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Theatre Changes Beginning Fall 2017!


 Dear GVSU Theatre students and parents,

 With this note, I’m announcing upcoming adjustments that will be made in the administrative home of some of the eight programs currently residing in the School of Communications (SOC).  As the years have gone by and as SOC has grown so much in size and complexity, the faculty and unit heads of SOC have worked diligently to periodically update the vision that had so well suited Grand Valley when SOC was young.  Particularly in the last year, much productive work has resulted in a set of processes to divide out the personnel and curricular decisions according to program within the SOC.  It has seemed clear that just as the operational elements of the unit were too complicated to handle as one body any longer, so too was it evident that the original grouping of programs in SOC no longer work as effectively as they had earlier toward a common vision. As a result of these considerations, the Dean and I announced the following changes to the SOC, Art and Design, and Music and Dance late last fall, to be effective in August, 2017.

 Theatre will become part of what is currently called the Music and Dance Department. Photography and Film and Video Production will join what is currently called the Art and Design Department. (These new administrative homes may consider new names to better represent all of their constituent programs.)  The School of Communications will continue to administer Communication Studies, Advertising & Public Relations, Broadcasting, Multi-Media Journalism, and Health Communications as well as the Masters program in Communications. 

 The realignment will better support the students, faculty and staff in that it will offer opportunities for visibility, collaboration and innovation not easily available now, the programs will be housed with other programs with operational similarities, and the new formulation will more closely meet expectations of our accreditation bodies. No unit(s) will be closed or created by these changes, nor will curriculum in the majors be affected. 

 I hope the semester is going well for each of you.

 Gayle Davis

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs


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Semester in India

International Faculty & Friends:  Semester in India
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
2270 Kirkhof Center (Allendale campus)
Join fellow GVSU faculty and staff to learn about the experiences teaching and directing in India of Prof. Karen Libman of the Theater program (School of Communications).Libman was in India for the Winter 2016 semester, as a Fulbright Scholar based in Assam province but also involved in projects in other parts of India.
Light refreshments (vegetarian Samosas) will be served.

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Karen Libman


Theatre professor, Karen Libman, is in India on a Fullbright Scholarship in the Winter semester of 2016.

GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - Here We Are, a play by American playwright Dorothy Parker was staged in the Bhupen Hazarika auditorium of B Borooah College here on February 26. The play was directed by Karen Libman, Professor of Theatre and Communication, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA. Karen Libman is attached to B Borooah College as a Fullbright scholar since January, 2016.

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