September 2006 - March 2007
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.
Writer of 5 Cups of Coffee: "My creative process is continuous.
I am always 'writing,' always observing, making mental notes, wondering
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.”
Associate Professor of Music (1996)
Director of Choral Activities
D.M.A. University of Oregon, 1995
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.
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:
by Frigyes Hidas
Solveig Holmquist, Conductor
In memory of the deceased from every war in history
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 Counteroint
complements and amphasis on melodic development, and
while the work is modern, it remains tonal throughout,
evoking memories of Verdi.
Faculty & Staff Award Recipients
July - August 2007
Dr. Gavin Keulks
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.
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