• Todd Herreman

    Faculty News

    Todd Herreman, associate teaching professor of music industry and technologies in the Setnor School of Music, is cited numerous times in the new book "Prince and the Parade/Sign O’ The Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985-1986" by Duane Tudahl (Rowman & Littlefield). Herreman was in the studio with Prince nearly every day from 1986-87; he also worked on production and tour for the "Parade" album (1986) and production for the Sign 'o the Times tour (1987).  Read More...

  • Alumni News

    The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies is proud to share that Kevin M. Kern '09 G'11, who is the manager of research at the Walt Disney Archives, is co-author of the forthcoming book "A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of the Most Magical Place on Earth" (Disney Editions, September 28, 2021). The coffee table book paints a robust portrait of the Florida resort, through vibrant voices and rare Disney theme park concept art, photographs, and ephemera.

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    Bringing History to Light

    A local church brimming with historical artifacts becomes a learning laboratory for graduate students in museum studies.

  • Mmakgosi Anita Tau

    Student News

    Mmakgosi Anita Tau, a graduate film student in the Department of Transmedia, won the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement.

  • Marianne Solivan

    Faculty News

    Marianne Solivan, assistant professor of applied music and performance (jazz and commercial voice) in the Setnor School of Music, was one of 35 faculty fellows chosen for the Cleveland Institute of Music's 2021 Future of Music Faculty Fellowship Program, a career development initiative that will engage 35 Black and Latinx music professionals who are pursuing or considering academic careers, preparing them with the skills, insights, and networks to flourish professionally and influence generations of musicians.

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    Syracuse Stage Resumes Live Performance This Fall for 2021/2022 Season

    Syracuse Stage has announced plans to resume live and in-person performance in the 2021/2022 season. Starting in October, the theater will present a six-show subscription season and offer a full schedule of educational, family and community-related programming, including the continuation of the Cold Read Festival of New Plays.

  • Lisa Nicholas

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    Lisa Nicholas To Depart Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester in New York City

    The Syracuse University Department of Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts would like to take this opportunity to thank Founding Director Lisa Nicholas for her passionate leadership of the Tepper Semester program in New York City for the past 20 years. Read More...

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    Twelve VPA Faculty Receive 2021 CUSE Grants for Research and Scholarly Projects

    Syracuse University’s Office of Research has awarded funds to 12 faculty members in the College of Visual and Performing Arts for the fourth round of the annual internal grant program to provide intramural funding for faculty research and scholarly projects. Read More...

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    Faculty News

    Whitney Phillips, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, wrote the column "Beware 'Smokescreen Trolling,' Trump Followers' Favorite Tactic" in Wired, for which she serves as a columnist.

  • Yiqing Ran

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    I Dream of…Research? CRS Graduate Theses

    To fulfill the department’s requirements, communication and rhetorical studies (CRS) graduate students have a choice to make: complete comps (or comprehensive exams) or work on a graduate thesis. Students who choose the latter option then dedicate their graduate career to discovering what they would like to research for a thesis that can span from 50 to 125 pages. In the final semester of the two-year program, students then present and defend their thesis. Recently, CRS first-year master's students specified what their thesis topics are. Below, two students discuss their thesis plans. Read More...

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    CRS Majors Offer Advice for New Students

    Within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS) currently houses around 400 students. Among the undergraduate body, there are many individuals who are not only eager to hone their knowledge of communication but are also eager to give back to the CRS community. Three current students agreed to be interviewed about their experiences in the department and provide advice for new students. Read More...

  • Leo Crandall

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    VPA’s Department of Transmedia Remembers Faculty Member Leo Crandall

    Leo Crandall, a filmmaker, musician and instructor of film in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Department of Transmedia, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 29, in Syracuse. He was 67. Read More...

  • William Knuth

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    Setnor’s William Knuth Named Mentor of the Year by Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising

    William Knuth, assistant professor of applied music and performance, in the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Setnor School of Music, has been named the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising’s 2021 Mentor of the Year. The annual award recognizes a faculty member for exemplary dedication to students and support of their pursuit of nationally competitive scholarships. Knuth was nominated by Hannah Comia G’21, a Fulbright applicant and 2021 recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship.

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    Making Beats, Building Community

    The music education program in the Setnor School of Music and School of Education has partnered with the local nonprofit Mercy Works to offer a digital music lab.

  • Gokul Beeda

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    Empathy for Innovation

    Industrial and interaction design student Gokul Beeda '21 uses thoughtful design solutions to help humans stay healthy with the aid of technology.

  • A row of women holding a guitar

    Faculty News

    Kelly Gallagher, assistant professor of film in the Department of Transmedia, created animations for “Chance,” an episode of “Worn Stories,” a docuseries on Netflix in which real people unpack the fascinating and quirky stories around their most meaningful pieces of clothing. “Chance” features the actress Charo.

  • Nurie Metodieva and Alexis Mohammed

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    Meet VPA’s 2021 Senior Class Marshals

    Each year, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) select two seniors as class marshals to represent the college at Syracuse University’s Commencement. These students reflect high achievement in academics and service to the college and represent those qualities that most distinguish the graduating class. The VPA Class of 2021 class marshals are Nurie Metodieva of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Alexis Mohammed of the School of Art. Read More...

  • Elisa Dekaney

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    Setnor’s Elisa Macedo Dekaney Honored as Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence

    Elisa Macedo Dekaney, associate dean of research, graduate studies and internationalization in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) and professor of music education in VPA and the School of Education, was named a 2020-23 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship of Teaching Excellence Read More...

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    Eleven VPA Undergraduates Awarded Spring Research Funding from the SOURCE

    Eleven College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)  students were among the 93 Syracuse University undergraduates who received funding from the University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (the SOURCE) in the form of SOURCE Grants (up to $5,000) and Renée Crown University Honors Program Awards (up to $5,000). Read More...

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    Four VPA Students Named 2021-22 Remembrance Scholars

    Four College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) students are among the 35 students chosen by Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee to be the 2021-22 Remembrance Scholars. Read More...