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Jeff Casazza, associate professor of acting, movement, and voice, is one of four IPFW Featured Faculty for 2014. Each year, several IPFW faculty members are honored for their outstanding performance in their area of research, scholarly activity, or creative endeavor. As a quality measure that distinguishes IPFW from other institutions of higher education, the accomplishments of the Featured Faculty illustrate the comprehensive and significant contributions of IPFW faculty to the sciences, arts, humanities, and society.
Each of the IPFW Featured Faculty honorees will present a lecture about their research. Casazza will present a lecture on Wednesday, March 5, at the Helmke Library Learning Commons from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. “My presentation for the Featured Faculty Award is called A Return to Childhood: How We Speak and Why We Lose Our Voices,” said Casazza. “While the focus of my lecture is not specifically on Linklater Voice—a vocal technique created by Kristin Linklater and used throughout the world—it serves as the backdrop for how anyone would benefit from using this method whether performer or not.”
Casazza went on to say, “I have explored this extensively and recently have been accepted into the multi-year designation process. My lecture will discuss how the voice works and how each step along that process can create challenges for the speaker. It is suitable for anyone who wants to strengthen or enhance his or her voice and become a more connected and effective speaker in any circumstance.”
Other honorees include Professor of Biology George Mourad, Associate Professor of Biology Ahmed Mustafa, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Erik Ohlander.
For more information on this lecture series and the awardees, visit IPFW Featured Faculty.
IPFW Department of Music Chair Barbara Resch received a $29,000 grant on behalf of her department to refurbish the piano laboratory on the second floor of the Rhinehart Music Center as part of the IPFW Transformational Allocation Proposals (TAP).
“I’m really excited about getting this grant,” said Resch. “The keyboards our students were working with had been in use for more than 20 years and had serious mechanical and electrical problems. We were able to work with our friends at Sweetwater Sound, a wonderful partner in the arts to IPFW, to purchase ten new Yamaha Clavinovas.”
Overall, IPFW received $326,000 in non-recurring state funding for the creation of projects and initiatives that could improve recruitment, retention, and revenue growth in fall 2013. IPFW sent out an invitation to faculty to determine designation of these funds, asking for grant proposals. The proposals were to be built around ideas that had the potential to increase recruitment and retention, or promote growth in some way.
All incoming freshmen and sophomore music majors are required to take piano and be piano proficient. Students need a quality instrument on which to learn or they could become discouraged. “Having these new Clavinovas will help us with student retention and with recruitment,” explained Resch. “The TAP grant allowed us not only to replace the eight existing keyboards, but also to add two more Clavinovas to the lab.”
Students begin their instruction in group classes held in the piano lab, using electronic keyboards. The students each plug in a set of headphones to listen as they play and the professor also uses headphones and a microphone to listen to their work and give instruction. “Keyboard labs like this are the norm for teaching piano to groups of students. The IPFW lab is now state-of-the-art and an excellent support to our teaching mission and outreach efforts,” explained Resch.
The work of Mikhael Antone, assistant professor of imaging and photography, is featured in an exhibit entitled Mainland at Kiernan Gallery from January 2 - February 1, 2014. Based in Lexington, Virginia, Kiernan Gallery is displaying the juried landscape photographs in-house and online. They are featuring the work of 25 photographers in the gallery space and another 34 in the online gallery. The works were adjudicated by Stella Kramer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor who has worked at The New York Times, People, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and other top magazines.
Antone relates to landscape as having a sense of place. “This show is about landscapes,” said Antone. “I have found myself seeing the landscape in a different way and when I went back to my home town, I was seeing it in a totally different light. The description of landscape on the Kiernan Gallery’s call for entries (for this exhibit) was different than the way most people talk about landscapes. When I read it I immediately thought of my recent work.”
For Mainland, Kiernan Gallery looked for photographs that examined a wide variety of climate, topography, and development on our planet. The gallery describes the genre of landscape photography as being “as varied as the earth itself…From mountains to coastlines, desert to tundra, our relationship with the land is complex and personal.”
In addition to her work at IPFW, Antone is a filmmaker and visual artist. Born and raised in Rhode Island she finds her work opening in a new direction, as she sees familiar landscapes in a new way.
Brooke Francesi (’09, BFA, graphic design) has been living and working in San Francisco while attending California College of the Arts (CCA). Francesi is currently an associate creative director of B’stro, a creative agency focusing on quality design, speed of execution and strong working relationships between their agency and its clientele. Francesi recently participated in an exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), a world-class museum.
Each Thursday, CAS presents an exhibit titled Nightlife. Open to the public, the Thursday night event has become hugely successful, drawing an eclectic over-21 crowd. Nightlife is known to present energetic and imaginative displays featuring multi-media designs and interactive experiences. Recently students from CCA were invited to participate in an exhibit at CAS focusing on the concept of metamorphosis.
Francesi, along with two cohorts from CCA’s MFA design program designed and built a life-sized inflatable elephant that became the centerpiece for other interactive installations in the museum’s African Hall. Francesi also created a game featuring animal riddles. Guests were encouraged to hold the riddles they were given under a black light to reveal the answer. The event was a huge success, receiving coverage in the Huffington Post. For more information on Francesi, the California Academy of Science or California College of the Arts visit bstro.com.
Several IPFW music students received high honors from the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). This year’s NATS competition was held at DePauw University on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Competitors were required to sing three songs for the three adjudicators in their vocal range category. The winners included Kristopher Andorfer, freshman/tenor who placed third; Jonathan Casey, sophomore/bass who placed second; and Megan Derbyshire, junior/soprano, who was awarded third place. Stephen Stachofsky, freshmen/tenor, and Evan Stuerzenberger, junior/tenor, both received honorable mention at the competition.
IPFW alumni Brandon Deel (’11, graphic design) is now the creative director at Eternal Youth Clothing Company, an online company. Eternal Youth has placed their focus not on trends or brands but on retro-current expression in fashion as it moves forward into the present. For more information visit www.eternalyouth.com
On Wednesday, November 20, IPFW Assistant Professor of Music Therapy Linda Wright-Bower was recognized along with the IPFW Department of Music during the IPFW Basketball Academic Highlight at the Gates Center during their basketball game. The Department of Music has been an integral part of IPFW sports with the IPFW Pep Band leading the way at every home game.
Twelve IPFW photography students will be showcased in the Garrett Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, Beauty: Expressions in Photography. The exhibition will run from November 15 until December 22, 2013. For more information go to the museum’s website, www.garrettmuseumofart.org.