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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: November 1, 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

~ Christopher Counts Exhibit, continues through November 5, 2013, Rouse Gallery, Stuckeman Family Building. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information about Christopher Counts, visit

(Lectures and seminars held in the Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space)
~ “Cut’ n’ Paste, From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City,” lecture by Pedro Gadanho, curator for contemporary architecture, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, Friday, November 1, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture is held in conjunction with the fall 2013 exhibition by the same name, on display in MoMA through December 1, 2013.
To learn more, click here.
~”Dream Projects,” lecture by Aki Omi, senior urban designer and landscape designer, Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 p.m.
To read the full story, click here.
~ “Shanshui City ­– Exploring Sustainable Urban Development in China,” lecture by Jie Hu, Beijing Olympic Forest Park designer, Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
~ Lecture by Cathy Braasch, instructor of architecture at Penn State, Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. To learn more, click here.

Department of Art History

No announcements for this week.

Borland Gallery

~ i.Before.Leaving.Earth, mixed media exhibition by Corey Magloire, B.F.A. candidate in art (sculpture), November 4-8, 2013. For more information, click here.

Center for the Performing Arts

~ The following lectures are part of the Classical Music Project (CMP) Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. Lectures are held in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art:
     “Stravinsky and the End of Musical Time: Messiaen’s Analysis of The Rite of Spring and Its Impact on Twentieth-Century Music,” by Vincent Benitez, associate professor of music theory, Tuesday, November 5, 2:30 p.m.
     “Schubert’s Freedom of Song, if not Speech,” by Kristina Muxfeldt, associate professor of musicology, Indiana University, Monday, November 11,   3:30 p.m.
~ Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium
The orchestra is scheduled to participate in master classes and other activities in the community that are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, click here.
~ Yamato: the Drummers of Japan: Rojyoh - The Best on the Road Twentieth Anniversary Tour, Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ West Side Story, Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

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

Palmer Museum of Art

~ American Block and Burin: Wood Engravings from the Permanent Collection, continues through December 8, 2013
~ Recent Acquisitions, continues through December 15, 2013
~ Uncanny Congruencies, continues through December 15, 2013

The Art of Poetry (poetry readings held in the galleries)
~ “Distant Glitter” by Erin Murphy, associate professor of English and creative writing, Penn State Altoona, Wednesday, November 6, 12:10 p.m.
Murphy is the author of five collections of poetry, including Distant Glitter (2013) and Dislocation and Other Theories (2008), winner of the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Her work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and her poems and nonfiction essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

Gallery Talks (Unless otherwise noted, talks begin in the galleries, Palmer Museum of Art. A greeter will be available in the lobby to direct visitors to the appropriate gallery.)
~ “Uncanny Congruencies,” by Graeme Sullivan, director, School of Visual Arts, Friday, November 8, 12:10 p.m.
~ “The New (Old?) Woman in Eugène Grasset’s ‘Encre L. Marquet’ (1892),” by Willa Silverman, professor of French and Jewish studies, Friday, November 15, 12:10 p.m.

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

School of Music


~ Penn State Glee Club, Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m., Schwab Auditorium [Tickets required: $12 adult/$4 student]
Conducted by Christopher Kiver, the Glee Club presents its annual fall concert, featuring the world premiere of “When Music Sounds” by Joseph Gregorio. The work was commissioned by the Glee Club to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2014. The Hi-Los, a small ensemble specializing in lighter entertainment, will also perform.
~ Oriana Singers, Sunday, November 10, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital HallConducted by Lynn Drafall, the Oriana Singers’ fall concert will feature “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Performed in honor of the composer’s 100th birthday, the performance includes guest harpist Anne Sullivan. Discantus, a chamber choir of Oriana Singers, conducted by Allison Geesey, graduate student, will also perform.
~ University Choir, Sunday, November 10, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall [Tickets required: $4.99 adult/$2 student]
Directed by Anthony Leach, the University Choir presents Requiem by English composer John Rutter. Sine Nomine, a chamber choir of University Choir, conducted by Eric Williamson, graduate student, will also perform.
~Bandorama, Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium [Tickets required: $16 adult/$11 student]
Bandorama features the Symphonic Band, conducted by Dennis Glocke, and the Marching Blue Band, conducted by O. Richard Bundy, performing their season-in-review concert.
~ Penn State Opera Theatre Presents Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” Friday-Saturday, November 15-16, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall [Tickets required: $4.99 adult/$2 student] The opera will be performed in English.
Dialogues of the Carmelites is based on a play by Georges Bernanos. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a young noblewoman who becomes a nun, against the wishes of her father and brother.

~ Student Recital: Andrew Roberts, trombone, Friday, November 1, 6:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Faculty Recital: Tim Deighton, viola, and Anne Sullivan, harp, Friday, November 1, 8:00 p.m., Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Student Recital: Donte Ford, tuba, Friday, November 1, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Eric Williamson, voice, Saturday, November 2, 2:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Masterclass: Xak Bjerken, piano, Saturday, November 2, 4:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Graduate Student Recital: Lindsay McGinnis, soprano, Saturday, November 2, 6:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Robert Kamel, clarinet, Saturday, November 2, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Guest Artist: Elizabeth Lyon, cello, with Xak Bjerken, piano, Sunday, November 3, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Graduate Student Recital: Laura Clapper, flute, Sunday, November 3, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Doctor of Musical Arts Recital: Kyung Ah Lee, piano, Sunday, November 3, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Flute Choir Recital, Monday, November 4, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Brewster Scholarship Competition, Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Masterclass: Richard MacDowell, clarinet, Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m., 110 Music Building I
~ Bach’s Lunch: Voice Area, Thursday, November 7, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Student Recital: Jessica Scrudders, horn, and Kayleigh Johnson, clarinet, Thursday, November 7, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Rebekah Mackley, violin, Friday, November 8, 5:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ “Post-Puccini Italian Vocal Music”: Stacey Mastrian, soprano, and Scott Crowne, piano, with guest artists from Gettysburg College, Friday, November 8, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Thompson Daniels, saxophone, Friday, November 8, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Jessica Bieganski, oboe, Saturday, November 9, 7:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Clarinet Studio, Saturday, November 9, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Student Recital: Leah Frederick, viola, Saturday, November 9, 4:00 p.m., University Baptist and Brethren Church
~ Student Recital: Luke Gall, euphonium, and FIVE, Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Faculty Recital: Kim Cook, cellist, with guest artist Svetlana Rodionova, pianist, Sunday, November 10, 3:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
~ Trombone Choir, Sunday, November 10, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Clarinet Studio, Thursday, November 14, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel

Bring the concert hall to you by experiencing performances via livestream! Click here.

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
Guys and Dolls, November 5-20, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre

Off Center (formerly called Studio Productions)
~ Haunted House, Friday, November 1, tours begin at 7:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre [$3 at the door]

School of Visual Arts

~ Golden Orchid International Animation Festival (GOIAF) will hold its 2nd annual festival, Friday-Sunday, November 1-3, 2013. An opening ceremony will be held on Friday, November 1, 7:00 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art, when award winners will be announced. 200 selected animations and 18 short films will be exhibited. The selected animations and short films will be on display throughout the festival in both Thomas and Wagner Buildings. Click here to view the complete schedule.
To read the full story, click here.
~ Faculty Collections: School of Visual Arts Alumni Works, Robeson Gallery, HUB-Robeson Center, continues through December 1, 2013. To learn more, click here.
~ Anderson Endowment Lecture Series (Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art):
   - Lecture by Katherine Bradford, artist, Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m.

For more information on exhibitions and other events in the School of Visual Arts, visit

Zoller Gallery

~ Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, juried by visiting artist and Penn State alum Tim Roda, November 4-15, 2013, with an opening reception on Monday, November 4, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

~ “Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes,” by Sally McMurry, professor of American history, Monday, November 4, 11:45 a.m., 127 Moore Building. Lecture is part of the Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series.
~ “An Instrument More Wonderful Than Television,” by John Modern, associate professor of religious studies, Franklin & Marshall College, Wednesday, November 6, 4:00 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library.
~ “The Politics of Resentment,” by Jeremy Engels, associate professor of communications, arts and sciences, Monday, November 11, 11:45 a.m., 127 Moore Building. Lecture is part of the Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series.

For more information on lectures and events, visit


A&A Fall 2013 Faculty Research Forum: Sabbatical Reflections
The Office of the Associate Dean for Research announces “Sabbatical Reflections,” the sixth in its series of informal gatherings, where A&A faculty discuss their research and creative interests for the purpose of seeking collegial feedback, advice, and support, Thursday, November 14, 3:00 p.m., 121 Borland Building. The objective of the series is to foster camaraderie across the college so all A&A faculty are encouraged to attend, regardless of departmental affiliation.  The goal of each forum is to share information on methods, resources and funding sources with the possibility of revealing previously unknown intersections in research interests.

The presenters at the November 14 forum will be three faculty members who just completed sabbaticals:

  • Peter Aeschbacher, associate professor of landscape architecture and architecture, conducted research toward a book on the community design movement
  • Paul Chidester, associate professor of art, completed a new series of paintings executed on experimental synthetic surfaces
  • Dan Robinson, associate professor of theatre, conducted research and interviews toward an article on the contributions of Frank Poole Bevan to American theatre costume design

For more information, contact Randy Ploog at

Staff Advisory Council Seeking Nominations for Spotlight Award
Nominations are being accepted by the College's Staff Advisory Council for the Staff Spotlight Award that honors College of Arts and Architecture staff members who go above and beyond their normal routines in resolving difficult dilemmas or who have been exceptionally creative and responsive to the needs of others.

The Staff Spotlight Award was created to honor "staff stars" in the College, and the Staff Advisory Council aims to honor those staff members who regularly see potential in others, go the extra mile in a specific situation, and simply make life better for those around them.

Each nomination is considered on its own merit with no comparisons among nominees. With the College's large group of talented staff, examples of those who foster a more caring and thoughtful atmosphere are abundant.  One (1) honoree will be selected.  An electronic nomination form may be found on the Staff Advisory Council website at The deadline for nominations is November 18, 2013.  The honoree will be recognized at the December All-College Meeting, receiving a certificate and $500.

All-College Meeting and Holiday Reception
The College of Arts and Architecture’s Winter 2013 All-College Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn, in Ballrooms A, B, C, with a holiday reception following in Ballrooms D, E until 5:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the reception, please reply via the online form at to ensure adequate food and beverages are available. If you are attending the meeting only and NOT the reception, no reply is necessary.

In addition to the Staff Spotlight Award presentation and recognition of years of service by faculty and staff members, the meeting will include a presentation by faculty member Ann Clements on her CIC MOOC project, and a presentation by students Matt Kenney and David Lydon on their StudioLab project.

Judy Chicago to Be Celebrated, Honored in Series of Spring 2014 Events at Penn State
Since 2011, Penn State has housed the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection, one of the most important private collections of archival materials on feminist art education. In honor of Chicago’s 75th birthday in 2014, and in celebration of the Penn State School of Visual Arts’ relationship with this pioneering artist, educator and author, the University will host a symposium, exhibitions, lectures and other events highlighting Chicago’s work throughout the spring 2014 semester.

Judy Chicago keynotes the symposium on April 5, 2014, calling for a re-conceptionalization of studio art teaching in higher education. Registration for the symposium, “Planting a Feminist Art Education Archive,” is open now. A full schedule of the “Judy Chicago at Penn State” events is posted at

For the full story, click here.


Penn State Gender and STEAM Research Group
Gender representation and underrepresentation research in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) cuts across the humanities, arts, and sciences. The purpose of STEAM is to provide support and feedback to new and emerging researchers working in the broad area of intersectionality (e.g., of gender and race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, socio-economic class, etc.). Participants will discuss research ideas, solicit advice on sources of funding, submit manuscripts in process for preliminary review, and share tips on publication outlets. The 2013 Gender & STEAM Research Group fall semester monthly meetings are 4:00-5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, November 20, and December 11, 207 Arts Cottage. The meetings are free and open to faculty, staff, and graduate students across the university.

The sessions are led by Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women's studies; Eileen Trauth, professor of information sciences and technology and women's studies; and Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, acting head of the Women’s Studies and associate professor of English and women’s studies. For more information, please contact Karen at

2014 Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology
Faculty can learn and share innovative uses of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research at “Engaging the Future and the Culture of Teaching and Learning with Technology,” 2014 Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Pink, author, will be this year’s keynote speaker. There is no registration fee and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Members of the faculty who are using technology to enrich teaching, learning, or research are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal using the online form available here. Deadline for submission is Friday, November 15, 2013. For more information, click here.

Shaping the Future Summit
The Schreyer Honors College announces the inaugural Shaping the Future Summit. This event is designed to engage the Penn State community around a central theme discussing global issues and the leadership challenges facing students in the next 15-20 years. The theme for this year’s summit is “The Impact of Innovation.” During the course of the year there will be a variety of events around the University on the theme of innovation. The summit will culminate with a day of programming and a keynote lecture with Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation and co-founder and chairman of Singularity University. His talk, “The Impact of Innovation,” will be held in Eisenhower Auditorium, April 1, 2014, 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be required, but the lecture is free and open to the public.

All academic units are invited to consider opportunities to partner with the SHC in promoting and potentially cosponsoring existing conferences, speakers, and other programming that are related to the following themes:

November: The Future of Entrepreneurship
February: The Future of Medicine & Healthcare
March:  The Future of Energy & Sustainability

If you know of an event, program, or activity that may be a good fit, contact Donna Meyer, coordinator of student programming, at


Lynn Drafall, professor and assistant director for outreach and marketing, was named the 2013 recipient of the American Choral Directors Association's Elaine Brown Award, which is presented to an individual for outstanding lifelong work in the choral arts. It was presented to her by Penn State Professor Emeritus D. Douglas Miller during the organization's annual fall conference at Millersville University.

Ute Poerschke, associate professor of architecture, and her office FPZ-Architekten, were awarded the third prize in a competition for the extension of the Werdenfels Museum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. In addition, in August, her team was awarded a runner-up prize in a competition for the extension of the Fritz-Beck Middle School in Landsberg, Germany.

Craig Zabel, head of the Department of Art History, will present a paper, “Lux Soap + Lever House: The Cleanliness of a Curtain-Walled Skyscraper in Cold War New York,” at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, Atlantic City, November 7-9, 2013.

Kimberly Musial Datchuk, Ph.D. candidate in art history, was awarded the annual International Award for Excellence, by The International Journal of the Image, for her article "'Travail de panneau': The Effects of Early Film on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's 'Au cirque' Series." 

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2014 Benefits Open Enrollment Campus Meetings
The University Park benefits open enrollment campus meetings schedule continues:
Penn Stater: Benefits Update Presentations (Presidents Hall):
- Tuesday, November 7, 9:00-11:00 a.m., 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    Employee Benefits and Highmark staff available 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Auditorium Lounge
For more information, click here.

New Hires

~ Emily Wymore, development assistant, Development Office, started October 30, 2013.


October 31, 2013
DeCastro Appreciates Ease of Giving Through Payroll Deduction

October 31, 2013
Music Education Program Hosts Visiting Scholar

October 31, 2013
Student's Biblical Journey Revealed in Borland Gallery Exhibition

October 29, 2013
Drafall Wins Award for Choral Excellence

October 28, 2013
Music Professor Introduces Horn to Underprivileged Paraguayan Youth

October 25, 2013
Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and His Octet Perform November 21 at Schwab

October 23, 2013
ACLS New Faculty Fellow to Give Dickson Memorial Lecture in Art History

October 22, 2013
Applicants Sought for Judy Chicago Education Award

October 22, 2013
SoVA Undergraduate Exhibition Juried by Alumnus Tim Roda

October 22, 2013
Apollo’s Fire Performs Five Brandenburg Concertos November 7 at Schwab