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Wednesday Memo
April 9, 2014

‘Comedie of Errors’ opens tonight

Makofski named interim athletic director

Montevallo Literary Festival is this Friday

‘The Language of Comics' to open this week

UM sweeps chess tournament division

 

‘Comedie of Errors’ opens tonight

UM Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s Comedie of Errors, one of the Bard of Avon’s earliest plays, this week.

This comedy involves two sets of identical twins who were separated as infants, and the absurdity surrounding their accidental reunion. Fun and frivolity ensues, including mistaken identity, flirting and wildly entertaining chaos!

UM’s production, directed by Tammy Killian with assistant director Jenna McCown and choreography by Alessia Lovreglio, utilizes the “Folio Method” of acting Shakespeare as defined by Patrick Tucker in his book Secrets of Acting Shakespeare: The Original Approach. UM’s production uses the text from the First Folio; allowing Shakespeare to direct the production with the clues he has written into the script.

The setting for the UM production is based on original sketches from the period, as are the costumes. Occasionally a group of merry Players appear and perform ‘intermezzos’ to add to the Elizabethan flavor.

The cast features: Michael Tallon (BFA senior project), Alix Black (BFA senior project), Joe Wesolowski (BFA senior project), Nick Stokes, Michael Cleary, Hannah Mansfield, Karow Wilson, Michael Hawkins, Brandon Caruthers, Hunter Brown, Peter Strickland, Ahmad Jackson, Brent Murrill, Mary Kate McLaurine, Amber Chapman, Katie Raulerson, Liz Ann Terry, Shelley McMoy, Hannah Stephens, Elisha Taylor, Kedrick Faulk, Ashton Tillery, Kendra Johnson, Kiana Holley, Natalie Bonifay and Ali Junkins.

Stage management is by Ashley Knowles, Elise Keller, Jonathon Evans and Kristen Forsberg, with costume design by Steven House and Emily Gill.

Performances are Wednesday, April 9-Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A special school performance will take place Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m. All performances will take place in Reynolds Theatre.

Ticket prices are $12 general admission and $8 for UM students, faculty and staff with ID. Faculty and staff may purchase $5 tickets for the April 11, 10 a.m. performance only. For ticket information or reservations, call 9-665-6200.

 

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Makofski named interim athletic director

Dawn Makofski

Courtesy: UM Sports Information

The University of Montevallo recently announced the appointment of Dawn Makofski, assistant athletic director for compliance, as the interim director of athletics for the university.

A search will be under way soon for the individual who will next step into this role following the resignation of current UM Director of Athletics Jim Herlihy, who has accepted the director of athletics position at Saint Anselm College in his home state of New Hampshire.

“I am grateful for all that Jim Herlihy has done in the service of our student-athletes,” stated UM President John W. Stewart III. “Jim’s leadership has established Montevallo athletics as one of the most respected and competitive in the Southeast.”

Makofski, who joined the University of Montevallo as assistant comptroller in March 2008 before moving to the athletic department in September of that year, holds a BBA in finance from the University of Montevallo. She oversees NCAA compliance and academic support. In addition, she serves as co-advisor to the student-athlete advisory committee and assists with home-game administration.

Makofski also serves as the senior woman administrator for the department and as the University of Montevallo representative to the Alabama Athlete Agent Commission. She is a member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance.

During his time at Montevallo, Herlihy guided the Falcons athletic program through a period of transition, spearheading five new sport offerings. He has been instrumental in the development of new facilities for cross country, outdoor track and softball and has overseen significant renovations and upgrades for the facilities used for baseball, tennis and soccer. Under his guidance, the University transitioned from the Gulf South Conference to the Peach Belt Conference.

Additionally, under Herlihy’s guidance, the program has embraced the NCAA Division II philosophy of community engagement and increased its student-athlete population by more than 100 percent while promoting a culture of academic excellence.

 

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Montevallo Literary Festival is this Friday

The 12th annual Montevallo Literary Festival will take place Friday, April 11, from noon until 6 p.m., in the J. A. Brown Room on the main floor of Carmichael Library. This year’s event is free and open to the public, and individuals are welcome to attend all or some of the events of the day based on what their schedules allow.

Speakers include Tim Parrish, Gregory Fraser, Wendy Reed and Caki Wilkinson.

Parrish is the author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir (University Press of Mississippi); The Jumper, a novel (winner of Texas Review Press’s 2012 George Garrett Prize); and Red Stick Men, a collection of stories (University Press of Mississippi). His work has appeared in dozens of periodicals and in a number of anthologies, including Louisiana in Words, Alive and Awake in the Pelican State, The Best of LSU Fiction and Rules of Thumb. He is the recipient of a Gerald A. Freund Grant-in-Aid from the Whiting Foundation, two Connecticut Arts Fellowships, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a special mention in the Pushcart Prizes. In a former life he was front man for the bands The Human Rayz (as Ray Don Entebbe), The Lower Chakras and The Irascibles. He grew up in Baton Rouge, La., and is now a professor in the MFA and undergraduate creative-writing programs at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

Gregory Fraser is the author of three poetry collections: Strange Pietà (Texas Tech University Press), Answering the Ruins and Designed for Flight (both from Northwestern University Press). He is co-author, with Chad Davidson, of the textbooks Writing Poetry (Palgrave-Macmillan) and Analyze Anything: A Guide to College Reading and Writing (Continuum-Bloomsbury). His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review and The Gettysburg Review, among others. The recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fraser serves as professor of English and creative writing at the University of West Georgia.

Wendy Reed has explored a variety of topics as an award-winning writer and producer for Alabama Public Television. Now, in An Accidental Memoir: How I Killed Someone and Other Stories, she explores a succession of personal tragedies in a collection of deliberately fragmented essays. Told from unusual perspectives and in highly figurative language, the essays draw on the Southern Gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and feature dark humor, flawed people, disastrous events — including a car accident in which Reed was involved that took another woman’s life — and moments of spiritual grace. Taken together they become a meditation on subjects such as death, work, family responsibilities and raising a child. Reed has received writing fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Seaside Institute and has published in various anthologies, magazines and newspapers. She also co-edited All Out of Faith and Circling Faith with Jennifer Horne. Reed produced and directed numerous documentaries and the series “Bookmark” with Don Noble at the University of Alabama Center for Public TV & Radio, and for her work with “Discovering Alabama” she received two Emmys. She has three children and lives in Waverly, Ala.

Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be (UNT Press, 2011), which won the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize, and The Wynona Stone Poems, which won the 2013 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award and is forthcoming from Persea Books later this year. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Yale Review and Crazyhorse. She is an assistant professor of English at Rhodes College.

For a schedule of the day’s events, visit Montevallo Literary Festival schedule.

For more information, contact the Department of English and Foreign Languages at 9-665-6420.

This event is sponsored by the University of Montevallo and the Friends of the Montevallo Literary Festival.

 

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‘The Language of Comics’ to open this week

 

The UM Department of English and Foreign Languages and the UM Honors Program will co-host an exhibit, “The Language of Comics,” Friday, April 11-Monday, May 12, in Carmichael Library. An opening reception will be held Monday, April 14, from 7-9 p.m., also in Carmichael Library.

“The Language of Comics” is an exhibit exploring the history and storytelling methods of comics and graphic narratives. It includes large gallery displays and actual comics from private and UM’s collections. This year’s exhibit features the work of Alison Bechdel, Herge, George Herriman, Stan Lee, Winsor McCay, Frank Miller, Hayao Miyazaki, Art Spiegelman, Rodolphe Topffer, Chris Ware and Bill Watterson.

The event is free and open to the public. The community is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Alex Beringer at aberinger@montevallo.edu or at 9-665-6452.

 

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UM sweeps chess tournament division

 

The Chess Club of Montevallo (CCM) swept the adult division of the Huntsville Challenge chess tournament at the University of Alabama at Huntsville March 29.

In tournament chess, a rating system measuring player strength separates players into sections according to skills. In adult play, the Reserve section includes players ranked 1600 and below, while the Open section includes players of all rankings. In the Huntsville Challenge, each player played four games within his/her section, receiving one point for each win.

Austin Goyne, a UM student from Birmingham and president of CCM, won all four of his games in the Reserve section of the tournament, garnering first place in that section. This was Goyne’s third tournament victory. He also won the 2013 Huntsville Classic tournament and the 2013 Halloween Classic.

Scott Varagona, assistant professor of mathematics at UM and faculty adviser to CCM, also won all four of his games and took first place in the Open section. In 2013, Varagona scored a chess grand slam as he took the 2013 Alabama Dual-rated Championship, the Blitz Championship, the Quick Championship and the State Championship titles. A past editor of Antics, the magazine of the Alabama Chess Federation, Varagona was instrumental in bringing the 2014 Alabama Scholastic Chess Championship to the University of Montevallo in March.

 

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