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Acting Alum Active in TV Career

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Jennifer Ann Wilson, a 2002 graduate of NIU's BFA program in Acting, is gaining notoriety on television. Jennifer is making a career of reporting the weather and serving as a morning news show reporter at a CBS affiliated station in the tri-cities area of southern Washington state. As time permits, Jennifer does the same kind of work for television stations in Los Angeles.

Jennifer's past work includes two seasons on the popular Oxygen network show "Girls Behaving Badly," a co-starring role on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," and producer and reporter for "That Morning Show" on E!.

Jennifer has a wonder promotional video online - check it out here!

Theatre Faculty Member Has Play Published

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Luke Krueger, Instructor in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, just received notice that his play, "The Only Kid in School Who Liked Megadeth," was published by the literary journal Spirits. Luke's play was one of three plays to appear in the journal which primarily features poetry and fiction, with some non-fiction and photography. Writers and artists featured in Spirits are from all across the United States and whose experiences vary from the well-published to the blue collar man's first publication.

What is particularly special about Luke's play appearing in Spirits is that it's rare that any literary journal would publish a play.

Congratulations, Luke!

Music Faculty Member Appears as Soloist

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Linc Smelser, Applied Artist in the NIU School of Music and Music Director of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, will appear as 'cello soloist with Camerata Chicago.

Linc will perform the Concerto in A minor by Camille Saint Saens. The concert will be performed twice: on February 26 at St. Michael's Church in Wheaton at 7:30 p.m., and on February 27 at the Chicago Cultural Center at 3:00 p.m.

Time Arts Graduate Student Making Regional Splash

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Jason Judd

Installation (left wall) of "Automatic Find Google Poems"

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Jason Judd is a graduate student specializing in Time Arts in NIU's School of Art. Jason's work appeared from November 1 to December 17, 2010, as part of the "Post-Human//Future Tense" exhibition at the Arcade Gallery of Columbia College in Chicago. His work was also included in the catalog that pertains to the exhibition.

Jason's work attempts to answer questions of science, art and technology that he often discovers through half truths, romance notions, and distorted common sense. He work has also been accepted to appear in an installation in an upcoming exhibition, "Mash-ups," at Lake Forest College from February 24 - April 1.

Congratulations, Jason!

CVPA Associate Dean named to Prestigious Board of Directors

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Deborah Robertson, Associate Dean of NIU's College of Visual and Performing Arts, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Michael Chekhov Association, known as MICHA. MICHA specializes in providing training and information in Chekhov's psycho-physical approach to movement for the theatre.

Michael Chekhov was one of the most respected acting teachers in the world. Included among his students are Yul Brynner, Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, Anthony Quinn and many other notables.

Deborah is also featured in the January 2011 issue of the American Theatre Magazine, in an article entitled "The Articulate Body: Movement Training for Actors."

Congratulations, Deborah!

Art Faculty Members Invited for Collaboration

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"The De-Creationists"


Obermeier and Barnes


Jamie Obermeier and Michael Barnes, faculty members in the NIU School of Art, were invited to participate in a collaborative exhibition to be held at the Fine Arts Center Gallery at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago from February 14 - March 18th. This exhibition teams up a metal smiths and printmakers from a number of schools around the country, where each team is asked to collaborate to create two works of art. For Jamie and Michael, this is their first collaboration, but is a perfect fit in regards to each of their own unique styles of working. The two panels that they created are designed to work together as a piece, titled "The De-Creationists." In their own work, each artist deals with various issues relating to the environment, society, and politics, combined with personal narratives. This piece addresses some of these concerns. The strange birdlike creature, riding on a cart cast in bronze from a…