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Faculty, Staff and Student Accomplishments: February 26, 2016

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Joanne Rutkowski, professor emeritus of music education:
  • will be the guest presenter for the 2nd River's Edge Symposium hosted by the University of Delaware, Feb. 26-27.
  • will be a visiting scholar at Oregon State University, April 12-15.
  • will present several sessions at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Research and Teacher Education Conference, March 17-19, Atlanta GA:
    - “An exploration of recent approaches to research in music education” (Mara Culp, Yo-Jung Han, Lindsay Fulcher, Anne-Marie Hildebrandt, Mac Himes, Daniel Shevock, Kristina Weimer, co-authors). Daniel Shevock is a 2015 Penn State Ph.D. graduate and currently on faculty at Penn State Altoona; the rest are current Ph.D. candidates.
    - “Life as a researcher: Continued exploration of an alternative dissertation model” (co-author Linda Thornton, associate professor of music education) 
    - "Investigation of the effect of a male singing model on kindergarten children’s use of singing voice achievement"
    - “Current trends for the doctoral dissertation in music education” (Wendy Sims, professor of music education, University of Missouri-Columbia, lead author)
  • is coordinator of symposium, “Mapping the route to publication: Advice from the NAfME journal editors”
  • The first two sessions listed above, in addition to "Barking up the wrong tree: Rethinking our focus for helping children sing," will also be presented at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association annual conference, Hershey, PA, April 2016.


"City Sunrise," by Brian Alfred, assistant professor of art, is included in the exhibition Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out through February 2017 in the Denver Art Museum's reinstallation of the Modern & Contemporary galleries. The artworks included in Audacious seek to invite or even incite conversation about the world around us. Featuring mainly works from the permanent collection, the exhibition is organized around four themes: Self and Other, Ecologies and Exchanges, Threat and Surveillance, and Politics and Geographies. "City Sunrise" is part of Threat and Surveillance. More information at


Janet M. Purdy, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will be presenting a paper, “Ancient to H&M:  The Persistent Role of Traditional Textiles in Ethiopian Culture,” at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 22-25, 2016.