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CLASS Event Calendar

Dec. 17: Fall 2015 Commencement
The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) commencement ceremony is 9 – 11:30 a.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion on Cullen Boulevard

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(federal and state holiday)

Jan. 19: Kristen Yon Faculty Recital
7:30pm-9:30pm at Dudley Recital Hall
Moores School of Music faculty members Kristen Yon, Anthony Kitai and Timothy Hester will perform. For ticket information contact the Moores School of Music Box Office at 713-743-3388.

Jan. 20: Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature
5 pm - 7 pm in the M.D. Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion
Opening reception of the new exhibit, Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature. Materials in the exhibit will include books, archival documents, photographs, and works of art produced or recovered by Arte Público Press and its subdivisions. For more information contact Lisa Cruces at 713-743-9903.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Expertise in the Media

J. Leigh Leasure
The New York Times included comments by J. Leigh Leasure, associate professor of psychology, in their article The Close Ties Between Exercise and Beer.
   
Todd Romero
Todd Romero, associate professor of history, offered his expertise on Houston’s Food and Dining scene in the following articles:
   
Jennifer Wingard
The Washington Post recently intereviewed associate professor of English Jennifer Wingard for their article, Is our ‘out of control’ political rhetoric really all that extraordinary?
   
Francisco Cantu
Francisco Cantú, assistant professor of political science, co-authored an article for the Washington Post titled, Was Argentina’s election stolen? Here’s how you can tell.
   
Tracy Xavia Karner
Manhattan as Muse: Streetscapes by Harvey Stein, an article that recently ran in the Huffington Post reviewed the book, Briefly Seen: New York Street Life. The book includes essays from sociology department chair Tracy Xavia Karner.
   
Lorenzo Cano
The Boston Globe interviewed Lorenzo Cano, associate director of the Center of Mexican American Studies, for the article, Census considers more race choices.
   
Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Associate professor of modern Arab history, Abdel Razzaq Takriti, was featured in The Cougar article, Head of Arab studies program aims to shape understanding of the Middle East
   
Moores Opera House
For the fifth consecutive year, productions by the Moores Opera Center have earned top honors from the National Opera Association's annual Opera Production Competition. The Houston Chronicle article, University of Houston Moores Opera Center honored, describes the recognition.
   
Paul R. Gregory
The National Review ran an article authored by Paul Roderick Gregory, professor of economics, titled, Russia’s Economic Stagnation. In addition, he authored the article, Why Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a bad ally for Hindustan Times.
   
Stephan Hillerbrand
The work of Stephan Hillerbrand, associate professor of photography and co-owner of the Hillerbrand+Magasamen design studio, was featured in the KHOU story, Festival features flicks with real NASA footage.
   
Richard Murray
Bloomberg interviewed Richard Murray, professor of political science, for their article, Obama Pins Hope on Supreme Court After Latest Immigration Defeat. He was also quoted in the Chicago Tribune article, Obama's loss on immigration case may be political win for party.
   
Emran El-Badawi
Emran El-Badawi, director of Arabic studies, offered comments in the Houston Chronicle article, Survey: Christian Americans view Muslim values 'at odds' with those of America.
   
Veteran broadcaster and host of ABC's "What Would You Do?" John Quiones, was the keynote speaker at the Center for Mexican American Studies' annual Noche Cultural Banquet. The event was covered by ABC-13 in the story 'What Would You Do?' host John Quiñones delivers keynote speech at UH banquet.
   
Brandon Rottinghaus
Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, offered comments in the following articles:
   
Michael D. Snediker
Poetry by Michael D. Snediker, associate professor of English, was featured in The Spectrum article, Poem-A-Day — ‘The Abasement of the Northmores’ by Michael D. Snediker
   
Robert Zaretsky
Professor of modern and classical languages, Robert Zaretsky, wrote the following articles:

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May 21, 2013: Moores Concert Chorale takes top prize in German competition

May 7, 2013: M.A. in Arts Leadership Program Director Appointed

April 18, 2013: Center for Arts Leadership Director Appointed

March 15, 2012: Movie about Creative Writing Professor Nick Flynn opens Friday

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UH Student Improv Troupe Glaundor Wins National Title

Team Takes First Place in National College Improv Tournament in Chicago

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Glaundor celebrates after taking first place in the National College Improv
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Seven University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance students are used to making things up on the spot, but even they could not have imagined a more perfect ending.

UH student improvisational comedy troupe Glaundor spent the past few months perfecting its act for the National College Improv Tournament  (CIT) at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theater. Over the weekend, the comedy team emerged as the first-place winner in the prestigious competition.

“We’ve worked together for two and a half years, and this is the cherry on top,” said Glaundor member and senior Jason Ronje. “It’s an affirmation that our hard work has paid off, and it opens up valuable networking opportunities.”

Glaundor’s members include Ronje, Colin David, Andrew Garrett, Kirk Ellis, Kevin Lusignolo, Adam Sowers and Saurabh Pande.

Troupe's road to a national title began with a first place showing in the tournament’s southwest regional competition in Austin. In Chicago, the group joined 15 other regional champions who were vying for the national crown.

After successfully winning a preliminary round in Chicago, Glaundor entered the tournament’s finals with three other teams: Paperback Rhino (University of Iowa), Seriously Bent (Suffolk University) and UBCimprov (University of British Columbia).

“After we finished our performance for the final round, I realized that it was one of our best sets,” Ronje said. “I turned to Kevin (Lusignolo) and said, ‘We might actually win.’ It wasn’t until then that I thought it was a possibility. Then, they announced our name as the winner, and we all went nuts.”

Glaundor is the first troupe from the southwest region and the second from outside of Illinois to win CIT. Ronje said that he hopes this exposure helps inspire more improv troupes to emerge from UH and across the state.

“If you’re thinking about picking up improv, just do it,” he said. “For me, being in Glaundor and doing improv is about having fun. You don’t have to be a national contest winner to have a great time. If we had come in 16th place, we still would be happy. I’d love for everyone to do improv. I don’t know of anyone who does this who doesn’t have a good time.”

Glaundor debuted in 2011 at Houston nightclub, the Mink. Later that year,  the group performed in front of 600 people at UH’s Cullen Performance Hall as the opening act for popular comedy troupe, the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).

Glaundor specializes in long-form improv comedy, which links separate stories together within a single performance. The group performs on campus and at Houston venues and has taken its brand of comedy to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

For more details on Glaundor, visit the group’s Facebook site.

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Tier One Medallion – sign of success at journey’s end

CLASS student Katylyn Degner among the first Tier One Scholars to graduate

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When Katylyn Degner graduates in May, she will have completed her bachelor’s degree in three years with the help of one of the most prestigious scholarships the University of Houston awards to incoming freshmen. Degner is a member of the inaugural class of students who entered UH in fall 2010 with a Tier One Scholarship.

To mark her upcoming graduation, Degner was recently presented with a Tier One Medallion during the annual Tier One Scholars banquet held last month. The other three recipients of the Medallion that evening were students in the College of Pharmacy.

“The medallion is an award for their competitive selection as a recipient of the Tier One Scholarship and for their achievements as a Tier One Scholar,” said Dr. Veronique Tran, Tier One Scholars Coordinator and Director, Learning through Discovery.

In 2009, UH received an anonymous $7 million donation to establish a scholarship program designed to attract high-achieving students. Chancellor and President Renu Khator used this opportunity challenge the community to also donate to this initiative, creating individual scholarship endowments of at least $50,000. The Tier One Scholarships are a result of these endowments.

In the fall of 2010, 39 freshmen – including Degner – had the opportunity to attend UH with all tuition and mandatory fees for four years of study fully covered as part of the Tier One Scholarship program. In addition, scholarship recipients receive two years of on-campus housing, a meal plan, a stipend to support undergraduate research, a stipend to support study abroad, and other benefits.

“I am not sure I would have been able to afford school without the scholarship,” said Degner. “It made it possible for me to be able to just work enough to pay my personal bills. I could focus on school without incurring massive student debt.”

The Tier One Scholarship is only available to first-time-in-college freshmen who apply and are admitted to UH the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation. Eligibility requirements include a ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school class, a minimum SAT score of 1300, and the student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or hold a temporary resident card.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has had a number of Tier One Scholars since the program’s inception in 2010. Ten of the 58 Tier One Scholars who entered UH in 2012 are CLASS students, with majors ranging from music education to kinesiology.

Degner majored in anthropology and minored in sociology through CLASS. Because she was part of an International Baccalaureate program in high school, Degner entered UH with 30 credits. She took 15 hours a semester in order to graduate in three years.

“Each semester I chose a balance of easier and more difficult courses and established early in the semester which classes needed more attention,” said Degner. “I am also super organized and keep a master list of the readings and assignments due for each class on a spreadsheet each semester, so I try my best to worry about one thing at a time.”

“Katylyn is someone who I found to be a diligent student,” said Landis Odoms, Anthropology Academic Advisor. “She has been quite focused and determined. Her enthusiasm towards her degree has been exciting and she also is someone who makes her education a priority. Katylyn has been a pleasure to work with as one of my students.”

In addition to being very organized, Degner also credits her husband for “picking up the slack” so that she could focus on her schoolwork as well as maintain a job to pay for her remaining expenses and financially contribute to their household maintenance.

With graduation approaching, finding a new job has been Degner’s latest challenge.

“I am looking into jobs in community outreach, human resources and marketing,” said Degner. “I would be open to going to graduate school, but since I am not sure yet what my career will be I thought that it would be silly to start graduate school without knowing what my focus should be. It is possible that after I begin my career I will start graduate school.”

~ by Monica Byars

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Black media images symposium hosted by African American Studies

3rd annual film festival includes talks about stand-up comedy, theater and film

The African American Studies Program is hosting a symposium in conjunction with its third annual Black Images in the Media Arts & Film Festival being held on campus April 11 and 12.

The symposium is designed as a forum for scholarly discussions on media trends that shape, enhance and distort the images of black people.

A highlight of the event is the panel discussion on the state of black comedy that includes Bob Sumner, an original producer of HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. Scheduled to join him are John Davies, writer, producer and director of the documentary Phunny Business: A Black Comedy; and stand-up comedians All D. Freeman and Billy D. Washington. A UH alumnus, Washington wrote, produced and directed the gospel stage play Finding First Lady, which is currently touring the nation.

Another session will be a discussion on the state of black theater. The scheduled speakers are playwright Thomas Meloncon, director of the Theatre Program at Texas Southern University, and director Eileen J. Morris, artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre, the oldest and largest professional African-American theatre in the Southwest United States.

The symposium concludes with a conversation by and about black film makers. Scheduled guests are Al Cervantes, deputy director of the Houston Film Commission, and independent filmmakers Ajai Aitch, Greg Carter and Joseph A. Elmore Jr. Carter’s feature film Fifth Ward was selected for the 1998 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. Elmore’s feature Maid to Kill will be screened during the Black Images in the Media festival.

To see the full listing of all activities associated with the festival, go to the African American Studies Program’s web page: http://www.uh.edu/class/aas/research/BISAF/index.php.

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Gulf Coast and Art Lies magazines join forces

The expanded post-merger Gulf Coast carries on the Art Lies’ mission

Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, the national literary journal produced and published by Creative Writing Program graduate students, has merged with Art Lies: A Contemporary Art Journal, one of Texas’s most respected visual art magazines.

The combination of the two publications is intended to bring additional regional, national, and international exposure to the literary and visual arts culture of Houston.

“After 25 years at the forefront of nationally-distributed, student-run literary journals, this merger allows us to reaffirm our journal’s longstanding commitment to serving as a journal of literature and fine arts,” says Gulf Coast Editor Zachary Martin.

Since its founding in 1986, Gulf Coast has published contemporary literature alongside visual art that showcases work being produced in the Gulf States region of the United States – Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The journal is published twice a year and has experienced steady growth since its inception, increasing its print run from 1,000 to 2,500 in the last decade.

Some of the journal’s contributors have gone on to be selected for publication in prestigious anthologies, including Best American, PEN/O. Henry, and Pushcart.

Started in 1994 as a bimonthly journal covering the Houston arts scene, Art Lies expanded its mission to include state, regional, and national coverage. Art Lies was distributed via bookstores, museum shops, and galleries across the country and ceased production in 2011 after 17 years in operation.

In the letter announcing the publication halt, the Art Lies board of directors wrote: “Through sixty-eight printed issues and related programming, we elevated recognition of Texas as a place where significant contemporary art is not only produced but also written about and discussed eloquently and professionally."

The merger of the two magazines ensures that Art Lies’ mission of putting Texas artists, curators, scholars, and critics in touch with their peers will continue. The combined publication will exist under the Gulf Coast name.

In this new iteration, however, UH School of Art students and faculty will staff the greatly expanded art section of Gulf Coast. The journal will now dedicate 40 pages to contemporary art – 26 pages featuring writing that critiques art and design and 14 pages displaying curated visual art.

Dr. Jenni Sorkin, assistant professor of art history at the School of Art, served as art editor for the first issue of the merged journal. Her own critical work has appeared in New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, and Third Text.

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Student Spotlight: Andrea Sanchez, Moores School of Music

Drum major stretches her creativity for En Masse marching band performance

Marching Band Student Spotlight

As a nervous sixth grader, Andrea Sanchez stood in front of a group of teachers stalling.

The instructors had asked her – twice – to tell them what instrument she wanted to play in her required music class. She had drawn a blank until she remembered a recent field trip to see a performance of “The Magic Flute.”

“I just blurted out ‘flute’,” said Sanchez. “Two weeks into the class, I could not make a sound out of that flute.”

Today, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences student is a UH marching band drum major who is majoring in music education – and a flute teacher to middle and high school students.

“Now, I know that I was supposed to be a flute player,” said Sanchez. “It all worked out in the end.”

A conductor of her high school’s marching band, Sanchez graduated from George Bush High School in Houston in 2009. Then, she enrolled at Texas Tech University in Lubbock with the goals of joining the marching band and going to law school after college.

She accomplished the first task. But even her time in the Texas Tech marching band could not convince her to spend four years and possibly longer in Lubbock.

“I just never felt like I belonged at Texas Tech,” said Sanchez. “So after one year, I transferred to University of Houston. UH is exactly where I should have been the whole time.”

Sanchez changed her major, too – to music education.

She joined the UH marching band, The Spirit of Houston, and rose to the rank of drum major. As drum major, Sanchez is responsible for providing commands to the band regarding where to march, what to play, and keeping time.

The Spirit of Houston primarily performs at UH football games, but they also perform at other events. One special event that Sanchez and other members of the marching band will be a part of this April is called En Masse.

En Masse is a performance of commissioned music written specifically for The Spirit of Houston by Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts’ Artist in Residence Daniel Bernard Roumain. Roumain, a world-renown violinist and composer, has collaborated with Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover, and Lady Gaga during his career.

“I’m very excited about this piece,” Roumain said. “It’s coming at a great time because it allows me to write pure instrumental music on which others can create variations.”

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For the En Masse performance, Roumain is creating a production that will allow the audience to experience what it is like to be inside a “deconstructed parade,” from a lone trumpeter perched on a rooftop to a processional of hundreds.

“It’s about being big,” Roumain said. “Big instruments, big sound and a big space. This is having an effect on what I’m writing. One bass line played by 50 instruments…that’s thousands of overtones. One line of music played by a lot of people is very exciting.”

Sanchez and other marching band musicians will spread out around the downtown park, Discovery Green, and visitors are invited to follow groups of band members on their path. Visitors may stay for an hour or experience the entire 4-hour musical marathon.

“Participating in En Masse will give me the opportunity to do something more artistic – something beyond the UH fight song,” said Sanchez. “The band will get to experience how Roumain can manipulate and change music – something that traditionally isn’t done.”

Sanchez also plays the flute as a member of the UH Symphonic Winds, holds down a part-time job, and fulfills a weekly commitment to teaching flute to middle and high school students in Crosby, Texas.

“Working with the students is really challenging at times,” said Sanchez. “Adapting and pacing is still hard for them. But I feel that if I am not frustrated sometimes, then it is not worth it!”

She is also involved in two other music-related campus organizations, Kappa Kappa Psi and Sigma Alpha Iota.

“I am currently the president of Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary band fraternity,” said Sanchez. “Kappa Kappa Psi is a service organization, so we ensure that the band members have water and snacks during the game as well as ensure the uniforms are properly tracked for cleaning.”

As a member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, Sanchez embraces the organization’s goal to promote music in the community. She and other UH musicians and vocalists visit and perform in local hospitals and nursing homes as fraternity members.

“We are so fortunate to have Andrea as one of our Drum Majors,” said Troy Bennefield, Director of Athletic Bands at UH. “Between her leadership role with the band and duties as president of our band service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, she has an amazing amount of responsibility towards the success of the entire Spirit of Houston.”

“She will no doubt be a fine teacher and represent our university as an outstanding alumna for years to come,” said Bennefield.

After graduation in Spring 2014, Sanchez hopes to be a secondary level educator. Her long-term goal is to be a conductor.

“When I was in preschool we took a field trip to the Houston Symphony,” recalled Sanchez. “I was mesmerized by the conductor. I remember thinking that he had the most awesome job in the world.”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
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The University of Houston
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Raindrop Foundation honors Dean Roberts with Turquoise Award

Nonprofit founded by Turkish Americans salutes CLASS commitment to Turkish studies

Dean Roberts Receiving award

Dean John W. Roberts has been awarded by the Raindrop Foundation the Turquoise Award for his contributions to the academic study and promotion of the Turkish language.

The prestigious honor recognizes Dean Roberts efforts to grow the Turkish language and cultural studies offerings within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Previous recipients of the Turquoise Award are Chancellor and President Renu Khator, former Provost John Antel, Houston Community College System Chancellor Mary Spangler and Austin School District Superintendent Maria Carphastein.

Founded by Turkish-Americans in Houston in 2000, the Raindrop Foundation is a non-profit educational, charitable, social and cultural organization operating in eight states – Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

The foundation’s mission is to contribute to global peace at the grassroots level by sharing Turkey’s heritage of tolerance and understanding. It pursues this mission by organizing and sponsoring Turkish and English as a Second Language classes, study-abroad programs, cuisine courses, Turkic culture festivals and academic competitions.

The Turquoise Award was presented to Dean Roberts as the culminating event of the Turkish Language and Culture Olympiads of Southwestern States in America.

The Olympiads were started to motivate K-12 and college students to learn Turkish as a second or third language. Turkish is listed as one of the critical languages under the National Security Language Initiative, an interagency effort involving the U.S. Departments of State, Education and Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The winners of the Olympiads represent the United States in an international Olympiad held annually in Turkey. They spend two weeks in Turkey with students representing more than 135 countries.

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Former CNN Correspondent lectures on “one-man band” reporting

Working alone in Iraq, Alphonso Van Marsh broke the news of Saddam Hussein’s capture

CNN Correspondent Lecture

Alphonso Van Marsh, multi-media journalist and former CNN foreign correspondent
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The video clip he wanted to show the class didn’t work but, as a veteran journalist, Alphonso Van Marsh came prepared.

He moved right into his topic for the night: how he became the future of media. Marsh, a former CNN correspondent, guest lectured for Professor Carolyn Canville’s Advanced Electronic News class on February 28. He’s best known for breaking the story of Saddam Hussein’s capture while staying on a compound with the United States military in Tikrit, Iraq in 2003.

“Alphonso’s years as a foreign correspondent have taught him the right way to pack – and he packed plenty of entertaining and insightful stories into two short hours!” Professor Carolyn Canville said. “And he seasoned it all with a healthy dose of humor – another essential for anyone working in TV news.”

Marsh opened with how his journey began at CNN as an intern chasing down network executives and begging them for a shot on-air. His tenacity landed him a position as a video correspondent – but not right away.

After his internship ended, Marsh said he sent postcards to CNN executives about the many stories he covered while overseas to show them what they were missing out on by not having him on staff. He didn’t stop until they hired him.

His knowledge of digital newsgathering coupled with his non-mainstream approach to storytelling, helped Marsh score his dream job. He shared that he urged producers to send him where most journalists aren’t willing to go: the Middle East and Africa.

By covering those parts of the world, Marsh invited audiences to learn about the art of “spinning” in South Africa and showed that “Y2K” was just the Year 2000 on some calendars and just another moment in time for some communities in Africa – and not the beginning of a global meltdown.

Students easily identified with his experience and his tenacity.

“Alphonso is a very inspiring man,” said Vanessa Salgado, a broadcast journalism major. “He showed me that in this industry persistence pays off and that we should never give up on our goals."

Marsh stressed that he did freelance work and developed his skills as a multi-media journalist while waiting for his big break. Multi-media journalists, nicknamed in the industry as “one-man bands,” produce, shoot, edit, write and even upload their own stories – without help from a traditional news crew.

In Marsh’s case, by having a G4 computer, small digital camera, satellite phone and videophone, he could go live for CNN in seconds from anywhere in the world. He advised students preparing for careers in the broadcast industry to keep in mind that more newsrooms are moving toward one-man band journalism and that having skills in many areas will help them stay competitive.

Students also got a taste of what a one-man band reporter packs for protection while covering the front lines of wars and riots. Marsh brought equipment including a 40-pound bulletproof vest and helmet.

“The most memorable thing was definitely the gear he passed around the classroom, so we could try it out ourselves,” said senior Stephanie Hernandez. “Who knows when I would've had the opportunity to witness something like that without his visit?”

- By Brittaney Wilmore,
a senior majoring in broadcast journalism major

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Tell Me What You Want to Hear

CLASS communication students, faculty and staff featured in art exhibit

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Contemporary artist Liz Magic Laser’s latest installation, Tell Me What You Want to Hear, examines and dissects the television interview.

She uses the multi-channel video production to explore the differences between public speaking and performance, persuasion and manipulation, informing and influencing. The work will be on display until May 18 at DiverseWorks Art Space, 4102 Fannin.

To help her question television’s ability to transform a person into a performer, Laser enlisted the help of CLASS communication students, faculty and staff.

Broadcast journalism major Lizette Garcia is featured performer in the piece, as well as CLASS Communication Director Shannon Buggs.

Students in Professors Keith Houk and Randy Polk’s courses videotaped and edited in real time the performers at the Valenti television studios on camera and off, as well as a live audience in a separate location for the multi-channel video installation.

Each person involved in the project had work to do and a part to play in the piece’s creation – and was videotaped at some point during the year-long creation performing that role.

Here, some of the participant performers from the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication  share their experiences in their own words:

Keith Houk, Instructional Assistant Professor:

I first heard about the project back in August when Karen Farber, the director for Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, invited me to meet with DiverseWorks and Liz Magic Laser last year. I was excited by the opportunity to work with Liz on an examination and deconstruction of the interview process. I knew that it would be a way to get my students to take their practical production knowledge and apply it in a manner that would be very foreign to them.

I enlisted a group of five students to enroll in a Media Production course structured around the completion of this project. Knowing what was going to be involved, I enlisted the help of my colleague Randy Polk.

The students dedicated themselves to the task with an enthusiasm and skill level that made me really very proud as a professor. It presented an array of challenges and they tackled them with true professionalism.

We managed to have a live conversation between a panel in the studios in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and an audience at the gallery space at DiverseWorks in midtown with no hiccups and little to no budget. It was an exercise in creative problem solving and innovative thought.

Professor Polk's work with a group of volunteer students at the Valenti Studios was invaluable and freed me up to worry about the remote location.

Then we were able to take all the footage shot on Wednesday night, edit it together, and create three individual HD projections by lunch on Friday. I encourage everyone to swing by DiverseWorks on Fannin and see the final installation of Liz Magic Laser's "Tell Me What You Want to Hear." Liz Magic Lazer has done several works involving an examination of Television and Television News. Her work has been seen internationally and I'm happy we could contribute to this project and that our students were such a major factor in the success of the final work.

The students involved were Mike Haimoto, Brianna Leigh Morrison, David Vaughn, Sahara Pecot and Arin Stephen.

Brianna Leigh Morrison, a senior majoring in Communications – Media Production:

As students in a special problems course directed by Keith Houk, five COMM seniors got to participate in Tell Me What You Want to Hear from the start.

We planned the visual layout for the initial conference/meeting. We had to execute the interview lighting and camera setup based on Liz's ideas. We did quite a bit of editing in between the first meeting and the live show. And finally, we were the live crew at the DiverseWorks location.

When we signed up for the class, we knew we'd be getting real world experience, but I don't think we understood the extent of how realistic this project would be.

I definitely learned a lot about communicating with people who don't speak the same "media language" that I do. There were plenty of situations that stretched my critical thinking and fast-paced problem solving, especially at the live show. This aspect was the culmination of Liz's project.

We knew in advance that there were plenty of things that could go wrong the night of the show. That's what makes the day of production so exciting! And yes, there were a few stumbles, but none of the technology failed, and every student did his or her job to the best of his or her ability. Tying everything together was successful and satisfying for the whole team.

Liz was excited about the end product, and it was our job to make that happen.

Randy Polk, Instructional Assistant Professor:

Our association with DiverseWorks and the artist Liz Magic Laser was a great opportunity for our students at all skill levels of Media Production at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.

We invited students from freshman and sophomore classes to observe the process for the shoot and, in many cases, we put them to work on the show in various production assistant positions.

Because this was a professional event that was above and beyond any regular classroom (or studio) assignment, the upper classmen and women served as my primary crew. They became very excited as we approached our rehearsals and production date.

There is something about an “event” taping, one that is going to happen just once and at a specific time that you only have one chance to get, as opposed to a classroom exercise that excites and focuses the mind like nothing else in this business.

It is terrifying and exhilarating all at once!  I have had many of the students involved come to me since we finished this project, saying that “it was so exciting working on something so real!”

DiveseWorks and Liz Magic Laser gave us this chance and I am very proud of how my students handled the opportunity. 

Lizette Garcia, a junior majoring in Broadcast Journalism:

I was one of the people selected to be the on-screen participants in the project. I talked about wanting to be a television journalist in a workshop session, again during media training sessions, and, finally, on a television set during a live taping.

The coolest thing of this experience was the actual filming because it gave me a taste of how my career can be once I graduate from UH.  It definitely left me with a stimulating boost of energy and the determination to be a television journalist.

I’m not going to lie – it was nice seeing myself in video. I can get used to that. I realize from this experience that I have to double the time I put into my studies so I can get where I want to be in my future career.

Overall, I really enjoyed participating in this project and meeting Liz Magic Laser, Mustafa, Nick, Shannon, Linda and Maurice. I’m really thankful that Professor Polk suggested me for this project and introduced me to everyone.

Tell Me What You Want to Hear
By Liz Magic Laser
April 6 – May 18
DiverWorks  Art Space
4102 Fannin, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77004
(entrance on Cleburne between Fannin and Main)
Gallery Hours: Noon – 6 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday
Free admission         

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Marching musical marathon

Mitchell Center artist in residence composes for and collaborates with Spirit of Houston marching band

As part of a long-range residency, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts commissioned world-renowned violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain to create a piece for the Spirit of Houston Marching Band.

He’s come up with En Masse – a performance project that breaks the boundaries of traditional music making and reimagines the sounds and actions of a marching band.

En Masse features 12 musical vignettes that can be performed by 5 to 500 musicians. Audience members will experience what it is like to be inside a “deconstructed parade,” from a lone trumpeter perched on a rooftop to a processional of hundreds.

With hundreds of performers from the marching band spread out, visitors are invited to follow groups of band members on their path. Visitors may stay for an hour or experience the entire musical marathon that will take place on Saturday, April 20 in Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The innovative work is grabbing attention in Houston. The cover art and main story of Arts + Culture Magazine is devoted to En Masse. And it’s been featured in 002 Magazine as well.

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NEWS FROM CLASS | CLASS EVENT CALENDAR | CLASS IN THE MEDIA

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CLASS Event Calendar

  • April 1-13 – School of Art MFA exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum
  • April 11 – Scholarship Awards Reception honoring the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication students. The event is from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Funston Communication Center inside the Valenti building. Tickets are $25.
  • April 13 – Dollars for Scholars art auction to raise money for student scholarships for the School of Art. Items for sale include works by Luis Jimenez, Michael Ray Charles, the Art Guy and UH faculty members. The event is from 7 -10 p.m. at The Station Museum, 1502 Alabama. Tickets start at $125.
  • April 14 – The Religious Studies Program presents Christian musician/historian Kemper Crabb in a benefit concert featuring medieval music performed for contemporary listeners. 7 p.m. 1548 Heights Blvd. at 16th Street, Houston, TX 77008. Suggested donation: $35. UH students, faculty and staff: $10.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar

CLASS in the Media

CLASS Alums Making News

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José Ángel Hernández, an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is a recipient of the inaugural William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations published during the 2011-12 academic year awarded by American University’s School of Public Affairs and Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. Dr. Hernández earned his master of art degree from the Department of History in 2000 and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 2008.
   
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Robin Reagler, executive director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) in Houston, has been elected as the Individual Members’ Representative on the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP.) Her four-year term ends in 2016. Dr. Reagler was awarded in 1995 her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Poetry from the Department of English.
   
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Loretta Devine, the Emmy and NAACP Image award-winning actress, was profiled in Houston Modern Luxury magazine ahead of the April 27 gala where she will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston Alumni Association. Ms. Devine earned a speech and drama bachelor’s degree in 1971 from the School of Theatre & Dance.
   
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Jacqueline Baly, president and CEO of BalyProjects, will also be honored at the UH Alumni Association gala on April 27. A 1990 graduate with a B.S. in political science, Ms. Baly is being honored with Rising Star Award, which recognizes young alumni who have excelled early in their careers. She teaches public policy and urban politics at the University of Houston-Downtown and is the former Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Sugar Land.

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/Half400//class/_images/spiff-images/160622-tmf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160622-tmf.pngCLASS160622-tmf.png160622-tmf.pngJune 18: TMF: Musical Firsts

June 24 & 25:  TMF Orchestra Series: 'The Audience's Guide to the Orchestra'

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor. St. John Flynn, narrator.
Juan Esteban Martinez, clarinet (Winner of 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition)
6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby - Pre-concert entertainment
6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108 - Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture
7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House - Festival Orchestra Concert

http://www.uh.edu/class/music/tmf/season-schedule/index.php#festival3
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngCLASS160618-blaffer.png160618-blaffer.pngSummer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Summer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Works by two artists on the rise will be on view at UH's Blaffer Art Museum throughout the summer months.

http://blafferartmuseum.org/current-exhibitions/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngCLASS160618-hsf.png160618-hsf.pngJuly 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

Henry V: July 30, August 3, 5, 7
Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6

Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. All performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre start at 8:15 p.m.

http://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/hsf/
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UH Moment: Franz Krager

Franz Anton Krager is Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He has led orchestras around the world, and for 24 years has been instructing musicians at UH.

http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/uh-moment/2016/06/15/156847/156847/
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Mei-Ann Chen, conductor. St. John Flynn, narrator.
Juan Esteban Martinez, clarinet (Winner of 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition)
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//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngCLASS160618-blaffer.png160618-blaffer.pngSummer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Summer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Works by two artists on the rise will be on view at UH's Blaffer Art Museum throughout the summer months.

http://blafferartmuseum.org/current-exhibitions/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngCLASS160618-hsf.png160618-hsf.pngJuly 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

Henry V: July 30, August 3, 5, 7
Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6

Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. All performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre start at 8:15 p.m.

http://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/hsf/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-uh-moment-krager.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-uh-moment-krager.pngCLASS160618-uh-moment-krager.png160618-uh-moment-krager.pngApril 8: MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening

UH Moment: Franz Krager

Franz Anton Krager is Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He has led orchestras around the world, and for 24 years has been instructing musicians at UH.

http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/uh-moment/2016/06/15/156847/156847/
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