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The following students performed the tap dance to “Cool” from the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story with the South Bend Symphony on November and their names were not listed in the program: Molly Sheets, Shannon Porowski, Michaela Pratt, Yalid Villa, Teresa Berger, Jordan Miller, and Andrew Berger.

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music Marjorie Rusche has received an Associate Faculty Grant for music composition, in support of her March 2014 trip to New York City for a performance of selected songs from her song cycles SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH and COMMENTS for inclusion in the Underworld Productions Opera CrossCURRENT Series, March 7, 2014.

In early November, Adjunct Faculty in Theatre and Dance David Seymour led an interactive dance seminar with students in the elementary education department at IU South Bend. Lecturer in Elementary Education Sydney Bontrager invited him to work with her students on integrating the arts by sharing Latin dance moves, technique, and creative ways to educate using the arts. About 25 students participated in the lecture-demo session, and all of them will be in student teaching placements next semester. Seymour also participated in a Brazilian Cultural Fair sponsored by the Notre Dame Brazil Club. The event showcased various aspects of Brazilian language and culture, and Seymour contributed by teaching a variety of samba dance lessons. The fair is an annual campus event which draws about 100 students who are studying Portuguese and/or planning to participate in study abroad opportunities.

Professor of Mass Communications Michael Lasater's solo show at the Kansas City Artists Coalition Charno Gallery opens December 13 and will run until January 17. His Epiphany (2006) was included in "A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013," Regional Museum of Kedainiai, Vilnius, Lithuania, from September 23 to October 29, 2013, an international exhibition curated by art videoKOELN.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Celia Weiss performed an organ recital on the newly-restored Kimball organ on October 16 and 23 at The Lerner Theatre in Elkhart. She will present a recital of Christmas music on Thursday, December 19, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The recital is free and open to the public.

The Euclid Quartet and four of their students recently performed Mendelssohn's famous Octet at area high schools. Students Helen Pappas, Jacob Marquardt, Julia Beebe, and Kendrick Allenson performed side-by-side with the Quartet at Clay, Penn, and Elkhart Central high schools. These visits gave the students experience in outreach performances and helped them prepare for the formal performance in the Euclid Quartet String Studio Recital on December 7.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Justin Amellio was recently honored when BARE: A POP OPERA, a musical he directed and choreographed this past summer with Richmond Triangle Players in Richmond, Virginia, won three Richmond Theatre Critic's Circle Awards for the 2013 Richmond Theatre season. Amellio was thrilled and honored when BARE won the RTCC awards for Best Director, Best Musical of the Year, and Best Supporting Actress during the evening's gala. Amellio also recently took a group of students to the Southeastern Theatre Conference professional screening auditions. Undergraduate students Victor Kamwendo, Kaylee Ross, Jeremy Weyer, Ryan Hafron, Emily Beck, Tristan Conner, Marlon Burnley and Brad Pontius prepared for most of the semester and tackled the screening auditions with professionalism and zeal. The students made a great showing at the auditions, got some invaluable feedback from leading professionals and educators in the field and are eager to attend the event next year as well.

Theater student Jeremy Weyer has been chosen out of thousands of undergraduate students across the Southeastern region to attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the largest regional conference in the country. In March of 2014 Weyer will participate in the combined professional auditions, consisting of more than 100 professional summer stock and year-round theaters looking to cast their upcoming season.

Associate Professor of Communication Arts Larry Lambert participated in the National Communication Association’s annual convention on November 20-24 in Washington, D.C. He gave a presentation in response to four peer-reviewed papers at a panel titled “Making Connections to Rhetorical Theory” sponsored by the Rhetorical and Communication Theory division. His response dealt with the ethical and political implications of computer algorithms making decisions in human activity, the renegotiation of neoliberal educational choices, and the need for increased carnivalization of rhetorical criticism.

Assistant Professor of New Media Eric Souther is having works shown at Jilin University in Changchun, China; as part of a group show called Global Fold - 43º. Works included are Search Engine Vision “Buddha” a single channel video, 3D Digital Mandala, Circling Satellites, and 10,000 Lines, which are all large ink jet prints. A catalog is being created highlighting the works included in the exhibition.

Voice Faculty Elizabeth Schleicher appeared November 17 as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at Ancilla College and the Ancilla Domini Chorus and Culver Academy Chorus. Over the summer, Schleicher sang with the Grant Park Festival Chorus and participated as a singer and teacher in the Naked Voice Teaching Institute at Northwestern University, featured in three opera scenes selections.

Associate Faculty of Theatre and Dance Matt Benedict had a staged reading of an original play, "Outside Providence," presented at Butler University on Wednesday, December 4, as part of Butler's four-day "Indiana New Works" festival.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Ron Monsma, Lecturer in Fine Arts Casey Lard and former IU South Bend drawing and painting student Brandon Briggs were accepted into the Works on Paper competition at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The exhibit, which opens on December 13, includes work from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Thirteen works were accepted from 11 artists out of more than 260 entries by 102 artists. The IU South Bend Fine Arts Department has four works in the show, which comprises close to one third of the entire exhibition.

The IUSB Flute Ensemble directed by Flute Instructor Rebecca Hovan visited several area schools on Friday, November 15. At each school, the group performed a 20-minute concert and spent some time with the flute players in a mini-clinic. High schools included Knox, John Glenn, and Oregon-Davis. The ensemble will be doing a Community Service Christmas Tour on Friday, December 6 and will perform mini-concerts of Christmas favorites at several health-care facilities throughout the day including Mosaic, Milton Adult Day Services, Morningcrest Nursing and Memory Care, St. Joseph Medical Center, and Emeritus at Arborwood. Members of the ensemble are Marian Emery, Kellie Holycross, Amanda Malone, Brittany Shannon, and Aleischa Shepherd.

Three students from the vocal pedagogy class presented poster sessions at the Graduate Student Conference on Tuesday, November 25. Lauren Desrosiers, Michelle Torres, and Tamra Garrett presented on topics of vocal health and pedagogy.

Assistant Professor of Voice Jessica McCormack will serve as the soprano soloist for First Presbyterian Church South Bend Sing-a-long Messiah on Sunday, December 8, at 6 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Assistant Professors of Voice Geoffrey Duce and Jessica McCormack presented two recitals in Canada. They were for the Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation in Toronto on November 27 and for the recital series at St. Luke's Church in Ottawa on December 1.

Professor of Music and Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Marvin Curtis was elected to the Board of Directors of Michiana Public Broadcasting Corporation (WNIT). He was recently guest conductor in a concert featuring his choral music as part of “Lift Every Voice and Sing…Celebrating the African American Spirit” for the Capitol Area Musicians Association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

In November Dance Instructor Ruby Jazayre presented four seminars on various dance topics related to Middle Eastern Dance and performed for the eighth time at the 8th annual Great Lakes Bellydance Convention. She also presented nine members of her troupe Sisters of the Nile and Company in performance, including one IUSB student and two faculty members. She also traveled to Goshen to the Bashor Children’s Home to present a class on Egyptian Dance to a group of teenage girls who had earned the privilege to participate. They had completed a study of Egypt and their presentation won first place in the Bashor competition. The award they chose was to have a class with Jazayre.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella is profiled in the November/December edition of the National Sculpture Society News Bulletin.

Over 300 students participated in the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in early November at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Institutions of higher education that were represented included Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana State University, Ball State University, Butler University, Anderson University, Taylor University, and Huntington University. IU South Bend’s Raclin School of the Arts was well represented by four students. Graduate voice major Tamra Garrett and undergraduates Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews, Julius Miller, and Chris Hardy prepared three selections to sing before a panel of judges. They were coached and accompanied on the piano by Assistant Professor of Voice Geoffrey Duce and taught by Assistant Professor of Voice Jessica McCormack. Mitchell-Matthews and Miller won first place in their divisions and Garrett won third place in her division.

Assistant Professor of New Media Sean Hottois' new media sculpture "Memory Makes Time Persistent - A metric Clock" was accepted into the nationally juried exhibition "The Machine" at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. The work was on exhibit from September 25 through October 26.

Assistant Professor of Music Jennifer Muñiz presented at the Fifty-Sixth National Conference of the College Music Society in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 1. Her demonstration is entitled, "Roll Over, Mozart: Improvisation and Composition Exercises that Bring Creativity to Piano Instruction." On November 9, she performed in Greenville, North Carolina, at The Music House with violist Hillary Herndon in a program featuring works by Brahms, Vasilenko, Le Beau and Piazzolla.

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen created and installed “JFK – Honoring the man, the culture, the moment in history – 50 years on” in the lobby of the Schurz library. This display was up for all of November 2013 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination. The content included images and objects representative of November 1963. Many people on campus helped to realize this project: Gillen’s Cross Cultural Communication class, the theater & dance costume department, Schurz Library archives and circulation staff, and the Educational Resource Commons. Thank you to Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Alec Hosterman for the loan of his vintage camera.

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music Marjorie Rusche and Associate Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz have been awarded a 2013 ASCAP Plus Award. These awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society.