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Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen has accepted the nomination to serve as co-chair of the Campus Direction Committee along with Chair Linda Fisher for the 2012-13 academic year. He will also serve as the faculty liaison for S121 for the Advance College Project out of our Bloomington campus. His responsibility includes making annual site visits to six northern Indiana high schools that teach S121 for college credit per IUB’s standard.

Kelsey Sheets
, an August 2012 graduate in communication studies, has recently been hired by Villing & Company, an area advertising agency.

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, an exhibition of student artwork created in Florence, Italy continues through Thursday, October 7, in the East Lounge of Northside Hall. Participating students are Sarah DeMaegd, Jamie DePriest, Audra Dormire, Tiffany Gilbert, Rubia Hagens, Michelle Lilly, Katherine Marsh, Nicole Rininger, Rebecca Shaffer, Janet Sorensen, and Katie Swiental. The program was taught by associate faculty members Ron Monsma and Dora Natella.

Dean Marvin Curtis
received a $2,000 grant from the Indiana Humanities Council for support of the project Carole Boston-Weatherford: African American Heritage in Children’s Literature. Children’s author Carole Boston Weatherford, who wrote Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, will speak at IU South Bend on March 23, 2012. This program will be presented in March of 2013 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman.

A SEED Grant has been awarded to three IU South Bend communication studies faculty members. Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Alec Hosterman received an iPad 3 and a Snowball for podcasting and vodcasting of classes. Lecturer in Communication Arts Tami Martinez received a tablet PC for her public speaking course. Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Yuri Obata received a multi-region DVD player in order to use DVDs from other regions in her international media courses. The SEED Grant initiative is a collaboration between IU South Bend’s own Distance Learning, University Center for Excellence in Teaching, and Instructional Media Services (IMS).

Professor Karen Ackoff gave a talk entitled "Optical Devices: Vermeer to Hockney and Beyond" at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Conference, held at Savannah College of Art & Design (Savannah, GA) in July. She also demonstrated ink wash technique for the Technique Showcase – a feature of the conference. 

She gave a presentation about the life and work of Gerald P. Hodge, scientific and medical artist as well as fine artist, who passed away in June of this year. She wrote an obituary that was published both by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Association of Medical Illustrations. She collaborated with Gary Lees at Johns Hopkins University for a presentation made at the Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Conference. 

While still in the planning stages, Ackoff had a drawing accepted into an exhibition of metalpoint drawings that will travel over the continental United States. She also submitted drawings and commentary for the project "Soul of the Sketchbook" - a presentation of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators about artists' sketches and the role that they play in artists' work.

On Saturday, September 15, Carolynn Hine-Johnson, Vlad Sorokin and David Seymour were featured performers and instructors at TAPAS AND TANGO, a festive evening of food, dance, and music to benefit the Neighborhood Resources Corporation in South Bend. The event was held at LangLab and Seymour helped promote the event with a live dance demonstration on WNIT's Experience Michiana show with a NRC board member. A portion of WNDU's video segment for the event was filmed at LangLab during David's weekly Latin Dance Social (view here). The dance social takes place every Wednesday from 7:30-9:30pm and is open to the general public. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

Associate Faculty of Dance David Seymour served as emcee and provided Latin dance instruction for the 1st annual Michiana Flavor Fest on September 2 at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. The event was a fundraiser for three Latino nonprofit groups: WSBL Sabor Latino (98.1 FM), La Casa de Amistad, and the Hispanic Leadership Coalition. Seymour also participated in First Fridays in Downtown South Bend on September 7 by giving a free Latin dance lesson at The Music Village, a new community musical arts alliance that celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. David is also teaching two 8-week sessions at The Music Village: Merengue & Bachata, and Salsa & Cha-Cha.

Three IU South Bend vocal students of alumnus Deborah Mayer have been cast in major roles in the Notre Dame opera production of Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites." They are Michelle Torres, Dorea Britton, and Lauren Desrosiers. Tamra Garrett will perform the minor role of Mother Jeanne and Lawrence Mitchell-Mathews will sing the minor role of the Jailer. Ross Ford will sing in the chorus.