Release date: March 20, 2007
KSU College of the Arts names outstanding seniors
Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations, 770-499-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KENNESAW, Ga.—The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University is pleased to announce its 2007 Outstanding Seniors who were recognized during a university-wide ceremony on March 16.
One student from each of the college’s degree programs was selected by the for this recognition. Each student then selected one member to as his or her honoree.
The 2007 KSU College of the Arts Outstanding Seniors are:
Gates Luck of Woodstock, for visual arts. His honoree is Joseph Remillard. After taking a drawing class, Luck abandoned his business major. An avid reader and researcher, he studied the techniques of the old masters and participated in the Montepulciano (Italy) Studies Abroad Program to experience Italian art and architecture first-hand. His are combines classical techniques with new mediums, surfaces and forms of presentation. He has promoted arts on campus by taking leadership roles in activities in activities such as the Java Chalk Walk Show. He has also participated in group exhibitions both on and off campus. After graduation, he will pursue a full-time career in art and is currently seeking gallery representation in the Atlanta area.
Michael New of Kennesaw, for music performance. His honoree is Mary Akerman. A multiple scholarship recipient, New composes new music for guitar, piano, chorus and chamber music; he has had three of his music compositions premiered in Atlanta and was recently invited to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s “Meet the Composer” seminars with Osvaldo Golijov and Michael Gandolfi. A guitarist, he has performed in master classes with Dale Kavanagh, Paul Galbraith and Roland Dyens and performs standard guitar repertoire through organizations like Guitar Atlanta. He teaches at Woodward Music Academy. He plans to continue teaching while pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in music.
Fonda Riley of Acworth, for music education. Her honoree is Karen Parks. After teaching music at private schools and working as a children’s choir coordinator, Riley come to KSU to pursue a music education degree. Currently an instructor in music and movement at New Beginnings Christian Academy, she also has taught music at the Alpharetta Christian Academy, worked with the music staff of First Baptist Church of Alpharetta and served on the board of directors for the Gwinnett Young Singers. At KSU, she performs with the KSU Chorale and is active in the student chapter of the National Association of Music Educators. She is a recipient of the Hope Promise Teacher Scholarship and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda, Pi Lambda Theta and Golden Key honor societies.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.