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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: November 16, 2012

College Mourns Passing of Longtime Benefactor Cal Stuckeman

We are very sorry to report the passing of longtime benefactor and Distinguished Alumnus H. Campbell “Cal” Stuckeman (’37 B.S. Arch), who died in his Pittsburgh home on Thursday, Nov. 15. His contributions are evident across the College of Arts and Architecture, most notably in the school and building that bear his name. Most recently, he made a $20 million gift to the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to encourage further cross-disciplinary learning opportunities for students in those two departments.

He and his late wife Eleanor, who passed away in 2002, made their first gift to Penn State in 1953, and now rank among the five most generous donors to the University.

“Mr. Stuckeman taught hundreds of people how to live, laugh and give generously of their resources to causes that matter most in life,” said Barbara Korner, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. “His legacy continues on in the lives of his family, who he loved deeply, and in the accomplishments of past and future generations of Penn State students, who he believed in and for whom he has provided educational support through extraordinary facilities and resources.”

Mr. Stuckeman, whose family has been associated with Penn State for more than 100 years, retired as president and chairman of The Precise Corp., a manufacturer of machine tools and measuring devices. Previously, he served for 30 years with Pittsburgh-based Rockwell Corp. (later Rockwell International).

Many of Mr. Stuckeman’s contributions were covered in a 2008 article ( about his $20 million gift. We will share more details about the life and work of this remarkable man on the college website and in future electronic and print publications.


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
2012-13 Harold E. Dickson Memorial Lecture Series:
~ “Classical Myth and Female Morality in Medieval Byzantium: The Case of the Veroli Casket," given by Alicia Walker, assistant professor of medieval art and architecture, Bryn Mawr College, Thursday, November 29, 6:00 p.m., 112 Borland Building.

Borland Gallery
~ Couture Deconstruction, fashion photography exhibition by Jillian O’Brien, a senior pursuing a B.F.A. in photography, continues through November 21, 2012. To read more about the exhibition, click here.

Center for the Performing Arts
~ A Leahy Family Christmas, Thursday, November 29, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

Palmer Museum of Art

~ Floating Between Worlds: New Research on Japanese Prints in the Permanent Collection, continues through December 9, 2012
~ Photography at the Palmer: A Selection of Gifts, continues through December 16, 2012
~ Celebrating Forty Years of Gifts: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, continues through January 20, 2013

Palmer Museum of Art Holiday Art and Ornament Sale
Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art will feature Sue Harter in the 2012 Holiday Art and Ornament Sale on Saturday, December 8, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the museum. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Palmer Museum and will be used to extend the education outreach program, help acquire works of arts, and help ensure that the museum will remain a vital and free-admission resource for the community.

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

School of Music

~ Opera: Cosi!, Friday, November 30, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Cosi! is a unique version of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte featuring ensembles and choruses from the famous opera juxtaposed with prose by 17th-century English playwright John Lilly. Directed by Ted Christopher, assistant professor of music and artistic director of Penn State Opera, with musical direction by Beverly A. Patton, associate professor of music, the opera will showcase 25 freshman through graduate students. Costumes designed by Richard St. Clair, associate professor of theatre. (Ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student).

~ Bandorama: Penn State Marching Blue Band and Sympohic Band, Friday, November 16, 7:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium (Ticket required: $16 adult/$11 student)
~ Brass Chamber Music Concert, Tuesday, November 27, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Bach’s Lunch: Clarinet Studio I, Thursday, November 29, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Clarinet Studio Recital II, Thursday, November 29, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall

School of Theatre
No announcements for this week.

   Penn State Centre Stage
No announcements for this week.

School of Visual Arts
~ The Decade Show, a group exhibition at the HUB-Robeson Galleries, which continues through November 18, 2012. The exhibition features 30 years of State College Area School District alumni art and includes several Penn State School of Visual Arts alumni, students, and faculty. For more information, click here.

Zoller Gallery
~ Saturday School Children’s Artwork Exhibition, November 29-December 1. Public reception, December 1, 11:00 a.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities
~ “The Sea Inside Us: Narrating Gender, Place and History in South African Memories of Pilgrimage,” by Gabeba Baderoon, assistant professor of women’s studies and African and African American Studies, Monday, November 26, 12:15 p.m., 102 Kern Building. Lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.
~ “Occupation Diaries as Moral Maps of the First World War,” by Sophie de Schaepdrijver, associate professor of history, Tuesday, November 27, noon, 7A Sparks Building. Lecture is part of the Resident Scholar Lecture Series.
~ “From Civil Rights to White Genocide: Stories of the South African Story,” by Imraan Coovadia, professor of English language and literature, University of Cape Town, Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m., Alumni Lounge, Nittany Lion Inn. Lecture is part of the Cities of South Africa Lecture Series.

For more information on lectures and events, visit


All-College Meeting and Holiday Reception
The College of Arts and Architecture’s Fall 2012 All-College Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center, with a holiday reception following 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.

The Faculty and Staff Advisory Councils will jointly sponsor a canned food and children’s book drive for the State College Area Food Bank.
The food bank is collecting donations of books for children of all ages over the holidays. They are particularly interested in educational books, but will welcome all types of children’s books.
The food bank is also in need of a variety of canned goods and dry non-perishables, such as pasta. They also need peanut butter, canned juices, applesauce, ketchup, bars of soap, coffee, and granulated sugar.
There will be council members in the lobby before and after the All-College meeting to accept your generous donation of food and/or books.

Staff Advisory Council Seeking Nominations for New Award
Nominations are being accepted by the College's Staff Advisory Council for the newly created 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 December 3, 2012.  The honoree will be recognized at the December All-College Meeting, receiving a certificate and $500.

Arts and Architecture 50th Anniversary Registration
Registration has opened for the College of Arts and Architecture’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for April 4-7, 2013. All Arts and Architecture alumni were mailed a postcard, and those with an email address on their alumni record were sent an invitation linking them to the registration site.

Current faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in the activities that will take place. The standard registration fee of $25 will be waived for faculty and staff who wish to register. You will only be asked to pay for any events you choose that have a cost assigned to them. In addition, all current faculty and staff members who want a 50th anniversary t-shirt will be able to receive one free.

After the holiday break, look for another announcement about the discount code that will waive your registration fee. A t-shirt request form will also be made available at that time.

Chumley’s Downtown Looking for Artists
Please pass this request on to students.
Chumley’s is looking for artists to contribute visual and performance art—and a variety of eclectic acts—for their new Open Mic and Variety Showcase hosted by Harold Taddy. If you are interested, please contact Harold Taddy at or through Facebook at

Select Art History Classes Invited to Study in Sicily for Spring Break 2013
Open to students in selected art history classes, the Department of Art History is offering Sicily in the Norman and Baroque Eras, a special study abroad program during spring break 2013. An embedded program with Elizabeth Smith, associate professor of art history, and Robin Thomas, assistant professor of art history, the 11-day program provides a unique opportunity for students to study the art and architecture of Sicily. For more information and how to apply, click here.


2013 Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology
Faculty can learn and share innovative uses of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research at “Unlocking Our Potential and the Culture of Teaching and Learning,” 2013 Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Keynote speakers this year will be author Frans Johansson and George Siemens of Learning Analytics. Johansson will be the morning keynote speaker. He is the best-selling author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures. Siemens will be the lunch keynote speaker. He is the author of Knowing Knowledge and Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning

For more information and to register for this free event, visit The symposium is sponsored by Information Technology Services.

2013 Faculty/Staff Achievement Awards
The University’s Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards are awarded to faculty and staff who exhibit excellence in the workplace. The awards include the Barash Award for Human Service; McKay Donkin Award; Award for Administrative Excellence; Staff Excellence Award; Support Staff Award; and the Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award. Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, December 14, 2012. For more information, click here.


Denise Costanzo, assistant professor of architecture, presented a paper, "Revisiting the Caput Mundi: Venturi's Letters from Rome, " at Narratives of Travel Writing and Architectural History, third annual Nomad Seminar, Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, November 9, 2012,

Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, presented "The Empire of Things: Gifts and Gift Exchange in Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Early Islam, and Beyond" as the Kurt Weitzmann Lecture to the Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University, November 14, 2012.

“Night Vision” for oboe and piano, composed by Stephen Hopkins, assistant professor of music, and commissioned by Tim Hurtz, professor of oboe, had its world premier performance in Esber Recital Hall on September 16, 2012. To watch the performance on YouTube, click here.

Lisa Iulo, associate professor of architecture, authored two chapters in Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes: Building Envelopes, Renewable Energies and Integrated Practice (Routledge).

Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history:
- published a review of La Triennale 2012: "Intense Proximities," Palais de Tokyo and other Venues, Paris, in Artforum (October 2012) p 258,
- presented the lecture "Caro and Colour," as a contribution to the Anthony Caro Study Day, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Conn., October 19, 2012, occasioned by their exhibition Caro Close-Up,
- was a participant in the Andrzej Wroblewski Invitational Seminar, held at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, September 28-29, 2012,
- published an article, "The Conviction of Shape," in the catalogue Stedelijk Collection Reflections (Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 2012) pp 257-268.

Topographies of Wind and Power, an one-person exhibition of photographs by Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, will continue through November 30, 2012 at the 5.4.7 Arts Center, Greensburg, Kan. Greensburg is the small Kansas town that was wiped out by a Category 5 tornado in 2007, but rebuilt itself as a model “green” town. The 5.4.7 Arts Center, which is powered by its own solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal heating and cooling system, makes for an exceptionally suitable venue to display photographs examining the impact of wind power on the Kansas land and social landscape.

In the eastern Indian state of Mizoram live approximately 100,000 Chin refugees, who fled the neighboring country of Burma to escape ethnic, political and religious persecution under a brutal military regime. Despite their stark financial situation and depressing living conditions, the Chin maintain a quiet dignity. And that is what Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, hopes to capture when he spends January–May 2013 in Mizoram photographing the Chin, supported by a Fulbright-Nehru grant. Rubin’s project, “Borderline Existence: Burmese Chin in Mizoram State,” is an interdisciplinary documentary project incorporating photography, audio and narrative text. To read the full story, click here

Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art, is participating in a group exhibition, The Ergotist, at GrizzlyGrizzly in Philadelphia, that continues through December 2, 2012.  For more information, click here.

Stephanie Snider, assistant professor of art, has a solo exhibition, Thresholds, at Schmidt and Handrup, Cologne, Germany, November 17-December 21, 2012.

Mary Ann Stankiewicz, professor of art education, presented a referred paper, “In the Great Hive: Accountability and Art in Higher Education,” at the History of Education Society annual conference, Seattle, Wash., November 2, 2012.

Daniel Glessner, Professional Performance Certificate candidate in music, was named the winner of the Young Artist Competition in the piano category at the Music Teachers National Association's Pennsylvania State Competition at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pa., on October 28, 2012. As a state winner, Glessner will advance to the regional competition to be held in January 2013 in Columbia, Md. To read the full story, click here.

Andre North, M.M. candidate in music and teaching assistant, was named the winner of the Young Artist Competition in the woodwind category at the Music Teachers National Association's Pennsylvania State Competition on October 28, 2012. To read the full story, click here.  

Laura Brown, M.A. candidate in musicology, B.A. candidate in music and Russian, presented a paper, “The Little Russian:Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony in a Divided Russian Music Scene,” at the fall meeting of the American Musicological Society, Allegheny Chapter, West Virginia University, October 6, 2012. The paper, advised by Charles Youmans, professor of musicology, was also the winner of the Presser Award in the School of Music's scholarship competition in spring 2012.

Peter Graff, M.A. candidate in musicology:
- presented a paper, “Hidden Symbols in the Sixteenth-Century Office of St. Zenobius,” at the fall meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Musicological Society, Philadelphia, October 6, 2012. The paper was advised by Marica Tacconi, professor of musicology,
- has been invited to present a paper, “Erno RapĂ©e's Recovered Score to 'The Iron Horse' (1924),” at the Silent Film Sound: History, Theory and Practice conference, Kiel, Germany, February 22-23, 2013. Charles Youmans, professor of musicology, is serving as thesis advisor.

Eight Penn State voice majors were singing notes of success at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Allegheny Mountain Chapter) Student Auditions, held at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., October 27, 2012. The singers are students of Jennifer Trost, associate professor of music, Norman Spivey, professor of music, and Ted Christopher, assistant professor of music.

  • Lindsay McGinnis, M.M. candidate in performance (voice), won the Advanced Lower Graduate level;
  • Julia Wolcott and Sarah Baumgarten, B.M. candidates in performance (voice), won the Senior Women division;
  • Lisa Rogali, B.M.E. candidate, won the Freshman Women category;
  • Jarrett Smith, B.M. candidate in performance (voice), won the Music Theater division for Juniors/Seniors;
  • Kiena Williams, B.A. candidate in music, and Kelsey Hendler and Christa Schimitsch, B.M.E. candidates, were semi-finalists in their respective divisions.

The Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship, created in memory of Marjorie Jane Brewster (’61 B.A. Arts) by her father, the late R. Wallace Brewster (’28 B.A. Arts and Letters and ’30 M.A. Political Science), is awarded based on competition to selected undergraduates in their final year of study who wish to pursue advanced degrees. This year winners are:

  • Brooke Miller, B.M.E. candidate, and a clarinetist, won in the performance category. She will graduate in May 2013 and plans to continue to build on her passion for clarinet, teaching, and music while pursuing a master’s degree in clarinet performance;
  • Laura Brown M.A. candidate in musicology, B.A. candidate in music and Russian, won the scholarship category with her paper "Renard:  Stravinsky, Afanasyev, and the Russian Folk Tale Idiom."  Upon graduation in May 2013, she plans to pursue musicology at the doctoral level, focusing her research on Russian music.

No announcements for this week.

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