Alumni Spotlight

Eric Benson publishes book for graphic designers

Tuesday, December 6, 2016   |  Re-Nourish
Re-Nourish Book Cover

Eric Benson (M.F.A., Design, 2006) published the book Design to Renourish (CRC Press) this fall. The book is for graphic designers and helps to integrate sustainability into their workflow through a design process called systems thinking. This process asks the graphic designer to approach a design problem by being more informed and aware of and influenced by the impacts that material and vendor choices have on one another, the planet and consequently on people. 

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.