Posting Date: April 22, 2010

A Message from Dean Joseph Meeks
Announcing a department name change

KSU Dance Company
Photo by Robert Pack

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Kennesaw State University has approved the re-naming of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies to the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance (TPS&D). This change reflects the university's confidence in the ongoing and future success of the Program in Dance, based on its increasing enrollment and growing regional and national reputation.

Now in its fourth year, the Program in Dance, under the direction of Associate Professor of Dance Ivan Pulinkala, will graduate its first class of Bachelor of Arts degree candidates next month. The program has been featured in several national magazines, including Dance, Pointe, and Dance Spirit. Following acclaimed performances at the regional level, the KSU Dance Company has been invited to perform at the national American College Dance Festival (ACDF) every year that it has been eligible. The company will perform for ACDF at the Kennedy Center next month.

The Program in Dance has also formed strong partnerships within the broader Georgia dance community. These partnerships include collaborative performances and choreographer exchanges with Georgia Ballet, a community engagement partnership with Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, performance opportunities with Dance Centre South and Ruth Mitchell Dance Conservatory, and recruitment and service opportunities at North Springs High School and Pebblebrook High School. The Program in Dance also has established an innovative educational partnership with Atlanta Ballet that fosters opportunities for KSU students and enables Atlanta Ballet's professional dancers to enroll in the B.A. degree program.

The Program in Dance has become a vibrant and vital component of its home department. The newly re-named Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance will continue to thrive as a liberal arts program focused strongly on academic achievement and on preparing students for fulfilling lives and successful careers.

I wish to congratulate Prof. Pulinkala and Dr. John Gentile, chair of TPS&D, for their extraordinary commitment to their disciplines and to their students.

Joseph D. Meeks, Dean
College of the Arts
Kennesaw State University



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