College of Communication and the Arts

Be CREATIVE, perform, design, compose, research, produce... while learning to market yourself as a professional. In COCA's hands-on courses designed to elevate your career opportunities, you can take advantage of our professional faculty expertise. Impress potential employers with your Seelio e-portfolio. Activate your career with an internship, exhibition, or community event in collaboration with one of our many partners – Arts Commission - BCSN - Glacity Theatre Collective - ESPN3 - Toledo Museum of Art - WGTE-TV/FM 91.3.

In the News: Fall 2015

Holly Hey, CoCA faculty member, has received more recognition for her short film, the dum dum capitol of the world. In November she will be screening her first-person experimental documentary at the noted Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, England, an international event accredited by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts that includes independent short films of up to 30 minutes from around the world.

The Department of Art is hosting the exhibition, Ready to Hand\Present at Hand in UT's Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. It continues through Oct. 3 and a public reception with the artists will be 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 during the Arts Commission's 3rd Thursday Art Loop. You can see Chris Schank's creative design work at Johnson Trading Gallery. The exhibit also includes detroit-area artist, Jack Craig, Mark Dineen and Thing Thing a four artists collective, and Taryn Cassella of Indianapolis.

CoCA welcomes Dr. Bradley Pierson to the faculty in the Department of Music, as the new Choral Director. Bradley is a self-described 'high energy guy,' learn more about Dr. Pierson in the recent Toledo Blade article, UT’s new choral director ‘a high-energy guy’, and welcome him to the CoCA faculty. We also welcome Dr. Jason Cox, Art Education, who recently received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and Stephen Sakowski, Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound in the Department of Theatre and Film. Dr. Cox is the recipient of the 2015 Manuel Barkan Dissertation Award for his presentation on "Educational Communities, Arts-Based Inquiry, & Role-Playing." Stephen Sakowski's credits include: BET Network, Turner Studios, Atlanta GA, NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show 2012 -2015, Madison Square Gardens, New York City NY, and The LaJolla Playhouse, Forum Theater, in California, just to name a few.

The College has received a 2015 grant from Women and Philanthropy. The $21,000 grant will allow the CoCA and the entire University to feature up-coming events on an electronic message board. The board will be installed near The Driscoll Center. The messaging will include university-wide information on special events, and CoCA performances, exhibitions and speakers.

Make sure to read the latest edition of UT Discovers 2014. You will find essays featuring the research of Brian Anse Patrick (Communication), Barry Whittaker (New Media), and Matt Yockey (Film Studies).

CoCA UNBOXED was a great success, link to articles related to the Creative Mindfulness Lecture, Wearable Conditions, The Zen Arts Ensemble, the pre-performance Panel Discussion, The Immortals and the BFA Exhibition. View an interview with WTOL by Erica Frank, UT Department of Theatre, Lecturer and the writer, director and master puppeteer, along with Noah York, video designer for The Immortals. April, 2015

Congratulations to MICHELLE SULLIVAN, recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Adviser Award! Michelle advises the arts students in CoCA. Thank you Michelle for all that you do for the CoCA students and faculty. Read some thoughts from faculty about Michelle.

Brian Anse Patrick is quoted in a Boston Globe article about a military contract with Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.

ZETA PHI ETA NOMINATED FOR PARKS THOMPSON BEST NEW STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARD - April, 2015

Zeta Phi Eta, the national professional fraternity for communication, the arts, and sciences was nominated for the Parks Thompson Best New Student Organization Award at The University of Toledo. This award honors Toledo’s most successful student organization formed within the last year. The Beta Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Eta was founded in January of 2014, having only 10 members. Zeta Phi Eta currently has 37 active members. Throughout the year, Zeta Phi Eta has participated in many philanthropic events on campus such as Relay for Life, The Big Event, Wrap up Toledo, and Tie One On. The organization was selected based on their organization’s development, leadership development of members, ability to overcome obstacles, and contribution to University and/or community.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM AWARD WINNER - EXCELLENCE IN ASSESSMENT AWARDS - April, 2015

At the April 1, Assessment Appreciation Lunch, Dr. Mysoon Rizk, Associate Professor of Art History, received the Academic Program Award for excellence in assessment. This is the second year running that professor Rizk has been recognized for this achievement. The Art History program was nominated this year due to the strong assessment measures its faculty employ to determine how and what students are learning, and the clarity with which they link those measures to the results and subsequent actions they take in response to the results received. To do this, the Art History faculty designate particular assignments, which are then evaluated against a common rubric. The results are totaled, and shared with all faculty, who meet together to determine if any results are lower than expected, and what should be done to address any such result.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HOLLY HEY SCREENS The Dum Dum Capitol of the World AT THE ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL, THE ATHENS FILM FESTIVAL, AND THE QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
The Dum Dum Capitol of the World (Holly Hey, 2014) 21 min
An experimental documentary that contemplates landscape, home, memory, queerness, and time. The project illuminates social constructs about sexuality, self, and human instinct. Visible and latent hostilities directed towards queerness surface...

BEST ALL-ROUND AND FIRST PLACE AT THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS REGION 4 WINNERS - March 2015

The Independent Collegian was named the best all-around non-daily newspaper in Region 4, at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) convention in Athens, Ohio. Blake Bacho received first place honors in sports writing, and the staff was a finalist in editorial writing. Our student journalists compete with their peers from Ohio State, Bowling Green, Michigan Central, Marshall, and other universities in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. UT:10 News was named a finalist for best all-around television newscast.

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Communication and Events Coordinator Kelly McGilvery 
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Executive Secretary Angela DeAngelo 
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Last Updated: 8/30/15