nashville's major label-sponsored program Music Makes Us and COMS' collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Music Entertainment and Industry Studies.”

Have a great week!
Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean
College of Arts & Media--University of Colorado Denver

 March 27, 2017

To: All CAM faculty and staff
From: Dean Larry Kaptain
Subject: Special Meeting of All CAM Faculty and Staff, Monday, April 3 at 12:15 p.m. in the Tivoli Community Theatre

To better understand the strengths, issues and opportunities for the College of Arts & Media, I have contracted Innovative Resources Consultant Group and its managing partner Mark Carneal to make several return trips to the College of Arts & Media. Based on his meetings here in February, he is going to work with faculty, professional staff and our leadership team to improve how we currently conduct business, enhance the operating rhythm, and strengthen the working relationships within CAM and across the campus.

Chancellor Horrell, Provost Nairn, Mark Carneal and I will meet with the CAM community of all faculty and professional staff Monday, April 3rd at 12:15 p.m. in the Tivoli Community Theatre.

I look forward to seeing you then and for the important work that we are undertaking to enhance communication, climate and culture in the College of Arts & Media.