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Independent Study Engages KDS Students
Independent Study Engages KDS Students

Independent Studies give Kent Denver juniors and seniors an opportunity design their own learning experiences outside the standard curriculum. Working closely with a faculty advisor, take a semester-long deep dive into a specialized area of study and receive academic credit for their efforts.

For the fall semester, 29 students have opted to do at least one Independent Study in 23 topics including artificial intelligence, coral restoration, culture and language studies, and virtual reality product development.

Two seniors have designed a Photography and Marketing independent study under the advisement of Director of Communications Jan Thomas '76. Look for their stunning photos in Kent Denver's weekly Viewpoints gallery and for their stories about student life and academics in upcoming KDS publications!



Meet our Communications Team

Lisa Mortell

Lisa Mortell
Titles: Assistant Director of Communications
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School: (303) 770-7660 x324
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B.A. - English

"I love telling Kent Denver's stories. The amazing work of my colleagues and the accomplishments of our students provide endless inspiration!"

Since joining Kent Denver in 1998, Ms. Mortell has worked in various roles in the school's communications and development offices. She currently focuses on a wide range of communications, including social media, online newsletters, website content, print and digital publications and Summer at KDS marketing.

Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas
Class of 1976
Titles: Director of Communications
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School: (303) 770-7660 x295
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B.A. - Mass Communications
B.A. - Political Science
M.A. - Public Communications 

"As a student, Kent Denver changed the trajectory of my life. Working here allows me to support the school as it offers that same transformative gift to others."

Ms. Thomas has an extensive background in higher education and corporate communications and marketing. Additionally, she formed, owned and operated a communications company for several years.

Amy Vucci

Amy Vucci
Titles: Communications Specialist
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School: 303-770-7660 ext. 207
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B.S. - Biology

A videographer, graphic designer and past member of the communications department at Johnson & Wales University, Ms. Vucci provides her creative expertise to Kent Denver in video, photography, graphic design, writing and editing.