College of Communication and the Arts

College of Communication and the Arts - About CoCA

Dean's Greeeting

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.

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. The series will feature lectures, film screenings and performances by college faculty in the visual and performing arts, along with humanities faculty from the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra's Midsummer Night MYSTERIES, with TSO's Stefan Sanderling, conducting and UT's Cornel Gabara, directing, will be performed in the Peristyle of the Toledo Museum of Art, March 27 & 28.

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.

Faculty and Student Activities

Denise Ritter-Bernardini, Music; Tammy Kinsey,Film; Deborah Orloff, Art; and Daniel Tobias, Theatre were all selected for the University Research Awards and Fellowships Program (URAFP). The URAFP supports the professional activity of faculty. Dr. Ritter-Bernardini received funding to support her performances in Recitals in July in Tbilisi, Georgia and Sansepolcro, Italy. Assistant Professor, Daniel Tobias,use his award to created a contemporary translation and adaptation of three plays by renowned Swedish playwright, August Strindberg. Professor Tammy Kinsey was selected for her project, “Sacred Spaces: An Investigation of Pacific Islands' Nations of Meaning in the Contemporary World,” which is a feature-length documentary that engages elements of ethnographic and experimental filmmaking. “Elusive Memory,” new photographic works by Deborah Orloff was awarded funds for large-format printing of the series. Professor Orloff’s work is also sponsored by Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper and will be exhibited in the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Additionally, Professor Barbara Miner and Dr. Pamela Stover participated in the July, UTCI Educator to Educator Program in Qinhuangdao, Beijing, and Chengdu, China in July. The educator program is sponsored by the UT Confucius Institute. Barry Whittaker, New Media Assistant Professor, met with Haibo Liu, the Deputy Dean of the School of Film and Television Art & Technology at Shanghai University to discuss future exchanges with CoCA. Assistant Professor Whittaker was teaching at Shanghai University this summer.

Associate Professor of Film, Holly Hey put together a video production team this summer. The team handled all phases of video pre and post-production in collaboration with physicians from UTMC. Their informational and instructive wellness video, "C.A.R.E. A Self Care Treatment Plan for Sodium Consumption" will be distributed to patients.

Professor of Art Tom Lingeman taught a course in Outdoor Sculpture Conservation, in which students cleaned several statues on the grounds of the Lucas County Courthouse. Read more about the Outdoor Sculpture Conservation project.

Our Lecturers in the college have also been extremely productive. Andrew Rhodes, Music, provided a clinic presentation at 2014 College Band Directors National Association Athletic Band Symposium, Charlottesville, VA, May 29-30. He is also planning a private marching band clinic for two Chicago area high school marching bands, September 12, 2014, UT Glass Bowl. Karen Roderick-Lingeman, Art, is participating again in Art on the Mall. Her students made pieces for the UT Ceramics Programs "Art on the Mall" booth. All of the pieces were signed UT 2014 and were sold at the July event, with proceeds going to the UT Ceramics  Visiting Artist Fund. The fund provides invitations to visiting artists, such as Mark Chatterley, and assists students with attendance costs for the National Council on the Education of Ceramics Arts Conference.

The Department of Communication announces that it will be hosting the Banned Books Week Vigil celebrating our freedom to read in Carlson Library Thursday, September 25 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dr. Mysoon Rizk, Art History, has been planning and organizing MASH-UP: Navigating Art & Academia in This Millennium, the next conference of the Mid-American College Art Association (MACAA), taking place October 22-24, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Chris Burnett, New Media and Holly Hey will be presenting at the 47th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), November 5 to 8, 2014. This year's conference theme is The Art of Seeing: From Ordinary to Extraordinary; it is being hosted by the Toledo Museum of Art.

The Department of Theatre & Film is sponsoring their 50th Anniversary celebration 50 Years of WOW! There will be historical displays in the Center for Performing Arts September 19-21 and a performance on Saturday, Sept. 20 between noon and 3pm. 

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: 6/26/15