Get Lost [and other advice for travelers]

Posted by Maddie Galer on Jun 23, 2017 2:31:56 PM


For the past month, together with 10 other students and 1 professor, I have traveled to 4 countries, 6 cities, 7 hotels and hostels, and 17 art galleries and museums, and I have walked more miles than I can count. This group is made up of some of the hardest working and generally wonderful people. This trip is called Book Arts in Europe because it's focused on the art of book-making. We have visited different studios in Switzerland, Italy, and now in Amsterdam. Being able to experience and work in these studios was inspiring, and being in these countries and different cities was even more so. After traveling for a month, here is some advice I have for new travelers:


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Topics: CFA Students in Summer, Frostic School of Art, Study Abroad, The Student Experience, Student Experience, Globally Engaged, Going places - Summer 2017

Traveling back home from home

Posted by Maria Vizcarra on Jun 19, 2017 11:28:25 AM


This summer, I was able to go back home from home, compete in a flute competition, meet new friends, and visit family!

It has always been hard for me to decide which place to call “home." Even though I am considered an international student here at WMU, I have been living in the United States for nine years of my life. This is due to the fact that I moved from Peru when I was 12-years-old. As a musician, I could not be more excited to have had the opportunity to train musically in the US and take what I have learned back to where I was born.

My fiancé, Gabe, and I were both able to take a week off work and embark on a beautiful trip back home to Peru for Festival Internacional de Flautistas. Technically, our physical home is here in Michigan, but who can complain about being able to call 2 places home?!

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Topics: CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017, Globally Engaged, The Student Experience, Student Experience

Broncos in the Baltics

Posted by Savannah Gonsoulin on Jun 15, 2017 12:14:10 PM


It’s been about two weeks since the University Chorale returned from our ten-day competition and concert tour of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Chorale is made up of singers from all different backgrounds and walks of life, but I think it’s safe to say that this tour was the adventure of a lifetime for every single one. We all set out on this adventure wanting the same things: to forge new connections with singers from around the world, to experience a set of cultures with deep roots in the choral tradition, and to better ourselves as musicians through exposure through these cultures. But I don’t think that any of us could have anticipated the life-changing experiences that waited for us there in the Baltics, or just how far beyond our own expectations this trip would take us. 

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Topics: CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017, Globally Engaged, Student Experience, The Student Experience, School of Music

A Bronco Abroad: Molly’s Guide to London

Posted by Molly Hill on Jun 5, 2017 2:02:28 PM

London, England. Home of High Tea, Queens and royalty, the West End theatre district, and of course Sherlock Holmes. I have wanted to visit London ever since I was a child and my dad and I ran around my neighborhood pretending we were Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, and my desire to visit grew larger as my passion for BBC television and theatre expanded. Finally this summer, I had the opportunity of a lifetime: Three weeks in London! But not just an ordinary three weeks, my mom and I tagged along with my dad, a piano professor at Goshen College in Indiana, and 45 Goshen College students for their May-Term course, “The Arts in London”.

Spending three weeks in London to immerse myself in the arts?! UM, COUNT ME IN!

By the end of the trip I had seen 15 arts events, mostly plays and musicals, along with incredible classical concerts. There is so much I could say, but I thought I would make my own guide to London, specifically for explorers who love the arts (and food). Here is everything you must see if you are planning a trip to London in the future!

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Topics: CFA Students in Summer, Department of Theatre, Globally Engaged, Going places - Summer 2017, Student Experience, The Student Experience

Moving to change

Posted by Kyleigh Terris on May 31, 2017 3:53:43 PM


As a BFA dance major at Western Michigan University, I have been offered many incredible opportunities by the Department of Dance. However, the opportunity that has had the greatest impact on not only my dance career, but my character, goals, and ultimately my life, is my participation with a student organization called Movement Exchange.

Movement Exchange is an organization that unites dance and service with the intention of providing dance education to underserved communities and creating equal opportunity for all in regards to the expression and emotional release this art form provides. Not only do we participate in local outreach, offering dance programs to preschools, afterschool programs, retirement communities, and anywhere else we can get our hands on, but every year we are presented with the opportunity to participate in an international outreach program.

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Topics: CFA Students in Summer, Globally Engaged, Student Organizations, Student Experience, The Student Experience, Going places - Summer 2017

Going places - Summer 2017

Posted by College of Fine Arts Dean's Office on May 30, 2017 3:06:35 PM


Some with passports in hand and others with noses in textbooks, our students are spending the summer months practicing their passions and tightening their grasps of their art forms.

We've asked a few students from each of our four academic areas to share with us their summer stories in a blog post. So while they're jetsetting across the country (or world!) and gaining incredible experience at camps, agencies, companies and festivals, we'll be living vicariously through their exciting summer exploits here on the Fine Print.

In the coming weeks and months, stay tuned for posts and pictures from the following fine arts students and recent graduates:

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Topics: Going places - Summer 2017, CFA Students in Summer, The Student Experience, Globally Engaged, Study Abroad

How studying abroad enriched my life and college experience

Posted by Stephanie Truitt on Oct 4, 2016 1:34:13 PM


My name is Stephanie Truitt, and I’m a second year Art and Spanish major at Western Michigan University. This past summer, I went on the Book Arts in Venice study abroad trip. We were in Italy for three weeks, and during that time we stayed in Venice, Florence and Cornuda. Our group of eleven worked on making several types of prints, posters and even books. Every single day was filled with new experiences and growth. While the trip was relatively short, in the three weeks I was in Italy I learned about the amazing benefits of studying abroad. Here are five of the things I took away from the trip. 

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Topics: Study Abroad, Globally Engaged, The Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, CFA Students in Summer

An international dance residency: Reflection IV

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 19, 2016 6:19:04 PM


Last week, WMU dance students broadened their choreographic horizonspushed the boundaries of their bodies' kinespheres, and learned to appreciate the universality of strong technique through their exposure to visiting artists from the Dominican Republic. But the students weren't the only ones impacted by this international residency. 

In their native Spanish, Rafael, Dayme and Evelyn of la Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea described the mark this experience left on them as educators and artists. Read their own impressions, stories and messages of thanks below:

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Topics: Dance, Student Experience, Department of Dance, Globally Engaged

An international dance residency: Reflection III

Posted by Alyssa Boone on Sep 16, 2016 4:33:50 PM


Living the Dream

A reflection from sophomore dance student Alyssa Boone

This Tuesday, my Modern II technique class had the privilege of taking class from some of the incredibly talented artists of the Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea. 

Our teachers for the day—Dayme, Erick, and Rafael—were so passionate and energetic. They loved to push the limits of their movement and encouraged us to do the same. When you’re dancing in the same setting with the same people every day, it’s easy to get comfortable. But dancing with them helped remind us all that there’s always something more to reach for.

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Topics: Dance, Student Experience, Department of Dance, Globally Engaged

An international dance residency: Reflection II

Posted by Sinclair Davis on Sep 15, 2016 8:57:40 AM


The Universal language of dance

A reflection from senior dance student Sinclair Davis

This past week, Dancers from La Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea traveled from the Dominican Republic to Kalamazoo to share their art with the WMU Dance Department. I was lucky enough to take two Modern Technique classes and an Improvisation class. Though I thought the classes would be challenging because of the language barrier, it became apparent that dance doesn't always require the same vernacular.
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Topics: Dance, Student Experience, Department of Dance, Globally Engaged

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