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Dean of the School of the Arts Marvin Curtis has been named to the Congressional Black Caucus 21st Century Leadership Council. He will be representing IU South Bend and working on policy concerning the arts that will be submitted to the Congressional Black Caucus for consideration by the Administration. Only two other schools are represented: Spelman College and the University of Colorado. Curtis also completed the first IU Executive Leadership Institute. The Institute began in October with monthly meetings in Bloomington and Indianapolis. He was nominated by Executive Vice Chancellor Alfred Guillaume and Chancellor Mae Reck. “A Stanislaus Overture,” composed by Curtis, was performed at the final concert of the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra on May 5 in the Campus Auditorium.

Several members of the Theater/Dance faculty attended and presented at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) conference in Milwaukee, the biggest theatre design/tech conference in the country. Student Aimee Cole presented "Using Magnetic Body Blocks to Teach Flat Patterning" at the Costume Design and Technology Commission Poster Session. Associate Professor of Theatre Inseung Park was one of the panelists in the scene design session, "Integrating Traditional Rendering and Model with Digital Media." He used the storyboard for Pippin, IUSB production as a sample, presenting a quick and easy way to build a storyboard.

Theater student Jillian Westplate presented her research project on determining labor and material requirements for costume production. Her project is titled “Costumer's Budget Predictor” and she presented at the Student Leadership Initiative for the Costume Design and Technology Commission.

Professor of Mass Communications and New Media Area Coordinator Michael Lasater's Bagatelle, a one-minute abstract video composition, has been accepted for inclusion in PopRally Abstract Currents at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Kansas City Artists Coalition's Charno Gallery will also present a solo show of Michael Lasater this winter.

Assistant Professor of Music Geoffrey Duce performed with the choir of the Blackheath Centre for Singing in an arrangement of Brahms' German Requiem at St. Alfege Church, in Greenwich, London.

WSBT-TV interviewed Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen regarding his oral history research on Willard Aldrich, a man buried sitting up in the Mishawaka cemetery. This is a feature segment about lesser-known aspects of the community. Gillen presented a seminar on interpersonal communication to the Greater Elkhart Young Professionals at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart, Indiana on April 25. Kevin’s topics were the importance of interpersonal communication in the professional environment. He will be presenting the same seminar at an upcoming event sponsored by Denise Polachek, the Vice President for Development at the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.

Elkhart Civic Theatre’s production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," directed by Associate Faculty Member Dave Dufour, has won six awards at the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) Region III Festival in Hartford, Wisconsin. It is one of two community theatres from Midwest that will move on to compete in a field of 12 theatres from across the country at the National AACTFest, held this year in Carmel, Indiana from June 18 to 23.

Voice Instructor Deborah Mayer appeared in the Sturgis Journal as she prepared for her debut with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.

The National Sculpture Society will present the Sculpture House Annual Award to Professor Emeritus Tuck Langland on Saturday, May 18, at its annual Honors and Awards Dinner in Tampa, Florida. The award recognizes those who contribute to and encourage American sculpture.

Assistant Professor of Arts Education and Fine Arts Area Coordinator Jane Cera had a paper accepted for publication in Visual Arts Research, a leading journal in art education. Her paper is the culmination of the results of a study analyzing current discourse on leadership in art education.

Alec Hosterman was recently interviewed about the impact of social media on students and society by WSBT. They ran a story about the effects of being overly connected to our digital devices, titled "College Sophomore Goes Through a 24-hour Cellphone Detox." Hosterman was also featured in a story by FOX 28 on the impact of social media titled "Deciphering Fact from Fiction on Social Media."

Students Marlon Burnley and Jess Alexander were nominated from their performances of Pippin to compete for the Irene Ryan Award which is a part of the Kennedy Center Collegiate Theater Festival. Kyle Techentin was nominated for Lighting Design and Wesley Butcher was nominated for Stage Management. They will compete for the first round in Saginaw, Michigan in January of 2014.

Michelle Torres, Lauren Desrosiers, and Dorea Britton, students of Associate Voice Instructor Deborah Mayer, performed leading roles in Frances Poulenc's opera "Dialogues des Carmelites" with the Opera Notre Dame at the Decio MainStage Theater in the DeBartolo Center on the campus of Notre Dame.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella’s work Journey Within has been juried into the National Sculpture Society’s 2013 80th Annual Awards Exhibition. The Jury of Selection reviewed 468 works from 219 sculptors in application to the exhibition. It will be exhibited at Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, Florida from May through July and will then be at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, South Carolina from August through October 27. Natella's sculpture Overseer, recently exhibited at Meijer Sculpture Gardens, has been selected for the second annual City of Valparaiso Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Overseer will be installed downtown Valparaiso on May 6 and will remain on display until April 2014. Her artwork has been published in a new catalog titled Art Walk at Oakton College.

Assistant Professor of Voice Jessica McCormack was a guest artist at Georgetown College in Kentucky in early April. She performed Schumann's Myrthen with baritone Matthew Hoch from Auburn University and pianist Ben Harris from Vanderbilt as part of the Noteworthy Concert Series.

Theatre and dance student Brad Pontius was accepted into the New York Intensives Summer Conservatory program this summer. The program is centered around bringing talented young theatre students to New York City to study with master professionals in a Broadway-style setting. Brad is extremely honored and excited to have the chance to go to New York and continue his education over the summer.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Justin Amellio was invited to New Mexico State University in April to teach a series of workshops in musical theatre performance and audition technique.

Theatre and Dance Area student Jess Alexander has been cast in the Young Company at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival this summer. He will be performing in The Comedy of Errors among other productions alongside the Professional Company through August.

The following faculty members have received Overseas Conference Grants:
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Kari Wilson
Assistant Professor of Mass Communcations Samantha Joyce
Associate Professor of Art History Micheline Nilsen

The following faculty members have received the Trustee Teaching Award:
Assistant Professor of Art Education and Fine Arts Area Coordinator Jane Cera
Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen
Associate Professor of Art History Andrea Rusnock

On April 28 the Central Methodist University Concert Band premiered the work Celebration! by Jorge Muñiz in the final concert of their 2012-2013 season. This work was commissioned by the university to honor Dr. Marianne Inman, president of Central Methodist University, who, after 18 years of service is retiring from her position at the end of this academic year. On April 30, Muniz's work Funk had its radio premiere on WFMT (Chicago) and WGBH (Boston) by Duo Sonidos (comprised of Adam Levin and William Knuth, who visited IU South bend on March 19). This was the first combined broadcast program of these classical radio music stations.

The IUSB Flute Ensemble visited several health care facilities in late April and played mini-concerts for the staff and clients. The group visited Milton Adult Day Services, Memorial Epworth Center, and Lighthouse Autism Center. Participating members of the ensemble were Sarah Biggs, Kellie Holycross, Amanda Malone, Brittany Shannon, and Flute Instructor Rebecca Hovan.

Flute Instructor Rebecca Hovan has been awarded an Associate Faculty Grant Award in the amount of $1241 for her project titled “National Flute Association Convention 2013.”