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Manny Hernandez Traveling to Save More Lives

Manny Hernandez, professor in the NIU School of Art, has become well-known for his life-saving ceramic water filters (see here and here). Manny is now collaborating with Susan Murcott of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Manny, Susan, and several of Susan's students will leave the day after Christmas to travel to Ghana to start a filtering facility there.

Community School of the Arts Announces December Recitals

The NIU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce their December music performances. All recitals will take place in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building unless otherwise noted, and many conclude with a gala reception. All recitals are free and open to the public.Tuesday, Dec. 1: The CSA Symphonette, a group of talented elementary and middle school string students, performs at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The group is directed by Linc Smelser, conductor of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Tuesday, Dec. 1: Students of Georgia Price and Lynn Vogl perform at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Saturday, Dec. 5: The Suzuki violin students of Ann Montzka-Smelser, Karen Weckerly, and Laurie Rodriguez perform solos at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6: Soloists of all ages who enrolled in traditional music lessons with the Community School take center stage at the Showcase Recitals at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7: The Suzuki piano students of Marilyn Montzka and Susa…

NIU Art Museum Now Has Flickr Page

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The NIU Art Museum is pleased to announce they now have a Flickr page. Having a page on Flickr allows the museum to post many more photos of events. The first photos are posted, from the current Faculty Biennial Show (which is amazing, by the way!). Please check out the NIU Art Museum's Flickr page here.

Reminder - NIU Jazz Ensemble's Upcoming Performances in Chicago

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For those of you in or near Chicago, please support the NIU Jazz Ensemble's CD Release Party at the Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago) on December 16, with shows at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. On December 17, the Jazz Ensemble performs at the famed Midwest Clinic, the world's largest music convention.

For more complete information, please see the original post about these performances here.

Voice/Speech-Language Pathology Collaboration Paying Off

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Kim Hoffer

Last year several faculty members with particular expertise in vocal production from the NIU School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance joined forces with faculty from the Speech-Language Pathology program - you can read the original post about this collaboration here. This partnership is already reaping rewards - Kimberly Hoffer of the Speech-Language Pathology area has been accepted to present a poster entitled "SLP Grad Students Take Voice Lessons; Next, American Idol?" The poster presentation will be made at the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in New Orleans, November 19-21.

Acting Alum Composes and Performs for New National Commercial

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Brandon Kirk, alumnus of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance with a BFA degree in acting, has composed and performed the music for a new national ad campaign by Doritos. The commercial is entitled "Worth Every Bite" and can be viewed online here.

School of Music Composer Earns Accolades

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David Maki, assistant professor of music theory and composition in the School of Music, recently had his composition “Lake Sonata” included on the CD, MAPP: The Midwest American Piano Project. The CD was released by Albany Records in January 2009 (TROY 1069). About the composition, critics have called it "a vivid piece" (American Record Guide), and "a convincing formal progression from lovely stasis to a rather noble apotheosis" (Fanfare magazine).

School of Art Alumnus Featured in 'Time Out Chicago'

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Ted Harris, a BFA graduate of the illustration program in the School of Art at NIU, has turned to lamp making and is making a name for his creative and artistic work. Ted is featured in the latest issue of Time Out Chicago, and his work, in which he reuses a wide variety of objects, can be found in several stores throughout Chicago. Kudos to Ted for making ecofriendly works of art!