Awards and Highlights - November 2015

College of Communication and Fine Arts

News Central 34 Morning Show debuts in October

News Central 34, the award-winning news broadcast station within MHTV and the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts curriculum, debuted a live morning show in October. The show runs at 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Fangye Sun receives $8,000 research grant

School of Music faculty Fangye Sun received an $8,000 CMU Faculty Research and Creative Endeavors Research Grant C for her CD project, Chinese Images. She also performed at Michigan State University and Florida State University.

Jay Batzner’s music performed at 2015 College Music Society

School of Music faculty Jay Batzner’s “Let’s Keep it That Way” and “Suft Songs” were performed by percussion students at the 2015 College Music Society national conference in Indianapolis.

Bruce Bonnell performs with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra

School of Music faculty Bruce Bonnell performed as principal horn with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra during the subscription concert at the Temple Theater in Saginaw.

Keith Clifton serves on panel at 2015 College Music Society

School of Music faculty and College Music Society Great Lakes region president Keith Clifton served on a panel with all chapter presidents on the topic of sustainability at the 2015 College Music Society national conference in Indianapolis. He also gave a talk titled “Music Major Status Not Required: Challenges and Rewards in the Open Graduate Seminar.”

David Gillingham invited to International Wind Ensemble Festival

School of Music faculty David Gillingham has been invited to Jeje, South Korea, for the International Wind Ensemble Festival next August. He will be conducting a concert of his music with the Republic of Korea Naval Band.

Scott Harding performs with the Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble

School of Music faculty Scott Harding performed “Legends of Mackinac” with the Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble at Alma College and Albion College.

Alexandra Mascolo-David performs at Art Reach of Mid Michigan

School of Music faculty Alexandra Mascolo-David performed as the featured guest pianist for the Wellspring Literary Series at Art Reach of Mid Michigan. She also presented a lecture-recital at the 2015 College Music Society national conference in Indianapolis.

Latoya Lain performs at the American Church in Paris

School of Music faculty Latoya Lain performed arrangements of “Negro Spirituals” in collaboration with Paris Opera head vocal coach Morgane Fauchois at the American Church in Paris.

Andrew Spencer presents percussion studio recital, performs multiple concerts

School of Music faculty Andrew Spencer presented a percussion studio recital and performed School of Music faculty Jay Batzner’s “All Our Broken Instruments” at Arizona State University. He also performed at San Jose State University, the University of Northern Colorado and Central Washington University.

Tracy Watson presents her recital for the Music on the Hill series

School of Music faculty Tracy Watson presented her recital, “An Autumn Journey from Schubert to Gershwin,” for the Music on the Hill series in Marysville, Ohio.

Kennen White performs with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra

School of Music faculty Kennen White played Eb clarinet with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinet with the Saginaw Bay Orchestra.

Mitra Darakhshandeh receives third place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition

School of Music student Mitra Darakhshandeh received third place in the Upper College Women’s Studio division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition at Calvin College.

Miranda Ginop receives honorable mention at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition

School of Music student Miranda Ginop received honorable mention in the Upper College Women’s Studio division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition at Calvin College.

Kayla Green receives 2015 National Instrument scholarship

School of Music student Kayla Green was a recipient of the 2015 National Instrument scholarship from the Virtu Foundation.

Nathan Kistler receives second place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition

School of Music student Nathan Kistler received second place in the Upper College Men’s Studio division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition at Calvin College.

Rebecca McCauley receives honorable mention at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition

School of Music student Rebecca McCauley received honorable mention in the Upper College Women’s Studio division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition at Calvin College.

Stephan Wilson receives second place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition

School of Music student Stephan Wilson received first place in the Lower College Music Theatre men’s division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition at Calvin College.

Alexandria Midcalf selected as a violin finalist

School of Music student Alexandria Midcalf was selected as a violin finalist at the 2015 Paris Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso international music competition.

Brian Nowak performs with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra

School of Music student Brian Nowak performed as assistant principal horn with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra at Temple Theater.

Bingquing Xia receives position with the Midland Symphony Orchestra

School of Music student Bingquing Xia was offered a substitute section violin position with the Midland Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Poindexter presents at the Human Rights, Literature, the Arts and Social Sciences International Conference

School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty Mark Poindexter presented “Talk Radio in a Multiethnic Society: Radio FreeDom in the French Overseas Department of Reunion” at the Human Rights, Literature, the Arts and Social Sciences International Conference in Mount Pleasant.

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

John Robertson’s book, “Iraq: A History,” was recommended as a History Today Book of the Year

History faculty John Robertson’s book, “Iraq: A History,” was recommended in the December 2015 issue of History Today magazine as a 2015 Book of the Year by Eleanor Robson, a professor of ancient Middle Eastern history at University College London.

College of Science and Technology

Tashin Iftekhar receives grant from Office of Research and Graduate Services

Engineering graduate student Tashin Iftekhar received an $800 grant from the Office of Research and Graduate Services for his research, titled “Sweat rate sensor.” The project focuses on developing a watch-sized sweat rate measurement system.

University News

University Communications wins 3 CASE V awards

University Communications has won three CASE V awards, competing against universities from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Two of the awards are related to the Put Your Stamp on the World campaign. The third is for the university’s faculty/staff e-newsletter, Our CMU.

Dan and Jennifer Digmann inducted into National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame

University Communications Assistant Director of Creative Services/Editing Dan Digmann and his wife, Jennifer Digmann, were inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame for their advocacy efforts. The Digmann’s both have multiple sclerosis and frequently speak about their experiences at conferences across the country.

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