Dean's Corner - Spring 2015

 

Greetings!

As you read this, our college students are just back on campus following Spring Break and, for 12 Fashion Studies students in the Department of Art and Design, that means reflecting on a fabulous week spent in Paris as part of their elective course.

The School of Communication and Media (SCM) continues The Inequality Project, a school-wide, year-long effort launched last fall, to provide thought-provoking discussions, events, scholarship and creative media projects about the subject of inequality. In December, the School produced, in partnership with the MSU Department of Justice Studies, “Jersey Justice,” to help bring significant public attention to the crisis in our prison system.

This spring, music students in the John J. Cali School of Music gave two very special performances at Carnegie Hall: the MSU Singers in the New York Choral Festival on March 17, and the inaugural MSU Graduate string quartet in their Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Concert Hall on March 14.

Theatre students in the Department of Theatre and Dance are gearing up for The Persians and Hair, while our dance majors are putting the finishing touches on Dance Collage and Danceworks, their annual dance concerts featuring works by Earl Mosley, Sean Curran, Larry Keigwin and José Limón.

Currently on view at the  George Segal Gallery is the lastest in a series of exhibitions showcasing the varied and extensive holdings in the University’s permanent collection that has been nearly 50 years in the making. The exhibit, "The Enchanting Art of Japan," is on display through April 18.

And, since it's the Spring semester, students are actively working on projects related to finals and other culminating projects. Our MFA in Studio Art students are busily gearing up for their final thesis exhibition, which will be taking place at a Lower East Side gallery in June, while our undergraduate seniors prepare for presenting their final projects in the George Segal Gallery on campus.

Whether you’re an enrolled student, an alum, or a member of our local community, you’ve got a host of cultural events to choose from on the Montclair State campus.  I hope to see you at a performance, screening, or exhibition very soon.