A new book by Sam McGuire of the College of Arts & Media at CU Denver, titled “Modern MIDI: Sequencing and Performing Using Traditional and Mobile Tools,” discusses the tools needed to properly and effectively use Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) in a modern setting while still incorporating vintage MIDI gear. In the book, released by Focal Press, McGuire explores typical workflows and techniques for both the studio and the performing environment. This book helps navigate the changes that mobile computing have made to the way the music producers and engineers work with MIDI. … Brian Burnett, senior executive vice chancellor, UCCS Administration and Finance, recently was named chair of the Downtown Partnership Board of Directors. He will serve as chair of the 17-member board for calendar year 2014. The Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit organization that serves as the lead organization for downtown Colorado Springs through a variety of programs and services. … Seven individuals recently joined UCCS in either faculty or staff positions. They are: Platon Korniychuk, research associate, Department of Physics and Energy Science; Cassie Faulhaber, psychologist, Department of Psychology; William Lord, instructional design and information technology manager, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences; KrisAnn McBroom, academic services professional, Graduate School; Eric Robertson, custodian, Facilities Services; Joseph Rivas, custodian, Facilities Services; and Scott McFarland, custodian, Facilities Services.