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Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Published 8:00 a.m. CT May 12, 2018
Students at University of California, Berkeley have been examining the hit HBO series, ‘Game of Thrones’ as part of their film studies program. (Aug. 13)
The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre Arts has created a new Bachelor of Fine Arts in film production and another in acting for stage and screen.(Photo: Jordan L. Smith/Special to the Clarion Ledger)
Degrees open careers in film, on stage
The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre Arts has created a major in film production and another that combines acting and musical theater.
Classes for the two new Bachelor of Fine Arts programs begin this fall.
Previously, Ole Miss offered only an interdisciplinary cinema minor.
“We’re very excited about the work that we’re going to be able to do with our students and also the work that they’re going to be generating,” Michael Barnett, who chairs the Department of Theatre Arts, said in an Ole Miss news story. “We’ve already seen a lot of student success in filmmaking, through the minor, with a number of students having their films being accepted into film festivals, not just here but internationally.
“We have every expectation that with a more concentrated curriculum we will broaden that success.”
The department merged the existing B.F.A. in acting and the existing B.F.A. in musical theater and added a screen acting component to create a B.F.A. in acting for stage and screen.
The new curriculum offerings include capstone classes in which students from both majors will work together to create films.
The department has hired a postproduction specialist, Sarah Hennigan, who comes from the University of Texas.
Student awarded fellowship in China
Amy Ellefson, a University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate in communication studies, has been selected as one of two participants in an inaugural fellowship that will take her to China for one semester.
Amy Ellefson (Photo: Special to the Clarion Ledger)
The National Communication Association’s 2018-19 Visiting Fellows Program for Communication and Media Research will be at the Communication University of China in Beijing.
Fellows selected for the program serve one-semester appointments-in-residence, conducting research on their proposed projects in conjunction with the program’s annual theme, which for the inaugural year is “The China Dream, the American Dream, and Communicating National Narratives.”
Ellefson, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, will take part in the program in spring 2019 and will be conducting site-specific research on women and conflict.
Fellows are also responsible for delivering four public talks, workshops or other scholarly programs meant to advance NCA’s mission, the program’s broad goals and the interests of intercultural collaboration.
“When I enter the job market in two years, participation in this fellowship will help distinguish me from other candidates,” Ellefson said in a news release. “The experience of working in Beijing side-by-side with Chinese communication scholars will certainly be a highlight of my academic and professional careers.”
Although Ellefson is only in her first year in the doctoral program, Wenday Atkins-Sayre, who chairs the Communication Studies Department, said “she hit the ground running.”
“Not only is she already undertaking fascinating research, she’ll now get to add this experience in China to her graduate education,” Atkins-Sayre said in the release.
MVSU, Hinds CC
Agreement ensures seamless transfer
Hinds Community College has signed a 2 Plus 2 agreement with Mississippi Valley State University to offer junior- and senior-level courses for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental health, biology or chemistry.
Constance Bland, MVSU Vice president of academic affairs, alluded to her own start as a community college STEM major when she noted that “50 percent of graduates from 4-year institutions get their start at community colleges.”
“It’s wonderful that we’re starting out with our STEM departments, and we’d like to fan this opportunity out to any majors who want to matriculate and make that pathway on to Mississippi Valley State University,” Bland said in a news release.
As part of the agreement, MVSU will accept all Hinds CC courses outlined in the articulation agreement, providing students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in natural science and environmental health with a seamless transfer.
In addition, MVSU has agreed to provide junior/senior and graduate level courses on Hinds’ campus. It will also offer two transfer scholarships to Hinds CC graduates with a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
Hinds CC has agreed to provide MVSU access to its campus for classes, registration, recruiting and support services.
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