Communication and Performing Arts

A Lifetime of Success

Senior caps college music career with recital

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The first student to complete Indiana University Kokomo’s performing arts program will demonstrate how her vocal ability has grown, with a capstone recital. Faith Renken, who has studied voice with Wendy Grice for the last four years, was among the first to choose the degree in humanities with a concentration in performing arts, when it became available a year ago. "Just finding something I’m passionate about, and being able to earn the degree on the Kokomo campus, is an amazing opportunity."

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Passion for community theater spans 25 years

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It’s been 25 years since Joann Kaiser directed the first community play in Tipton, Indiana, which now boasts a thriving theater presence unexpected in a small town. “It’s an added nuance to our community. We have a good thing going here, and I hope it lasts,” said Kaiser, senior lecturer in communication arts at Indiana University Kokomo. The first show, Our Town, which was a great success, and led to a production of Fiddler on the Roof, also led by Kaiser. Buoyed by their success, planners formed the Tipton Community Theatre, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performing arts.

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Student visits three continents during career

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As a college freshman, Madi Roswog didn’t have a passport. Not only did she obtain one while she was a student at Indiana University Kokomo — she put seven stamps in it, traveling with classes to countries in Europe, Asia, and Central America, before graduating in May 2018. She walked the beaches at Normandy, climbed the Great Wall of China, cared for malnourished children in Guatemala, stood in Anne Frank’s Secret Annex in the Netherlands, and viewed priceless masterpieces in Italy.

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Lighting artist shares tools of the trade

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For many people working in theatre, the goal is to light up the stage with a memorable performance. But for Diana Kaiser, her job has been done well when it goes unnoticed. Visiting artist Kaiser, a lighting designer, gave Indiana University Kokomo students a backstage pass to the behind the scenes career opportunities available to them in theatrical arts.

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