April 2013



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Haritun's Love Affair with Music

Music has been the major love of Rosalie Haritun's life; and even into her upcoming retirement, she has plans that continue to center around music. Rosalie Haritun, associate professor of music, will be retiring at the end of spring semester 2013 after serving as a member of the Department of Music faculty since 1988. "When I first came to IPFW my classes were held in the Liberal Arts Building in the basement," recalled Haritun, "That's been a few years, 25 years to be exact."


After receiving her Bachelor in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Berea, Ohio, Haritun earned an M.S. from the University of Illinois and earned an Ed.D. from Columbia University in New York City. During her tenure at IPFW she has served as the Department of Music chair and as coordinator of music education, along with teaching music education and music appreciation courses.

Music for the Listener is a general education course that helps students listen to music with a critical ear. Classical music can be a bit intimidating to many, but Haritun has worked to make it accessible to literally thousands of students in her 25 years at IPFW. "I love classical music. I always have. I feel like a musical missionary and I believe everyone has the ability to enjoy classical music if someone opens them up to the possibilty," said Haritun.  Read More.

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Heather Moser plays the role of Orlando as both a Victorian
woman (left) and as an Edwardian man.

Moser as Orlando and Orlando 

Senior theatre major Heather Moser will wrap up her education at IPFW in the title role of Orlando, written by Virginia Woolf and adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl. Orlando will open at Williams Theatre Friday, April 12, and run through April 21. Orlando will take audiences on a journey through the centuries, bending their understanding of gender as Orlando, who begins as an Elizabethan nobleman, becomes a 19th-century woman. Moser will have plenty of room to stretch her skills as an actor in this contemporary adaptation directed by Jeff Casazza, IPFW assistant professor of acting, movement and voice.


"I'm in the process of completing the Honors Certificate along with my B.A. in Theatre," said Moser. "When Jeff put Orlando on the calendar I was really excited that we would be doing the play, and when he asked if I would like to do this as my honors project," said Moser, "my response was an enthusiastic yes."

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Petrovsky is a character created by Andres Montenegro.
Petrovsky Hits the Big Time

The Little Quest of Petrovsky, an animated short by Andres Montenegro, has been accepted to compete in the International Animation Film Market's Annecy International Film Festival in Annecy, France, June 10-15, 2013. The film will be competing in the animated short film category and Montenegro, IPFW assistant professor of modeling and animation, has been selected for a residency award.


Created in 1960, the competition categories include short films, long films, student films and films made for television, advertising and the internet. Read More.

Pressler Impresses

IPFW alumnus Blane Pressler ('09) recently was cast in the role of Jesus in Passion an adaptation of the Biblical story of the last days of Christ, written by Pam Reckamp. The play was presented by the Spotlight Theatre at the Skip Virah Center for the Arts, in St Louis, Missouri, on March 22, 2013.


In April, Pressler will take part in the 2013 St. Louis Shake38, a 38-play Shakespeare marathon that takes place throughout St. Louis and in surrounding communities, in advance of the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
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Derek Decker
Air Quality by Derek Decker was created using slip cast porcelain and molds with a glaze developed by Decker.
Environmental Awareness

Fine Arts adjunct faculty member and alumnus Derek Decker ('06) is one of 68 artists included in The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) exhibition Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse? Juried by Eleanor Heartney, the exhibition will run from April 6 through May 18, 2013 at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Mass. Co-President for New York WCA, Marcia Annenberg, states: "this exhibit seeks to raise awareness of the imminent danger of uncontrolled climate change, caused by an excessive dependency on fossil fuels... It is our generation that has been called to this task."