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Faculty + Staff News / April 24, 2012

Jodi Adams (School of Media Arts) curated the 6th Annual Alumni on 5 Exhibition featuring the work of 10 alumni artists. The exhibition, titled Games, War + Summits, is in response to the Critical Encounters' focus of "Rights, Radicals + Revolutions" and the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago this May. The exhibition runs through August 2012 and is housed on the fifth floor of the library at 624 S. Michigan Ave. Adams is currently exhibiting work through the Art in the Library Series located on the third floor of the library.

Michael Anderson
(Institutional Advancement) was accepted into The Council of Independent Colleges and Academic Academic Leadership Institute 2012-13 Senior Leadership Academy. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., this is the major national service organization for all small and midsized, independent liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States.

Dawoud Bey's (Photography) exhibition, Harlem, U.S.A., will be featured at the Art Institute of Chicago May 2 through September 9, 2012.

Bob Blinn
(College Advising Center) and Mary Blinn (Music) recently published a book, Putting Creativity To Work, combining their knowledge and experience as successful artists in the Chicago area, where they've worked for 40 years.

Jim DeRogatis (English) was quoted in the Washington Post blog The Reliable Source. The blog entry, published April 19, addressed musician Ted Nugent's recent comments at the annual conference of the National Rifle Association, which lambasted President Obama's leadership.

Emily Gaul and Dianne Jedlicka (Science + Mathematics) presented at the 104th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science at Knox College in Galesburg.

Johnathon "Zebo" Gust (Radio) will DJ on the main stage at Lollapalooza this year. Gust said, "I'm honored to be able to make my second appearance at Lollapalooza and to be on a main stage this year. I will represent Chicago well." Gust goes by the name DJ Zebo, and his artist bio can be found on Lollapalooza's website.

Jeremy Hisaw (Counseling Services) has been named director of Counseling Services. Hisaw has worked as a staff therapist at Columbia College since 2009 and has worked as a therapist for nine years in a number of settings, including educational, residential, child welfare, community mental health, and private practice.

Daniel Jordan and Christopher Shaw (Science + Mathematics) were named editors of Illinois Mathematics Teacher, a peer-reviewed journal that reaches mathematics educators at all grade levels. The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics publishes the journal, which aims to create new teaching ideas for mathematicians to use in their classrooms.

Patricia McNair's (Fiction Writing) short story collection, The Temple of Air has been selected as a finalist award recipient for the Society of Midland Authors' Award for Adult Fiction. The award honors the Society’s choices for "the best books by Midwest authors published in 2011."

Pan Papacosta (Science + Mathematics) had his essay, "We Are Cosmic Nomads," published in the April edition of Physics World, the official journal of the Institute of Physics of Great Britain, which has an international readership of 40,000 physics professionals. His essay explores how the field of physics embraces Heraclitus' premise that everything in the universe is in a constant state of flux.

Brendan Riley (English) has been elected as the vice president of the Area Chairs for the Popular Culture Association. In his two-year appointment, Riley will be responsible for managing and coordinating the individuals who organize panels and recruit presenters for the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association.

Cyn Vargas (Alumni Relations) has received an Honorable Mention for her short story On the Way from Glimmer Train's February 2012 Short Story Award for New Writers. This award is for stories that place in the top 5 percent of all entries, in this case more than 1,000 stories. This follows Vargas' earlier Glimmer Train award for her story Stillness, which was a Top 25 Finalist in the November 2011 Short Story Award for New Writers. Both stories are part of her thesis; Vargas will receive her MFA in Creative Writing in 2013.

Kimo Williams (Music) and actor/musician Gary Sinise will perform with their Lt. Dan Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Joe's Bar on Weed St. The concert is a benefit for the United States Veterans Arts Programs.