Monthly Archives: January 2013

Lincoln Hall Fosters Growth, Friendships for Fine Arts Residential Learning Community

For an entire semester the fine arts residential learning community students living in Lincoln Hall got a little taste of everything; from art to dance, interior architecture to music and theater. Students had an entire semester to explore the best of all the disciplines that the College of Fine Arts has to offer.

The Fine Arts Residential Learning Community is for freshmen fine arts majors who live in Lincoln Hall and take a fall semester class together. Students are placed in groups of around 20 and work throughout the semester with a peer mentor and faculty advisor.

Lincoln Hall is located on East Green conveniently adjacent to all of the undergraduate fine arts classroom buildings. The fine arts learning community is residential, which means that all students who are a part of the learning community live together in the same residential hall. However, there is a small mix of students in the building who are non-fine arts majors. In Lincoln Hall there is a dance rehearsal room, art studio, music practice room and study lounge for students to utilize.

“I really loved the seminar room, which was really helpful whether you needed to work on practicing an instrument, develop a song, or work on an art project or monologue,” said Jarahme Pollock, a freshman theater performance major. “The rooms were just all around very helpful to accomplish assignments within our major.”

As for the learning community class, you could be sure to expect a different agenda every week. Different class experiences from the past semester included dance yoga, making drums, watching puppets being made and trips to the Kennedy Museum of Art. Outside of class, students were required to attend exhibits and performances which furthered their exploration of all the areas within the College of Fine Arts.

This past semester, one of the learning community groups took a trip together with their peer mentor to visit the lights at the Columbus Zoo. However, a three-hour traffic jam left the group with no time to visit the zoo, so instead they detoured to Easton for some shopping and dinner together.

“We really got to bond with each other over burgers and being together with everyone in the car really brought us closer; it was such a fun experience,” said Erica Molfetto, a freshman theater performance major.

After the learning community class ends and the year carries on, the friendships and connections made throughout the semester develop throughout the following years.

“It’s really wonderful to be in the same building and interacting on a daily basis inside and out of the classroom with people who share common interests as you and who are essentially like you,” said  Pollock.

For information on the fine arts residential learning community please visit http://www.ohio.edu/finearts/academics/rlc.cfm

-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant

Ohio University and the College of Fine Arts Focus on Diversity with 3rd Annual World Music & Dance Festival and Concert

World MUsic Digital DisplayYou can read a story in a book, watch a video online and hear a professor lecture on the subject, but to truly understand the arts from cultures across the globe there’s no better way than to experience them first hand. The purpose of the 3rd Annual World Music & Dance Festival and Concert is to bring the arts from around the world here to Athens, Ohio for students, faculty and staff to get a taste of music and dance from across the globe.

“I realized; they have no clue. They don’t know anything outside of their hometown, outside of Ohio, or outside of the United States,” said Dr. Paschal Yao Younge, one of two directors of the event.

The festival started Wednesday, January 23 and will go until Friday, February 2nd. The festival consists of nearly 30 different workshops free for all students, faculty and staff to attend. The workshops range from Japanese Taiko drumming to Italian dance. On Wednesday, January 30th a Latin American and Caribbean Culture/Arts open forum will be held in the Walter Hall Rotunda from 2:00-4:00 p.m. This event features professors from the University speaking on the topics of the politics of music in Guyana, Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures and culture and the environment in Brasil.

A Global Excursions concert will then conclude the festival on Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The concert will exhibit various musical and dance performances from Guinea, Italy, Trinidad, Spain, Ukraine and more. Students, faculty and special guests from around the globe will be partaking in the concert. The concert is free for OU students with a valid student ID.

Dr. Yao Younge and Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge were the founders of this program at Ohio University three years ago. After arriving to Ohio University, the two recognized a fault in students needing more than what they were getting in the classroom to get a well-rounded experience. Since then, the two have stressed diversity and getting an academic experience outside of the classroom.

“It gives the students a chance to bring to life what they’re reading about,” said Dr. Badu-Younge. “If they’re reading about it and they’ve never experienced any of it and only watched it on video, it’s not going to give you the same experience as actually engaging it yourself.”

After the event was so successful in the past two years, the directors hope for the same kind of positive feedback from the Ohio University community. As long as the two are here, they plan on continuing into the future with the event and even expanding to include theater and the visual arts next year.

“The world is changing so fast; globalization is taking over. There is no way you can survive if you’re only stuck in your own bubble,” said Dr. Yao Younge. “You have to go beyond the classroom. Go beyond the syllabus.”

For more information please visit http://www.ohio.edu/finearts/whats-happening/events.cfm

-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant