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College of Arts and Architecture Newsline: September 28, 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
~ Lecture by Zhu Yufan, professor of landscape architecture at the Institute of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m., Jury Space, Stuckeman Family Building. To read more, click here.
~ “Built Ecologies,” lecture by Anna Dyson, director, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, and professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m., Jury Space, Stuckeman Family Building. To read more, click here.

Department of Art History
~ “The Stone Birds of Great Zimbabwe: An Unending Fascination and Obsession," African Studies Program Brown Bag Series lecture by William Dewey, associate professor of art history, Wednesday, October 10, noon, 216 Willard Building.

Center for the Performing Arts
~ American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band, Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium
The trio will participate in a master class, Tuesday, October 2, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Actors from The London Stage Presents “The Merchant of Venice,” Wednesday-Thursday, October 10-11, 7:30 p.m., Schwab 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

~ Community Day celebrating Palmer’s fortieth anniversary, Saturday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Palmer Museum of Art

American Art Lecture Series
~“Defining American Modernisms,” by Leo Mazow, associate professor of art history, University of Arkansas, Thursday, October 4, 4:30 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.

The Art of Poetry
~ Gabeba Baderoon, assistant professor of women’s studies and African and African American studies, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, associate professor of English, Penn State Altoona, will read selections from their most recent books of poetry as well as newer poems, Wednesday, October 3, 12:10 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.)
~ From Here to There: Transportation Imagery in the Palmer Museum of Art, by Leo Mazow, associate professor of art history, University of Arkansas, Friday, October 5, 12:10 p.m.

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. As part of the fortieth anniversary, invited museum donors are guest curators.
~ American Prints, 1940-1960, selected by Ron Rumford, Friday, October 5, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.\

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

School of Music

~ Choral Collage, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 p.m., Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Six Penn State choirs will combine to present a Choral Collage. Mixed, men’s, women’s, and gospel choirs will present an array of compositions from the fifteenth century to the present day. The concert will conclude with the audience joining our 300 singers to perform the Penn State Alma Mater.
~ Men in Song! - A Choral Festival for the Male Singer, Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
Led by the Penn State Glee Club with Christopher Kiver, director, the Penn State Men of Song Festival is intended to motivate young men to sing through high school and beyond. The festival is open to young men with changing or changed voices in grades 8-12. Complete choirs, select groups, or individuals are encouraged to participate, and will rehearse and perform with the Glee Club and Hi-Lo’s in a combined choir.

~ Guest Artist: Bruce Tychinski, trombone, Sunday, September 30, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall, Music Building 1
~ Guest Artist: Agatha Wang, flute, with Naomi Seidman, assistant professor of flute, and Svetlana Rodionova, piano, Sunday, September 30, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Flute Choir, Monday, October 1, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Bach’s Lunch: Brass Ensembles, Thursday, October 4, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
~ Essence of Joy, Sunday, October 7, 4:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Dimensions in Jazz: Centre, Inner, and Outer Dimensions, Sunday, October 7, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Percussion Studio, Monday, October 8, 5:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Tubafest I: Brass Chamber Music, Monday, October 8, 8:00 p.m., Esber Recital Hall
~ Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Wednesday, October 10, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts
~ Bach’s Lunch: Tuba/Euphonium Studio, Thursday, October 11, 12:10 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel
~ Philharmonic Orchestra, Friday, October 12, 8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium
~ Flute Day, Saturday, October 13, all day. For a schedule of events and times, click here.

School of Theatre

Penn State Centre Stage
~ From Up Here, continues through October 5, 7:30 p.m., Downtown Theatre Center. For more information about From Up Here, click here.
~ Sweeney Todd, October 16-November 2, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre
The musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years’ transportation on false charges. When he learns from his former landlady Mrs. Lovett that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the judge who wrongly transported him, he vows revenge. For more information about Sweeney Todd, click here.

School of Visual Arts
Anderson Endowment Lecture
~ Lecture by Stacy Levy, sculptor and installation artist, Friday, September 28, 7:00 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. Levy’s lecture is co-sponsored by School of Visual Arts and Nittany Lights.

Zoller Gallery
~ 2nd Year M.F.A. Student Exhibition, October 11-23. Public reception, Monday, October 15, 5:00 p.m.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities
~ Free Film Festival: Back to School – College Films, Penn State and the Meaning of Higher Education. Saturday-Sunday, September 29-30, noon-midnight
IAH will host its third annual film festival. This year’s theme is “College,” a filmic tour of various cinematic campuses in order to meditate on the meaning of higher education in America. For more information, click here.
~ The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce that Nobel Prize-winning writer J. M. Coetzee is the recipient of the 2012 IAH Medal for Distinguished Achievement. In a ceremony at the State Theatre on Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m., Coetzee will be awarded the medal and will give a public reading. Born in South Africa, and now a resident of Australia, Coetzee is the author of many translations, nonfictional works, and novels, including Disgrace, Foe, The Life and Times of Michael K, and Waiting for the Barbarians. To read the full story, click here.


DATE CHANGE: 2012-13 Competition for Faculty Research Grants
The College Committee on Creative Accomplishment and Research announces the competition for the 2012-13 academic year with a deadline for receipt of proposals in 124 Borland Building by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013.  The committee operates within a mandate to distribute the limited resources at its disposal to projects that promise a high degree of national and international visibility and recognition for the applicant and that hold the greatest possible significance to the applicant, the discipline, the college and the University. 

For more information on the competition and application, click here.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities 2013 Funding Support
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities has funding opportunities available for 2013 in Interdisciplinary Projects, Individual Faculty Grants, and the Resident Scholars and Artists Program. To learn more about the opportunities, visit or click here.

Arts Showcase Duplicate Copies
If you are on the Arts Ticket Center's mailing list, you may have received copies of the Arts Showcase at both your home and your campus address. If you do not need duplicate copies, please return one to the Communications Office, 107 Borland, so we can fulfill other requests. Thank you.

Save-the-Date: All-College Meeting and Holiday Reception
The College of Arts and Architecture’s next All-College Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center, with a holiday reception following until 5:00 p.m. An invitation with a request for employee RSVP will be sent in November.

College Performance Ticket Lottery
Based on the recommendation from the college's Workforce Enhancement Task Force and the Staff Advisory Council, a ticket lottery system will be 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


New Version of eLion Website to be Unveiled October 2
On Oct. 2, a new version of eLion will be unveiled for students at Penn State. All students will have access to the newly redesigned eLion platform, which features many updates, including a more user-centered interface and better visual layout. Since both versions access the same student record database, the original version will continue to operate simultaneously with the new version until it is decommissioned in early January 2013. However, students are encouraged to use the new eLion on a permanent basis. read more...

Information Technology Offers Training
Information Technology is offering numerous technology training opportunities this fall for faculty and staff, including Technology Learning Assistant (TLA) program, where a technology-savvy student provides one-on-one assistance. Students may provide tutoring in PowerPoint, Excel, file management, email, web page development, electronic grade book software, and other tools and applications. TLAs are also qualified to demonstrate the use of Penn State services such as ANGEL, iTunes U podcasting, Adobe Connect desktop videoconferencing, ITS Streaming Services, and the Blogs at Penn State.

Faculty requests are now being accepted for TLA appointments during the fall 2012 semester. To make a request and to learn more about the TLA program visit

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, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

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

Faculty who are using technology to enrich teaching, learning, or research are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal using the online form at The deadline to submit proposals is November 9, 2012.

2013 Faculty/Staff Achievement Awards
The 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.


Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, traveled to New Orleans to assist in a feature event held at the AARP's 2012 Life@50+ National Event & Expo on September 22. The presentation, titled "Life's Rhythms Reimagined," was given by Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neurologist at UCSF, and musical icon Mickey Hart, a percussionist, ethnomusicologist. The two traded presentations on brain function, memory, and music as an important influence in maintaining brain function. Gazzaley spoke from a medical perspective, Hart from a musical and cultural perspective. The presentation culminated with Hart wearing an Emotiv neuro headset, which tracks EEG activity. The headset's signals were simultaneously translated into a visual rendering of the brain, with areas of activity illuminated by different colors, as well as a sonic rendering of the alpha, theta, and gamma wave activity, which Ballora provided. To read the full story, click here.

William Dewey, associate professor of art history, has published an article, “The Stone Birds of Great Zimbabwe: An Unending Fascination and Obsession,” in The Travel Chronicles of Mrs. J. Theodore Bent. Volume II: The African Journeys Africa, Gerald Brisch, ed., (Archaeopress of Oxford, 2012), pp. 308-318.

Sculptures in Love with Architecture, an exhibition by Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art, and Fabio J. Fern├índez, will continue through October 6, 2012 at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex in Chicago. The exhibition explores the sculptural aspects of architecture and its details, and consists of more than 100 small objects developed using a wide range of ceramic materials and processes, like hands and sandpaper, to advanced prototyping and mold making. For additional information on this exhibition, visit Sculptures in Love with Architecture.

Katarin Parizek, assistant professor of art:
- her entry, “3000 miles of acid mine drainage in my backyard,” was awarded Honorable Mention in the Editorial-Environmental category of the 2012 International Photography Awards Competition;
- is participating in a group exhibition, The Decade Show, at the HUB-Robeson Gallery, September 28-November 18, 2012, with a reception on Friday, October 12, 5:00 p.m. The exhibition demonstrates 30 years of State College Area School District alumni art and includes several Penn State School of Visual Arts alumni. For more information, click here.

Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art, is participating in a group exhibition, Noir Clair, at Galerie Vanessa Quang in Paris, which continues through November 10, 2012. This exhibition focuses primarily on drawing and Shepherd’s exhibited work was created in collaboration with longtime friend and collaborator Frank Olive. For their project in the exhibition, Shepherd and Olive are faxing drawings to the gallery on a weekly basis that are then installed on the gallery walls. For more information, visit or

A Line Around an Idea, a retrospective of the architectural drawings of James Wines, professor of architecture and president of SITE, is being held at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, through December 1, 2012. Penn State architecture student Alex Donahue designed the installation. The exhibit covers the years from 1972 to 2012. The main intent is to show the value of hand drawing for idea development—from first sketch to final rendering. The focus is on calligraphic content, graphic signification, and conceptual process. To read the full story, click here.

Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will publish an article, "A New Trojan Horse: The Hidden Influence of Art and Media on the Archaeological Tourist," in the book, Tourism Research: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013).

Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present two papers:
- “Expansion Underground, Destruction Overhead: New York City in the 1930s,” at the Southeastern College Art Conference, Durham, North Carolina, October 17-20, 2012;
- “Unsettled Masses: Transportation in American Art During the 1930s and 1940s,” at American Art: The Academy, Museums, and the Market, the Association of Historians of American Art Symposium, Boston, October 11-13, 2012.


New Hires
Cori Donaghy, administrative support assistant, School of Visual Arts, started on September 14.
Teresa Shupp, Hamer Center coordinator, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, started on September 17.

NOTE:  The Newsline is published bi-weekly. Look for the next issue on Friday, October 12, 2012.

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