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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: August 9, 2013


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

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

No announcements for this week.

Department of Art History

No announcements for this week.

Borland Gallery

~ A mixed-media exhibition, titled Restos de una vida anterior: Anhelo de (re)escribir sobre el agua (Remnants of a former life: longing to (re)write on water), featuring large-as-life canvases by Leslie Sotomayor, a B.F.A. candidate in painting and drawing and also majoring in women’s studies and African studies, will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, August 26-September 6, 2013. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. To read the full story, click here.

Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2013–2014 season of 28 music, theater and dance presentations go on sale Aug. 12 to the general public. Performances include the touring Broadway musicals West Side Story, Memphis, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Bring it On: The Musical and Rock of Ages; Cirque √Čloize in Cirkopolis; the Yamato drummers of Japan; singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin together for an acoustic evening; Moscow Festival Ballet in Swan Lake; two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster in concert; trumpeter Doc Severinsen and His Big Band; and Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra with pianist Sebastian Knauer.

Go to for details about the music, theater and dance presentations.

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Suspended Contemplations: Drawings and Watercolors by Leon Kelly, continues through August 11, 2013. To learn more, click here.
~ La Manière Anglaise: Mezzotints from the Permanent Collection, continues through August 25, 2013. To learn more, click here.
~ From Your Town to Ours: Pennsylvania Prints from the O’Connor-Yeager Collection Revisited, continues through August 11, 2013. To learn more, click here.
~ American Block and Burin: Wood Engravings from the Permanent Collection, August 27-December 8, 2013
American Block and Burin examines wood engraving as it developed in response to commercial and cultural forces in the United States. The exhibition traces wood engraving from its use in the mid-to-late nineteenth century as a means of illustration to the early decades of the twentieth century, when the medium was widely adopted as a form of original expression.

Workshops for Adults: (Workshops are free, but participants must preregister at 814-863-9188 or
~ “Mapping My Pennsylvania,” Saturday, August 10, noon
Inspired by the panoramic and bird’s-eye views of Pennsylvania towns and cities in From Your Town to Ours: Pennsylvania Prints from the O’Connor-Yeager Collection Revisited, participants will use photographs, memory, and observation to create a map of a personally significant location in Pennsylvania. Facilitated by Lillian Lewis, art educator.

Workshops for Children and Youth:
~ “Paper Play with Pennsylvania Landscapes,” Saturday, August 10, 10:15 a.m.
Working with Rayius Ramsay, artist and art educator, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to look closely at the exhibition From Your Town to Ours. Students will cut, fold, and glue flat sheets of paper and transform them into three-dimensional cut paper landscapes. Recommended for ages 12-15. Workshop is free, but participants must preregister at 814-863-9188 or

Jazz at the Palmer (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Musem of Art)
~ Arthur Goldstein Jazz Quartet, Thursday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
Palmer Museum of Art and WPSU are once again partnering to present this series of free jazz concerts. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Visit or contact Sue Bryant 814-863-6635.

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

School of Music

~ Doctor of Musical Arts Recital: Kristin Stephenson, piano, Saturday, August 10, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I (Ticket required: $4.99 adult/$3 children).
This concert is recommended for ages six to adult. Stephenson will introduce each piece. A music quiz pertaining to the concert will be available for children. Every child completing the quiz will earn one of 100 available prizes.

~ Bel Canto/Can Belto: Musical Theatre Voice Workshop for Adult Singers, Speech Pathologists and Teachers of Singing, Thursday, August 15, 2013, 11:30 a.m., 110 Music Building I
Bel Canto/Can Belto is a three-day workshop designed to acquaint singers and voice teachers with the techniques specific to singing for musical theatre, including the ever controversial style called belting. Topics include: identifying the sounds currently heard on Broadway; how these sounds are produced; differences and similarities between male and female vocal technique; how to make appropriate vocal choices for musical theatre repertoire; how to keep musical theatre voices healthy; and how to teach sounds you might not be able to make yourself.

All participants have an opportunity to "try out" these sounds themselves in a supportive environment. Workshop presenters are members of the Penn State voice faculty:

  • Mary Saunders-Barton
  • Beverly Patton
  • Raymond Sage
  • Norman Spivey
    For registration information, please click here.\

School of Theatre
No announcements for this week.

School of Visual Arts

~ A Legacy of Creative Endeavors, exhibition of works by School of Visual Arts alumni of Centre County, Bellefonte Art Museum, continues through September 29, 2013.

Zoller Gallery

~ Faculty Exhibition, exhibition of works by School of Visual Arts faculty, August 26-September 6, 2013. Reception is on Monday, August 26, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

No announcements for this week.


College of Arts and Architecture All-College Meeting
The fall All-College meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, beginning at 8:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast in President's Hall 1 and 2. The meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon in the Dean's Hall 1 and 2 starting at noon. The luncheon will end at 1:00 p.m. All new faculty and staff will be introduced, along with the most recent class of newly tenured and promoted faculty members. College offices may be closed to allow all faculty and staff the opportunity to attend.

If you are planning on attending, please submit your response using this form at A response is required so that adequate arrangements can be made for the meal functions and seating. Responses are due by Friday, August 16. To RSVP, click here.

Architecture Professor Selected as One of the Faces of Penn State
Jawaid Haider
, professor of architecture, has been selected as one of the 50 Faces of Penn State. Haider was acknowledged for his pioneering research on how children perceive and experience space, guiding national efforts of architects and designers as they create children's museums and spaces to encourage play, imagination, and fantasy.

The people of Faces of Penn State embody Penn State’s values of teaching, research and service; are recognizable members of campus communities; and have achieved significant personal or professional achievements. They are students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and local community members whose collective accomplishments and achievements leave their communities and the world a better place.

To read the full story on Haider, click here.

To learn more about the 50 Faces of Penn State, click here.


Summer-Fest: A New Way to Do ‘Back to School’
Summer-Fest is a special, semi-annual collection of trainings specifically designed to teach technologies that relate to pedagogy and research. This week of free trainings for faculty, instructors, and graduate students two weeks before the start of classes (August 12-16) to help them make the most of the different technological tools at their disposal just in time for the beginning of the semester.

The week will feature many sessions on using Penn State’s course management system, ANGEL (from Gradebook basics to using the platform as a teaching tool), as well as trainings on Sites at Penn State, Yammer, Qualtrics survey software, clickers, and iPads. Many of the sessions will highlight ways instructors at Penn State are using technology to enhance classes and put innovative teaching ideas into practice. Sessions are offered both in person and live via Adobe Connect in order to make it easy for people from all locations to attend.

For more information and to register, visit and click on ‘Upcoming Events.’


Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, had a photograph from his ongoing documentary project, Topographies of Wind and Power, included in the Nature and Man exhibition at the Journey Through Landscape Gallery, Denver, Colo., July 5-27, 2013.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, August 9, 2013.

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New Hires

Faculty (starting date August 15, 2013)
~ Andrew Belser, professor, School of Theatre
~ Virginia Belser, instructor, e-Learning Institute (starts September 1, 2013)
~ S. Carter Biggers, instructor, School of Music
~ Cathy Braasch, instructor, Department of Architecture
~ Derek Burdette, assistant visiting professor, Department of Art History
~ Jennifer Cochran Anderson, visiting assistant professor, Department of Art History
~ Christopher Counts, visiting assistant professor, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
~ Maria DeBye-Saxinger, instructor, Department of Landscape Architecture
~ Mark Ferraguto, assistant professor, School of Music
~ Kimberly Flick, instructor, School of Visual Arts
~ Laura Foxman, career development assistant professor, Department of Architecture
~ Wendell Franklin, assistant professor, School of Theatre
~ Bryan Hanes, practitioner instructor, Stuckeman School
~ Laura Kooistra, postdoctoral apt., Research and Graduate Studies
~ Karen Lutsky, instructor, Department of Landscape Architecture
~ Claudia Mauner, instructor, Graphic Design Program
~ Juan Ruescas, assistant professor, Department of Architecture
~ Christopher Wahlmark, instructor, School of Music

~ Michael Palmer, multimedia specialist, Office of Alumni Relations and Communications, started July 1, 2013.
~ Kendra Rackovan, administrative support coordinator, School of Visual Arts, started July 30, 2013.
~ Scott Tucker, marketing communications specialist, Stuckeman School, started August 5, 2013.


August 8, 2013
Learn More about Geodesign Through World Campus Course

August 1, 2013
Sophomore Soprano Soloist in Virtual Choir Project

August 1, 2013
Music Composer Awarded Graduate Student Residency

August 1, 2013
Duo Lead Wilmington Children's Chorus

July 30, 2013
Architecture Alumna Receives AIA Scholarship

July 30, 2013
Probing Question: Are Smartphones Changing Photography?

July 29, 2013
College Welcomes New Director of Development\

July 29, 2013
College to Host Alumni Association Tour of Tuscany, Rome

July 25, 2013
Searching for Family’s Legacy in Borland Exhibition