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News from the Dean: September 2014

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Greetings! We are just a month into the semester, but things are hopping. It’s amazing how little time it takes for our faculty and students to move full steam ahead into their performances, exhibitions and other activities.

For example, during the second week of classes, architecture students participated in the Corbelletti Design Charette Competition, named in memory of Raneiro Corbelletti, longtime department head and widely acknowledged as a major influence in many Penn State students’ architectural education. This summer, George Miller (’73 B.S. Arch), one of Corbelletti’s former students, established the Raneiro Corbelletti Memorial Student Awards Fund, with additional support from Lou Astorino (’69 B.S. Arch). The award funds the monetary prizes for winners of the competition. George and Lou are both longtime donors to the architecture department and our college, and we are grateful for their continued support of our efforts. You can read more about the award and competition here.

On a different fundraising note, we are kicking off a “crowdfunding” campaign for the Taylor Watkins Ceramic Award, named in memory of the 2012 Penn State School of Visual Arts alumnus who lost his second battle with cancer in 2013. Distinguished Professor Chris Staley was touched by not only Taylor’s talent, but also by his passionate, empathetic nature, and wanted to establish an award to support other ceramics students like Taylor. To contribute, visit the website for the campaign: Taylor-Made: Molding Future Ceramics Students.

If you are coming back to campus for a football game this fall, be sure to check out the calendar on our website—you may be able to squeeze in a concert or other arts-related event as well as the game! Keep in mind that Palmer Museum of Art docents are on hand at the museum on the Friday and Saturday of home football weekends, so it’s a great time to visit the galleries. Thanks, as always, for your support, and please keep in touch!