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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: November 30, 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

Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
No announcements for this week.

Department of Art History
No announcements for this week.

Borland Gallery
UNREPRESSED, an exhibition featuring sculptures by Lindsey Hayakawa, a senior pursuing a B.F.A. in ceramics, will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, through December 1, 2012. To read more about the exhibition, click here.

Center for the Performing Arts
~ Tap Dogs, Thursday, December 6, 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

The Art of Poetry
~ Sheila Squillante, poet and senior lecturer in English, and her husband, photographer Paul Bilger, will read from their forthcoming limited edition artist’s book, Another Beginning, Wednesday, December 5, 12:10 p.m.

Paper Views:
Held the first 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. As part of the fortieth anniversary, invited museum donors are guest curators.
~ Prints and Drawings from the WPA Era, selected by Honey and Bill Jaffe, Friday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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.)
~ Celebrating Forty Years of Gifts, by Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education, Friday, December 7, 12:10 p.m.

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.

 Art of Music (Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Musem of Art)
~ Penn State Opera Theatre: Selections from Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, Wednesday, December 12, 12:10 p.m.
Enjoy a selection of arias and short scenes from one of Mozart’s most charming and seductive operas.

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

School of Music

~ Opera: Così!, Saturday, December 1, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Così! is a unique version of Mozart’s Così 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)
~ Mosaic: A Sonic and Visual Spectacular, Sunday, December 9, 4:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
A thrilling fast-paced performance, Mosaic features an array of Penn State bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists situated throughout Eisenhower Auditorium. Large ensembles give way to individuals. Jazz follows seventeenth-century masterworks. Voices resound in the balconies while instrumentalists take the stage. Now in its sixth year, this popular School of Music presentation promises ninety minutes of surprises and delights. (Ticket required: $25 adult/$10 student)

~ Senior Recital: Elizabeth Agger, piano, Saturday, December 1, 2:30 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Senior Recital: Erica Wilt, clarinet, Sunday, December 2, 2:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I
~ Senior Recital: Cassandra Hesse, trumpet, Sunday, December 2, 2:00 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Saxophone Studio Recital, Sunday, December 2, 4:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Senior Recital: Amanda Jones, soprano, Sunday, December 2, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Flute Studio Recital, Monday, December 3, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Percussion Ensemble I and II, Monday, December 3, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Wednesday, December 5, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall (Ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student)
~ Bach’s Lunch: Mallet Ensemble, Thursday, December 6, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Jazz Combos, Thursday, December 6, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Inner and Outer Dimensions Jazz Ensembles, Friday, December 7, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Junior Recital: John Livingstone, piano, Saturday, December 8, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Shreyer Honors Option Recital: Katie Carpenter, voice, Sunday, December 9, 7:00 p.m., 122 Music Building II
~ Senior Composition Recital: Nikolai Balashow, Sunday, December 9, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Campus Band and Orchestra, Monday, December 10, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium (Ticket required: $12 adult/$4 student)
~ Tuba Choir, Tuesday, December 11, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Philharmonic Orchestra, Wednesday, December 12, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium (Ticket required: $12 adult/$4 student)
~ Bach’s Lunch: Trombone Ensemble, Thursday, December 13, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Thursday, December 13, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium (Ticket required: $12 adult/$4 student)
~ DMA Solo Recital: Joanne Yang, piano, Thursday, December 13, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Essence of Joy, Friday, December 14, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall (Ticket required: $4.99 adult/$2 student)
~ Bass Bash, Friday, December 14, 8:00 p.m., Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

School of Theatre
No announcements for this week.

School of Visual Arts
No announcements for this week.

Zoller Gallery
~ SoVA Foundations Student Exhibition, December 10-14. Public reception, December 10, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities
~ Achille Mbembe, research professor of history and politics, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Witwatersrand, and Sarah Nuttall, research professor of English, University of Stellenbosch, will give a joint public lecture, Monday, December 3, 6:00 p.m.
~ “Transl(iter)ating Communism, Baku 1926,” by Nergis Erturk, assistant professor of comparative literature, Tuesday, December 4, noon, 7A Sparks Building. Lecture is part of the Resident Scholar Lecture Series.
~ “First City of South Africa: Mapungubwe and the Architecture of the Limpopo Region,” by Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, Tuesday, December 11, 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.

Bernstein’s Mass - Town and Gown Choir
A town and gown (community and PSU students) choir of 30-40 voices is being formed during the spring semester to supplement Concert Choir and Essence of Joy in performances of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, the centerpiece of celebrations to mark the College of Arts and Architecture's fiftieth anniversary.

Bernstein's Mass is an exciting and eclectic theatre piece commissioned for the opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971. Performers include a large symphony orchestra, taped excerpts, rock band, street chorus, children's choir and massed choir. A remarkable set has been designed for the Eisenhower stage, and the event will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The performances will be conducted by Gerardo Edelstein, professor of music, and the chorus will be prepared by Chris Kiver, associate professor of music. The choir is not required to act!

The choir will rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., in room 110 in Music Building 1. Rehearsals will begin on January 9 and continue through the performances. As well as the weekly rehearsals, there are a number of extra rehearsals, typical of a theatrical production, currently scheduled as follows. The expectation is that members will be present at all Wednesday rehearsals and all rehearsals in production week, April 1-6.

Sunday, February 10, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at School of Music
Sunday, February 24, 6:00-9:00 p.m. possible massed choir rehearsal though unlikely as Essence of Joy are out of town
Tuesday, March 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m. massed choir rehearsal
Monday, April 1, 6:00-11:00 p.m. sitzprobe in Eisenhower
Tuesday, April 2, 6:00-11:00 p.m. rehearsal as needed
Wednesday, April 3, 6:00-11:00 p.m. rehearsal as needed
Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. call, dress rehearsal from 7:30-11:00
Friday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. call, 7:30P p.m. performance
Saturday, April 6, 2:00 p.m. performance

Penn State students will be able to register for one credit under a 400-level special projects number (to be advised). Students who are already members of the regularly scheduled choirs at Penn State are eligible for the Bernstein choir only, if they maintain their membership in their current ensemble.

For faculty, staff and community members, auditions will be held with Dr. Kiver, before the end of this semester (send an email to to arrange a time). Current Penn State students can audition before the end of semester, or sign up for the regularly scheduled choral auditions that will be held during the first week of class in January. Sign-up sheets are now posted next to room 106 (Dr. Drafall's office) in Music Building 1. As the score is not easy and we have limited rehearsal time, auditionees will be required to have sound music reading skills and previous choral experience. Questions can be directed to Chris Kiver.

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.

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.

College Performance Ticket Lottery
Megan Kolher, instructional designer, was the winner of the college’s ticket lottery drawing for two tickets to Mosaic, and Amy Milgrub Marshall, writer/editor, was the recipient of two tickets to Tap Dogs.

Organized by the Staff Advisory Council, a ticket lottery system is being offered again this year for select performances throughout the college. The drawing for the tickets will occur one week before the performance.  For included performances and the form to enter, go to


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. They 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.


Sue Haug, director of the School of Music, has been elected vice president of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines. Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 644 accredited institutional members. She will serve as vice president for three years, followed by a three-year term as president.

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, which 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, which continues through December 21, 2012.

Wendy Bargstadt, M.A. candidate in Musicology, presented a paper, “The Two Worlds of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress,” at The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky, Hogarth, Hockney, Auden, and Kallman conference, University of Colorado-Boulder, October 26-27, 2012. The paper was advised by Maureen Carr, distinguished professor of music theory, and Eric McKee, associate professor of music theory. Bargstadt, a native of Norfolk, NE, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in musicology upon graduation in May 2013.

ESSIC (Attendance Records) – When marking November 23, 2012 on your time card, please mark your time off: 8 hours of Official Campus Closure Compensatory Time. When you submit your monthly time record, please make sure you add 8 hours on the Campus Closure Compensatory Hours Earned. When marking your time for a weather related closure, mark your time as: Office Campus Closure due to a Weather Day.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, December 14, 2012.

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