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Metalsmith and associate faculty Robert F. Schroeder has had numerous works included in shows throughout the country this spring. He recently was included in OH+5 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio from January 13 through March 11. He also has been a member of two group shows: CU29 at the Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, Arizona, from April 6 through August 12 and Crafts National at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, Kansas, from May 5 through August 19.


Assistant Professor of Theatre Victoria Adams- Zischke and her husband, Kurt Zischke, will appear on stage together for the upcoming Fort Wayne Philharmonic Signature Series Mozart: Revealed, an original production telling the story of Mozart in his own words through drama, opera and orchestral music. The Zischkes, both professional actors, will be featured in the production written and directed by Werner Trieschmann, with Andrew Constantine conducting the orchestra. Performances are Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. or Sunday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. Both performances are at the Arts United Center. For more information visit


VCD alumnae Megan Tiffany ('11, graphic design) recently was appointed as the new director of market development for MagniFi, a design build firm focusing exclusively on the visions of financial institutions throughout North America. Tiffany will manage all company marketing efforts such as market research, social media development, public relations, web management, and the design and development of new marketing materials. Most recently, she served as the internal graphic designer for Aptera Inc. located in Fort Wayne.



The art work of IPFW Associate Professor Nancy McCroskey (ceramics) and associate faculty Michael Burman (sculpture) are among 58 other local artists whose original artwork will promote a healing environment in the new Parkview Regional Medical Center.  Opened to the public in March, healing spaces throughout the entire facility feature original artwork. A committee of hospital representatives, an artist panel and Skyline Art Services, a national art search organization were involved in sifting through hundreds of art proposals to eventually select 58 pieces from local artists ranging from paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, printing, and photography. There are more than 700 pieces of artwork throughout the entire building.


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Andres Montenegro works with a modeling and animation student in the Mac lab.
Andres Montenegro works with a modeling and animation student in the Mac lab.
Montenegro Opens New Doors in Chile

IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell has asked that VCD Assistant Professor of Modeling and Animation Andres Montenegro meet with Patricio Sanhueza Vivanco, the rector (president) of Universidad de Playa Ancha in Valparaiso, Chile, on April 25, 2012 to formalize an official academic exchange and cooperation agreement between the two universities. Computer animation students and the faculty of each university will collaborate on a trans-national animation project. When formalized, the agreement will enable a collaborative animation project between IPFW and Universidad de Playa Ancha. 

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2012-13 Theatre Season

In the Department of Theatre's 2012-13 subscription season, the musical Oliver! has all of the ingredients to encourage audiences to echo the familiar phrase, "more please." As part of a ground-breaking collaboration between Fort Wayne Youtheatre and the IPFW Department of Theatre, younger students will have the opportunity to work with university professors and IPFW university students get the opportunity to work on a stage nearly twice as large as the one to which they are accustomed. Oliver! will be performed on the Arts United Center stage from Feb. 8 - 17, 2013.

Wang (Kearstyn Keller) is intimidated by the three gods (l. to r.-Chase Francis, Scott Maughmer and Heather Moser)  in The Good Person of Szechuan directed by Jeff Casazza.
Wang (Kearstyn Keller) is intimidated by the three gods (l. to r.-Chase Francis, Scott Maughmer and Heather Moser) in The Good Person of Szechuan directed by Jeff Casazza.
Casazza - Excellence in Teaching
Assistant Professor of Theatre Jeffrey Casazza is the winner of the 2011-12 Visual and Performing Arts Excellence in Teaching award. The annual monetary and recognition award is given by the VPA Faculty Affairs Committee to acknowledge excellence in the classroom, accomplishments in one's creative endeavor and advancements in teaching within the department.

Accolades for Molly Bock
Vocal performance major and mezzo soprano Molly Bock is enjoying well-deserved accolades and rewards for her years of hard work at IPFW. Bock, a student of Assistant Professor Sam Savage, took national honors at the recent Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) national conference competition in New York City and has accepted an offer from the University of Toledo in their Master of Music Performance degree program.   

Johnson - Innovative On-line Teaching
Gail Rathbun, director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, presents Dr. Kenneth Johnson with his DECCO award.
Gail Rathbun, director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, presents Dr. Kenneth Johnson with his DECCO award.

Continuing lecturer in music, Kenneth Johnson, D.M.A. was one of two 2012 recipients of the DECCO Award for Innovative Online Teaching. The award, given by the Division of Continuing Studies, carries a stipend of $1,000 to be used for professional development. The selection committee, comprised of staff and online faculty, made its selection based on innovativeness, quality of course design, learning satisfaction and enhanced student learning outcomes.  

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A Visual and Vocal Collaboration
Photography as a Language is a collaborative project that helps stroke victims communicate again and it is one of the methods that students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) learn in order to assist their clients. With the help of continuing lecturer Jim Gabbard and photography students from the Department of Visual Communication and Design, student clinicians from CSD further develop their skills in working with gerontology clients who have suffered strokes and help them make improvements in their speech.  

Register for CAA Summer Camps Now!

Registration for Community Arts Academy (CAA) summer camps and classes is in full swing. CAA is offering more camps and classes than ever, with registration now open. "We have had so many requests from parents who are ready to plan their summer activities, that we have worked to open up registration as soon as the classes were ready to post on-line," said Melinda Haines, director of CAA.

Award winners
Left to right: Judith Strieby-Raska, Professor Michelle Nelson (external juror), Brittanie Stabler, Matt Janes, Daniel Bourbonais, Chenyi Lin, Michael Colabrossi, Ana Myers, Amber Clark, Maddie Skinner.
VCD Seniors Make Their Mark

Department of Visual Communication and Design BFA graduates had the privilege of having their work judged by Michelle Nelson MFA, who is currently associate professor of graphic design at Youngstown State University where she heads the Graphic + Interactive Design concentration program. The VCD senior exhibition is currently on display at the Jeffery R. Krull Gallery at the downtown Allen County Public Library until May 25, 2012.

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