Linda Crimson, former adjunct associate professor in fine arts, passed away April 14th. Crimson graduated from IU South Bend and returned to teach at the school for over 30 years, retiring in 2015. She is survived by her husband, Adjunct Associate Professor in Fine Arts, David Blodgett. Crimson was a wonderful instructor and influenced countless students, our faculty members, and our community.
Demarée Dufour-Noneman, production coordinator, is directing Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo at the Elkhart Civic Theatre, which opens May 19 and closes on May 28. Dufour-Noneman has also served as the VP of the Elkhart Civic Theatre’s Board of Directors for two years.
Jenna Fink, graphic design, was the graphic designer for the Undergraduate Research Journal. Fink designed the inside and the cover.
Nathan Henry, BFA Fine Arts (printmaking) ’16, will begin his MFA work in print media at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the fall of 2017.
Jeff Horwat, visiting lecturer in fine arts, has accepted an offer to be assistant professor of art education and begin his tenure track in the fall. Horwat spoke on a panel with two other scholars at the National Art Education Association national conference in NYC about how art teachers can negotiate their artist identities while teaching K-12.
Debra Inglefield, adjunct lecturer in music, performed Bernhard Krol’s “Laudatio” for unaccompanied horn on a faculty showcase recital at Andrews University on March 2 as part of a workshop for high school students.
Nichole Lindhorn, graphic design, had a digital print and John E. Thompson, lecturer in fine arts, had a painting selected as part of the 2nd Detroit International Festival of Animation at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit, Mich. on April 7th and 8th, 2017.
Jennifer Muñiz, assistant professor of music, presented at the College Music Society (CMS) Northeast conference on March 17 at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh. Her presentation, entitled “I’m Watching You: Using Student-Made Video in Class Piano and Lessons” demonstrated her use of video stations in the piano lab. On April 8, she will present a lecture-recital at the CMS Great Lakes conference at Murray State University in Kentucky entitled: “Second City? Reflecting on Piano Music of Chicago Composer Arne Oldberg in the Early Twentieth Century.” Muñiz also presented at the Dean’s Seminar: “The First Chicago Composers: Sounds of the Gilded Age” on April 21. She will be recording a CD in Boulder, Colorado next month featuring all works of Arne Oldberg (1874-1962), an American Romantic composer from the Chicago/Evanston area. Together with solo piano music, Jennifer will record a Sonata for Piano and Cello with Jacqueline Choi. The two will perform the program at the Addicott Joshi Performance Hall on May 10 at 7:00 pm. The concert is entitled, “The Chicago Romantic: An Evening of Music by Arne Oldberg.”
Katie Neese, BFA Fine Arts (drawing and painting) ’13, has accepted into Norte Dame’s MFA painting program beginning in the fall of 2017. She is the second IU South Bend drawing and painting alumnus to be accepted into ND’s MFA program after Jason Cytacki in 2008.
Brittany Walter, Art Education ’17, will teach 7th grade art at West Side Middle School in Elkhart.