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Student Catherine Corpe has accepted an offer for her MFA at Memphis College of Art and Design with an assistantship and full tuition waiver. She's graduating this spring with a BFA in drawing and painting.

Student Jeremy Jones has accepted an offer for his MFA at Tulane with a full tuition and housing waiver. He's graduating this spring with a BFA in drawing and painting.

Student Natalie Mills was awarded a scholarship to study photography with renowned photographer Amy Arbus in a week-long summer course entitled The Narrative Portrait at the prestigious Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Mills was selected for this award based on a portfolio of photography and an accompanying essay.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Ron Monsma has been selected as a finalist in Manifest Galleries INDA 9 print drawing competition. He will have his work published in the upcoming book. This annual publication showcases contemporary drawings from the United States and Europe. Eighty-two works were selected for the book from over 1500 entries.
In early March, adjunct faculty in dance Ruby Jazayre presented her annual student showcase in the Battell Center Theatre. The performance featured 26 students displaying dance of Middle Eastern and fusion styling. Participants included six IUSB students and and two members of the IUSB faculty. Another March event held in Grand Rapids, Mich., titled "Tales from the Sultan’s Tent," featured Jazayre in 4 ½ hours of dance class and a solo performance.

The ensemble Duo Sonidos recently gave the Detroit premiere of Associate Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz’s “Funk” for guitar and violin with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit at the Jazz Cafe at Music Hall.

Videofocus, a European art publication, includes an interview with Professor of Mass Communications Michael Lasater in its February 2014 issue.

Assistant Professor of Music Jennifer Muñiz was invited to speak at the University of Notre Dame in February as a guest panelist for a discussion on the literary, historical, and musical background of Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. Muñiz also presented the pre-concert talk and a post-concert question/answer session for the Live HD Met Broadcast of Prince Igor at the Debartolo Performing Arts Center on March 1. She also performed as a soloist and as part of The Vinlanda Duo with Associate Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz on piano in a recital entitled American Memories at the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, on March 20. The program included a work by IUSB student Katherine Price. In March, Jennifer Muñiz presented a lecture-recital entitled "Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree? A Discussion of Solo Piano Works by Vincent Persichetti and Richard Danielpour” at the College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Assistant Professor of Costume Design Jason Resler and student Greg Demetrakis attended the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's National Convention in Ft. Worth Texas. Resler will presenting his designs for La Cage aux Folles in the USITT Design Expo in Ft. Worth and will also be presenting, with the assistance of Assistant Professor of New Media Sean Hottois, a costume poster session on the wearable technology used in the IUSB production of King Lear.

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music Marjorie Rusche's composition PARANORMAL TRANSITS (COSMIC CLOWNS) will receive its South Bend premiere Sunday, April 6th, 2 p.m., The Music Village, 108 North Main Street, JMS Building, downtown South Bend, in a concert presented by Musicians for Michiana. It will include texts by the composer from composer journals, newspaper clippings, and Bible verses. Rusche's composition VARIATIONS VORTEX (INTO THE SWIRLING STORM) will receive its world premiere Saturday, April 12th, at 4 pm in the Music Faculty Recital, held in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall. The composition is dedicated to "the inspiring imagery of nature and the sustainability of our environment."

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen has been nominated for the Educator of the Year Award by his students from his S427 Cross-Cultural class. This Indiana University South Bend award is presented annually to the faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to the learning environment on campus during this academic year.

Toradze Piano Studio member Ketevan Kartvelishvili won first place at American Protege International Concerto Competition and will perform a winner's recital on May 26th at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella's bronze sculpture, Sentinel, is part of a collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures by regionally and nationally acclaimed artists in downtown Knoxville at the McGhee Tyson Airport in Tennessee.