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Music Alum Earns Respected Conducting Post

Chelsea Tipton II, who earned his Master of Music degree from NIU in 1989, has just been announced as the new Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Maestro Tipton has served most recently as the Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and several other major orchestras in the United States. To read more about his appointment, click here.

Art Historian Publishes New Book on Ancient Italy

A new book on the art and archaeology of ancient Italy, co-edited by Sinclair Bell, assistant professor of art history, was published last month by the University of Wisconsin Press. The collection, New Perspectives on Etruria and Early Rome, follows the first archaeological traces of the rise of ancient Italy to its rediscovery in the Renaissance and its reinvention in contemporary fiction. This book follows Dr Bell’s 2008 publication, Role Models in the Roman World: Identity and Assimilation, published by the University of Michigan Press.

For further details on the latest book visit the University of Wisconsin Press website.

Graduate Students Return From Moscow

A group of 14 NIU School of Theatre and Dance Graduate students (10 actors and 4 designers) returned on Saturday, June 27 from their month-long study at the famed Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. During their stay they took classes, attended numerous performances, visited museums and other cultural sites and made a trip to St. Petersburg during the legendary white nights.

Jo Burke Chosen to Serve on IAC Panel

NIU Art Museum Director Josephine Burke is serving as one of five visual arts program panel reviewers for the Illinois Arts Council 2010 grant cycle. This is the second time she has been invited to serve on this panel. Congratulations, Jo!

Doug Boughton's Work Featured in Harvard University Report

The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education, is a just-published report of a study commissioned by the Wallace Foundation and the Arts Education Partnership. The research, conducted by Project Zero in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, investigated the ways in which excellence in arts education might be conceived and maintained in educational settings. A major source of the data for the study was a series of in-depth interviews conducted with leading scholars in the arts disciplines. Sixteen experts were chosen from 465 nominations received from 120 arts organizations nationally. We are pleased to report that Doug Boughton, Acting Director of the NIU School of Art, was one of the experts selected. This three-year study will provide invaluable guidance for all who are concerned with quality in arts education. Congratulations, Doug!