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News from the Dean: January 2015

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Happy New Year! The spring semester is in full swing, and we have lots to look forward to in the College of Arts and Architecture in the coming months. We recently repurposed some spaces in Borland Building in order to better showcase research and creative activity in the college, and we’re excited about giving faculty greater opportunities to share their work. You’ll hear more about these spaces—the Borland Project Space and the Arts and Design Research Incubator—soon. Also on the research front, in this issue you’ll read about an interdisciplinary research project launched and led by a Center for the Performing Arts staff member, in which she combines her interests in art and science. The Pollinator Corridors project, which also involves faculty from our college, could have a worldwide reach (clickhere for the article).

On the performance front, we look forward to our ninth annual President’s Concert, taking place for the second time at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, on Tuesday, March 3 (for details, click here). To celebrate Women’s History Month, I will be performing my one-woman show, Responding to the Call¸ in collaboration with Essence of Joy on March 22 at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center—it’s always a joy for me to have a chance to work directly with our talented faculty and students. 

And in April, we are undertaking a major collaborative production you won’t want to miss. We are staging Julius Caesar—a version set in a contemporary African nation—on the Old Main lawn April 15–17, before Blue-White Weekend. A Philharmonic Orchestra concert featuring Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait will take place before the Julius Caesar production on April 17. Literally hundreds of students will be involved in all aspects of the event, including students from the colleges of Communications and Information Sciences and Technology, who will be livestreaming the April 17 performances. We look forward to sharing more details as our plans unfold.

We selected April 15–17 for this undertaking not only because it’s just prior to the Blue-White Game, but also because we are holding our annual endowment luncheon and college awards ceremony on April 17, where we honor, among others, the College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award winners. You will read more about those winners in a future issue.

Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support and commitment to helping us make the arts and design a vital part of life at Penn State. Keep in touch!

Barbara O. Korner