Sights and Sounds Fall 2015 College of Fine Arts and Communication Newsletter
News from Lamar University's College of Fine Arts & Communication

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
Executive Assistant

Upcoming Events

Scott Deppe directs the Wind Ensemble

Oct. 27

LU Faculty Brass Quintet and Omni Brass Halloween Spectacular Concert
7:30 p.m., Rothwell Recital Hall

Oct. 29 - Nov. 1
Mrs. Warren's Profession
By George Bernard Shaw
Studio Theatre

Nov. 6
Eliot Dudik: Broken Land | Still Lives
Exhibition Closes
Dishman Art Museum

Nov. 13 - 15
An Evening of Musical Theatre
and Operetta

Rothwell Recital Hall

Nov. 13 - 15
Fall & Recovery: Fall Dance Concert
Nov. 13 - 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
University Theatre

Nov. 15
Grand Chorus performs with Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society
3 p.m., First United Methodist Church

Nov. 17
Lamar Civic Orchestra
7:30 p.m., University Theatre

Nov. 19
Cardinal Jazz Singers
7:30 p.m., Rothwell Recital Hall

Nov. 20 
LU Brass Choir and Grand Organ
Featuring Paul Holliday, organ, and Abigail Dueppen, soprano
7:30 p.m., St. Anthony's Cathedral Basilica

Nov. 20
Guest Artist Recital:
Lina Morita, piano

7:30 p.m., Rothwell Recital Hall

Nov. 24
Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
7:30 p.m., Nederland High School

Nov. 29
A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus
Selections from Handel’s Messiah
4 p.m., St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica

News by Department

Keith Carter and Prince Thomas

Click on the links below to explore more news from CoFAC faculty, staff, students, and alumni:



Deaf Studies & Deaf Education


Speech & Hearing Sciences

Theatre & Dance

New Faculty

We are proud to welcome the following full-time faculty to Lamar University:

Stephanie Chadwick
Assistant Professor of Art History

Joana Hyatt

Assistant Professor of Art Education

Natacha Poggio

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Jian “Raymond” Rui
Assistant Professor of Social Media and Communication

Mahmoud Salimi
Assistant Professor of Directing and Film Production

Deaf Studies & Deaf Education
M. Diane Clark
Department Chair/Professor

Matthew Holm
Instructor of Percussion

Speech & Hearing Sciences
Jamie Hartwell
Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

Theatre & Dance
Travis Prokop
Assistant Professor of Dance

The John Alexander Painting Studio Dedicated

John Alexander, Derina Holtzhausen, Ken Evans 

The Department of Art at Lamar University honored internationally celebrated artist and LU alum John Alexander (’68) with a naming and dedication of the John Alexander Painting Studio on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Building.

A Beaumont native, Alexander, pictured above with Dean Holtzhausen and President Kenneth Evans, received an art degree from LU and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. A recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships, his work is included in the permanent collections of leading museums around the nation. Read full article.

Communication receives large grant to update equipment

Mahmoud Salimi, assistant professor of film and productio

LU broadcasting and film students in the Department of Communication will be able to take advantage of a $263,219 grant from the city of Beaumont that provides a professional, hands-on approach to help prepare them for the job market. Read full article.

New faculty books published
How to Speak Art by Julia FischerIn August, Julia Fischer, assistant professor of art history, published an art appreciation textbook through Cognella Press. Written for those new to art and art history, How to Speak Art: Understanding Its Language, Issues, and Themes uses thematic organization to explore works of art from prehistoric cave paintings to modern artists such as Christo. The book provides definitions of “art” and “artist,” explains the role of the art historian, and addresses common themes in the visual arts. 

Reviving Haydn by Bryan ProkschReviving Haydn: New Appreciations in the Twentieth Century, by Bryan Proksch, assistant professor of music literature and musicology, examines both the decline and the subsequent resurgence of Haydn's reputation in an effort to better understand the forces that shape critical reception on a broad scale. The book was published in October 2015 by the University of Rochester Press.
Retired Dean Russ Schultz honored with two major awards

A new fund honoring Russ Schultz’s leadership as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication has been established through the Lamar University Foundation. Alumna Sandra Clark established the Dr. Russ A. Schultz Innovation Fund in Fine Arts, which will support the areas of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. It will allow funding for scholarships, professional development activities and new programs, or enhancement of existing programs. Schultz retired as dean of the college in May after serving at LU for 16 years.  Read full article.

Russ and Susan Schultz

The Lamar University Foundation has also established a new scholarship in honor of Russ and Susan Schultz endowed by their daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Jennifer S. and Omar Hernandez. The Dr. Russ and Susan Schultz Scholarship in Music will benefit students in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Read full article.

Deaf Studies leads thought-provoking Cardinal Conversations session

 DSDE presents at Cardinal Conversations 

Members of the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education presented at Cardinal Conversations in September 2015, a special series created by First Lady of Lamar University Nancy Evans and filmed at the president's house. ChongMin Lee, assistant professor; Jean Andrews, distinguished professor emerita; and Jesse Doiron, instructor of English, presented a talk titled, A Word With You? Language, Thinking and Culture. Attended by 30 faculty and students, the interdisciplinary event included a lively Q & A from the audience. Read full article.

Dishman Art Museum exhibition explores Civil War themes

Eliot Dudik, Kocks Plantation, Louisiana

The Dishman Art Museum is currently exhibiting large-scale photographs by Eliot Dudik from two recent series, “Broken Land” and “Still Lives.” “Broken Land” offers a series of color landscape photographs of Civil War battlefields in various seasons, while “Still Lives” is a collection of portraits of modern Civil War re-enactors. The exhibition will run through Nov. 6. Read full article.

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