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March 2012 Archives

Who Receives Scholarships?

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By Mary Hicks, Director of External Relations

Last year we received a stunning $14 million gift from the estate of Charles and Myrtle Stroud to endow scholarships in CLA; by all accounts a windfall for our students. But it made me wonder, with this sudden infusion of scholarship money, what would be the impact on students with financial need?

Accolades March 29, 2012

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Professor Matthew Lefebvre (Theatre Arts & Dance) will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award on May 4 in New York City. Founded in 1993, the awards pay tribute to the art of costume design and honor legendary designer Irene Sharaff, who designed numerous Broadway productions, including the original stagings of Lady in the Dark, West Side Story, The King and I, Juno, Sweet Charity, Funny Girl, Candide and Jerome Robbins' Broadway.

Professor Clarence Morgan (Art), will receive the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts (PAFA) Distinguished Alumni Award for 2012. This award is given to PAFA alumni who have gone on to significant careers as practicing artists and arts professionals. Clarence received his four-year certificate-diploma from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1975 and will be honored at PAFA's 2012 commencement ceremony. Jeffrey Carr, Dean of the School of Art stated in his letter, "The committee is impressed with your career as a distinguished educator who has also had an exceptionally solid career as an artist. Your career and accomplishments will inspire our graduating class, who all aspire to having lives as fine artists."

Professor Jennifer Pierce (American Studies) will receive the Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award.

Associate Professor Kathryn Pearson (Political Science) will receive the Morse-Alumni Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Assistant Professor Timothy Johnson (Political Science) will receive the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Assistant Professor Alexander Fiterstein's (Music) new album of works by Ronn Yedidia titled Impromptu, Nocturne & World Dance for clarinet and piano was recently released on Naxos American Classics. Listen to Impromptu, Nocturne & World Dance on the Naxos website.

Assistant Professor Laura Sindberg's (Music) book Just Good Teaching: Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance in Theory and Practice was recently published by R&L Education. According to their website, "The Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) model will help you plan instruction for school ensembles that promotes a holistic form of music learning and will allow you to use your creativity, passion, and vision." Read more.

The Ojibwe People's Dictionary, a project of the Department of American Indian Studies, is the University's entrant into the regional C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Awards competition. The project was selected, "because of the robust partnership between Ojibwe elders and the University of Minnesota, the ways in which this project is advancing engaged scholarship, and the potential that this dictionary has for serving as a model for documenting other languages and cultures." The winner of the regional competition will advance to compete for the national award.

Forsythia: A CLA Collaboration

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In less than a month, two instructors from the University of Minnesota will learn if their original web series has won an award at the prestigious Los Angeles Web Series Festival (LAWEBFEST). In its third year, LAWEBFEST is the first panel to honor and call attention to the growing number of serialized shows being created specifically for the Internet, and features entries from all over the world.

One Video = A Million Words

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many would a video be worth? We live in the age of digital media, with many opportunities for the capture and sharing of our daily experiences. If we get creative with the medium, say by introducing stop animation and music, there is no limit to what tales can be told.