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Year in Review

The Communication, Media & Theatre Arts (CMTA) Department appreciates your commitment to our mission, students, and programs and thanks you for your continued support. Welcome to our first annual Year in Review publication highlighting some of the many CMTA activities and accomplishments from the 2012-13 academic year. Enjoy the journey as we take you back through the year, month-by-month, and as we move forward. Sincerely,

The CMTA Family

The full moon, as it rose during the production of the Merchant of Venice, foreshadowed the full year ahead for the Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts’ students, faculty, and staff.





October 6 November 8 December 10


January 12

February 14 March 16 April 18 May 20 June 22 July 24 August 25 Additional Highlights 26 2012-13 Donors 28

50th Year & Looking Ahead


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Welcome Back! Our annual Welcome Back Picnic provided students with an energetic, motivating, and supportive start to the semester. Students enjoyed food, games, and activities while they connected with friends, faculty and staff.

By theNumbers


Dr. Kathleen Stacey was named Interim CMTA Department Head and will serve in this capacity until June 2014.


20,744 CMTA student credit hours (largest department producer of credit hours for fall 2012) 1,630

Undergraduate Majors


Graduate Majors


Faculty, Instructional, and Professional Staff

8,000+ EMU Theatre Patrons 58 EMU Theatre Performances 2,300+ ETV Air Hours



Eagle Radio Shows

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EMU Forensics Tournaments CMTA Donors

Interdisciplinary Film Studies Minor

CMTA debuted an Interdisciplinary Film Studies minor. This minor encourages students to understand the relationship between film and other arts. Students enrolled in this program gain an appreciation for motion pictures that address diverse themes and reflect the values of other cultures. With the addition of the Interdisciplinary Film Studies minor, CMTA now offers ten undergraduate minor programs, nine undergraduate majors, and six graduate programs.

New Website

At the start of fall 2012, we launched our new CMTA website. Focusing on a user-friendly design, the refreshed site was constructed for the benefit of students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. Along with specific program information, users can find calendars, photos, blog entries, the EMU Theatre season, and more! You can visit the new and improved website at:

New Faculty Highlight — Sadif Ali Electronic Media and Film Studies welcomed a new faculty member to their area. Assistant Professor Ali is a Ph.D. candidate at Wayne State University who focuses on risk/ crisis information, securitization, race, and audience attitudes toward messages originating from traditional and social media sources. She brings her scholarly focus of international media into the classroom. “I’m really lucky to be part of a department where my colleagues are passionate about teaching and research. I look forward to being part of the educational lives of the many talented CMTA students here at EMU.”


Drama Day

The Theatre Arts program held its annual Drama Day for 200+ students and teachers from 11 different high schools. During the day, participants engaged in performance techniques, production, improvisation, playwriting, and make-up techniques workshops taught by faculty, staff, and students.


Forensics Begins Tournament Season

The historically successful Forensics team participated in EIGHT tournaments this month. Its travels led to Bradley, Northwestern, University of Michigan, Ball State, Illinois State, University of Akron, and Marshall. Team members started the season strong and brought home a total of ELEVEN 1st place individual trophies during the month of October.


Merchant of Venice

The 2012-2013 EMU Theatre season began with one of Shakespeare’s most popular productions, the Merchant of Venice. Directed by Lee Stille, the production ran October 19-28. “The costumes for Merchant of Venice were based on the Regency era (around 1815), but we also introduced a fantasy/carnivale theme that was most prominent in the masked mute players who appeared between scenes. Overall, the complexity of characters, settings, and concept for this production proved an interesting challenge.” — Melanie Schuessler, Associate Professor, Costume Design

Make the Switch!

Supported by the John & Genevieve Dyer Foundation The Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights received a grant from the HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to support The Safe Schools Project, “Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Students.” This project is a professional development performance for middle and high school personnel about how to create a safer environment for LGBT students. The performance was staged under the leadership of Tori Tomalia, an MFA student in Applied Drama Theatre for the Young, and highlighted real-life accounts of local LGBT youth in their educational settings. After each performance, Center staff engaged school personnel in meaningful discussions about LGBT bullying and how to create safe spaces for learning. The project has reached over 500 educators and a public presentation was presented to the EMU and local community on October 17 in the Sponberg Theatre. To guarantee that future educators can access this powerful performance, Electronic Media and Film students enrolled in Assistant Professor Keith Damron’s CTAT 432 course digitally captured the Safe Schools Project performance.

Many of our gracious CMTA supporters helped us raise funds during our “Make the Switch campaign.” The campaign promoted the Electronic Media and Film Studies program and its need for a new, state-of-the-art, digital, multi-format switcher. Current media students also assisted with our fundraising campaign with a live broadcast from the Student Center. People who stopped by the Eagle Radio table were able to request songs for a small donation to the digital switcher fund to purchase a Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 product for the Ford TV Studio. “The reason why they’re calling it ‘Make the Switch!’ is because they’re switching from analogue to digital. The technology changes so quickly and the people in our department need to stay current so they can go out there in the real world and get jobs.” — Megan Gore, EMFS Lecturer, as quoted in Eastern Echo

Dead Gallery EMU Players held this annual Halloween event for students throughout the haunted halls of Quirk and in the Sponberg Theatre.


Communication Faculty Share Research Seven of our communication faculty presented at this year’s National Communication Association Annual Convention in Orlando. Highlights include: Dr. Jessica Elton presented, “The Influence of dominant cultural discourses on women’s menopausal experiences and menopausemanagement decisions.” Dr. Dennis Patrick was a panelist on issues facing stepfamilies and divorced daters, and presented his paper, “Family communication and the foster care experience: The next frontier.” Dr. Don Ritzenhein presented his paper entitled, “The use of invitational rhetoric through a series of town hall meetings: The experience of Govenor Jennifer Granholm.”

Striking 12

The musical staged reading of Striking 12 was performed November 9 -11 in the Sponberg Theatre. This holiday-themed story was inspired in part by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl.” The students also performed the show at Ann Arbor‘s Performance Network Theatre on New Year’s Eve.



DTFY Fall Tour EMU’s Theatre for the Young fall tour began with performances of Patricia Polacco’s “Union City.” The play, directed by Lecturer Meriah Sage, takes the audience on adventures through Union City, Michigan from a child’s perspective. The group toured elementary schools from November 2 through December 7. In total, the tour included 13 performances at seven different local elementary schools and reached over 3,000 audiences members. The group also performed at EMU on Friday, November 16.

Electronic Media and Film Studies New York Trip Electronic Media and Film Studies students participated in the New York Arts Venture trip. Led by Dr. Henry Aldridge and Assistant Professor Keith Damron from Electronic Media and Film Studies, and Dr. Richard Rubenfeld from Art, the trip exposed students to a variety of cultural experiences. This year, highlights included a trip to NBC Studios and a visit to Radio City Music Hall. “With its introduction to such splendid art, music, architecture, and cultural diversity, the New York weekend is like a trip around the world in just five days.” — Henry Aldridge, Professor Emeritus, Electronic Media & Film Studies

Teaching Excellence Recognition Dr. John Cooper, Electronic Media and Film Studies Professor, received the EMU Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award during the 22nd Annual Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony in the Student Center. Former students who wrote for the nomination share: “His energy and excitement for film permeate the classroom, and students can’t help but catch the fever.” — Erika Schroder “He was like a living, breathing game of ‘Scene It’ when it came to old school commercials, comic books, and information You never knew what each class would bring, except that you would never be bored.” — Ryan Wooley


DECEMBER 2012 Dennis M. Beagen Honored On December 11, the CMTA family gathered to honor newly-retired Professor Dennis Beagen. His achievements from his 45 years of service to EMU are incredible. His career highlights include: • Service as a faculty member since 1967 and as department head of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts for 31-years from 1981-2012. • Director of the EMU Forensics Team that won its first National Forensics Association (NFA) team championship in 1973. • His Forensics leadership assured that EMU was known as a national powerhouse. The Forensics Team has the record of placing in the “top 10” nationally for over 40 years and winning every Michigan State Team Championship for over 35 years. • A respected University and department fundraiser and friendraiser, he helped to successfully complete many advancement initiatives, including the “Build Theatre” campaign with Ken Stevens. He also served as cochair for the University-wide $17-million “Campaign for Scholars.” He led the University’s Undergraduate Symposium since 1983, serving as chair and visionary of the event for most of those years. The department will always appreciate his student-centered work for CMTA and the University.


4th Forensics Hall of Fame Induction The Forensics team honored six inductees into its Hall of Fame on December 1. The Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to recognize outstanding alumni who contribute to the legacy of the EMU Forensics program. The 2012 inductees were (from left to right): Nina Brennan, Amber Neueschwander-Price, Christopher Griesinger, Jacob Hodgson, and Annalisa EspositoBluhm. Not pictured: LaTonya Masson

White as Snow, Red as Blood Theatre continued their successful year with White as Snow, Red as Blood: The Story of Snow White. Directed by Lecturer Jenny Koppera, the show ran November 30-December 6 and included matinee performances for area schools. “We had an amazing company of students and designers that made it such a great experience. Audiences loved the magic and the beauty of the production. Jenny Koppera was pregnant during the rehearsal process and Baby Jake had AMAZING timing. We finished the designer run and notes at 11 pm. Approximately two hours later, Jenny was on her way to give birth. Perfect! Everyone was happy and healthy and the show, did indeed, go on. Now that deserves a standing ovation.” — Pam Cardell, Assistant Managing Director, EMU Theatre

Mark Gallup 1961-2012 CMTA lost beloved colleague and lecturer Mark Gallup as the winter semester came to a close. Mark, who taught communication classes since 1997, was honored at a memorial luncheon on Sunday, December 16 on the Quirk stage. Family, friends, and colleagues shared stories and memories. His wife Maria spoke about Mark’s passion for the department and the value he placed on his educational experience here at EMU and within the CMTA department. As a lasting tribute to Mark, a memorial scholarship was endowed and will be awarded for the first time in fall 2013. The scholarship is intended to support a nontraditional, CMTA student’s studies.


Shaking Earth A staged reading of Shaking Earth, written by Dr. Patricia Zimmer, was performed January 25-27. Lecturer Meriah Sage directed the play that tells a tale of two young girls and their secret friendship in 1939 Missouri. After the EMU world premiere, Shaking Earth was selected as a semi-finalist for a showcase reading at Write Now, a national competition/symposium for the development of new plays for young audiences. A favorite quote of Dr. Zimmer’s is from author Andre Gide: “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” Zimmer admits, “Shaking Earth has been just such a voyage of discovery. It has stretched my work in multiple ways, offering me the opportunity not only to delve into subject matter about which I care deeply, but also to do so through a role—that of playwright— which is not my usual one in the theatre. I am so grateful to work in an environment that encourages faculty members to take risks by supporting their expeditions beyond the familiar! Such experimentation is at the very heart of the creative process; it is the thing that keeps our work vital and growing.”

Forensics at AFA International Championships

The EMU Forensics Team headed to the North American Forensics Association International Championships on January 19. The ever-successful team brought home an impressive number of awards including Evan Mann’s notable seven awards in dramatic interpretation; extemporaneous speaking; impromptu speaking; informative speaking; parliamentary speaking and debate; and individual sweepstakes. Along with additional individual achievements, the group won the North American Forensics Association Team Champions Debate Sweepstakes.



Faculty Accomplishments

­ ommunication Professor, Dr. Jack C Kay was as respondent for the Wayne State University Humanities Center Marilyn Williamson Endowed Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Inaugural Presentation.

­ ommunication Professor, Dr. Don C Ritzenhein was elected to the Detroit Institute of Arts Board of Directors.

Electronic Media and Film Studies Lecturer Gerald Pesta’s short film entitled The Olympian received “Best Experimental Film” at the 2012 Humboldt Film Festival.

Dr. Dennis Patrick, Communication Professor, is serving on the Journal of LGBT Family Studies Editorial Board.

Dr. Jenny Kindred, Communication Associate Professor, was commended with two awards: the Family and Friends Teaching Partnership Award from the EMU Faculty Development Center, and the Community/University Collaboration Award from EMU’s Office of Academic Service-Learning.

Julia Niswender Memorial and Scholarship On January 17, CMTA hosted a memorial for undergraduate student Julia Niswender. The event celebrated the life and spirit of this outgoing and energetic departmental major. Through faculty remarks and a slideshow of photographs from the NYC Arts Venture trip, attendees reflected on the life of this charismatic and forever missed member of the CMTA family.­Julia is pictured above (second from the right, next to Anderson Cooper). The Julia Catherine Niswender Endowed Twin Scholarship was created in memory of Julia Niswender. This scholarship is designated for an EMU undergraduate student in any field of study who is a twin or multiple.


Urinetown The Tony Award winning Urinetown ran February, 15-24 in the Quirk Theatre. Directed by Dr. Pirooz Aghssa, this musical satire presents the story of a town dealing with a 20-year drought that causes an epic water shortage. Private toilets are banned and public toilets cost money. Anyone who refused to uphold the law is sent to mysterious “Urinetown,” never to return.

“We had a cast of 40 students working together in what turned out to be finely-tuned ensemble. They arrived at a unified style of performance. This is hard to achieve in any theatrical venture, especially at a university where students are at different levels of learning. The cast consisted of incoming freshmen all the way up to graduating seniors. This provided a great opportunity for younger students to interact with older and more experienced ones.” — Dr. Pirooz Aghssa, Professor, Theatre Arts



Basketball MVPS The EMU Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams showed their appreciation for some outstanding CMTA educators with their Most Valuable Professor awards. Associate Professor Dr. Christine Tanner, Professor Dr. Doris Fields, Assistant Professor Raymond Quiel, Lecturer Dr. Rocky Sulfridge, and Lecturer Dr. Crystal Sears were honored for their engagement and commitment to student success. CMTA is proud of its consistent representation of our faculty for these student-nominated awards.

EMFS Sports Internship Electronic Media and Film Studies (EMFS) marked the creation of their sports internship that is a cooperative venture between EMFS, EMU‘s Division of Communications, and EMU Athletics. Students placed in this program are involved in the production of sports programming seen on ETV and Eagle All Access sports. So far, three students have participated in this new program.

Karen Yelverton and Durrell Jamerson-Barnes, EMU Forensics team members, perform a piece from In the Blood.

Tower and Alumni Invitational Hosted by EMU Forensics February marked the 40th anniversary of the annual Tower Invitational at EMU. The Forensics program welcomed 13 visiting teams from around the country to a Vegas-themed tournament, February 1-3. With 17 dedicated alumni present to judge and 267 student entries over the course of the weekend, the 40th anniversary event was definitely one of the best ever. The weekend began with the Eastern Michigan Alumni Invitational. This tournament offered all 11 National Forensics Association and American Forensics Association individual events. Following this event, the team hosted the traditional social at the Tower Inn restaurant to give participants time to connect and relax as they recovered from the first day of competition. Saturday and Sunday brought the Tower Invitational, itself, with the addition of a Parliamentary Debate, and LincolnDouglass Debate competitions.


Doris Fields

Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award —Teaching II Communication Professor Dr. Doris Fields received the 2012 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award at the 26th Annual Academic Awards celebration on March 20. A member of the CMTA family since 1991, Doris is known for her energetic nature, involvement in the University community, and endless support of student success. “In our interracial communication class we discussed the many layers that make up our multicultural and multi-racial world. Dr. Fields is not just a teacher, she is a role model that lives her life to create harmony in this world.” — Vanessa Davis


TEDXEMU On Friday, March 13 the Quirk building hosted TEDxEMU. The event, which included students, faculty, and alumni, featured presentations focused on innovative and effective approaches to student success and student engagement ( EMU Theatre’s vocal ensemble, Encore (above left) opened the event, which included presentations from CMTA sophomore Patrick Seick, graduate assistant Courtney Wright, Communication Professor Dr. Don Ritzenhein (above right), and alumni Beth Doane and Gordon Kangas. This campus-wide event was possible because of the investment of an outstanding CMTA production crew that included: Jeromy Hopgood, John Charles, Steve Martin, and Pam Cardell, plus students Emily-Ann Jugowicz, Sarah Keelon, and Dustin Miller. Communication lecturer Sarah Mark volunteered as the event’s public speaking coaching coordinator.

Broadcast Scholarship Award Electronic Media and Film Studies major Princess Gabbara was awarded a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Scholarship. The faculty-nominated award allowed Gabbara to travel to Lansing to be honored at a luncheon attended by broadcast professionals who presented her with opportunities for a variety of internships.

MARCH 2013

Public Forum on Media and LGBT Visibility On March 11, the Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights, under the direction of Dr. Michael Tew, hosted a public forum for students, faculty, and members of the public. Focusing on media and LGBT visibility, the event featured Garrett Glaser, the first out national broadcast journalist, Max Gouttebroze, GLAAD Entertainment Media Strategist, and Electronic Media and Film Studies Professor Dr. Mary Ann Watson. The event provided a perfect environment for dialogue and awareness.

Showcase of Student Research CMTA-sponsored students participated in the 14th Annual Graduate Research Fair and 33rd Undergraduate Symposium in March. Both events highlight student research and faculty mentorship and are a part of EMU’s annual Week of Excellence. Between the two events, 34 CMTA students presented their research endeavors under the sponsorship of 17 CMTA faculty members. Christopher Zavac is pictured (left) with his marketing research study of patron loyalty that he completed under the direction of his faculty mentor, Professor Ken Stevens.


Commencement Speaker

CTAC 495: Making a Difference

EMU welcomed CMTA alum Scott Reynolds (‘95) as the morning commencement speaker at the April graduation ceremony. Currently a screenwriter for Showtime’s successful drama series Dexter, Scott took time during his busy weekend to do a meet and greet for current CMTA students, staff, and faculty the day before graduation. He spent hours answering questions from students who were particularly interested in learning how he broke into the screenwriting business, his adventures moving to California, his creative process, and his outlook for his future.

Communication major Matt D’Angelo planned and coordinated the first annual Warrior Freedom Awards Dinner for VFW post 4422 in Taylor, MI on April 20. He implemented the event as part of a CTAC 495 course requirement. U.S. Rep. John Dingell was the guest speaker at the dinner that celebrated the hall’s remodeling. Local businesses were honored for their donations (approximately $100,000), materials, and time. According to Matt, this project was a great way to recognize those who are serving, and those who have served, in our country’s military.

Graduation! Always a Day to Celebrate New alumna, Eliza Chase (left), shows her pride as an Electronic Media and Film Studies major and her work with ETV as producer and director. Check out emich. edu/video to see Eliza talk about discovering her “home” at ETV. CMTA hosted its annual graduation reception in the Quirk lobby to honor students and to celebrate with their families and friends on Sunday, April 28. A very well-attended gathering, the reception provided time for graduating theatre students to strike a pose with a couple of their favorite instructors (right).


APRIL 2013

Fourth in the Nation for 2013 After securing the state championship (we now tally over 35), the 2013 EMU Forensics Team headed to the national tournament (NFA) held at Marshall University in West Virginia. Their 20+ member team, with 91 qualifying slots, captured a 4th place team finish at NFA. Junior Patrick Seick (above) lead the team placing 7th in individual sweepstakes that was secured with a 2nd place finish in after dinner, 4th in impromptu, and 5th in extemporaneous speaking. “It was exciting to place fourth in the nation this year. Next year, Eastern will host over 1,000 guests when we hold the NFA tournament in April 2014 and we are preparing to bring more national awards to the University while speaking on our own campus.” — Dr. Nick Romerhausen, Director of EMU ,

Forensics and Assistant Professor, Communication

Future President! Communication Lecturer Pat Barry was elected to the president-elect position of the EMU Alumni Association. Pat will serve as vice-president for the next two years before he ascends to the presidency in 2015. “When I helped to found the CMTA Alumni Chapter in 2006, I did not foresee that we would become the largest chapter — by far — in the EMU Alumni Association. My involvement as CMTA chapter chair for the past eight years gradually pulled me into the larger alumni association. I look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our CMTA and EMU alumni through my new position.” — Pat Barry

Wedding Band Theatre Arts Professor Wallace Bridges directed and brought Wedding Band, the tragic and beautiful story of a couple separated by the morals and values of the early 1900s, to the Sponberg Theatre April 5-14.


Alumni Awards Three CMTA alumni were honored at the 52nd Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 11. Suzie Staley-Schlott received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award for her outstanding work with at risk youth (above left with Alumni Association President Katrina VanderWoude and EMU President Susan Martin). John W. Rutherford, a highly celebrated Theatre Arts educator who was recently inducted into the Michigan Educational Theater Hall of Fame, was awarded the Alumnus Achievement Award (above center with Pam Cardell). The Distinguished Alumna Award was presented to AnnMarie (Mungo) Simonson who was inducted into the EMU Forensics Hall of Fame in 2010 (above right with Kathleen Stacey and Dennis Beagen).

New Program: Entertainment, Design, and Technology CMTA announced the new Entertainment, Design, and Technology major in May. Students enrolled in this program combine theatrical design and technology with related programs of study. With the option to minor in Electronic Media and Film Studies, Art, Graphic Communication, Music, Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising, Marketing, or Management, students will benefit from this new multidisciplinary major. “Our students will experience a quality education that prepares them for work in a number of disciplines in the entertainment industry, and most importantly, this major allows students the flexibility to craft a program specific to their individual career goals.” — Jeromy Hopgood, Associate Professor, Scene Design


Dr. Dale Rice Award for 6 Figures Dr. Anita Rich, Professor of Interpretation/Performance Studies, and the 6 Figures Playback Theatre Company were the recipients of the 2013 Dr. Dale Rice Award for Outstanding Community Partner Engagement. The honor, awarded by the University’s Office of Academic ServiceLearning, acknowledged the group’s work with the Woodland Center Correctional Facility of Livingston County. Since 2008, 6 Figures has facilitated a theatre group for mentally challenged incarcerated men. The culminating experience for the men is presenting a performance for the warden, therapists, correctional officers, and staff. The effort that goes into working with this specific population is just one of the elements that makes 6 Figures such an important part of the CMTA family.

MAY 2013

Aldridge Retires from EMU CMTA honored Dr. Henry Aldridge’s near four decades of teaching on May 2 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Friends, family, and colleagues joined together from two venues that Dr. Aldridge impacted most — EMU and the Michigan Theater where he worked passionately to save and restore its historic pipe organ — to celebrate his accomplishments.


HONK HONK, the story of an optimistic duckling looking for a place to belong, was featured from May 31- June 9. Directed by Professor Ken Stevens, with musical direction by Ryan Lewis, this musical comedy brought fun and colorful characters to the stage. “HONK was hands-down my favorite musical I had the opportunity to do at EMU. My favorite thing about theatre [at EMU] is when it comes to the department choosing the productions for its seasons they carefully select a wide variety of shows that appeal to all kinds of audiences. This naturally helps actors become more wellrounded by immersing themselves in different styles.” — Senior Vicki Morgan

Watch the video preview of HONK or do an “advance search” for “theatre” to find more EMU Theatre show promos. These videos are produced by EMU videographer John Rice (who we also are proud to claim as a CMTA alumni). Go to:


JUNE 2013

L-R: Grad student Rachel Parke (AMP! VP), Dr. Thomas Venner (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences), Susan Badger Booth (Associate Professor, Arts Management & Administration), undergraduate student Amy Sexsmith (AMP! Board Member), and Heather Mapstone (AMP! Board President).

Clash of the Creators As the academic year came to a close, the Arts Management student group AMP! celebrated the successful creation of their reality show, Clash of the Creators. The project, when complete, will have three full-length episodes, featuring competing teams of artists who complete artistic challenges that are judged by a panel of EMU students, alumni, faculty, and artistic professionals. Heather Mapstone, president of AMP!, who recently won a Gold Medallion Award for Outstanding Student Leader of a Student Organization, was executive producer of the project. Heather’s idea of creating a collaborative project, that required artists of all types to work together—not just present in the same space—proved to be very successful. The first episode of Clash of the Creators can be seen at: ,


4th Annual


EMU Forensics team members and coaches headed to Flint, June 24-27, to conduct a day camp for area middle and high school students. Campers were introduced and given instruction to enhance their research skills, event preparation techniques, and overall presentation abilities for the middle and high school forensics season.


JULY 2013

Off to Korea for Arts and Culture Exchange Projects Dr. Patricia Zimmer and a group of Applied Drama Theatre for the Young (ADTFY) students worked on an arts administration project with The Zoom Arts and Culture Center in July and August. The Zoom Arts and Culture Center is a theater, art gallery, and arts education center founded by EMU graduate student Eon Kim, who also acts as project director of Zoom’s Global Cultural Exchange Program. Dr. Zimmer, who worked as project advisor, supported ADTFY students as they selected scripts and designed conferences in preparation to teach youth in Seoul about acting skills and production. The participants, who were English language learners, concluded their work with the ADTFY students by performing in a production. Associate Professor Susan Badger-Booth also traveled to Korea and The Zoom Arts and Culture Center this summer. You can learn about Susan’s experience and more about the project by visiting her blog at:

Representing CMTA/EMU and the United States Lecturer Jenny Koppera represented the U.S. at the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People Director’s Seminar. Jenny traveled to Germany to attend the conference that was held in conjunction with Theatre Gruene Sosse, from July 1-6.


AUGUST 2013 Safety Lesson: Water and Electricity Don’t Mix!

Another Outstanding Capstone Project Communication seniors Julius Shelby (left) and Devin Henderson (right) planned and conducted a Youth Skills Football camp for the Boys and Girls Club of America in Ypsilanti for their CTAC 495 capstone project. After researching the youth activities and outcomes, they provided their insight into and recommendations for running future camps. Frank Rigger, agency supervisor, noted, "They (Julius and Devin) made a great impact on our Club members during their speaking presentations. They gave our staff the skills and knowledge to continue running flag football clinics each year."

Continuing an eight-year partnership between the DTE Energy Foundation and CMTA, Louie the Lightning Bug® and his presentational partners ­— all CMTA students — had another successful summertime season sharing electrical and gas safety messages. Traveling to 45 communities in the southeast region of the state, the “Play It Safe” program was preformed 129 times! Now, over 4,000 young Michigan students (4-6 year-olds) have a better understanding of the safe use of energy in their homes and communities.


Additional Student Highlights!

First Award: McCracken/Warren Scholarship Communication major Caprisha Curry is the first recipient of the McCracken/Warren Symposium Endowed Scholarship. Curry presented her research analysis of online profiles of prospective adoptive, same-sex couples under the mentorship of Communication Professor Dr. Dennis Patrick. The scholarship honors Dr. Sally McCracken and Dr. Bette Warren upon their retirement from EMU and continues their legacy to support student academic excellence. Dr. McCracken served 43 years as a Communication Professor and retired in January 2012. Dr. Warren, a Mathematics Professor, retired in fall 2011.

Students Take Charge with AMP!

Amplifying the Arts (AMP!) is a student organization dedicated to connecting EMU student artists with audiences, venues, and opportunities. The faculty advisor for AMP! is Arts Managment and Administration Associate Professor Susan Booth. The student-driven events are unique and often community-based. Events envisioned and carried out by AMP! included: “Art Crawl” a student art show, screening and artist mixer; and “Soup & Soul” an evening of music, poetry, and visual arts with a soup dinner in support of Growing Hope.



The annual tradition to celebrate the close of another successful EMU Theatre season, “Notscars” recognized outstanding student performances and theatre productions. Held in the Sponberg Theatre, this program congratulated an awardwinning “cast of characters” that brought theatre to over 8,000 patrons this year.

Looking Ahead to Fall

On the Air with ETV Electronic Media and Film Studies students receive a well-deserved break during the summer months, but future projects are already in motion. ETV will resume in the fall with a variety of shows and productions for viewers. One of their new projects, produced by students in the Advanced Production course (CTAT 432) is Studio E, a musical variety program that features performances by EMU students. Keep an eye out for two episodes airing this fall.


Because of the generosity of donors and support of the College of Arts and Sciences, the digital switcher is in the process of being installed in Ford Studio. Student staff member Vince Hounshell (left) and our department engineer Steve Martin (right) show the board for the switcher. The switcher should be operational for the start of fall classes.

Additional Updgrades to an Aging Quirk This fall the CMTA family will enjoy a number of important upgrades made to Quirk over the summer months. Improvements include: a hearing loop in both the Quirk and Sponberg Theatres to assist patrons with hearing impairments; an automated exterior door on the south side of Quirk to ease building access; and the entire Quirk roof was replaced.


Recognizing Our 2012-13 Donors We extend our warmest appreciation to those who supported numerous Communication, Media & Theatre Arts initiatives, and in turn, increased opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff to excel. Your contributions made a significant difference. Harry Adrounie Brenda and Kevin Alten Todd Ambs Beth Avadenka Bad Women Productions LLC Fred Baker David Balas Grace Ball Paul Bancel Rosalyn Barclay Marlene and John Barr Patrick and Cheryl Barry Dennis and Charline Beagen Donald and Gene Bennion Rosalyn and Robert Benson Daniel and Lynne Bernard Bio Connections LLC P. George and Laura Bird J. Joseph and Nola Bishop Fred and Loretta Blum Dianna Borel Harry Bowen Ann Braun Wallace and Jeanette Bridges Linda Brown Daniel Buckley


Regis Buckley A. P. and Cecelia Bulleri, Jr. Keith Burgess Mary Lou Burns Sandra Burrows James and Loretta Carbone Charles Carver Chrisandy Inc. JoAnn Cline Lynne and Anthony Comazzi John Cooper and Amelia Michniak Michael Cunningham Barbara D’Agostino Jayne Damron Dayton Foundation Depository Inc. Leighanne Denja Vicki Diaz John and Barbara Dilland Amy Dixon DTE Energy Foundation Timothy Dyer William and Barbara Ebeling Aris Efthimides George and Suzanne Eichorn Sam and Kathleen Eiler Michael and Judith Endres

Gary Evans and Katherine Strand-Evans Thomas Fahlstrom Farmington Community Library William Fennel Jon and Nancy Fitzgerald Margaret Flowers Chris and Terrance Foreman Richard W. Fortner John and Marjorie Fountain Karen Fraser Alan Freeborn Kelly Frutig Mark Gallup Arletha Garcia-Guzman Ann D. Gavin Wendy Geiger Regina George and Larry Fitzpatrick Steven Gerber Bradley and Tina Glazier James and Marla Gousseff Keith Grant Matthew Gravel Bert and Phyllis Greene Kay Greene Paulette Grotrian Jane Gundlach

Denise Gundle-White Michael and Audrey Hanzlian James Hause Lucy Hayden Alethea Helbig Omah Heller Debra Hemmye Gail and Alan Hering Ryan and Michelle Hershberger Michael Hetra Dale and Gloria Heydlauff William and Kathleen Hillegas Dennis Hinrichsen Nancy and David Hofelich Hartmut F. Hoft Margret Hoft Robert Holkeboer Kimberly Horton Jack’s Enterprises LLC Lowell and Linda Jackson Diane and Charles Jacobs Louise and Nathan Jernigan JustGive Norene Kanagy Thomas Kasper Daniel Katanski

Jack and Ruth Kay Brendan Kelly Gary Ketchum Saundra Kilar Nicole Kinnunen Cheryl Kivi Wendy and David Kivi Sally Kreutzkamp Michael Kunnath Paul and Beatrice Kuwik Jill Kuznicki Prindle LaBarge Leslee LaCosse Brian Larkin Barbara Leeper Lucy Liggett Norma Loch James Low Julie Lundgren Erin Main Susan Martin and Lawrence Martin Helen McAskin Michael McConkey Sally McCracken and Bette Warren Beth McDonald James McGough Anna McGuire Timothy McMacken Christopher Meloche Thomas Merchant Anne and Mark Michaels Michigan Shakespeare Festival Inc David and Donna Millhouse

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Thank You!


Upcoming Events for Your Calendar We are looking forward to the 2013-14 academic year and celebrating our 50th birthday! The department was established in 1963 as Speech and Dramatic Arts under the leadership of Dr. John Sattler. Renamed Communcation and Theatre Arts and then Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts, these name evolutions reflect the entirety of the disciplines we represent. Throughout our 50 years we have remained committed to serving EMU students and providing them with the best possible experience. Please watch for further information as the new academic year begins and join us for special events to both commemorate 50 years as a department and to celebrate the next 50! For your calendar:

EMU Homecoming, September 21, 2013. EMU Forensics Reunion as we proudly host on campus the National Forensics Tournament, April18-21, 2014.

Reunion and Farewell Retirement Event for Ken Stevens to

be held in conjunction with the spring show performance of Sylvia on June 7, 2014. Our plans include a cabaret reception and fundraiser featuring CMTA alumni to support a student scholarship in honor of Ken.


EMU THEATRE 2013-2014 SEASON FIDDLER ON THE ROOF — Quirk Theatre October 18 at 9 pm, October 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7 pm, October 20 at 1 pm and October 27 at 2 pm

The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Play (Staged Reading) — Sponberg Theatre November 8, 9 at 7 pm and November 10 at 2 pm

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER — Quirk Theatre November 22, 23 at 7 pm, November 24 at 2 pm AND December 5, 6, 7 at 7 pm, December 8 at 2 pm and December 4, 5 at 10 am

Irrational (Musical Staged Reading) — ­ Quirk Theatre January 24, 25 at 7 pm and January 26 at 2 pm

THE SHAPE OF THINGS — Sponberg Theatre

February 12 at 9 pm, February 13, 14, 15 at 7 pm and February 16 at 2 pm

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — Quirk Theatre April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7 pm, April 6, 13 at 2 pm AND April 9, 10 at 10 am

SYLVIA — Sponberg Theatre

June 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7 pm and June 8, 15 at 2 pm


Communication, Media & Theatre Arts Department 124 Quirk Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.487.3131

2012-2013 CMTA Year in Review  
2012-2013 CMTA Year in Review