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Stephen Middleton

May 2013

TU Anthem Remix

Stephen Middleton leaves his mark on Towson with his production of the TU Anthem.   Stephen wanted to do more than just walk across the stage and get a degree, so with the help of fellow students from the Department of Electronic Media and Film he created this video.

Photo: Stephen Middleton

April 2013

Moving to Learn - Department of Dance

"Moving to Learn", a curriculum combining science and movement designed the Department of Dance K-12 Education Program and TU Community Dance, was an exhibitor at the Innovation in Education showcase put on by the Division of Innovation and Applied Research at Towson. Instructors use movement as a way to help students learn about the Earth and the cause and effect relationships. Currently the Department of Dance program collaborates with Port Discovery Children’s Museum to offer the program to preschool groups.

March 2013Dr. Stacy Spaulding

Dr. Stacy Spaulding - Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Dr. Stacy Spaulding will be awarded the Susan L. Greenberg Research Prize for Literary Journalism Studies for the second time.  In 2012 Dr. Spaulding won it for a paper titled "Reality Boundaries: A Narrative Analysis of Author Interviews in The Paris Review." This years paper, "The Afro-American's World War II Correspondents: Feuilletonism as Social Action," she co-wrote with Baltimore journalist and author Antero Pietila.

Photo: Dr. Stacy Spaulding

February 2013

Carolyn Fucile - Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

Professor Carolyn Fucile, was awarded a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant in the field of Media/Digital/Electronic Arts. In 2012 she was designated as a Semi-Finalist for Baltimore's 2012 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. Last summer Professor Fucile's work was exhibited, alongside other Semi-Finalists, in a group exhibition at Maryland Institute College of Art's Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries. During the summer of 2012 she also exhibited a sound installation, entitled Subtext, at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD. Art Department students William Jarboe III, Natalyn Obey, and Ian Mize assisted Professor Fucile with installing her work at School 33.

January 2013

Nicole Martinell - Department of Dance

Dance Adjunct II, Nicole Martinell was nominated for the Baltimore Baker Artist Awards January 2013. In September 2012 Nicole co-directed AKIMBO: “AKIMBO is as much about the journey between the sites as it is about the experiences within. Audience members are encouraged to explore Baltimore City Station North Arts & Entertainment District and experience the neighborhood's rich architecture, culture, and community.

NBS Won Most Improved

The Towson Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Rho, The National Broadcasting Society won most improved chapter award at the organization’s national convention 2012.

Dr. Amy Becker

December 2012

Dr. Amy Becker - Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies
Dr. Amy Becker was an invited panelist at P6: Professors and Practitioners Pontificate on Political Parody and Persuasion, a conference held Nov. 28 and 29 at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Becker's recent political comedy research includes an article in the current issue of Mass Communication & Society entitled, "Comedy types and political campaigns: The differential influence of other-directed hostile humor and self-ridicule on candidate evaluations."

Photo: Dr. Amy Becker

Sidney Pink

Sidney Pink- Department of Dance

Pink, Dance Administrative Coordinator, appeared in the December 2012 Vogue Addition: Holiday Wish List: Cultural Influencers Reveal the Accessible Art They Plan to Give (or Hope to Receive) This Season, edited by Meredith Melling Burke. Designer Dalia Oberlander says “I love Sidney Pink drawings and their playful themes—a few are collaged on my walls!” Also in December 2012 Gildar Gallery (Denver, CO) presented two concurrent exhibitions by Maryland based artists Sidney Pink and Bill Dunlap. Both artists create representational works on spare backdrops to very different effect. In September Sidney co-directed AKIMBO.   

Photo: Sidney Pink


November 2012

MCCS Graduate student presents paper at NCA

MCCS graduate student Amanda P. Klein presented her research at the 98th annual National Communication Association conference held in Orlando, Fla. Her paper was titled, "Text Messaging: Effects on Romantic Relationships and Social Behavior." More



Kaitlin Newman, left, Dr. Stacy Spaulding, right



Photo:  Amanda P. Klein


Journalism student wins a Mobbie
Senior journalism student Kaitlin Newman won a Mobbie award for her blog 120 Pearls, which focuses on film photography and antique cameras. More

Photo from left to right:

Student Kaitlin Newman, Dr. Stacy Spaulding

October 2012

Karl Fugelso - Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
In 2012, Karl Fugelso edited the latest volume of Studies in Medievalism, which is the oldest, most prestigious, and most widely circulating publication in that field. He also published a refereed articles in The Year's Work in Medievalism, which is the second oldest, second most prestigious, and second most widely circulating publication in that field, had another refereed paper accepted by that journal, and gave a presentation at the 28th Annual International Conference on Medievalism, which was held in Ohio at the Stark campus of Kent State.

COFAC Departments Collaborate

Ryan Murray and Phil Davis, of the Electronic Media and Film Department, collaborated with Dr. Phillip Collister and students from the Music Department for the opera Pasticcio Furioso. The collaboration featured live-projected, animated sets by Professors Murray and Davis, and a compelling performance of the baroque opera by the students of the cast and orchestra.

SPJ Sponsors Panel
The Towson University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists sponsored a panel discussion of third party politics and the press Oct. 25. The discussion featured Charles Mahtesian, Politico's national politics editor; Alexis Simendinger, the White House correspondent for RealClearPolitics; Kevin Zeese, an attorney, social justice activist and a Green-Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006; Joe Seehusen, the 2008 deputy campaign manager for Ron Paul; and Dr. John McTague, an assistant professor in Towson's department of political science. The faculty advisers of Towson's SPJ chapter are JoAnne Broadwater and Dr. John Kirch.

Jessica Ring Published - Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

Jessica Ring, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Graphic Design concentration, had a paper published in the book The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology: Volume I (2012).

September 2012

Bridget Sullivan - Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

In the summer of 2012 the National Park Service awarded Bridget Z. Sullivan position in the AIR (Artist In Residence) Program at Catoctin Mountain Park, in Maryland. Bridget acted as the resident artist in both Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park. During her residency Bridget presented art demonstrations for visitors in both parks.

Marc May - Department of Electronic Media and Film

EMF Lecturer Marc May was Story Editor on the feature film Stealing Las Vegas, produced by Academy Award-winner Roger Corman. Starring Eric Roberts, the film premiered on Sept. 5 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.”

Brandy Hall
MCCS Student Emceed TU Inauguration

Mass Communication student Brandy Hall served as a student emcee for the inauguration of President Maravene Loeschke Sept. 14. "She had the honor in her capacity as SGA President and did a great job keeping the event moving and tackled some pretty difficult name introductions with poise," MCCS chair Cynthia Cooper said. As SGA President, Hall is also the student representative to the Towson University Board of Visitors.

Dr. Phillip Collister - Department of Music

Dr. Phillip Collister stage directed HUB Opera Ensemble September 2012.

June - August 2012

Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell - Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

Dance Assistant Professor, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, was an invited artist for four weeks at Chicago for Hubbard Street Dance Company.

John Turner - Department of Electronic Media and Film

John Turner, participated in a panel at the annual College Video Sports Summit in Atlanta June 2012. In April 2012 John Turner, John MacKerron and Greg Faller presented at a panel session at the BEA National Convention.

Patrick Roulet
In 2012, Patrick Roulet released his recording of the early percussion music of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass on the Equilibrium label (EQ107). The recording features the Towson University Percussion Ensemble and Towson University percussion faculty: Mark Craig, Michelle Humphreys, and N. Scott Robinson.

Shin-Yeon Jeon - Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

In 2012 Shin-Yeon Jeon was awarded with the Presidential Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Art Center, CO. Among many of his exhibits, Jeon presented the Ruins and Recollection Exhibit at the Towson Commons Gallery, Towson, MD.  Jeon has also had several articles published including Korean American Ceramicist, Sam Chung: Duality of Coexisting Spaces in Ceramic Art Monthly.

Ryan Murray - Department of Electronic Media and Film
Ryan Murray's video A Broadcast Called Life was published in the book/DVD collection Strange Attractors. The videos in this collection were screened at prestigious national arts institutions such as the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Printed Matter in New York. Murray's video Five Years was screened at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York, one of the most prestigious not-for-profit art and technology in the United States.

David Reiss - Department of Electronic Media and Film

David Reiss’ production of "SWIRL for a Girl" was selected for the Baltimore City Paper Film Festival, 2012.


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