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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
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Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

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Welcome Dean John O'Connell Dean John O’Connell

Following a nationwide search, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Steven T. Sarratore announced the appointment of John O’Connell as the new dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), effective July 1, 2013. “The quality of the candidates who visited campus was high and I commend the search committee for their outstanding work. Please join me in welcoming John in his new (non-interim) role,” said Sarratore.

O’Connell has served as interim dean of VPA since July of last year. “I am grateful to the search committee and my colleagues for their vote of confidence in this appointment! I am excited about the tremendous possibilities that lie ahead for me working alongside our talented and dedicated colleagues in the College of Visual and Performing Arts,” said O’Connell on his selection.

O’Connell began his tenure at IPFW in 2007 as chair and professor of the Department of Theatre. From 1998 to 2007, O’Connell was at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., as an assistant and associate professor of theatre. From 1995 to 1998 he was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Prior to that, O’Connell worked in various off- and off-off-Broadway theatres as a producer, director and stage manager.

Top-Ranking Visual and Performing Arts Graduates

Top-Ranking Visual and Performing Arts Graduates

  • Highest Distinction - Heather M. Moser, B.A. in Theatre, 3.99 G.P.A.
  • Distinction - Tylar M. Allison, B.F.A. in Visual Communication and Design, 3.96 G.P.A.
  • Distinction - Kearstyn M. Keller, B.A. in Theatre, 3.95 G.P.A.
  • Distinction - Amy E. Schwarz, B.M.E. in Music Education, 3.94 G.P.A.
  • Distinction - Nicole M. Metzger, B.A. in Art Education, 3.93 G.P.A.

Spring 2013 Dean’s List

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to report that 23.7% of our students or 150 out of 633, made the Dean’s List for spring 2013. The Dean’s List is reserved for students who have achieved a 3.5 minimum cumulative G.P.A. and a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. for the semester. CVPA extends a hearty congratulation to these students for their hard work and dedication to their studies.

Sasha Allgayer – Graduate Student Employee of the Year

Sasha Allgayer – Graduate Student Employee of the Year

IPFW’s Career Services (CS) and Financial Aid Office (FAO) awarded Sasha Allgayer the Graduate Student Employee of the Year award in April. Allgayer works for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) as the producer of the weekly television series Arts Weekly and was recognized for his commitment to IPFW and the arts.

IPFW has more than 850 student employees and in an effort to recognize the invaluable work these students do, each year CS and FAO ask for nominations for this award that consists of a plaque and a cash award to be used for education. Nominated by Melinda Haines, assistant to the VPA dean for community engagement and host of Arts Weekly, Allgayer was congratulated for treating his graduate assistantship like a career with a high level of professionalism in what can be a high-stress environment.

“Sasha is wonderful to work with,” explained Haines. “All of our guests and team and crew members enjoy working with him. He is respectful, smart, industrious and hard working. When presented with a new challenge, he doesn't panic but works through it, alerting team members in advance if necessary. He always has a smile on his face and is willing to go the extra mile.”

IPFW  to Host Grammy-Winning King’s Singers for High School Workshops

“IPFW to Host Grammy-Winning King’s Singers for High School Workshops”

Area high school choirs will have the chance to perform with one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles on Monday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. at the IPFW Auer Performance Hall.  IPFW and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir (IPFW Company-in-Residence), with support from First Presbyterian Music Series, will bring the Grammy-winning British a cappella group to campus on Monday, Oct. 31 for workshops with area high school choirs and singers. 

Participating high school choirs will join in workshops with the group, as well as rehearse and perform a combined piece with them, along with some of their own choir’s music, in the hour-long workshop concert open to the public.  Anyone who has seen this group perform knows that it is an unforgettable experience. 

IPFW’s Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Aaron Mitchell, is thrilled about the opportunity to bring singers together from area schools for the day. “We had set up workshops with the King’s Singers when I was working in Canada, and the impact on students was profound,” explained Mitchell.  “The group is just incredibly good, amazingly entertaining and flat-out brilliant.  They cross all boundaries in music and do it with impeccable skill and vitality.  Audiences love them because they perform such a wide variety of music--from Beatles to Madrigals--and are quite fun to watch.” 

Anyone interested in attending the workshop performance at 4:30 p.m. may purchase tickets for $7 (adults), $6 (seniors), or $4 (students) at the Schatzlein box office in advance or immediately prior, and more information is available at www.ipfwchoirs.com.  High school choirs interested in participating in the full festival (10 am-5:30 pm) will be accepted as space is available, and should contact Dr. Aaron Mitchell at mitchela@ipfw.edu.


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