First Ever CSD Study Abroad in Wales

Cassie Henry and Jamie Monier exploring Wales during their time off

Cassie Henry and Jamie Monier exploring Wales during their time off

Summer 2012 was the first year of a study abroad program for graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Jamie Monier and Cassie Henry were the first students to experience a summer studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Cardiff, Wales. Through their clinical practicum experiences in hospitals, schools, and clinics they learned the differences in health care delivery between the U.S. and U.K.

As part of the international exchange, two students from Wales spent the summer studying at WIU which allowed our faculty and students to learn about the field of speech-language pathology from a different cultural perspective.

The department is currently taking applications for the Summer 2013 program and we are looking forward to many years of continued collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Thanks to Maureen Marx and Ellen Ehgrott at WIU and Sarah Patten at CMU for making this study abroad experience such a great success.

University Dance Theatre Has Been Busy

In September, 7 UDT members and one faculty–Anna Themanson, Tempestt Williams, Melissa Johnson, Katherine Hallmon, Kimmi Nott, Tori Breedlove, Kelly Jilek, Kimberly Volk and Professor Candace Winters-March–participated in the McDonough County Alzheimer’s Walk. University Dance Theatre raised nearly $1,300.00 for the cause.

UDT Dance Clinic participants fall 2012

UDT Dance Clinic participants fall 2012

In October, UDT sponsored it’s biannual Community Dance Clinic, for local/regional school aged children. The clinic is a themed, three-hour, community service event that teaches dance and choreography to children. At the end of the clinic, children share what they have learned in a culminating performance for family members and friends.

The proceeds from the clinic registration function as a fundraiser for UDT enabling further UDT education via participation at dance festivals and workshops. The clinic usually enrolls approximately 35-40 children but this year it enrolled a record breaking 69 students!

Don’t miss the University Dance Theatre Faculty DanceWorks Concert is coming up on Thursday thru Saturday, November 29 to December 1 at 7:30 PM in Hainline Theatre.

Kyle Mottsinger as Lionel in Fancy Nancy

Last month we reported that Kyle Motsinger, BFA 2009, had made his New York City debut.  The show is FANCY NANCY THE MUSICAL, produced by Vital Theatre Company, winner of the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show.

This month we have some pics of Kyle in his role as Lionel.

From the New York Times Review

Ms. DiLallo has cleverly incorporated characters who are in the series but not the “Mermaid Ballet” book: Lionel (Kyle Motsinger) adds boyish high jinks….Here the scene stealer is Lionel as a hip-hop shark, doing a hilarious rap.

Way to go Kyle!

Kyle Mottsinger, WIU BFA Musical Theatre 2009, in Fance Nancy the Musical.

Kyle Mottsinger, WIU BFA Musical Theatre 2009, as Lionel in Fancy Nancy the Musical.

Kyle Mottsinger, WIU BFA Musical Theatre 2009, as Lionel in Fance Nancy the Musical.

Kyle Mottsinger, WIU BFA Musical Theatre 2009, as Lionel in Fancy Nancy the Musical.

COFAC Homecoming 2012

Homecoming 2012.  Doug Adair, BA Communication 1976, Emily Morrell, art student, and Susan Czechowski, Professor, WIU Art Department.

Homecoming 2012. Doug Adair, BA Communication 1976, Emily Morrell, senior art education major, and Susan Czechowski, Professor, WIU Art Department.

There were lots of fans of Susan Czechowski’s “Homecoming Fans.” Art Department Professor, Susan Czechowski, screened over 200 fans as Homecoming gifts during the Right Place Tent event for Homecoming 2012. They were a very popular take home. It was a gorgeous day and the “Homecoming Fans” worked well as WIU fan “fans” during the game.

Oursler’s Sculpture is Macomb Public Art

From University Relations:

Henry Charles "Duke" Ousler, Assistant Professor, WIU Art Department

MACOMB, IL – When Western Illinois University Assistant Professor Duke Oursler was commissioned to create a sculpture for green space on Macomb’s West Jackson Street, he looked to the “character of the community” for inspiration.

The result of Oursler’s work is the new sculpture in the Rotary Clubs’ green space, a tribute to Macomb’s heritage as a train community and to hard work.

“Being new to Macomb, everyone talks about the train and Macomb’s history as a railroad town,” Oursler said. “The railroad itself is a conduit to America; it’s a way we stay connected. I wanted to develop a concept for the sculpture so the railroad was recognizable.”

The main motivation for the piece came from photographs Oursler saw of an American Class steam engine.

“It just seemed to fit Macomb really well,” he said. “It was about the heart of America and a hard working group of people.”

Read more.

Lindquist Presents at Manuscripta

Sherry Lindquist, Assistant Professor of Art History

Sherry Lindquist, Assistant Professor of Art History

Sherry Lindquist, Assistant Professor Art History, presented Ineffable Flesh: Artistic Imagination and Ethereal Beings in Medieval Manuscripts at Manuscripta, the 39th Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies.  The paper was presented in “The Art and Science of the Body” session organized by Ruth Evans.

Rathje’s Show Moves to Iowa

From The Poetry of Form by Terry Rathje and Monica Correia

From The Poetry of Form by Terry Rathje and Monica Correia

WIU Art Department Assistant Professor Terry Rathje and Monica Correia’s installation The Poetry of Form from the Michigan exhibition at the Krasl Art Center has been transported to Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Several other pieces have been added for the Iowa exhibition.

Monica Correia and Terry Rathje’s exhibition explores the kind of organic geometry that connects the strange idiosyncrasies of nature with the mathematical beauty of geometry.

Playing with the idea that the identity of many organic objects is dependent on scale, Monica and Terry’s computer-designed objects fall into three categories: small, medium and large. A particular form may be a vessel at one size, a sculpture at another, and a structure or architecture at another. Imagine a Frank Gehry building sitting on the top of a table or a nautilus shell the size of a stadium. Monica and Terry’s smaller vessels are created with a 3D printer; the intermediate pieces are furniture or sculptural objects, and the big pieces are structures that you can enter. At one point all of the pieces were computer files, and about half were built by hand (the other half were cut or built by CNC machines), using the digital models as the method for realizing and troubleshooting them.

Monica Correia was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has a degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Architecture, and an MFA in 3D Design from the University of Iowa. She has worked as a project manager for Flaksman, Pini & Vergara Architecture and Art, Ltd. in Rio de Janeiro, and is now head of the 3D Design area at the University of Iowa.

Terry Rathje was born in Eastern Iowa, has a degree in Art & Computer Graphics from Marycrest International University in Davenport, IA, and an MFA in 3D Design from the University of Iowa. He has been an artist, graphic designer, welder, and craftsman, and now teaches Graphic Design at Western Illinois University.

Ophidian--from the top--Terry Rathje and Monica Correia

Ophidian--from the top--by Terry Rathje and Monica Correria

Ophidian by Terry Rathje and Monica Correria

Ophidian by Terry Rathje and Monica Correria

Personal Portable Museum, Terry Rathje and Monica Correria

Personal Portable Museum by Terry Rathje and Monica Correria

MFA Student Terrell Receives Travel Grant

Emily Terrell, seated second from right, with cast mates and the director of When You Comin' Back Red Ryder?

Emily Terrell, seated second from right, with cast mates and the director of the WIU Studio production of When You Comin' Back Red Ryder?

Emily Terrell, a graduate student in the MFA in Acting program at WIU, has been awarded a travel grant from the WIU Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund.

With support from the grant, Ms. Terrell will travel to California to conduct interviews with persons working on the Mary Zimmerman production of THE WHITE SNAKE. This research is part of her exploration of semiotic analysis in the work of stage director Zimmerman.

Emily will follow up this research trip with further examination of the Zimmerman production of JUNGLE BOOK, now in development at the Goodman theatre in Chicago.

Emily has also been informed recently that she has been appointed as a Senior Fellow to the WIU Presidents Institute, a student think tank at Western Illinois University.

This think tank is run by students and supervised by a board of faculty and staff.  The Institute is housed in the Centennial Honors College at Western Illinois University.

Congratulations on all counts to Emily!!

Alum Wilkinson Shows at Bradbury Gallery

Melissa Wilkinson, WIU BFA Art 2002

Melissa Wilkinson, WIU BFA Art 2002

Department of Art BFA 2002 Alum Melissa Wilkinson has just closed a show at the Bradbury Gallery in Jonesboro, AR.

Melissa Wilkinson: Gentlemen Wear Black is available as a great video on YouTube for everyone who was unable to see the show live.

Melissa Wilkinson, WIU BFA Art 2002

By Melissa Wilkinson, WIU BFA Art 2002

Lauer Presents Thompson Professor Lecture

Ilon Lauer, Associate Professor, Communication

Ilon Lauer, Associate Professor, Communication

Dr. Ilon Lauer, Department of Communication, presented the Western Illinois University Twentieth Annual Wayne N. Thompson Professor Lecture Rhetoric as Food for Thought in October 2012.

Congratulations to Dr. Lauer.