Dean's Corner - Spring 2013






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 a March 8 performance at Carnegie Hall, and a performance of Verdi's Messa di Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra by the chorale in early April. And the Symphony Orchestra has been invited to record the soundtrack for an upcoming PBS special. The Cali School is also hosting a conference, "Giving Voice To Democracy in Music Education," from June 20-22. Keeping pace with our musicians, dance majors in the Department of Theatre and Dance recently performed at the American College Dance Festival (ACDF) where two of their pieces were selected for inclusion in the closing night gala performance, while our musical theatre students

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 [to come] 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,
Daniel Gurskis