FIVE QUESTIONS: A SERIES

CAM students, alumni, faculty, and staff are a community full of ambitious ideas, future-focused solutions, and creative thoughts.

Get to know more about these artists, scholars, and leaders!


  • Get to Know Denise Larson

    Feb 7, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    Denise Larson began her career in academia teaching English as a second language. Now she helps CAM students navigate the waters of study abroad programs, among other things.
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  • Get to Know Carol Golemboski

    Feb 2, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "Working with analog materials forces students to slow down and be more conscious of their choices," Prof. of Photography Carol Golemboski says when speaking of the merits of film and the darkroom.
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  • Get to Know Sam McGuire

    Jan 25, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "I am always surprised at the efforts our students go through to make it through their degree programs," Professor Sam McGuire says of the students he encounters in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program.
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  • Get to Know Christie Chambers

    Jan 21, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    As the Program Manager for the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) department in the College of Arts & Media (CAM) at CU Denver, Christie would like aspiring musicians to know this: The business side of the music industry is just as important as the talent.
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  • Get to Know Michelle Carpenter

    Jan 13, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    Digital design professor Michelle Carpenter originally came to Colorado on her way to Los Angeles to try her luck in the music scene. She visited friends in Boulder and fell in love with the area, the rock climbing, and the Colorado lifestyle.
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  • Get to Know Roma Sur

    Jan 4, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "After having worked in different cultures, I feel cross-cultural experiences broaden the lens through which we view the world around us. It informs our storytelling and our philosophy as filmmakers and educators," filmmaker and senior instructor Roma Sur says.
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  • Get to Know Molly Farrell White

    Dec 23, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Molly Farrell White went from film school at CU Denver straight into professional camera work. White credits the collaborative nature of CAM with helping her prepare for the fast-paced environment of real-world filmmaking.
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  • Get to Know Todd Reid

    Dec 14, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Todd Reid was only 11 when he performed his first real gig on the Mississippi riverboat Delta Queen. Since that time, Reid has been involved in local music scenes from Cincinnati to New York City to Denver. A senior instructor in CAM, Reid specializes in percussion, jazz, and electronic music.
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  • Get to Know Lily Williams

    Dec 7, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Lily Williams is an author, illustrator, and storyteller whose work covers topics from conservation, to menstrual equity, to mental health. As a lecturer at CU Denver, Williams encourages students to find their own creative voices.
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  • Get to Know Kelly O'Keefe

    Nov 29, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Kelly O'Keefe ('17) studied music business during her time in CAM. She works for Live Nation - Rockies, which comes with some pretty incredible perks.
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  • Get to Know Andrew Bateman

    Nov 17, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Professor Andrew Bateman caught the filmmaking bug while studying at Metro State College in Denver. His professional and academic pursuits took him across the U.S. and back again, where he began teaching in CAM in 2016.
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  • Get to Know Gregory Walker

    Nov 9, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    An accomplished violin and guitar player (including the electrical versions of both of those instruments), Walker comes from musical stock: His father, George Walker, was the first African American winner of a Pulitzer Prize in music. His mother, Helen Walker-Hill, was an academic whose research focused on the music of Black women who received less than their deserved share of history’s attention.
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  • Get to Know Shawntisha Bailey

    Nov 3, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Shawntisha Bailey is a senior in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program. Her passion for music evolved into passions for Music Business and Entertainment Law.
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  • Get to Know Maria Elena Buszek

    Oct 25, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Associate Professor of Art History Maria Elena Buszek came by her love of art history via the unconventional road of punk music. Her perspective on what makes art worthy of study speaks to the diverse students who feel at home in CAM.
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  • Get to Know Theo Edmonds

    Oct 14, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Theo Edmonds is the Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Research & Innovation at CU Denver's College of Arts & Media.
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  • Get to Know Sreeja Chakrabarty

    Oct 6, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Sreeja Chakrabarty chose to study at CU Denver because she believes the non-traditional music programs will give her the foundation necessary to pursue a career at the intersection of music and social work.
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  • Get to Know Jasmine Cisneros

    Aug 25, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Jasmine Cisneros '21 is a Set Dressing Technical Director Resident at Pixar and a graduate of the College of Arts & Media. Cisneros earned dual degrees in Illustration and 3D Graphics and Animation. She also earned a minor in Creative Writing.
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  • Get to Know Leslie Soich

    Aug 23, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    Leslie Soich is a vocal instructor in the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media. An opera and concert performer in her own right, Leslie has been teaching at CU Denver for over 15 years.
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  • Get to Know Mark Rabideau

    Aug 12, 2021 by Megan Briggs
    The first person in the Five Question series is Mark Rabideau, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the College of Arts & Media (CAM) and the President of The College Music Society.
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