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B. Stephen Carpenter, professor of art education, co-authored with Lauren Cifuentes, director of distance education, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, “Visual Culture and Literacy Online: Image Galleries as Site of Learning,” in Art Education (journal of the National Art Education Association), July 2011.

Joanne Rutkowski, professor of music education, co-wrote with Keith Thompson, professor emeritus of music education, and Yi-Ting Huang, Ph.D. candidate in music education, a chapter, “Cited Quantitative Research Articles in Music Education Research Journals, 1990-2005: A Content Analysis of Selected Studies,” in the book, Advances in Social Psychology and Music Education Research, published by Ashgate Publishing, 2011.


Mary Saunders-Barton, head and associate professor of voice for musical theatre, will discuss the topic, “Broadway or Bust: Training Young Singers for Today’s Musical Theatre,” at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at the Nittany Lion Inn as part of the 19th season of the “Huddle with the Faculty” series, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Randy J. Ploog, coordinator of international programs and affiliate assistant professor of art history, has been invited to present a lecture, "Pablo Picasso and Manierre Dawson:  Separate Paths to Similar Destinations," at the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC , Friday, September 30, 2011.

Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Framing History:  Presenting Active Accumulation Earthworks and Archaeological Tells to the Public,” at the European Association of Archaeologists Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway, September 14-18, 2011.

Matthew Isner, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Magic in the Social Sphere: The Amuletic Image in Early Byzantium,” at the 37th Byzantine Studies Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, October 21-23, 2011.

James Stone, M.F.A. candidate in new media, will present the Touchstone Audio Exciter, a mobile audio tool disguised as a glove, at a workshop at the International Symposium for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), Istanbul, Turkey, on September 14, 2011. To read the full story, click here.

Melissa L. Mednicov, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Pink, White, and Black:  The Strange Case of James Rosenquist’s Big Bo,” at Text and Texture: The Intersection of Academics and the Arts, the Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Association, Savannah, Georgia, November 9-12, 2011.


A. Kikora Franklin, assistant professor of dance, directed “Mojah Fusion Dance Festival: Innovating, Creating, and Pioneering Dance,” held at University Park, July 28-31, 2001. The festival featured workshops, master classes, and performances by local and national artists whose work is focused on the intersection and blending of artistic or cultural elements. For more information, click here.

Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, participated in a group exhibition, A Live Animal, at Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, in July  2011. For more information, visit


Fang Chen, professor of graphic design, was awarded first place for his artwork, Myopia, at the ECOCARTOON 2011 competition. To see winning artwork, visit

Gary Kesler, associate dean for undergraduate studies and outreach and associate professor of landscape architecture, has been appointed to a two-year term as one of three educators on the nine-person Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. His term started July 2011. To read the full story, click here.

James Lyon, professor of music in violin, has been selected as a member of the 2011–12 Schreyer Distinguished Honors Faculty. The Schreyer Honors College (SHC) created the Distinguished Honors Faculty program to increase academic interface between students enrolled as Schreyer Scholars and outstanding, world-renowned faculty often engaged in groundbreaking research. To read the full story, click here.

Norman Spivey, professor of music, has been invited to join the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. Founded in 1922, membership in this select group is by invitation only. For more information, visit