News 2014 Vol. 1


Art and Art History’s students for making it into this year’s “SJSU Best of 2013” events with their beautiful watercolor exhibit. Moreover, the work of MFA art students Alyssa EustaquioNinh FilipMark Pinto and Biagio Scarpello was chosen for exhibition in Root Division’s MFA NOW in January 2014. This year’s exhibition was curated by Donna Napper from the San José Institute of Contemporary Art.

Design Department students Christy Becker and Hillary Bradfield, both Animation/Illustration majors. Christy won second place at the CSU Media Arts Festival with her feature screenplay Coyote Children, and Hillary won “Best in Show” and first place in the Animation category for her film “Edith and the Bear.” Read more.

English and Comparative Literature students David T. Coad, Kelly Curtis, Jonathan Cook, with contributions by Valerie Cruz, Dylan Grozdanich, Randy Holaday, Amanda Kolstad, Alexander James Papoulias, Ilyssa Russ, Genevieve Sanvictores, Erik White, and the original Beardstair team Colette Hayes (a School of Library and Information Science student), Doll Piccotto, and Pollyanna Macchiano for their publication of “BeardStair: A Student-Run Digital Humanities Project History, Fall 2011 to May 16, 2013.”

Humanities Honors student Jacky Mai for winning the third annual Norton Poetry Recitation Contest. Each contestant was required to submit a video of the poem recitation, and Mai recited  “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)” by William Shakespeare. Watch his reading.

Radio, Television, Film, and Theatre Arts students, who produced the video of Macbeth that aired on CreaTV in November 2013, and the students in Professor Harry Mathias’s fall 2013 cinematography class who filmed people reading the Gettysburg Address during the Ken Burns campus visit. Read more about the Address Initiative .

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Art and Art History professor Gale Antokal, whose work appears in the December 2013 issue of New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition. Thirty-five artists were selected from over 1,000 applicants. Her work was also featured on the cover of the fall 2013 cover of Thought and Action.

English and Comparative Literature professor Katherine D. Harris, who took a project manager position with the California Open Educational Resources Council. The goal of the Council is to create the first version of the California Open Source Digital Library. Read more about the initiative here.

Philosophy professor Bo Mou for publishing the most recent issue of Comparative Philosophy, an international open-access journal.

School of Music and Dance professor Brian Belet for his composition for piano and electronics, Summer Phantoms: Nocturne, which was recorded by pianist Keith Kirchoff in Boston in 2013.

• The School of Music and Dance received a $5,000 grant for the oboe studio from the DEW Foundation to purchase oboe reed-making tools and equipment. In December, the studio also received a donation of professional-level oboes worth $7,500 from Audrey Gore of San José, CA. Thank you, Ms. Gore, for your support! Read more about our oboe program here.

School of Music and Dance professor Diana Hollinger was unanimously selected as the outstanding music educator by the Bay Section CMEA. She also has been invited to guest conduct “Works for Band by Women Composers” at the 2014 California All-State Music Education Conference.

Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre professor York Kennedy was nominated by the San Diego Theatre Critics for a Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lighting Design on the Old Globe Theatre’s production of Other Desert Cities. Winners will be announced at the Craig Noel Award ceremony on February 10, 2014.