Letter to Malia Obama: Come to Lehigh!

Dear Malia,
As the college application phase of your life begins, we know how daunting of an experience it can be. I thought I might make your decision a little easier with a list of reasons why you should attend Lehigh University. Wherever you choose to attend college, make sure your decision reflects your interests! Here are some reasons why Lehigh would be a good fit for you:
1. 2,600 steps:  Worried about the secret service breathing down your neck? On our campus, nestled atop a mountain in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, there are plenty of places the secret service can hang out and watch over you without getting in your way. Make sure they are good with stairs; we have 2,600 steps on the Lehigh campus. Don’t let that scare you; first-years leave campus in May in the best shape of their lives. Here are some tips on how to “Survive South Mountain.”
2. Connect with your professors: Classes at Lehigh aren’t so big that you’ll get lost in a sea of students. Professors are engaged with students and mentor them in and outside of the classroom. I’ve had professors drop off food at the student newspaper press room when they know we will have a long night. It’s not unusual to find yourself at a professor’s house for dinner continuing a discussion from class.
3. Not your typical dining hall: Lehigh Dining Services provides three residence dining facilities, various retail and café options spread throughout campus, as well as a food court in the University Center. Mom will be happy to know that full menus with nutritional data are all available through the Dining Services Web site. You can even use money loaded on your student ID to take advantage of the awesome downtown Bethlehem restaurants.
4. We beat Duke. : Our Athletic Department lists education as its first priority, and the schedules and academic services available for student-athletes reaffirm that. If you’re interested in pursuing tennis at the Division I level, it’s important that your academics are also prioritized. We also know your dad is a college basketball fan; he might be impressed to know that Lehigh beat Duke in 2012 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs, one of the biggest bracket busters of the year.
5. Musikfest > Lollapalooza: From attending Lollapalooza to rocking a Pro Era shirt, you’re clearly a big music fan. So maybe Musikfest isn’t as well-known as Lollapalooza, but over the past three decades the event has evolved into one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the nation, with 500-plus shows on 14 stages over 10 days. Each year more than 900,000 people make their way to the Lehigh Valley and the festival, with their sights set on experiencing all the music, food and fun of this musical extravaganza. Year-round, Bethlehem has no shortage of top-name concerts that you can attend.
6. Flexible academic opportunities: Your dad has said that you may want to pursue film-making; there are many opportunities to explore film-making at Lehigh. Journalism majors get first-hand experience editing with Final Cut Pro and with Lehigh’s emphasis on interdisciplinary work and hands-on experience, you could gain film experience through a self-driven Mountaintop project.  Or, if you decide to study something else entirely, like engineering (we’re known for that), Lehigh makes it easy to combine academic interests into an interdisciplinary or dual degree program.
7. Not too close: While you’ll only be in college for a few months before your dad leaves office, Lehigh is a good distance from both Washington, D.C. and Chicago (if your family moves back there). While you will have access to an airplane to take you home whenever you want (the Lehigh Valley airport is right down the road), Lehigh University is the perfect distance to be close to your parents without being too close…
Wherever you choose to go, your peers at Lehigh University wish you lots of luck.
All the best,
Kerry Mallett
Lehigh University, Class of 2015​
posted on behalf of student request

LU Philharmonic Concerto Marathon 2015

The Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Annual CONCERTO MARATHON Concerts February 6 & 7
The Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra presents a special two-night Concerto Marathon on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7 at 8 pm featuring the orchestra accompanying student soloists performing concertos and then a full orchestra performance each night featuring Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” from the opera Prince Igor. Tickets are $10; LU Students free with valid ID.

The concerts feature student soloists performing the following selections:

Student Soloists (Friday Only):
* DeVaughn Roberts, trumpet
Variations on Carnival of Venice for Trumpet by Jean-Baptiste Arban
* Daniel Enny, trumpet
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Oskar Boehme
* Geoffrey Andrews, horn
Concerto for Horn No. 4 (Rondo) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
* Matthew Levy, trumpet
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Alexandra Pakhmutova

Student Soloists (Saturday Only):
*Kellen Lowrie, harp
– Danses Sacrée et Profane for Harp & Orchestra by Claude Debussy
*Casey Hofstaedter, viola
– Romanze for Viola and Orchestra by Max Bruch
*Bolin Chang, piano

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor original works by student composers Michelle Sanabria, James Copti, and Haley Robinson.

Lehigh University Philharmonic Music Director Eugene Albulescu is an award-winning performer and conductor who has led the Lehigh University Philharmonic for the past five years. Among his conducting accomplishments are a stint as director of the French Chamber Orchestra while on tour during 2008-2010, as well as several performances and recordings with top orchestras including the Romanian National Philharmonic, New York Chamber Orchestra, as well as the New Zealand Symphony, which released his recent recording of Jenny McLeod’s “Rock Concerto” on the Naxos label.

Tickets for the February 6 and 7 performances are $10; LU students free with valid ID.  For more information, call 610-758-2787, ext. 0; visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tuesday 12-6 pm, Wednesday – Friday 12-5 pm, 120 minutes before curtain, or order online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.  Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.

Strohl Undergraduate Research grant proposals due Feb 27

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Learn all of the details of the grant here. Just a hint, talk to your professors about research compliance, or research that may involve international travel. It wouldn’t hurt to contact the Office of International Programs to explore those options. If you have any questions about the grant, or how to submit your best proposal, contact VPResearch@lehigh.edu

Posthumanities Lecture: Susan Pearson TODAY at 4:10pm

As part of the Humanities Center “Posthumanities” series, Susan Pearson will present a lecture “Sentiment and Savagery: Collapsing the Boundary Between Animals and Children in U.S. History” on Thursday, Janurary 29, 2015 at 4:10pm in the Scheler Humanities Forum, Linderman Library Room 200.

Susan Pearson is Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  Please see attached flier for additional information.

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Prints of Darkness: shadow cast impressions


Artist’s Statement

The practice of engaging the shadow as the progenitor of form has directed my architectural scholarship and artistic investigations for over twenty years. The shadow is born of one thing yet reveals another as its transparent and immaterial essence animates the surface upon which it falls. It is this phenomenological quality of the shadow, once severed from the object that ignites my imagination and informs my creative process.

The work of this exhibition, “Prints of Darkness,” derives from a recent series of drawings, Tracing Time to Measure Space, in which I record the passage of time at three intervals—morning, noon and night—by sequentially tracing the shadow of an architectural object as it is constructed in one day’s time.   The object is then dismantled, releasing the shadow to exist as a singular composite drawing of individual moments frozen into a single image, a “shadow map,” from which new iterations of the shadow may be formed.  In this process, I use pencil on Mylar and purposely allow my hand to smear the graphite. Sections of the drawing are then erased to articulate highlights against the complex pencil wireframe. The resulting palimpsest retains the evidence of the process while revealing something new.

When anticipating my 2013-14 artist’s residency at the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI), I was concerned about how I might express the ephemeral effect of the graphite “smear” via the techniques of printmaking. With great insight, Professor Curlee Holton suggested that my focus should be with finding the “smear” that is inherent to the printmaking process, rather than seeking to replicate the effect of the smear. And so, in collaboration with Jase Clark, EPI Master Printer in Training, I began to conceive the potential of the printmaking process as a means of reflecting or re-casting my shadow drawings.

In this exhibition, the latent image of the shadow revealed in my drawings assumes new substance and form, translated through a variety of printmaking methods, including calligraphy, etching, silkscreen, viscosity, embossing, and laser cutting. Whereas my shadow drawings are projections of their objects, my prints became their inverse or reflection, shadow cast impressions—Prints of Darkness.

~ Anthony Viscardi

Rally 4 Peace

Rally4PeaceAbout seven years ago, a small group of amazingly dedicated teachers at Northeast Middle School (a Bethlehem area public school) started an effort to support their students with an anti-bullying assembly. They created an after school club where students could explore topics, and develop original work to showcase in an all school assembly. Students explored multiple forms of artistic expression: spoken word, song, rap, poems, visual art, video, and others.

The in school assembly is the capstone of a week long effort to promote a positive school climate. Following the MLK holiday, the entire school gets into the spirit of peace:

Tuesday was “Mismatch Day” – because no one is perfect and everyone has their differences.

Today was ‘Pajama Day” – to warm up to a new friends. Students were encourages to get to know someone different.

Thursday will be the day each homeroom celebrates their team building.

Friday is a school pride day. School colors and support for all the students involved in the Rally 4 Peace will end the week on a high note.

This year, the school is taking the Rally 4 Peace on the ROAD! In addition to performing for their school this Friday, they will present their talent at Lehigh University on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00 in the Fowler Black Box in the Zoellner Arts Center.

To get an idea of the kind of work these kids are capable of producing, check out this 4 minute video at the link here.

One final thought.
If adults are having a hard time untangling all the issues of race and injustice, imagine how challenging it would be to sort through all of this with the complications of pre-teen social adjustments. While it’s great that these students are finding their voice and the courage to share their views, it’s up to us to be present to hear them.

The event is sponsored by the Lehigh University Office of Admissions and the Council on Equity and Community, with generous technical support from the Zoellner Arts Center. We earnestly hope that a significant representation of Lehigh is present for this event.

HDS Arched Glory

If you wandered by the main entrance to Chandler-Ullmann, you might have spotted a wooden design stretching from the fountain to the outer rim of the plaza. The sculptural arch was one of the outcomes of a new initiative envisioned and launched by professors Anthony Viscardi and Nik Nikolov. The Hammerschalg Design series invited architects and designers to campus to engage with students in lecture and workshop with a variety of materials and techniques. Students engaged in projects in Chandler-Ullmann and the new Mountaintop Research facility.

“This was an amazing project as the final HDS design build series this semester.  Two days of great student engagement, persistent faculty involvement and elegant spatial construction, truly a fine example of the architecture of Play. We are very proud and delighted”

~ Anthony Viscardi, executor and director of the Hammerschlag Design Series
Professor of Architecture, Lehigh University

We invite you to take a closer look at the design and marvel at its intricacies of construction.

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