Lisa Doolittle (Theatre & Dramatic Arts), with Anne Flynn from the University of Calgary, is presenting the paper “Assimilating and Accommodating: Bodies and Dancing, Canada’s Choreography of Multicultural Nationhood in the 20th century” at the British Association of Canadian Studies international conference “Being, Becoming and Belonging: Multiculturalism, Diversity and Social Inclusion in Modern Canada” at Oxford University, UK, Mar. 28-30.
Mary-Anne McTrowe (Art) has received an Alberta Creative Development Initiative grant to produce work for a solo exhibition in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s contemporary space, the LAB. The exhibition opens in October 2009.
Richard Epp (Theatre & Dramatic Arts) appears in Theatre Calgary’s production of An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, Mar. 3-22.
Jim Steacy (kinesiology student) and Heather Steacy (music student) brought home three gold medals from the Canada West track championship meet in Regina recently. Jim Steacy won both the men’s weight throw and shot put, giving him eight career Canada West gold medals. Heather Steacy won her third consecutive Canada West women’s weight throw gold medal. Both athletes were named top athletes of the meet and Jim Steacy was also named top male track athlete for the year.
Dr. Arlan Schultz (Music) has received a Community of Research Excellence Development Opportunity from the U of L Research Office to support his development of tools for electroacoustic composition in the form of audio spatialization software and unique audio-sample databases. Schultz recently returned from Paris, France where he was studying and designing audio spatialization algorithms and studying advanced MAX/MSP programming techniques at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in the Centre Georges Pompidou. During this spring/summer, he has been awarded a research residency and has been appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CIRCA) in La Jolla, California. He has also received a Canada Arts Council grant for the composition of two new works of interactive acoustic/computer music. One is a commission from New Works Calgary’s “Rubbing Stone” Ensemble for soprano, chamber orchestra, real-time audio spatialization and computer processed audio, which will be premiered in 2010.
Ryan Pottruff (education student) and Dustin Moore (pre-management studies) of the Pronghorns men’s hockey team, won silver medals while representing Canada at the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China.
Deanna Oye (Music) performs a solo piano recital at Lakehead University on Mar. 17, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Lakehead’s Department of Music. She was a graduate of their B.Mus.(Honours) program during its first decade.
Trio Amaranth (Peter Visentin, violin; Tido Janssen, cello; and Deanna Oye, piano) performed at Convocation Hall at the University of Alberta on Feb. 27.
Dana Inkster (New Media) has been invited to be a discussant in the “The Role of the Employer and Legal Implications For Foreign Workers” plenary, Mar. 19 at the 11th National Metropolis Conference in Calgary. She will speak about her 2007 documentary “24 Days In Brooks” as well as her current projects in development, “Los Invisibles” and “Ladies of the Saturday Night”. In March, she also speaks on the Collaborative Research in Ethnicity, Social Care and Health program in Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, where she will use her film 24 Days in Brooks as a case study for the use of documentary film as a facilitation tool in intercultural exchange.
Peter Visentin (Music) presented “Violinist’s Cool Move” to music majors at the University of Alberta recently. The presentation explores his research with biomechanics researchers to gain insight into the art and science of playing the violin.
Lani Maestro (Art) is among 50 artists from around the world to participate in the Sharjah Biennial 9, this spring.
Ed Wasiak (Education/Music) was elected president of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA). CMEA provides leadership for music education in Canada and is also the national affiliate to the International Society for Music Education. Wasiak’s term as president runs from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011.
Dr. Rolf Boon’s (Music) composition “First Light” has been selected for publication in the Canadian National Conservatory of Music’s Northern Lights Level 5 piano syllabus. Several of Rolf’s works are also under consideration for publication for their Grade 6 and 7 piano repertoire.