Carl Teichman ’80 was named “Federation 2018 Advocate of the Year” by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. You can read more about it here.
Julie Dunbar ’80 received the Zephyr Foundation’s Outstanding Industry Contributor Award. The Zephyr Foundation’s mission is to advance rigorous transportation and land use decision-making for the public good by advocating for and supporting improved travel analysis and facilitating its implementation.This award is given to ‘an individual who in embodying the Zephyr Principles, has selflessly contributed to the good of the industry through the body of their work. The Outstanding Industry Contributor shall be:
- Collegial and collaborative, investing in shared technical knowledge and community assets in order to reach common goals
- Generous with their time such as investment in mentorship, community-assets, and other volunteer roles;
- Respectful and thoughtful in their interactions; and
- Goal-oriented towards the public good and usefulness, even if the pathway is unconventional.
Michael Tipsord ’81 has been named to Governor-elect JB Prtizker’s Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee. More can be found here about Michaels’ accomplishments.
On what kind of singer she wants for the Tanglewood Program: “We look at the voice, and the quality, the talent in communication. We are also looking for students we think we can help guide—someone who’s open to working collaboratively. That’s what it’s all about. The singers in the program tend to be people who have just finished grad school. It’s a small enough group, and we get enough applicants, that we really are able to stick to a certain level of artist. That’s the level I was most interested in at Bard, too. I actually began at Bard in 2004, before I took the position at Tanglewood. When Bard first approached me, they were creating an undergraduate conservatory, and I said I didn’t want to create an undergraduate vocal program. I was more interested in the openness and the skill level of graduate-level students.
“Our program at Bard is centered on the core seminar classes. There are four semesters in a two-year program, so there are four core seminars. The course I love the most is called ‘Creating Unique Performance Opportunities.’ The students are put into two groups of three or four, and they do everything—they choose their program, they rehearse, they do the research, they do their program notes, they find the venue, they book the concert and do all the publicity. It has to be off-campus, and in the community around Bard. All of this is done by Thanksgiving. So it’s a very quick turnaround, very intense class, but it shows them that they can create their own performance opportunities. The impetus for that class comes from me believing things are constantly evolving in the business, and in the work. I truly believe that the most exciting thing about the future in music is the new young musicians that are coming along and saying they want to do this. They find a way to say what they want to say with their music. And so they need a place they can create for themselves in which to say what they want to say with their work.
“Our goal at Bard is to instill in the students excitement for collaboration and connecting with other people through the art form. It can be a lonely road, sometimes, being a singing artist. But I have found in my own experience that the greatest work that I can do has always been in collaboration with someone else”
Since the late 1980’s Robert Poynton has been associated with international recording artists “The Lettermen”. The combination of Tony Butala, Donovan Tea and Poynton is the longest any 3 members of the group have ever sung together. Recently, it was announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, that The Lettermen would be recognized for their distinguished recording career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Lettermen join other artists such as Michael Buble, Faith Hill, Pink and Linda Rondstadt as well as actors Robert De Niro, Guillermo Del Toro, Ann Hathaway and many others as the Class of 2019. The induction ceremony will be sometime in 2020 in Los Angeles.
Here is a link to the article from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Christine McHugh ’82, recently finished directing a new play in New Mexico, called Flight Plan by Marguerite Scott at the Santa Fe Playhouse. The Artistic Director of the Sante Fe Playhouse happens to be, Vaughn Irving, who received a BFA in Musical Theatre from IWU in 2006. Christine noted that Vaughn’s been in this role for about three years now and “his vision and talent are totally transforming the Santa Fe theatre scene”. McHugh lost one of the leads in the show nine days before opening and Vaughn gamely stepped in as a replacement and “was brilliant!”, according to McHugh. “One of the best actors I’ve ever worked with and I’m sure a lot of that has to do with Wesleyan. Twenty-four years after I left McPherson and it would appear that the talent just keeps getting better.”
Tuesday, April 3rd is our day of giving at Illinois Wesleyan and this year’s theme is
Not only is today a day for giving, it’s a day to celebrate IWU and all of the things that make it special. Check out last year’s leaderboard for the 80s classes:
Look at the significant impact our classes made! How can we #ThinkBigger this year?
Shall we make it a class competition this year? Please encourage your classmates to join you in being #AllInForWesleyan!
Click here to learn more and to donate on Tuesday, April 3rd.
Help spread the word using #AllInForWesleyan and take advantage of our social media toolkit.