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In the news - March 2012

Each spring semester, Area Coordinator of Communication Studies and Senior Lecturer Alec Hosterman's JOUR-J428 Public Relations Research and Planning class partners with a local non-profit agency to develop fundraising opportunities for their organization. These partnerships provide students with invaluable experience and allow Communication Studies to develop stronger ties with the community. This semester Alec is pleased to announce that his class will be working with The Hospice Foundation.  Mike Wargo, chief operating officer of the Foundation and alumnus of IU South Bend, and Cyndy Searfoss director of communications for the Foundation and former alumni director at IU South Bend, visited Hosterman’s J428 class and talked about the organization and their fundraising events. Over the course of the semester students will develop fundraising proposals for the Hospice Foundation.

Flute Instructor Rebecca Hovan presented her clinic "Beginning Flute Syndrome: the Cause and the Cure" at the Texas Music Educators Convention in February in San Antonio, Texas.  The clinic, an interactive, hands-on teaching session for band directors/music educators who work with beginning flute players, was attended by over 200 music educators from Texas and surrounding states.

Lawrence Matthews, Bachelor of Music in Voice student, sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 19 with the United Voices of Detroit ensemble. For more information about their ensemble, visit

Associate faculty member Edisher Savitski performed as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at Hilton Head Island in January. The concert featured Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 35. A quote from the review said, “Both conductor and pianist, who are native to the composer's part of the world, have a deep understanding of Shostakovich and were very successful in drawing the audience into this unusual and complicated music…”. Access the full review

Dean Marvin Curtis announced the Raclin School of Arts received a grant of $5,000 from the South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau to support celebrated soprano Denyce Graves concert visit in November, 2012. The grant is part of the bureau’s 2012 tourism marketing grant program. Special thanks to Lee Streby and Ericka Zynda for their help in obtaining this grant.

The Euclid Quartet performed in Palm Beach, Florida at the Flagler Museum in January. The Palm Beach Daily News review said "…the Euclid Quartet performed with romantic élan and a beautiful, lush tone that sounded orchestral at times." Access full review  Prior to that concert, the quartet visited Enterprise, Alabama for a formal concert, as well as a performance for local 7th-graders, introducing most of them to live classical music for the first time.

Alumni Ashley Bowen, BA ’10, copy editor for jewelry brand Simon G. in Malibu, California, recently appeared as a spokesperson on an episode of Extra to speak about Hollywood celebrities’ choices of jewelry for the SAG Awards. Access clip of the episode

Associate faculty members Rebecca Hovan, flute, and Christine Larson Seitz, piano, performed their program entitled "Suite Treats" at the Florida Flute Convention in Orlando, Florida in January.  Hovan also presented a workshop entitled, "Difficult Rhythms:  How to Learn and Teach Them."

Area Coordinator of New Media and Professor of Communication Studies Michael Lasater will have a solo exhibit at the South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA), March 10 through July 8, 2012.  He is planning at least 9 pieces in the Art League Gallery. All pieces are in high-definition and include seven flat screens and two projections.  At least one additional piece will extend the exhibition to the SBMA offices. Lasater will install an exhibition channel on Vimeo.  To see some of his new pieces, visit (all streaming is in high-definition).

Terrie Phillips, former communication studies major, has recently been accepted to Valparaiso University's digital communication master's program.

Lawrence Matthews, Bachelor of Music in Voice student, advanced to the second round for the Classical Singer Vocal Competition which will be held in Chicago May 25-26.

Alexander Toradze piano students Natasha Stojanovska and Dmitry Molkov recently competed in the 2012 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. Stojanovska received First Prize and Molkov received Second Prize. Both were awarded Mildred Allen Memorial Scholarships; Stojanovska will also perform a solo recital in Indianapolis in October 2012.