Alumni Spotlight

Robert Schenkkan’s latest film released Nov. 4

Friday, November 18, 2016
Robert Schenkkan stands on a mountain top

Hacksaw Ridge, the latest film co-written by Robert Schenkkan (B.A., Theatre Studies, 1975) released on Nov. 4. It is directed by Mel Gibson and stars Andrew Garfield. Photo by Joseph Schenkkan.

Hardy Koenig receives tenure and promotion

Friday, November 18, 2016
Hardy Koenig

Hardy Koenig (B.A., Drama, 1990) received tenure and promotion in spring 2016, after five years as artistic director. He is in his second year as Head of the Department of Theatre at North Dakota State University.

Michael Gillespie completes a commissioned portrait

Friday, November 18, 2016
Michael Gillespie paints outdoors

Michael Gillespie (B.F.A., Art Education, 1983) completed a commissioned portrait of Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt of Hunt Oil Co., in Dallas. Photo by Donna Gillespie.

Michael Wellen appointed international art curator at Tate

Monday, October 31, 2016   |  Tate
Michael Wellen sits in front of a floral wall

Michael Wellen (M.A. 2005; Ph.D., Art History, 2012) was appointed as the curator of international art at the Tate Modern in London, where he will focus on further developing the Latin American art representation in the Tate’s collection and exhibition program. Photo by Will Michels.

Cassie Shankman to speak at SXSW 2017

Friday, October 21, 2016
Cassie Shankman

Cassie Shankman (B.A., Composition, 2013) will participate in a panel discussion at SXSW 2017 with her colleagues about Austin's Center for Music Therapy’s “Movement Tracks Project.” She’s worked for more than a year as the project’s lead composer.

James Walters celebrates a decade designing sets for ‘NCIS’

Monday, October 17, 2016
A headshot of James Walters

James Walters (B.F.A., Directing, 1969) continues his position as a set designer for CBS’s television series NCIS for a 14th season. He’s worked on the show since 2006.

Hank Hehmsoth to conduct master classes in Chile

Monday, October 17, 2016   |  Texas State University
Hank Hehmsoth

On his second Fulbright Senior Specialist award in jazz, Hank Hehmsoth (B.M. 1975; M.M., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1976) will conduct master classes of contemporary American jazz in performance and theory at the Projazz Professional Institute in Santiago, Chile. He also will perform citywide jazz festival concerts with Chilean musicians. Joining him for a week are Russell Haight (M.M., Music, 2007; D.M.A., Music Education, 2009) and Utah Hamrick (D.M.A., Music, 2006), both colleagues of Hehmsoth at Texas State University. Photo by GR Hook.

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