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Blue Star Instruments Enhance Music Therapy
IPFW Associate Professor Dr. Nancy Jackson (l.) and Tammy Else of Lutheran Hospital appreciate the wealth of instruments donated by Blue Star.

Blue Star Instruments Enhance Music Therapy

Nancy Jackson, IPFW associate professor of music and director of music therapy will be facilitating a new music therapy practicum program at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Music therapy students enrolled in Practicum III will be placed at Lutheran to complete their clinical training course requirements. The program, which begins in January 2013, will offer an excellent opportunity for IPFW’s music therapy students to gain real-world experience in the application of music therapy.

The collaboration began as a conversation at a 2011 conference, sponsored by Erin’s House for Grieving Children, between Jackson and Tammy Else, child life specialist at Lutheran Children’s Hospital, has found additional support in the form of a donation of musical instruments from Blue Star Connection, which will help Jackson’s students with their work at Lutheran Children’s Hospital.

“The IPFW students who would go to Lutheran would be enrolled in clinical training practice,” said Jackson. “Most likely it would be the most advanced level of practicum they would do before going out to do a full-time internship somewhere. It will provide a really good balance of getting some independent work in while still having close supervision.”

Caroline Johnson of Blue Star, a nonprofit organization that raises money to facilitate music programs for children in need, contacted Else not long after the program had been created. After a second conversation with John Catt, founder of Blue Star, Jackson and Else received a shipment of keyboards, kazoos, guitars, recorders and percussion instruments.

Jackson’s students are currently involved as interns at Park Center, area schools, Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults, as well as long-term patient care facilities throughout the Fort Wayne area.

Alumus Writes for Art in AmericaIPFW Fine Arts alumnus Jason Stopa

IPFW fine arts alumnus Jason Stopa  (’07) is now a freelance arts writer living and working in New York City. Attending IPFW was the first of several steps for Stopa in finding the right path to success in the arts. After earning an A.S. in commercial art and B.F.A. in painting at IPFW, Stopa earned an M.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

“IPFW was a stepping stone for me. And like most schools, it’s what you make of it,” explained Stopa. “It was a good place to study art; they gave me a very traditional set of tools that I could move towards or against later in my studies and career. Part of finding your way is finding what you’re good at and exploring all of the possibilities.”

Stopa has certainly managed to do that. He began writing for The Brooklyn Rail, White Hot Magazine, Whitewall and other arts magazines.  In 2011, Stopa approached Art in America (AiA) and they were interested in his work. He  began writing for the online version of AiA, a quarterly publication offered both online and in print, boasting a readership of more than 65,000. The print version of AiA can found in libraries, bookstores, galleries and museums across the country.

In addition to his writing, he continues to paint in his Brooklyn studio and shows his work two to three times a year. He has been creating a catalogue of his own work and curates shows for several galleries in New York City. Read one of Jason’s most recent articles.

Outstanding Arts Educator
Trentacosti at work during the IPFW Summer String Camp.

Outstanding Arts Educator

Marcy Trentacosti, IPFW adjunct faculty, IPFW Community Arts Academy instructor and Fort Wayne Philharmonic violinist, has received a 2012 Artie Award from the Arts United in Fort Wayne. Artie Awards were presented at the Bravo Celebration on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the Arts United Center.  Nominated by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Trentacosti received the Magaret Ann Keegan Award for Outstanding Arts Educator.

Trentacosti has been a musician in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for the past 36 years and has taught at IPFW and through the IPFW Community Arts Academy for 17 of those years. During that time she has taught violin to hundreds of children throughout our region with individual lessons and her annual IPFW Strings Camp each summer.  Attracting nearly 50 students each year, these young musicians receive one-on-one and group instruction as well as coaching by Philharmonic musicians, all culminating in a concert at the end of the week.

Trentacosti is also the conductor of the Philharmonic Youth Concert Orchestra, a program that she started from scratch in 2010. In the first year, Trentacosti assembled an orchestra of 41 young muscians, doubling the size of their youth symphony program.  In the first year, she also started a chamber music program for the Youth Concert Orchestra musicians in addition to coordinating three joint concerts with the Youth Symphony.

The Artie Awards are designed to honor individuals and organizations that serve as champions for arts and culture in the Greater Fort Wayne area.  Click here for more information about the 2013 Summer String Camp.

Technology Propels Learning

Technology Propels Learning

Mobile technology has opened the fields of music, art and medicine in ways no one could have predicted. Samantha Birk, associate director for instructional technology in the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) believes there is more technology can do for us. “Students are bringing these mobile technologies into the classroom everyday,” said Birk, “And it makes sense that the professors have experience as to use the technologies in meaningful ways.”

Rising from a series of  interdepartmental conversations in 2010 on the use of technology in the classroom, former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs William McKinney issued a call for proposals to professors across the campus. McKinney asked them to suggest ways that mobile devices might be used to transform teaching, learning and/or research.

“The professors are the keepers of the curriculum,” said Birk. “They are looking at course goals, objectives, assignments, underlying skill sets, acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking skills and collaboration. They also are looking at apps that can help them combine all of these things and putting them in combinations that will guide students in using them for those purposes.”   

After a close look at the mobile technology available, it was decided that the iPad was the most mature machine in the field of mobile devices. Funding was secured through an internal grant from IPFW’s Office of Research, Engagement and Sponsored Programs to purchase a number of iPads and the iPad Project was initiated.

Birk oversees project #MobileEDU, affectionately known as the iPad Project, which began in the fall of 2011. Faculty from all disciplines were invited to apply to become part of the iPad Project and the response was extremely positive. The first cohort of participants in the iPad Project included 60 professors from across the campus. As the cohort began sharing ideas and information, professors very quickly began to ask whether their students could benefit by having an iPad to use in the classroom and iPad in the Classroom was launched. Five professors were recommended to teach classes using the iPad in class for the fall of 2012 and five were chosen for the spring of 2013. 

The five professors chosen to teach with the iPad for fall 2012 were Assistant Professor Kirsten Ataoguz, art history; Continuing Lecturer Joyce Lazier, philosophy; Assistant Professor Abe Schwab, philosophy; Associate Professor Alice Merz, education, and Adjunct Faculty Samantha Birk, MCET and interior design.     

Students are encouraged to enroll in one of the exciting upcoming iPad classes for spring 2013. The university will provide an iPad to those students enrolled in these classes.  The iPad must be returned at the end of the semester. The five classes that will be part of iPad in the Classroom for spring are:

  • Psychology PSY-100, taught by Professor Judith Blakemore
  • II Advanced Sculpture FINA-P334,  taught by Professor Dana Goodman
  • Intro to Philosophy PHIL-110, taught by Continuing Lecturer Joyce Lazier
  • Intro to Organic Chemistry 241, taught by Professor Donald Linn
  • Fundamentals of Horticulture HORT 101, taught by Assistant Professor Jordan Marshall

Several other classes for incoming freshmen will require enrolled students to purchase an iPad to use in class. These include classes in English 131 and 233, and Communications 114.

To learn more about a class included in the iPad Project.

Northeast Indiana Diversity Library’s Archive Receives ’s Papers
Larry Life (foreground) conducts a symposium during Edith Stein (2000) with playwright Arthur Giron.

Northeast Indiana Diversity Library’s Archive Receives Larry Life’s Papers 

The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL), is pleased to announce that they have been selected as the repository for a collection of Larry L. Life’s papers focusing on some of the most diverse and controversial productions of the late director’s career.  Life served as the professor of theatre and chair and artistic director of the Department of Theatre, a position he held until his death in February 2007.

NIDL, currently housed on the lower level of IPFW’s Helmke Library, was formed in 1978 and started with two shelves of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) information in the social room of the Open Door Chapel on Leith Street in downtown Fort Wayne.

Created to serve the GLBT community, the goal of NIDL is to preserve and protect materials that embody the history of the GLBT culture, with a focus on regional history.  The papers of Larry Life represent a significant chapter in the regional history of the GLBT community and the NIDL. 

Life directed more than 150 productions at IPFW and acted in over 50, two of which were highly controversial: Bent, a play about the fate of homosexuals in Nazi Germany, and Corpus Christi, a play that featured a Christ-like character who was gay. These two plays garnered national attention and created controversial community reactions and discussions.

Born in Muncie, Indiana, on August 26, 1943, Life earned a B.S. and M.A. in Theatre from Ball State University in 1967 and 1969, respectively.  In the late 1960s he moved to New York City where he worked as an actor and choreographer at a variety of theatres, including the National Theatre and the Round-A-Bout.  He appeared in two feature films; Me Natalie, with Patty Duke, and The Detective, with Frank Sinatra.

Larry began his teaching career at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, and then moved to IPFW in the fall of 1971.  Throughout his tenure at IPFW Life maintained a national profile in the arts and was listed in the Who’s Who in Entertainment in 1991. He was the recipient of numerous professional entertainment and academic awards. 

The first shipment of Life’s papers has arrived and the NIDL is expecting a second shipment soon. The NIDL can be found on the lower level of Helmke Library along with resources supporting gender studies and women’s studies at IPFW.

The work of Robert SchroederNINE

The work of Robert Schroeder, IPFW adjunct faculty of fine arts with specialized expertise in metalsmithing, is currently on exhibit in the Rieveschl Gallery of the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky.  Schroeder’s work is part of a larger exhibit titled NINE. The show runs through December 21, 2012. Check it out.

Known for their warmth and hospitality The Carnegie Galleries have been dedicated to showcasing the best of local and regional artists for more than 30 years. With six galleries and over 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, they boast something for everyone, from cutting-edge contemporary to primitive. Each year the Carnegie Galleries issues a Call to Artists resulting in the selection of up to 30 solo and group shows each year.

 John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center
The Auer Lobby of the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center.

Architectural Design Wins Merit Award

Fort Wayne-based SchenkelShultz Architecture and Brenner Design of Indianapolis have won a merit award for interior design for their design of the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center. The award was given by American Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of an annual design competition. AIA’s panel of judges described the interior of  Rhinehart as elegant simplicity.

The IPFW John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center was designed to serve the university and the community. Visually exciting, the building was created with glass-prismed piano studios, a conference room and lobbies that provide exquisite space for learning and interaction, with panoramic views of the IPFW Arts Plaza and the heart of the campus. It features a 250-seat recital hall, classrooms, studios, administrative offices and a 1,500-seat auditorium.

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Chris Rutkowski, clinical assistant professor of music composition and technology and director of IPFW/Sweetwater music technology program, has been appointed as one of nine editors of the College Music Society (CMS) academic journal, Symposium. CMS is a consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars from all disciplines of music. Symposium provides students and professionals in the field of music with information on conferences, workshops, scholarly articles and reviews. Rutkowski will be editing the music business and industry pages for Symposium, which after 50 years of publication has moved from print to an online format. Visit Symposium.

IPFW’s Department of Visual Communication and Design presented its senior exhibit in the Spectator Lounge at the Fort Wayne Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry Street from November 9-24, 2012. The exhibit entitled Legacy was adjudicated by University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Art, History and Design Andre Murniek. The exhibit winners on opening night Nov. 9 were:

  • Best in Show: Kristen Householder
  • First Place Modeling and Animation: Christopher Aschliman
  • First Pace Imaging and Photography: Amanda Taylor
  • First Place Graphic Design: Emma McCarron
  • Second Place Graphic Design: Alysha Scheidt
  • Third Place Graphic Design: Kezia D’Souza
  • Excellence in Visual Communication and Design: Emma McCarron and Swikar Patel
  • Second Place Imaging and Photography: Swikar Patel
  • Third Place Imaging and Photography: Kat McKay