May 2016 Issue

Community Arts Academy 

Mark Walton, the voice actor who played Rhino the Hamster in the Disney animated movie Bolt, met with visual arts and theatre students on April 19. Walton's visit was part of an ongoing effort to connect students with working professionals in their fields.  
The IPFW University Singers were invited to collaborate with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Chorus to present Carl Orff's Carmina Burana at the Embassy Theatre on Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 pm. The IPFW University Singer were well acquainted with the music having performed it in IPFW Auer Performance Hall during the Spring 2015 semester.
Assistant Professor of Art History Steven J. Cody, Ph.D. presented two conference papers in spring 2016. The first was "Light from the Light in Andrea del Sarto's Madonna of the Harpies" at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Boston, Mass, from March 31-April 2. The second was "The Healing Colors of Andrea del Sarto's Gambassi Altarpiece" at the 23rd International Conference of Europeanists in Philadelphia, Penn., from April 14-16, 2016.

Associate Professor of Music History and Literature Dr. Melanie Bookout was invited to give a lecture at the Glessner House Museum on April 28, 2016 in Chicago on the musical life and activities of Chicago Orchestra (later Chicago Symphony Orchestra) patron Frances Macbeth Glessner. The presentation spanned Glessner's life during the years leading up to the World's Columbian Exposition and culminating in her 1893 presentation of a paper on Mozart for The Fortnightly, Chicago's first woman's literary club.

Frances Macbeth Glessner

Glessner's extensive circle of musical acquaintance and friendships with major American music figures such as Theodore Thomas and her involvement with the young, vibrant music and cultural scene in Chicago's Gilded Age offer fascinating glimpses of the intersections between professional and amateur music-making in the late 19th century. 
Evan Gidley (B.S. '16 music technology, B.Mus. '16 music performance) was
of Inside IU.

Associate Professor and Director of Music Therapy Nancy Jackson, PhD, MT-BC was selected by blind review to teach a 5-hour continuing education workshop entitled Working in the Music: Advancing Clinical Practice Skills at the Annual Conference of the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association, held in Indianapolis in April.    

Jackson (far right) presented the workshop with colleagues (from l. to r.) Dr. Susan Gardstrom, University of Dayton, Dr. Annie Heiderscheit, Augsburg University, and Dr. Jim Hiller, University of Dayton.  
Peggy Farlow, MAE, MT-BC, music therapy faculty, and Moriah Landon, junior music therapy major, presented a session entitled Music Therapy 101 at the Annual Conference of the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association held in Indianapolis in April. The session was targeted at high schoolers who are prospective music therapy majors.
Allison Thomas, MT-BC ('13, music therapy) is now the Clinical Supervisor of the Music Therapy program at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
Tony Beuchel, senior music therapy major, was the only undergraduate student who was selected by blind review to present a concurrent session at the Annual Conference of the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association, held in Indianapolis in April. His session was entitled Music Therapy from a Client's Perspective: A Student's Experience in GIM.
Joshua Kerns, (B.S.M.T. '16,  music therapy) has accepted a music therapy contract position with Mainstay Music Therapy in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The following IPFW music therapy students have been accepted into professional clinical internships:
Daveana Scheiler, Park Nicollet Healthcare, Minneapolis, Minn.

Tony Beuchel, Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, Ill.

Kassandre Yenser, VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System, Marion and Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jessica Barcus, Meaningful Day Services, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kailey Weiringa, Opportunities for Positive Growth, Indianapolis, Ind.

Stephanie Appleton, State of the Heart Hospice, Portland, Ind.

Nicole Moore, VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System, Marion and Fort Wayne, Ind.
Seven senior students in Professor of Interior Design Suining Ding's senior studio class participated in a design charrette competition at the 2016 Design Interaction Day annual event. Sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and held at Indiana Weslyan University, all of the participants at Design Interaction Day are students from interior design programs in the state of Indiana. Under her direction, IPFW students won the second place award at the state level for combining the IPFW logo and the ASID logo. Participating seniors included Angela Grady, Chelsea Miller, Holli McCormick, Jonathan Fett, Kelsey Dame, Lauren Graber and Mary Miller. This year's branding design charrette competition was sponsored by Knoll. Students had to generate a design concept and design solution within a given short period of time, requiring students to implement quick design skills and collaborations among team members

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Celebrating Our 2016 Graduates

Theatre B.A. graduates who will be missed in our halls and on our stage, (i. to r.) Darby LeClear, Riley Lorenzini and Brady Shrock (with highest distinction.) 
Once again very accomplished and successful Visual and Performing Arts students were among 1,000 graduates who took part in the IPFW Commencement Ceremony at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum on May 11, 2016. They cheered on by over 7,500 friends and family members and 315 faculty and staff members. Ocara Imani (B.M. '16, music performance) led the national anthem and the Alma Mater, accompanied by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Tembras, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental studies.
VPA Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Graduate Totals
13   Fine Arts graduates
14   Music graduates
 6    Theatre graduates
44   VCD graduates, including Interior Design 
The College of Visual and Performing Arts also announced that 153 students made the Dean's List for spring 2016, comprising 29.9% of all VPA majors enrolled for spring. Congratulations to all of the college's hard working students and graduates.

Top 50 Awards Outstanding Students   

IPFW recently announced the inaugural class of IPFW Top 50 students. These individuals, recommended by their academic units, are not only highly engaged on the IPFW campus in their academics and co-curricular activities, they also make significant impacts in their own communities. All 50 students were recognized at the Top 50 Dinner on Sunday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m., in the Walb Union International Ballroom. Please join us in congratulating not only all 50 students, but most especially the ones we work with so closely in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  

They are represented in the top photo from left to right:
Anthony Buechel - Music Therapy
Danielle Doepke - Photography, Visual Communication and Design 
Evan Gidley - Music Performance and Music Therapy 
Evan Hart - Theatre Performance

Jones Again Journeyed to China

Gregory Jones is in the center of the Tsinghua Recording Band with their conductor, Wang Ginfeng, left of Jones.
In March 2016, Department of Music Chair Dr. Gregory Jones returned to China for a sixth concert tour that included stops in Beijing, Tianjin and Hong Kong.  In Beijing, Dr. Jones was featured on the main concert series for Tsinghua University, the leading academic institution in all of China. While there he conducted the Tsinghua Recording Band, their top wind ensemble and also performed solos and chamber music on the trumpet.  The grand concert featured classical and jazz works performed for an audience of 500.  
Jones also provided a workshop for professional orchestral trumpet players in Beijing and toured some of the great historic places in the city as well.  The next stop was a return to the famed Tianjin Conservatory where he has been a Visiting Professor since 2001.  During the three days in residence, Dr. Jones offered classes on trumpet playing and also discussed the possibilities for Chinese musicians to continue their education in graduate school in the United States.  The last two days of the tour brought him to Hong Kong where he met with Chinese composer Donald Yu who has already composed three works for Dr. Jones and is working on new compositions and collaborative efforts in China and also at IPFW.

VPA Walks the Talk with Integrity

Barb Romines, on the right, made several fundraising trips over the years to FanFare in Nashville to benefit the college. She is seen here with Reba McIntire. 
VPA is the proud home for two of this year's Walk the Talk Award recipients. The award is given annually to individuals affiliated with Purdue University who have shown outstanding dedication to furthering the university's Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct. Winners must have shown strong ethical character and outstanding commitment to personal integrity and championing ethical practices. Honorees are nominated by fellow staff, faculty, and students and are selected in the categories of Faculty, Staff, and Student. This year Purdue selected the following winners from VPA:
  • Barbara Romines, VPA business manager, Administrative Business Services
  • Kailey Wieringa, senior music therapy major.
Winners were honored April 26, 2016, at a luncheon at Purdue West Lafayette. Learn more about Purdue's Code of Conduct.

Casazza Continues to Shine 
Jeff Casazza, associate professor of theatre, will be inducted into FACET (Indiana University's Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching) during its retreat in May. He is being recognized for overall excellence in teaching, as well as his application of scaffolding instruction to support student learning and success. FACET's goal is to improve teaching at all campuses by helping faculty explore new methods, advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and network to share teaching knowledge.

Casazza (in purple) teaching his Acting II class. 

To be considered for FACET membership, a faculty member must demonstrate excellence in teaching, commit to their own learning, be an advocate for learning, advance the craft of teaching, and share their knowledge. He joins 68 IPFW faculty members who are already in the organization. Congratulations on this recognition of your work, Jeff!
The College of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Affairs Committee also has awarded the college Faculty Research and Creative Endeavor Award to Department of Theatre Associate Professor Jeff Casazza. He is head of acting and voice and continually researched these areas, nationally and internationally, for the betterment of our students.The award comes with a $1,000 research stipend and acknowledgement on the plaque located in the VPA college office suite. Professor Casazza has the distinction of being the only professor to be recognized with all three college awards; teaching, service and now research/creative endeavor.

French Art Song Vocalists Win Competition  
(l. to r.) Caitlyn Kahn, De' Andre Martin, Jonathan Warner, Donna Hartleroad (accompanist), Julie Donnell, ZoŽ Volz, Jonathan Casey, and Alana Miller. 

Concours de Poesie, an annual collaboration between the Department of Music vocal program and the Department of International Language and Culture Studies featured a competition of French students reciting French poetry and music students singing French songs on  March 28.
Julie Donnell, IPFW adjunct faculty teaching French, Applied Voice, and French and German Diction for Singers, helps coordinate the project each year with Laurie Corbin, associate professor of French. Voice students taking French diction are required to participate, and other singers are encouraged to do so as well.

The music students who participated in the 2016 Concours de PoŤsie and their performance pieces include:

First Place Winner - De'Andre Martin, baritone
    Lamento by Henri Duparc
Second Place Winner- Jonathan Casey, baritone
    Danse Macabre by Charles-Camille Saint-SaŽns
Third Place Winner - Jonathan Warner, baritone
    Tous les visages de l'amour by Charles Axnavour
Caitlyn Kahn, soprano
    Bonne Nuit by Jules Massenet
Alana Miller, mezzo-soprano
    Ici-bas by Gabriel Faurť
ZoŽ Volz, soprano
    Quel gallant m'es comparable by Maurice Ravel

Fort Wayne Art Institute Blast From the Past  
The Fort Wayne Art Institute faculty (1978). Back row, from left: Gabriel DeLobbe, Noel Dusenchon, Norman Bradley, Les Motz, and George McCullough. Front row: Russell Oettel, Don Kruse, Ron Ross, and Hector Garcia. Photo by Gabriel DeLobbe. 

Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke recently exhibited a retrospective of the work of IPFW Fine Arts Professor Emeritus Russell Oettel and Betty Fishman, former director of Artlink from April 16 - May 14, 2016. The exhibition displayed Oettel's paintings and Fishman's paintings and prints from 1950 through today. Crestwoods Gallery will be featuring work from other IPFW professor emeriti in their current exhibition through June 17. The work of professors emeriti Norm Bradley and George McCullough will be featured along with the works of other area artists. Crestwoods is located in Roanoke, Ind., at 314 N. Main St. The gallery is free and open to the public on Tue., Wed., Thur., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fri. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information contact Crestwoods Gallery at (260) 672-2080 or visit their website.

Student Photographer's Work Featured  

Alison Resac,
imaging and photography major, had her photo featured
this spring in Pique, a local magazine. She also had another of her photos featured in the international magazine EyeEm in Spring 2016.

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