THIS WEEK @ UARTS: August 11 - 24, 2014
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PLEASE NOTE: Bi-weekly summer schedule is in effect
Save the Date: Opening Meeting
Please join us for the University's Opening Meeting, featuring a welcome from President Sean T. Buffington, a performance by the "Z" Big Band, and a presentation by Buffington and Provost Kirk E. Pillow. Reception in the Levitt Foyer to follow the program.
August 26, 4 – 6 p.m.
Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
Advising & Registration Changes for Spring 2015 - Required Training
A new tool will be used for advising and registration beginning in spring 2015. Student Self Service will replace and enhance existing functionality currently within MyUArts Record. Any faculty or staff member who advises students or accesses a student's degree audit, class schedule or unofficial transcript via WebAdvisor/MyUArts Record must sign up for a training session. Advising forms will no longer be accepted after registration (drop/add) has ended for fall 2014. Please contact Lakiesha Sanders in the Registrar’s office at email@example.com or 215-717-6103 to schedule your training. RSVPs must be received at least three business days prior to the session to ensure your account is properly configured. Training is being offered during the following dates and times. Additional sessions will be added if necessary.
Tuesday, August 12: 3 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 26: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, September 4: 3 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 9: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, September 18: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monday, September 22: 3 – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1: 2 – 4 p.m.
Friday, October 10: 1 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 16: 3 – 5 p.m.
Monday, October 20: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 3 – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 22: 3 – 5 p.m.
Friday, October 24: 1 – 3 p.m.
UArts Alumni Portal Launching This Fall
The Alumni Association is pleased to announce the launch of the UArts Alumni Portal, an exclusive resource that will offer a number of services to our alumni community. Launching this fall, this password-protected tool will be available to all alumni and will replace UArts Connect. The Alumni Portal will allow graduates to update their contact information, view the alumni directory, stay current with University news and events, and access their transcripts. Stay tuned for more information coming soon to your inbox. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blick's Fall Back-to-School Sale Is Here
With the first day of school right around the corner, get your wish list ready and a jump start on Blick's in-store deals and sales now through October 5. Preferred Card teachers also receive 20% off during August and September. UArts students: redeem this coupon for 30% off one item throughout the entire month of August.
Award-Winning Voice Senior Featured in 'Philadelphia Inquirer'
School of Music senior Alita Moses '15 (Vocal Performance), who was recently named the first-place winner of the 2014 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition, was featured in the July 31 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The West Hartford, Conn., native took home the top prize after a final performance against two other singers during the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Read the article >>
Freshman in Top 8 on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Congratulations to School of Dance incoming freshman Rudy Abreu '18 (Dance), who is now in the Top 8 on the Fox TV reality show "So You Think You Can Dance." Abreu advanced to the competition's next round after a live elimination episode that aired August 6. The show also featured a performance by UArts alumna Christina Perri '08 (Communication), whose music career skyrocketed on SYTYCD four years ago with her song "Jar of Hearts." Congratulations also go to juniors Bridget Whitman '16 (Dance), who made it into the Top 10, and Stanley Glover '16 (Dance), who made it into the Top 20. Watch Rudy's August 6 performance >>
Film Alum on 'Variety' Mag's List of Up-and-Comers
Award-winning cinematographer and alum Andrew Wheeler BFA '01 (Film) is on Variety magazine's list of up-and-coming industry stars. Wheeler's growing collection of achievements and awards also includes winning a Student Oscar and a Student Emmy for his graduate thesis film "Thief." See the list >>
Alumni Collective Launches Live Recording Series
FeedLab Music, a UArts alumni collective, has just launched a video of its live recording session at Philly's Ruba Club Studios. The cover performance of Laura Mvula's "Make Me Lovely" features Alita Moses '15 (Vocal Performance), winner of the 2014 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition. Also featured are Instrumental Performance alums Sam Greenfield BM '14 (Saxophone); Sean Marks BM '13 (Saxophone); Joe Anderson BM '13 (Trumpet); Ian Gray BM '13 (Trombone); AJ Luca BM '11 (Piano), MM '12 (Jazz Studies); Josh Nussbaum BM '13 (Guitar); Matt Keppler BM '13 (Bass); Marcus Myers BM '11 (Drums); and Robby Webb BM ’14 (Drums), who served as sound engineer. Watch the video >>
Animation Professor Is Everglades Artist in Residence
Animation Associate Professor Karl Staven is the August resident at the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) program at Everglades National Park in Florida. AIRIE offers artists the opportunity to live and work in the only subtropical wilderness in North America for a period of up to one month. Works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Everglades National Park. See Staven's residency work >>
Professor's Film To Be Distributed Internationally
"Bodies," a feature film by Associate Professor Steven Saylor, will be distributed internationally by Shami Media Group of New York through watchindie.com and other digital, media and theatrical platforms. The film, starring Acting Associate Professor Johnnie Hobbs Jr. and Amanda Robles BFA '13 (Acting), has been screened nationally at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC, the Central Florida Film Festival, the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival (Tulsa, Okla.), the Indie Gathering International Film Festival (Cleveland area) and the Walking Fish Theater in Philadelphia.
UArts Libraries Open House & Tours
Come visit the UArts Libraries Open House in the Greenfield Library and Music Library. Snacks and drinks will be provided, there will be button making and an Instagram photo booth in Greenfield, and plenty of free swag. Meet your librarians, learn about library resources and have some fun. Students taking a tour can enter to win one of two $100 Visa gift cards; tour both libraries and enter twice! Tours start on time and take about 20 minutes.
August 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Greenfield Library (Anderson Hall): 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Music Library (Merriam Theater): 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Save the Date: Book Signing Celebration for Susan Rodriguez
The Art + Design Education department invites you to a book launch celebration for The Special Artist's Handbook (Crystal Art Productions) by Adjunct Professor Susan Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a seasoned UArts professor who specializes in special needs, inclusion, multicultural diversity, and museum and elementary education. She is an award-winning educator, author of several books and a practicing artist. RSVP with names of those attending to email@example.com. Light refreshments will be served. More info >>
October 12, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation (NSO) is designed to help incoming students make a smooth transition into college life and to the University of the Arts in particular. NSO teaches practical skills for being a successful college student-artist, offers the opportunity to experience first hand Philadelphia sights and sounds, and allows students to get to know each other and faculty. More info >>
NSO: August 20 – 24
First Day of Classes: August 25
Summer Send-Off Event: Pennsylvania
The Office of Admissions and the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations invite the Class of 2018 and their families to attend a Summer Send-Off event hosted by UArts Trustee Tom Miles BFA '75 (Sculpture) at his home in Philadelphia*. This event is free for one student and up to three other family members, but pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be served. More info >>
August 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
* Address will be given when you RSVP.
UArts alumni from the West Coast and those attending the SIGGRAPH/ACM Conference and Exhibition are invited to join us to reconnect with Animation, Film, Photo, Multimedia and other UArts alumni, faculty and friends. Alumnus Frank Patterson BFA '13 (Animation) and faculty members Lowell Boston (Animation) and Harris Fogel (Photography) will be in Booth #504 and can arrange for complimentary Exhibition passes. If you would like to meet up for complimentary drinks and appetizers during the conference or if you would like an Exhibition pass, please e-mail Harris Fogel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 10 – 14
Vancouver Convention Centre
Class of 2018 Parents Reception
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations invites the parents of students in the Class of 2018 to a reception during New Student Orientation. Meet and mingle with other parents, alumni and University administrators while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and desserts. This event is complimentary. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at email@example.com.
August 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
237 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
CAMD Pop-Up Exhibition
The College of Art, Media & Design presents a pop-up exhibition of works on view at the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets in the former Robinson Luggage storefront. The large windows in that space have now been filled with colorful artwork from CAMD students, staff, faculty and alumni. More info >>
Through August 15
Robinson Luggage Storefront
Broad and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia
An homage to the first Dieter Roth exhibition in the United States 50 years ago at Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). The polymathic artist Dieter Roth (1930 – 1998) was a master of many genres and was one of the most influential models in late 20th-century art. More info >>
Exhibition: August 25 – October 8
Opening Reception: September 11, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Continuing Education Exhibition
Featuring the work of Susan Laurie: Digital Photography Capstone. Sponsored by the Division of Continuing Studies. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the reception. For more information, call 215-717-6006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibition: August 12 – September 18
Reception: August 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m
Photography exhibit curated by Laura Moya and Laura Valenti Jelen.
August 22 – September 19
Kristine Strawser MFA ’12: Intrusive Thoughts
When faculty member/alum Kris Strawser MFA ’12 (Studio Art) is making what she considers higher-minded artwork, other primitive tendencies find her again and gnaw their way through layers of better intentions. Her higher self uses materials that are often ready made, a bit more elegant, loaded with metaphor she hears like a dog whistle. More info >>
Through September 12
Gallery 1401 (Terra Hall, 14th floor)
Concurrence: Keith Sharp '90, MAT '91
Photography exhibit by UArts alum Keith Sharp BFA '90 (Photography), MAT '91 (Visual Arts).
August 22 – September 19
Gallery 224 (Anderson Hall, 2nd floor)
Pedestrian Relics: Nathan Goddard '14 & Jeremy Siedt '14
MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition featuring work by Nathan Goddard MFA '14 (Studio Art) and Jeremy Siedt MFA '14 (Studio Art). More info >>
Through August 29