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With support from the Myers Foundation
Destination Dance launches this summer

Thanks to support from the Louis and Mary Myers Foundation, The University of Akron's Dance Program is launching Destination Dance Project this summer.

Destination Dance Project will be an annual and always-new collective of regional professional dancers plus professional dancers and a guest choreographer from a select American city.

Led this summer by artistic director James Sewell of Minneapolis-based James Sewell Ballet, Destination Dance Project 2014: Akron + Minneapolis will premiere a new work Aug. 8-9 at the nationally known Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Akron. The selected 2014 dancers will rehearse in both Akron and Minneapolis and also do a 2-week high-altitude intensive in Montana.

Sponsors of Destination Dance Project 2014 are The University of Akron’s Dance Program and Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series, and the City of Akron's Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival.

Throughout her life, Mary Schiller Myers was highly regarded in the art world. A passionate patron and avid collector of contemporary artwork, she served tirelessly on the boards and committees of numerous arts organizations in Akron, Cleveland, and New York City.

Mrs. Myers also was a devoted and generous alumna of The University of Akron, where she earned a B.A. in art history and later was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of her lifetime commitment to the University and to enriching the culture of the region.

Together with her husband, Louis, Mrs. Myers established The Louis S. and Mary Myers Foundation that provides generous support for scholarships, artist residencies, and other programs in the visual and performing arts at UA. UA’s Myers School of Art is named in her honor.

What is Next for Graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences?

Dr. David Cohen

Dr. David Cohen

Research Spotlight: Political Science

White House Chiefs of Staff: Make or Break the Presidency?

Professor Dave Cohen has been studying White House organization and staffing, and the White House chief of staff position in particular, since his doctoral student days at the University of South Carolina. He is driven by the question: what makes some chiefs of staff successful while others fail? The implications of the question are great: successful chiefs of staff have a positive influence on a president and his administration; those that fail, harm the president and the administration they serve. Learn More


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Student Spotlight

Kevin Stuhldreher and Katie Soinski

Graphic Design Students receive Honor

Graphic Design students Kevin Stuhldreher and Katie Soinski receive Student Best of Show in the annual Akron ADDY Awards.  The ADDY Awards are considered the world’s largest advertising competition, honoring creative excellence and cultivating the highest creative standards in the industry.  Kevin and Katie were honored for their work which was created to educate other designers about the work and creativity of 5 lead designers as part of Design Week within the Myers School of Art. The large installation is 35' x 8'. Professors Janice Troutman and Brittyn DeWerth were faculty advisors for this "out of the classroom" project. 


Student Best of Show

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