Points of Pride lists faculty, student and alumni achievements. It is accumulated and produced three times a year, generally in January, March, and October.
Grants and Awards
The Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; and Gregory Beaver, cello) won third prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition this summer. Twenty-two quartets from four continents competed, and the Chiara String Quartet was one of only three American groups to place in the top three in the 18-year history of the contest.
Earl "Pete" Jenkins, Professor Emeritus of Music, received the Cornell Runestad Award from the Nebraska Choral Directors Association for Lifetime Service to Choral Music at the NCDA's Summer Convention.
Randall Snyder, Professor and Composer-in-Residence, received a $1,000 Individual Artist Fellowship Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council.
Assistant Professor of Film and New Media Sharon Teo's feature film, "Almost Normal" captured the Phred Love Best Filmmaker Award at the 2005 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival. The film also won two awards at the 25th Annual Breckenridge Festival of Film. "Almost Normal" won Best Ensemble Cast, and it won Best of the Fest at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Film Series. Teo was producer and editor of the film, which was directed by Marc Moody. Shot entirely in Nebraska, actors and crew were pooled from UNL and talent from the local community. "Almost Normal" will be released on DVD on November 15. The film also had a one-week run at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in September.
Tyler White, Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities, received a $2,000 Individual Artist Fellowship Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council.
Congratulations!! The following School of Music students placed at the Nebraska National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2005 Auditions:
- First Year Women: Jessie Beran (2nd place) and Havilah Moore (3rd place)
- First Year Men: Brenton Roby (Finalist)
- Sophomore Women: Natalie Tavlin (1st place), Jamie Unger (2nd place) and Emily Chapman (Finalist)
- Sophomore Men: Drew Neneman (1st place) and Rob Krecklow (2nd place)
- Junior Women: Anna DeGraff (1st place), Antonella Deli Carpini (1st place) and Bekah Freeman (Finalist)
- Junior Men: Sam Anderson (2nd place) and Tom Hurd (3rd place)
- Senior Women: Tertia Hock (3rd place), Kristin Mayle (Finalist), Stephanie Spady (Finalist) and Lisa Loewen (Finalist)
- Senior Men: Mark Adams (Finalist)
- Graduate Students: Kyle Bradley (1st place), Pamela Miller (2nd place), Erica Koehring (3rd place) and Demaree Brown (Finalist)
Congratulations!! On behalf of the University of Nebraska Foundation, Dean Giacomo Oliva, Lucy Buntain Comine, and Kathe Andersen received the Overall Grand Gold Medal for overall excellence in the category of fund raising from the CASE Awards. The medal, awarded by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), recognized the Johnny Carson DVD, produced by the University of Nebraska Foundation and the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to solicit the $10.3 million donation from UNL alumnus and entertainment icon Johnny Carson to the University of Nebraska Foundation. The Johnny Carson DVD also won the bronze medal in the category of electronic media. Executive producers on the DVD were Terry L. Fairfield, CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation, and Oliva. Andersen and Buntain Comine were co-producers. Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Sharon Teo provided post-production work, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Richard Endacott was the videographer, and University of Nebraska Foundation Art Director Sarah Webber produced the graphics.
The following faculty received Hixson-Lied Faculty Research/Creative Activity Travel Grants for the funding period of November 15, 2005 through March 14, 2006:
- Santiago Cal, Art and Art History, $702, Presentation of "Landings2" at Centro de Artes Visuales in Merida, Mexico.
- Gretchen Foley, School of Music, $545, Presentation of "Contour Transformation as Motivic Process" at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York.
- Paul Haar, School of Music, $700, Presentation at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinicin Chicago.
- Michael Hoff, Art and Art History, $720, Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Montreal.
- Aaron Holz, Art and Art History, $650, Presentation of "Studies of Vellum" at the MPG Contemporary Art Gallery in Boston.
John Bailey, Larson Professor of Flute, conducted the American Flute Orchestra, 35 professional flutists and flute teachers from the USA and Canada, on tour in China in May. The group performed exchange concerts at conservatories in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an.
Carolyn Barber, Associate Professor and Director of Bands, was one of eight people invited to serve on the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) "New Era Think Tank," which met in Austin, Texas, at the CBDNA executive board meeting September 30-October 1. Barber was involved in the national discussion of the future of college bands.
Diane Barger, Associate Professor of Clarinet, performed in recital at the International Clarinet Association's annual ClarinetFest in TAMA, a suburb of Tokyo, Japan, this past July, where she was also the Coordinator of the High School Solo Competition. She continues to serve in her elected position as the ICA's Treasurer. Barger's fall faculty recital held October 2, "Shall We Dance," utilized several UNL faculty and dancers including: Associate Professor Mark Clinton, piano; Assistant Professor Susan Levine, choreographer; Assistant Professor Albie Micklich, bassoon; and UNL dancers Kira Boerkircher, Traci Christensen, Lars Hollingsed, Sarah Kesse, Megan Lenihan, Molly McConkey,and Ashley Fox.
Paul Barnes, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Piano, taught at the Bosendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna in June. He took six UNL pianists with him and led additional trips to Salzburg and Budapest. On August 5-6, Barnes performed with Maestro Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. He gave the world premier of Marijn Simons "A Ti Te Toca" and then gave the West Coast premiere performance of Philip Glass's "Piano Concerto No. 2 (After Lewis and Clark)." In September, Barnes was in Seattle recording the Glass concerto with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. He performed the concerto to a sold-out crowd in Seattle's Ben Aroya Hall. It was described by the Seattle Times as "an impressive feat."
Ron Bartels, Associate Professor of Art, had an online exhibition of lenticular prints selected for a special solo exhibition at the Caladan Gallery in Boston. "Digital Universe" was active this summer at www.caladangallery.com. Two of his lenticular prints were also selected for exhibition. "Inside Out" and "Here We Go Again" were chosen for the "Momentary Art" exhibition this summer in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Bartels' work is created from video tape imagery, computer manipulation and digital print methods. Bartels was published in the book, "2005: Year of the Business Card" for his visual identity work for the Nebraska Center for Sustainable Construction, EcoStores Nebraska and DeConstruction. He also has four digital lenticular prints selected for the 7th Annual Abstraction Juried International Exhibition at the Upstream People Gallery online exhibition. Two of the four selected prints ("Another Viewpoint" and "Good Night Wave") received SpecialRecognition from curator Glenda Knowles. The exhibition is on view at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.
Peter Bouffard, Lecturer in Guitar, was asked to write anarrangement for the Grammy Award winning group Maroon 5 for their Lincoln performance at Pershing Auditorium last April. This past July, he served as Director of Jazz Activities for the University of Maine Summer Youth Music program. His former private high school student, Kyle Asche, was one of 10 semi-finalists in this year's Thelonious Monk Jazz Guitar Competition.
Stan Brown, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, starred as Jazz in a production of Marc Blitzstein's "Regina" at the Bard SummerScape Festival this summer in New York.
The Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; and Gregory Beaver, cello) served this summer on the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Estes Park, Colorado, one of the nation's oldest camps. They also co-founded and taught at the inaugural season of the Red River Chamber Music Festival in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In September, they performed two concerts in California at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. They had their debut concert as UNL Artists-in-Residence on October 9 in Kimball Recital Hall. The Quartet also performed at the Chancellor's State of the University on September 9 and for the University of Nebraska Foundation's Board of Directors on September 30. (Photo below)
Mark Clinton, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Piano, spent two weeks this summer in residence at the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival in Prague. He performed in a series of concerts throughout the city, including the historic Church of Sts. Simon and Judah, Suk Hall at the Rudolfinum, and the chapel of the 16th Century Renaissance castle in the nearby town of Brandys nad Labem. Clinton's repertoire included such diverse works as the Martinu Flute Trio, the Arensky Piano Trio in D minor, and the Peter Schickele Quartet for Piano, Violin, Clarinet, and Cello. All performances were open to the public, and attracted diverse audiences comprised of Czech music lovers, international tourists, Ameropa festival participants, and distinguished guests. Earlier in the summer, Clinton was a faculty member at the second UNL Chamber Music Institute. He collaborated with Assistant Professor of Saxophone Paul Haar on the opening concert, in addition to coaching an outstanding student piano trio during the course of the institute.
Eddie Dominguez, Associate Professor of Art, and Peter Pinnell, Associate Professor of Art, are participating in an exhibition in Taiwan. The exhibition is a survey of North American ceramics. The exhibition's web site is at happy-on-line.com/nceca.
Peter Eklund, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities, conducted All-State choirs in Missouri and South Dakota, and a state-wide honor youth choir in Alabama last spring. He conducted the Midwest Honor Choir as they sang for the evening mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and as they sing for mass at the Jesuit Church in Luzern in June. Eklund also conducted a concert at the Salzburg Cathedral in July.
Guowen Fang, Senior Lecturer of Theatre and Film, is working on a cartoon animation project with China Central Television in Beijing, China, and Chiengmai, Thailand.
Aaron Holz, Assistant Professor of Art, is presenting his first solo exhibition of work this Fall in New York City at RARE Gallery.
William McMullen, Professor of Oboe, has a new CD of 10 flute and oboe duets on Centaur Records in collaboration with flutist Claudia Anderson of Grinnell, Iowa. The CD was published in September and is the result of several years of collaboration between Anderson and McMullen, who are both on the faculty of the summer music program in Colorado, Rocky Ridge Music Center. In fact, it was on the faculty concerts at Rocky Ridge that the two musiciansbegan to perform and collaborate in various musical projects. Composers represented on the CD are W. A. Mozart, Gordon Jacob, Georges Migot, Alberto Ginastera, Eugene Bozza, Robert Muczynski, Thea Musgrave, Jose Serebrier and Samuel Barber. Generous financial support for the completion ofthis project came from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts as a Grant-in-Aid. McMullen gave the American premiere performance of a new work by Welsh composer Hilary Tann, "Like Lightnings, A Pastoral for Solo Oboe" on his faculty recital in Kimball Hall on October 4. This work was recently published in 2005 by Oxford University Press and features music that was inspired by a poem by British Victorian era poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, specifically a passage that refers to an English song thrush, a particularly melodically colorful bird native to England.
Albie Micklich, Assistant Professor of Bassoon, performed with Dr. John Masserini, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Idaho State University, at the International Clarinet Association Conference in Tokyo, Japan.
Tice Miller, Professor of Theatre, has just had his introduction to William Dunlap's "A History of the American Theatre from its Origins to 1832" published.
Robert Mond, Assistant Professor of Theatre, served as a lighting designer for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, where he designed lighting for three productions. He designed "The Imaginary Invalid" by Moliere for Jim Helsinger, artistic director of the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and "The Little Mermaid," a highly successful children's show, in the Festival's Arena Theatre. On the Festival's Main Stage, he designed "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare for Bob Moss, artistic director of the Syracuse Stage.
The Moran Woodwind Quintet (John Bailey, flute, William McMullen, oboe, Diane Barger, clarinet, Albie Micklich, bassoon, and Allen French, horn) performed in two lecture/recitals at the College Music Society's annual International Conference this June in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. They performed and discussed chamber works of Dresden composer and pianist Theodor Blumer, whose works they have recorded on two CDs on the Crystal label.
Mo Neal, Associate Professor of Art, has work in the exhibition "Alternative Realities: Work by Joe Broghammer, Mo Neal, Dave Stewart, Faridun Zoda" at the Modern Arts Midwest during the month of October. The gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the Loft at the Mill at 800 P St. in Lincoln.
Giacomo Oliva, Professor of Music and Dean, gave a presentation as part of a panel on "Music Education Requirements for Tomorrow" at the First World Forum on Music, as part of the biennial meeting of the International Music Council, in Los Angeles October 1-4. He also served as chair of the Academic Program Review team for the Department of Music at the University of Delaware late last spring. Oliva gave a lecture/performance on American Ragtime during the freshman Parents Weekend at UNL on September 23.
David Routon, Professor Emeritus of Art, was commissioned to do a portrait painting of Carl Curtis for the new Carl T. Curtis National Park Service Midwest Regional Headquarters building in downtown Omaha next to the Qwest Center. The official dedication and unveiling was on July 21. The 32"x26" oil on canvas painting will hang in the main lobby of the building. Curtis's wife, Mildred, chose Routon to do the commission. (Photo below)
Francisco Souto, Assistant Professor of Art, has recently had work selected for the following exhibitions: IV Novosibirsk Biennial of Contemporary Graphic Art at the Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Russia, the 4th Lessedra World Art Print Annual at the Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Projectsin Bulgaria, "American Prints" at American University in Egypt, the 2005 Hilo International Invitational Exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the Los Angeles Print Society 18th National Exhibition at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Souto was also invited to be a visiting faculty member at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, this summer.
Pamela Starr, Professor of Music History, attended the competitively selected Faculty Weekend Seminar, "Harmony's Entrancing Power: Music in Early Modern England" at the Folger Institute in Washington, D.C. in September. The weekend seminar gathered faculty participants for collaborative investigations into the place of music in the larger world of the politics, religion, and culture of England and the other nations of the "Atlantic Isles" during the 16th and 17th centuries. Starr was also elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Musicological Society. In June she presented a paper, "'A Great Ornament and Pleasure': The Place of Music in the Educational Formation of Early Modern English Society" at the conference "Reading and Writing the Pedagogy of the Renaissance: Students, Teachers and Materials of Music Learning, 1470-1650," which was held at Johns Hopkins University at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Darryl White, Associate Professor of Trumpet, has been chosen as the Director of the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship All-Stars performing (jazz) group. The group performed for the Monterrey Jazz Festival in California in September and will perform for the International Association of Jazz Educators World Conference in New York City in January. They have also been invited to perform for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert Series sometime between January 9-12. White also received mention this summer in the Midwest Living Best of Midwest annual issue in an article on Kansas City in a section on music in the city.
Sandra Williams, Assistant Professor of Art, helped students at Mickle Middle School in Lincoln create a new mural fortheir school entitled "Me, Mickle and My World." The mural depicts a map of the world created with mosaic tiles and ceramic figures of items representing the various countries and cultures of the world. Williams was assisted by two of her UCARE students, Ananda Walden (B.F.A. Art) and Ben Kamprath (B.F.A. Art), on the project. They worked with students in art teacher Diane Gabelhouse's 6th-8th grade classes.
Brenda Wristen, Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy, has received recognition through the Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science program from the American Institute of Physics and the Human Factors Society. As part ofthe recognition, she will be featured in a 60-second public service announcement to be aired nationally on television touting her work related to the biomechanics of 7/8-sized keyboards.
Michael Burton (M.F.A. Art) had an exhibition of large-scale oil paintings at the Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln in September.
Sean Burton (D.M.A.) has had his article on James Mulholland published in the August/September 2005 issue of "Choral Director." The article is entitled "For the Love of Music" and is an interview between Burton and the composer.
Alejandro Lozada (D.M.A.) won the third bass/E-flat clarinet position with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in September. Lozada is a student of Associate Professor of Clarinet Diane Barger and a recipient of a Hixson-Lied Fellowship.
Ivan Lovegren (B.A. Theatre) starred in "Marlowe" in August at the Soho Playhouse in New York City as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.
Catherine Meier (B.F.A. Art) had her animated film, "A Time to Speak," selected as a finalist in NextFrame's 2005-2006 University Film and Video Association Touring Festival of International Student Film and Video. As a finalist, her film has embarked on a year-long international tour, along with this year's other finalists, as part of a compilation package of touring films. The film was also a semi-finalist in the Animation division of the Angelus Awards. The Angelus Awards honor student filmmakers whose work explores the complexity of the human condition with creativity, compassion and respect. As a semi-finalist, Meier's film was one of 92 semi-finalists selected from more than 720 entries from around the world. "A Time to Speak" is a statement on the all-encompassing circumstances of two people caught up in the destructive web of addiction.
Catherine Meier (B.F.A. Art) and Ananda Walden (B.F.A.Art) both gave presentations at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research last spring in Virginia on their respective UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences) projects. Meier gave a presentation on her animated film project, "A Time to Speak." Walden gave a presentation on her project, "Documenting Tanzania through Imagery and Creative Nonfiction."
Steven Moellering (D.M.A.) traveled with Associate Professor Mark Clinton to the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival this summer in Prague. Moellering had the opportunity to coach and perform chamber music under the guidance of international artist faculty. He was selected to perform in recitals at the Prague Municipal Music School and the chapel of the St. Laurence Church.
Nancy Anderson (B.M.E. 1977) is in her 30th year of teaching vocal music at Sheldon High School in Eugene, Oregon. Last May, her Dublinaires Vocal Jazz ensemble took first place and the Spirit of Vancouver Award at the Vancouver, B.C., Heritage Festival. Next May, her Varsity Choir will perform Haydn's "Mass in Time of War" at Carnegie Hall in New York City at the invitation of Dr. Wallace Long of Willamette University with the Willamette University Singers.
Denise Brady (M.F.A. 2004) and the Omaha Printmakers' Guild have built a printmaking/bookarts workshop in Studio 305 of the Hot Shops Art Center, at 13th and Nicholas streets in Omaha. Member and visiting artists can use the space on a long- or short-term basis. The shop houses Charles Brand intaglio and lithography presses, two Vandercook letterpress proof presses and a small pinch press for book binding. Brady was in a two-person exhibition entitled "Gesture and Response: Books and Works on Paper" with Bonnie O'Connell in August at the Fremont Art Association's Gallery 92 West in Fremont, Nebraska.
David Brinkman (B.M.E. 1971, M.M., 1991, Ph.D. 1994) became Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Wyoming in May. He has been at the University for 10 years since leaving UNL.
Jefferson Campbell (D.M.A. 2003) accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Music History at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He began his new position this fall.
Leslie A. Crabtree (B.M.E. 1981) earned her doctorate in literacy education this spring from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been promoted to Professor of English at North Central University in Minneapolis, where she has been teaching for more than 20 years.
Anna Drozda (B.A. in Art History 2005) was elected into the UNL Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Those honored are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.
Ling Ling He (M.M. 2002) finished her study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in May and has recently moved to Germantown, Maryland. As one of 12 singers selected from eight major cities around the world, she was invited t ocompete in the 3rd Monte Carlo Voice Masters International Competition in June. She recently sang the role of Tigranain Puccini's rarely performed opera "Edgar," and will sing Musette in Leoncavallo's "La Bohème," both with the American Center for Puccini Studies, in Washington D.C. in 2005. She will also be singing the role of Martha in Tchaikovsky's "Ioanta" with Opera Bel Cantandi in Washington, D.C., next May.
Peggy Holloway (D.M.A. 1994) gave a lecture and recital on "'Pioneering' Women and the Search for an American Identity in Early 20th Century Nebraska" on October 9 at the John G. Neihardt State Historical Site in Bancroft, Nebraska. Holloway is a Professor of Music at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska.
Daniel Craig Lee (B.F.A. 1982) is an artist living in Omaha. His company, Craig Lee Fine Art, is a mural and studio painting business. He has lived in Omaha since 1985, the year he earned his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Art Academy in Michigan. Several examples of his work can be viewed at www.craigleefineart.com.
Laurie Lessman (B.F.A. Musical Theatre 1985), is currently the Director of Outreach and Learning at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. As the Playhouse celebrates its 60th anniversary, Lessman is celebrating her 20th year as avolunteer for the organization. In 2005 she performed at the Haymarket Theatre in "Cabaret," at TADA Productions in"Forbidden Broadway" and at the Lincoln Community Playhouse in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Bat Boy."
Beth Macleod (B.M. 1967) is currently Fine Arts reference librarian/bibliographer at the Central Michigan University Library. In 2001, she had a book published, "Women Performing Music: The Emergence of American Women as Classical Instrumentalists and Conductors."
Danielle Merlino (B.F.A. Art 2004), is now working for Integer Corporation in Denver. She recently was a recipient of The One Show Award for her work as Production Artist on a campaign trumpeting the arrival of an Amish Quilt exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. The One Club is a national organization promoting high standards of creativity in advertising, graphic design and the commercial arts.
Alan Montgomery (M.F.A. Art 1994) is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. He is part of a traveling art exhibition entitled "YouGenics," which began in Portland, Oregon, in 2002. It has since traveled to Springfield, Missouri, and then recently to Chicago at the Betty Rymer Gallery at the School of the Chicago Art Institute. The show features work from both the United States and United Kingdom. The show is seeking representation at various other institutions. More information on the exhibit can be found at www.yougenics.net.
Heather Morris (B.F.A. Art 2005) had her artist book accepted into the exhibition "Common Thread" featuring New York/New Jersey Surface Design Association Members. The exhibition was at the Phoenix Gallery in New York City May 25-June 18.
Godwin Sadoh (M.M. 2000) received a 2005 ASCAPLUS Award in recognition of the publications, performances and recordings of his compositions worldwide from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Sadoh has had pieces published in "Africa," the journal of the International African Institute in London; and "Living Music and The Hymn." He also has three recent books, including "E. Korin S'Oluwa: Fifty Indigenous Church Hymns from Nigeria" (Wayne Leupold Editions 2005), "The Organ Works of Fela Sowande: Cultural Perspectives" (Zimbel Press, 2005), and "Twenty-Five Preludes on Yoruba Church Hymns" [Book One] (Wayne LeupoldEditions 2005).
Rob Salistean (B.M.E. 2005) has begun his new position as the Assistant Band Director at Lincoln's North Star High School.
Josh Schepers (B.F.A. 2004) was accepted into the M.F.A. in Sculpture program at the University of Texas, San Antonio, where he is studying with Ken Little.
Stephanie Taylor (B.M.E. 1999) has joined Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Recording Industry as an Assistant Professor of Music Business.
Adam Tourek (B.F.A. Art 2005) has begun his graduate sculpture program at Louisiana State University this Fall.
Danny Ladely, Director of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, recently traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to participate in the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture's biennial national conference titled "Taking Liberties." The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) is a nonprofit association whose membership comprises a diverse mix of organizations and individuals dedicated to a common goal: the support and advocacy of independent film, video, audio and online/multimedia arts. Ladely served on a panel titled "Building Sustainability," whose task it was to share practical stories about building, acquisition, and capital campaigns in the media arts field. He shared the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center's story with the conference attendees.