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UT Communication Alumna, CNN’S Christi Paul, visits UT, speaks at Commencement

An alumna of our Department of Communication, CNN’s Christi Paul (1993), will speak at UT’s Fall 2015 Commencement Ceremony this Saturday in Savage Arena. She will also be on hand for a meet and greet on Friday at 4:30pm in the Department of Communication Media Studios in Rocket Hall 1942.
You’ll find Christi Paul every weekend morning anchoring CNN New Day Weekends as well as anchoring/reporting on HLN’s The Daily Share during the week. Ms. Paul is from Bellevue, Ohio and graduated from UT in 1993 with a B.A. in Communication with a focus on broadcast journalism.  She spent many years working as a reporter/anchor at television stations across the nation. In 2003, she accepted a position with CNN in Atlanta and since then has served as an anchor on Morning Express with Robin Meade and Headline News.
Currently, she is the weekend anchor of CNN New Day, as well as anchoring and reporting on HLN’s The Daily Share during the week.  She’s covered President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration in Washington, DC, was on the news desk walking viewers through the first 5 hours of the Newtown, CT school shootings and the Virginia Tech shooting as well as anchoring extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy, several presidential elections and court cases such as the Casey Anthony, Warren Jeffs, Drew Peterson and Dr. Conrad Murray trials.  And she secured an exclusive interview with Vice-President Joe Biden, talking about his motivation to combat domestic violence as well as addressing the issues with Obamacare.
UT Commencement - December 19, 2015

UT Commencement – December 19, 2015


Art Alumnus ERIC THAYER to Show at ImageOHIO 2016

Eric Thayer, who graduated from The University of Toledo in 2008 (Art History & BFA), has been selected to show in ImageOHIO 2016, an exhibition featuring photography, video, and digital media from artists living in or with roots in Ohio. Click the link to visit the show’s web site http://www.roygbivgallery.com/exhibitions/imageohio-16/

Eric Thayer’s blog www.thegreatchainsawjugglingact.blogspot.com

Eric Thayer is on Vimeo!


Checking in with Alumna Alyssa Brown and her Fellowship with Challenge Detroit

Hey Barry,

Alyssa Brown, 2013 BFA graduate University of Toledo Department of Art

Alyssa Brown, 2013 BFA graduate University of Toledo Department of Art

It has been a year since I’ve last touched based…I’m wrapping up my fellowship with Challenge Detroit. It has been a fun year full of exposure and leadership development and most importantly great work with 6 non-profits in Detroit related to transportation, urban farming, education, health disparities and neighborhood development. I will be staying full time with my host company, Edw. C. Levy Co., as their eLearning Designer and I’m looking forward to it! At Levy I support the LMS, design graphics, and create how to job aids for our 1500 employees using InDesign (lots and lots of job aids). I’ve most enjoyed getting out to our steel mill and aggregate sites throughout Michigan to photograph. I’m hoping they will send me to Thailand or Brazil soon to do some work there! 😉

A vector drawing by artist Alyssa Brown that was submitted and appeared on local electronic billboards

A vector drawing by artist Alyssa Brown that was submitted and appeared on local electronic billboards, 2012

Two big wins:
I can honestly say, I wouldn’t have this job here if it wasn’t for your support in college. The work I did for the USRCAP (Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity Program) and the Irish of Toledo book was exactly the experience I needed for this eLearning job. I’m very grateful for that.
I also often think about your push for me to subscribe to Lynda.com (I can remember being resistant at the time because it was costly and I was busy) but I now have a subscription as a benefit through my company and I use it ALL THE TIME.
Lastly, have you been to Grand Rapids, MI yet? They have a new Japanese Garden there that I’ve heard great things about and thought you might be interested to know.

Best Wishes!
Alyssa Brown

Follow Alyssa’s Challenge Detroit blog: http://challengedetroit.org/blog/alyssabrown/


Film Alumnus Work Accepted to Cannes 2015

Nathan Elias, filmmaker.  BA in Film from the University of Toledo, 2011.

CONGRATS to FILM Alumnus Nathan Elias (VPA ’11)! His short film “The Chest” was accepted into the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival, located in Cannes, France. Elias directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the film. The dramatic short is about three dysfunctional siblings battling over their father’s possessions after his death. The Cannes Film Festival is invitation-only and being accepted is one of the most prestigious honors for filmmakers.

http://sub.festival-cannes.fr/SfcCatalogue/MovieDetail/2142fd52-66b4-49be-a806-3aab3ed3e23a

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4229136/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

Photo: Nathan Elias, filmmaker. BA in Film from the University of Toledo, 2011.

TheChestByNathanElias


BFA alum exhibits work in CVA Clement Gallery

Clifton Harvey, 2006 BFA graduate from the University of Toledo Department of Art

Clifton Harvey, 2006 BFA graduate from the University of Toledo Department of Art

 

A 2006 BFA graduate from the University of Toledo Department of Art, Clifton Harvey, is exhibiting some of his most creative work in the UT Clement Gallery, located in the UT Center for Visual Arts next to the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit, on display now through April 12, is free and open to the public.

A Digital artist and Toledo native, Harvey combines his skewed photographic work with his unique hand-drawn creations. Drawing inspiration from childhood nostalgia and daydreams, his illustrated narratives depict surreal worlds inhabited by broken creatures searching for what the artist describes as their “missing parts.” Exploring themes connected to hope, despair, and the search for wholeness, Clifton’s work is an allegory for his personal experiences.

The Last Tenant by ClifHarvey

“The Last Tenant” by Clifton Harvey

“An unspoken dialogue exists between artwork and viewer. During this exchange, unexpected conclusions are drawn based on our unique experiences. These unpredictable associations may not be consciously made, but rather felt deeply, like a sensation of nostalgia for something never personally experienced. Exploring the precarious notion that a camera’s ability to freeze a moment is somehow linked to reality, I digitally combine my photography and illustration to discover my own kind of photographic truth. The ebb and flow of inspiration I experience between these media wouldn’t necessarily occur if I worked with each independently.”

Harvey is accomplished young artist with several important awards and accolades to his credit. He was selected for the Arts Commission’s Artist Designed Bike Racks Project (2013) and the “You Are Here, Toledo” public art project (2012). Harvey has also won first place in the 19th Annual UT Alumni Association Outdoor Juried Art Fair (2011), the People’s Choice Award at Artomatic 419! (2011), the Juror’s Choice Award at the Sixth Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Show (2011) and has had his work featured on the Behance Network.

Learn more about Clifton Harvey:  http://www.cliftonharveyart.com/bio.html
See his work on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67209226@N07/


UT Theatre Alum awarded for theatre work

UT Alumnus, Pat Miller (left) in the Beck Center for the Arts production of MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT (Photo: CBS WDOK, Cleveland's New 102)

Theatre alumnus PAT MILLER is in the news! In December, he received two awards for his work in the Beck Center for the Arts’ MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT.

2013 News-Herald Best Theater Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical Pat Miller, “Spamalot” – Beck Center for the Arts

2013 BroadwayWorld Cleveland Awards
Best Actor in a Musical – Guest Artist Theatre
Pat Miller – Monty Python’s SPAMALOT – Beck Center for the Arts

Pat credits his faculty at UT with his success – to Theatre Lecturer Irene Alby he writes:

“I truly appreciated all of your support and encouragement with the BroadwayWorld Cleveland Awards. It really meant the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Some pretty cool things ended up happening: I somehow received a Critic’s Choice Award from The News-Herald (a major Northeast Ohio newspaper) and also the BroadwayWorld Cleveland Award. So much of what you, Cornel, and Ed taught me at UT stays with me on stage. Unending thanks!”

Photo: UT Alumnus, Pat Miller in the Beck Center for the Arts production of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (Photo: CBS WDOK, Cleveland’s New 102)