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Wilson to present ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ in lecture, performance Matthew Wilson, founding artistic director for faction of fools Theatre Company, Inc., of Washington, D.C., and adjunct professor of acting at George Mason University, will present “Commedia dell’Arte” lecture and performance September 20. The lecture, set for 7:30 p.m., in Watkins Auditorium, is the first event in the University of Tennessee at Martin Academic Speaker Series. The performance will follow. “Commedia dell’Arte is the grandfather of all contemporary improvisational comedy,” said Doug Cook, UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts chair. “Monty Python, The Second City, The Groundlings, Saturday Night Live, The Kids in the Hall and countless other improvisational comedy troupes all follow the same basic formula.” He added, “Commedia dell’Arte is incredibly relevant today because comedy is still basically the same, updated for sure, but still the same.” A graduate of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University in Washington, Wilson studied Commedia dell’Arte with Antonio Fava and, since 2004, has been on the faculty of Fava’s Stage Internazionale di Commedia dell’Arte in Reggio-Emilia, Italy. Commedia dell’Arte originated in Italy during the early 16th century and spread through Europe during the Renaissance. The term means “theatre of the professional.” It involves elaborate costumes, stagecraft and lengthy training for the actors. Instead of full-length scripts, actors create scenarios or outlines of the stories, providing for the plot and considerable improvisation. Wilson created faction of fools Theatre Company, Inc., as a non-profit theatre company devoted specifically to Commedia dell’Arte. In addition to Commedia dell’Arte, Wilson continues to act in other venues, particularly Shakespearean, performing at the Folger Theatre and the Kennedy Center in Washington, among others. He is an associate teaching-artist with the Shakespeare Teaching Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library and has served as guest artist/lecturer at several universities, including Columbia, Georgetown and New York University. “This promises to be an interesting evening of entertainment, as Matt Wilson introduces us to the exciting concept of Commedia dell’Arte,” said Dr. Dan McDonough, Honors Programs director. “He has performed to packed houses and rave reviews, which should again be the case during his visit to Martin.” Sponsors are UT Martin Honors Programs and the Department of Visual and Theatre Arts. For more information, call 731-881-7436.

Southwest Tennessee Development District Receives National Award The Southwest Tennessee Development District, based in Jackson, TN received a 2010 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for its REDI- Regional Economic Development Initiative. The new school year is starting off with a heightened level of intentionality for 22 public high schools in 12 counties surrounding Madison County, including Haywood County, thanks to elected officials, community leaders, and privatesector businesses that have joined in Southwest Tennessee Development District’s Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI). Designed to improve access to higher education for both youth and adults, REDI captured the attention of Washington, DC-based National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and was named one of its “2010 Innovation Award” winners in Workforce Development at its August 28-31, 2010 Annual Training Conference in San Diego, Calif. REDI is the only initiative in the State of Tennessee – in any category – to have received the distinction. REDI includes Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy and Tipton counties. REDI’s goal is to increase education attainment levels across the region by helping high school seniors and non-traditional students meet specific deadlines relative to acquiring financial aid and accessing a postsecondary education. More than 500 students and 251 volunteer mentors have already plugged-in—and those numbers are expected to rise significantly because there are five REDI counties that are still in the process of signing up students and mentors. REDI has four areas of focus: Education, Capacity building, Technology and Workforce Development. “The future of economic development for this region is linked to transforming the educational culture in our area,” says Joe W. Barker, SWTDD’s executive director and catalyst for the REDI idea. “The leadership of these 12 communities is looking beyond county lines to create a unique vision for this region that is distinctive and progressive. This forward thinking philosophy is critical to the success and growth of West Tennessee.” The cornerstone of REDI is its college access program that will train workers to meet employer needs – such as at the megasite in Haywood County. “Our program will help to get our people educated and trained for the jobs of the future, will make educational attainment levels in this region of West Tennessee better and will provide people with the skills that they need to be productive employees for the industry in West Tennessee,” said REDI Director Lisa Hankins. Barker said, “We’re very excited about this national honor…It is validation that what we are trying to do is worthwhile.” NADO promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. “For more than 20 years, NADO’s Innovation Award has provided regional development organizations throughout the nation a unique opportunity to showcase creative projects like REDI – Regional Economic Development Initiative, which makes it possible to advance the economic growth and sustainability of our nation’s regions. This recognition brings to the forefront the important work of regional organizations and their critical role in promoting economic development for rural and small metropolitan communities,” said NADO President Mike Norton, executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District in Harrison, Arkansas. For more information about REDI, visit Southwest Tennessee Development District’s website, or call 731-669-6402. For more information about NADO and to see a listing of its 2010 Innovation Award winners, visit www.



Thursday, September 9, 2010

Corner We hope that everyone had a great, relaxing Labor Day. Did you enjoy a good book over the holiday? We sure did! We love to read, imagine that? Tell us what you like to read. Since it is the beginning of the fall season, we are having our Book Sales! Please come and check out our book sale tables located in the children’s section. We have a wide variety of books. We have hardback and paperback, fiction, and non-fiction, we have romance, we have western, we have self-help, we have a little of everything! These books need good homes. The book sale is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library group, which assists us in obtaining a portion of our collections here at the library. By buying a book at the book sale, the proceeds go to the Friends, who in turn, help the library purchase new books! Isn’t that great! Buy a book today; you never know what you will find on our sale tables. Individual titles are $0.50 for hardback and large soft

Katherine Horn cover books and $0.10 for small paperback books OR fill a plastic standardsized Wal-Mart bag full of books (only) for $2.00! What a deal! We also still have quite a few unclaimed books from Reading Railroad. These books need good homes as well. These books sell for $2 each and are located at the circulation desk. The proceeds from the sale of these books go directly back into Haywood County Reading Railroad. Need books anyone??? Toddler Time will be offered Monday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. Please join us for stories, coloring and a light snack. All toddlers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Toddler Time at the Library. Lunch & Learn will be offered Wednesday, Sept. 22 at noon. Our guest speaker will be announced soon. Please bring a lunch, the library will provide drinks and dessert. Happy Reading!

UT Martin Fourth in State in International web site ranking MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Web presence and the interest it attracts worldwide has placed it fourth among four-year institutions statewide, as noted in a recent ranking completed by four International Colleges & Universities. “As an increasing number of students and their families turn to the Web in search of colleges and universities, the importance of an institution’s Web site and the “traffic” it receives has increased. A well-designed Web site that provides easyto-access university information about everything from admissions requirements to university housing and financial aid is a great recruitment asset,” said UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes. “Just as important, UT Martin’s Web site gives a practical option as international students view the campus, its programs and quality of life,” he added. Four International Colleges and Universities is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited universities and colleges worldwide. The listing includes 10,000 colleges and universities in 200 countries. Institutions included in the listing are officially recognized, licensed or accredited by national or regional bodies such as ministries of education and/ or accreditation organizations. They are officially entitled to grant four-year undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees, provide traditional faceto-face learning facilities, programs and courses, and have an official Web site. Universities and colleges are sorted by university Web ranking based on three Web metrics extracted from three different search engines – Google Page Rank, Yahoo Inbound Links and Alexa Traffic Rank. The goal of the 4 ICU Web site is to gauge popularity ranking of world universities and colleges based upon the popularity of their Web sites. It is intended to assist international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific university/college is in a foreign country.

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Wilson to present ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ in lecture, performance Walter Battle County Director Walter Dirl 4-H Agent Tiffany Thomas 4-H Agent...