New UND Art Collections exhibition on the famed French artist Honoré Daumier focuses on the freedom of the press

Free public preview set for  April 23; works by former ‘Grand Forks Herald’ cartoonist, Stuart McDonald also to be featured

What: Honoré Daumier: Encore! The Quest for Freedom of Expression through Political and Social Commentary.

Who: The University of North Dakota (UND) Art Collections Gallery, in partnership with the Empire Arts Center.

When: April 24-July 14. UND Art Collections Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: University of North Dakota Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, 415 DeMers Avenue.

Additional Details:

The UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center will hold a free public preview for its newest exhibition, Honoré Daumier: Encore! The Quest for Freedom of Expression through Political and Social Commentary, Thursday, April 23, from 4:30-7 p.m., at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

The exhibition’s reception will have a 19th Century French theme, with period music on the Empire Art Center stage. Free refreshments will also be served.

The theme of the show is highly relevant in light of recent attacks on free expression such as the tragic assassination of political cartoonists in Paris. The French artist Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) devoted his career to satirical art, especially political and social caricatures for Parisian publications. As an outspoken advocate for freedom of the press, he was briefly imprisoned early in his life.

In addition to original lithographs by Daumier, the exhibition includes satirical illustrations by some of his predecessors and contemporaries. It also features more recent satirical images that continue the quest for freedom of expression, including art by Grand Forks native, UND alumnus and former Grand Forks Herald Sunday edition cartoonist Stuart McDonald as well as a cartoon by Stéphane Charbonnier, who was killed in the recent Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

The design of the exhibition follows the format of a newspaper, with works by Daumier located in sections A through D, ranging from headline features to arts and leisure to the sports page. This exhibition is an interdisciplinary collaborative project curated by professors from the UND Departments of Languages, Music, and Art & Design. They include Sarah Mosher, Gary Towne, Nathan Rees, and Arthur Jones.

This exhibition is the second in a Daumier trilogy that will conclude in a third show next year.

David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
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UND appoints Mark Trahant to be new Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism

Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant

Celebrated journalist and poet to focus on opportunities in new journalism

By Juan Miguel Pedraza, University & Public Affairs writer

Mark Trahant, a well-known independent print and broadcast journalist and member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, joins the University of North Dakota Communication Program faculty next fall as Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism.

“We’re so excited about Mark joining UND,” said Debbie Storrs, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, home of the Communication Program. “Mark will be a great addition to the Communication Program given his professional experience and will help develop a Native American student journalism program.”

“The goal to develop such a program is tied to our commitment to diversity and builds on existing strengths including the Native Media Center that was previously created by committed faculty,” Storrs said. “We also expect that Mark will help strengthen collaborative relationships with tribal community colleges.”

But there’s more: “Mark has the commitment and the experience to help train the next generation of media-savvy students, including those from tribal communities,” Storrs said.

He’s also going to help students at large understand how the news is nuanced today through different social media outlets, such as Twitter, blogs, and other forms of social media. It’s all about telling stories through multiple avenues.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for our students to be mentored by a professional like Mark,” Storrs said.

Trahant also will specifically encourage Native students to come to UND to major in journalism, and go back to communities to help them tell their stories.

Trahant, also a poet who blogs and tweets regularly, says journalism has been in his blood since forever.

“I started a crayon newspaper when I was around eight years old,” said Trahant, who is finishing his second term as the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “I like being nosy and then telling everyone.”

Trahant says he’ll continue writing when he comes to UND—but his No. 1 job is teaching.

“One of the narratives people have is that journalism is in decline,” Trahant said. “But I see a great opportunity, a new beginning. The exciting message for students is that this is a great time to be studying journalism.”

Trahant, who writes a weekly column and posts on Twitter, was a reporter on the PBS series Frontline with a story called “The Silence,” about sexual abuse by clergy in Alaska. He also was recently a Kaiser Media Fellow.

Trahant is the 2014 Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was formerly president of the Native American Journalists Association and wrote The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars in 2010, a book about Sen. Henry M. Jackson.

He also was the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has been chairman and chief executive officer at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The Oakland, California–based nonprofit is the country’s premier institute for providing advanced training and services nationally to help news media reflect diversity in content, staffing and business operations. He is a former columnist at The Seattle Times and has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers.

Trahant has won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting as co-author of a series on federal-Indian policy.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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ND Opera presents “Orpheus in the Underworld,” starting tonight

OrpheusThe University of North Dakota Department of Music is pleased to announce the opera performances of Orpheus in the Underworld April 17-19 on campus.

Orpheus in the Underworld will be sung in English with super-titles Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, at the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Building on campus.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. performance Friday and Saturday; show begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, with doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door only; cost is $6 for adults, $3 for students/seniors, and $12 for a family pass (two adults, two students).

The Department of Music has been delighting the Grand Cities area with hundreds of performances, and this one will be no exception. This comic operetta, composed by Jacques Offenbach and directed by Dr. Wesley Lawrence, twists the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice into a delicious satire on marriage and morals.

CAST
Public Opinion: Kaylee Lackman
Eurydice: Jacy Thibert
Orpheus: Michael Lenselink
Pluto: Jace Erickson
Venus: Katie Holleman
Cupid: Kelsey Langness
Jupiter: Ryan King
Diana: Angela Schmaltz
Juno: Lynneah Thompson
Mercury: Jocelyn Hansen
John Styx: Christian Feldmann

ENSEMBLE
Brianna Becks, David Fehr, Rachelle Ismond, Haley Lund, RJ Morin, Kara Roe, McKinley Solberg, Josh Strehlo, Caleb Van Ornum

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Contact:
Anne Christopherson
Associate Professor, Coordinator of Voice Area
Department of Music
University of North Dakota
701.777.2835
anne.christopherson@UND.edu

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UND Facilities named employer of the year by Lutheran Social Services program

UND Facilities employees (left to right) Chris Ostlie, Tyler Clauson and Leyton Rodahl accept an Employer of the Year Award from New American Services, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.

UND Facilities employees (left to right) Chris Ostlie, Tyler Clauson and Leyton Rodahl accept an Employer of the Year Award from New American Services, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.

The University of North Dakota Facilities Department recently was awarded the Employer of the Year Award by the New American Services, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota at its Building Bridges Conference last month in Fargo.

On March 24, UND was nominated and selected for this award for hiring 17 New Americans in 2014 and currently employing 37 New American employees among its Academic Building Services and Housing Building Services staff members. The award was granted to individuals or organizations making outstanding contributions to refugee resettlement during the past year.

The conference worked to “build bridges” between cultures and create understanding between various value systems and social work ethics. The conference discussed several models, which will enhance the individual or organization’s ability to practice in a more culturally competent manner and apply several ethical decision-making models and communication methods.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
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UND student and Minot native Landon Bahl’s knack for networking has landed him a job as a stage manager with the Academy of Country Music Awards, which airs this weekend on CBS

Landon Bahl. Photo by Peter Bottini.

Landon Bahl. Photo by Peter Bottini.

Networking. Networking. Networking.

If you’re a student, that’s all you ever hear nowadays when it comes to career advice. But how beneficial is it really? Who, from around here, has gotten anywhere exciting through networking?

Landon Bahl that’s who.

You may recognize Bahl from the jumbotron at hockey games in the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA) this past winter, entertaining the crowd as master of ceremonies.

Bahl, a native of Minot, N.D., soon will be packing his bags and heading down to Texas to work behind the scenes at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards show, where he will be surrounded by the who’s who of country music.

“It’s pretty close to what I can envision my dream job being; it’s a huge step in the right direction,” said Bahl.

According to Bahl, networking is what sets you apart from other students, and he has proven that through his new job at the ACMs.

The show will kick-off at 7 p.m. CT, on Sunday (April 19) on CBS (Local channel 4 in Grand Forks) at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. It will be hosted by country music stars, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, and will include performances by both Shelton and Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell. There will also be special performances by Christina Aguilera and Nick Jonas & Dan + Shay.

Working for UND Athletics has greatly expanded Bahl’s personal network to include UND alumnus and former REA events manager Chris Semrau, who now works as an events manager in Sioux Falls, S.D. Last fall, Bahl was applying to be a volunteer at the ACMs. When Semrau, also a Minot native, heard this, he asked Bahl for his paperwork and personally sent it in.

Before Bahl knew it, he was going through two hours of conference calls, ultimately resulting in Bahl getting a job as one of the show’s stage managers.

“It’s shocking how knowing someone who knows someone can be that big of a benefit for you,” said Bahl. “If I hadn’t known Semrau, I would maybe get to be a volunteer but definitely not a staff member.”

While Bahl is still figuring out exactly what he will be doing at the ACMs, he is ecstatic and ready for anything. And it’s all because Bahl saw an opportunity and went for it.

“People think that everyone else is applying for all these cool jobs, but that’s not true,” said Bahl. “You just have to do it because so many other people aren’t trying to do it.”

Bahl has been preparing himself as much as possible for the ACMs and the opportunities it may lead to; he has even made personal business cards to hand out at the ACMs to help him stand out from others. This won’t be Bahl’s first time working with country music stars; he also has assisted with The Band Perry and Eric Church concerts at the REA and will be serving as a special events intern with the Luke Bryan concert on May 8 at the Alerus Center.

“I want to be the next Ryan Seacrest,” he says.

Photo by Peter Bottini.

Photo by Peter Bottini.

Bahl isn’t afraid to reach for the stars. His dream job is to be the host of a TV show, and he also wants to work in the Olympics someday.

“I don’t know of an event larger than the Olympics — it’s the end all be all job,” said Bahl.

Bahl’s journey to the ACMs started his sophomore year of high school when he worked as stagehand at the North Dakota State Fair. There he realized that the entertainment industry could offer him a fun and exciting career.

“I love the ‘on your feet, on the go’ mentality you have to have,” said Bahl.

When Bahl got to college, he hit the ground running. He joined numerous student organizations to expand his network and is currently involved in at least nine organizations and holds various executive positions in each.

“Networking enhances your college experience,” Bahl says. “I don’t think many students understand just how important networking will be for them. If I could major in involvement, I’d be a 4.0 student.”

Bahl started working for UND Athletics his freshman year, first as an intern in media relations, then as marketing intern for two years.

“I had always thought, ‘gosh, that would be cool to be the announcer,’” said Bahl. “I eventually approached my boss and asked what I would have to do to get that job.”

And voila, that’s how Bahl landed the announcing position at UND men’s hockey games.

“It never hurts to ask,” Bahl said, “Yeah, it’s intimidating; yeah, it’s scary; but not many can say no to a student wanting to volunteer for free in exchange for experience.”

Bahl’s story proves that networking truly can play a major role in making career dreams come true — especially when there are UND alumni willing to play an active role helping students succeed.

Bahl will be graduate from UND in May 2016. He is double majoring in entrepreneurship and marketing, and minoring in sport business.

“You really have to start networking right when you get to college,” said Bahl. “You can never network too much.”

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
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Physics & Astrophysics welcomes Jim Kafka for “Fifty-Five Years of Lasers,” April 16

Jim Kafka, senior director of Advanced R & D, Spectra-Physics will give a public talk on “Fifty-Five Years of Lasers” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in 101 Abbott Hall. All are welcome to attend.

About the Laser

The first laser was demonstrated 55 years ago and Spectra-Physics, the first commercial laser company, has been producing products since the beginning. Kafka will review the uses for these lasers from measuring the distance to the moon and scanning bar codes in the supermarket to laser light shows and 3D printing. He will then describe the role of today’s laser systems in vision correction and manufacturing of cell phones.

Jim Kafka received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in 1977 and 1983, respectively. For the last 31 years, he has been developing new products and is currently the senior director of Advanced R & D for Spectra-Physics, a division of Newport Corporation. In addition to authoring numerous journal articles, conference presentations and seminars, he co-authored a book chapter on Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics and holds more than 40 patents. Jim was the principal designer on three products, the Tsunami, the Opal and the Millennia X, which have won technology achievement awards. He has served the optics community as the Ultrafast Phenomena topical editor for JOSA B, the co-chair for the CLEO and Advanced Solid-State Photonics conferences and as a Director on the Board of Directors for the OSA.

Kafka is visiting UND from April 16-17 as a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer for the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society.

Contact:
Yen Lee Loh
assistant professor, Physics & Astrophysics
University of North Dakota
777.2912 | yenlee.loh@UND.edu

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UND Time-Out Week and Wacipi powwow set for April 13-19

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Celebrate American Indian culture at the 44th annual Time-Out Week April 13-17, and the Wacipi Powwow April 17-19.

This year’s theme is “Telling Our Own Stories.” Most of the events will be held at various sites inside the Memorial Union.

Time-Out Week at UND features speakers discussing the American Indian culture and also provides information on what the powwow means to American Indians. IT is sponsored by the Indian Studies Association and the Student Organization Funding Agency, a division of UND Student Government.

Celebrate American Indian culture at the 44th annual Time-Out Week April 13-17, and the Wacipi Powwow April 17-19.

This year’s theme is “Telling Our Own Stories.” Most of the events will be held at various sites inside the Memorial Union.

Time-Out Week at UND features speakers discussing the American Indian culture and also provides information on what the powwow means to American Indians. IT is sponsored by the Indian Studies Association and the Student Organization Funding Agency, a division of UND Student Government.

Time-Out Week schedule

Monday, April 13
• Opening ceremony, noon, Fireside Lounge.
• Family Science Night, 6-7:30 p.m., Ballroom. Sponsored by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), this activity focuses on American Indian science education for children and families.
• Dreamkeeper film, 7:30 p.m., Loading Dock, Memorial Union.

Tuesday, April 14
• Photo Voice Project: Sharing the Experience of American Indian Students on Campus, by BJ Rainbow, 10 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
• Mapping Our Stories: Presentations by American Indian Studies and Geography Departments, 4 p.m., Red River Valley Room.
• Performance by Frank Waln and the Sampson Brothers, 7 p.m., Ballroom.

Wednesday, April 15
• Carrying the Load of the Sacred Code: The Legacy of a Navajo Code Talker, by Franklin Sage, 11 a.m., Lecture Bowl.
• Talk by Frank Waln, hip hop artist, producer, and performer from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and student at Columbia College in Chicago, 11 a.m., Lecture Bowl.

Thursday, April 16
• McNair Program Research Presentations, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Red River Valley Room.
• AISES Pizza Ranch fund raiser, 4:30 – 10 p.m., Pizza Ranch.
• Native comedy by Tonia Jo Hall (Auntie Beachress), 7 p.m., Loading Dock. Sponsored by UND Indian Association.

Friday, April 17
• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) presentations, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Red River Valley Room.
• Talk by Winona LaDuke, American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer, 3:30 p.m., Lecture Bowl. Invited by the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA).

Wacipi

The Wacipi, a weekend of song and dance, will be held at the Hyslop Sports Arena. It includes an annual basketball tournament in which teams compete for prizes.

The Wacipi draws a crowd representing tribes from all across the United States and Canada. It provides UND’s American Indian students – the majority of whom are from North Dakota – with the opportunity to openly and respectfully express and share their cultures.

Registration for the Wacipi event starts at 4 p.m., Friday, April 17, and closes at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

The Women’s Dance Special will be in honor of Head Woman Dancer Hannah Balderas. The Mary Jane Schneider Memorial Song will be Saturday, April 18, during the evening session. Schneider, who passed away Aug. 129, 2014, was Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emerita of Indian Studies.

The Grand Entries for the Wacipi are set for 7 p.m., Friday, April 17; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 18; and 1 p.m., Sunday, April 19, in the Hyslop Sports Center on campus.

Anyone is invited to attend a traditional meal that is scheduled to be served at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

Admission to the Wacipi is free for UND students with valid student ID. $12 for the weekend or $7 per day. Members of the public 60 and older or younger than 5 are also free. Wristbands must be worn at all times.

Time-Out Week and the Wacipi provide the Greater Grand Forks community with a unique opportunity to participate in the culturally rich and highly informative events featuring the music, crafts and the colorful dance regalia of the indigenous tribes of the state and region.

Wacipi is sponsored by the UND Indian Association, UND Office of the President, City of Grand Forks, UND Student Government, UND Indian Student Services, the Department of American Indian Studies, and the Cultural Awareness Committee.

For more information on Time-Out Week, contact the Indian Studies Department at UND, 701.777.4650, or visithttp://arts-sciences.und.edu/american-indian-studies/

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UND’s Chester Fritz Library is celebrating National Library Week April 12-18

The University of North Dakota’s Chester Fritz Library is celebrating National Library Week April 12-18.

Highlights of the week:

  • Tuesday, April 14 — National Library Worker’s Day will be celebrated at the Library at 10:30 a.m., in the second floor lobby. This is a day to recognize the contributions of all library workers. Meet some of the many library workers, students, professionals and full-time staff who provide the UND campus with library services.
  • Thursday, April 16 — Celebrate Young Adult Literature Day, from 2-4 p.m., second floor, Reading Room. The goal is to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s young adults. Visit the Library’s collection of young adult and popular literature located in the Reading Room. Library staff will be on hand to provide reading advice and demonstrate how to use NoveList to find other recommended books.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
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New art exhibition on the famed French artist Honoré Daumier focuses on the freedom of the press

Free public preview set for Thursday, April 23. Will feature period music on the Empire Theater stage

Who: The University of North Dakota (UND) Art Collections Gallery, in partnership with the Empire Arts Center.

What: Honoré Daumier: “Encore! The Quest for Freedom of Expression through Political and Social Commentary.”

When: April 24-July 14, 2015. UND Art Collections Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: University of North Dakota Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, 415 Demers Ave.

Additional Details

Free public preview, Thursday, April 23, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibition’s reception will have a nineteenth century French theme with period music on the Empire Art Center stage. Free refreshments will also be served.

The theme of the show is highly relevant in light of recent attacks on free expression, such as the tragic assassination of political cartoonists in Paris. The French artist Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) devoted his career to satirical art, especially political and social caricatures for Parisian publications. As an outspoken advocate for freedom of the press, he was briefly imprisoned early in his life. In addition to original lithographs by Daumier, the exhibition includes satirical illustrations by some of his predecessors and contemporaries. It also features more recent satirical images that continue the quest for freedom of expression, including art by former Grand Forks Herald cartoonist Stuart McDonald and a cartoon by Stéphane Charbonnier, who was killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack.

The design of the exhibition follows the format of a newspaper, with works by Daumier located in sections A through D, ranging from headline features to arts and leisure and the sports page. This exhibition is an interdisciplinary collaborative project curated by professors from the departments of Languages, Music, and Art & Design. They include Sarah Mosher, Gary Towne, Nathan Rees, and Arthur Jones.

This exhibition is the second in a Daumier trilogy that will conclude in a third show next year.

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Arthur F. Jones, Ph.D
Founding Director, UND Art Collections
701.777.2907
art.jones@UND.edu

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UND faculty head to China to establish, promote valuable cultural exchanges through the international language of music

UND Music faculty members who took part in the recent tour of china: (left to right) Simona Barbu, Nariaki Sugiura, Michael Wittgraf, Ronnie Ingle, Royce Blackburn and Anne Christopherson. Photo by Richard Larson.

UND Music faculty members who took part in the recent tour of china: (left to right) Simona Barbu, Nariaki Sugiura, Michael Wittgraf, Ronnie Ingle, Royce Blackburn and Anne Christopherson. Photo by Richard Larson.

UND Music Professor Nariaki Sugiura and five of this colleagues at Hughes Fine Arts Center are fresh off a one-week musical and goodwill tour of the Shanghai.

Sugiura, who specializes in piano performance, along with Michael Wittgraf (chair of Music and a composer of electronic music), Royce Blackburn (baritone), Anne Christopherson (soprano voice), Simona Barbu (cello) and Ronnie Ingle (trumpet) departed Grand Forks on March 13 bound for the their first stop at the University of Shanghai Science and Technology (USST). The visit strengthened longstanding connections that have existed between UND and USST.

Sugiura said, during the trip, the UND faculty members took part in solo and ensemble performances of American compositions as well as a demonstration on electronic music by Wittgraf. They also held workshops on instrumental and vocal music and lectures on musical composition and American music history.

Along the way, the group spread the word about UND with the help of the international language of music.

The group also made an official visit to Shanghai Jianping High School, which is considered the best high school in Shanghai. This high school often produces high caliber music students.

Sugiura said the tour was a chance for Chinese music students to learn and receive comments from UND Music faculty professionals, providing important cultural exchanges. At the same time, it was a valuable opportunity for UND faculty members to interact with Chinese students.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
david.dodds@UND.edu
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