The School of Arts and Communication Week kicked off Sunday with a showing of Andrea Calcagno’s documentary about global climate change, and performances by saxophonist Jamie Rottle and vocalists Kari Liebert, Morgan Ostendorf and Maggie Smith.
The annual event continues throughout the week with speakers, panels, workshops and performances. Under the theme “SOAC Week: Creative Community Building on Tradition,” the week’s activities highlight the talents of the students, faculty and alumni in the communication, art, music and theater departments.
“We hope all of the events and all of the speakers will attract a wide range of students,” said co-chair Sabrina Coady.
In the past, the event targeted only students and featured several speakers focused on communication and theater topics. This year, event organizers opted to reach out to both PLU and the surrounding community and encouraged alumni to attend.
“PLU is a focal point of this area,” said co-chair Breanne Coats. “We want to reach out to the community and let them know all the things we’re doing.”
Additionally, at the urging of Ed Inch, dean of the School of Arts and Communication, the week’s events showcase all the departments in the school – not just communication and theater. This broader emphasis displays the unity of the school and illustrates the many achievements and talents of its students, Coats said.
Throughout the week, three keynote speakers will address topics related to art and communication. They include:
- Opening remarks by Monique Fouquet, vice president of academic administration at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C., on April 7 at noon in Lagerquist Concert Hall.
- Sut Jhally, founder of the Media Education Foundation, whose talk, “Tough Guys: Masculinity and Violence” is presented in conjunction with the Men Against Violence conference on April 10 at 7 p.m. in Lagerquist.
- Gary Geddes, noted author, poet and Vancouver, B.C., resident, whose closing address is titled “Operation Trojan Horse: Poetry, Politics and Peace,” on April 11 at 2 p.m. in Ingram 100.
The Art Walk on April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. features a raku firing by assistant art professor Spencer Ebbinga. Student-led tours will visit the Mary Baker Russell Music Building, Ingram Hall, Eastvold Auditorium and student media offices in the University Center.
At each stop, student speakers will discuss the building and how it relates to the department, and inside musical or theatrical rehearsals will be ongoing. Tour guides will also point out artwork on campus.
“We want to highlight PLU as a whole,” explained co-chair Allie Moore.
Other events include a discussion with former KOMO 4 news reporter John Sharify April 8 at 1:45 p.m. in Ingram 109, and the MediaLab Open House, showcasing senior Tove Tupper’s documentary “Keeping the Rhythm: The Story of the DASH Center,” April 9 at 8 p.m. in MBR 306.
Additionally, PLU faculty members are hosting a variety of classes and workshops, from drawing, pottery and playwriting to resume and portfolio tips. Alumni panels are also planned, along with students presenting their experience in SOAC internships. A complete list of events can be found at the SOAC Web site.
For more information, contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 7150.
University Communications staff writer Megan Haley compiled this report. Comments, questions, ideas? Please contact her at ext. 8691 or at email@example.com. The School of Arts and Communication logo provided by the dean’s office.