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  • Head of Costume Design Valerie Ramshur has been awarded the first MGSA Inclusive Teaching Grant. This grant is awarded to a faculty member to revise courses to reflect the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. THEATER
  • Jessica Kahkoska is one of two recipients of the National Archives Foundation’s Cokie Roberts Women’s History Fellowship. She will research stories of women during the Nuremberg Trials with the goal of creating a TV series. THEATER
  • Brandon Williams received the Inclusive Community Award at this year’s convocation for his work as director of Voorhees Choir. The award—new this year— goes to a faculty or staff member who has fostered a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment at Mason Gross. Williams also has been awarded The Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence from Rutgers University, which honors newly promoted and tenured faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to teaching. MUSIC
  • Don Holder was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Paradise Square. This is Holder’s 14th Tony nomination; he’s won twice. THEATER
  • Jazz faculty Dave Stryker and his Dave Stryker Trio spent part of the summer opening for Steely Dan in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. MUSIC
  • Jeff Friedman was a recipient of The Chancellor-Provost Award for Excellence in Service. DANCE


  • Steven Kemper composed music for a memorial on recorded by the New Jersey Youth Symphony. The memorial reflects New Jersey Covid death rates since the first known fatality, using higher pitches, louder sounds, and greater dissonance as the numbers increase. MUSIC
  • Didier William is featured in a Pew Fellows chat with fellow artist Rami George. ART & DESIGN
  • Look for Gerry Beegan in the October 18 episode of the new PBS YouTube series The Bigger Picture with Vincent Brown, which probes iconic American images. Beegan discusses scholar-activist Angela Davis’s “Wanted” poster. ART & DESIGN


How to Decolonize a Museum? Try an Ax. (Raphael Montanez Ortiz in The New York Times) ART & DESIGN

Road Trip to Escape, USA (Julie Langsam in Dense Magazine) ART & DESIGN