Alumni Graham Suorsa '02 Documentary Screening - The Fastest Woman on Earth

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 18, 2022 at 10:50 AM

Co-Producer and Director alumnus Graham Suorsa '02 screened his HBO Max documentary The Fastest Woman on Earth yesterday afternoon in Kent Auditorium. Mr. Suorsa gave a poignant and powerful introduction to the screening, recounting how his days at Fitchburg State University, and interactions with his faculty, formed him into the filmmaker he is today.  One mention of note was Communications Media Professor Gunther Hoos, whose daughter, and Director of Alumni and Family Relations, Tanya Hoos Crowley MS '21 spearheaded the event, and introduced Mr. Suorsa. In particular, Graham mentioned how Professor Hoos took a chance on him, allowing him to do his own production one summer. At that time, Professor Hoos gifted Graham a new director's  slate saying, "Now you're a Director, you need a slate." That slate has appeared in everyone of Mr. Suorsa's productions as an homage to Professor Hoos. Also noted were the love and support of his parents, Fitchburg State friends, and relatives that were in attendance. 

The filmmaker also hosted a Q&A, along with an informal "Pizza with Graham" chat session after the screening to connect with Fitchburg State Falcons past and present.

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Topics: Student Experience, Events, Programs and Majors, Community, Alumni, Communications/Media

A Raisin in the Sun - Sneak Peek

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 15, 2022 at 9:48 AM

Beginning this evening, the Communications Media Department will present its production of Lorraine Hansberry’s celebrated play A Raisin in the Sun. The play tells the story of a lower-class black family’s struggle to gain middle-class acceptance. The university’s production is directed by Professor Kelly Morgan. “It is brutally upsetting that issues presented in this play still resonate with us as a society," Morgan said. A Raisin in the Sun will be performed in the Wallace Theater for the Performing Arts at the McKay Complex at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn more about the production here.

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Topics: Student Experience, Events, Programs and Majors, Storytelling, Communications/Media, Theater Program

Stage Movement: Combat - Sword Play

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 11, 2022 at 12:03 PM

Theater Professor Kelly Morgan teaches students how to utilize the sword as an extension of the character and a a vehicle by which the actor propels the story in his
Stage Movement: Combat in Weston Auditorium. This workshop-oriented course utilizes the basis techniques of movement with emphasis on developing each student's potential for effective physicalization of a character on stage.

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Topics: Student Experience, Programs and Majors, Communications/Media

A Raisin in the Sun Stage Set-Up

Posted by Andy Cunningham on November 4, 2022 at 5:45 PM

This afternoon, students in Technical Theater Concentration continued to put the finishing touches on the  set for the upcoming production of A Raisin in the Sun at the Wallace Theater for the Performing Arts in the McKay Complex . The student designed & student built will be completed under the tutelage of Professor Ellen (Cap) Corduan. Learn more about the production here.

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Topics: Student Experience, Programs and Majors, Center Stage, Communications/Media

Around Campus - Theater Department, Set Building

Posted by Andy Cunningham on October 7, 2022 at 3:57 PM

The Theater Department's Ellen (Cap) Corduan, and her students, worked on the stage set for the upcoming presentation of A Raisin in the Sun this afternoon in Conlon Fine Arts. The Theater Department will be presenting the play November 15-20, check back for details.

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Topics: Faculty, Our Students, Programs and Majors, Communications/Media

Around Campus - Intermediate Digital Cinema Production

Posted by Andy Cunningham on October 6, 2022 at 10:45 AM

Students in Professor M. Zachary Lee's Intermediate Digital Cinema Production course got their hands on the equipment they will be working with. The course covers professional production techniques used in modern narrative production environments. In addition to achieving competency in lighting, exposure, composition and framing with video cameras, students master the basics of audio production both on location and in studio environments and the editing of the dramatic narrative. Creative narrative skills such as scriptwriting, storyboarding, direction and management are explored in the practical setting of a modern digital cinema environment. 

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Topics: Student Experience, Our Students, Programs and Majors, Communications/Media

New Major - Digital Media Innovation, BA/BS

Posted by Andy Cunningham on September 27, 2022 at 7:55 AM

Fitchburg State University is launching a new bachelor’s degree in digital media innovation, preparing students for employment in continually evolving and intersecting fields including media/journalism, social media and content development.

The new, STEM-designated program has recently received final approval from the state Board of Higher Education.

The 33-credit major will explore digital media and how digital technology and computing are changing social and cultural systems in employment markets as new tools reshape industries across the globe.

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Topics: Student Experience, Programs and Majors, Communications/Media

The New York Times bestselling author, and Fitchburg State University Alum, R.A. Salvatore '81, '91 on Campus

Posted by Andy Cunningham on September 22, 2022 at 11:45 AM

Yesterday, The New York Times bestselling author, and Fitchburg State University Alum, R.A. Salvatore '81, '91 spent the day here on campus. While here on campus, he monitored Professor Les Nelken's Virtual Reality Development, shortly after, he spoke with two classes; The Global Middle Ages, and Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing. After a luncheon and tour of the campus, the visit ended with "The Future of Storytelling" a discussion on literary and storytelling concepts co-moderated by English Studies Professor Frank Mabee, and Communications Media Professor J.J. Sylvia IV.

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Topics: Student Experience, AlumNEWS, Our Faculty, Programs and Majors, Alumni, Communications/Media

Around Campus - Stage Movement: Hand to Hand Combat

Posted by Andy Cunningham on September 20, 2022 at 4:30 PM

From sword play to hand-to-hand combat, Students in Kelly Morgan's Stage Movement: Combat course learned how to safely act out various forms of hand-to-hand combat in this mornings class. Stage movement: Combat is a workshop-oriented course that utilizes the basic techniques of movement that emphasize developing the  student's potential for effective physicalization of a character on stage. Learn more about our Theater Concentration here.

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Topics: Our Students, Programs and Majors, Communications/Media

Around Campus - Color Dynamics Class

Posted by Andy Cunningham on September 19, 2022 at 10:45 AM

Students in Professor Donald Tarallo's Color Dynamics Course experience color through visual experiments to understand its perceptual, emotive, communicative, and technical aspects in both analog and digital (interaction and motion) forms. Students will develop a critical eye toward form as well as gain relevant digital competencies to work with it effectively. Learn more about our Graphic Design Concentration here.

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Topics: Faculty, Our Students, Programs and Majors, Communications/Media

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