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SRAPAS Management Shifted

The operation of the university’s flagship performing arts series will move to the College of Fine Arts and Communication beginning this semester.

The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, along with the Arts Smart and Family Fare series, have all previously been part of the Division of Student Life. The college will oversee the planning, booking, and budgeting of the 2006-2007 season, which is expected to be announced in April 2006.

Jeffery Elwell, dean and professor in the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will serve as producer of the series. He will work with the board of the series’ patrons organization; manage the budget; oversee marketing; and scout, negotiate and book talent for the series.

Michael Crane, director of communications for the college, will assist as the director of marketing.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Friends board and putting together a great 2006-2007 season,” Elwell said. “This series is an important part of the university and the community, and a good fit with our college.”

This season the series offers nine events, including Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story in February, and the Russian National Ballet’s production of Petipa’s La Bayadere in March.

“I look forward to getting input from other community members, students, and East Carolina University faculty and staff,” Elwell said. “I am delighted that the college has been entrusted with this cultural jewel. My goal is to provide great artistic experiences for our students, our employees, and the eastern North Carolina community.”

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 9, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at