Posting Date: April 20, 2011

Arts College at Kennesaw State announces faculty, staff awards
Recipients honored for teaching, service and creative activity

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KENNESAW, Ga.—The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University yesterday announced the recipients of its distinguished faculty awards in the areas of teaching and of research and creative activity. The college also presented its annual outstanding staff member award.

The 2010-2011 award recipients with the
dean of the College of the Arts. (From left) David Daly,
Dean Joseph Meeks, Ivan Pulinkala and Harrison Long..


Photo by Cheryl Anderson Brown

Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Harrison Long, who lives in Marietta, received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Associate Professor of Dance Ivan Pulinkala, who lives in Atlanta, received the Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award. The Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award was presented to David Daly, who lives in Roswell; Daly is the director of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.

Harrison Long is the coordinator of the acting concentration. He has been on the faculty since 2005. Long has received public attention recently for his performances in productions at Horizon Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Theatre in the Square. He was presented with the college's top teaching award in recognition of his "sustained impact on his students through an ever-growing offering of innovative, inspirational, and technically challenging courses." He was also cited for his cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to his course material. Most recently, the National Endowment for the Arts accepted a grant proposal co-authored by Long to support the 2011-2012 KSU production of "Splittin' the Raft," a retelling of the story of Huck Finn and Jim. Long holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Southern Methodist University.

Ivan Pulinkala is the director of the KSU Program in Dance, which was launched with his arrival on campus in 2005. He received the research and creative activity award not only for his work with the dance program, which has risen to national prominence with performances at Miller Theatre in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., but also for his continuing work as a choreographer and scholar. Locally, he has presented choreography at the Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta Ballet and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and internationally at the Shanghai Theatre Festival in China. Additionally, his book about Hindu dance, "Piper of the Soul," was published in 2010 and he has co-authored papers in refereed journals. In 2010, he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to help underwrite production and community outreach efforts for a KSU presentation of "D-Man in the Waters" by choreographer Bill T. Jones. Pulinkala has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Hindu College, Delhi University in India and a Master of Fine Arts in dance from Mills College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Alabama, with support from a Clendenin Fellowship.

David Daly joined the College of the Arts staff in 2008 as coordinator of the Bailey Performance Center and was promoted to director in 2010. He was selected for the staff award because of his collegial and collaborative spirit. As one nominator wrote, “his customer service skills can be summed up in the phrase, 'grace under pressure.'” Over the course of the last year, Daly has helped implement the KSU School of Music's Festival of New Music, overseen the Premiere Series and planned the 2011 Starlight Summer Concert Series, while operating a facility that hosts dozens of rehearsals, performances and events every week. Daly has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Georgia. He has previously worked at the Eastern Music Festival, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

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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