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Graig Graziosi Chosen as a 2016 Pulliam Journalism Fellow


Graig Graziosi PhotoFires. 
Tear gas.
Bus crashes.
Scorching 120-degree heat.
And searching for Italian food.

That pretty much sums up the summer of YSU senior Graig Graziosi, who spent 10 weeks covering breaking news in Phoenix from the newsroom of The Arizona Republic.

Graziosi, a journalism major, was one of 24 college students from across the country chosen as a 2016 Pulliam Journalism Fellow, a highly-selective internship that gives recipients the chance to work as journalists under real world deadline pressure while learning from some of the best professionals in the business. Fifteen of the fellows worked at The Republic, and nine spent their summer at its sister newspaper, The Indianapolis Star.

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Steven Reale an International Leader in the Study of Game Audio


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Steven Reale, Associate Professor of Music Theory in the Dana School of Music, has emerged as an internationally-acknowledged leader in the burgeoning field of video game sound scholarship.

Dr. Reale was the lead organizer for the first North American Conference on Video Game Music, which we held at YSU in January 2014, and which has occurred annually since then: in 2015 at TCU; in 2016 at Davidson College; and in 2017 will be at the University of Texas at Austin.

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  Dean's Welcome

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On behalf of the faculty, staff, students, and supporters of the College of Creative Arts and Communication (CCAC) at Youngstown State University, I am delighted to welcome you to our website and introduce you to the programs within our College.  For nearly a century, our distinguised and highly active faculty of artists and scholars has dedicated itself to helping students pursue their passions, develop their talents, and succeed in their educational and professional endeavors.  The College is also a vital cultural asset to the YSU campus, the Mahoning Valley, and the state of Ohio, hosting over 400 events annually.  

The CCAC is comprised of four academic areas—the Departments of ArtCommunication,Theater and Dance, and the Dana School of Music—and two auxiliary units, the McDonough Museum of Art and the Office of Community Engagement and Events.  With 7 degrees in over 37 fields of study, students have the opportunity to develop depth in a primary concentration and breadth by exploring cross-disciplinary experiences in an extraordinarily creative environment.  They are guided by faculty, who are also working artists, researchers, and scholars at the top of their fields, through innovative curricula designed to impart the vital skills that will empower them for success in their chosen areas. 

We welcome your interest and hope that you will take some time to explore our website and learn about our outstanding academic programs, opportunities, faculty, facilities, and everything else the College of Creative Arts and Communication has to offer.  The faculty, staff, and I welcome any questions you may have about our programs, and we look forward to seeing you here on the campus of YSU! 

Phyllis M. Paul, Ph.D.
pmpaul AT ysu DOT edu

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  Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The College of Creative Arts and Communication provides a dynamic learning environment in the creative and communication arts to strengthen and broaden the intellectual and cultural horizons of a diverse community.
The College is dedicated to: 
  • Demonstrating the values and principles inherent to the arts and challenging students to experience and appreciate the various forms of artistic expression.
  • Recognizing scholarship and teaching as integral and interrelated activities of the College demonstrated by a faculty and staff of active artists and scholars, providing a lasting and sustainable contribution to aid students in achieving an enriched and fulfilled life.
  • Utilizing music, visual arts, speech communication, telecommunication, theater, and dance to present a highly visible presence reaching beyond the University community.
  • Creating an innovative environment that cultivates its faculty, staff and students to become leaders in their professional and civic lives.
Our Vision
The College seeks to be a distinguished center, nationally recognized for education in the fine and performing arts. As an outgrowth of that vision, we will continue to offer a varied selection of high quality programming in the creative arts. Central to this intention is the understanding that the creative and communication arts are expressions of our shared humanity, capable of building connections among people and cultures, exploring the human spirit in all of its nuances, revealing new perceptions of our past, present and future, and providing a humanizing force vital to a civil society.

YSU Mission
Youngstown State University—an urban research university—emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world. Read More
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  Events & News

Dana School of Music Students Volunteer Photo

Dana School of Music Students Volunteer at Recent Cleveland International Piano Competition & Festival

Three Dana School of Music students volunteered at the Cleveland International Piano Competition and Festival, July 24-August 7, 2016. The students are senior, Alyssa Titi from Canfield, OH; senior, Michael Nichols from Youngstown, OH and junior, Emma Donkin from New Waterford, OH.

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YSU Art Faculty, Claudia Berlinski, Receives Grant From Artists of Rubber City

Youngstown State University’s Department of Art announces that Claudia Berlinski, Assistant Professor of Art, Foundations, and Interdisciplinary Studio Art Coordinator has a received a Creative Opportunity Grant from the Artists of Rubber City.

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Tastemakers, a Progress of Love Photo

Tastemakers, a Progress of Love
Sep 9 - Oct 21  |  McDonough Museum of Art

The Public Reception will be Friday, September 9 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the McDonough Museum of Art

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Claudia Berlinski Will Open a New Show at The Butler Photo

Claudia Berlinski Will Open a New Show at the Butler
Sep 18 - Feb 5  |  1:00pm - 3:00pm  |  Butler Institute of American Art

Claudia Berlinski’s show, Claudia Berlinski: Regional Photography Exhibition will open on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at The Butler Institute of American Art. An opening reception will take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The show will be available for viewing until February 5, 2017

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Opening Night
Sep 30  |  7:30pm  |  Spotlight Theater

Adult tickets are $16. Special rate tickets are: $8 for non-YSU students, YSU faculty and staff with valid ID, senior citizens, Penguin Club members and groups of eight (8) or more. YSU student tickets are free with valid ID.

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Guest Artist Ben Monder To Present Jazz Clinic Photo

Guest Artist Ben Monder To Present Jazz Clinic
Sep 30  |  12:00pm  |  Bliss Hall, Room 2222

Ben Monder was a guitarist on David Bowie's 25th studio album, "Blackstar." A musician in the New York area for 30 years, Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, and Maria Schneider.

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YSU Dance Ensemble Photo

YSU Dance Ensemble: 11th Annual Dance Festival
Oct 2  |  9:00am - 5:00pm  |  Beeghly Physical Education Center

The Festival is a series of master classes geared to anyone age 13 through adult, and will conclude with an informal dance concert by participants and guest artists. The cost is $40 per person.

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