Courtney Clancy

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Staff spotlight: Nick Gauthier

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Aug 9, 2017 4:38:34 PM

 

He is often a newcomer's first point of contact with the Gwen Frostic School of Art as they tour the facilities and register for their first semester of classes. He's also a key resource for graduating seniors as they check off their degree requirements and transition into the "real world." From start to finsh, academic advisor Nick Gauthier is invaluable in a Frostic School of Art student's journey. 

Learn more about Nick -  including the best part of his job and his love of theatre - in his responses below.

 

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Staff Spotlight

CFA gets social: Meeting our newest class of fine arts Broncos

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Aug 1, 2017 5:02:13 PM

 

More than 300 new art, dance, music and theatre students will be joining us on campus this fall, but we just couldn’t wait any longer to welcome them to the College of Fine Arts community. Earlier this week, we mailed these fine arts Broncos their official welcome packet, including some CFA swag and a message to engage with us on social media.

 

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Topics: Admissions, Student Experience

Staff spotlight: Natalie Faculak

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jul 20, 2017 3:18:14 PM

 

Whether at a college fair, in your high school art classroom, or here on campus during orientation, if you're a student in the College of Fine Arts, chances are you've met Natalie Faculak. Or, if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her in person, you probably recognize her name from your email inbox or our blog, as Natalie frequently contributes tips and guidance for students during their college decision process and beyond.

As manager of recruitment and outreach for the College of Fine Arts, Natalie's job is to be a resource for prospective students, answering questions and providing information regarding the admissions process, our top-notch programs and the offerings of the university as a whole. Seeing that she's a two-time graduate of Western Michigan University, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better representative to speak with.

Get to know Natalie - from her daily duties to how she'd spend her dream day - in her responses below:

 

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Topics: Staff Spotlight

Staff spotlight: Laura Cornish

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jul 5, 2017 11:44:43 AM

 

Laura Cornish can usually be found behind the lightboard, but today we're shining the spotlight on her.

As supervisor of dance production, Laura splits her time between designing lighting for dance concerts and presentations, teaching and mentoring aspiring lighting designers, and managing various marketing duties for the Department of Dance. Learn more about Laura -  including what her farm upbringing taught her and where she finds the best prime rib in Kalamazoo - in her responses below.

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Staff Spotlight

A day in the life of a music student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on May 4, 2017 12:32:00 PM

 

2 majors, 18 credit hours, 10 classes, 2 part-time jobs and countless clubs and extracurricular activities. We don't envy Caitlin Borke's schedule this semester, but the passion she maintains throughout it all is music to our ears.

With aspirations of someday merging her passions of language and music as the director a refugee choir, Caitlin is truly using her voice to make a difference. Accompany Caitlin through a day in her life in the video below to hear and feel her passion:

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Topics: School of Music, Student Experience, The Student Experience

A day in the life of a Music Theatre Performance student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Apr 12, 2017 5:08:12 PM

 

Student. Teaching assistant. Personal trainer. Performer.

He plays the Lion in University Theatre's production of The Wiz, but senior Music Theatre Performance student Troy D. Wallace takes on many different roles in his day to day life. See some of the many scene changes in a day in Troy's life in the video below: 

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Topics: Student Experience, The Student Experience, Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre

Q&A with industrial design innovators

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 31, 2017 11:28:10 AM

 

Industrial design is about building products and systems. But even more so, industrial design is about people. After all, this discipline is rooted in understanding the way people live and interact with their surroundings in order to create solutions that improve and enhance the human experience.

Given design's emphasis on people, we decided to explore the field by focusing on people too.

Enter Robb Smalldon and Paul Martus. Robb is the Vice President of Studio 431, Landscape Forms' custom product division. Meanwhile, Paul is a Principal Industrial Designer at Newell Brands

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Careers in the Arts, Kalamazoo

A day in the life of an art student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 13, 2017 2:03:27 PM

 

For sophomore BFA student Sidney Anderson, no two days are alike. While some days he's up on a scissor lift carefully lighting a new exhibition at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, other days he's tucked away in his studio space in Kohrman Hall finishing up a project. But no matter the time or day, you can always find Sidney creating. 
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Topics: Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience

How to convince your parents to let you pursue a degree in the arts

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 6, 2017 3:44:40 PM

 

Time and time again, we hear about doubtful parents. They’re skeptical of the job prospects available to those who graduate with arts degrees, and they question the return on investment of an art school education, especially if they plan to pay for it. Sound familiar?

You came to the right place.

We get it. Your parents want the best for you, and they don’t like the idea of you being a “starving artist.” But the truth is, the world will always need creatives and there are endless opportunities for you after graduation. We’ve compiled a few tips for you as you make a case for your art school aspirations:

 

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Meet the man who started WMU's photography program

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 23, 2017 1:28:07 PM

 

Artist, professor emeritus, Western Michigan University photography pioneer and long-time supporter, Jack Carney is truly a living legend. We sat down with him to hear his story and learn more about his role in the creation of WMU’s photography program. 

Fifty years ago right now, Carney was in his second semester of teaching at Western Michigan University. Just a twenty-five-year-old “hot shot kid full of energy,” he was brought in as a member of WMU’s largest hire class, a group tasked with widening the curricular offerings at an institution known only at the time as a college for teachers.

“We newbies were given the charge by the president and provost to create a university,” Carney remembered. “The students needed more major alternatives than education.”

Carney and his peers in the Department of Art eagerly took the reins in fulfilling this lofty assignment. But no one at the time could ever have imagined just how much Carney would actually contribute. In fact, his work would ultimately earn him the moniker “founding father” of Western’s photography program.

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Faculty feature, Richmond Center for Visual Arts

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