In the news - December 2010

Kevin M. Gillen taught a seminar for the Advance College Project attended by high school teachers from all over northern and central Indiana. This is the "Fall Review" day in which critical analysis and constructive exercises are employed to prepare these teachers to represent Indiana University as they teach S121 Public Speaking for college credit. Kevin is the faculty liaison for the ACP. 

Marjorie Rusche
is the 2010-211 recipient of an ASCAPLUS Award in the Concert Music Division.  These awards are made by the American society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

The University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble directed by James Campbell performed John Mayrose’s composition  Liber Abaci on Sunday, November 7 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.   The performance was conducted by Ben Stiers. Read more about the concert or watch it on Facebook.:

We have received our very first graduation application for a student of the New Media program, Jeff Engel. It is looking very possible that we will have our first graduate this May.  

Congratulations to Rachel Sylvester and her family.  She gave birth to a healthy baby boy on October 26th.  His name is Emmett Joseph, he was born at 8:40 p.m., weighs 7 lbs 15 oz. and is 20 inches long!!!

The IUSB Flute Ensemble, led by Rebecca Hovan, went on tour to several schools in the South Bend area as well as an adult day care center. The ensemble played mini-concerts for the flute students at Riley High School, the 6th and 7th grade woodwind students at Discovery Middle School, and the two Symphonic Bands at Penn High School.  The group finished out the tour with a concert at Milton Adult Day Care near downtown South Bend.  The ensemble also gave a successful performance on their joint concert with the Guitar Ensemble on Friday, November 11.  Members of the Ensemble include students Kellie Holycross, Amanda Malone, Anna Murphy, and Aleischa Shepherd, and faculty Kay Kizer and Rebecca Hovan.
Andrea Rusnock traveled to Los Angeles for the Slavic Studies National Conference. She is chair of one panel and a discussant on the other.

Karen Ackoff
had the article “Ink Wash Technique” published in the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Journal Volume 42, No. 8, 2010, pp. 2-6.

Jeffrey Wright
presented his paper, "Politics of a Program: The Composition, Reception, and Renunciation of Samuel Barber's Second Symphony," at the National meeting of the American Musicological Society.
Through the work of Dora Natella, the new red sculpture by Austin Collins  has been installed in front of the Library.  Mr. Collins will deliver a lecture on his work in early February.

Andrea Rusnock ‘s
book Social Realist Painting During the Stalinist Era (1934-1941)has been published by Edwin Mellen Press.

John Mayrose
and pianist Michael Mizrahi have been selected for funding from the American Composers Forum's Encore Program!   The grant is made to performers to play a work at least three times during an 18‐month period.  Awards support rehearsal and performance costs, so that performers may connect with a composer whose work they have not previously performed.  Mizrahi  will be performing Mayrose’s piano piece Faux Patterns (2009) in several concerts across the states (and maybe abroad in spring) and including it on a CD of contemporary piano music he will be recording over the summer.  
Congratulations to Ketevan Badridze, Alexander Toradze, and the Toradze Piano Studio on their recent concert tour in Europe where they received glowing reviews.  The reviews, which are in German, can be found here and here. If you don't speak German, Google translate will help you get an idea.

Lynn King is co-producing 3, the short, short film festival which is currently accepting submissions for films in any genre running three minutes or less. This is the second year for the 3 festival and we are pleased to announce a new evening of shorts for children called "Little 3" on Feb 3, 2011. "Big 3" for
grown-ups will run on Feb. 5, 2011 at Perley Fine Arts Academy in South Bend. For more information visit

Marvin Curtis received a $5,000 grant from the Harvey & Doris Klockow Foundation, managed by Wells Fargo Bank, to support the concert, Lift Every Voice….Celebrating the African American Spirit in February of 2011.

The IU South Bend Debate team had the following result in their recent contests.  Julie Allie and Sara Curtis are coaches. Twenty seven schools participated.

At the Bowling Green State University Falcon Classic IU-South Bend placed 4th in overall sweepstakes. 

International Public Debate: 
Cory Gilmartin - 3rd

Open Parliamentary Debate:
Peter Farkas & Luis Hernandez - 9th
Zion Castor & Jake Jones - 14th 

Novice Parliamentary debate:
David Dominguez & Katie Marsh - 7th
Marisa Haitsma & Naomi Keeler - 8th
Julio Cruz & Randall Burch -12th
Dominique Jackson & Jerry Sailor - 13th
Preston Tracy & Chad Smith - 14th 
Sherika Brown & Kristina Lemon - 17th

At the Richard Weaver Debate Tournament IU-South Bend placed 2nd in Sweepstakes.
International Public Debate:
Peter Farkas - 3rd

Open Parliamentary Debate:
Zion Castor & Luis Hernandez - 5th
Cory Gilmartin & Jake Jones - 6th

Novice Parliamentary debate:
Marisa Haitsma & Randall Burch - quarter-final (4th place)
Preston Tracy & Jerry Sailor - quarter-final (4th place)
Chad Smith & Katie Marsh - 6th place