Around Webster: Choir in DVD; Assner ‘Culture of Evil’ Opens; Scaff’s New Media Research Grant; Cuille on STL Francophones; Hanssen on Hauptmann

| January 16, 2014

Recent professional news and accomplishments by Webster University community members include:

Webster Choirs Featured in ‘How to’ Choir DVD
The project featuring Webster choir students and faculty included work by Communications faculty and students.

The project featuring Webster choir students and faculty included work by School of Communications faculty and students.

Webster University choirs are featured in the new DVD “How to make a good choir sound great,” published this month by GIA Publications in Chicago. The DVD is a project of Trent Patterson, director of Choral Studies and Music Education, who managed the project, arranged for producers, and enlisted the participation of his graduate choral director, Charlene Archibeque, who is the focus of the DVD.

Several School of Communications faculty members were instrumental on the project, particularly  Barry Hufker as the sound recordist, as well as Kathy Corley and Aaron AuBuchon, and students from Communications programs who worked diligently as crew and staff.

The new educational resource is available through GIA, a major national publisher of music education material, and will be featured at numerous music educator conventions this year, in addition to conventions where Webster University Chamber Singers are performing this semester. Much of the funding for the project came from the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. Other participating choirs include Lee’s Summit West High School (MO) and the St. Louis Children’s Chorus.

Scaff Awarded Research Grant on Emerging Media in Environmental Activisim

Julian Scaff, assistant professor in the Department of Art, Design and Art History, has been awarded a research grant from the David Snoeyenbos Foundation. Working with the non-profit organization Blue Planet United and partnering with social media companies Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Cafe Mom, Scaff will lead a project on the innovative use of emerging media design and social media design for environmental activism and education. The project will begin in Summer 2014.

A leader in digital media and user experience design since the mid 1990’s, Scaff is a frequent speaker on digital design innovation, and a recipient of an AIGA Award for user interface design. He is currently a Research Fellow with the California Institute of Earth Architecture, and is working on a new book about the aesthetics of failure in digital imagery.

Assner’s ‘Culture of Evil’ Opens This Week in Milwaukee

Associate professor of Art Robin Assner’s latest body of work, with Sarah Nitschke, opens Jan. 17 in Milwaukee, Wisc., at the Northwestern Mutual Visual Art Department Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University.

“A Culture of Evil” is an examination of evil from a humanistic perspective. Including sculpture; needlepoint; typography; traditional and digital photography; video; and graphic design, this multi-part project challenges preconceived notions of personal and community understanding, response, responsibility, and perpetuation of the existence of evil. Through extensive research and study Nitschke and Assner have created a significant body of work that reveals how it is often the good-natured, “average” people who commit evil.

Hanssen on Hauptmann

Paula Hanssen, associate professor and coordinator of German Studies, International Languages and Cultures, presented at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago Jan. 9, 2014: “50 Shades of Collaboration: Elisabeth Hauptmann and the problem of Collaboration,” and presided as treasurer at the Business Meeting of the International Brecht Society.

Cuillé on St. Louis Francophone Community

Also in International Languages and Cultures, Lionel Cuillé will speak at the Yale Alumni Association event, “A Great City From The Start: The Founding & Lasting Significance of St. Louis,” Feb. 14 at the Missouri History Museum. His talk is between 4-5:15, on
“The Francophone Community in St Louis Today” (“La communauté francophone à St Louis aujourd’hui”). See this page for more information.

Cuille is the Jane and Bruce Robert Chair in French and Francophone Studies.

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