College of Communication and the Arts

In the News: Spring 2016

DEPARTMENT OF ART

Congratulations to Courtney Macklin, (BFA 2009), Courtney just accepted the position of Assistant to the Works on Paper Curator at the Toledo Museum of Art. Those art degrees really do become jobs, with hard work and dedication Courtney moved up the ranks in the museum from working in the gift shop, to managing the gift shop, and now becoming Assistant to the Works on Paper Curator! 

Wearable Conditions 2016

On the evening of April 28, 2016, the second annual student created Wearable Conditions  (p.12) runway event was held in the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art. Wearable Conditions involves student research, creative design develop, costume construction, and presentation. Additionally, students produce a printed a catalog of the event. This year's event featured guest speaker, Brian Kennedy, Director of the Toledo Museum of Art, and a sound track created by Marc Folk, UT Alum and Executive Director of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Over 350 guests attended the choreographed event and BFA opening reception.

The recipients of the Toledo Museum of Art's 2016 Palmer Scholarship have been selected!
Hedyeh Elahinia, Erin Miller, and Julie Schnell-Madden were each awarded a share of the $8,000 prize to use toward travel expenses related to art study.

Elahinia, a University of Toledo student from Sylvania, will travel to northwest Iran to practice photography and document landscapes with the aim of contributing to a new narrative to the American view of the people of Iran.

Miller, an artist from Toledo, will embark on a trip to Glasgow, where she will learn techniques for dying wool and textile-making from traditional Scottish artisans.

Schnell-Madden, a doctoral student in education from Toledo, plans to study indigenous artifacts in New Zealand, learning how Maori objects are used in the country's education system. The research is part of a dissertation she is completing for her doctorate in education. Congratulations to all!

SAY HELLO TO BINK

Eric Miller's animated creation, Bink.  E. Miller at the Producer's Guild Awards 2106

Our alumni are up to some wonderful and creative things. Read Vicki Kroll's features on Eric Miller's magical animated creations in the UT Alumni eMagazine and UT News. “I went to The University of Toledo and met Peter Patchen, and he told me about the cyber arts program and part of that was 3-D animation, something I was really interested in,” Miller said. “And I also really liked the school, so I decided to go to Toledo.”

Associate Professor, Mysoon Rizk's scholarship on David Wojnarowicz can be found on the Tate Museum's website, read the full summary here. "The art historian Mysoon Rizk has connected Wojnarowicz’s increased interest from 1988 onwards in photography as a distinct art form with his then recent inheritance of ‘a well-equipped darkroom’ from the photographer Peter Hujar, who had died in 1987 (Mysoon Rizk, ‘Reinventing the Pre-Invented World’, in New Museum of Contemporary Art 1999, p.58)." 

Art professor Jason Cox just returned from the Living Games Conference in Austin, Texas where he gave a talk regarding art based research entitled "How to Talk About Drinking a Glass of Water?" Watch his interview here.
Click here to view Jason's entire presentation from the seminar.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Department of Communications' partnership with ESPN that takes communication students out of the classroom, and broadcasts their work across the nation.

Communication major, Gina Todd joined the Greater Degree movement representing our COCA department saying "taking initiative to be involved has impacted her college experience, leading her to opportunities for experiential learning, travel abroad and service work." Read all about her time at UT here.

Communication Major Destiny Washington also participated in UT's A Greater Degree project and "as the first person in her family to attend college, Destiny was navigating uncharted territory. She and her parents were looking for someone to help them navigate the college admissions process." We are so proud of the students we have here in the College of Communication and the Arts! Read more about Destiny here.



From October 2, through the end of May 2016, COMM staff and students produced 53 UT athletic events that aired nationally on ESPN3. Football and basketball games produced for in-house only audiences totaled an additional 15 contests, which when added to the 53-event ESPN3 total, yields a whopping 68 athletic events produced with a minimum component of 4 live cameras for each event. For ESPN3 games, between 8 and 12 students are used on each crew, running cameras, audio, replay, graphics, keeping stats, coordinating time-outs, and serving as camera assistants or stage managers.
By participating in all aspects of the production of these events, more than 50 Communication majors benefitted this past academic year from the invaluable opportunity for experiential learning of working on a professional-quality live multi-camera television.  After less than a year of doing live productions on ESPN3, UT is now acknowledged as a leader among Mid-American Conference schools in the area of live sports production, in terms of both quality of productions and volume and breadth of sports being covered.

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Mckenzie MIller wins COBI award
Congratulations to music major Mackenzie Miller who won first prize in COBI's 2016 business plan competition for creating a handcrafted trumpet!
Click here to read the full article.

2016 SUMMER MUSIC WORKSHOPS
Have your summer planned? Why not consider a music workshop!?
UT will be hosting several fun summer music workshops—in voice, jazz and flute. There are options available for kids through adults across a range of skill levels. Click here to find out more information!
The newly-launched Community Music Program successfully filled classes with community members of all ages, taught by our own students. 37 adults and 54 youths participated in group piano and guitar lessons. The program has also produced valuable partnerships between the University, BeInstrumental, and the greater Toledo community, and has greatly expanded the visibility of our Music programs.

"BeInstrumental exists to ensure that every child has access to a musical education. From instruments and lessons to musical mentoring - BeInstrumental is changing our world, one note at a time. The University of Toledo and BeInstrumental are offering group music lessons at the University of Toledo Main Campus, Center for Performing Arts."

OUR PROFESSORS ARE DOING SOME AMAZING THINGS THIS SUMMER!
Assistant professor of Music Education, Pamela Stover will be working in archives, museums, and libraries in the southern states regarding music education in African-American one-room schools. Along with this, she will be spending a month in Europe where she is attending a Symposium at the Orff Institute in Salzburg Austria and presenting research at the Early Childhood Music Education Commission seminar in Ede, Netherlands. Professor Stover will also be giving an Orff teaching workshop at the International Society of Music Education World Congress in Glasgow, Scotland!

There will be more information to come as many more of our professors travel around the world spreading their love and education of music!

THE UT CHOIR PERFORMED BACKUP VOCALS FOR THE BARRY MANILOW CONCERT
Our choir had the honor of performing with Barry Manilow April 26, 2016 at the Huntington Center to a sold out audience! See pictures and videos of the performance on our facebook page.

Rocket Marching Band's new promotional video is on fire! Remember, you can be a part of the RMB even if you are not a music major.

DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND FILM

Our professors are doing some amazing things this summer!

Associate Professor of Film, Holly Hey has been invited to screen her film at Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium 26 – 27 May 2016 in York, UK. Click here to look at the website.  Her film “dum dum capitol of the world” will be part of the Special Event: Film Screening, Various times, 26 May, York St John University.

Theatre Technical Specialist/Costume Shop Manager, Kelly McBane will be working at the Hope Repertory Summer Theater in Holland Michigan along with a few of our theatre students and alumni- Christina Pinciotti, Megan Meier, and Alexis Johnson! Hope Theater will be putting on six productions this summer.

Associate Professor of Film, Matt Yockey will be presenting a paper at the Celebrity Studies Journal Conference in Amsterdam in late June titled "The Transformed Man: Affect, Authenticity, and the Celebrity of William Shatner." He will also be attending the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival nominations:
Little Shop of Horrors- Nolan Thomaswick (Seymour) and Ashley Roark (Audrey) for the Irene Ryan award. In the 2017 AY the department will send them to the Regional Festival where they will compete for this award.Jacob Gaietto was awarded a Certificate of Merit for his design of a remote controlled Audrey 2 plant, which wilted, grew, and bit.
The KCACTF respondent invited us to bring a scene from our production of The Laramie Project to the 2015 KCACTF Region 2 festival. This shows the caliber of the work.
The entire acting ensemble of The Laramie Project received a Certificate of Merit.

Film major, Ryeon Wedley participated in the new UT campaign, To A Greater Degree. Ryeon talks about how much the professors here at UT have encouraged him to pursue his dreams and how being around hardworking people makes you work harder.

Theatre major, Nolan Thomaswick also participated in the new UT campaign, To A Greater Degree. Nolan talks about choosing UT as a transfer student and the impact the theatre program has made on his career path.

The Glacity Theatre Collective has the wonderful opportunity to travel to Canada this summer and perform their original musical, House of Vinyl written by Timothy Lake and Edmund Lingan at the Toronto Fringe Festival! The cast consists of many University of Toledo professors and students! Read the entire Press Release here. Watch a video to learn more about the Fringe Festival here.

House of Vinyl Still

Dean
Debra A. Davis
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Associate Dean
Holly Monsos
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Executive Secretary
Angela DeAngelo
Angela.Deangelo@utoledo.edu
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