Posting Date: January 28, 2011

Kennesaw State to host faculty from Kocaeli University
Faculty residency continues ongoing partnership

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(Above) In June 2010, KSU Associate Professor of Art Lin Hightower (from left), Associate Professor of Music Edward Eanes and Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Karen Robinson visited Istanbul to expand the ongoing partnership with Kocaeli University
(from left) Kocaeli ceramicist Safiye Basar, playwright Sema Goktas, KSU Professor of Art Lin Hightower, KSU Professor of Art History Joe Thomas and guitarist Safa Yeprem

KENNESAW, Ga.—As part of its Quality Enhancement Progam and “Get Global” initiatives, Kennesaw State University will host faculty members from Kocaeli University, located in Kocaeli, Turkey, beginning Feb. 4. The dean of music and the chairs of three departments from Kocaeli University will be visiting for 10 days.

According to Edward Eanes, KSU associate professor of music history, the guests will attend music, theater and art appreciation classes during their visit so that they can “see what we do and where our programs might intersect." The guests in turn will conduct lectures in ceramics, flamenco guitar and a guitar masterclass. KSU will also benefit from a performance by Kocaeli’s music department chair, Safa Yeprem, in a recital of his own compostions. “We plan to make full use of their time while they are here,” adds Eanes.

Lin Hightower, KSU professor of art, forged the relationship with Kocaeli University through a grant received from the KSU QEP initiative. Through this program, KSU and Kocaeli have participated in past projects, including a joint art exhibition at the Golcuk Art and Cultural Center in Golcuk, Turkey. This upcoming visit is just another step in what Eanes hopes will be an ongoing relationship between Kocaeli and KSU.

“The purpose is to develop this ongoing exchange where we have more students involved and more exchange students. We’re starting small and will be expanding more and more as we go.”



Feb. 8 | 3:30 p.m. | Wilson 227 | Playwriting workshop Part I by Sema Goktas

Feb. 8 | 1 p.m. | Music Recital Hall | Guitar master class by Safa Yeprem

Feb. 9 | 8 p.m. | Bailey Performance Center | Safa Yeprem, guitar, performance

Feb. 10 | 9:30 a.m. | Ceramics Studio | Ceramics talk by Safiye Basar

Feb. 10 | 3:30 p.m. | Wilson 227 | Playwriting workshop Part II by Sema Goktas


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The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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