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In the news - January 2011

Josh Miller (BFA Sculpture student) has sold at least one of the works from the BFA show recently held in the East Lounge and  his work has been accepted into a show at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the " Artist Members' Exhibition", December 4, 2010,- February 27, 2011.

Michele Johnson, a 2010 graduate in Theater, has been hired by University of Michigan, Flint to act as their ½ time costume shop manager for the remainder of this academic year and signed a contract to become their full time costume shop manager for the 2011-12 academic year.  Michele told Jennifer Fry that the university costumes area had been very pleased with the skills that she learned in the costume studio here at IUSB, and thought you all would find it cool to know that we are graduating costumers with the talent to step into good jobs!!!

Jane Cera, assistant professor of visual arts, gave a lecture on her research into Teacher leadership in Art Education at the Michigan Art Education Association Conference in Detroit. The IU South Bend Debate Team led by faculty members Julie Allie and Sara Curtis won first place in the Hiram college Debate tournament on December 4, 2010.  This is Julie’s last debate with us and we wish her well at Ivy Tech. 

Through the work of Assistant Professor 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.

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

Assistant Professor John Mayrose and pianist Michael Mizrahi have been selected for funding from the American Composers Forum's Encore Program!  From a pool of 30 applicants, 8 projects were funded. 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.  Michael Mizrahi will be performing his 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. 

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. 27 schools participated:

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

In International Public Debate: 
Cory Gilmartin - 3rd

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

In 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 (Sunday), IU-South Bend placed 2nd in Sweepstakes.

In International Public Debate:
Peter Farkas - 3rd

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

In 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