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News from the Dean: March 2014

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It’s the downhill slide to the end of the semester, but the following weeks are filled to the brim with College of Arts and Architecture activities both on and off campus.

On April 4, we will have our annual college awards ceremony, where we honor student, faculty, and staff award recipients, as well as our Alumni Award winners, who will return to campus to participate in special activities with their respective academic units. Also that weekend, art educators will get together at University Park for the Judy Chicago Symposium: Planting a Feminist Art Education Archive, the culmination of a semester-long celebration of Judy Chicago, who celebrates her 75th birthday in 2014. Chicago donated her Art Education Collection, now housed in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, to Penn State in 2011. She will give the keynote lecture on April 5.

We have some particularly special music and theatre performances in the coming weeks. Blood at the Root, a new play commissioned by the School of Theatre for the M.F.A. Acting class of 2014, runs March 25–April 5 at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. The cast has been touring the play—based on the story of six black teens convicted of attempted murder after a schoolyard fight in Jena, Louisiana—to Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth, and will take the production to South Africa and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

Glee Club alumni will converge on campus April 25–27, for the club’s 125th anniversary. The highlight of the weekend will be the concert on April 26, featuring a 125-member alumni choir.

On May 12, our New York-area alumni will have a fantastic opportunity to hear costume designer and Distinguished Alumna Carrie Robbins in a Penn State Alumni Association City Lights presentation at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Recognized for being on the cutting edge of technology in her field, Robbins will share visual aids, slideshows, and actual garments. The event includes hors d’oeuvre and dessert receptions. For more information, click here.

And, last, but certainly not least, the college is co-hosting a tour of Italy with the Penn State Alumni Association, September 22–October 2, 2014.  The trip will include four nights in Florence, two nights in Siena, and three nights in Rome, with deluxe accommodations, local expert-guided excursions, and special options including an exclusive Vatican Gardens tour and visit to Hadrian’s Villa. The tour will also feature presentations by Penn State alumni living in Italy, including landscape architect Philip Adiutori, design director and partner at Vida Design Studio’s Florence office. Click here for more information on the tour.

I hope to see you at one of these events—or perhaps at the closing celebration for For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students on April 11–13. Because of people like you, the college has raised more than $100.4 million during the campaign. It’s an exciting time of year. Thanks, as always, for your support.

Barbara O. Korner

P.S. It was great to see so many alumni and friends at the President’s Concert at Lincoln Center on February 14, and at the recent Musical Theatre performances in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. We always encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow on stage today!