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2013 RevueThe latest REVUE, the College's Magazine for Alumni and Friends, is out!
The 2013 edition of the College's magazine, REVUE, is now available for digital viewing and download as a PDF file. The cover featuring a scene from the School of Theatre and Dance's performance of The Furies.

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.

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New Dean 2013

Meet the New Dean for the College
J. Christopher Buddo has been named Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication following an internal search. He has been serving as Interim Dean since Mike Dorsey’s retirement in 2012.

“I’m thrilled to serve as Dean,” Buddo said. “It’s a dynamic and exciting college comprised of talented and hardworking students, faculty and staff.”

Buddo says the College of Fine Arts and Communication is helping the university achieve its mission: “Through innovative experiences, we are preparing students to compete in a global society and preparing leaders in the arts and communication. Through our work in arts therapy and health communication we are doing our part to positively transform health and health care. Through our education programs and our community partnerships we are creating a strong future for eastern North Carolina. And, on the stages and galleries of this campus and throughout the region, we provide powerful inspiration to our community, our state and the world.”

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State of the Art Newsroom Opens
The School of Communication hosted an open house in April to showcase its newest facilities: the Multimedia Newsroom and the Communication Center.newsroom

The newsroom 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.

The communication center features a two-way mirror for focus group research, an eye tracker and a biofeedback machine. In addition to providing a controlled research environment, the center will be available for workshops and one-on-one help with presentation preparation and delivery.

The newscasts created in the newsroom are available under “Pirate News Network” on YouTube.

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Command Performance
When Governor Pat McCrory needed celebratory music to mark the 300th Anniversary Brass With Governorof Edenton, North Carolina’s first colonial capitol, he called the School of Music. Pirate musicians joined forces with the Governor at the festivities in May.

From left, Jacob Daniel, Benjamin Reyes, Cole Merricks, Cameron Elliott, Governor McCrory, Oshae Best and professor Bill Staub (ECU Marching Pirates).

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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.

Wright sculptureA monument to commemorate this tragic-but-important battle in Colonial American history was designed and crafted by professor Hanna Jubran and Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran (MFA ’98). Dedicated March 23, the work is filled with symbolism, including a 15-foot stainless steel arch entryway representing a longhouse, six cast concrete seats representing the six nations involved in the battle and a reflecting form so the introspective can view themselves as “the warrior.”

While enormous in scope, the dedication of the monument was but a portion of the Nooherooka 300th Commemoration Event, led by Larry Tise, the Wilbur & Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History. Events included exhibitions, an Iroquois Band performance, lectures and a communal lacrosse game.

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Alumni Active in Philly Dance Scene
Two alumni, Shannon Bramham (BFA ’07) and Micah Geyer (BFA ’06) (above, in a duet entitled Passomezzo) are enjoying success Shannon Bramhamwith Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company. We recently caught up with Bramham:

"I first saw Koresh at ECU and from that moment I was in love. ECU prepared me in so many ways. The professors all have their own qualities that I latched onto. I did my best to soak up everything I could from them. They showed me that hard work and dedication pays off.

"My newest duet “Promised to Another” with Micah Geyer is by far one of my favorite pieces because on stage and in life, I trust Micah with everything I have. Performing with someone that you know so well and have known for so long is such an amazing experience. 

"One of the greatest perks about my job is that I get to travel to amazing places. My most recent favorite is Couer D’alene, Idaho. I will always have a special place in my heart for South Korea because that was my first tour with Koresh. I also loved Istanbul and Tel Aviv. 

"In one show, the audience will experience humor, heartache, simple joy and anger. Roni (Artistic Director Ronen Koresh) tries to get us to go beyond the dance and show an emotional realness. 

"From the moment I saw Koresh perform, I knew that there was no other company that I would ever want to dance for. We all believe in Roni. We love him and he loves each of us. He makes us want to dance."
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