COFAC Welcomes and Celebrates
The 2011-12 school year has begun, and as usual, is in warp speed already. To celebrate the beginning of a new year, COFAC welcomes it’s faculty and staff back with a reception every fall. And we did that on Tuesday, September 13. It’s a perfect opportunity for COFAC to recognize the College Award winners which were selected in the spring and who are now in competition with other faculty from other colleges for the Provost’s awards.
This fall COFAC recognized four talented faculty members: Sam Edsall, Professor, Broadcasting, with the COFAC Teaching with Technology Award; William ‘Buzz’ Hoon, Associate Professor, Broadcasting and Interim Chair, with the COFAC Outstanding Teacher Award; Rick Kurasz, Associate Professor School of Music, with the COFAC Outstanding Creative Activity Award; and Kathleen ‘Kat’ Myers, Professor, Art, with the COFAC Outstanding Service Award.
This year, for the first time, the Performing Arts Society Academic Support Program grant recipients were also recognized. Matt Blankenship, PAS President, and Associate Professor, Psychology, introduced the grant recipients.
- Virginia Broffitt, Assistant Professor, School of Music, received a grant for the Calliendo Barcelona Duo. The flute and guitar duo presented masterclasses, individual instruction and a guest artist performance featuring world music on their instruments. Matthew Allison, Instructor, School of Music, hosted the duo and facilitated the grant as Broffitt is no longer at Western. See more.
- Randall Faust, Professor, School of Music, received a grant for Summer Chamber Music/ Reykjavik & Camerata Woodwind Quintets. The visiting Icelandic musicians performed in the Summer Chamber Music concert with the Camerata Woodwind Quintet; and they taught in the Summer Music Camp, Summer Music Teaching Seminars and the Graduate Music Program.
- Ta-Teh Ku, Assistant Professor, Art, received a grant for a Community Art Program. The grant will provide WIU Art Education students who will work with school age art students enrolled in a class at the West-Central Illinois Arts Center. The purpose of this program is to give grade school children high quality art instruction. The program also benefits WIU art education majors who will receive in-the-field training as art educators.
- Barbara Seifert, Graduate Assistant, Theatre; Jeannie Woods, Professor, Theatre & Dance: and DC Wright, Associate Professor, Theatre & Dance, received a grant for a 10-Week Artist Residency for Antonio Fava. Mr. Fava specializes in commedia dell’arte, a 16th century form of improvisational acting. In his spring semester residency he will direct a commedia showcase, teach a class in his craft and provide one or more lectures which will be open to the public.