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December 17, 2009  Volume 31, No. 16
Theatre Department changes last play of 2009-10 season

The Department of Theatre has changed the fourth and last show of its main-stage season.

Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! was the original title for the last production of the 2009-2010 season. However, rights were acquired to stage the Arthur Miller classic All My Sons, which was most recently on Broadway starring Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow and Katie Holmes.

This change in programming allows for more students to be cast and have the opportunity to travel with the production to China’s National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing at the end of the spring semester.

All My Sons, which was based on a true story and was Miller’s first commercial success, tells the story of an American family caught up in the struggle between personal responsibility and duty to their country.

All dates and times for the last main-stage show in Watters Theater have not changed: April 23–May 2, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14, general admission; $12, faculty/staff/seniors; and $8, students.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Anderson Center Box Office at 777-ARTS (2787) or by visiting

Faculty Senate hears budget review report

Following brief remarks by President Lois B. DeFleur and a moment of silence in memory of Professor Emeritus Richard Antoun at its Dec. 8 meeting, the Faculty

Senate heard a report on the budget from Peter Knuepfer, associate professor of geological sciences and environmental studies and chair of the senate’s Budget Review Committee.

Knuepfer gave a broad-scale summary of the University’s current budget situation, covering what the state has allocated and pulled away. He said it’s unclear what will happen next regarding the budget.

“I really want to give you an appreciation of how much money there is in our budget,” he said. “There is more than a few years ago, but not nearly enough to cover our obligations. That is the reality of the situation.” On the positive side, he said, the campus can do a lot of things better and is trying to manage its budget so the reductions are spread out over time.

The senate also heard reports from University Faculty Senator Sandra Michael on a resolution passed in support of maintaining assessment activities at the campus level, Vice Provost Michael McGoff on articulation and transfer issues and Faculty Senate Executive Committee Chair Douglas Summerville on fall 2009 committee business.

In other business, the senate approved degree candidates and proposals for a master’s dual degree in public administration and student affairs administration, department status for the Student Affairs Administration Program; a master’s degree in Asian and Asian American Studies, a Japanese Studies major and a Korean Studies major.

‘The Classroom of Now’ workshop planned for Jan. 20

The Institute for Student-Centered Learning will hold a workshop on technologies to support teaching, “The Classroom of Now (which used to be the future),” from 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The program will provide hands-on opportunities with lecture capture, voice recording in PowerPoint, student response systems (clickers) and advanced capabilities in Blackboard (virtual classroom, groups, collaborative writing and editing, quizzes, etc).
During this workshop, participants will learn how to tailor available technologies to classes and enhance course material with leading-edge tools. Individual help will be available.

The workshop will be in Continuing Education, room LN- 1324-C (formerly PSPC-C) and nearby technology-ready rooms. Refreshments will be provided. All faculty are welcome, as well as University staff with teaching responsibilities.

To reserve a space, respond to Hilton Baxter, 777-6376,  or by noon Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08