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March 2017

Dean's letter
The Martin Family Fellowship Residencies begin with Martin and Bates
Unified for 25 Guest Artist Series: Jorge Lucero
“A Celebration of Dance: Digital Age”
Michiana Monologues celebrates its tenth year
Children’s theatre: A tradition of learning
Art Gallery shows Student/Alumni Exhibition
In the news

February 2017

Dean's letter
Unified for 25 Guest Artist Series: George Shirley
Strings and keys come together with Cooper and Badridze
Theatre students thrive in KCACTF gauntlet
“A Celebration of Dance: Digital Age” combines movement and technology
In the news

January 2017

Dean's letter
Toradze leaves a legacy at IU South Bend
Unified for 25 Guest Artist Series: Hybrid-media artist Paul Catanese
MLK Jr. Celebration Concert in second year at Morris
Preface names new editor
January Student Artist of the Month

December 2016

Dean's letter
"Teddy Bear Concert" Makes the holidays cuddly and bright
Joseph Bush to perform with SBSO
Capstone works of tomorrow's artists, today
December Student Artist of the Month: Joseph McCool
In the news

November 2016

Dean's letter
Unified for 25 Guest Artist Series: June Millington
LOOK! Scholarship Art Sale more than meets the eye
Souther’s ArtPrize win explores linguistics and meaning
Cooper and Badridze record Prokofiev
Aspire Student of the Month: Susan M. Ward
In the news

October 2016

Dean's letter
David Dufour and The Second City writing class
A Crescendo in the Plot of Opus
Unified for 25 and the United Nations
New Euclid Quartet members
Student Artist of the Month: Megan Jerndt
In the news

September 2016

Dean's letter
Unified for 25 kicks off with guest speaker Dawnn Lewis
New Talent: The Indiana Buckeye
History, modernistic art, heritage, and religion in Houghton's book
The Charle's Gordone Story comes alive in St. Patrick's Park
In the news

August 2016

Dean's letter
Moira Dyczko leaves the building
Queen of Beledi
Mercy Shelter performances
"Prescence of Absence"
Dual Perspectives in the Art Gallery
ALL-IN artist fair
In the news

June and July 2016

Dean's letter
Langland's wide cast of works on display in the Art Gallery
A grand gesture, a new set of keys

May 2016

Dean's letter
High School Honors Orchestra
Meet the Assistant Dean
Stepping out of the classroom: A visit to the CSCA
New Mass Comm. Master's Degree
In the news

April 2016

Dean's letter
The rewards of awards at NATS
Students kick off Alumni Weekend with capstone exhibition
Speech Night: A lesson in persuasion
Beautiful music: College Music Society and IU South Bend
Incandescendance: 10 projections from the Integrated New Media Students
Euclid Quartet spring concerts
In the news

March 2016 

Dean's letter
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass explores history
Arts Lecture Series explores “Communication in Military Families”
Making chamber music better one school at a time
Students put their works on display twice
In the news

February 2016

Dean's letter
53rd Annual children's theatre takes a classic tale for a spin
Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit
Strange Dayz Exhibition gets weird with pop
Ensemble CONCEPT/21: New Voices of Michiana
In the news

January 2016

Dean's letter
MLK Celebration Concert moves to Morris
Turrell O'Neal heads west
Photo Exhibition features three artists
In the news

December 2015

Dean's letter
Teddy Bear Concert in 7th year
BFA Exhibition Reception gives chance to talk to artists
In the news

November 2015

Dean's letter
Fine arts meets sustainability
Classical guitarist to teach masterclass
The Preface goes mobile
Comm. Studies offers new Master's program
IUSB Jazz Ensemble fall concert
Fine arts students learn the business
Youth orchestras kickoff 2015-16 season
In the news

October 2015

Dean's Letter
St. George Trio debuts at IU South Bend
Ashley Bowen: A helping hand in Peru
Season opener takes Kafka to Broadway
Euclid Quartet presents fall concert
Toradze and IU South Bend Piano Studio perform
Fall Open House offers unique opportunity to prospective students
Andrew Sellers works with Boys and Girls Club
Arts students offered an international education
In the news

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September 2015
Dean's Letter
R&R with "Beauties, Beasts, and Babes"
Board approves Communication Studies MA
Chris Hardy: Performer in demand
Tourtillotte gets creative
Liederabend: An evening of German songs
Art Gallery hosts steel sculpture exhibit
Music Faculty Recital
Here's to you Mr. Robinson
In the news

July and August 2015

Dean's Letter
Talent on display at Art Beat
Dean returns to stage with symphonic choir and special guests
Faculty art on display

May and June 2015

Dean's Letter
2015 Golf Outing and Fundraiser
Record Graduating Class
Celebration of Dance
Dean Curtis: Living Legend
High School Exhibition in Art Gallery

April 2015

Dean's Letter
Alumni Weekend 2015
Adults play the roles of children in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Communication Studies Club gets real
Professor Cataldo lands his H2O in 2015 Oscars gift bags
The IUSB Philharmonic spring concert
In the news

March 2015

Dean's Letter
Alumni Weeekend: A chance to catch up
Ensemble Concept/21
Arts Lecture Series: Somara Theodore
Jazz ensemble
In the news

February 2015

Dean's Letter
Lift Every Voice: A Celebrating the African American Spirit
52nd Annual children's theatre
Koncert for Kaleb
Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Morris
Visiting Artist Lecture Series
In the news

January 2015

Dean's Letter - Fresh Opportunities
The Suburb's Eyes

Perley Academy: A two-way learning experience
IUSB Theatre and Dance Company spring audtion dates
In the news

December 2014

Dean's Letter: a new year
"Teddy Bear Concert"
A Christmas ghost story
Singing in the Yuletide spirit
In the news
What's happening?

November 2014

Dean's Letter: Open House
An Evening of Gershwin with Leon Bates
A Celebration of Dance
LOOK! Scholarship Art Sale
Visiting Artist Lecture Series:Jeff Rich
Speech Night: A lot to talk about
Tamra Garrett leads the Gospel Choir
In the news

October 2014

Dean's Letter
Louise Addicott-Joshi's vision comes to life
Execution of Justice
Guest speaker Connell's work questions gender and sexuality
Duo violin recital
The Last Five Years
High school students and parents invited to fall open house
In the news

September 2014

Dean's Letter
A little R&R at the Raclin and Ruthmere series
Performance Hall dedication
Summer party supports arts
Arts Foundation funds rainforest residency
Bryan Lewis strikes a different chord
IU South Bend hosts Latino print exhibition
In the news

July 2014

Department of Music earns NASM accreditation
Mitchell-Matthews wows at NATS competition
Northside hallway renovation is in full swing
The Euclid Quartet is making an impact in Colorado
Druid City workshop sharpens Garrett's chops
A Celebration of Dance
Droege: decades on display

May 2014

Dean's Letter
Piano extravaganza with SBSO May 3
Arts Excellence Awards and Commencement finish semester
In the news

April 2014

Dean's Letter
IU South Bend hosts Fine Arts Weekend
First concert in new performance hall features music faculty
Theatre & Dance Company presents Kiss Me, Kate
Spring Speech Night on the horizon
John Adams High School Art Show features multimedia
BFA Student Exhibition II now open
Euclid Quartet students to peform in Art Gallery
In the news

March 2014

Dean's Letter
Guest speaker explores topic of closed captioned media
Aspire Student Spotlight: Jeremy Weyer
Spring BFA shows: From thought to frame, from classroom to gallery
Euclid Quartet and Toradze pianist join forces for night of music
Toradze Piano Studio Performs March 7
Warm up with spring Jazz Ensemble performance
Student Exhibition returns to IU South Bend
In the news

February 2014

Aspire Student Spotlight: Celia Roeder
High School Exhibition features work from Clay, Adams, Penn
Celebrate Black History Month with "Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit"
"An Evening of Russian Music" features Rachmaninoff
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra performs February 23
Piano Fellowship Recital features Toradze studio
In the news

January 2014

Dean's Letter
Student violist wins young artists competition in Florida
Euclid string workshop draws 65 area high schoolers
Seat Campaign continues as new hall nears completion
Local Perspectives exhibition features 150 years of art in community
2014 children's theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream
In the news

December 2013

Dean's Letter
BFA Student Exhibition I opens in Art Gallery
Study painting and sculpting in Florence, Italy
Aspire Student Spotlight: Samantha Davis-Stackowicz
"Teddy Bear Concert" supports local charities
IU South Bend presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
In the news

November 2013

Dean's Letter
IU South Bend takes over the Morris in "A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein"
Alumni Exhibition and Gallery Talk feature post-grad work
New Art Gallery will host 2013 Scholarship Art Sale
IU South Bend Gospel Choir concert unites traditional and contemporary
Celebration of Dance features eclectic student performances
IUSB Philharmonic concert features Mozart, Beethoven
Flute and Guitar Ensembles perform fall concert
In the news

October 2013

Dean's Letter
IU South Bend brings King Lear to the staqe
Aspire Student Spotlight: Helen Pappas
Toradze Piano Studio set for two October performances
Faculty, students perform in SBSO's "An Evening with Leonard Bernstein"
Student Spotlight Recital celebrates chancellor installation
Arts Lecture Series presents Elizabeth A. Williams
IU South Bend hosts the Villiers Quartet
In the news

September 2013

Dean's Letter
Faculty featured in new campus Art Gallery
A theatre season of Shakespeare at IU South Bend
Euclid Quartet presents first concert of the season
School of the arts earns $3,000 through Lerner Theatre program
Undergraduate vocal student performs in New York, Singapore
Faculty featured in new campus art gallery
Toradze pianists see success at summer festivals, competitions
2013 Aspire magazine published
In the news

May 2013

Dean's Letter
Celebrating Commencement and Arts Excellence Awards
Wall-breaking ceremony kicks off recital hall construction
Past and current Preface staffers succeed in local media
2013 Doloris C. Cogan IU South Bend Summer Theatre Series
Arts students set out on summer jobs and internships
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra celebrates 45 Years
Spring Speech Night finals: The results are in!
Seat campaign continues
In the news

April 2013

Dean's Letter
IU South Bend presents Pippin
Euclid Quartet CD release & June H. Edwards celebration
South Bend Symphonic Choir performs Carmina Burana
IU South Bend Choirs: Celebrations of Living
Graduating arts students present spring BFA shows
Speech Night showcases communication students
John Adams High School musicians join IU South Bend Wind Ensemble
Join us for the Fine Arts Weekend!
In the news 

March 2013

Dean's Letter
Join us for the Fine Arts Weekend!
Dance Exposition showcases IU South Bend dance students, faculty
Arts Lecture Series presents Brett Malin for talk on masculinity in media
Guest artists Duo Sonidos to perform and hold masterclass
Carole Boston Weatherford presents civil rights book reading
New Music Ensemble features student composers
Lecturer in Music Ketevan Badridze to perform solo recital
Flute Extravaganza performance features "Green Golly Project"
Euclid Quartet performs "Pacific Crossing" with guest Yoko Reikano Kimura
In the news

January and February 2013

Dean's Letter
Georgina Joshi Foundation donates $1.2 million to renovate Recital Hall

Recital Hall construction begins May 2013
Arts Foundation announces seat campaign

We're off to see the wizard! Celebrating 50 years of children's theatre
"Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit" enters 5th year
Tamra Garrett and Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews perform Porgy and Bess with SBSO
Theatre students compete in Kennedy Center Theater Competition
Intern video series focuses on student activities
Eiddwen Harrhy hosts Handel presentation and vocal workshop
2013 IU South Bend Flute Festival features Green Golly Project
In the news

December 2012

Dean's Letter 
"Teddy Bear Concert" supports South Bend Center for the Homeless
Deborah Mayer prepares for spring Met Opera debut
Speech Night Finals: The final showdown
New media student working now showing on Michiana Access TV
Scholarship Art Sale raises over $4000 for IU South Bend artists, student scholarships
Euclid Quartet String Studio to perform Mozart, Prokofiev, Fuchs 
Student musicians shine in Spotlight Recital
Culture-jammed student exhibit critiques media, advertising 
In the news
What's happening?

November 2012

Dean's Letter
Famed Soprano Denyce Graves on campus November 9-10
Philharmonic and Dance Company perform Swan Lake
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras perform November 4
2012 "LOOK!" Scholarship Art Sale supports scholarships, provides learning opportunity
Speech Night: The tradition continues
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
"Studies in Dance: A Lecture Demonstration"
BFA Exhibition features eight graduating artists
Two senior musicians to play graduating recitals
Wind Ensemble performance features new soloists
Euclid Quartet presents "Vienna"
In the news

October 2012

Dean's Letter
Arts Lecture Series: Andrew Lam
Natella's Overseer in Meijer Gardens exhibition
Communique: Communication Studies Lecture Series
Famed Soprano Denyce Graves on campus November 9-10
SMASH opens fall theatre season
Call for artists: Look Scholarship Art Sale
Reception honors Aspire editorial team
In the news
What's happening?

September 2012

Dean's Letter
Cogan gift funds summer program at Elkhart's Lerner Theatre
Famed soprano Denyce Graves on campus November 9-10
Students exhibit artwork from Florence, Italy summer program
2012 Aspire magazine arrives

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New talent - nine new faculty and staff members join school
McCormack to perform Schumann's Myrthen
In the news
What's happening?

April 2012

Dean's Letter
Governor's Arts Awards
All aboard for H.M.S. Pinafore
Euclid Quartet String Studio concert
30th Anniversary Speech Night
Two BFA exhibitions open in April
IU South Bend Wind Ensemble concert
Choirs present "All Praise to Music"
IUSB Philharmonic concert features flute and harp
In the news
What's happening?

March 2012

Dean's Letter
In Memory of Professor William Gering
Study painting and sculpture in Florence this summer
IUSB Forum presents "The New Market Affair: On Media, Pranks, and Pedagogy"
Pianist Michael Mizrahi presents a solo recital
Comedic opera H.M.S Pinafore opens April 12
In the news
What's happening?

February 2012

Dean's Letter
Enjoy a romantic evening at Heartstrings & Valentines
2012 IU South Bend Flute Festival
"Lift Every Voice" features top area talent
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra welcomes new director
Pulsoptional to present masterclass and concert
High school summer camp coming in June
Johnny Appleseed is children's theatre presentation
What's happening?
In the news

January 2012

Dean's Letter
An aural treat for piano lovers
Italy site of new study abroad program for painting and sculpture
Mass Communication major shines as Fall Speech Night winner
Enjoy a romantic evening at Heartstrings and Valentines
London and Moscow are destinations for theatre students
Pianist Natasha Stojanovska aids Haiti music program
Composition major Ethan Kampa returns from Spain
In the news
What's happening?

December 2011

Dean's Letter
Third annual Teddy Bear concert
Persuasive talents compete at Speech Night
A new twist on an old favorite -- It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
BFA Exhibition features work of six graduating seniors
Arts Foundation recognizes emeritus board members
Student Spotlight recital features top music students
In the news
What's happening?

November 2011

Dean's Letter
LOOK! Scholarship Art Sale
Lecture and Dance step in time together
IU South Bend to become All-Steinway school
Twins, triplets and art -- oh my!
New Media: A New Way of Seeing
Speech Night returns to IU South Bend
IU South Bend Students revive club
IUSB Fall Forum discussed cross cultural communication
In the news
What's happening?

October 2011

Dean's Letter - Education at its best
Walter Bennett Jr. directs A Raisin in the Sun
Toradze pianist wins gold
Arts open house at Elkhart campus
Travel, music, and culture - count me in!
IU South Bend alumna exhibits at Smithsonian
Intercultural communication is topic of IUSB Forum
Video conference links composer with Singapore students
Gospel Choir to perform
In the news
What's happening

September 2011

Dean's Letter - A fresh new look for the Arts
New Names and Faces
20th Anniversary season concludes in true "Crescendo"
2011 Aspire magazine arrives
ACP Public Speaking: the "kids" are alright
Debate and Forensics Team tackles new events
Clowning: a theatre ritual
School of the Arts visible across South Bend
In the news
What's happening? Street Life in Florence Exhibition, Toradze Piano Studio opens 2011-12 Season, IU South Bend Music Faculty Present Recital

Aspire magazine 2011

May - June 2011

Dean's Letter - Celebrating Summer
Art Therapy
Raclin School of the Arts Celebrates 20 Years with Crescendo
Rock the House
Commencement and Arts Excellence Awards End 2010-11 Activities
The Black Box: The Newly Remodeled Upstage Theater

April 2011

Dean's Letter - 20th Anniversary drawing to a close
IUSB Theatre Company brings Shakespeare to the stage
Students come together to lend a hand to Japan
IU South Bend vocalists to study in Italy
Warren Jones to perform with the Euclid Quartet
Public speaking students compete at Speech Night
Flute and Guitar ensembles to perform
Euclid Quartet string studio recital
Love is in the Air
Wind ensemble concert set
In the News
What's happening?

March 2011

Dean's Letter - Is warm weather closer?
Mara Einstein discusses the corporate marketing of misfortune at IUSB Forum
Students visit well known advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather
Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit celebrates third year
A Midsummer's Night Dream opens in April
Studies in Dance: A Lecture Demonstration is a not so typical dance recital
"Exploitation, Political (in)Correctness and Ethical dilemmas" by Barbara DeGenevieve
IU South Bend Flute Festival brings fifty musicians together
In the news
What's happening?

February 2011

Dean's Letter - February is a busy month
"Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of the African American Spirit"
Sculptor Austin Collins visits IU South Bend
Students curate exhibit at Snite museum
"Exploitation, Political (in)Correctness and Ethical dilemmas" by Barbara DeGenevieve
Mark Andrejevic presents InfoGlut! at IUSB Forum
Mara Einstein discusses the corporate marketing of misfortune at IUSB Forum
IU South Bend Flute Festival March 5
Public Screening of Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way
Tamea Rector helps students navigate their academic careers
In the news
What's happening?

January 2011

Dean's Letter - Kicking off the New Year
IU South Bend to host 2011 Governor's Arts Awards

Amahl and the Night Visitors cast travels to Chicago
Rediscover the meaning of friendship with The Wind in the Willows
Heartstrings and Valentines
Rex and Alice A. Martin piano fellowship recital
Gospel ensemble to perform in North Carolina
Experience required
In the news
What's happening?

December 2010

Dean's Letter - Reflections and upcoming events
A delightful Christmas opera
Speech Night, a longstanding tradition at IU South Bend
Donate a teddy bear and enjoy a free concert
Dominant culture or co-culture?
Recital showcases exceptional students
BFA Exhibition opens
Student projects added to Telling Memories of Cardomom
In the news
What's happening?

November 2010

Dean's Letter - November filled with great events
Telling Memories of Cardamom -- Digital Storytelling
LOOK! Scholarship Art Sale
Cellist Paul Katz performs with the Euclid Quartet
Speech night preliminaries begin November 29
Dancer Dalia Carella speaks to student dancers
Animal Farm photo highlights
Debate team looking for new members
In the News
What's happening?

October 2010

Exciting milestones
Race to Indianapolis with Lexo
IUSB Forum focuses on 21st century learners
Animal Farm speaks to campus theme
Raclin artists go "Off the Wall"
Virginia Morrow scholarship recital
Concert and reception kick off 20th anniversary
John Mayrose guitar recital
20th Anniversary performances this week -- Requiem for the Innocent and "Of Bodies of Elements"
What's happening?

September 2010

Welcome back!
Grant and generous gift jumpstart theatre renovation project
Requiem for the Innocent premiers with South Bend Symphony Orchestra
New names and faces
What's happening?
Coming next month - "Of Bodies of Elements"

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February - March 2010

West Side Story opens April 22
IU South Bend Student BFA Exhibition opens April 8
Student orators to compete at Speech Night
In the News

January 2010

Martin Luther King Concert with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra
New York City trip reservation deadline extended
Heartstrings and Valentines
Two Visions opens in Gallery
White House concert a triumph
Rex and Alice A. Martin Fellowship Recital

Aspire e-news - December 2009

Inspiration from the heart
South Bend Symphonic Choir singing at the White House

Debate team places second in first competition
Raclin artists take top awards
Opera returns to IU South Bend
Dance minor approved
In the news - alumni, student, and faculty news

November 2009

Born to be among the best
Summer in Florence
Journey to the Big Apple with the Arts - March 4-8
Arts enrollment sets new record
New music degrees approvedIn the news- alumni, student, and faculty news