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September 2010

Alumnus Ric Kidney Making Silver Screen MagiRic Kidneyc
If there's a "big name" actor in Hollywood, chances are University alumnus Ric Kidney '75  (Photography/Film) has worked with him or her on a major motion picture. Pacino, Willis, Hackman, Stallone, DeNiro, Costner and Barrymore are just a few of the Hollywood "A-Listers" who have acted in films on which Kidney has worked. Angelina Jolie, the star of this summer's spy thriller "Salt," is the latest to find big screen success teaming with Kidney, who served as the executive producer on the film that grossed more than $200M worldwide in its first month in theaters. Read more >>

Top left: Kidney on location with Angelina Jolie in Washington, D.C.; top right: "Salt" movie poster; right: Kidney walks the red carpet at the "Salt" premiere.
Brind School Faculty Member Heading to Broadway in the Cast of 'The Scottsboro Boys'Forest McClendon stars in "The Scottsboro Boys"
Barrymore Award winner Forrest McClendon, an adjunct assistant professor in the University's Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, will make his Broadway debut as "Mr. Tambo" in the Kander-Ebb musical "The Scottsboro Boys" at the Lyceum Theatre in October. McClendon originated the role and moved in and out of other characters in the production's three-month run at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City. McClendon is one of 10 actors performing in the show's summer run through September 25 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis who will recreate their performances on Broadway. "The Scottsboro Boys," based on the notorious "Scottsboro" case from the 1930s in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime, opens October 31 with preview performances beginning October 7.

Forest McClendon stars as Mr. Tambo in "The Scottsboro Boys."
Continuing Studies Hosts Career ReDesign Fair and Open House for Adult Learners Interested in Career-Enhancing Certificate Programs, ClassesContinuing Studies logo
The University's Division of Continuing Studies is hosting a Career ReDesign Fair and Open House for adult learners interested in the University's certificate programs and myriad other individual courses. For artists interested in the University's Teaching Artist Certificate, a special question-and-answer forum with current students and teachers will be held during the open house at 6 p.m. New students in attendance will be eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on one new fall 2010 CE course registration. No retroactive refunds will be given. For more information, email or call 215-717-6095.
September 15, 5:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, 9th floor (211 S. Broad Street)

Alumni Earn 'Best of Philly' Awards
Best of Philly logoUniversity alumni Dave Rankin '94 (Illustration), Lisa Naples MFA ex '86 (Sculpture) and Justin Mitchell '01 (Sculpture) each earned "Best of Philly" awards in Philadelphia magazine's annual guide to the region's "best of the best" in a wide range of categories, from restaurants and art galleries to landscaping companies and romantic first-date venues. Rankin was honored as the "Best Street Artist," Naples was recognized as "Best Gallery Artist" and Mitchell's nail salon Tierra Mia Organic Nail Salon was recognized for its "green" manicures. Read more >>
Museum Studies Alumna Earns Lifetime Achievement AwardLina Stephens adjusts costumes from the Jackson 5 exhibit
Chief Curator at the Motown Museum in Detroit, Lina Stephens '02 (Museum Exhibition Planning and Design) earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of African American Museums at its annual conference held in Pittsburgh, Pa., last month. The museum, which is hosting a Jackson 5 exhibition that runs through the end of September, is located in the home where Berry Gordy Jr. launched his famed record label. Read more >>

Stephens adjusts costumes from the Jackson 5 exhibit. AP Photo: Carlos Osorio.
Multimedia Offering Course in Physical Computing
Physical ComputingUnder the direction of Multimedia Assistant Professor Katherine Bennett, students will learn how computers and electronic devices convert the changes in energy emitted by human bodies - sound, light, heat and motion, among others - into changing electronic signals that computers can read and interpret to create interactive systems in a new Physical Computing course being offered this fall in the College of Media and Communication. In this hands-on course, students will learn the power of combining programming and electronics, thus developing techniques and approaches for generating temporal and spatial processes. Students will build and program a micro-controller board, gaining software and hardware skills. Through discussions of interactivity, students will design applications utilizing forms of physical expression, some of which may include controlling kinetic sculptures, custom performance interfaces, devices, robotics, or reactive/interactive/responsive works and installations.
Bryan BrinkmanAlumnus Interviewed on
Bryan Brinkman '97 (Animation) [right] was interviewed on August 9 on ABC World News in a story about the 80th "birthday" of cartoon icon Betty Boop. Brinkman recently directed, animated and performed the cinematography for the music video for the Chicago rock-dance-synth band Dot Dot Dot song "Around the World (and Back)." His finger co-starred in the video. Read more >>
Alumnus Named 2010 Fellow by Society for Environmental Graphic Design
Jerome CloudAlumnus Jerome Cloud '78 (Graphic Design) [right], a partner in the Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary design firm Cloud Gehshan Associates, has been named a 2010 Fellow by the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, the profession's highest honor. Cloud's business partner Virginia Gehshan was also recognized as a fellow at the society's annual conference held in June in Washington, D.C. Read more >>
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