In the news - November 2009


Jonathan R. Lessans, who graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Photography and minor in Art History, is currently working for Irish Sports Daily, an ESPN affiliate. Lessans takes photos of the Notre Dame games and also shoots and edits video of the news conferences for the website.

Pear Garden Alumni held a reunion for all IU South Bend theatre alumni, students and friends on August 1. A family cook-out and a pub crawl took place that day during the two act reunion.

Aaron Pigors, a 2007 graduate, is currently working as a Video Production Technician for IU Northeast. Pigors produces, directs and edits podcast programs, internal videos and Oncourse material for the university and instructors.


Sam Que, a freshman musician, was invited to perform in New York City at the College Board Forum, City Streets & School Corridors. Que performed on saxophone for the October 21 awards ceremony at the New York Hilton.


Robert Kolt, Ph.D., associate professor of Musicology, was named co-winner of the National Opera Association’s 2009 Scholarly Papers Competition. Dr. Kolt was invited to present his paper, “The Evolution of an American Opera: Robert Ward’s The Crucible,” at the NOA convention next year.

Michael Lasater, Ph.D., professor of Communication Arts, was given a solo exhibition at the CPEA Gallery in Buffalo, New York from March 28-April 10. Lasater was awarded first place for Act II, at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. He also received Honorable Mentions for Crossing, Berlin 1927, at Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Color Matter, at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset Massachusetts.

Jorge Muñiz, D.M.A., assistant professor of Music, premiered his work, “Behold the Lamb of God,” in Spain at the International Festival of Santander. This piece, for solo cello, was performed by soloist Guillermo Pastana.

Dora Natella, associate professor of Visual Arts, has the maquette of her bronze sculpture, “Gaia,” on display for the ArtPrize exhibit in downtown Grand Rapids. The full-size bronze relief will be displayed from October 1-23 at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in NYC and also from October 2009-September 2010, at the Tampa Bay Performing Art Center in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Marjorie Rusche, adjunct assistant professor of piano and composition, was given the 2009-2010 ASCAPLUS Award in the Concert Music Division. This award is given by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Alexander Toradze, Martin Endowed professor in Piano, will be showcased in a performance documentary being shown on WNIT Public Television. This one-hour documentary, called Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way, will be given a red-carpet premiere planned for November 19th at the Century Center in South Bend.