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Wednesday Memo
April 23, 2014

Department of music to present 'The Mikado'

FD&C announces grants

UM theatre to finish season with 'Big River'

Padilla to be UM commencement speaker

President’s summer travel awards announced

UM announces first 10 members of inaugural softball class


Department of music to present ‘The Mikado’

The University of Montevallo department of music, with the help of a generous gift from Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, The Mikado, April 24-27 in Palmer Auditorium on the UM campus.

The cast, directed by Charles Wood, associate professor of music at UM, will feature student singers, several of whom have won awards in national opera competitions. The production will feature an orchestra composed of musicians from among Montevallo’s music faculty and students, as well as from the Tuscaloosa Symphony and other area musicians.

One of the world’s most frequently played musical theatre pieces, The Mikado is set in Japan and satirizes British politics and institutions in play in the late 19th century, the period during which the opera was written. The comedy deals with themes of death as trivial, lighthearted issues, a technique called meiosis, a drastic understatement of a situation.

A feature of the production that is “personalized” for each company’s performance is the “Little List” of people in the fictional town of Titipu who would not be missed, should they be beheaded. In many instances, local celebrities and dignitaries vie for a place on the list, which is read during the performance.

The production has been double cast. The Thursday/Saturday cast includes:

Garrett Lenzie – Nanki-Poo,

Marcus Moore – Pish-Tush,

Stacy Daniels – Pooh-Bah,

Brent Mauldin – Ko-Ko,

Grace Conner – Yum-Yum,

Laura Thomas – Peep-Bo,

Chelsea Orr – Pitti-Sing,

Mattie Crisp – Katisha,

Xavier Johnson – The Mikado.

The Friday/Sunday cast includes:

Garrett Lenzie – Nanki-Poo,

David Pohler – Pish-Tush,

Stacy Daniels – Pooh-Bah,

Brent Mauldin – Ko-Ko,

Lauren Jones – Yum-Yum,

Rachel Pickering – Peep-Bo,

Gabi Lepidus – Pitti-Sing,

Mattie Crisp – Katisha,

Xavier Johnson – The Mikado.

Ensemble members performing each night include Blane Freeman, Tori Gould, Miles Jenkins, Jason McClure, Calliope Pettis, Caitlyn Reynolds and Matthew Wall.

Orchestra members from UM include: Sam Shatara and Erin McDow**, flutes; Becky Halliday*, oboe; Katie Rogers and Sadie Hadaway, clarinets; Joseph Sargent* bassoon; Alec Lee and Brandon Perez, trombones; Gage Thomas and Ethan Miller, percussion; and Julie McEntee* and Caleb Foster, horns.

* Designates UM music faculty or staff.

** Designates UM alumni.

All others not designated are current UM students.

Additional musicians include: Alex Volobuev, YoonHee Chun, Alan Pearce, violin 1; Julianne Steele and Naomi McKinney, violin 2; Tristan L’Heureux and Nancy Watson, viola; Johnny Mok, cello; Matthew Grant, bass; and Ariel Biholar, trumpet.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24-Saturday, April 26, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 27. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. General seating. For ticket information, contact the UM Music Department at 9-665-6670.


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FD&C announces grants

Faculty Development and Collaboration recently announced the recipients of Teaching and Learning grants for 2014-2015. They are:

• Jennifer Alexiou-Ray and Cassie Raulston (Elementary/Secondary Education), “Modeling Best Practice by Using BYOD to Increase Engagement” ($600);

• Tiffany Wang (Communication Studies), “Promoting Experiential Learning in the COMS 310 Social Media and Public Relations Course” ($2,000); and

• Melanie Williams (Music), “Participation in Alexander Technique Intensive Workshop, Boston Conservatory” ($2,000).

T&L grants are intended to strengthen teaching and learning by promoting collaboration, reflection and pedagogical experimentation. Preference is given to projects likely to have benefits beyond a single classroom or program. All applications are reviewed by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee and are endorsed by the Provost and VPAA, Suzanne Ozment.

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UM theatre to finish season with ‘Big River’

UM Theatre will conclude its season for this academic year with Big River (music and lyrics by Roger Miller, with book by William Hauptman).

Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the classic novel — the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family.

Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

UM’s production includes cast members Natalie Bonifay, Hunter Brown, Jalen Brown, Michael Cleary, Nydia Gambles, Bailey Gaskin, Melissa Lawler, Mary Kate McLaurine, Shelley McMoy, James Powers, Caylan Salas, Anna Beth Shelton, Korey Wilson, Katie Raulerson and Kedrick Faulk.

Stage manager is Shelby Mays, with assistant stage managers Diana Douglas and Lane Russell. Katie Raulerson serves as choreographer/assistant director.

The production is directed by Marcus Lane, with costume/prop design by Emily Gill and set/lighting design by Steven House. Poster design is by Emily Gill and Marcus Lane.

UM’s production will take place Thursday, April 24-Saturday, April 26, with nightly performances at 7:30. A matinee will be offered Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the Chichester Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $5. For tickets, call 9-665-6200.


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Padilla to be commencement speaker

The University of Montevallo has announced that the speaker for spring commencement ceremonies May 3 will be Maj. Gen. Frederick M. Padilla.

A career Marine, Padilla is the Director of Operations with Plans, Policies and Operations at Marine Headquarters in Arlington, Va. His previous assignments include serving as a commanding officer for a number of units from Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Camp Pendleton, Calif., and on the USS Canopus. He participated in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia as well as in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Padilla holds degrees from East Carolina University, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Air Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and Naval War College. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (with Combat V and two gold stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star) and the Combat Action Ribbon (with gold star).

Spring commencement at UM will be Saturday, May 3, at 9 a.m., on the lawn of Flowerhill, the president’s home. A reception for graduates and their families will be held at 8 a.m. on the King House lawn.

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President’s summer travel awards announced

Recipients of the first President’s Summer Travel Awards have recently been announced.

• Lori Ardovino (Music) will perform as a guest artist at the International Clarinet Association 2014 Clarinetfest, July 30-August 3, at Louisiana State University. ($950.60)

• Stephanie Batkie (English) will use her funding ($2,000) to defray the cost of travel in June to the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., where she will study a 15th-century manuscript for an ongoing project on the poet John Gower.

• David Callaghan (Theatre) will travel in July to the National Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he will participate in a panel on “creative/intellectual property rights” in the theatre profession today. ($1,700)

• Karen Graffeo (Art) will travel to Romania to prepare an exhibition, “Negotiated Realities: The New RoAmerica in Bucharest,” that grows out of her Fulbright experience in Romania. ($2,000)

• Ted Hoffman (Music) will use his funding ($2,000) to defray the expense of his participation in the Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy, in June, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

• Ted Metz (Art) will use his funding ($2,000) to cover some of the expense of travel to Flame Run Glass Studio in Louisville, Ky., to produce cast glass sculptural components.

• Helen Moshkovich (Business) will use her funding ($2,000) to defray the expenses of travel to Moscow in June to present at the International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Methods and to continue collaboration with her colleagues in Moscow and pursue research in Multicriteria Decision Analysis.

• Joe Sargent (Music) will use his funding ($2,000) to support a research trip to England in June-July 2014, which will include presentation at a major international conference and research at cathedrals and libraries in connection with a new scholarly edition of Renaissance music.

• Tiffany Wang (COMS) will travel to Seattle to participate in the International Communication Association’s 64th Annual Conference. While there she will be honored for winning this year’s outstanding dissertation, titled “Formational Relational Turning Points in the Transition to College: Understanding How Communication Events Shape First-Generation Students’ Relationships With their College Teachers.” ($1,500)

The President’s Summer Travel Awards will be awarded annually in amounts varying with availability of funding. This year awards capped at $2,000. All travel proposals are read by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee and its recommendations endorsed by the Provost.

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UM announces first 10 members
of inaugural softball class

Courtesy: UM Sports Information

“Words cannot express how excited I am about the group of girls we are signing to the first ever Montevallo softball team today. This is a very talented group in every aspect of the game, and I can’t wait to see them on the field together,” stated Lindsay Vanover, UM head softball coach.

“Since I was hired in December, there have been countless phone calls, campus visits, miles traveled and sleepless nights. It’s all been worth it. The end result is a group of athletes that will all provide an immediate impact, as the softball program becomes a reality. I look forward to softball putting the University of Montevallo on the map as well as making a name for us in the Peach Belt and across the country.”

Student-athletes committed to the inaugural team include Sydney Aguilar of Pasadena, Texas; Shelby Clark of Calera; Phoebe Dabbour of Simi Valley, Calif.; Celestia Davila of San Diego; Jessica Mentzer of Enterprise; Talia Patatanian of Katy, Texas; Carly Sewell of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Kaitlynn Thomson of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Andrea Wilson of Thornton, Colo.; and Lexes Wilson of Kirbyville, Texas.

“I look forward to getting the new field and locker room completed so that we can take the field for the first time,” said Vandiver. “I can’t wait to see what UM softball does in this town to bring a community together. I expect to have those stands filled with proud purple and gold fans as we start our inaugural season!”

To learn more about the first 10 members of the team, visit UM Falcons Softball.


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