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Release Date: April 14, 2008

Kennesaw State College of the Arts names outstanding seniors

Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations, 770-499-3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW, Ga.—The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University is pleased to announce its 2008 Outstanding Seniors, who were recognized during a recent university-wide ceremony.

One student from each of the college’s degree programs was selected by the for this recognition. Each student then selected one member as his or her honoree.

The 2008 KSU College of the Arts Outstanding Seniors are:

Kerry Brunson of Kennesaw, for music performance. She studies both oboe and saxophone, and her honoree is Director of Jazz Studies and Lecturer in Saxophone Sam Skelton. Brunson is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music performance. In addition to performing with university ensembles, Brunson has performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Wind Ensemble and is an active studio musician and recording artist. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Matthew Daniel of Alpharetta and Kennesaw, for fine arts. His honoree is Associate Professor of Art Jeanne Sperry. After working as a production artist for four years, Daniel decided to return to college at the age of 27. As a graphic design major, Daniel was named to the president’s list four times and graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 3.84. One of the highlights of Daniel’s course of study was his internship at Emory University in the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Heath where he worked on a nationwide campaign.

Andrea Ducas of Kennesaw, for music. Her honoree is Associate Professor of Music and Music Education Michael Walters. Ducas is involved in music as a vocalist, pianist and songwriter. She spent a year in Cork, Ireland studying traditional Irish music and the Irish language. Upon her return to the United States, Ducas enrolled in KSU as a HOPE scholar. In 2005, she was a state finalist for the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. She has performed with several Irish music groups in Atlanta and has conducted singing workshops. Ducas is also a member of various organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Epsilon Iota and the National Honor Society.

Laramie Rodriguez of Calhoun, for music education. His honoree is Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies Peter Witte. Born in the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez plays the piano and clarinet. In high school, he graduated summa cum laude. Before transferring to KSU, Rodriguez attended Shorter College where he performed with the Northwest Georgia Winds. At KSU, Rodriguez performed with multiple ensembles. He has also served as president of the local chapter of the Collegiate Music Educators’ National Conference and music director of a Calhoun church. Internationally, Rodriguez helps coordinate Teen Talent, a program in which church youth from around the world perform and are judged in several arts categories.

Carolynn Stoddard of Marietta and Westchester, N.Y., for art education. Her honoree is Associate Professor of Art Education Sandra Bird. Stoddard earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University in 2001 and chose to pursue a degree in art education from KSU because of her belief that education should give all children a well-rounded foundation of success. Stoddard has served as co-president of the National Art Education Association’s student chapter at KSU and has been involved in art projects and activities inside and outside the classroom.

Erik Teague of Cartersville, for theatre and performance studies. His honoree is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Jamie Bullins. His design work has been honored four times by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Teague is the first student of the program to win the National Barbizon Award for Theatrical Excellence in Costume Design for two consecutive years. He has designed professionally with several theater companies, including Dad’s Garage Theater and Georgia Ensemble Theater. He also completed internships at the Hartford Stage and Shakespeare Theater.

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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 of more than 20,000 from 132 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.

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.

 

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