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Summer is bringing a deserved respite from one of the most eventful semesters in the history of the College of the Arts. It seemed like every month we were announcing a new major success. Our faculty and students continue to bring significant recognition to the College through their hard work and achievements.

Spring semester opened with the Communication Department being designated as one of only three programs in the state authorized to offer the new Georgia Film Academy's On-Set Film Production Certificate. By the end of the semester, the Board of Regents had approved for CSU to offer an associate's degree in film production. The College of the Arts is now a full partner in the GFA's consortium of schools offering the certificate in film production with Columbus being identified as a hub for film production.

Our program's success has resulted in a film being produced in Columbus this summer. In a couple weeks, our students will work on a film set locally to complete their training which will allow them to be certified to work on any TV or film set in the world. The GFA is working to bring other productions to the city in the future.

We are equally excited about our Theatre Department's new partnership with the State Theatre of Georgia Springer Opera House which has created the nation's next great teaching theatre, the Georgia Repertory Theatre. The synergies made possible through this collaboration will be transformational in both training of the next generation of theatre professionals but also in its impact on local economic development. This collaborative further enhances our initiative with the Georgia Film Academy.

As the semester drew to a close, the College announced the creation of a new minor in dance. With funding from the Vicki Jiles Flanagan Chair in Dance, we were able to hire Karyn Tomczak, a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, who has toured with Broadway shows in Europe and performed on NY stages. The Friends of Dance also announced that Tony Award winning Broadway actress and choreographer Ann Reinking had agreed to serve as the honorary national chair for a Dance Gala scheduled for December.

The Art Department's Art History program moved into its new space in the Seaboard Depot this spring. That incredible facility was purchased for the Art Department by the Miller Mildred Fort Foundation. Funds from the Foundation and CSU paid for the renovation of this distinctive, historic treasure at the RiverPark Campus.

In music a name modification occurred with the designation of the Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music. Kaleidoscope not only continued it artistic excellence, but it set records for attendance as well this year.

We have long been indebted to you our donors and supporters. As you can see from my summary of events this spring, your investment in our programs in art, communication, music and theatre have enhanced the quality of life for Columbus residents while contributing significantly to economic development in the city. I want to remind you that if you have an outstanding contribution pledge for this year, we would encourage you to fulfill that commitment by July 31. We would also appreciate your continued consideration of funding support for the College of the Arts in the coming year.

Please take the time to read the other information on the highlights from each of our departments as well as the achievements of their faculty and students which are chronicled in the remainder of the COA Newsletter. Have a continued joyful summer.