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  Vol. 4 Ed. 2 | Sept. 8, 2016
Music student perfects the art of international event management
Melissa Caton is fourth from the left with Shannon Dillon, sixth from the left, and others involved in the IBLA Grand Prize Competition. Photo courtesy of Shannon Dillon.

Music business student Melissa Caton’s summer took an exotic turn when she found herself in Italy, working with some of the best musicians in the world.

Caton interned with Shannon Dillon, International Music House of Virginia president and Virginia IBLA Foundation director. This nonprofit Foundation hosts the IBLA Grand Prize, an annual international classical music competition Ragusa-Ibla in Sicily. The winners then go on tour in the United States and Asia.

“It is hoped that the intern can learn all the multiple aspects of the competition, everything from organizing the beginning stages to the final selections of our winners,” Dillon said. “This gives the intern a broader view of competitions, arranging transportation for artists, scheduling performances each evening at multiple venues along with being the announcer.”

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Today's Event
The National Poster Retrospecticus Opening Events

When: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

4 p.m. – JP Boneyard discusses the National Poster Retrospecticus, Performance Hall in the Covington Center 

5-9 p.m. –   Reception and poster sale at the Radford University Art Museum in the Covington Center   

Exhibit runs Sept. 8 - Oct. 7

Poster courtesy AIGA Radford

Alumnus returns to Radford for guitar performance

Radford alumnus and guitarist Ryan Book ’10 is returning to campus this September.

“I am incredibly excited to visit Radford University again,” said Book. “I have a deep nostalgia not only for the school, but also for the New River Valley. I spent the better part of seven years in Radford and consider it home. I developed in so many ways during that time in my life.”

Performing for current students is important to Book. It gives him “the chance to show students an important avenue of our profession that their degree is preparing them for.”

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Next Week's Events
Art Faculty Show Opening

When: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 @ 5 p.m.
Where: Radford University Art Museum Downtown
Free admission.

This exhibition showcases recent art by faculty in the Department or Art. Artists featured include Richard Bay, Drew Dodson, Feng, John O’Connor, Alison Pack, Eloise Philpot, Andrew Ross, Halide Salam, Ken Smith, and Brent Webb. Mediums include photography, metals, ceramics, painting in various media, and more.  

Posters designed by Mayanna Williams

Guest Artist Recital – Ryan Book, Guitar

When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Performance Hall in the Covington Center
Free admission.

Alumnus Ryan Book ‘10, who received his M.A. in guitar studies, returns to Radford University as a guest artist, performing works by Mertz, Coste, Giuliani, Barrios, and Ponce. He is currently chair of Department of Fine Arts at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where he was offered a teaching position directly after graduating from Radford. 
Department of Design launches Fresh Fruit Fridays

Radford University’s Department of Design began a new weekly tradition - Fresh Fruit Fridays - on Sept. 2.

Each Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in McGuffey 210, the Department of Design will provide fresh fruit for all students taking classes in the department, as well as for faculty and staff who also work in McGuffey Hall.

“Last year, we had a fashion design student ask for us to have a mindfulness class geared toward helping design majors be more mindful and help them better manage the stress in their lives,” said Department of Design Chair Holly Cline.

Students aren’t the only ones who want to improve their mindfulness.

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Upcoming Events
  • Sept. 8 – Oct. 7, 2016, National Poster Retrospecticus, Radford University Art Museum at the Covington Center.        
  • Sept. 8, 2016 at 4 p.m., JP Boneyard discusses the National Poster Retrospecticus, Performance Hall in the Covington Center        
  • Sept. 8, 2016 from 5-9 p.m., National Poster Retrospecticus Opening, Radford University Art Museum at the Covington Center        
  • Sept. 13 – Oct. 8, 2016, Art Faculty Show, Radford University Art Museum Downtown    
  • Sept. 13, 2016 at 5 p.m., Art Faculty Show Opening, Radford University Art Museum Downtown 
  • Sept. 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Guest Artist Recital – Ryan Book, Guitar, Performance Hall in the Covington Center
  • Sept. 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Radford University Faculty Jazz Quartet and Friends Concert, Performance Hall in the Covington Center
  • Sept. 25, 2016 at 3 p.m., Guest Artist Recital – Duo Fabricatore: Marco Battaglia and Robert Trent, 19th Century Guitar, Performance Hall in the Covington Center    
  • Sept. 27, 2016 – Oct. 13, 2016, Digital Painting Exhibition, Porterfield Gallery        
  • Sept. 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Guest Artist Concert – U.S. Fleet Forces Concert Band, Performance Hall in the Covington Center.
All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact