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February 2012
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As Dean of the School of Arts + Communication at Pacific Lutheran University, I welcome you to the inaugural season of SOAC's Focus Series, which will be highlighted in this month's SOACtivities. Our goal is to bring together our talented students and faculty to focus on a common theme through a multi-disciplinary approach. Each year, the theme selected will be relevant, timely, and appropriate to the mission of SOAC and PLU.

For 2011-12, the theme of “Compassion” is one of relevance in these challenging times in which we live and certainly a cornerstone of social interconnection and human values that bring each of us together. Our four events this year present each SOAC area – art & design, communication, music and theatre – dynamically interpreting this common theme through the panorama of their respective discipline. It promises to be an exciting and thought- provoking journey.

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions at cbennett@plu.edu or call 253.535.7150.

Sincerely,

Cameron Bennett
Dean School of Arts + Communication

National Print Exhibition "The Human Experience" 

Take a front row seat to the world of printmaking at the opening of PLU University Gallery’s the National Print Exhibition: The Human Experience, WednesdayFebruary 8, 2012 at 5 p.m.

The National Print Exhibition brings printmaking from the nation to PLU. With numerous juried entries from across the country, attendees can get an idea of techniques and styles used in printmaking today while connecting with fellow art and print lovers and printmaking experts. Learn about the national and local printmaking scene with Craig Cornwall, clinical assistant professor of art and design at PLU, who will offer printmaking demonstrations and give a few lucky gallery attendees an original print to take home. 

“I think it’s a wonderful thing for PLU to be able host this national show, not only for PLU but for other universities and colleges in the area who will bring their students and get a nationwide perspective on today’s printmaking,” Cornwall said. 

All prints are made with hand pulled processes - incorporating the human element in each piece.

“I think [compassion] really tends to draw interest from printmakers because everything they do becomes a very great part of who they are – that human experience is reflected because you have to do so much preliminary work to get the results, and I think the human experience is often like that,” Cornwall said.

The print exhibition is held in the University Gallery in Ingram on the PLU Campus; it is a biannual event.  Can’t make the opening reception? The University Gallery in Ingram is open 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday and always free. Exhibition will be up until March 7, 2012. 

MediaLab Film Examines "Compassion Fatigue"

 

People who are repeatedly exposed to tragedy and trauma, such as health care workers, fire fighters and law enforcement officers, may be susceptible to a condition known as “compassion fatigue, “according to a new documentary produced by PLU’s MediaLab.

“Overexposed: The Cost of Compassion,” makes its South Sound premiere Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center’s Lagerquist Concert Hall.

 “After reading a little bit about what compassion fatigue is,” Katie Scaff, a junior and MediaLab member, says, “we realized that this was an important issue that more people need to be aware of.” 

The title of the film, which came to the filmmakers during one of the more than 60 interviews they conducted across North America, is evocative of the human toll associated with repeated exposure to trauma and suffering.

The team traveled some 12,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada by car, train and plane in search of people with unique stories to tell. In New Orleans, the researchers met survivors of Hurricane Katrina, a nationally renowned expert who wrote the first book about compassion fatigue and a sexual trauma nurse at Louisiana State University Hospital. The filmmakers’ work also took them to California, Illinois, Washington D.C., New York City, and Kingston, Ontario, where they attended the first annual Compassion Fatigue conference.

“It's been a busy year. But we've learned so much,” Scaff says. “Our goal now is to bring awareness to this issue so people can identify it and know how to cope.” 

“Overexposed” marks the seventh film produced by MediaLab, which has received numerous national recognitions for its work, including one Emmy Award and three consecutive Emmy nominations.

The world premiere of Overexposed was held in October 2011 at Seattle Central Public Library. The film is free and panel discussion are free. 

Rabbit Hole - A Studio Theater Production

rabbit holeTheatre, as a communal form of art, is an ideal forum in which to experience the kind of shared compassion that helps us persevere in difficult times and bring us closer together.

The opening night of PLU’s Rabbit Hole, on March 9, 2012, provides an opportunity for thoughtful discussion on theatre and compassion. We welcome theatre alumni back to PLU for a panel at 5:30 p.m. in Ingram 100 and a reception prior to the Rabbit Hole curtain at 7:30.

Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre, Brian Desmond, will host the panel discussion. Attendees will discover how compassion informs the work of theatre professionals as they audition for roles, develop characters, rehearse with fellow cast members and perform for an audience. Theatre alumni on the panel include Kristina Corbitt ’10 (Jet City Improv Company Member), Kirsten Helland ’10 (Oklahoma! at The 5th Avenue Theatre), and Justin Huertas ’09 (Spring Awakening at Balagan Theatre and on a National Tour).  

Rabbit Hole, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is a story of loss, heartbreak, and forgiveness as a family attempts to move on after a life-shattering accident.

“The play demands an intense level of naturalistic acting that requires the performers to be unfailingly honest in order to get the most out of both the humor and the pathos in the text. Our students have been aching for that kind of challenge, and I wanted to give it to them,” Desmond said.

Rabbit Hole, offers a real, raw journey that author David Lindsy-Abaire describes as “not a tidy play.”

“During the course of the play, each of the five characters has to learn how to deal with a variety of very challenging situation,” Desmond said. “Regardless of how they act (and react) to each other and to the circumstances, it is ultimately compassion for themselves and for their fellow human beings that allows the characters to move on in their lives with some measure of understanding and grace.”

Rabbit Hole will open in the Studio Theater – PLU’s new black box venue. The venue provides an intimate experience for the audience members. Rehearsals begin Monday, February 6, 2012. 

“It is a truly incredible play… it's not just sad, it's also incredibly funny and so real, so honest that I think audiences will really enjoy not just watching the show but being a part of these people's lives,” Abigail Pishaw, cast member, said.

For tickets please call the Campus Box Office: 253-535-7411. Tickets are $8 General Admission and $5 with student or PLU ID. Tickets are available three weeks prior to opening night.    

Drum Taps: Nine Poems on Themes of War

drumCompassion for victims of injustice is often cited as a reason for war. Compassion for victims of war (including those who fought) is a frequent outcome, often spurring another cycle of conflict.

Drum Taps: Nine Poems on Themes of War by Gregory Youtz, composer, is a 55 minute oratorio for four vocal soloists, mixed choir and orchestra. Four poems by Walt Whitman written during the United States' Civil War (1861-65) from his series Drum Taps, provide an evolving view of war from an American perspective: from excited anticipation of a quick and heroic experience, to a somber reflection on the human cost of war. Interspersed amongst these are five poems by writers from other lands and other times- perhaps not coincidentally places where the US has been involved in wars: Vietnam, China, the Middle East and Europe.

Please enjoy a pop-up art gallery in the Lagerquist lobby before and after the show. Art works will showcase students’ perspective on "themes of war." Stay tuned to the Focus Series website for additional information on the night’s events – they will be posted as they unfold. 

For tickets please call the the department of music at 253-535-7602. Tickets are $8 General Admission, and $5 senior citizens (55+), $3 with student or PLU ID and free to children under 18. Tickets are available.

Cliff and Jille Rowe Scholarship

Great news! We have met the goal for the Cliff and Jille Rowe Journalism Scholarship! We received several very generous gifts right around Christmas, including one from Cliff and Jille. We raised $25,000 for an endowed scholarship. The scholarship will support a journalism student with a 3.0 GPA or higher. 

Full Calendar of SOACtivities

February

8: 

ART - SOAC Focus - “National Print Show: The Human Experience” Opening Reception @ 5-7pm, University Gallery, FREE

2/8-3/7: 

ART- “National Print Show: The Human Experience”, University Gallery, FREE

9:

MUSIC- University Chorale Homecoming Concert @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

12:

MUSIC- Cameron Bennett, Pianist & Friends @ 3pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall,

14:

MUSIC- Valentine’s Concert: Songs from the Great American Songbook @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

18:

MUSIC- PLU Guitar Festival; All Day with special performances @ 3pm & 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, Festival Registration: $60 General Admission, $30 Senior Citizens, PLU Community & Alumni Events;

21:

MUSIC-David Joyner, Pianist & Syd Potter, Trumpeter @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

22:

COMMUNICATION – SOAC Focus- Medialab’s “Overexposed: The Cost of Compassion” @ 7pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall 

25:

MUSIC- Augustana Symphonic Band Concert @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE

27:

MUSIC- Camas Wind Quintet @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

March

1-2:

MUSIC- Choral Invitational @ 8am, Lagerquist Concert Hall

3:

MUSIC- Male Chorus Invitational Symposium 9a-4:30pm, Concert at 3pm in Lagerquist Concert Hall

3:

MUSIC- Jason Gilliam, Euphonium @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

6:

MUSIC- Flute Students Present the Music of Ian Clarke @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE

8:

MUSIC- Regency Jazz Ensemble @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

8-10:

THEATRE- “Rabbit Hole” @ 7:30pm, Studio Theater

9:

THEATRE – SOAC Focus - “Rabbit Hole” @ 7:30pm, Studio Theater

9:

10:

MUSIC- University Jazz Ensemble @ 8pm, Chris Knutzen Hall

MUSIC- Choral Union concert @ 8pm in Lagerquist Concert Hall

11:

MUSIC- Ann Marie Rigler, Guest Organist @ 3pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

13:

MUSIC- University Wind Ensemble @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

14:

ART- “Stone Soup” Exhibition Opening Reception @ 5-7pm, University Gallery, FREE

3/14-4/11:

ART- “Stone Soup” Exhibition, University Gallery, FREE

15:

MUSIC- Debussy Piano Festival @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE

16:

MUSIC- PLUtonic/HERmonic @ 8pm & 10pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall,, FREE

16-17:

THEATRE- “Rabbit Hole” @ 7:30pm, Eastvold Auditorium

17:

MUSIC- Zachary Lyman, Faculty Trumpeter & Thatcher Lyman, Guest Guitarist @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

18:

THEATRE- “Rabbit Hole” @ 2pm, Eastvold Auditorium

20:

MUSIC- University Symphony Orchestra with student soloists @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

30:

MUSIC- Northwest Horn Symposium: Berhard Scully and Daniel Katzen @ 7:30pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

31:

MUSIC- Northwest Horn Symposium Final Gala Concert @ 1:30pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall

31:

MUSIC- Northwest Horn Symposium: The Music of Douglas Hill @ 7:30pm Lagerquist Concert Hall

Ticket Prices, unless otherwise noted.

MUSIC events: $8 - General Admission, $3 - Alumni & PLU guests, FREE - PLU Community & Children under 18
For tickets please call 253-535-7787

THEATRE events: $8 - General Admission, $5 - Senior, PLU Community
For tickets please call the Concierge Office at 253-535-7411