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Message From CCFA Dean Richard Ranta

Richard R. Ranta, College of Communication & Fine Arts DeanI write this column having survived the apocalypse. I am not referring to the latest cut in state funding, but what has become 2012’s most famous graphic design, the Mayan circular calendar. It’s amazing that an artist representation from seventh century Central America endured to cause global anxiety in the 21st century, a time when many see buying art as the best investment. Others see passing on artistic creations to the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) as a great way to share these lasting treasures, protect them and perhaps help their investments. In this issue of CCFA Voices, three generous gifts to AMUM are featured that will enrich our programs and students for centuries.

Other gifts are making it possible to transform parts of the Art and Communication Building (ACB). Thanks to Bobby and Martha Fogelman, we expect to complete the contemporary art galleries for the Art Department during the spring semester. Thanks to Jimmy Humphreys we look forward to renovated atrium areas, providing a home for large scale works of art. The building is also home to a new Subway Café and plaza dining area thanks to Subway and campus dining. Come and join us for artistic dining.

Jones Hall, home of the Architecture Department, has undergone a transformation as well thanks to a number of grants including ones from the State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, help from AIA friends, and Physical Plant and Campus Planning & Design departments. The third floor has been transformed into new studios, a major lighting laboratory, and other essential spaces that helped make the recent accreditation site visit by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) a pleasant one. In a few months, we will get the final assessment on our accreditation request. We will also get one from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for the Department of Journalism, which profited from renovation work in the Meeman Journalism Building.

A Strengthening Communities grant made a partnership possible between Art Education Professor Dr. Heise and Education Professor Dr. McGillivray to help homeless mothers and children find resilience. “Let’s Talk Health,” a partnership between the Loewenberg School of Nursing, the Department of Communication and WUMR-FM 91.7, is helping make Memphis a healthier and better informed community. These partnerships are good examples of CCFA’s community outreach, which recently added Douglass High School to the ranks of Memphis schools we are directly assisting, thanks to Communication Professor Dr. Mandy Young.

Since 1979, CCFA has helped Memphis appreciate its own through the Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative or Performing Arts, established in memory of Elvis Presley. This year we honored internationally recognized violinist and longtime concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Joy Brown Wiener. CCFA received a number of honors of its own. The Communication Department, under the leadership of Dr. Tony de Velasco and assisted by the Department of Journalism and the Public Service Division, hosted a highly successful prestigious Biennial National Public Address Conference. Theatre professors and students received many Memphis Theatre Awards (Ostranders). For the second time in four years, the Opera area in the Scheidt School of Music produced the country’s best college opera in its division according to the National Opera Association for the production of Idomeneo, directed by Professor Copeland Woodruff and conducted by Professor Mark Ensley. We are very proud of these and others who have brought honor to our University.

Finally, I say goodbye to two strong members of the Scheidt School of Music. Sam Viviano, professor of piano, retired at the end of the fall semester but will continue to teach a limited number of students under the post-retirement plan. Professor Emeritus and former Music Department Chair David Williams passed away on Dec. 6. He was a wonderful scholar, leader and friend who will be dearly missed.

As you enter a new year, keep your college’s outstanding programs, faculty, staff and students in mind. Take pride in their accomplishments and help make us even better.

Warmest regards,


Richard R. Ranta, Dean

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Richard R. Ranta

Moira Logan
Associate Dean

Katherine Goliver
Director of Development, CCFA

Mary Mansour
Business Officer

Laurie Snyder
Assistant to the Dean
for Undergraduate Programs

Rachel Holman
Academic Services Coordinator

Kimberly Rogers
College Media Coordinator

Hugh Busby
Local Support Provider II

Michael Hagge
Chair, Department of Architecture
Richard Lou
Chair, Department of Art
Leslie Luebbers
Director, Art Museum
of the University of Memphis
Leroy Dorsey
Chair, Department of Communication
David Arant
Chair, Department of Journalism
Randal Rushing
Director, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
Holly Lau
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance
Michael Schmidt
Director, Center for Multimedia Arts
Marianne Rae Hartquist
Director of Development
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music


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Michael Osborn
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Chris Peck
Knox Phillips
David Porter
Frank Ricks
Mickey Robinson
Rudi E. Scheidt
Jack Soden
Jimmy Tashie
Ron Walter
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