In the news

Assistant Professor of Mass Communications Samantha Nogueira Joyce recently published an article titled “A Kiss Is (Not) Just a Kiss: Heterodeterminism, Homosexuality, and TV Globo Telenovelas,” in the International Journal of Communication.The article examines three recent gay and lesbian progressive storylines in TV Globo telenovelas that fell short in one important aspect: the characters were not allowed to kiss.

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music Marjorie M. Rusche has been selected to evaluate applications for the 2012 Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP Fund) in New York City. The MAP Fund is primarily funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has also received a 2012-2013 ASCAP Plus Award for Music Composition.

Associate Instructor of Voice Deborah Mayer has been invited to sing in a concert version of Act III "Die Walküre" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival this coming summer. She will be reviving my Met role as "Gerhilde.” Among the other Met singers in this prestigious cast will be Byrn Terfel starring as "Wotan".

Mass communication student Sarah Duis was chosen as an editor for the 2013 book edition of Michiana Monologues, titled “Write on, Sisters!” The book is a compilation of anonymous submissions from area women, exploring what it means to be a woman in Michiana through poetry, prose, and short essays.

Professor of Mass Communications Michael Lasater had three compositions exhibited in a national juried show of photography at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California from December 1 to Jan 12. His piece Crossing, Berlin, 1927, finishes a year-long run at 4Culture Galleries in Seattle.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Thomas Limbert had the world premieres of Numbers/Dates, a 25-minute chamber operetta in 3 movements exploring emotional prosody. It was commissioned by Rhymes with Opera and performed Thursday December 13 at Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY and Saturday, December 15, at 2640 Space, Baltimore, MD.

Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Marvin Curtis has been commissioned By North Park Covenant Church in Chicago to compose a new choral work for the anniversary of their choral conductor, Charles Olson. The new work will be for chorus, organ, and instruments and will be premiered in May of 2013. Curtis received a $5,000 grant from the African American Fund of the St. Joseph Community Foundation for the 2013 Lift every Voice…Celebrating the African American Spirit concert in February of 2013. The choral work Great Day, an arrangement by Curtis, was performed at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, January 21st at the 8:45 am service by the Cathedral Voice, the volunteer adult choir directed by Christopher Betts.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Kari Wilson and Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Samantha Joyce were accepted to the International Communication Association conference in London this summer to present papers. Only 36% of the papers submitted were accepted for presentations.

Associate Professor of Music, Composition and Theory Jorge Muniz has been chosen as an ASCAP Plus Award recipient this year.

Flute Instructor Rebecca Hovan subbed in the pit with the national tour of Beauty and the Beast from December 26 to January 17.