Alumni Spotlight

Adam Poncio named to list of best lawyers in San Antonio

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Adam Poncio

Adam Poncio (B.A., Drama, 1986), an attorney board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Labor and Employment and Civil Appellate Law, has been recognized by San Antonio Scene Magazine as one of the Best S.A. Lawyers of 2016 in the area of Labor and Employment Law.

Hank Hehmsoth awarded a Fulbright grant 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016   |  Texas State University
Hank Hehmsoth

Hank Hehmsoth (B.M. 1975; M.M., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1976), a composer and jazz performing artist in the School of Music at Texas State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Senior Specialist Program grant to Santiago, Chile in music this summer. Hehmsoth will conduct master classes of contemporary American jazz in performance and theory at the Pro Jazz Professional Institute. He will teach jazz arranging and composition, and perform citywide jazz festival concerts with Chilean musicians. This is his second Fulbright grant, his first one coming in 2013.

Brian Hunt’s book reaches No. 1 on Amazon self-help list

Tuesday, July 12, 2016   |  Simon and Schuster
Brian Hunt

Brian Hunt (B.A., Studio Art, 1991) successfully self-published his second book, Convergence Healing - Healing Pain With Energetic Love. It was picked up by Enliven Books, the new all-holistic imprint from Atria Books and Simon & Schuster.

Catherine Ann Jones receives the Nautilus Book Award

Tuesday, July 12, 2016   |  Way of Story

Catherine Ann Jones (B.F.A., Drama, 1965) received the Nautilus Book Award for Heal Your Self with Writing; her latest publication is a one-woman play about H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)'s analysis and friendship with Sigmund Freud in Vienna, 1933. Jones will perform her play in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Aug. 4, and in Santa Barbara, California, on Dec. 3. The play is available on amazon and Kindle.

Art Brownlow receives UT System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Art Brownlow

Art Brownlow (D.M.A., Trumpet Performance, 1994) was selected as a recipient of the University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016. Brownlow has taught for over 30 years in higher education, currently as Professor of Music at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, he won the 2014-15 College Music Society Instructional Technology Initiative Award, and he was also selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2015. Brownlow’s recent book, Teaching Music History with iPad, is available for free in the Apple iBooks Store. Photo by Bill Frakes.

Yamin Li presents solo exhibition in Austin

Tuesday, June 7, 2016   |  Dougherty Gallery
Yamin Li

Yamin Li (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2015) will present the solo exhibition "Biological Effect" at Dougherty Arts Center in Austin from June 4-29.

Artina McCain joins University of Memphis faculty

Wednesday, May 25, 2016   |  The University of Memphis
Artina McCain

Artina McCain (D.M.A., Piano Performance, 2011) will join the faculty at the University of Memphis as Assistant Professor of Piano this fall. Photo by Claire McAdams.

Gloria Groom receives the Chevalier Légion d’Honneur

Friday, May 20, 2016   |  Chicago Sun Times
Gloria Groom in Chicago Sun Times

Gloria Groom (M.A. 1978; Ph.D., Art History, 1989), chair of the Art Institute of Chicago’s European Painting and Sculpture department since 2015, received the distinction of the Chevalier Légion d’Honneur on April 29. The highest of the five levels of the French government’s Légion d’Honneur award, the French Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud presented the award during a private ceremony. The award honors Groom for her contributions to French art and culture.

Hai Zheng releases sixth album

Friday, May 13, 2016   |  CD Baby
Hai Zheng

Cellist Hai Zheng (B.M. 1988; M.M., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1990) Assistant Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Southwestern University, released in May her sixth CD, Remembrance on the Amatius Classics label. The CD is her second album with her longtime pianist, Kiyoshi Tamagawa (D.M.A., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1988), Associate Dean and Professor of Music at Southwestern University, and celebrates their 20th season of performing.