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News from the Dean: January 2014

January 2014

Dear Alumni and Friends,

I hope your 2014 is off to a good start! December and early January are usually a calm time in the college, but the past weeks have been far from quiet on the news front. Our faculty and alumni have received some notable honors, which you will read about in this and future e-newsletters. To name a few: theatre professor Susan Schulman was elected president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; Graphic Design alum Chip Kidd was named a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus; music professor Ted Christopher was named the first recipient of the college's Carey Memorial Early Career Professorship in the Arts; and School of Visual Arts alumnus Jonathan Cramer was selected in a national competition to design the "We Are" sculpture to be located near the Intramural Building.

After years of planning, Penn State’s semester-long celebration of pioneering art educator and feminist Judy Chicago—spearheaded by art education professor Karen Keifer-Boyd—has begun. Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades opened at the Palmer Museum of Art on January 21. Gallery talks, films and other exhibitions in Borland Gallery, the HUB Galleries, and the Special Collections Library are planned throughout the semester. A symposium, featuring Judy Chicago as keynote speaker, will be held April 4–5. Visit for more information on these events.

During that same weekend, we will welcome some very special alumni back to campus for our annual presentation of the College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Awards. We always look forward to this opportunity to celebrate our alumni’s successes, while giving them a chance to reconnect with their departments and meet with faculty and current students. The award winners will be featured in a future issue of this e-newsletter.

April is a busy month, because the following weekend, April 11–13, we will celebrate the end of the highly successful For the Future campaign, which focused on supporting Penn State students. We look forward to welcoming more alumni and friends back to campus for the University-wide celebration, which coincides with Blue-White weekend.

Thanks, as always, for your support and ongoing interest in the College of Arts and Architecture. With so many enticing events in the coming months, I hope to see you on campus soon!

Barbara O. Korner