Faculty and student newsmakers

Read here about the many awards, exhibitions, performances, book publishings, and other accomplishments of VPA faculty and students.

April 2014
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Two teams of fourth-year industrial and interaction design students in the Department of Design that competed in this year's 360° IID Competition were named finalists in the RSA United States Student Design Awards competition: ZANA Design, the team that created the 360° IID Competition-winning "Tanzanian Roofing Solution," and NUNA Design, the team that created "Bio Geotextile Mat." Both teams have been invited to the final judging and awards ceremony April 25-26 in New York City.

Kelly Benini '14, a major in the Bandier Program in the Setnor School of Music, participated in the panel "Back 2 School Special: Truth Behind College Buying" in March at SXSW in Austin, Texas, as part of SXSW's music week.

Todd Conover, assistant professor of fashion design in the Department of Design, is quoted in a National Post (Canada) article about contemporary copper work. The article also features a photo of an organic vessel by Conover.

Susan D'Amato, associate professor of foundation in the Department of Foundation, had the large-scale solo exhibition Finite Boundaries at Olin Art Gallery Washington & Jefferson College in Pittsburgh.

Laura Enslin, soprano and instructor of voice in the Department of Drama and Setnor School of Music, was a featured soloist for Haydn's "The Creation" with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in March at Ithaca College. A review of her performance of Earl George's "Valentines and Graffiti" with Ida Tili-Trebicka, piano, also a faculty member in the Setnor School, and the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, was featured on Syracuse.com.

Jordan Firkey ’16, a communications design major in the Department of Design, won the program’s $5,000 TracyLocke Scholarship, sponsored by TracyLocke, an Omnicom global agency led by president and CEO Beth Ann Kaminkow ’89. The scholarship is awarded to a sophomore communications design major who exhibits strong verbal skills, intelligence, design sense and work ethic.

Daniel S. Godfrey, professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, will have his Four Dawns over Bard's Isle, a saxophone concerto with a chamber ensemble of 16 players, receive performances in April in Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; and Iowa City, Iowa, by the University of Iowa's Center for New Music.

Bob Halligan, instructor of music in the Setnor School of Music, and his band, Ceili Rain, will be performing at various venues during May. Visit the band's web site for a full schedule.

Allison Hinman, a first-year museum studies student in the Department of Design, presented the illustrated talk "Martha Wright and Frances Seward: Enlightened Women of Auburn" in March at the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Charles E. Morris III, professor of communication and rhetorical studies in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, had his book An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings (University of California Press), co-edited with Jason Edward Black, named a finalist in the LGBT Anthology category of the prestigious Lambda Literary Foundation's 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The awards will be announced on June 2.

Leslie Noble, administrator and part-time faculty member in the Department of Drama, recently staged a new adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita as a guest director for Le Moyne College. The play, adapted by Le Moyne Professor Matthew Chiorini and students Jesse Ghirardi and Natasha White, is a highly theatrical satire of Soviet-era oppression and a celebration of the resilience of art. A review of the show was featured on syracuse.com.

Christopher Perrello, instructor of communication and rhetorical studies in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, attended the 2014 Human Right's Campaign's (HRC) Time to Thrive Educator's Conference in Las Vegas in February. He earned a scholarship to travel to the conference and take a one-credit graduate seminar for LGBTQA advocacy in higher education from University of California, Chico.

Harumi Rhodes, assistant professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society at Sanders Theater in February. She performed works by Halverson, Mozart, and Smetana.

James Haywood Rolling Jr., dual associate professor of art education in the Department of Art and SU's School of Education, was named the 2014 National Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of one outstanding NAEA member annually at the national level within his or her division. The award was presented at the NAEA National Convention in San Diego in March.

Tom Sherman, professor of Art Video in Transmedia, had his video The Amateur Scientist featured in the 32nd edition of the International Festival of Films on Art at the Cinematheque quebecoise in Montreal, Quebec, in March. His video Half/Lives was part of the exhibition Survoyeurism at the Open Gallery, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario, in March and April.

Kari Smiraglia '14, a fashion design major in the Department of Design, was named the grand prize winner of the 2013 Design-a-Throw competition sponsored by Monterey Mills, one of the nation's premier suppliers of knitted pile fabrics. Amanda Martinez '14 received third place; Iwa Mo Ng '14 was named a finalist. Both are fashion design majors. Sponsored by Monterey Mills' Denali Home Collection and Designathrow.com, more than 180 students from across the country participated in a unique opportunity to design a throw to be added to Denali's 2015 collection.

Andrew Waggoner, professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, will have his quartet for oboe and strings, Down/Up, premiered on April 14 in Boston by oboist Peggy Pearson and Winsor Music; also in April his Deux chansons sur Robert Desnos will be performed at the Stone in New York City by mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway and JACK Quartet violinist Ari Streisfeld, part of the JACK's weeklong residency at the Stone. On July 20 Waggoner's This Powerful Rhyme, Sonnet Cycle after Shakespeare for two actors and 10 players, will be performed in Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood Music Center as part of the 2014 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.

Katie Wieser G'15, a graduate voice student in the Setnor School of Music, will play the role of Cosette in Les Miserables at TriArts Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, Conn., June 18-29.