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Junior fine arts major Jamie DePriest was recently the winner of “Rookie Blacksmith of the Year” award at the Indiana Blacksmithing Association’s annual meeting. The piece that earned her the award is titled “Nature and Nurture,” a metal sculpture of a mare and foal.

Professor of Mass Communications Michael Lasater's Maquette (2012) has won the Swope Museum of Art's “Sherry Dailey and Tom Tucker Award of Merit” in the museum's 69th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, which ran from  June 29 to August 24. His 2006 composition Epiphany will be included in the 2013-2014 international season of animation festivals and exhibitions sponsored by artVideoKÖLN. His Tryst (2013) was shown from May 24 to July 14 in the International Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works in Lehigh Valley and Berks, Pennsylvania. Festival Miden 2013, in Kalamata, Greece, showed Billboard (2007) on July 5 as part of an exhibition screening curated by Manipulated Image, Los Angeles.

Student Lauren Desrosiers was one of 18 students selected to study in Greece this summer with Grammy Award-winning dramatic soprano Cheryl Studer at the North Aegean Music Festival. Lauren participated in public Master Classes and opera workshops with Ms. Studer.

Dance Instructor Ruby Jazayre and her dance troupe Sisters of the Nile had a busy summer with performances at Lang Lab in South Bend, North Liberty for the Greene Township Lion's Club Strawberry Festival, South Bend on the Downtown Gridiron at the Celebration for World Refugee Day, Mishawaka Summerfest, Coveleski Stadium for National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration, and St. Mary's College Summer Fine Arts Camp. Several students from the spring 2013 semester have joined Sisters of the Nile and Company as apprentice dancers.                        

Art instructor Brooke Marks-Swanson’s current work was exhibited in August in a three-person exhibition at River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The show was titled "Sense of Place." Her work is featured in the most recent issue of Edible Michiana.

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Alec Hosterman was invited to serve on the review board of The Journal of Social Media in Society, a peer-reviewed open-access online journal that focuses on social media and its impact on society.

Professor of Fine Arts Karen Ackoff was co-coordinator of an international conference for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, held in July at the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. She also was invited to present and gave a talk on newsletter design. She demonstrated egg tempera technique as part of their Technique Showcase. She also contributed to the book The Briem Report: Letterforms 2012, published by Operina Publishing, in e-book and printed versions. This book includes contributions from lettering artists and type designers from around the world. She has been invited to contribute to another volume.

Assistant Professor of Music Ken Douglas has been accepted to give two presentations at the 2014 California All State Music Educators Conference (CASMEC).

Assistant Professor of Costume Design Jason Resler is attending the World Stage Design Conference in Cardiff, Wales. Student Jillian Westplate is also attending the conference.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Susan Moore will be featured in Somewhere There, an exhibit of local photographers concurrent with the work of master photographer Ansel Adams.

Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Marvin Curtis has been appointed Repertoire & Standards Chair for Community Choirs for the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.