Greetings Students, Colleagues and Friends!
This Spring semester in the College of the Arts is filled with accomplishment, marked by students appearing in important venues, alumni making names for themselves, and industry leaders showing them the way.
Students at the John J. Cali School of Music are performing at some great locations including Carnegie Hall with the Shanghai Quartet, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, and at the Montclair Art Museum closer to home. Keeping pace with our musicians, dance majors in the Department of Theatre and Dance recently performed at the Joyce Theatre with Martha Graham’s company, while actors Evan Ruggiero and alumnus Kevin Carolan made us proud with their appearances on American Idol and in the Broadway hit Newsies, respectively.
The Department of Art and Design's speakers series, Art Forum/Art Talks, continues to provide a steady stream of art world professionals, too many to list. Artists such as editorial cartoonist Jimmy Margulies and performance/installation artist Ann Hamilton are fostering invaluable discussions and mind-stretching experiences among students.
Meanwhile, the School of Communication and Media (SCM) just launched its Colloquium Series with inaugural speaker John Del Cecato (media consultant to President Obama) and, more recently, PBS President Paula Kerger who engaged in a fireside chat with school director Merrill Brown.
Be sure to read about SCM’s new Center for Cooperative Media – a multiplatform hub creating unprecedented news collaborations among the region’s top media organizations as well as unparalleled internship, mentoring and special project opportunities for our students.
Whether you are an enrolled-student, an alumnus/a or member of our greater-community, please know that there are many events to partake of on campus. I hope you will catch the remaining days of the Israel Bernbaum exhibition at the George Segal Gallery, a Film Forum talk or Peak Performances opportunity in April or May.
. . . and lastly, please consider attending our Evening for the Arts at Kasser Theater on April 11, where I invite you to get up close, support our students and experience some exclusive highlights of the College of the Arts.
With all best wishes,