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News from Lamar University's College of Fine Arts & Communication                     Spring 2016

Office of the Dean

College of Fine Arts & Communication
Lamar University
P.O. Box 10077
Beaumont, TX 77710

Dean Derina Holzhausen

Derina R. Holtzhausen
Dean and Professor

Sharon Forret
Marketing Specialist

Tammy Hebert
Business Coordinator

Karen Kessinger
Executive Assistant

Jeff Simmons
Academic Computing Specialist

Upcoming Events

Eric Diaz performing in the Faculty Brass Quintet

April 11
Speech and Hearing Sciences Speaker: Brooke Hallowell,
Ohio University

Global Perspectives in aging, communication disorders, and access to care in underserved regions
1 p.m., Library 702

April 12
Percussion Ensemble Concert
7:30 p.m., Rothwell Recital Hall

April 15
Guest Artist Piano Recital
with Richard Fountain,
Wayland Baptist University
7:30 p.m., Rothwell Recital Hall

April 15
SPHS Speaker: Kim-Loan Luu,
Speech Pathologist, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Cleft-Related Speech and Resonance
11 a.m., SPHS Building 170

April 16
Symphony of Southeast Texas
 and LU choirs

7:30 p.m., Julie Rogers Theatre

April 22
Speaker: Ross Roeser,
UT Dallas
Scientific truth in audiology: the process.
10 a.m., SPHS Building 170

Cactus Crew Sculpture - link to visiting sculpture artist details

April 22
Visiting Sculpture Artist
Lecture and Demo

Robbie Barber, Baylor University
Patina Demo: 3:30 p.m., Art 106
Lecture: 5:30 p.m., Dishman

April 22 - 24
Lamar Opera Theatre
Die Fledermaus

By Johann Strauss
Rothwell Recital Hall

April 25
United States Air Force
Airmen of Note Concert

Sponsored by the
Mary Morgan Moore
Department of Music
 and the City of Beaumont
7 p.m., Julie Rogers Theatre

April 25
Ensemble and Concert Band
7:30 p.m., Silsbee High School Auditorium

April 28
Cardinal Jazz Singers Concert
7:30 p.m., Rothwell Recital Hall

Dancers performing in LU's spring dance concert

April 29 - May 1
Dance Unleashed
Spring Dance Concert
University Theatre

April 29 - May 22
Fragmented Perspectives
Student Thesis Exhibition
Opening Reception:
April 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dishman Art Museum

April 29
Voice Faculty Recital
Abigail Dueppen, Soprano
7:30 p.m., Rothwell Recital Hall

April 30
Day of Percussion
Simmons Music Building

May 1
Love U Concert
with the
A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus
4 p.m., Dishman Art Museum

May 2
Industrial Carillion Concert
7:30 p.m., Mobil Oil
Federal Credit Union

June 3 - July 31
Export: Graphic Design Made in Southeast Texas
Dishman Art Museum
Opening Reception:
June 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Guest Curator:
Sherry Saunders Freyermuth

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LU students cheering the drumline win at PASIC

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Spring 2016

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Deaf Studies and Deaf Education department members create ASL video tours for local museums

DSDE team at Spindletop Museum after filming accessible tours.

Growing up in Beaumont in the 1960s as the daughter of Deaf parents, Kim Hunt witnessed firsthand the lack of access to communication as they visited public places and events. It became her dream to make museums and events accessible for Deaf residents and visitors to her hometown.

To turn this dream into a reality, Hunt, now a nationally certified interpreter of American Sign Language, partnered with Cain Chiasson, an instructor and doctoral candidate in the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University, to found Virtual QR Tours. The mission of this research project is to establish ASL tours in museums throughout the state of Texas and beyond. 
Read more.

Dept. of Communication faculty, alumni and students collaborate on film 

Wyatt Cagle, director; Gordon Williams, writer; Kenneth Dupuis, director. Photo by Johnny Lively.

Three graduates of the Department of Communication recently premiered their short film project, “The Example,” a fictional account of historic race riots in Beaumont at the Jefferson Theatre. Helming the project were writer Gordon Williams, studio operations manager for LUTV; director Wyatt Cagle; and producer Kenneth Dupuis. (Watch them introduce their project in the video below.)

“Production for the film happened in summer of 2015, and it was a great opportunity for LU students to get some hands-on work experience with Department of Communication staff, faculty, alumni and other experienced professionals on set,” said Williams. Read more.

Gordon Williams and team discussing The Example - YouTube link

Dean Holzthausen named 2016 frank scholar
Frank conference logo

Derina Holtzhausen, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, was a chair and invited speaker at the 2016 frank academic conference focused on public interest communications. Hosted by the University of Florida in February, frank is considered the foremost gathering of people who use strategic communications to drive social change.

The frank conference brings together top researchers from various academic disciplines to collaboratively cultivate research that ignites lasting behavioral, institutional and social change. Public interest communications is the development and implementation of science-based, planned strategic communication campaigns with the main goal of achieving significant and sustained positive behavioral change on a public interest issue that transcends the particular interests of any single organization.

A communications scholar, Holtzhausen’s work explores the intersections of postmodern theory and public relations. She has won numerous awards, grants and scholarships for her research, including a 2012 National Communication Association award for her book Public Relations as Activism: Postmodern Approaches to Theory and Practice.

Drumline and Percussion Ensemble win prestigious world championships 

LU Drumline performing at PASIC

Lamar University's Drumline and Percussion Ensemble both took first place at the annual Percussive Arts Society's International Competition, Nov. 11 - 14, 2015, in San Antonio. Winning first place at the Percussive Arts Society is among the highest honors a collegiate percussion ensemble can receive. The awards establish LU’s percussion program as one of the finest in the world. (Be sure to watch the Drumline's incredible performance in the video below.)

“We are extremely proud of these ensembles,” said Kurt Gilman, chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. “They just keep getting better and better, and they really are putting us on the map.”

Travis Fife, director of marching percussion, and Matt Holm, instructor of percussion, conduct the ensembles. Read more.

Drumline video link

Outdoor artwork by Prince Thomas permanently exhibited in Houston

Family Portraits by Prince Thomas

The city of Houston recently installed a billboard-sized work of art by Prince Varughese Thomas, associate professor in Lamar University's Department of Art. Located on Jackson Street near Minute Maid Park, “Family Portraits” is a permanent installation commissioned by the Houston Art Alliance.
Prince Thomas

“I was thrilled to be selected to have my work displayed for the public,” said Thomas. “As an artist, that is our primary goal: to get our work to the public. The location is just perfect for high pedestrian traffic, especially during the Major League Baseball season.”

Thomas created “Family Portraits” to reveal different bits of information from various viewing distances. From far away, viewers see a picture of the family from the television show “Father Knows Best,” which represents the traditional American family of the past. As the viewer walks closer to the artwork, the picture, which is composed of large half-tone dots, “disintegrates” into basic circles. Read more.

Russ Schultz receives dean emeritus status

Dr. Russ SchultzLamar University has conferred dean emeritus status upon Russ Schultz, retired dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired members of the faculty and administration who have given faithful and distinguished service to the university for ten or more years.

“It was an honor to present Russ with the news that he’d been awarded dean emeritus status,” said Kurt Gilman, chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, who announced the news at the recent Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio. “His dedicated leadership of the College of Fine Arts and Communication for so many years more than warranted this prestigious distinction. I gained so much from his vast experience in music mentoring over the many years that we worked together. I cannot thank him enough." Read more.

LU celebrates Shakespeare's 400th anniversary with Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet rehearsal at LU 

The Department of Theatre & Dance performed William Shakespeare's beautifully tragic tale of love at first sight, “Romeo and Juliet,” April 7 - 10, to sold out crowds in the Studio Theatre. The production, headed by guest director Rutherford Cravens of Houston's Main Street Theatre, was timed to coincide with the worldwide celebrations commemorating the legacy of Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death in April 1616. Read more...

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