Letter from the President: March 2017

March 2017

Dear MCAD Community,

It’s spring and that means it’s time for the annual MCAD Emerging Talent Showcase. I invite all of you to attend this important recruiting event featuring our fall 2016 and spring 2017 seniors and graduate students. After years of intensive art and design practice and theory, hundreds of critiques, and an unrelenting focus, our next wave of graduates are ready to emerge from school into the creative workforce. We hope to host 100-150 representatives from local and regional companies and organizations who are looking for emerging creative talent.

Regardless of your immediate hiring needs, we invite all creative professionals to attend this year’s Emerging Talent Showcase to make great connections and experience the latest creative talent pool. This is an exciting day for people to see the extraordinary work of our students in advertising, animation, comic art, entrepreneurial studies, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration, interactive design and marketing, photography, web and multimedia environments. It provides a great opportunity for our students to have their work reviewed, to speak about their creative process, and to potentially land an internship or job. If you would like to attend you can sign up online. There is no charge.

Switching topics, I want to talk about the challenging environment we all live in. Facing challenges has always been part of being human. As the leader of the MCAD community, I know we all face daily challenges in our lives in and outside of MCAD. Those challenges come in too many forms to enumerate.

Fortunately, this is a great community of compassionate faculty and staff who work hard to make MCAD a supportive academic community dedicated to helping students learn and succeed in their chosen pathways.

There are many challenges to being successful at creating a dynamic and responsive learning environment.  One of those challenges is creating a learning environment free from worries about one’s physical safety and behavior that constitutes hate towards one another. It would be nice if we could create an environment that was free from all emotional adversity but we can’t, and in my opinion shouldn’t. College should be a place where you are exposed to ideas you don’t agree with. It should expose you to various ideologies and help you find your voice so that you can speak back to those opinions and ideas that you don’t agree with.  It should be a place that helps you, as a student, form who you are and what you stand for.

The term "democracy" comes from two Greek words: "demos" (the people) and ""kratia" (power or authority). From that root meaning the word has come to mean a form of government that gives power to the people.  How this comes about, when it forms, and which people it gives power to are different at different times in history. Democracy offers us freedoms, protections, rights, privileges and responsibilities.  

Like a democracy, our college campus affords our community freedom, protection, rights, and privileges—as well as responsibilities. We encourage people to speak their minds and shape their own opinions. In doing so, it means facing obstacles, adversity, and opposing values in order to shape those views in a meaningful and lasting way. This is part of a life-long learning process that includes learning difficult to master artistic, philosophical, and practical skills.

What matters to me and all of the people who work here is helping students succeed in navigating the terrain of school and life through striving for healthy life practices, a sense of wellbeing and career success.


 Coogan's Signature

Jay Coogan


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