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2012 Student Research Achievements

Student Research Achievements


Alexsey Bogdonovich

Alexsey was cast in the leading role of Escamillo in Opera St. Louis' production of Carmen this year.

Esther Cynn

Esther is currently supported by the Resident String Ensemble Scholarship.  In 2012-13 she will be supported by the George Barati Cello Scholarship in Music.


Louise Leong created the label design chosen for the first bottling of Banana Slug Roussanne 2010, made by Bonny Doon Vineyard, proceeds of which will support Arts Division Student Scholarships.

Jeremy Herrmann was accepted into the MFA program at the New York Studio School in Manhattan.

Heidi Cramer and Dmitri Zurita spearheaded the revival of the Student Art Movement, producing a variety of performances and art installations, on and off-campus, and led the creation of a new S.A.M. Funding Resources website.

Theater Arts 

Todd Pivetti is currently Assistant Director to nationally-acclaimed director Aaron Posner at the Folger Theater in Washington, DC.

Edgar Gonzales will Assistant Direct at the San Diego Repertory Theater on a production of Zoot Suit this summer; also acting as Spanish translator.

Brandon Yu is presenting a paper at an International Conference in Bali of the European Union Asian Studies Program in July 2012;  Dharmasiswa Grantee for one year at Bali Institute of the Arts from Indonesian Government.

Erik LaDue has won a scholarship to study at the University of Perugia in Italy this summer.

Jocelyn Schratter has been accepted into Columbia University's Dramaturgy MFA program.



Samuel Montero was selected for a paid summer internship for 2012 at

the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, one of the premier art museums

in the United States.


Maggie (Margaret) Wander received a Porter Research Fellowship for the

fall and winter quarters of 2011-12.  This fellowship provided her

with a paid research assistantship with Professor Kamehiro, which laid

the groundwork for Ms. Wander's senior thesis. Through this fellowship

program, Ms. Wander conducted primary research and wrote an excellent

thesis, "Landscape as Cultural and Political Process in Contemporary

Aboriginal Australian Art: Mapping Land, Body, History and Society in

the Art of Emily Kngwarreye and Fiona Foley."


Shira Boggin took the three-quarter series of museum courses taught by

Professor Elisabeth Cameron and sponsored by the Rebele Chair

Endowment.  The courses, offered in collaboration with the Santa Cruz

Museum of Art and History (MAH), allowed students to work on

exhibitions from conception to installation and gain a critical

understanding of museum practices. Inspired by the series, Ms. Boggin

took a number of follow-up internships at MAH to gain additional

curatorial experience and refine her plans for graduate school.

During the past year, Ms. Boggin applied to graduate programs in

Museum Studies and was delighted to be admitted to all of her top

choices.  She will attend New York University in the fall.


Film & Digital Media 

EXIT 426: WATSONVILLE has won the Audience Award for Best Student Film in

the 2012 Santa Cruz Film Festival. The film was a collaborative effort by students in Irene Lusztig's

FILM 175 -Documentary Video Workshop - class.


Digital Arts/New Media

Helen H. Park

Nov 2011 Korean American Film Festival NYC

Dec 2011 Participant in Global Day of Action with Immigrant Movement International (project by Tania Bruguera,

Queens Museum of Art, and Creative Time)

May 2012 Panelist, “Relational Filmmaking,” Open Engagement Conference, Portland State University

June 2012 Site-specific project installation-event “My Future Is Here” at Flushing International High School, Queens, NY


Emily Martinez, DANM 12

"Video Art" selection, Athens Video Art Festival, International Festival of Digital Arts & New Media, Athens, Greece, May 18-20 2012  

Shortlist Selection, Celeste Prize, Beyondmemory, fms Gallery, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy

Curated by Marinella Paderni,

May 15 - June 12 2012.  Here is the critical text from the catalog. Accepted to the NY Arts Practicum, an 8 week critique/seminar/art history/mentorship in NYC summer 12. She will be mentored by Eva and Franco Mattes


Jacob Garbe, DANM 13


• Augmented and Alternate Reality Game Design Patterns • co-authored with John Murray

The 2012 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work- Mixed Reality Games workshop

• Reading Augmented Spaces and the Dimensions that Define Them • co-authored with John Murray

ELO 2012- Electrifying Literature Affordances and Constraints 

•Short Story Pinocchio- 2010 International Aeon Award (Second Place). Published in Albedo One issue 41 January 2012