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Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Marvin Curtis was nominated by Chancellor Reck and accepted into the inaugural program of the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by Indiana University. The program consists of monthly meetings in Bloomington or Indianapolis beginning in September and ending in March 2013. This inaugural series focuses on critical competencies for global leadership. The content presented is based upon the research and work of some of the most internationally acclaimed leadership development experts in the field today.

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen prepared a public relations manuscript for White Light Photography in Newtown, Connecticut. The business recently launched an online service that matches people seeking short term and vacation rentals. The manuscript is the foundation for an upcoming book that Kevin is co-authoring with business owner Don Dempsey. Gillen gave an impromptu presentation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston where he worked as a horticulturist in the 1990s. As “the gardener at the gardner,” Gillen mingled daily with priceless, original masterpieces including Titian, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Gillen also met with the Titanic Historical Society’s President Edward Kamuda in Springfield, Massachusetts to discuss Kevin’s original research on the horticultural legacy of the Titanic. He is combining his research with information gleaned from oral histories of the survivors. Gillen plans to present this at the society’s 50th anniversary in 2013.

Associate Faculty in Visual Arts Kay Westhues will exhibit her series Sense of Place: Rural Narratives by Kay Westhues at the South Shore Arts Atrium Gallery located at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Ind. from August 17 to September 30. The series explores the rural Midwest through photography. 

Assistant Professor of New Media & Informatics Eric Souther was accepted into the International ArtExpo group show in Venice titled Liquid Identities. His work also was selected for a group show titled Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, which will open at North Carolina’s Mint Museum of Craft + Design in September and then travel to the New York City’s Museum of Art and Design. Souther’s work also appeared in Virulent Experience at Conway Hall and Cabinet Exhibition, both in London. His work was displayed in two shows in China—one at the LAFA Gallery in Dalian and the other at the Jilin Academy of Arts in Jilin. Souther’s work was selected to be in the Kentucky.7 Biennial, currently displayed in Lexington throughout August. Selections of his work were chosen to be exhibited in Washington D.C. in October in an experimental group exhibition titled Palimpsest in association with the Washington Project for the Arts at the Coup d'Espace. His work will also be on display in November at the New Britain Museum of American Art as a part of their New Media series. 

Assistant Professor of Theatre Inseung Park designed the set for Shaw vs. Chesterton: The Debate, a play based on actual debates and exchanges between George Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton. The show will preview at the Provision Theater in Chicago from September 5-7 and run from September 8 to October 28. Visit also designed the set for the LiveWire Chicago Theatre production The Mistake Madeline Made, by Elizabeth Meriwether. The play will be showing at the Greenhouse Theatre Center Upstairs Studio, previewing from October 3-4, and showing from October 5 to November 3.

Assistant Professor of Dance Carolynn Hine-Johnson taught two workshops on Native American contemporary dance, presented her paper titled All Our Relations: Native American Perspective of Creator Through Dance, and performed a Native American contemporary dance during the Sacred Dance Guild's Festival at Hope College in Holland, Michigan in July. The Sacred Dance Guild is an international interfaith organization. She also read a poem for a dance with Native American sign language performed by Diane Eno, Director of Fusion Danceworks from New Hampshire.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Samantha Joyce has been appointed as the coordinator of the next two Brazil-US Colloquiums on Communication Research. The purpose of the colloquium is to bring together Brazilian and United States researchers who work in the field of communication in order to discuss current topics in theory, method, and community engagement. This conference aspires to foster a dynamic and intellectually stimulating dialogue between communication scholars from both countries. She recently attended the last colloquium in Chicago. The next colloquium will take place in Brazil.

Associate Professor of Visual Arts Dora Natella has been selected as a recipient of an Individual Artist Program grant, given by The Indiana Arts Commission. Natella has also been invited to be part of the exhibition titled Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Mich. The exhibition will be part of Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize event and will run until January.

Assistant Professor of Voice Jessica McCormack presented a masterclass at the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop in Nova Scotia, Canada. She will be a guest artist at Auburn University in Alabama on September 23-24, where she is set to present a masterclass and perform a recital.