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You may have seen them perform, viewed their artwork, or taken a class with them, and now you have the opportunity to meet the person behind the creation through fascinating profiles of students, faculty, and alumni on our podcast series and theme essay What's Your Story?, as well as the college newsletter, COFAC Today.

What's Your Story?

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COFAC is spending the year celebrating stories. Stories that are deeply true, personal and autobiographical. Our stories. These are stories of hope, love, guilt, fear, laughter, tears, deceit, virtue, passion and more.

Episode 16: Adam Schwartz

Want to know more about the man behind the scenes? Check out this final podcast, featuring Adam Schwartz, producer of What's Your Story? podcasts. (Transcript)

Episode 15: Dr. Timothy Chandler

Dr. Timothy Chandler, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, tells us how he learned to adapt to new environments at a young age. (Transcript)

Episode 14: Jim McFalls

Jim McFalls, professor of jazz and music industry in the Department of Music, tells us about an experience he had that profoundly influenced him as an artist. (Transcript)

Episode 13: Nancy Siegel

Nancy Siegel, professor of Art History and Museum Studies, tells us how the subject of a particular painting inspired her passion for the arts. (Transcript)

Episode 12: Desiree Rowe

Desiree Rowe, professor of communication studies in the Department of Mass Communications, tells us about the importance of using stories to understand each other and our communities. (Transcript)


Naoko Maeshiba, dancer, choreographer, and director in the Department of Theatre Arts, tells us about a challenge she faced and how overcoming that challenge taught her an important life lesson. (Transcript)


Nerissa Paglinauan, program manager at the Asian Arts and Culture Center, shares with us how singing helped her find her voice. (Transcript)

Episode 9: ERIN BERRY

Erin Berry, professor in the Department of Communication Studies, tells us about how she realized her own self worth. (Transcript)


John MacKerron, professor of electronic media history and production in the department of Electronic Media & Film, talks about the leap of faith that changed the course of his professional life. (Transcript)

Episode 7: KYOHEI ABE

Kyohei Abe, professor of photography in the department of Art & Design talks about challenges he faced when he made the decision to move 6000 miles away from home. (Transcript)


Heather Sorensen, director of events and operations, tells us about a decision that changed the course of her life and career. (Transcript)


Kalin Kirilov, professor of music theory and composition in the Department of Music, speaks about the importance of noticing systems and patterns in the world. (Transcript)


Tavia La Follette, professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, recalls the time she realized the power of stories to cross boundaries. (Transcript)

Episode 3: RUNQIAO DU

Runqiao Du, professor in the Department of Dance, tells us about a conversation that changed the course of his life. (Transcript)

Episode 2: Jennifer Atwater

Jennifer Atwater, professor of broadcast journalism, news writing, and reporting in the Department of Mass Communication, expresses the importance of always remaining curious. (Transcript)

Episode 1: Mathew Bainbridge

Mathew Bainbridge, professor in the Department of Electronic Media & Film, tells a story about a turning point in his life that may surprise you. (Transcript)