Welcome to the School of Creative Arts Alumni e-Newsletter 2014

Dr. Karen Engle, Director, School of Creative ArtsGreetings to all of our alumni!
We have a lot of news to share with you from this past year, as well as information regarding upcoming events. I am writing to you now as the official (no longer Acting) Director for the School of Creative Arts. You’ll notice that we have undergone one more name change. We promise this is the last one! Our previous name – School for Arts and Creative Innovation – was a placeholder during the early stages of the merger between Music and Visual Arts. Now that we’ve spent some time learning what all of our new colleagues do, we feel that the new name, School of Creative Arts, is an excellent representation of the diversity of work we do. From our new courses in Cinema Arts, to our programs in Music Education and Performance, Visual Art and the Built Environment, and our long-standing Studio Arts and Visual Culture degrees, SoCA captures it all.
The other big news is, of course, the agreement between the University of Windsor and Mr. Thom Racovitis and daughter Helena Ventrella to purchase the site of the long-standing Tunnel BBQ Restaurant in addition to the Armouries property in preparation for our relocation downtown. We are moving along quickly with CS&P Architects on the design process, and I’m pleased to report that construction should start soon.
We have an exciting roster of visiting artists and musicians lined up for next year. Visual Arts will welcome both Robert Youds and Susanna Heller to the School for both an Artists’ Talk and these artists will visit our studios to work with students.  Music welcomes hornist, performance coach and former Canadian Brass member Jeff Nelsen and percussionist extraordinaire Dr. Aiyun Huang. Also, alumnus and pianist Dr. Ross Osmun and his wife soprano Melinda Enns will be in Windsor January 30-31 to perform on our concert series. These guest artists will both perform in recital and conduct master classes with our students.  We will also be hosting lectures and performances by faculty and students, so stay tuned!
We always love to hear how our alumni are doing. This year I’d like to shine the spotlight on a recent graduate – Krysia Bussiere. Graduating with her BA, Visual Arts in the Built Environment in 2012, Krysia has just earned her Masters in Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy. SoCA is energized to see VABE graduates moving on to such wonderful successes, and we know this event will be especially meaningful to VABE’s originator, Dr. Veronika Moyorody.
Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead,