Revisiting the 2016 College of Fine Arts Recognition Awards Recipients

Posted by College of Fine Arts Dean's Office on Apr 20, 2017 4:40:17 PM


From professors who leave a lasting impact on their students to administrative employees who exceed the expectations of their role, there's no shortage of talented, passionate and hardworking people in the College of Fine Arts. Each year in April, to celebrate the service and contributions of some of our finest faculty and staff members, the college hosts its annual College of Fine Arts Recognition Awards reception.

As we approach the presentation of the 2017 awards, which will take place on Monday, April 24 in the lobby of the Dalton Center, we thought we'd revisit last year's reception. Below you'll see the exemplary individuals who took home an award last spring and whose names will forever adorn the College of Fine Arts Recognition Awards plaque in the Dalton Center's lobby.

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2016-17 year in review: WMU Department of Theatre

Posted by Emily Fackler on Apr 13, 2017 4:19:31 PM


The WMU Department of Theatre opened the 2016-2017 season with this message: "Theatre has the power to bring us together, regardless of where we have come from or where we are going. And so, at a time when so many voices are pulling us apart, we invite you to celebrate the glorious art form that builds connection and provides a home for characters of all types." We celebrated all tyes of characters and people in our work this year, both on and off stage. The Department of Theatre provided students and audiences with connections and experiences that will last a lifetime. Here are some of the most noteworthy:

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Topics: Department of Theatre

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

Why WMU's musical theatre program

Posted by Drew Porrett on Apr 5, 2017 3:06:19 PM


Hello! My name is Drew Porrett. I’m a senior Music Theatre Performance major graduating next month. I was accepted into the program at Western Michigan University's Department of Theatre in the Spring of 2013. It has truly flown by. My credits here include: Frank Schultz in Showboat, Ensemble/Dance Captain in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dorilant in Country Wife, Paco in Man of La Mancha, and Ensemble in 9 to 5. My hometown is Yale, MI, where you can find a whole lot of livestock and one stop light. That said, being immersed in the study of musical theatre was a lot to handle at first. But now, at the end of my college career, my sincerest gratitude goes to my peers and my professors.

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Topics: Student Experience, College Decision, The Student Experience, 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

Is a college fair worth your time?

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Mar 20, 2017 2:57:19 PM


It seems everything can be done online these days, so why bother attending a physical college fair? Other than logging some serious steps, it can actually save you time from clicking aimlessly for hours searching numerous sites for answers for each school that sparks your interest. At a college fair, there are dozens – if not hundreds – of colleges and universities under one roof. What better place to get all (or at least most) of your questions answered? Take advantage of this opportunity. Plus, who doesn’t love freebies? College fairs are not only a source of free information, but also free pens, coasters, flash drives, note pads and more.

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Topics: Admissions, College Decision

5 ways the WMU Department of Dance prepared me for the professional dance world

Posted by Sarah Jones on Mar 16, 2017 11:26:43 AM


“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”  -Jean-Luc Godard


Inspired … how I always felt at Western Michigan University.  Inspired by my professors, the guest choreographers, the repétitéurs, the alumni and my peers. Inspired by their stories and experiences. Inspired to find my own voice. Inspired to trust that voice. Inspired to train and chisel my body into a vessel for that voice. Inspired to get to the next level. Inspired to give back.     

That inspiration reaffirmed me when I felt rejected, steadied me when I stumbled, and picked me up when I fell; all of which you will experience in the professional dance world. With every dismissal, you dig in and dig deeper, until finally, you get your shot. I am proud to say that this small town girl used that inspiration and her WMU education to get to the bright lights of the windy city as a company member of DanceWorks Chicago!

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Student Experience, The Student Experience, Alumni

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

4 reasons why "Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher" shouldn’t be missed

Posted by Brian Wiegand on Mar 9, 2017 12:04:14 PM


If you’re only going to see one University Theatre show this semester (though I highly recommend them all), let it be Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.Based on the children’s novel by Bruce Coville, this stage adaptation is making its world premiere at Western Michigan University’s own Shaw Theatre. With breathtaking projections, beautiful puppets and a star-studded student cast, this show is guaranteed to be a fast-paced adventure for any audience member.

My name is Brian Wiegand, and I’m a puppeteer for the show. Here are the four reasons why Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher shouldn’t be missed: 

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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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