Latest Grant Recipients Announced

Professor Rosemary Jesionowski was awarded a Speaker Grant to bring Artist Jeff Baij to UMW from April 17-19, 2013.  Baij will virtually collaborate with student enrolled in ARTS 104: Digital Approaches to Fine Art this spring semester.  This semester-long collaboration will culminate in an on –campus visit where he and the students will ultimately finish the artwork(s) produced.  As Baij is a digital media artist, the resulting work will most likely exist online in a variety of webspaces.  For a preview of Baij’s work, please visit here.

 

 

Jon McMillan, Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Program received funding to attend and present “Bioforms,” his solo exhibition at the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts Annual Conference in Houston, Texas this March.  Conference submissions are evaluated in regard to merit, the presenter’s expertise in the area, and a general interest in providing a balanced and inclusive program for members. Please congratulate Jon in being a ‘concurrent independent exhibition to show his own artwork to a huge gathering (over 6,000 attendees) of educators, artists, gallerists, and collectors.  As an attendee of the conference Jon on will have an opportunity to learn about contemporary trends in both pedagogy and creative expression in Ceramic Education and Art Making.

Dr. Marcel Rotter received funding to support two experiential learning experiences. One was a “German Immersion Day” held at Hayfield Manor on October 27, 2013.  For this whole day immersion experience students with varying levels of German experience (beginners to advance majors) spent the day together engaged in a variety of activities (art, songs, cooking, theater).The second was for his Freshmen Seminar, “Representations of the Holocaust in German and U.S. Cultures.”  Dr. Rotter arranged a trip to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. on September 27, 2012. Students had the opportunity to spend time with Manya Friedman (Moszkowicz) a Holocaust survivor.

 

 

 

 

Professor Carole Garmon in the Department of Art and Art History has received funding to purchase equipment to teach students how to use their cell phones, iPods, and iPads to both create and edit their works for two new courses: ARTS 381: Video and ARTS: 381: Going Low Tech with Technology offered this upcoming spring/summer semesters. From an art historical standpoint, since the development of the Portapack video camera in the early 60’s, artists have gravitated to the latest in technology to create art experiences.  Nam June Paik, Vito Acconci, and Laurie Anderson are but a few of the artists responsible for this interest in computers, video cameras, iPads, and now smart phones.  At the end of the Spring semester purchased equipment will be returned to the Center for faculty to check out on a semester basis.

Dr. Miriam Liss, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology was awarded funding to purchase iClickers.  Iclickers are radio frequency devices that allow students to respond to questions posed by the faculty.  Iclickers have the possibility of transforming larger lecture classes into continuous interactice classes where faculty can get instant feedback on student understanding and student opinon of lecture topics.  Student interactive systems have been found to increase student engagement and enjoyment of lectures (Hoekstra & Mollborn, 2012).

 

Professor Rosemary Jesionowski was awarded a Speaker Grant to bring Artist Jeff Baij to UMW from April 17-19, 2013.  Baij will virtually collaborate with student enrolled in ARTS 104: Digital Approaches to Fine Art this spring semester.  This semester-long collaboration will culminate in an on –campus visit where he and the students will ultimately finish the artwork(s) produced.  As Baij is a digital media artist, the resulting work will most likely exist online in a variety of webspaces.  For a preview of Baij’s work, please visit here.

 

Dr. Steve Greenlaw received funding to attend the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference being held in Denver, Colorado this February. ELI is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology.  UMW has a long involvement with this organization, which has informed the creation of UMWBlogs, and more recently, the UMW Online Learning Initiative, which will be starting its third faculty cohort in 2013.

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