Dean's Corner Fall 2011

Welcome to Our Fall 2011 e-Newsletter

Greetings, Friends!

Exhilaration is in the air as we move through the fall semester in the College of the Arts.  Students are stretching themselves in ways they’ve never imagined . . . visitors are applauding our campus productions.  Whether you are a student, an alumnus, patron or colleague, we hope you too are being creatively enriched!

With no dust under our feet, the College of the Arts is moving fast with many new initiatives, debuts and “firsts.”

This fall we launched a new baccalaureate Studio Teaching Concentration in Dance Education. The new concentration is the only one of its kind in New Jersey and aims to meet the growing demand among dance students for training to teach in and/or operate a dance studio.

Many new faces have joined our College community.  Dr. Robert Cart is the new director of the John J. Cali School of Music and Kenneth Lam joins us as the director of orchestral studies (read the full article about them.)   The College also welcomes Dick Hinchliffe as a first professional manager to run our campus radio station WMSC-FM, as well as leading video/news producer Steve McCarthy, who is opening new doors for our broadcasting majors. Joining us also is Dr. Joel Penney who’s teaching Communication Theory and developing new courses that benefit from his expertise with the technology that is changing our lives.

These are just a few of our new faculty and staff members who are adding value to our College and programs.

In this issue, we highlight the College’s commitment to creative research and inter-disciplinarity.  Read about the forward-thinking endeavors of our faculty and the creative collaborations of our students. The College’s Creative Research Center (CRC) has been busy since it was launched in the spring of 2010, co-sponsoring, last April, our first-ever College of the Arts’ Faculty Research Symposium and, more recently, a symposium for the 9/11 anniversary.  

Meanwhile, the College also was a first-time participant in the University’s Student Research Symposium, held last spring, with our students winning awards for their projects.

This is just a sampling of recent happenings in the College of the Arts. Be sure to look at our “Departments On the Move” sections where you can find news about your favorite professors and alumni making names for themselves - plus new developments in all of our programs. Then don’t miss the unique offerings of Peak Performances and stimulating George Segal GalleryArt Forum and Film Forum events. All this and more is made possible only because of the support of our friends, donors, and patrons.

My very best wishes to one and all,

Dr. Geoffrey W. Newman

Dean, College of the Arts