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One Billion Thanks

When the State of Minds campaign wrapped up on Dec. 31, 2017, more than $1 billion had been raised thanks to the incredibly giving and dedicated West Virginia University family.

The College of Creative Arts raised approximately $23 million during the 10-year campaign which created more than 50 new scholarships, built and opened the Art Museum of WVU, launched four new programs and many new majors in the college and started an extensive study abroad program in the School of Art & Design.

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Art Museum of WVU Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program

The museum’s participation is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. MAP helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards through self-study and a consultative site visit from an expert peer reviewer.

The Art Museum has chosen to do a MAP organizational assessment as a step toward preparing for its initial accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums, to expand knowledge of professional museum standards and best practices and increase financial sustainability. The assessment team, made up of museum staff, including Dr. Joyce Ice, Director; Robert Bridges, Curator; Dr. Heather Harris, Manager of Educational Programs; Dr. Keith Jackson, Dean, College of Creative Arts; and Dr. Bernie Schultz, Professor Emeritus and museum docent; Dr. Arthur Jacknowitz, Professor Emeritus, museum docent, and member of the Museum Advisory Council;  Alison Deem, Chair, Museum Advisory Council and museum docent; and Lyn Dotson, former VP WVU Foundation, and member of the Advisory Council.

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WVU student advances in national singing competition

In March, Juwan Johnson won the Hall Johnson category at the eastern regional round of the competition. His top placement secured him one of 14 spots in the semi-finals, held during NATS Annual Conference in Las Vegas June 22 – 26. 

Johnson first came to WVU as a music education major focusing in viola, but knew he wanted to focus on voice performance at the end of his first semester. Johnson approached Assistant Professor Rob Chafin with his interest.

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WVPT to present 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Artistic Director Jerry McGonigle was drawn to the show because of its universal appeal saying, "as a father of four ̶  and a grandfather of an ever-expanding number ̶  I am committed to making sure that there is always quality, professional entertainment in West Virginia that can be enjoyed by the whole family." 

Director Lee Blair adds, "There is a timelessness to it. We all still have that child within us that wants to be loved and have fun and have adventures. This tale continues that longing to never grow up."

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WVU Piano Festival offers free concerts

A piano festival hosted by West Virginia University June 1-3 will bring with it four free, open to the public concerts.

The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Festival is in its eighth year at WVU, and is the only festival of its kind to explore jazz and classical music that offers artist performances, masterclasses, workshops, and panel discussions.

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Margaret “Peggy” Bair Endowed Music Scholarship

Margaret “Peggy” Bair’s life legacy is certainly about mentorship. As principal flutist and woodwind section leader in the United States Navy Band, she nurtured every wind player who joined the band, from their audition to the day she retired. Outside the band, Bair taught flute lessons and workshops to young adults hoping to become professional musicians. Now, Bair’s guiding nature will live on in the Margaret “Peggy” Bair Endowed Music Scholarship at West Virginia University. 

Bair came to WVU in the late 1970s to study under flute professor Joyce Catalfano. While at WVU, Bair accompanied a friend to an audition for the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. She brought her flute on the trip, not wanting to miss practice time. Speaking with administrators in the band while waiting for her friend to finish auditioning, she found out they had an opening for a flute player. They asked her to audition on the spot and was offered the position soon after.

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David Taddie releases FANCY COLORS

On April 13, West Virginia University faculty member David Taddie released a new album entitled FANCY COLORS. 

Taddie, director of the Electronic Music Studio and professor of music theory and composition, wrote and recorded the album over two decades.

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Acting students to present showcase in New York City

Students in the West Virginia University School of Theatre and Dance Master’s of Fine Art Acting Class of 2018 are completing three years of intensive study and will soon begin their careers as professional actors.

The culmination of their years of study includes a MFA Actor Showcase, to be presented to invited industry professionals and guests in New York City. There will be two performances of the showcase at the Roy Arias 777 Theatre in New York on April 30, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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