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New faculty, staff join College of Arts and Letters

Fall 2014 is well underway and as students begin to find their place at the College of Arts and Letters, so do several new faculty and staff. They will be introduced in more depth in the coming weeks, but to get these profiles started, here is a round up of the new faces that can be seen around campus. Let’s give them a big Bear welcome this week!

 

Art and Design

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Adrienne Boulton-Funke, assistant professor

Adrienne Boulton-Funke completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of British Columbia and is finishing her PhD in Curriculum (Art Education) at UBC. She received the Killam Award for teaching excellence as a graduate teaching assistant. Her research explores contemporary art practices in research and pedagogy through arts-based educational research; she has presented her work nationally and internationally. Boulton-Funke said she wants to help future teachers reimagine curriculum and pedagogy to be able to go beyond the assessment-based learning found in classrooms today. “I hope to develop a methodology of visual inquiry that aims to disrupt our static perceptions of education and through arts-based inquiry and research processes, expand the ways in which we understand and perform curriculum and pedagogy in K-12 art education.”

 

Media, Journalism and Film

Harrison Witt, Assistant Professor

Harrison Witt, assistant professor

Harrison Witt earned a BA in English from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to being an award-winning screenwriter and director, Witt brings more than 20 years of professional production experience in cinematography and lighting to the classrooms at MSU. He is eager to build on MJF’s strong foundation in digital film production, which he admired even before signing on as an assistant professor. “I was impressed with the ambition and execution the students brought to their productions. After seeing this work, I wasn’t at all surprised to find the faculty and staff in MJF to be open, energetic, and creative.”

 

 

Music

Cameron F. LaBarr, Director of Choral Studies

Cameron F. LaBarr, director of choral studies

Cameron F. LaBarr comes to the College of Arts and Letters after serving in university choral positions in Tennessee and Texas. He was the founding artistic director and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus and has been a guest conductor and clinician for institutions and festivals across the United States, Europe, South Africa and China. He’s published articles and reviews in the Choral Journal and The Chorister and also edits a choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. He was recently awarded a fellowship with the International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden in 2015 and will be among 14 conductors from the United States to participate in the residency. Excited for the changes and additions expected this year, LaBarr encourages students to put themselves out there to see where the world takes them. “I hope to share my professional experiences with our students here on campus, and I plan to get our students out into the world, allowing for strong relationships and greater understanding among cultures.”

 

Modern and Classical Languages

Melanie Kleeschulte, Instructor

Melanie Kleeschulte, instructor

Prior to joining the MCL faculty, Melanie Kleeschulte was a full-time instructor of Spanish at Greenwood Laboratory School. She received her master’s in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Salamanca in Spain, Master of Arts in Teaching from Missouri State University and Bachelor of Arts in International/ Multicultural Studies and Spanish from Evangel University. Kleeschulte also holds Missouri K-12 certification in Spanish.

 

Vanessa Rodríguez de la Vega, Assistant Professor

Vanessa Rodríguez de la Vega, assistant professor

Vanessa Rodríguez de la Vega received her PhD from Texas Tech University and comes to MSU from Missouri Southern State University. She will be teaching a variety of courses, including introductory Spanish, Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, Spanish Peninsular Literature and more. She said she hopes to inspire Missouri State students this year, “by making them aware about the importance and practicality of studying foreign languages.” Her research focuses on postmodern historical fiction.

 

Theatre and Dance

Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Assistant Professor

Melanie Dreyer-Lude, assistant professor

Melanie Dreyer-Lude is a theatre practitioner and professor of performance, using theatre as a platform for cultural encounters that generate multiple nodes of inquiry. She specializes in international theatre collaboration. Fluent in German, Dreyer-Lude translates and directs contemporary German plays and has directed more than 60 productions throughout the United States, Germany and Turkey. Her continued love of learning and travel has taken her across the world and across disciplines. “I’m a perpetually curious person and I’m always seeking new intersections between theater practice and other disciplines.  I’ve learned about neuroscience, physics, cultural anthropology, business, linguistics, all things German and many things Turkish — all because I was willing to follow my interest into another’s world.”

 

Other staff additions

Katie McMahon, Costume Shop Manager

Katie McMahon, costume shop manager

Katie McMahon is the costume shop manager for the theatre and dance department. She is an alumna of Missouri State University with a BFA in Theatre and an emphasis in technical theatre and costumes. She also worked as a designer and costume shop manager for Tent Theatre.

 

 

Greg Pettus, Distributed User Support Specialist

Greg Pettus, distributed user supports specialist

Greg Pettus served in the Marine Corps before getting a degree in engineering physics from Missouri State. During his time as a student, he was able to start working full-time and has been a distributed user support specialist for 17 years, helping to ensure the technology needed for faculty and students to succeed is in working order. He lives in Springfield with his wife, Julie, and daughters, Reagan and Kenzie.

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Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series 2014 season to conclude this weekend

The final carillon concert of the Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series 2014 season will begin at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Duane G. Meyer Library, featuring Missouri State carillonneur, Dr. Jeremy Chesman. Refreshments will be served throughout the concert and guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Following the concert, there will be a tour of the carillon and a meet and greet with the artist on the library steps. In case of rain, seating will be moved to the covered patio area located at the library entrance. Parking is available in Parking Lot #19, located across from the library on John Q. Hammons Parkway. Chesman will perform songs from Bach’s Suite No. 1 for cello, Fiddler on the Roof, the 1970s Swedish pop group, ABBA, and more.chesman

About the artist

Chesman is an associate professor of music at Missouri State University. His performances have been broadcast in the United States, the Netherlands and Japan. He has performed in France, Belgium and Portugal, where he played a recital of American music at the National Palace in Mafra on the European Union’s day of mourning for the events of September 11.

Chesman studied carillon with Margo Halsted and Todd Fair at the University of Michigan, where he was the first person to earn a Master of Music degree in Carillon Performance. As a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, he studied carillon with Eddy Mariën and composition with Geert D’Hollander at the Royal Carillon School of Belgium, where he earned a Final Diploma with Distinction.

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Missouri State musicians bring in the fall semester with a bang

The Missouri State University College of Arts and Letters is thriving already with concerts and exclusive invitations around the country.

 

  • hands2Music professor Michael A. Murray, together with other COAL alumni, performed “Friday at Four Chamber Music Recital: Two Piano Quartet Masterworks of Mozart and Dvorak,” Sept. 5.
  • Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies, was awarded a fellowship with the International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden in 2015, becoming one of 15 conductors selected from the United States.
  • Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera, Ann Marie Daehn and collaborative pianist Elizabeth Avery from the University of Oklahoma, will be featured performers at the 2014 Eastman’s Alumni Weekend entitled, “Plays Well with Others,” on Oct. 17-18. Daehn and Avery will perform five songs from their Kagen lecture recital.
  • Daniel Hellman, associate music professor, was elected to a six-year term on the editorial review board of the “Journal of Music Teacher Education.”
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Alumni to join music professor in First Friday concert

MichaelAMurrayAndAlumni-BlogMusic professor and cellist Michael A. Murray will be joined by three alumni Friday, Sept. 5, in a concert to be held at 4 p.m. in the Missouri State University Ellis Recital Hall. Pianist Robert Carney, an assistant professor at Southwest Baptist, violinist Aleksis Zarins, a local freelancer, and violinist Christopher Kelts, an orchestra conductor at Washburn University, will perform together with Murray two piano quartet masterworks of Mozart and Dvorak. The recital, coinciding with the opening festivities for the Ozark Celebration Festival as well as First Friday Art Walk, is free and open to the public.

 

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Choral studies director awarded fellowship in Sweden

Cameron F. LaBarr, Missouri State University’s new director of choral studies, has been awarded a fellowship with the 2015 International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden. Selected by the the American Choral Directors Association, LaBarr will be among 14 U.S. conductors to travel to Stockholm, Sweden, in October, for the Scandinavian Choral Convention.

Dr. Cameron F. LaBArrExperience built on national and international works

LaBarr comes to the College of Arts and Letters after serving in university choral positions in Tennessee and Texas. He was the founding artistic director and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus and has been a guest conductor and clinician for institutions and festivals across the United States, Europe, South Africa and China. He’s published articles and reviews in the Choral Journal and The Chorister and also edits a choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Excited for the changes and additions expected this year in the music department, LaBarr encourages students to put themselves out there to see where the world takes them. “I hope to share my professional experiences with our students here on campus, and I plan to get our students out into the world, allowing for strong relationships and greater understanding among cultures.”

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Music professor to serve on journal editorial board

Dr. Daniel Hellman, associate professor and coordinator of music education in Missouri State’s music department, has been elected to a six-year term on the editorial review board of the Journal of Music Teacher Education, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by NAfME, the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), and SMTE, the Society for Music Teacher Education. Dr. Hellman is published in several music education research journals and a frequent presenter at music education conferences, mostly recently in July, at the biennial International Society for Music Education Conference in Brazil.
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President’s concert features Guy Webb’s last performance

The President’s Concert will be held Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.Performance

The annual Masterworks concert tradition continues with the popular and well-received choral masterpiece “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms.

The concert features the Missouri State University Combined Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Guy Webb – with guest soloists Carol Chapman, soprano and Chris Thompson, baritone  – and the MSU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Robert Quebbeman.

The music departments welcomes students, alumni, faculty, and staff to come out and see Dr. Guy Webb’s last performance. The event is free and open to the public.

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Flute Day 2014

The MSU Flute Society and the MSU Music Department along with Springfield Music and Hoover Music Store invite you to the thirteenth annual MSU Flute Day, Saturday, May 3, on the campus of Missouri State University. This event is free and open to the public. Join us in Ellis Recital Hall beginning at 10 a.m.

Mark SparksGuest artist Mark Sparks, performs an unforgettable recital of flute music including the Franck Sonata in D, his own transcription of Bruch’s Romanze and other standards of the flute repertoire. Accompanied by MSU’s own Hye-Jung Hong and Wei-Han Su, this performance will be both entertaining and impressive!

An open flute choir reading session will begin the day. All flutists are invited to participate! We will be sight-reading lots of fun flute choir pieces and some will even get to experience playing the “big” alto and bass flutes. If you are interested in having access to the parts before flute day, please contact Dr. Jill Heyboer by phone or email and we will get them to you!

Following the reading session is a Flute Ensembles Recital, featuring the MSU Community Flute Choir, the MSU Flute Quartet, and other exciting chamber music groups.

To finish off the day, Mark Sparks teaches MSU flute students in a flute masterclass. Listen and learn from this artist as he explains and demonstrates what you can do to be a better flute player.

Since we are not including any time for lunch this year, there will be bake sale items for sale in the lobby to munch on between events, as well as pizza slices and soft drinks.

All day long Haynes Flutes will have flutes available to try and purchase.

 

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COAL faculty honored during recognition reception

The Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (COAL) is proud to list the following faculty honored at Missouri State’s All-Faculty Recognition Reception held April 21, 2014:

Faculty Recognition Awards

Stephanie Norander, CommunicationProvost Fellow for Faculty Development – Writing

Stephanie Norander, Communication

 

Steve Willis, Art and Design

Provost Fellow for Diversity

Steve Willis, Art and Design

 

Provost Fellows is a program designed to recognize outstanding faculty who have a special area of interest that is related to the mission, priorities and goals of the Office of the Provost. The position provides faculty with the opportunity and support to become engaged in an administrative, research or outreach activity. The term of the appointment varies with the type of assignment.

 

Excellence in Study Away Programming

Gwen Walstrand, Art and DesignGwen Walstrand, Art and Design

In 2014 the Study Away Advisory Committee created the Excellence in Study Away Programming award to recognize Missouri State faculty members who demonstrate excellence in developing and leading short-term study away programs. The recipient will receive $1,500 in professional development funds and an award.

 

 

Honors College Awards for Teaching, Research and Service

Larry George, Modern and Classical LanguagesMarcia Morriset Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education

Larry George, Modern and Classical Languages

The Marcia Morriset Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education recognizes the exceptional service, mentoring and advising accomplishments of MSU’s Honors College faculty and affiliated staff. The award was created in recognition of Marcia Morriset’s many years of service to the Honors College. The award is presented to a faculty or staff member who had contributed broadly to the advancement of Honors education at Missouri State University and has excelled at undergraduate mentorship and advising of Honors College students.

 

 

Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL) Faculty Awards

Emanuelle Wessels, Media, Journalism and Film2013-2014 Research Stipend Award

Emanuelle Wessels, Media, Journalism and Film

The Research Stipend Awards recognizes faculty who have been awarded CASL Research Stipend Funds for direct service to the community, including community-based research involving students. Faculty selected for the CASL Research Stipend Award will present their findings at the FCTL Showcase in August.

 

 

Additional Recognitions

Margaret Weaver, EnglishA 2014 Mentoring, Support and Partnerships Program Mentor

Margaret Weaver, English

The University-based Mentoring, Support and Partnerships Program was created to increase the recruitment and retention rates of junior faculty/staff. Overall objectives of the program are for exceptional mentors to provide on-going support for outstanding faculty/staff from historically underrepresented groups to advance their success in the trilogy of scholarship, heighten their professional development and help them establish a sound identity and amiable sense of well-being at Missouri State University and in the Springfield community. Dr. Sabrina Brinson is the program coordinator and Dr. Julie Masterson is the program administrator.

 

Faculty Service Awards

10 Years of Service

Andrew Cline, Media, Journalism and Film
Marcus Howell, Art and Design
Timothy White, Media, Journalism and Film

15 Years of Service

Tracy Dalton, English
David Hays, Music
Michael Stowe, English
Steve Willis, Art and Design

20 Years of Service

Randy Dillon, Communication
Mary Harges, Modern and Classical Languages
Sarah Perkins, Art and Design
Margaret Weaver, English

25 Years of Service

James Baumlin, English
Mary Baumlin, English
Joel Chaston, English
Randy Hamm, Music
Jane Hoogestraat, English
Vonda Yarberry, Art and Design

35 Years of Service

Kristene Sutliff, English

40 Years of Service

Jerry Hatch, Art and Design

Service Awards honor faculty members who have reached a five-year longevity milestone in their years of service to Missouri State University. To qualify for a service award, employees must have worked full-time at Missouri State and reached a five-year milestone (10, 15, 20, etc.) within the 2013-2014 academic year to be honored at the April 2014 reception.

 

- Information courtesy Missouri State University’s 2014 All-Faculty Recognition Reception program

Additional faculty/staff/student accomplishments are featured throughout the year in COAL and departmental blogs.

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