In the news - December 2009


Nikita Abrosimov debuted, performing the Prokofiev #2 Piano Concerto, on November 14th with the Stanford Symphony in Stanford, California. He substituted for Toradze, who was unable to perform with this orchestra due to surgery.


Eli Kahn, a graduate in Music, performed on his guitar for the Scholarship Reception in the Grille, on Sunday, November 8th.


Alexander Toradze, Martin Endowed professor of Piano, was the subject one hour documentary produced by WNIT about his life and work. There was a red-carpet premiere at the Century Center for the documentary, “Kicking the Keys: The Toradze Way” on November 19th. It aired on WNIT on December 7.

Jorge Muniz, D.M.A., assistant professor of Music, became a United States Citizen on November 13th.

Marvin Curtis, Dean of School of the Arts, received two grants from the African American Fund of the St. Joseph Community Foundation. The second annual concert, Lift Every Voice…Celebrating the African American Spirit, on February 27, 2010, will receive $5,000, and the IU South Bend Community Connections Outreach Project will receive over $2,600. This is a collaboration between the Raclin School of the Arts and the Charles Black and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Centers.

Karen Ackoff, associate professor of Visual Arts, received a certificate of participation from the Museum of Contemporary Calligraphy in Moscow, Russia. Several of her prints are in their permanent collection. This is the second year she has participated by invitation.

Larry Lambert, Ph.D., associate professor of Communication Arts, presented the paper, "Painterly Technology: Art Critiques America's Technological Identity in Nineteenth Century Painting," chosen in a peer-review selection process, at the National Communication Association National Convention, Chicago, IL, which took place November 12-15, 2009.

Ron Monsma, lecturer in Visual Arts, Painting, and Drawing, was a juror for the Pastel Journal ‘Pastel 100 International Art Competition’ in the Still Life Category. Monsma also won First Place in a Pastel Competition sponsored by the Northern Indiana Pastel Society. In April 2010, Monsma will have his new work and a short biography printed in the Pastel Journal in conjunction with having juried the Pastel 100 Art Competition.

Dora Natella, associate professor of Visual Arts, had a photograph of her sculpture, “Emotional Body: Awakening” published by the International Sculpture Center in the December 2009 issue of Sculpture Magazine.

Marjorie Rusche, D.M.A., adjunct assistant professor of Piano and Composition, will joined four other internationally acclaimed composers to premiere new chamber works for voice, winds and strings on December 4th at the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Chicago, IL.

Andrea Rusnock, Ph.D., assistant professor of Visual Arts, presented the paper "Stalinist Sunday Painters: Amateur Art and Socialist Realism" on Thursday, November 12th, at the National Conference for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Boston.

Rachel Sylvester, lecturer in communication arts, spoke about conflict and conflict resolution to four groups of high risk students at North Park Alternative Education High School in Baldwin Park, C.A. She also spoke about Perception and Listening skills for the faculty and staff.