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October 2012

The News Tribune continues support of MediaLab

medialab at News Tribune

This September, The News Tribune committed to a generous pledge to MediaLab, allowing them to continue to grow both at PLU and within the community. It is the News Tribune’s intent to continue the partnership with MediaLab for the next three years, through the 2014-2015 academic year. 

MediaLab's relationship with the News Tribune began six years ago, when the News Tribune became the first major contributor to the vision, now called MediaLab. 

“The News Tribune has been more than MediaLab's major financial supporter; it has also contributed significantly to the education of our students,” Joanne Lisosky, MediaLab advisor, says. “Our MediaLab students often travel to the News Tribune not as spectators but ‘coworkers’. In return, News Tribune staff members routinely come to campus to serve as classroom collaborators.”

The continued funding from the News Tribune will help MediaLab purchase additional equipment, including video-editing software, as well as providing support for the significant production cost of documentaries. 

Over the course of the partnership, MediaLab students have received a variety of opportunities at the Tribune - from shadowing reporters to assisting with annual election night coverage. According to Katie Scaff, MediaLab general manager, MediaLab will gain opportunities to try their hand at writing a variety of feature and breaking news stories throughout the year.

“Our partnership with PLU’s MediaLab has been very successful. Over the years, it has given more than 100 students real-world experience in areas ranging from journalism to public relations, marketing to photography, radio and television broadcasting to business administration and advertising to documentary filmmaking,” writes David Zeeck, president and publisher of the News Tribune. “Even during these challenging economic times, more than 80 percent of MediaLab graduates have garnered offers of full-time employment prior to leaving PLU…It truly is a win-win-win relationship.”

“This additional funding will allow students in MediaLab to participate in incredible new projects and opportunities. With the experiences available at the News Tribune, students will gain impressive and highly useful skills across the entire media spectrum,” Katherine Baumann, MediaLab assistant general manager, says. “That support and confidence in MediaLab's efforts makes all the difference for the students and faculty involved in the program.” 

Physicality of the Present opens in the University Gallery

Ann Johnston SchusterOn view at the University Gallery at Pacific Lutheran University are the works of two local artists in an exhibition titled Physicality of the Present. Mixed media ceramics and prints showcase vulnerabilities as a result of physical and emotional constraints. The show opens Wednesday, October 10 with an opening reception from 5-7pm and closes November 7. 

Artist John McCuistion, professor and chair of the Department of art at the University of Puget Sound, shows mixed media ceramics that reference the effects and consequences of war.

“The artwork I make is about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization and humor. I am interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form and color,” McCuistion writes.

The sculptures featured are part of his “G.I. Series”, which were inspired by what he felt was disingenuous information on the part of the U.S. government. He designed the figures with no arms, standing at attention and looking as if they could be placed in a coffin. 

mccuistion“I have a small voice as one person, but my voice is somewhat larger with what I contribute as an artist,” McCuistion writes. “Through my work I am able to contribute to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder and seer.”

Anne Johnston Schuster is a printmaker who has taught studio art, art history and art education at the junior high, secondary and collegiate levels. Schuster’s woodcuts feature children who have fallen victim to physical and emotional constraints.

“In my woodcuts, I endeavor to redefine personal vulnerability, not as a constraint but as a link to our humanity,” Schuster writes. “In a society built upon the precepts of aggression, [the children’s] vulnerability leaves them isolated and forgotten.“
Schuster uses a technique of repeated, striated gouge marks, which creates a still-video effect. Later the image is painted to create hyper-realistic color. 

The University Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm or by appointment. Refreshments are provided at the opening reception Wednesday, October 10. The University Gallery is located in Ingram Hall on the northwest side of campus. 

Our Town opens later this month

Our Town, kicks off the Theater season at PLU later this month. The play, directed by new PLU faculty member, Lori Lee Wallace, was first produced in 1938 and since has become an American classic. The play reveals the ordinary lives of the people in the small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Our Town defies most conventional theatrical genres: it is neither a comedy nor a tragedy, neither a romance nor a farce. It is, rather, a contemplative work and richly timeless commentary on nothing less than the tragicomedy of human existence. It's also deceptively subtle and doesn't rely on obvious conflict to draw us in or push its plot along. 

Show Dates:

October 18*-20, 26 & 27 at 7:30 pm. and Oct. 28 at 2pm. 

* October 18 is Student Preview. 

Tickets are $8 General Admission and $5 with PLU ID. Call the Campus Concierge at 253.535.7411 to purchase. 

Streaming Concerts now a permanent reality

In early September, three small, black video cameras were installed in Lagerquist Concert Hall and on September 25, 2012, PLU streamed its first live concert - the President’s Inaugural Concert.  Moving forward, streaming live concerts will become a permanent aspect of SOAC and PLU.

Inaugural ConcertThese robotic cameras, a result of a joint capital improvement request between the School of Arts and Communication and the Office of Development, open up many doorways. Family and friends from across the country can now watch students perform in our many renowned ensembles. In addition, any student interested in attending PLU, despite location, can watch our students and faculty perform.

“We have such talented faculty and students in our music department, we’re excited for the world to see and hear them,” Dean Cameron Bennett says. “This also dramatically enhances the visibility of our exceptional music program for potential students .”

The cameras will stream all Lagerquist concerts in high definition. When staffing is available to fully orchestrate the cameras, concerts will utilize the complete range of the three-camera system - leading to a higher production level for some of the more featured concerts. On other occasions, concerts will utilize a one-camera wide-shot angle. As more staffing becomes available this year, we will be able to move to a full three-camera cinematic experience for all concerts. 

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