2006-2007 — Faculty/Staff Showcase
5 Cups of Coffee
5 Cups of Coffee is the title of the short film written by Western Oregon University’s very own Maren Bradley-Anderson, Adjunct Instructor of English, and directed by Shaun Huston, Associate Professor of Geography. In addition to the writer and director, most of the cast, crew, and creative team were drawn from the university. Those working on the film not directly connected to WOU were indirectly tied to the institution through friends, family, and spouses.
The production is part of a budding film culture at WOU. A little over a year ago, Western instituted an interdisciplinary film studies minor. The focus of the minor is on the critical analysis and contextual interpretation of film. However, the minor is designed with an eye on production and practical experience as well. Because of this program, students can now earn credit for working on a film, whether as part of the cast or part of the crew and creative departments. The main cast of 5 Cups were students, most of whom have previous experience working on productions in Western’s very fine Theater Department. Another student contributed to the music for the film.
Maren Bradley-Anderson, Writer of 5 Cups of Coffee: “My creative process is continuous. I am always ‘writing,’ always observing, making mental notes, wondering why.”
Shaun Huston, Director and Editor of 5 Cups of Coffee: “Ultimately, making film and video makes me a better teacher and scholar of film, and trying out different forms can only improve my application of those media in my research.”
Dr. Solveig Holmquist
Associate Professor of Music (1996)
Director of Choral Activities
D.M.A. University of Oregon, 1995
Associate Professor of Music Solveig Holmquist, in her tenth year at Western Oregon University, is Director of Choral Activities and Co-Head of the Music Department. Her teaching duties include conducting the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, providing musical direction for the yearly musicals in collaboration with the department of Theater/Dance, and teaching Conducting, Choral Methods, and Choral Literature.
Recently Dr. Holmquist was a conductor of the Requiem, by Frigyes Hidas, performed at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem, March 4, 2007. As printed in the program:
Requiem, by Frigyes Hidas
Solveig Holmquist, Conductor
In memory of the deceased from every war in history
On November 3, 1990, the world premiere of the Requiem by Frigyes Hidas was performed at The Bakats Square Temple in Budapest, Hungary. The work was commissioned by the Ninth District Summerfest Organization Office in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the insurrection against the communist regime in Hungary in 1956.
A groundbreaking work, it has been noted for its scoring for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed chorus, and symphonic wind ensemble, rather than full orchestra. It follows the traditional form of a requiem, combining German and French traditions of vocal writing. Its seven movements are Requiem, Dies Irae, Domine Jesu Christe, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna, and Libera Me.
Hidas’s Requiem is a dark, neo-romantic work, and the vocal writing follows traditional cathedral writing. Strict Counterpoint complements and emphasis on melodic development, and while the work is modern, it remains tonal throughout, evoking memories of Verdi.
MONMOUTH – Western Oregon University has named this year’s Mario and Alma Pastega Awards. Dr. Dean Braa, professor of Sociology, received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, an annual honor to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and relationships with students. Dr. Gavin Keulks, professor of English, was given the Faculty Scholarship Award, which honors a full-time faculty member who demonstrates outstanding creative or scholarly accomplishments. Alice Sprague, Assistant Director of Human Resources, received the Staff Excellence Award in recognition of exceptional service to the university.
LOCATION: First Floor lobby new book area
Curator: Bryan Beck