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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: April 20, 2012


For a complete schedule of College of Arts and Architecture events, including performances and exhibitions presented by our museum and performing arts units, visit the college's Web Events calendar at

Department of Architecture
~ Alumni Weekend, Friday-Saturday, April 27-28. For more information, visit

Center for the Performing Arts
~ Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Painting the People: Images of American Life from the Maimon Collection, continues through May 13, 2012
~ Hogarth Restored, continues through May 13, 2012
~ Me, Myself, and The Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection, continues through May 27, 2012

Paper Views:
Held the last Friday of each month in the Print Study Room, Paper Views is a series of one-day exhibitions that highlight works on paper from the permanent collection.
~ Wood Engraving from the Permanent Collection, selected by Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator, Friday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Gallery Talks (unless otherwise noted, talks start in the Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ Wood Engraving from the Permanent Collection, by Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator, Friday, April 27, 12:10 p.m.

Perspectives Unbound Gallery Talk (unless otherwise noted, talks start in the Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art)
~ Becoming the People,” Painting the People: Images of American Life from the Maimon Collection, by Renee Kredell, assistant professor of theatre, Friday, May 4, 12:10 p.m.
Professor Kredell and her students in the Performance Art as Critical Pedagogy Collective will perform an embodied response to the themes of labor and politics in the Depression-era paintings on view in Painting the People: Images of American Life from the Maimon Collection.

For more information on exhibitions and other events at the Palmer Museum, visit

School of Music


Penn State Glee Club’s Blue and White Concert
The Glee Club’s annual Blue and White Concert, Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m., Schwab Auditorium, will feature an array of music from Baroque to Broadway, from Bach to Bernstein, as well as music by Morten Lauridsen, Byron Adams and others. The Hi-Lo’s will also perform and the concert will conclude with plenty of Penn State pride as Glee Club alumni join to sing the school songs (ticket required: $12 adult/$4 student).

57 Events in 15 Days
The School of Music is hosting 57 events in 15 days. From Esber to Eisenhower, there will be something for everyone’s taste in music. Voices will harmonize in the Glee Club, Women’s Chorale, Concert and University choirs. Instruments will blend their unique sounds into mesmerizing auditory displays in Jazz Combos, Campus Band and Orchestra, Symphonic and Concert bands, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Philharmonic Orchestra. To see the full schedule, see below or click here.

Clarinet Choir and Horn Ensemble
Penn State will be represented at the Lancaster County St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, as part of the church’s concert series, Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. Seventeen clarinet players, under the direction of Anthony Costa, assistant professor of clarinet, comprise the Penn State Clarinet Choir, and seventeen French horn players, under the direction of Lisa Bontrager, Distinguished Professor of Music, represent the Penn State Horn Ensemble.

(Unless listed otherwise, all recitals and performances will take place in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I)
~ Faculty Recital: David Stambler, saxophone, Friday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.
~ Senior Recital: Elizabeth Donovan, cello, Friday, April 20, 6:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Graduate Recital: Sean Kennedy, tuba, Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m.
~ Graduate Recital: Megan Supina, soprano, Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Undergraduate Recital: Skyler Marzewski, piano, Saturday, April 21, 4:00 p.m.
~ Undergraduate Recital: Laurel Small, soprano, Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Penn State Glee Club, Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m., Schwab Auditorium, (ticket required: $12 adult/$6 student)
~ Women’s Chorale, Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m., (ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student)
~ Undergraduate Recital: Alex Watts, tuba, Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Concert Choir, Sunday, April 22, 4:00 p.m., (ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student)
~ Junior Recital: Abbi Conklin, saxophone, and Erica Stine, trombone, Sunday, April 22, 128 Music Building II
~ University Choir, Sunday, April 22, 6:00 p.m., (ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student)
~ Junior Recital: Evan Harger, trombone, Sunday, April 22, 6:30 p.m., 128 Music Building II
~ Jazz Combos, Sunday, April 22, 8:00 p.m.
~ Horn Studio, Monday, April 23, 5:00 p.m.
~ Tuba Studio, Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
~ Guest Recital: Kim Cook, cello, and Marylène Dosse, piano, Monday, April 23, 8:00 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church
~ Campus Band and Campus Orchestra, Monday, April 23, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium (ticket required: $12 adult/$6 student)
~ Graduate Recital: Ed Kelly Sanford, violin, Tuesday, April 24, 2:00 p.m.
~ DMA Solo Recital: So Young Jun, piano, Tuesday, April 24, 5:oo p.m.
~ Symphonic Band, Tuesday, April 24, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium, (ticket required: $12 adult/$6 student)
~ Trumpet Studio, Wednesday, April 25, 4:00 p.m.
~ Philharmonic Orchestra, Wednesday, April 25, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium, (ticket required: $12 adult/$6 student)
~ Bach’s Lunch: Clarinet Studio Recital II, Thursday, April 26, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Professional Performance Certificate: Lara Wang, violin, Thursday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.
~ Graduate Student Recital: Jamie Rousak, tenor, Thursday, April 26, 5:00 p.m.
~ Concert Band, Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium (ticket required: $12 adult/$6 student)
~ Graduate Student Recital: Nathan Owen, baritone, Thursday, April 26, 8:00 p.m.
~ Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Thursday, April 26, 8:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium (ticket required: $12 adult/$6 student)
~ Trombone Studio, Friday, April 27, 5:00 p.m.
~ Lecture Recital: Matt Vickers, voice, Friday, April 27, 8:00 p.m.
~ Lecture Recital: Kevin Rockower, voice, Saturday, April 28, 2:00 p.m., 110 Music Building I

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage

~ Gizmo, April 20-21, 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre
For more information about Gizmo, click here.

10th Anniversary of Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, Centre Stage is kicking off the summer season with an old favorite, Beehive!, which was first produced in 2001 in the Playhouse Theatre. To round out the summer, another hit returns in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which was one of the first shows produced in the new downtown theatre in 2003. For more information about upcoming Centre Stage productions, click here.

Zoller Gallery
~ Saturday School Children’s Artwork Exhibition, Saturday, April 28, with a reception at 11:00 a.m.


Dine and Support Music at Penn’s Woods
~ Dining at Harrison’s Wine Grill. Simply mention your support of the Music at Penn’s Woods when you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at Harrison’s inside the Hilton Garden Inn through April 26, and 20 percent of the check before taxes and gratuity will directly benefit Music at Penn’s Woods.

Penn State Piano Sale, May 4-6, 2012
The School of Music and School of Theatre are grateful to Yamaha Corporation of America for its support of various programs through the loan of quality pianos during the past year. In return, Yamaha (through their local agent) will offer these pianos for public purchase - along with many other new and used pianos - at a significant savings. Special arrangements have been made for financing, delivery, and warranty service through Ford Music Store, Inc. (Altoona).
There are two ways to purchase a piano at Ford Music Store, Inc., 913 Chestnut Ave., Altoona.
(1) Special pre-sale by appointment on Friday, May 4, or Saturday, May 5, 2012.
(2) Sale for the general public on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, directions or to make an appointment, contact (814) 935-4036. 

Support the Palmer Museum of Art’s Upcoming Events
~ Dining at Harrison’s Wine Grill. Simply mention your support of the Palmer Museum of Art when you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at Harrison’s inside the Hilton Garden Inn between May 21 and June 3, 2012, and 20 percent of the check before taxes and gratuity will directly benefit the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.
~ Fabulous at 40 Gala 2012. The Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art are helping the Museum celebrate its’ fortieth year by hosting the museum’s annual gala and auction on Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. — midnight, at the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom. Guests will be greeted with music by Beth Burrier and classics from the past, and an evening complete with elegant sit-down dinner, musical entertainment, dancing, and silent and live auctions.
~ Purchase Party, Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 p.m. Members of the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art will have an opportunity to learn about 3 new works of art that would enhance the museum’s permanent collection. After a presentation from the museum’s curators, guests will vote on which piece the Friends will purchase for the permanent collection.

College of Arts and Architecture Staff Retreat
Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, the College of Arts and Architecture Staff Retreat will be Tuesday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., in the Founders Room at the Bryce Jordan Center. To register, go to:

When you register for the afternoon mini-masters, you are automatically enrolled in the retreat day. Mini-masters choices include “The Art of Acting,” “House of Cards,” “Landscape Architecture: It’s Your Environment We’re Designing,” and “Symbols of Metaphors: Looking Beneath the Surface.”

Schedule of Events:
10:30 a.m. Arrival
11:00 a.m. Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter—Oh My! by Shannon Ritter
Noon Lunch at BJC
1:00 p.m. Mini-Masters
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Mini-Masters
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Raffle & Wrap Up

College’s Staff Advisory Council Seeks Nominations for Staff Recognition Award
The college’s Staff Advisory Council is seeking nominations for the Staff Special Recognition Award for the spring semester. The award recognizes individuals who went above and beyond their routine work to complete a task or assist someone. The recipient will be recognized at the next All-College Meeting, held in the fall and spring of each year. 

Recipients are to be chosen with majority vote by the A&A Staff Advisory Council. This semester’s deadline date for submitting a nomination is Friday, May 11. For the spring 2012 nomination form, visit


Penn State Laureate Jubilee Set for April 24
Linda Miller, Penn State Laureate 2011-12, invites students, faculty, staff and the community to the Penn State Laureate Jubilee, a reception and program to be held Tuesday, April 24, 3-5 p.m., at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. The opening reception at 3:00 p.m. will include light refreshments in the Frizzell Room of the Center, followed by a 4:00 p.m. program in the Worship Hall.  Miller will introduce the program by discussing (and illustrating through vintage photos) how the arts came alive in 1920s France, an artistic interchange among the painters, writers and musicians that Ernest Hemingway saw as a “Fiesta.” Miller will be joined in the program with a performance by Essence of Joy, directed by Tony Leach (2009-10 Laureate), along with a Bach performance by cellist Kim Cook (2008-09 Laureate) and a poetry reading by Robin Becker (2010-11 Laureate). The introduction of ceramic artist Christopher Staley, who was just selected as the 2012-13 Penn State laureate, will conclude the program. Everyone is welcome to attend this event to celebrate Penn State’s commitment to the arts and humanities through its laureate program.

April is Autism Awareness Month
In support of April is Autism Awareness Month, the college is co-sponsoring the following event:
~ Showing of the film, Wretches and Jabberers that will include a question and answer session with Tracy Thresher, and Larry Bissonnette, two men with autism who are the focus of the film, in which they travel internationally to change attitudes about disability and intelligence, Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Palmer Lipcon auditorium. A reception will follow the film in Zoller Café. For details about the film:

Blood Battle
This spring, Penn State and Ohio State are competing in a battle to save lives. The two universities are facing off in their second annual Fight for Life, a competition to see which school can collect the most blood through April 27.  Currently, Ohio State holds a slim lead. Last year Penn State fell short by only 44 units of blood. Presenting donors will receive coupons from local businesses. To sign up, visit

Commission for Women Mentoring Program Accepting Applications for 2012/1013
The Commission for Women’s Mentoring Program is accepting applications for protégés and mentors for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The mentoring program promotes professional and personal development for full-time Penn State faculty, exempt and nonexempt staff, and technical-service employees, by pairing protégés with mentors who can provide advice and resources to help them meet their individual and specific professional goals such as career planning, job skills enhancement, and greater university involvement.  Additional information and a promotional flyer are available at or by contacting Sara Brennen at

Full-time Penn State employees may apply online at The application deadline is Friday, May 4, 2012.

Faculty and Teaching Assistants to Explore Technologies for Teaching During Summer-Fest
Faculty, instructors, and graduate students are invited to sign up for free workshops during two Summer-Fest sessions developed to target technology as it relates to pedagogy and research. Sessions are scheduled to take place during the week between spring and summer semesters (May 7-11), as well as the week before the start of fall semester (August 13-17). The workshops will highlight the ways instructors at Penn State are using technology to enhance classes and put innovative teaching ideas into practice. For more information, go to and click “Summer-Fest” in the black bar at the top of the page to view all available sessions.



Squid Sarabande, a composition for flute choir, by Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 National Flute Association's newly published music competition. The winners, finalists, and honorable mentions will be available for viewing at the 2012 convention in Las Vegas, August 9-12, and will then become a part of the NFA's library. Impressionistic, textural, and modal, Squid Sarabande, published by BRS Music Inc., attempts to evoke the ambience of the underwater world, and the mesmerizing characteristics of the deep-sea squid.

Photographs from Vacationland, a decades long documentary study chronicling rural live in Maine, by Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, is featured as the lead story on’s LightBox (from the photo editors of Time Magazine). To read the full story and view the photographs, visit

Blake Ketchum, instructor in art and e-Learning, has completed a portrait sculpture of Dave Alston, Penn State's first African American football player. Alston died the summer of 1942 after his freshman year, of complications following a tonsillectomy. Ketchum's portrait strives to show the strength and virtue of this young man.  The sculpture will be dedicated at the 2012 Black Alumni Reunion, April 20-22. A cast will be presented to the Alston family and a cast is being donated to the Penn State All-Sports Museum.

The following music education faculty and graduate students presented research projects at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) biennal conference in St. Louis, March 28-31, 2012: Ann Clements, associate professor; Robert Gardner, assistant professor; Joanne Rutkowski, professor; Linda Thornton, associate professor; and Nancy Beitler and Jason Gossett, Ph.D. candidates.

Darrin Thornton, assistant professor of music education, and the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award, given by the Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group (SRIG), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), for his dissertation, “Adult Music Engagement: Perspectives from Three Musically Engaged Classes,” presented his paper at the SRIG session of the NAfME conference in St. Louis, March 2012. Thornton received his doctorate in music education from Penn State in December 2010.


NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, May 4, 2012.

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