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(L-R) Christopher Zahaluk, Dr. Veronika Mgyorody, Krysia Bussiere(L-R) Christopher Zahaluk, Dr. Veronika Mgyorody, Krysia Bussiere. Dr. Mogyorody congratulates the first two VABE alumni to graduate with a Masters of Architecture (M. Arch). Krysia Bussiere and Chris Zahaluk graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) graduate architecture program in May 2014.
Sandy Prekratic Bellamy, BMA ‘92
 
I attended the music school from 1989 to 1992 graduating with a BMA degree.  My name was Sandy Prekratic. 
 
I am now Sandy Bellamy, living in Sechelt, BC on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and I am a realtor, for 6 years now.  My husband, Greg, and I just moved into a great house that we will slowly renovate.  Prior to becoming a realtor, I worked as House Manager for the Detroit Opera House, and Conference Services Manager for Macomb Community College.
 
Krysia Bussiere poses with fellow M. Arch graduate Chris Zahaluk and their mentor Dr. Veronika MogyorodyKrysia Bussière,  BA, VABE ’12, M.Arch ’14 (UDM)
 
I am so grateful to be have been one of the first VABE graduates to receive a Master of Architecture. The program has been, I think, hugely successful in that students emerge confident in their ability to convey ideas. This is a testament to both the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy. In both, I've found professors to be tremendously helpful in accommodating our busy schedule, and encouraging the cultivation of our talents. I am excited for the future and grateful for the opportunities that the program has offered me. I am especially indebted to Veronika Mogyorody for all of her hard work and encouragement; she was our first advocate and has contributed enormously to our success as students and to the success of the program.
 
 
Pianist Derek Chiu, BMT '01Derek Zhi Guang Chiu, BMT ‘01
 
Canadian Pianist Derek Zhi Guang Chiu (b.1977) was one of seven distinguished alumni awarded the University of Windsor Alumni Association Odyssey Award in November 2013.  The Odyssey Award recognizes alumni who are in the early years of their career path, having distinguished themselves through successes in career endeavours, notable achievements in their local community or the University of Windsor, or through a significant or innovative achievement in their professional or personal life. Mr. Chiu’s performance during the evening of the awards ceremony was considered the “highlight of the Alumni Association’s annual general meeting, Thursday, November 21.”  During his visit, Mr. Chiu also gave a master class to four pianists and presented a lecture on “The Real Life of a Professional Musician”.
 
 
Mr. Chiu adjudicated the 2014 Cardston Rotary Music Festival, 2014 Crowsnest Pass Music Festival and 2014 High River Music Festival.  He conducted master classes at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Showcase Academy in Richmond, British Columbia and Via Musica in Mississauga, Ontario.  Mr. Chiu performed with violist Noriko Mitchell and clarinetist David Mitchell in February 2014 at The University of Huntsville-Alabama.  
 
Mr. Chiu’s students have garnered success this past year.  Former pupil Shiori Yamaguichi was accepted to the Masters of Music program at his alma mater, the Manhattan School of Music studying with internationally acclaimed pianist André-Michel Schub.  Nine year old pianist Luka Coetzee was invited to the 2014 Alberta Music Festivals Provincial Finals in Edmonton, Alberta, the 2014 Canadian Music Competition National Finals in Quebec City, Quebec and advanced to the semi-final round of the 2014 Bravura Innovations Technology International Video Upload Competition.
 
 
Josephine Hazen BFA, Visual Arts '85: Safe on the Edge of TimeJosephine Christienne Hazen BFA, Visual Arts ‘85
 
MFA, Wayne State University, Detroit 2011
Currently - Adjunct Professor Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan
Also 5-year breast cancer survivor – the attached picture is a Lithographic print, (self portrait done during cancer treatment, entitled: Safe on the Edge of Time) from my MFA thesis exhibition 2011.
 
 
Adam Iannetta BMus '13Adam Iannetta, BMus ‘13
 
Since completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Windsor, Adam Iannetta has completed the first year of his two-year graduate program for Music Performance & Literature at the University of Western Ontario. Adam has been studying operatic vocal performance with Theodore Baerg; in addition, he has performed with the University of Western Ontario's Opera Workshop and, more recently, performed as a featured soloist with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra's production of "The Mikado in Concert."
 
 
Roy James and Joe PattersonRoy G. James, BA, Vis Arts ’71, MED ‘78
 
I graduated in 1971 with my BA and went on to get my M.Ed. from UofW, which served me well in 41 years of teaching.  The last of which I spent 11 years as Head of Arts at Catholic Central HS teaching Visual Art (I achieved a Specialist in Visual Art during that time), and again for 8 more years building the Visual Art programme at Academie Ste. Cecile International private school in Windsor.  Once retired, I have painted many murals in schools around Essex County.  I have had exhibitions of my art at Phog Lounge and a joint show with Joe Patterson called "Poetry in Paint" (I painted 18 works interpreting Joe's poetry).
 
Roy James BA, Vis Arts '71, MED '78In addition to illustrating many book covers and interiors for others, I have published a volume of 160 of my poems with 60 illustrations in "Zapped by Design, Zithered by Wit."  I have written a novel soon to be published called "Mystery of the Clock" about familial relationships and time travel.
 
 
Al Linnell, BA ‘72, M.Ed. ‘76
 
Besides still practising Art and Music professionally.... I am presently volunteering instruction time for Iona College (U. of W.) Unicom courses in Drawing and Hand Drumming for Health. This photo is of our second last class at the WFCU Centre. Due to popularity two more will be offered this September 2014. I am still part time at The Villanova High School Festival Theatre and performing with Music Express Band (volunteer with local non-profit group).  I also play in a rehearsal band ''Cue 13” and occasionally with the Raymond Michael Jazz Trio.
 
 
 
Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi, BMT '08Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi, MMT, MTA, Neurologic Music Therapist (BMT ’08)
 
I always look forward to these “What’s up in your life?” emails coming every May. It gives me an opportunity to stop and see what has been accomplished in one year. Where do I begin? The most important news is that I just graduated from the Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO, USA) with a Master of Music in Music Therapy degree. I absolutely loved the program, which took almost two years to complete, with two transatlantic trips to the States within nine months! I highly recommend it to those who love online/distance education (but be aware- it takes a lot of time, determination and will power to be consistent and not fall behind the schedule!).
 
I served as a Chair of the 3rd Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT2014), which took place in February this year. We already started the process of the next OCMT2015, so do visit www.onlineconferenceformusictherapy.com for more information!
 
I continue to serve as the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Liaison for the World Federation of Music Therapy. This July, we will all meet in beautiful Austria (Vienna and Krems) at the World Congress of Music Therapy, and I can only imagine what a wonderful week of networking and meeting new people it will be!
 
I also signed a contract with Barcelona Publishers to write a chapter in a multicultural book for music therapists. So, this summer will surely be very busy.
 
Other than that, I am enjoying my motherhood, and our beautiful daughter, who just turned four. She brings a lot of joy and happiness into our lives!
 
 
Rachelle Viader Knowles, MFA '96Rachelle Viader Knowles, MFA ‘96
My news - I have just taken up a new position as Senior Lecturer and Course Director for Fine Art at Coventry University in the UK.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gerald Martindale, BMA '77
Gerald Martindale, BMA ‘77
 
I'm excited to be scheduled to perform 7 guest carillon recitals in the United States and record 33 recitals in Europe this summer.  I'll send a more detailed report in September after returning from my tours.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charlie, Nikki Mayville's sonNikki Mayville, BMA ‘04
 
Gerry and I welcomed our baby boy, Charlie, on February 1, 2014. He is a cheerful, chatty little fellow who loves music - good thing since we decided piano lessons are a must in our house!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Middleton BMus '12 BED '13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Middleton, BMus ’12, BED ‘13
 
It has been too long since I've been able to stop into the School of Music and see everybody and I predict it will be awhile still.
 
As an update on myself, after I finished up my education degree in 2013 I was very fortunate and found a job supply teaching in jolly ol' England! I'm currently living in Leicester and gaining a lot of valuable experience about teaching and learning. Teaching is much different over here with regards to curriculum and classroom management and it is definitely a wonderful learning experience. I would encourage all of the current and future Music Educators to look outside of Canada for work at least to start your career. While you may not find a music teaching position right away, it is such a great place to begin any teaching career. As a supply I have gained a ton of experience in all year group’s, kindergarten up to grade 12/13 and have real life chances to practice all of the things you will learn in teachers college and quite a bit they don’t teach you.
 
 
Paula (Pare) Morrison  BA, Music '73Paula (Pare) Morrison, BA, Music ‘73
My name is Paula (Pare) Morrison and I graduated from Music in 1973,  with of Bachelor of Arts Music Major. I have been teaching piano since that time in my studio in LaSalle Ontario. I have been a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association since 1978. I will be accepting the "Contribution to Teaching Award" given yearly to members of O.R.M.T.A. who dedicate their time and passion to teaching their students, helping in the organization (ORMTA) and volunteer in their community. The Award is given at a special Awards Luncheon in Toronto at the Annual Convention July 26th 2014.
 
I credit my time at the University of Windsor for enhancing my musical skills and furthering my love of music.
 
 
 
 
Jillian St. Aubin, BMus '12 BED '13Jillian St. Aubin, BMus ’12,  BED ‘13
 
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 2012, my life has been very busy. I graduated from the Faculty of Education in 2013, with a Bachelor of Education with “teachables” in both Intermediate/Senior music and history. I am still working part time at my aunt's flower shop Dak's Flowers, and have been teaching private clarinet lessons at Long & McQuade.
 
This summer I will be moving to London, Ontario as I begin my graduate studies. I have been accepted to the University of Western Ontario's Master of Arts in Education Studies with a focus in Multi-literacies and Multi-linguistics. I hope to write my thesis on the importance of music education as a universal language and how it should be a main focus in the curriculum of ESL students.
 
 My main goals after finishing my MA in 2016 is to eventually find full time employment as a music teacher and complete my Ph.D. It is so hard to believe that it has been 2 years since graduating from the School of Music. When I think of my time spent there, I can honestly say they were some of the best years of my life.
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