Atlanta Opera Opens 2015-16 Signature Series with Schubert’s “Winter Journey”

The Atlanta Opera Performs Schubert's Winter Journey at KSU on Saturday, September 12

The School of Music’s 2015-16 Signature Series opens with a rare gem: Franz Schubert’s famed song cycle Winter Journey (“Winterreise”) performed on campus by The Atlanta Opera. The special performance will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center and is part of The Atlanta Opera’s 2015-16 Discoveries Series. 

The Atlanta Opera’s performance of Schubert’s intense and emotional song cycle about unrequited love will feature acclaimed baritone David Adam Moore in a semi-staged, theatrical production rather than in a recital format as this work is usually performed. Unique to this production, the scenery will be created using projected, moving images and sophisticated multimedia designs displayed throughout the performance.

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Each season, the Kennesaw State University School of Music presents the Signature Series featuring special performances by nationally and internationally renowned artists and ensembles along with special performances by School of Music student and faculty performers. In addition to Winter Journey, the 2015-16 Signature Series will feature multiple performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the 10th annual Collage Scholarship Concert, and a special program titled “Game On” performed by the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble performing live video game music.

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Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
The Atlanta Opera: Winter Journey
Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center

The Atlanta Opera Performs Schubert's Winter Journey at KSU on Saturday, September 12

The Mystery of Irma Vep: August 21, 8 p.m.


Join us on August 21st at the Stillwell Theater as the TPS faculty kicks off the season with a staged reading of this outrageous Gothic farce that spoofs Shakespeare, Victorian penny dreadfuls, werewolf movies and more. $10 at the door helps benefit education abroad scholarships.

Early Fall 2015 Exhibitions featuring KSU Artists

Early Fall 2015 Exhibitions featuring KSU Artists

Exhibitions Early Fall 2015

New works by Don Robson and Robert Sherer
Opening reception: Saturday, August 8, 6-10 pm.
KIBBEE GALLERY, 688 Linwood Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, United States

Memory, storytelling, symbols and metaphor weave through the works of these two established artists. Appropriation of imagery is an important aspect for both artists. Robson and Sherer went to graduate school together at Edinboro University and now both teach art at Kennesaw State University.

Don Robson’s work mixes imagery from past and present to rewrite familiar narratives. His work mirrors his fascination with interconnectedness. The symbolic baggage of images re-combine to re-present recognized stories.

Robert Sherer’s wood-burnings are mostly autobiographical, but a few are pure fantasy. Memories of his outdoorsy rural upbringing closely resemble classic 1960’s illustrations. The result is a mixture of appropriation, mimicry, parody, and nostalgia. The intent of the series is not simply kitsch nostalgia but rather an attempt to unearth from memory those pivotal moments when the natural love between males challenges and disrupts the social schema of male competition.

This show runs August 8 - 29, 2015.  Closing reception Sat. August 29, 7-9 pm.
Kibbee Gallery is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2-6 pm.



Opening Reception: Saturday, August 22, 6-8 p.m.
Zuckerman Museum of Art

This exhibition showcases the talents of the newest faculty members from the Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design.
Artists: Geo Sipp, Jeff Campana, Craig Brasco

August 22 - October 16, 2015
Joe Mack Wilson Building | Fine Arts Gallery | Zuckerman Museum of Art
(image of ceramic work by Jeff Campana)

MAT Students gain Practicum Experience

ARED 7704 Intercultural Arts Aztec Game at Sunshine House

The ARED 7704: Intercultural Art Education practicum experience held on July 16, 2015 at the Sunshine House in Kennesaw was an opportunity for students to design and teach two interactive timelines—one the art of the Aztecs and the other on the art of the Navajo people. The MAT students designed the games in teams and then facilitated them accordingly. We are proud of Professor Sandra Bird for her leadership in this connection with our community.


KSU professors featured at High Museum


Congratulations to School of Art and Design professors Matt Haffner and Joe Tsambiras for their work featured in “Sprawl: Drawing Outside the Perimeter” at the High Museum of Art.

Alumni William Cash and Jessica Blinkhorn are also exhibiting. Photo caption: Joe Tsambiras, Part-Time Professor of Art, Study of Children of Alice 2 - graphite - 12 x 36 in., 2015. Click here to learn more: here

School of Music Graduate Earns Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Award


Katelyn King is already a world traveler, but her recent selection as a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright award will send the Kennesaw State graduate packing for a yearlong study abroad to earn her second master’s degree this fall.

King is among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-16 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

In addition to Katelyn, another Kennesaw State graduate, Alyssa Varhol, has been selected to receive the award to study abroad during the 2015-16 academic year. "It’s gratifying to have multiple student Fulbright scholars for the first time in the history of Kennesaw State University,” said Michelle Miles, the honors scholarship advisor in the Honors College.“A single Fulbright recipient is in itself a distinct honor, but for KSU to have two alumnae join next year’s elite scholarship cohort speaks volumes, not only to the students’ respective characters and achievements, but to the dedication of faculty members who have nurtured them along their academic journeys.“

Recipients of the Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

King, 23, of Kennesaw, will travel to Bern, Switzerland to study composition and theory in theatrical music at Hochschule derKünste.

“I hope to become a stage director, someone who can put musical events together on stage to create really unique concert experiences, and be able to insert other art forms into a musical production,” said King, who earned her first master’s degree in music performance from McGill University in Montreal in May.

Since graduating from Kennesaw State in music performance (percussion) in 2013, King has created a repertoire duo that blends poetry with percussion and projection, or stage performance.

“This type of performance really means anything as long as there is a considerable amount of speaking involved, in any language, while musical things happen,” she said. “Right now, we are working with a San Diego-based composer who finished writing us a new piece based on Russian futurist poetry.”

King also created a theatrical trio, Dressage Percussion, which performs historical works in an effort to encourage composers to keep writing within this style. The trio has a mini tour scheduled in China later this summer.

“The Fulbright gives me enormous confidence to experiment and explore the different avenues that will be available to me once I am in Switzerland,” King said.

“KSU has laid all the groundwork for my musicianship, performance abilities and dream brainstorming,” King said. “The faculty has always pushed me to do better. They have always supported my dreams, and I’ve always felt able to achieve anything because of my time at KSU.”

"The Fulbright is one of the most prestigious of international scholarships,” Miles added. “Alyssa and Katelyn are stellar examples of the quality of our students and their considerable potential, particularly when their gifts are met with excellent academic support. We celebrate their success and look forward to their continued accomplishments.”


KSU Celebrates Independence Day with 8th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular


8th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular
Concert and Fireworks Show

Sunday, June 28, 2015
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On Sunday, June 28, 2015, Kennesaw State University celebrated Independence Day by hosting the 8th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert and Fireworks Show! In addition to many fun pre-show activities, the event featured the inagural performance by the KSU Summer Orchestra and Singers followed by an exciting fireworks finale. Don’t miss next year’s event on Saturday, June 25, 2016!











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Dance, Dance, Dance! KSU Magazine story on Dance


Dance, Dance, Dance!

By Robert S. Godlewski

In just 10 years, dance at Kennesaw State’s has made a move into the limelight – from a fledgling program with just a few students into one of the most popular training grounds in the state. From the beginning, founding director Ivan Pulinkala saw the potential popularity of dance as growing beyond a minor course of study.

“We had hoped to be able to find 15 minors in the first year‚” Pulinkala said at the time. “By mid−September‚ we already had 44.” By December of that year, the program had already broadened its reach to the international stage. Several dancers flew to Shanghai for a special performance of “The Monkey King,” which Pulinkala choreographed, based on a well-known Chinese story written during the Ming Dynasty.

Today, Pulinkala serves as chair of the Department of Dance, which offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and comprises the largest collegiate program in the state with more than 100 students majoring in dance.

That growth caused the need for expanded facilities, and in 2010 the department moved into new state-of the-art space at Chastain Pointe across from the main campus. A recent expansion has resulted in three studios, two of which are larger than any other dance studio in metro Atlanta.

Examples of the program’s status as an influential player in the Georgia dance scene have come among the many groundbreaking performances emerging from the Kennesaw State stage.

This past fall, the department mounted an ambitious dance performance featuring the works of several professors as well as Israeli guest choreographer and dancer Ido Tadmor, the artistic director of the Israeli Ballet. Almost 50 members of the KSU Dance Company, supported by a behind-the-scenes complement of more than a dozen technicians and crew, danced five works at the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater to near sell-out crowds for all six shows. Pyromania, a work created by Pulinkala, used special effects to realistically simulate fire on stage, even depicting the lead character on fire. “I was inspired by research on the psychology of a pyromaniac,” Pulinkala said of the experimental piece. “The choreography uses the subject matter metaphorically to investigate conditions of obsession, addiction and destructiveness that are part of every human experience.”

Will VanMeter, a first-year student, danced the title role and was a crowd favorite, judging by the applause he received. “I am studying to become a professional dancer in a contemporary ballet company,” VanMeter said. “I have found the artistry and passion here that are helping me to become a professional dancer.” Another standout work, Tadmor’s Black Morning, commissioned in partnership with the Consulate of Israel in Atlanta, presented a psychological study of grief but also of the triumph of the human soul in overcoming loss.

A decade ago, works such as these may not have found a home on the Kennesaw State stage. Edgy performances, combined with a growing reputation for excellence in teaching, has helped attract professional dancers and choreographers like Assistant Professor Daniel Gwirtzman to the faculty. The founder of the New York-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, he moved to Kennesaw in fall 2014 to be a part of the nation’s fastest growing dance program.

For his explosive/abstract piece “Volcano,” the choreographer selected senior dancer Alexandra Mjoll Gudbergsdottir, to be in the company. A native of Iceland, the dance major is well regarded among her fellow KSU Dance Company artists.

“Modern dance is absolutely my favorite because it is never the same,” said Gudbergsdottir, who plans to open a dance studio/school in Iceland. “The freedom and variety gives you the space to constantly grow as a dancer, and that is the true beauty of dance.”

The department trains performers, teachers and choreographers in its three concentrations of ballet, modern/contemporary and jazz, which are taught by regionally and nationally accomplished faculty and guest artists.

Dance students gain experience in all aspects of performance and production, including scenic, lighting and costume design, and execution. They also benefit from partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Dance Canvas, gloATL and the Rialto Center for the Arts.

While only a few will become professional dancers, many will become accomplished teachers and all will gain an enduring appreciation for what it takes to dance.

Pyromania rehearsal

Ivan Pulinkala

Patricia Poulter

School of Music Announces 2015-16 Season Subscription Packages


Click here to purchase your 2015-16 subscription package.

The School of Music is pleased to announce two subscription packages available to our patrons for the 2015-16 season. Purchasing a subscription package is the best way to enjoy a full season of exciting programming at the best price for the best seats, plus additional benefits throughout the season.

Signature Series Subscription Package - $250 BUY NOW
Includes performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Atlanta Opera, plus the School of Music Collage Concert and the Proctor Scholarship Concert.

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Includes the School of Music Collage Concert and the Proctor Scholarship Concert, plus four additional School of Music concerts of your choice.

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In addition to receiving a full season of exciting programming at the best price for the best seats, subscribers also receive these exclusive benefits throughout the season:
• Exclusive, early access to purchase tickets and access to our best seats until June 30, 2015
• Unlimited ticket exchanges for events that you are unable to attend
• Special subscriber discount on additional tickets purchased for any School of Music event
• Exclusive opportunity to purchase advance tickets for special performances and events announced throughout the season
• Invitation to special subscriber events, including artist interactions such as master classes, lectures, and meet and greets
• Receive “buddy pass” ticket(s) to bring guest(s) to a concert of your choice

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KSU Sculpture Students Participate in Sloss Furnaces 2015...

Professors Maria Sarmiento and Ayokunle Odeleye help setup the work area.

Sculpture student William Darnell, KSU Sculpture Studio Technician Page Burch and sculpture student Evelyn Fagiola

Sculpture students William Darnell and Evelyn Fagiola designed and fabricated the 2015 Cupola representing KSU.

KSU Students participating in the Cupola contest.

Ayokunle Odeleye helps a student with a protective glove.

Sloss Conference 2015

KSU Sculpture Students Participate in Sloss Furnaces 2015 National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron in Birmingham Alabama

KSU sculpture majors William Darnell and Evelyn Fagiola spent weeks in the sculpture studio designing and fabricating a metal casting furnace called a Cupola for participation in the March 26th student Cupola contest at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham Alabama. It was only the second time KSU sculpture students have operated a furnace at the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron, which is held every other year, and the first time they built a furnace for the student contest in which they received a participation award. They were guided through the design and furnace fabrication process with the assistance of KSU Staff Technician and Sculptor Page Burch. Other KSU students who assisted on the iron pour crew at the conference were Taylor Evans, Rainey Rawles, Brian Jones and Rachel Hansen. Faculty members Ayokunle Odeleye, Keith Smith and Maria Sarmiento were on hand to support the students.

Four years earlier in 2011 was the first time sculpture students participated in the conference representing KSU along with students from twenty other universities and colleges from around the nation. That year KSU Professors Ayokunle Odeleye, Etienne Jackson and Staff Technician/ Sculptor Page Burch trained and guided eleven KSU females and one male in a Sloss conference iron pour event using an art department furnace designed and built by Page Burch. The pouring of iron as a metal casting method was introduced into the KSU sculpture curriculum in 2007 along with the initiation of a student sculpture club created by professors Ayokunle Odeleye and Maria Sarmiento. The introduction of pouring iron, which is a type of performance based sculptural activity, along with the establishment of the sculpture club constituted faculty strategies designed to grow sculpture majors in the art department.

Professors Odeleye and Sarmiento took two KSU students to the Sloss National Conference on Cast Iron for the first time in 2009. The experience greatly enhanced student interest in the conference and iron pouring as one of a variety of metal casting processes and media available to sculpture students at KSU.

TPS students visit Selma


In 2014-15, TPS faculty member and playwright Margaret Baldwin collaborated with Arts Revive in Selma, Alabama to bring a staged reading of her civil rights play Night Blooms to Selma on March 26, 2015. Part of a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches from Selma to Montgomery, the performance took place in a theatre where the actors and audience were surrounded by Spider Martin’s iconic photographs of the historic marches. TPS faculty member Karen Robinson served as director, and the cast and crew included two faculty members (Margaret Baldwin and Jan Wikstrom), five students, and one TPS alumnus. The production team was able to walk on the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge where the marches began during their visit.

Great Gig Dance Co. Takes Top Honors at KSU Dance Festival


The KSU Department of Dance hosted the second annual KSU Dance Festival on April 17-19th, 2015. The Festival, open to high school-age students from areas schools and dance studios, featured master classes taught by KSU faculty and guest artists, adjudicated performances, teacher workshops, and professional performances. 

A panel of national adjudicators selected GREAT GIG DANCE COMPANY for their work and festival recognition, based on artistic and technical merit. Participants also danced in a flash mob at the KSU Arts Festival, then gave two evening performances at the Stillwell Theatre.

Below, Great Gig Dance Company took top honors at the KSU Dance Festival. 


KSU TPS teams up with Paderborn University


KSU’s multi-year intercultural collaboration with Paderborn University in Germany continued in 2015 when a team of eight Paderborn students and two faculty traveled to Kennesaw State University for a residency during the first week of March.

During that time they collaborated with TPS and German Studies students from KSU to create a performance inspired by the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. Part time TPS Assistant Professor Pamela Joyce led the students in improvisatory voice, movement, and text workshops where the students explored the play in relation to their identities as Americans and Germans. The workshops culminated in an original performance that collaged excerpts from the play with original dialogue. During the residency, the German team attended TPS’s New Works and Ideas Festival, visited classes and toured cultural sites in Atlanta.

Senior Capstone Art Exhibitions

Senior Exhibition II, Spring, 2015

The capstone exhibitions showcase artwork of various disciplines and materials representing individual styles and high levels of conceptual abilities produced by students who are completing their Bachelors’ of Fine Arts and Art Education degrees. These students are simultaneously enrolled in one of the upper-level capstone courses focusing on graduate school research as well as topics dealing with professional art, art education and design careers.

Spring Capstone Exhibitions are Presented through a partnership with the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art. Opening receptions will be held for each Fine Arts Gallery exhibition on the first evening it opens between 5-7 p.m. More information at

April 21-May 2, 2015

Leah Clemons
Brad Dalton
Keenan Guyton
Felicia Ibrahimi
Cody King
Annette Lucov
Sydney Privitera
Rainey Rawles

March 31-April 18, 2015

Lauren Bishop
Lydia Day
Maggie Dunn
Tara Hemelgarn
Justin Knight
Manami Lingerfelt
Christopher McDoniel
Corey Singletary

Senior Capstone Exhibition III

The photo above features reptile sculpture by Maggie Dunn, Painting by Manami Lingerfelt, photography by Lauren Bishop, and painting by Corey Singletary.

Senior Capstone Exhibition III

Ceramics by Justin Knight

Senior Capstone Exhibition III

Ceramics by Christopher McDoniel

Senior Capstone Exhibition III

Painting by Lydia Day

Senior Capstone Exhibition III

Ceramic sculpture by Maggie Dunn

Dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer visits Kennesaw State University Department of Dance


A Conversation with Elizabeth Zimmer: Dance Writing in a Digital Age
Dance critic offers insights, tips, and advice on how to write for dance

Kennesaw, GA (Mar. 26, 2015)––Kennesaw State University’s Departmentof Dance hosted dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer in a conversation on writing about dance in the digital age. In partnership with online arts publication, The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University Department of Dance, the acclaimed New York writer led the discussion on Thursday, April 16. The lounge-type conversation focused on questions and observations about writing for dance in today’s digital world. Zimmer, a writer and critic for The Village Voice and New York Live Arts, said, “We will pay attention to the relationship between writing and dance, and contemplate ways to engage the public with an art form that is evanescent, sometimes mysterious, and similarly endangered.”

Ivan Pulinkala, Chair of the Department of Dance, said, “I am grateful to Catherine Fox at and Leslie Gordon at the Rialto at GSU for collaborating with us to share Elizabeth’s expertise with the Atlanta dance community by way of this public conversation.”

“This public conversation will foster a discourse about dance writing and its critical value to the success of all presenting organizations like the Rialto,” said Leslie Gordon at the Rialto at GSU.

The evening’s discussion will address the state of criticism and its synergistic relationship with education and performance. Fox said, “It should interest those who practice or enjoy any form of art.”


About Elizabeth Zimmer: Elizabeth Zimmer writes about dance, theater, and books for The Village Voice, Dance Studio Life and other publications, edits manuscripts for dance authors and others, and teaches writing at Hollins University, among other places. She served as dance editor of The Village Voice from 1992 until 2006, and reviewed ballet for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1997 through 2005. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Bennington College and an M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, and has studied many forms of dance, especially contact improvisation with its founders.

About ArtsATL: ArtsATL, an online publication, provides comprehensive coverage of the arts in metro Atlanta. A pioneer in digital, non-profit arts journalism, ArtsATL seeks to educate and inform readers and to provide a bridge between the local art scene and its potential patrons.

About The Rialto Center for the Arts: The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is home to the Rialto Series, featuring the best of national and international jazz, world music and dance; and Georgia State’s School of Music performances; as well as the downtown go-to venue for other arts organizations’ performances, visiting companies and independent film screenings.

Atlanta Symphony and Kennesaw State Formalize Partnership for 2015-2016

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Partnership will include on-campus performances, master classes by Atlanta Symphony and guest artists

Kennesaw, GA (Mar. 20, 2015)––Kennesaw State University’s School of Music and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) have formalized an ongoing partnership for the 2015-16 season, which will include on-campus performances and master classes by the Atlanta Symphony and guest artists, plus additional activities to be announced. The two organizations have worked together to present ASO concerts at KSU since 2014, but the recently signed letter of intent to formalize the agreement marks a major step towards affirming their mutual interests in music performance, education and outreach.

“The School of Music is thrilled to once again bring the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to our campus,” said Michael Alexander, Interim Director of the School of Music. “This is a mutually beneficial collaboration between our organizations, and we are thrilled to continue these worthwhile educational endeavors.”

As they did during the 2014-15 season, the ASO will perform three classical concerts in Morgan Hall during the School of Music’s 2015-16 season. New for the upcoming season will be the addition of a Holiday POPS! concert in December.

In addition to these performances, musicians of the ASO and guest artists will visit KSU to conduct master classes with students. Similar visits in the past have included a three-day residency with music director Robert Spano and master classes by acclaimed violinist Midori and guitarist Miloš Karadaglić. Additional initiatives will include the continuation of KSU student participation in ASO outreach performances, collaborations with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and connections between KSU Music Education students and the ASO’s own educational efforts.

“Music education is a fundamental element of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s mission and we are excited to strenghen our partnership with Kennesaw State University,” said Terry Neal, Interim President and CEO, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “Programs like these build the broader culture of music in the community and foster a greater love and appreciation for classical music.”

Patty Poulter, Dean of the College of the Arts, said, “Engaged collaborations with world-class artists and arts organizations inspire us, and the opportunity for our students to learn from the professionals of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is invaluable.”

For more information about the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, please visit

Music of Resistance and Survival: Holocaust Remembrance Concert held 3/23 at The Temple


Kennesaw State University’s School of Music presented “Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert” on Monday, Mar. 23, at The Temple in Atlanta. The free musical program included partisan,ghetto, and concentration camp songs, piano trios by Mendelssohn and Korngold, and the “Sonata for Cello and Piano­­–Mir zaynen do!” a new work written by Laurence Sherr, composer-in-residence at Kennesaw State, and inspired by poetry and music of the times.

Sherr said, “There is a compelling story associated with each composer/work. With the performance of these works, and with our spoken and written words about them, we plan to communicate these overlapping stories as an affirmation of resistance and survival, of bringing to life––and to light––music and a culture that was slated for extermination.”

For example, Austrian Jewish composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was fortuitously in Hollywood preparing his Academy Award-winning score for “Robin Hood” at the time of the 1938 Anschluss. Poet Hersh Glik wrote his poetry of resistance in the Vilna ghetto. His “Zog Nit Keynmol,” written after he received news of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, spread to ghettos and camps throughout Europe, and is still heard today at contemporary remembrance events. His poetry survived, even though he did not.

Czech Jewish poet Ilse Weber’s beautiful lullaby “Wiegala” was created while she was captive in the Theresienstadt ghetto/camp. She and her son were deported to Auschwitz, where they perished.

These stories and others will be honored with performances by the Summit Piano Trio, including Charae Kreuger, cello; Robert Henry, piano, and Helen Kim, violin. Cantors Deborah Hartman and Nancy Kassel and pianist Judy Cole will also perform as they bring the music and culture to life.

The Holocaust Remembrance Concert is the final concert of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. Russell Gottschalk, director of the Festival, said, “The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is thrilled to include the Holocaust Remembrance Concert as part of our 6th Annual Spring Festival. We are proud to present all types of Jewish music from all genres, from all across the world, and this concert will be a fantastic finale to our Festival.”

Two exhibits will be presented: “Never Forget: An Introduction to the Holocaust,” and “Georgia’s Response to the Holocaust.” An educational event for middle and high school students is also planned for the morning. Led by the Kennesaw State School of Music, the event is produced by The Temple, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Kennesaw State Museum of History and Holocaust Education, and the Breman Museum

The exhibits open at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 8 p.m. and a small reception will follow. The event is free with registration. Click here to register or call 470-578-3214.

Photo: Yehuda Bielski, far right, 1937, later led partisan fighters. Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Yehuda and Lola Bell; Collection Leslie Bell.

First Annual Dance on the Green Has Record Turnout


The KSU Department of Dance held the first ever University-wide Dance on the Green on Wednesday, April 1st, and over 100 people danced on the Green on the picture-perfect day. Designed for the entire KSU community, Dance on the Green featured Dance faculty members teaching simple, easy-to-learn, fun dances. Professor Gwirtzman of the Department of Dance said, “Dance can play a part in your life. It’s interactive, accessible, and fun..and anyone may learn.”


ARED presentation at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit


Students and faculty from The School of Art and Design’s Art Research and Education program (ARED) recently presented on the Geometric Aljamia project at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit. ARED Undergraduate students Meg Bolton and Jocelyn Rease joined Dr. Sandra Bird, Professor of Art Education, for a descriptive account of the extended service learning project taught at Pine Mountain Middle School in Fall 2014. One of the participants, Dr. Mary Garner, Professor of Math Education, playing a matching game based on niche designs from the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, Oman.

Below, Dr. Mary Garner and her matching game based on designs from Oman.

Mary Garner

Below, students Jocelyn Rease (left) and Meg Bolton (right) present at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit.

3.Jocelyn and Meg

Below, Dr. Sandra Bird confers with student Jocelyn Rease.

1. Sandra and Jocelyn

UR Radnocular: April 17, 12:30 p.m., WB 119


What, you may wonder, is UR RADNOCULAR? Here’s the translation: UR (for Undergraduate Research or text abbreviation for you are) RADNOCULAR, or the state of being extremely cool to an almost supernatural level. RADNOCULAR may also mean something unbelievably fantastic until seen, or almost impossible yet awesome.

Mark your calendars for the next event featuring the School of Music on Friday April 17 at 12:30 p.m. in WB119.

Speakers for this event include:
Doug Lindsey on studio work and trumpet pedagogy
Jana Young on recital program research
Ed Eanes’ students on historical research
Jeff Yunek and Russian music
Harry Price on virtual reality

Two more events in September and October will finish the series, followed by a COTA Undergraduate Research Symposium in early November, 2015.

COTA U.R. Radnocular from Kennesaw State on Vimeo