COLLEGEVILLE PA –  The Ursinus College Jazz Ensemble will present a concert April 10 (2010; Saturday) at 7:30  p.m. in the Kaleidoscope Lenfest Theater on the college’s campus, Main Street, Collegeville PA. The concert is free and open to the public.

Holly Gaines, an Ursinus assistant professor of music, will conduct the program that features modern jazz pieces, including Hanna and Barbera’s “Theme from the Flintstones,” Bob Mintzer’s “Brotherhood,” and Sonny Rollins’ “St. Thomas,” as well as traditional jazz pieces by Ellington and Irving Berlin.

Vocalist Carly Freedman will offer two jazz standards, “The Nearness of You” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” The ensemble’s trombone section will be featured on a funk tune called “Bone Collection.”

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COLLEGEVILLE PA – The Ursinus College Dance Company will present its fall concert Nov. 19-21 (2009; , Thursday through Saturday), at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the Kaleidoscope Lenfest Theater on the Main Street, Collegeville PA campus.

The program features new works by:

  • Chris Aiken, associate professor of dance at Ursinus;
  • Duane Holland, assistant artistic director of Rennie Harris Puremovement;
  • Marianela Boan, Cuban choreographer, and
  • excepts from Danny Buraczeski’s “Swing Concerto.”

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $2 for students and senior citizens.  For more information and reservations, call 610-409-3795.

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"Fall of Ptolemy," by Ben Wilson, oil on canvas

COLLEGEVILLE PA – The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College has been given several works by artist Ben Wilson (1913-2001), who is known for a personal style of Abstract Expressionism.

The gift of eight large oil paintings, two drawings, and a sketch pad was made by the artist’s daughter, Joanne Jaffe, from the Ben and Evelyn Wilson Foundation. It is one of 50 such gifts Jaffe has made of her father’s paintings and the sculpture of her mother, Evelyn Wilson, to museums and colleges and universities.

For its collection, Berman Museum director Lisa Hanover chose paintings that reflect high points of Wilson’s 60-year career as a painter, including Lamentation (1945), representing his early figurative work. The other works cover a spectrum from the 1960s through the late 1980s.

The Berman museum is known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming.

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COLLEGEVILLE PA – A team from Maryland’s Washington College is on the Ursinus College campus, Main Street, Collegeville PA, through today (Nov. 6, 2009) to take stock of Ursinus’ campus diversity initiatives.

The project is being underwritten by a $300,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation of New York, which is paying Ursinus and four other liberal arts colleges to examine the impact of diversity on student engagement and learning, according to the college press office. Included in the study, besides Ursinus, are Washington, Goucher, and McDaniel colleges, all in Maryland; and Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania.

The multi-year project uses campus teams to look at current diversity and suggest potential changes to the college curriculum and students’ daily lives.

The Washington College team is meeting with 11 focus groups. They include first year students, members of student organizations, juniors and seniors, tenured faculty, Resident Assistants, Athletics staff, tenure-track faculty, student members of diversity organization, Student Life staffers, and faculty members who teach diversity or global courses.

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Limerick’s state senator, John C. Rafferty, will be joined by state Rep. Mike Vereb in conducting a town meeting for Ursinus College students Oct. 22 (2009; Thursday) at 6 p.m. in Room 107 of Olin Hall at the college, Main Street, Collegeville PA.

The session is intended to allow students, faculty and staff members to meet and interact with the state legislators as they discuss issues facing Pennsylvania.

Rafferty is a former state deputy attorney general who represents residents of Pennsylvania’s 44th Senatorial District. He was re-elected for a second term in November 2006. Rafferty serves as chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and is a member of Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Judiciary, and Transportation committees.

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Robert Lacey.

Robert Lacey.

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Leading Saudi Arabian authority Robert Lacey, whose new book titled “Inside the Kingdom” traces the history of U.S.-Saudi relations, will be the featured speaker Oct. 15 (2009; Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. in the Kaleidoscope Lenfest Theater at Ursinus College, Main Street, Collegeville PA.

The historian, author and British journalist will deliver the college’s Wright Lecture on Middle Eastern Affairs.

Lacey’s new book, a follow-up to his 1981 study of Saudi Arabia titled “The Kingdom: Arabia and The House of Sa’ud,” will be released Oct. 19. Copies will be available after the Ursinus lecture.

The Wright Lecture was established in 2006 by Walter Livingston Wright III, a 1954 alumnus of Ursinus, to provide enhanced opportunities for student and faculty enrichment in Middle Eastern affairs.

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