Alumna’s Product: The Real Green Jeans
Textiles alumna Samantha Pell (BFA ’10) and her employer, Mefiver, are revolutionizing the denim industry.
Their patent-pending manufacturing process is both on-demand and green. It uses a fraction of the water, chemicals, energy and labor as compared to traditional manufacturing, and generates less waste.
Pell and company showcased more than 70 fashion designs at a launch party in downtown Raleigh on November 17. The designs, marketed under the brand name SRGB (which stands for “simulated Red Green Blue”) is available online at http://www.srgbonline.com and includes their “clean green jean” concept as well as jackets.
The company uses locally-sourced and regional suppliers to create indigo-free and unprocessed jeans. They’ve combined their technological prowess and design moxie with the tailoring tradition and fine craft movement, resulting in a concept that won a 2013 TED award nomination.
Mefiver won a 2012 NC IDEA grant to support their launch. Startup Open, a competition funded in part by the Kauffman Foundation, named the company among the “Top 5 Most Promising Startups in the World.”
Bob Ebendorf’s brooch, “King of the Road” was acquired by the University of Arkansas. The piece, crafted in 2012, is made of crushed drink can, tin foil, faceted stones and found objects.
Chamber Singers Compete, Win in Spain
The ECU Chamber Singers won second place overall in the Grand Prix category at the International Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain and were invited to perform at the Winners Concert on November 3.
The singing Pirates won a silver medal in the folklore category and a bronze medal in the polyphony category. Both awards included a cash prize.
The Chamber Singers, the only choir representing the Americas, finished 1.4 percent behind the winning choir from Sweden. Other ensembles hailed from Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Indonesia, Russia and Spain.
Conductor Andrew Crane sent an email to the Chamber Singers immediately following the triumph. “The goal was simply to perform to the best of our ability and we accomplished that goal in every respect. I will never forget that performance...with all of its beauty, excitement and emotion. You owned that night, and as such were the only winners selected from that entire concert.”
The invitation to compete followed Crane’s posting of a Chamber Singers video to YouTube last year. He noticed that Javier Busto, a prominent Spanish choral composer, made a comment.
“This was exciting for us, that someone so renown, and halfway around the world, would take the time to tell us he liked our video,” Crane said. “I didn’t think much of it after that.”
In November 2012, Crane received an email that led to an invitation to participate in the choral contest. In addition to competing on October 29, the Chamber Singers performed individual concerts at local venues in the greater Basque region.
Above: Conductor Crane on stage in Spain.
ECU Storybook Theatre cast members rehearse a scene in the upcoming production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
Rehearsals take place in the Messick Theatre Complex, but move on stage in Wright Auditorium this week. Performances are on Friday on campus, and Saturday at Marine Air Station Cherry Point.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication hosted a Homecoming Brunch for all alumni in the Jenkins Fine Art Building
Directors Linda Kean and Michael Drought, Dean Chris Buddo, Development Director Nancy Ball, and Mike Litwin, (BFA '01).
Digital Technology - Traditional Techniques
January 24 – February 22, 2014
Digital technology has revolutionized the way we live, work, play, and create.In today's world of increasing virtual reality, the textile artist has found a way to harness these new technologies while also remaining connected to the physical aspects of the craft.
The once defined lines between craft, art, and digital design have now blurred and blended together to become a part of the contemporary world of textile art.
Digital Technology – Traditional Techniques is an international juried exhibition that showcases the application of technology in the expandingfield of textiles while celebrating the traditional "hand" that remains the driving force of the textile artist.
Full Prospectus, Entry Form, and online payment site can be accessed via the ECU School of Art and Design Gray Gallery website:
ECU Offers Memorable Semester in Italy
Students from any major can participate in Italy Intensives, a year-round study abroad program located in the heart of Tuscany. Four options are available: fall, spring and two summer sessions. ECU professors provide instruction in the humanities, social sciences, Italian language, fine arts, studio arts, literature, English, exercise, music, theatre and more.
The program is headquartered in the medieval village of Certaldo Alto, and is enhanced by day and overnight trips to Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre and Florence.
Learn more at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/italy/index.cfm
Chili Sale Fires Up Ceramics Guild Budget
School of Communication professor Rebecca Dumlao peruses the wares at the School of Art and Design's chili bowl sale. The Ceramics Guild, which hosts the event, sells vegetarian, pumpkin, sausage and beef chili, as well as a plethora of hand-crafted vessels, to raise funds to support guest artists on campus.
Visiting Scholar Shares Expertise
Junior Nataliya Sandulyak poses with visiting scholar Gene Roberts at a reception on October 24 at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge. Roberts, who won a Pulitzer for "The Race Beat," a book he co-authored, was the former national and managing editor of the New York Times and the executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. While on campus, Roberts worked with Communication majors, served as keynote speaker at the School's annual High School Media Day, and mingled with the public. Sandulyak is studying journalism.
“Three Brooches,” by Massey “Summit #3a” by Cole
Fine Arts Alumnae Recognized Internationally
Two alumnae from the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s School of Art and Design will be included in an international competitive jewelry exhibition.
Schmuck, an exhibition with a 50-year tradition, is staged annually in March as a part of “Handwerk & Design,” a major trade fair held at Munich’s Internationale Handwerksmesse. Sharon Massey (MFA ’06) and Kat Cole (MFA ’12) were the only Americans, of 66 artists internationally, selected to participate. Schmuck, along with three other exhibitions featuring top-quality craftwork, skillful design and a high level of craftsmanship, form the core of the fair.
Massey reports that her “Street View Series” works are a response to the density of architecture in rust-belt cities like Pittsburg. “I am drawn to the crowded streets and alleyways, the rich patchwork of brick, paint, siding and architectural details that suggest layers of history and personal stories,” she says.
Cole finds meaning and connection through the observance and intimate awareness of the places she inhabits. “With each geographic change, I have become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make each location unique,” she reports. “It is these characteristics: natural landscape, architecture, color palette and distinct regional culture that I channel into my work.”
“Handwerk & Design” is the jewelry sector’s premier exhibition.
Photos:Kat Cole’s “Summit #3a” brooch, crafted of steel, enamel and found materials. Sharon Massey’s “Three Brooches,” constructed of steel and paint.
Speech Communication Center Open for Business
Just as one seeks the writing center when in need of written communication support, the ECU community is now able to secure verbal communication support through the Speech Communication Center.
The Center, housed in the School of Communication, is the brainchild of professor Pam Hopkins, who envisioned the service four years ago. When space and funding became available last summer, a former radio broadcast laboratory housed in 205 Joyner East, was repurposed.
"We can help with the organization and delivery of speeches and group projects," Hopkins explains. "We're not just the speech place. We work to enhance all aspects of professional communication skills." She and her staff members—two graduate students funded thorough a BB&T Leadership Development grant—provide feedback to enhance effective communication.
The center has served more than 300 students to date this semester. Hopkins and her staff are networking across campus to make certain that professors know the resource is available. "We are serving students from all majors, not just Communication," Hopkins explains. "And we assist students who speak English as a second language."
The Center works with non-students as well, addressing anxiety issues, helping to sharpen delivery for presentations at conferences, and training staff members who move into positions that require public speaking as a part of their job duties.
"We know from a variety of studies that effective interpersonal communication is a key component in hiring and promotion decisions," says Linda Kean, Director of the School of Communication.
"Students come to school to get a job," explains Blake Caruso, a masters of communication degree candidate who staffs the Center. "Verbal communication is always among the top ten skills employers seek when hiring," he says. "We can add value."
Center staff members provide participants with feedback in organizing, researching, writing and delivering effective presentations.
Learn more or secure an appointment at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/comm/center/index.cfm
Contact the Speech Communication Center staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 328-2790.
Left: Professor Pam Hopkins addresses ECU employees from Human Resources in a workshop concerning effective communication practices.
Mural Maker Morphs Metals' Markadakis
To visually explain each concentration offered in the School of Art and Design, Cinematic Arts and Media Production students under the tutelage of professor Michael Dermody are shooting short pieces to accompany the school's upcoming website relaunch. To represent the painting concentration, painting student Kathryn Ervin begins to morph metals student Rosie Markadakis into a portion of a large-scale mural for a filming session. The mural was also painted by Ervin.
Textile Guild Sale
Lori Ary (left) and Sydney Sogol (right), both MFA candidates in the School of Art and Design, staffed a Textiles Guild sale in the Sonic Plaza in October. The proceeds from student works and goodies will fund guest artist workshops throughout the year.
Multimedia Newsroom Recognized
Several students and the School of Communication's state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom were featured in a web package by ECU News Services.
The newsroom, launched as a teaching space last spring, features new computers, three studio cameras, a TriCaster, an audio board, an anchor desk and a green screen. The newsroom's virtual sets enable the anchoring desk backdrop to be transformed into a city skyline and other scenes. With the equipment, students are able to write and produce their own shows, creating an authentic news broadcast experience.
The newscasts created in the newsroom are available under "Pirate News Network" on YouTube. Read more.
Chamber Singers to Compete in Spain
Professor Andrew Crane posted concert videos of the ECU Chamber Singers on YouTube last year. He noticed that Javier Busto, a prominent Spanish choral composer, commented on one. "This was particularly exciting for us, that someone so renown, and halfway around the world, would take the time to tell us he liked our video," Crane said. "I didn't think much of it after that."
In November, Crane received an email that led to an invitation to participate in the Tolosa Choral Contest, an international choir competition held annually in Spain. Busto shared the Chamber Singers video with fellow jury members. All agreed that the choir was worthy of an invitation—as the only American choir in attendance.
The ECU Chamber Singers will perform at the competition on October 29 alongside other international choirs, but will also perform individual concerts at local venues in the greater Basque region.
The Chamber Singers preview the performance in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on October 25 (7:30 p.m., free). Selections will be drawn from the two programs Crane has prepared, including Paul Hindemith's "Un Cygne," from Six Chansons, Eric Whitacre's Little Man in a Hurry, Daniel Elder's Ave Maria, Heinrich Schutz's Jauchzet dem Herrn (Psalm 100), a work by Basque composer Josu Elberdin: Cantate Domino, Leonard Bernstein's Selections from West Side Story, a choral arrangement of Sara Grove's pop song You Cannot Lose my Love and Mack Wilberg's arrangement of the folk tune Old Joe Clark.
High School Media Day features Former New York Times editor
Gene Roberts, who launched an enviable career in journalism working at his father's newspaper, serves as the keynote speaker during the School of Communication's annual High School Media Workshop on October 22.
Roberts served as a national and foreign correspondent, national editor and managing editor at the New York Times. His reporting staff at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he served as executive editor, won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. He also won a Pulitzer Prize for history with co-author Hank Kilbanoff for their book, "The Race Beat." The text considered press coverage in the Civil Rights era.
A reception in the newsman's honor will be held at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge in Uptown Greenville on October 24. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Email email@example.com for more information.
Faculty Pair for Raleigh Exhibition
The Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh mounted “Prints and Paintings: The Works of Sue Luddeke and Michael Ehlbeck” during the month of September. Luddeke’s oil on canvas “Portrait of Brianna” appears at left.
Ceramics Exhibition Installed at Brody School of Medicine
Ceramic professors Jim Tisnado (background) and Seo Eo (in hat) were instrumental in installing a ceramics exhibition in the main lobby of the Brody School of Medicine. The new installation is the second major initiative to share art and design with the medical campus. School of Communication majors installed a giant cultural identification graphics presence last fall. An exhibition space for paintings is also in the works. Major Gifts Officer Nancy Ball initiated and stewarded the entire project.
Arts and Sciences Intersect through Bug Photos
Several insect images shot by Daniel Kariko (Photography) were selected for inclusion in the Royal Photographic Society’s “Science Images” touring exhibition, and were featured in an article in London’s Daily Mail. The images, crafted using a Scanning Electron Microscope, were made possible in part through a College of Fine Arts and Communication Research and Creative Activity grant. They are currently touring the U.K. through October.
Donor Gifts Rare Cello
Lucy Nicolaysen (pictured with Professor Emanuel Gruber, cello) donated her N.V. Vuillaume cello, dated 1844, to the School of Music. Her intent is that the School sell the instrument and use the proceeds to endow a scholarship.
Bass Professor Drafted into All-Star Orchestra
Professor Leonid Finkelshteyn (double bass) was selected to play in the All-Star Orchestra featured in eight hour long episodes on PBS stations around the country.
Internationally known orchestra conductor Gerard Schwarz hand-picked Finkelshteyn and 94 other top classical musicians from orchestras nationwide to form the All-Star Orchestra, who then recorded over four days in August 2012 at the Manhattan Center in New York City. Schwarz led the musicians in symphonic masterpieces and shorter contemporary works by American composers.
“It was the greatest orchestra I ever heard or conducted,” Schwarz said.
Finkelshteyn is principal bassist for the North Carolina Symphony and the Eastern Music Festival in addition to his role as ECU bass professor. He has toured with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Hungarica. He appeared with the Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphonies as guest principal bassist.
UNC-TV is broadcasting the concerts on Sundays through November 10.
The latest REVUE, the College's Magazine, is out!
This edition also contains articles on college activities such as Iraqi exchange students, a message from the College's new dean, student and alumni news, faculty features and much more.
From Model to Monument: Sculptors Create Memorial
Thirty miles from campus in Greene County lies the site of Fort Nooherooka, the site of a bloody 1713 battle between colonists, aided by various Indian allies—and the members of the Tuscarora Nation.