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Michael R. Crist, Ph.D. | Interim Dean
Michael Crist has been a member of the Dana School of Music faculty for more than 30 years. Dr. Crist currently serves as Interim Dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication, and before that appointment he served as Director of the Dana School of Music at YSU for thirteen years. His teaching responsibilities have included; applied trombone, assistant band director, director of Jazz Ensemble II and III, conductor of the Dana Trombone Ensemble, and numerous classes in music education and music technology.Read More Events & News
"Birdman" Takes Spot in Tod Hall LibraryDepartment of Art
YSU Junior Dan Newman currently has his steel rod sculpture "birdman" on temporary display in Tod Hall.
The artist named his creation “Interpreter,” but viewers usually prefer to call it “birdman.“
YSU junior Dan Newman doesn’t mind a bit.
An art major, Newman designed the steel rod sculpture, now on display in Tod Hall, to resemble a half-man, half-parakeet. Ten feet long, with a beaked head and four-toed parakeet-like feet, the piece has two large wings on its back.
President Jim Tressel noticed the work this spring at the McDonough Museum and asked that it be placed on temporary display at Tod Hall. Newman gladly agreed, and he recruited a friend and fellow art major, Nick Carney, to help assemble the piece.
“We’re thrilled to have Dan’s work displayed this way, “ said Greg Moring, professor and chair, Art. “We’d certainly like to see more student art work exhibited around campus.”
Newman is a native of West Middlesex, Pa. and is majoring in 3D studies, which includes sculpture and ceramics. After earning his baccalaureate at YSU, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in Fine Arts and hopes to teach art on the college level.
More Info: http://newsroom.ysu.edu/birdman-takes-spot-in-tod-hall-lobby/Otherselections include Darius Milhaud's early 20th century chamber orchestra masterwork, Creation du la Monde, Op. 81a; Camille Saint Saens' classic work for violin, Introduction and Rondo Cappricioso; Pablo de Sarasate’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21. Concert tickets are $5 each; $4 for students and senior citizens, and free for anyone with a valid YSU ID, and may be ordered by phone at (330) 259-0555, in person at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, or online at www.stambaughauditorium.com. For more information please call the Dana School of Music at 330/941-3636. For a complete calendar of events please visit web.ysu.edu/c
Dana Vocal Performance Clinic Jul 27 - Aug 1 | Bliss Hall An intensive workshop that explores the world of singing, acting, and performing. Click here for more information.
Gary Taneri | Exhibition Jun 9 - Jul 31 | Erie Terminal Reception will be July 10 from 5-7 pm. Click here for more information.
Engineering and Art Meet at Launch LabButler Institute of American Art
Youngstown State University has incorporated Launch Lab, where engineers and artists meet to work on various projects.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Engineers are often described as being driven by the left side of the brain, where the neurosystem governs logic, rational thinking, and analytic ability. Artists are generally considered right-brain dominant, the part of the cranium that processes creative talent. Both hemispheres meet regularly in the basement of the Butler Institute of American Art. Here, Youngstown State University has inaugurated Launch Lab, a space where the analytical and creative types meet to work on various projects, most of them involving some type of additive manufacturing. “This is the ideation center,” says Brett Conner, director of advanced manufacturing workforce initiatives at YSU. “We’re trying to bring together the creative personalities that exist in the arts, and the technical knowledge from the College of STEM.” The College of STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is also home to YSU’s Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing. The center, on the second floor of Moser Hall, houses sophisticated 3-D printers, a sinter furnace and a laser cutter – instruments vital to understanding the concepts of additive manufacturing. Launch Lab is an extension of this concept, connecting both the College of STEM and the College of Creative Arts and Communication, Conner says. “It’s a complementary facility where we bring a variety of disciplines – from engineering to the arts – to conceive ideas in response to various challenges and bring them to reality.” Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, is a process where printers read software data and transform that information into real parts or prototypes. Instead of using traditional manufacturing methods, such as subtractive manufacturing, 3-D printing essentially “builds” a product or part layer by layer with a specified material. The new lab consists of several small 3-D desktop printers and a larger machine capable of manufacturing more detailed and larger pieces. “This is a hub,” Conner says. “This is where ideas get started, and then branch out to resources within the community to bring them to reality.” As an example, Guha Manogharan, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, holds up a plastic model of a human trachea produced at the Launch Lab. The part was printed at the request of a surgeon-professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. “He had a patient and got us the CT scan and we were able to make a 3-D model.” Another project Launch Lab printed is a plastic replica of the human heart, which Conner showed guests during a recent tour. “We find there is great promise when you take an engineering student and an art student and put them together,” notes Greg Moring, chairman of YSU’s art department. “When they sit down and work things out, it’s amazing at what they can come up with.” The Launch Lab has participated in 10 projects thus far, Moring says. “We’re really excited about this. We believe at YSU that we have to work across all disciplines. We can’t just work in our own silos.” The premise is to introduce art students to additive manufacturing so they can be more marketable in the job market. “I’d like to see every one of our art students get experience and understanding of additive manufacturing technology,” Moring says. Opportunities for growth are boundless, notes Michael Crist, interim dean of YSU’s College of Creative Arts and Communication. “We don’t know where this will end up,” he says. “Students will start to generate in their minds what this will become.” Launch Lab offers equipment such as a large scanner that scans an item to create a 3-D software model. Those data are fed into the printer and the part results. This type of equipment is useful in many cases, Conner says. For instance, assume a customer needs to replace a part, but has no tooling to manufacture the component. A 3-D scanner can read the image and print a new part. YSU’s Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing continues to draw more interest from private industry and students. “We’ve had several businesses use our capabilities,” Conner says. YSU Provost Martin Abraham says the objective of the center is to develop a cohesive network – using resources such as the business community, America Makes and the Youngstown Business Incubator – and create a hub for innovation. “It’s to a point where we have a very significant quality of material and capability in ways that not many other people have,” he says. Ryan Lewis, a senior who graduates this semester, says his experience with additive manufacturing is invaluable. “I was interested in 3-D printing, so I went to Dr. Conner and he handed me the Youngstown map project,” Lewis says. The project entailed developing a 3-D model of the downtown and nearby neighborhoods, including YSU, he says. Lewis says he researched all of the buildings and fed their reduced dimensions into the printer, creating small plastic models of the structures in the central business district. “It’s a great experience to put on my resume,” Lewis says, recently hired full-time by Delphi Corp. The center, which opened in January 2014, has since expanded its machinery and technology. The latest addition is a high-temperature sintering furnace that allows students, faculty and corporate partners to sinter materials that require high heat. “The new furnace is helping efforts with Fireline,” a company nearby that manufactures ceramic crucibles used in the aerospace industry. Conner says that companies of all sizes have toured the center and that the university is constantly trying to foster new partnerships. “We’re moving forward and building partnerships with industry in the Valley and beyond,” he says. Dan O’Brien | May 21, 2015 Pictured: Gregg Moring heads YSU’s art department. Brent Conner is the director of advanced manufacturing workforce initiatives. Copyright 2015 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.Otherselections include Darius Milhaud's early 20th century chamber orchestra masterwork, Creation du la Monde, Op. 81a; Camille Saint Saens' classic work for violin, Introduction and Rondo Cappricioso; Pablo de Sarasate’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21. Concert tickets are $5 each; $4 for students and senior citizens, and free for anyone with a valid YSU ID, and may be ordered by phone at (330) 259-0555, in person at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, or online at www.stambaughauditorium.com. For more information please call the Dana School of Music at 330/941-3636. For a complete calendar of events please visit web.ysu.edu/c
Beyond BoundariesAmanda Powell
A new recording by Amanda Powell featuring the participation of several Dana School of Music Faculty.
Several Dana School of Music faculty members participated in the new recording Beyond Boundaries by vocalist Amanda Powell. These faculty include clarinetist Alice Wang, percussionist Glenn Schaft, and pianists Cicilia Yudha and Alton Merrell. Dave Morgan, Professor of Jazz Studies and String Bass, co-produced and arranged the music on the recording, as well as playing bass. Beyond Boundaries is a collection of songs from around the world, including Venezuela, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Ireland, and the Middle East. The recording “transcends boundaries of genre, style, region, and expectation into the connective heart of music. “ Powell, a featured soloist with the Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, has traveled the world collecting the songs and stories featured on this recording.Otherselections include Darius Milhaud's early 20th century chamber orchestra masterwork, Creation du la Monde, Op. 81a; Camille Saint Saens' classic work for violin, Introduction and Rondo Cappricioso; Pablo de Sarasate’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21. Concert tickets are $5 each; $4 for students and senior citizens, and free for anyone with a valid YSU ID, and may be ordered by phone at (330) 259-0555, in person at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, or online at www.stambaughauditorium.com. For more information please call the Dana School of Music at 330/941-3636. For a complete calendar of events please visit web.ysu.edu/c
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