College of Communication and the Arts

College of Communication and the Arts - About CoCA

Dean's Greeting

As Dean, it is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the students, faculty, staff and alumni to the College of Communication and the Arts(CoCA).

The College website is designed to assist you with information on our activities, events, and academic programs. The College proudly houses the Departments of Art, Communication, Music, and Theatre and Film. The CoCA Department of Art is accredited by the National Schools of Art and Design and the Department of Music, by the National Association of Schools of Music. We offer seven bachelor's degrees, a Bachelor and Master of Art Education and Music Education and a Master of Music Performance.

We are located on two campuses, the Main Campus where you will find the Center for Performing Arts and the Department of Communication's Broadcasting Studio in Rocket Hall, and Sullivan Hall, which houses the Department of Communication and the dean’s office. The Museum Campus features the Center for the Visual Arts, designed by internationally-renowned architect, Frank O. Gehry.  Both faculty and students across the college are practicing artists and scholars who regularly perform, present and exhibit locally, regionally, and nationally. Faculty scholars and artists are internationally active as well.

The College shares rewarding partnerships with the Toledo Museum of Art, WGTE, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Buckeye Cable Sport Network (BCSN), The Arts Commission, and the Glacity Theatre Collective, as well as other colleges and departments throughout the University. Mozart's Amadeus will be featured in our third annual interdisciplinary arts and humanities series with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Students have a new opportunity to intern in the Department of Communication and UT Athletics through an agreement signed with ESPN3.

Faculty and Student Activities

Dr. Olman Piedra and the UT Latin Jazz Ensemble will be participating in the 2016 Ohio Music Educators Association Professional Conference in Cincinnati, OH January 28-30. The UT Jazz ensemble was selected through blind audition by a committee. They will perform a 60 minute showcase at the conference. Gunnar Mossblad and the UT Jazz Faculty group CrossCurrents were also selected to perform at the conference.

Internationally speaking, Dr. Pamela Stover, Music Education recently returned to Qinhuangdao, Beijing, and Chengdu, China. Pamela is working on building partnerships with institutions in China and the UT Confucius Institute. Dr. Thor Mednick, Arts History spent the summer in Copenhagen working on his research; he recently received $22,000 for research support in the area of Danish American Art from an anonymous donor. 

Associate Professor of Film, Holly Hey has been very active and her film, the dum dum capitol of the world will be screened 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.

CoCA is participating with a number of inaugural events in conjunction with the September 25, Inauguration of Dr. Sharon L. Gaber, 17th President of the University of Toledo. Professor of Art Tom Lingeman is collaborating with UT alumna, Mary Ellen Graham to create the VIP gifts of glass and stainless steel as mementos marking the inauguration. Monday, September 21, 2015, at 7:00 PM in Doermann Theater, in University Hall, the Department of Music ensembles will present a free concert, open to the community, in honor of the inauguration of Dr. Sharon L. Gaber, UT's 17th president. Department of Art, students, alumni, and faculty artworks are on exhibit in Dr. Gaber's home. The exhibition gives donors and guests to the President's home the opportunity to see the high-quality work from the department. 

This year, the The Department of Communication Banned Books Week Vigil, celebrating our freedom to read, in Carlson Library Thursday, October 1 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., will also be part of the featured events happening around the inauguration of our new president. Ready-to-Hand, Present-at-Hand, a group exhibition featuring artists:  Christopher Schanck, Jack Craig, Mark Dineen, Taryn Cassella, and, tHing tHing, runs August 24 through October 3. A reception will be held Thursday, September 17, 6-9pm. Admission to reception and exhibit is free and all are welcome to this inaugural event. CoCA is proud to be involved and to exhibit our excellence to the Northwest Ohio community and our visiting dignitaries.

These are just a few examples of our faculty and student activities. We are an active and highly engaged College and it is a honor to serve College of Communication and the Arts as Dean. I hope to see you at our upcoming CoCA sponsored offerings, whether you are looking for an exhibition, lecture series, theatrical production, film series or concert. Please join us.

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Last Updated: 6/9/16