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2009 Media Archive


Top 10 Business news events of 2009
Alumnus Andy Azula (1990) rises to the pinnacle of pop culture: mocked on SNL.
Richmond Bizsense, 12/29/09

The Ritz Chamber Players
The Ritz Chamber Players will perform at 8pm on January 9, 2010 in the Bailey Performance Center at KSU.
Linking Atlanta, 12/24/09

ARTNEWS_READS_2009 the fifth annual book recommendation list
Art Prof. Robert Sherer recommends reading We Boys Together: Teenagers in Love Before Girl-Craziness by Jeffery P. Dennis, Vanderbilt University Press and Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems, Beacon Press.
Artlanta, 12/23/09

Born: Relief—Beep Beep Gallery
Alumnus Samuel Parker (Art 2004) comments on artist Born’s Relief show at the Beep Beep Gallery.
Burnaway.org, 12/22/09

Details—Mint Gallery
Kelly McKernan (Art 2009) comments on the art of the Details exhibit at the Mint Gallery.
Burnaway.org, 12/22/09

Our Favorite Things: Best of 2009
Art Prof. Matt Haffner’s art was exhibited as one of the many compelling works in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in early 2009.
Burnaway.org, 12/22/09

Paragould Personalities: Robert Schumann
Alumnus Robert Schumann (BA Classical Music 2005) works to create a quality music ministry at East Side Baptist.
Paragould Daily Press, 12/19/09


Q & A with Stuart Elliot
Journalist Stuart Elliot defends alumnus Andy Azula ( Art 1990) and his follicle fiascos when advertising for UPS.
New York Times, 11/30/09

Artist Kelly McKernan
Over the past two years, alumnus Kelly McKernan (Art 2009) has received local, national, and international recognition for her unique work.
GC::VA, 11/26/09

In the Jungle—Author Interview: Smelin
Piano Performance major and author for the music blog audiojungle.net, Steve Melin, speaks on his experiences with music.
Audiojungle, 11/26/09

The Lionheart in Autumn
Art Prof. Edward Smucgyz plays the role of King Henry II’s son, Prince Richard in the play “The Lion in Winter.”
TheatreReview.com, 11/14/09

Rockdale Native finds niche as Storyteller
Theatre major, Phillip Justman, finds his niche with the KSU Tellers.
Rockdalecitizen.com, 11/06/09

West Side Story
KSU Theatre grads Corey Bradberry (2008) and Marium Khalid (2009) assist the director of West Side Elementary school’s one night production of Alice in Wonderland.
Marietta Daily Journal, 11/06/09

ArtsCriticATL Interview with choreographer Lauri Stallings about “Pour” (Part 1)
Dance Prof. Lauri Stallings speaks on her le-Flash Atlanta event “Pour.”
ArtsCriticATL.com, 11/03/09

Adman Andy Azula answers 11 questions
Alumnus, Andy Azula (1980) is interviewed by KARE11.
Kare11, 11/04/09



Painter’s Paradise
Art Alumnus, Shane McDonald (1992) Paints a view of Smith-Gilbert gardens during the Flavors of Fall Festival.
Cherokee Tribune, 10/25/09
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Cobb Symphony Orchestra walks a Tricky Path
Music Prof. Jana Young lent her voice to the CSO Chorus.
AccessAtlanta.com, 10/19/09

Der Klang der Versöhnung (The Sounds of Reconcilliation)
Music Prof. Laurence Sherr traveled to Egelsbach, Germany, his mother’s hometown, to participate in a memorial evening that included performances of his compositions and Klezmer and Yiddish music that Sherr performed on clarinet.
Op-online.de, 10/14/09

Endangered People Art
Art Major Melinda McPhearson will host her own solo exhibition at KSU on November 17.
Artlanta.com, 10/11/09

The Sensuality of the Indian Movement
Dance Prof. Ivan Pulinkala attempts to find an explanation for the divide between the sensuality of Indian roots and the conservative nature of modern Indian culture.
ArtConcern.com, 10/07/09

Le Flash-Atlanta: worlds collide in dance with Lauri Stallings’ “Pour”

Dance Prof. Lauri Stallings and her collaborative performance group gloATL offered a new site-specific work, “pour,” for Le Flash-Atlanta.

ArtscriticATL.com, 10/05/09



Have “The time of Your Life” at Theatre

Kennesaw State University MFA graduate, Matt Lewis, portrays the character Nick in UA theatre department’s production of the play “The Time of Your Life.”

The Crimson White, 09/30/09


“Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South” a Book and a Performance

As part of “The Spoken Word!” series, this book came to life as performed by Professor E. Patrick Johnson on September 18.

artscriticATL.com, 09/29/09


Noteworthy: Orchestra marks 20th Season

Robert Henry (BA Music Performance 1999), joins the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in celebration of its 20th Season.  He is set to play Grieg’s Piano Concerto. 

The Valdosta Daily Times, 09/29/09


“Pouring Tea” at Kennesaw State

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson will perform his one man show that is an adaptation of his oral history project, “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, an Oral History.”

Southern Voice, 09/18/09


The Cell Phone Photography Project

Art Prof. Matt Haffner is featured as part of the largest project ever put on for Atlanta Celebrates photography.  Utilizing a mere camera phone, Haffner and 46 other artists were given assignments to photograph over the course of 8 weeks.  The exhibition will open September 19, 2009.

iPhoneography, 09/16/09


Kennesaw State opens new Black Box Theatre

KSU will open its 125-seat Black Box Theater next week with a revival production of Katharyn Howd Machan's "Redwing: Voices from 1888," directed by professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, John Gentile.

Atlanta Journal Constitution, 09/15/09

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Hair Captures raw energy and vitality of the 60s, but could use some glossing

Graphic design major, Jason Royal, strongly portrays the supporting character Woof, the overall production could have been better.

Access Atlanta, 09/15/09


7 Stages’ Hair Sprouts 60’s Idealism in Little Five Points

Graphic design major, Jason Royal, depicts the character “Woof” in the critically acclaimed musical Hair. 

Creative Loafing, 09/14/09


Take Five with Trey Wright

Artist-in-residence Trey Wright comments about himself and his love of music.

All About Jazz, 09/07/09


MyReporter.com answers: How are Local Parks, Historical Sites Marked?

Within the 1898 Memorial park lies a monument, by KSU sculpture professor, Ayokunle Odeleye, honoring the memory of those harmed in the racial violence of November 10, 1898.  This park, however, is difficult to find for it has no distinctive sign to mark it.

Star News Online, 09/02/09


A Peachy Partnership

Company members from Atlanta Ballet and students at their Centre for Dance Education will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance at KSU. And participants in the program can receive course credit for professional experience, allowing them to pursue their dance and academic careers simultaneously!

Dance Spirit Magazine, 09/01/09




The Working Artist Project Studio Assistants 2008-2009

Geoffrey Smith, assistant to Art Prof. Matt Haffner, is exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Georgia for September’s edition of First Thursday.

Artlanta, 08/30/09


To-Do List

Visual art: “From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics” continues, all day, The Art Gallery at Kennesaw State University’s Sturgis Library, Kennesaw. FREE.

Access Atlanta, 08/26/09


The Soft-Sided Punk Rock Chick

Art Prof. Edward Smucygz, comments on one of his prized students, Melinda McPherson, and her accomplishments as a fine arts major.

The Sentinel, 08/25/09


Three New Exhibits open at KSU to kick off new art season

Featuring art from, among others, Art Profs Carole Mauge-Lewis and Jeanne Sperry.

Marietta Daily Journal, 08/24/09


What’s Happening on Cape, August 21-27

Works by Art Prof. Robert Sherer will be shown through September 2 in the Lyman-Eyer Gallery located on 432 Commercial St., Provincetown.  A reception will be held 7 p.m. Friday. For further information, contact 508-487-3937.

Cape Cod Times, 08/21/09


2009 Spotlight: American Craft Council Southeast Exhibition

This juried exhibition of craftspeople from 11 Southeastern states features original works in several different media, including our piece Rocky Road I & II. Andrew Wagner, former founding managing editor of Dwell and current editor-in-chief of American Craft was the juror. . .

Mija, 8/20/09


A look at offbeat student organizations

KSU Tellers is included in these profiles.

Creative Loafing, 8/19/09

The Lovell Sisters come home after taking bluegrass to other countries

The Lovell Sisters came to play at KSU’s Legacy Gazebo. 754 people attended the concert on Aug. 9. The girls had been touring worldwide most of this year and had just come home to Calhoun, Ga. for a two-week break, but not before stopping in Kennesaw to perform. . .

The Sentinel, 8/18/09


Kansas City, Kansas Art Walk and Other Events

Kennesaw State university Alum Tony Quinton (BFA 2006) is featured tonight at the 6th Street Gallery at the YWCA of Greater Kansas City, part of the Kansas City, Kansas Second Friday Art Walk openings.

ReView, 08/14/09


Lovell Sisters find sound all their own

Highlighting Starlight Summer Series performers, The Lovell Sisters.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 8/9/09

Access Atlanta, 8/8/09


JULY 2009

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival begins Friday, July 24

. . . Atlanta native [Music Prof.] Robert Henry has enjoyed success in nearly every important piano competition in the world, including the Gold Medal in four International Piano Competitions in the 2001-02 season alone. He serves as Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University and operates an exclusive private studio in Atlanta. As an accompanist, he’s toured with the Grammy-winning Atlanta Boys Choir under the direction of Fletcher Wolfe, and he’s accompanied the master classes of Jerry Hadley, Frederica von Stade and Hakan Haggard. Henry will soon present his London debut in prestigious Wigmore Hall. . .

The Macon County (N.C.) News, 7/23/09


Plateau prepares a weekend of chamber music

. . . “Bach for One” showcases the magnificent solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Violist Yinzi Kong will perform “Suite in G Major, BWV 1007. “Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532” will feature pianist [Music Prof.] Robert Henry . . .

Smoky Mountain News, 7/22/09


The Lyman-Eyer Gallery: Exhibition by Robert Sherer and William Cash

[Vis Arts Prof.] Robert Sherer like many American boys grew up in a world of sports, camping, scouting, and war gaming. . .

Out in Provincetown, 7/22/09


'Yeomen's' song is slightly off-pitch

. . . The orchestra, directed ably by [Music Prof.] Michael Alexander, is lush and full with nearly 30 players. . .

77 Square, 7/18/09


Philly boy Matt Haffner rocks the MOCA

Last we heard from [Vis Arts Prof.] Matt Haffner, he was making wicked mixed-media works inspired by our city’s overlooked neighborhoods, and exhibiting them at Proximity Gallery. . .

Philadelphia City Paper, 7/15/09


Art college triples fundraising goal

Despite current financial strains, the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University managed to triple the goal of its fundraising drive to celebrate its 10th anniversary. . .

Marietta Daily Journal, 7/13/09


JUNE 2009

Ad Man Packs Star Power for UPS

Andy Azula (art, 1990) is profiled.

Wall Street Journal, 6/23/09


Ad Exec Scores at UPS 'Whiteboard Guy'

Andy Azula (art, 1990) is profiled.

The Stoop, 6/23/09


Summer Music Clinic

Music Prof. Michael Alexander is interviewed.

"Spotlight on Cobb," TV23, 6/22/09

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Five to Follow: Our picks for June 22

This list includes Andy Azula [art, 1992]

AdWeek, 6/22/09


Rome high grad wins $1,500 scholarship

[Vis Arts major] Lucas Jankovsky, a 2009 graduate of Rome High School and the student leader of its National Creative Society Chapter, was announced as this year’s winner of the National Creative Society’s top scholarship award.

Rome (Ga.) Tribune-News, 6/20/09


Robert Sherer’s ‘Puppy Love’ at Outwrite

[Vis Arts Prof] Robert Sherer, the Atlanta artist well known for his past use of HIV-positive blood in his work, opened a new exhibit on Friday to raise funds for a scholarship he established for gay students. . .

Project Q, 6/20/09


It's 'Puppy Love': Gay Atlanta artist exhibits works to raise GLBT scholarship funds

Atlanta visual artist [Vis Arts Prof.] Robert Sherer, known for his Blood Works among other provocative and powerful paintings and photographs, hosts an art opening, "Puppy Love," at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse from 7-9 p.m. to raise money for his GLBT scholarship fund.

Southern Voice, 6/19/09


Gather Atlanta

Art Prof. Matt Haffner will be a panelist.

Art Relish, 6/6/09


Culture Surfing Blog, Creative Loafing, 6/5/09


MAY 2009

Matt Haffner: A look at art that’s purposefully displayed outdoors

Art Prof. Matt Haffner / radio interview

“City Café,” PBA, 5/29/09


Broadway Talent Will Brighten Theatre Aspen Season of Spelling Bee and Chapter Two
. . . The Tony Award- winning musical (Best Book, Best Featured Actor) stars Broadway actors. . . Jody Reynard [theatre, 1999] (Legally Blonde, Taboo, Saturday Night Fever). . .

Playbill, 5/28/09


Theater Aspen Announces Casting For 2009 Summer Season Of Comedy, Music & More

. . . The Tony Award- winning musical (Best Book, Best Featured Actor) stars Broadway actors. . . Jody Reynard [theatre, 1999] (Legally Blonde, Taboo, Saturday Night Fever). . .

Broadway World, 5/27/09


Kennesaw State University, Atlanta Ballet to team up

Program in Dance / Dance Prof. Ivan Pulinkala quoted / Dance student Alexis Whitehead photographed (misidentified in MDJ)

Marietta Daily Journal, 5/25/09


Award lets Atlanta artist branch out

Art Prof. Matt Haffner

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/21/09


Lunchbreak with Matt Haffner

Art Prof. Matt Haffner’s upcoming appearance on PBA

BurnAway, 5/20/09


Kennesaw State seeks nominations for arts awards

2009 Flourish Awards (scroll down)

Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia, 5/13/09


Ballet, KSU form partnership

KSU Program in Dance

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/9/09


Matt Haffner at Musuem of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Art Prof. Matt Haffner’s solo exhibition, “Dreams of a Sleeping Giant”

ARTlanta, 6/6/09


Arts Critic ATL, 5/23/09 (scroll down)


ACP Now!, 5/18/09


ARTlanta, 5/18/09


BurnAway, 5/15/09


Geoffrey C. Smith Art and Photography, 5/9/09


ACP Now!, 5/7/09


ARTlanta, 5/7/09


Yahoo! Upcoming, 5/7/09


Cherry Blossom Tribute for Mother’s Day Gala Concert featuring Chihiro Inda

Music alum Leah McRath (music education, 2002) performs

Global Atlanta, 5/1/09


Young Blood Gallery’s fourth biannual skateboard show

Art Prof. Matt Haffner

BurnAway, May 2009




APRIL 2009

A Report from the Phantom Zone

Video Review of “ATA Türk” Exhibition

Big, Red and Shiny, 4/27/09


Matt Haffner at MOCA GA

Art Prof. Matt Haffner’s solo exhibition, “Dreams of Sleeping Giant”

ACP Now!, 4/20/09


ARTlanta, 4/20/09


KSU Dance nationally recognized

Television interview of dance Prof. Ivan Pulinkala.

"Spotlight on Cobb," TV23, 4/15/09

Not available online.

MARCH 2009

A Convergence at Kennesaw State

An interview with TPS Prof. Karen Robinson about the KSU production of "Everything that Rises Must Converge."

"Cover to Cover," Georgia Public Broadcasting, originally aired 3/29/09


What is Left to the Right?

Re-posting of the December 2008 AJC article about left-handed pianists, featuring music Prof. Russell Young.

PianoStreet.com, 3/26/09


Canadian pianist instructs master class

Highlights the master class by Jeri-Mae Astolfi.

The Sentinel, 3/24/09


First Friday: End the work week with an evening of art

Features the solo exhibitions by art profs Laura Bell and Matt Haffner at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Daily News, 3/6/09


Just Do It: Tales from the Lonesome City

Previews Art Prof. Matt Haffner's solo exhibition at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia City Paper, 3/4/09


Graffiti: public art worth funding?

Blog article mentions Art Prof. Matt Haffner.

Creative Loafing, 3/3/09


Concerto Finale

Covers the School of Music's annual concerto competition.

The Sentinel, 3/3/09

http://ksusentinel.com/arts-living/concerto-finale /


Pentimenti Gallery: Laura Bell and Matt Haffner

Highlights the upcoming solo exhibitions by art profs Laura Bell and Matt Haffner.

Streettalkin.com, 2/27/09


Masterworks on tap: Griffin Choral Arts to perform

Preview of concert featuring Music Prof. Adam Kirkpatrick.

The (Barnesville, Ga.) Herald-Gazette, 2/26/09


Around Town: Spaceship Earth

Scroll down for an item about the increasing value of the Eino sculpture on campus.


Timeless works of art pioneered by director Joe Remillard

Feature highlights Art Prof. Joe Remillard's portrait class.

Sentinel, 2/19/09


On-campus art show exhibits talent from previous semester

Article highlights the Annual Art & Staff exhibition.

Sentinel, 2/10/09


Living the dream: Ayokunle Odeleye, master sculptor and professor

Profiles Art Prof. Ayokunle Odeleye.

Sentinel, 2/8/09



Slave songs concert

Music Prof. Oral Moses organized and performed on a concert of African-American slave songs which received media attention in several outlets.

Marietta Daily Journal, 2/9/09


Marietta Daily Journal, Faith & Values note, 2/7/09


Marietta Daily Journal, Faith & Values article, 2/7/09


School choir workshop

Faith Notes column includes an item about a choir workshop and concert presented by Music Prof. Oral Moses.

Marietta Daily Journal, 2/7/09

http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2009/02/07/faithnotes0207.html (scroll down)


Previews the Premiere Series performance.

EarRelevant, 2/4/09


Concerts give audience glance into musical virtuosity

Reviews the Jan. 13 recital by Music Profs Helen Kim and Robert Henry.

The Sentinel, 2/3/09


Measures of Success

Dean Meeks wrote this guest column.

KSU Financial Services Newsletter, February 2009.




Man on a mission

Friend of the Arts Russell Clayton and the Athos Menaboni Collection are highlighted in this two-page feature.
Kennesaw State University Magazine, Fall 2008/Winter 2009
Not available online.

Let the music play: KSU, now an All-Steinway School

The All-Steinway School designation is highlighted in this two-page feature. Dean Meeks and Bobbie Bailey are pictured.
Kennesaw State University Magazine, Fall 2008/Winter 2009
Not available online.

Professor's play with giants and puppets featured on Georgia Shakespeare stage

TPS Prof. Margaret Baldwin is highlighted in this "Campus Brief."
Kennesaw State University Magazine, Fall 2008/Winter 2009
Not available online.

Blood work: Robert Sherer, artist who works with blood, speaks to AEN tonight
Art Prof. Robert Sherer is the subject of this article

Southern Voice, 1/15/09



Mozart Festival commemorate legend with events

Article mentions that Music Prof. Helen Kim is performing on the festival.

(Long Beach, Calif.) Gazettes, 1/14/09


Paid in blood: Artist Robert Sherer creates college scholarship, addresses gay business group
Art Prof. Robert Sherer is the subject of this article

Southern Voice, 1/9/09


For many pianists, being left-handed is just right
Music Prof. Russell Young is one of the subjects of this story.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1/4/09


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