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In the News

Adjunct Associate Professor Marjorie M. Rusche's solo piano composition “Piano Portraits: Nightwatch 1. In Memoriam 2. Bluesy Cantabile” has been accepted for the “College Music Symposium”.

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen has been awarded a $1000 grant toward mobile classroom technology from the IU Center of Distant Education. The committee approved the application based on “innovative and excellent ways to integrate technology” into his “pedagogy and practice”.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Samantha Joyce was invited by the University of Notre Dame to attend the conference “The Art of Criticism” on April 25-26.  This interdisciplinary event will bring to the University of Notre Dame leading scholars from prestigious programs across the United States and the United Kingdom to explore and elaborate with faculty and students over twenty research methods used to analyze film, television, and other media.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella’s artwork, Torso of a Princess #1, was chosen by a jury to be included in “The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2014” at the Grunwald Gallery of Art. She will also exhibit at the “Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational” this year at the Box Factory for the Arts, St Joseph, MI. where she has three sculptures in the Show.

Dance Instructor Ruby Jazayre and the Sisters of the Nile began their summer performances of Middle Eastern Dance at the Circus of Art held at Down Town South Bend’s State Theater April 26. The event was a fundraiser for Healthy Communities Initiative.  On May 3 the group performed at the first Senior Fair held by Saint Joseph Regional Health Center at the Century Center. Jazayre also had 13 members of her D250 Middle Eastern Dance Class applied their craft at two events over the weekend of April 4-5, 2014 held on the IUSB campus at The Grill.  Most of them had never performed before, and they danced for a full house at each event, including “The 15th Annual IUSB Asian Heritage Month Celebration” and “The 15th Annual International Food Festival”.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Ron Monsma will be exhibiting in the “Figurative Invitational” on May 9th at Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. IU South Bend BFA alumnus Brandon Briggs will also be exhibiting in this show that includes a number of notable figurative artists, including Daniel Greene.

Students Marlon Burnley and Jeremy Weyer have been cast in the Notre Dame production of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Burnley is Master Ford and Weyer is Slender.

Jeremy Weyer also attended the Southeastern Theater Conference in Macon, GA and was subsequently invited to audition for the role of Santa Claus in Elf, The Musical in New York City for their national touring company. Student Ryan Hafron also attended this conference. 

Student Helen Pappas received a full graduate fellowship to continue her violin studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Pappas’s graduate assistantship will be as a part of the graduate string quartet.

Student Julius C. Miller, III has been invited to participate as one of eight vocalists to compete in the 2014 Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition to be held on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY.  He will be competing for a first prize of $1,500 and an invitation to return as a featured soloist on the Kentucky Bach Choir 2014-2015 season.  Two encouragement awards of $500 may also be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

Student Tamra Garrett has been accepted to be a part of the Druid City Opera Workshop Young Artist Program in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from May 21-29. Over 100 singers auditioned with only 20 being selected.   

Adjunct Faculty Member Elizabeth Schleicher recently appeared in recital as a part of the concert series at the Church of the Master Methodist Church in Westerville, Ohio.  She performed with Otterbein University piano faculty, Timothy Huffman.  Elizabeth also appeared as the soprano soloist in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater  as a part of the concert series at St. Vincent De Paul church in Elkhart. She will repeat the Pergolesi piece at First Presbyterian of Valparaiso on Friday, April 18th.

Assistant Professor of Music Geoffrey Duce performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Dundee Symphony Orchestra in the Caird Hall in Dundee, Scotland. The concert was favorably reviewed in the Dundee Courier and the Perth Advertiser. While in Scotland he also performed in a benefit concert for the mental health charity Support in Mind, Scotland, which raised $1850.

Dean Marvin V. Curtis appeared as a guest on Economic Outlook broadcast on WNIT discussing the impact of the arts in the Michiana region.  He joined panelists Jane Hunter who is executive director of the south Bend Symphony, Dennis Andres who is Executive Director of the Morris Performing Arts Center, and Laura Moran Walton of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. The show aired on Friday, April 4 at 8:30 PM.

Assistant Professor of New Media Eric Souther has group show titled All About Color opening May 3rd-30th at the Arterie Fine Arts Center in Naperville, IL. Souther will also be screening his work at the Minden Video Art Festival in Kalamata, Greece on May 3rd. Souther’s artwork will also be at the Beacons Festival in Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK from August 7th-10th, and he have been selected to be apart of the Fonland Digital Art Festival, which is based out of Coimbra, Portugal, April 22nd-August 10th.