December 2015 Issue
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Dean John O'Connell directed the Fort Wayne Youtheatre production of The Lord of the Flies which ran from Oct. 9 - 11, 2015, at the Arts United Center. The plunge into the deep end of human nature for these young actors was a big challenge for them and the organization. 
The article An Unknown Choral Gem: Charles Gounod's 'Seven Last Words of Christ' by IPFW assistant professor Vaughn Roste was published in the October 2015 issue of Choral Journal, the most prestigious publication in the choral field. The Choral Journal is an official publication of the American Choral Director's Association, with a print run of approximately 20,000 distributed to 44 different countries, with a link to the article here.

VCD senior Sean O'Leary is completing his internship with the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, known for its counseling services and workshops that help start and grow small businesses in the region. O'Leary will assist clients with the creation of print and web-based marketing materials for their businesses. All entrepreneurs and small business owners in Northeast Indiana are eligible to become clients of the NE-ISBDC. Interested individuals should take the online intake assessment at as a first step.

John Motz, continuing lecturer in graphic design, has been managing a team of Visual Communication and Design faculty and students engaged in a professional internship for the University, comprised of creating a clay-mation animation for the Chancellor's holiday greeting message. All of the participants are listed in the credits of this fun holiday greeting. View animated card.
Theatre alumnus Corey Lee ('13, technical theatre) has taken the position of technical director at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre.
Lee is a graduate of IPFW and holds a B.A. in theatre and a B.S. in secondary education. Lee was a lighting designer for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Purely Dance 2009, Purely Dance 2010, and Purely Dance 2011. Lee was a co-lighting designer for Oliver! and associate lighting designer for The Hot L Baltimore (IPFW).  He recently designed lights for Mikautadze Dance Theatre (MDT) at IPFW (pictured).

The Singing Dons, newly decked out in matching university blue blazers and ties provided by Dean John O'Connell, have made the rounds this fall representing the Department of Music. Here they are seen performing at the Holiday Concert on Dec. 7. They recently performed at and were seen with Mayor Tom Henry at the 2015 Fort Wayne Blueprint Block Party on Oct. 22, 2015.
VCD Imaging and Photography alumna Rachel Von ('15) has been hired by Fort Wayne Newspapers in a full time position as a photojournalist and photo archivist. This opportunity is a direct result of the VCD internship program run by Continuing Lecturer John Motz and was offered to her upon completion of her internship.

Music alumnus Daniel Baker ('06, vocal performance) was named as one of the 2015 Outstanding Teachers of the Year in Northeast Indiana by the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and their award sponsors Questa Education Foundation and Gibson Risk Management. Baker teaches choir and show choir at Huntington North High School for grade 9-12.  
IPFW Fine Arts alumnus Jason Stopa ('07, B.F.A.) continues to produce great work as a writer for Art in America and other publications. Here is a link to his latest work, His latest interview with artist Keltie Ferris is a thoroughly enjoyable read!
Read it here.

Faculty members from the Departments of Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design exhibited their work at Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery from Oct. 10 through Nov. 7, 2015. Owner Ann Shive featured their works at 314 N. Main St. in Roanoke, Ind.
The Honors Program held its Pinning Ceremony on Tuesday, September 22. Music major and honor student Evan Gidley was one of 23 students to earn and receive their honor pins. Nine honor credits need to be completed for a student to be pinned with a goal of 18 completed credit hours before graduation.
Current graphic design student Amanda Pappas has accepted and started a full time position at Vera Bradley as a Digital Production Artist in the Digital Creative Department for Ecommerce. This position was offered to Pappas after completing an internship with Vera Bradley through our VCD internship program overseen by Continuing Lecturer John Motz.
"Two Phenomenological Notions as Expressed in the Interactive Art Contained within Myron Krueger and Jeffrey Shaw's Immersive Environment" by Andres Montenegro, assistant professor of computer animation, was published in the Journal of Digital Media Arts and Practices.
Fine Arts alumna Jan Krist ('15) received a one-month residency for ceramics at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Wash. During March 2016, she will develop her technical understanding of mold making and handmade press tile production. She will create a commemorative tile for the Guild while she is there and work on her artistic direction. 
Fine Arts Ceramics Club held their annual pottery sale in November to raise money to attend the NCECA conference in Kansas City, Missouri in March 2016.
VCD alumna Bethany Lowe ('14, graphic design) is now a full time Digital Designer and Web Designer at Marketshare Plus. Marketshare Plus is a full service print and web agency in Fort Wayne where she works with a team of creatives to design meaningful campaigns for their clients.
Fine Arts B.F.A. alumni Jeremy Stroup ('14, sculpture) and Angela Ellsworth ('13, printmaking) will be showing their work at Artlink in Fort Wayne from Dec. 11 through Jan. 12, 2016. Stroup is part of the three-person 10th Regional Award-winners Exhibition along with Trevor Rush and John Meyers and Ellsworth will be exhibiting her prints.
Kimberly (Yoder) Lloyd, MA, MT-BC (BSMT, '10) has accepted the position of music therapist at Lutheran Hospital, the only full-time general hospital staff music therapist position in Northern Indiana, a position that she was instrumental in creating. She has just completed her Master of Arts in Music Therapy degree at St. Mary's-of-the-Woods College.
Lauren Stoner, MA, MT-BC (BSMT,'07) just completed her Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy from St. Mary's-of-the-Woods College.

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Mastodons Leave Big Footprints

The Don Difference series, sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, showcases the university's commitment to excellence in higher education and offers a first-hand glimpse into the social, cultural, and scientific innovations happening at IPFW. Videos featuring IPFW's exceptional faculty highlight the countless research, scholarship, and creative endeavors on campus. Two professors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts were featured among 14 educators making a difference at IPFW, proving time and again that curiosity makes history and Mastodons leave big footprints.

Click Here to meet Professor of Fine Arts Audrey Ushenko
Click Here to meet Assistant Professor of
Visual Communication and Design Andres Montenegro.

How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice and $$$
The IPFW Symphonic Wind Ensemble will represent IPFW for the first time performing at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the 2016 New York Wind Band Festival on March 8, 2016. Also featured on the concert will be the Indiana University-Bloomington Wind Ensemble.  It is the signature concert of the two day festival in which school bands from around the world perform. 
The trip, from March 5 - 8, will include a performance at the Columbia Festival of Winds and collaborations with Billy Hunter, principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and IPFW's Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.  Also on the concert will be a world premiere work by renowned composer and New York resident Michael Markowski and Leonard Bernstein's Overture to 'Candide.  Tours of cultural centers including Lincoln Center as well as taking in a performance of "'Le nozze de Figaro'' The Marriage of Figaro) at the Metropolitan Opera will be included on the trip.
Alumni in the New York region are welcome to join the group from Fort Wayne for a pre-reception at the Red Eye Grill, 890 Seventh Avenue (across the street from Carnegie Hall). The cost for the reception and performance tickets is $110. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 260- 481-0241.
Donations are still needed as we work to raise funds to get our students to Carnegie Hall. Click here to donate online. 

Camera Catches Beauty of Hope
Olivia Ulch, Wash Day,2015, digital photograph, 14 x 11 inches  

VCD senior Olivia Ulch was featured in the Sept. 6, 2015, issue of The Herald Republican in Kendallville. Her article Camera Catches Beauty of Hope, along with her photographs of Santiago's city dump in Cienfuegos were on the cover of the Sunday Life section. Ulch traveled to Cienfuegos in the Dominican Republic in March 2015 with IPFW nursing and dental hygiene students in conjunction with the Barnabus Task Group. She documented their efforts to provide health and dental care to this impoverished and underserved community. Her portfolio of photographs is breathtaking as the photograph Wash Day can attest. Ulch is a photographer for the Sunday Life sections of KPC Media Group newspapers.

50th Celebration Time Capsule Ceremony

On Monday, November 16, the campus took a moment to remember our past and look toward the future before committing the 50th Celebration Time Capsule to its resting place under the Auer Performance Hall in a ceremony at Rhinehart Music Center.

The time capsule committee collected items and documents that would be both interesting and informative to people in 2064, when the capsule will be opened. Committee members included project coordinator Linda Balthaser, assistant dean emerita of the School of Arts and Sciences; Art Friedel, emeritus professor of chemistry; Jim Owen, emeritus professor of public policy,
and Janelle Moorman, senior Chapman Scholar.
The time capsule, designed by Visual Communication and Design associate faculty Gregor Roth, was created to emulate the logo used to celebrate IPFW's first 50 years from 1964 - 2014. The time capsule was fitted with shelves and a divider so the vessel could hold items of varying sizes. Items in the capsule include rolled documents, flat documents and three-dimensional items commemorating the IPFW 50th Celebration such as volleyballs, t-shirts and handbooks.

Tescarollo Named Teacher of the Year

Associate Professor Hamilton Tescarollo was honored on Sept. 25, 2015 at the Indiana Music Teachers Association annual conference in Vincennes by being named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Tescarollo is the IPFW Director of Keyboard Studies. A native of Brazil, Tescarollo has received numerous accolades for performance as well as teaching since he came to the United States in the mid-nineties. He met with WBOI's Julia Meek to discuss why he finds this dual profession so satisfying.
Click Here to listen.

Chicago Fundraiser at Polish Museum

Professor Audrey Ushenko exhibited her paintings during the 5th Art for Heart Exhibition at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago. She was one of 15 artists to be showcased in this juried exhibition from Sept. 19 through Oct. 16, 2015. Organized to raise funds for Gift from the Heart Foundation, the funds help children with disabilities receive the medical treatment that they urgently need. The foundation brings seriously ill and disabled children from European countries to the U.S. and helps them receive high-quality medical care and treatments that are unattainable in their home countries.Click Here to link to the Polish Museum of America.

Audrey is seen enjoying opening night at Art for Heart with her husband Stark (Slavek) M. Hartsay in September. Since this photograph was taken Professor Ushenko has dealt with the sudden passing of her beloved husband and our hearts go out to her and her family. Former students and colleagues wishing to express their condolences should send cards to: IPFW Department of Fine Arts, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Fort Wayne, Ind. 46805.

Mother Nature in All Her GLOry, a painting by Janak Narayan ('15) was featured on the September 2015 cover of Fort Wayne's GLO magazine. Inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt, Narayan saw a picture of a tree that looked like the silhouette of a woman and created this spontaneous freehand artwork. "I always envision nature as a woman," said Narayan. "It is a recurring theme in my work." 

From left to right: Laura Greenstone, Annie Heiderscheit (seated),
Nancy Jackson, and Kathleen Murphy.

Nancy Jackson, PhD, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy taught a workshop entitled "Treating Symptoms of Temporal Disturbance with Creative Arts Therapies," with colleagues Annie Heiderscheit, PhD, MT-BC, Kathleen Murphy, PhD, MT-BC, and Laura Greenstone, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, at the Expressive Therapies Summit, November 5, 2015, in New York City.
Jackson also taught a Continuing Music Therapy Education workshop entitled, " Experiential Education in Music Therapy: Approaches for Deepening Clinical Awareness and Competence," with Patricia Winter, PhD, MT-BC, Susan Gardstrom, PhD, MT-BC, and James Hiller, PhD, MT-BC, at the 2015 National Conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Nov. 12, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jackson's article entitled, "Music Therapy and Chronic Mental Illness: Overcoming the Silent Symptoms," in Music Therapy Perspectives, 33, Special Edition: Mental Illness, was published in the clinical journal of the American Music Therapy Association.