Blossom Johnson, a theatre alumna from the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, was recently invited to Washington, D.C., to attend the inaugural White House Tribal Youth Gathering on July 9, 2015. The conference aimed to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth an opportunity to interact directly with senior administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs as part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative.
“It was fun, and a great learning experience,” says Johnson. “Not only did we have an opportunity to find out what the Congress is doing to help Native Americans, but we also shared ideas on how to fix some issues as well. My focus was on culture preservation and revitalization.”
As an official Gen-I Ambassador, Johnson will continue to meet periodically with White House officials and fellow ambassadors to improve conditions for Native American youth across the country.
Project Date: Jul 9, 2015
Sam Wilkes, an alumnus of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, is directing a production of the musical “Hair” at Desert Stages Theatre this summer. Another alum, Elizabeth Neitge, is acting in the production along with three current Herberger Institute students: Tara Mulligan, Jennie Rhiner and Shawn Wong. The show runs Thursday through Sunday every week beginning July 10 and ending August 9.
Project Date: Jul 10, 2015
Rivka Rocchio, an MFA in Theatre for Youth student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, was recently awarded the Faculty Emeriti Fellowship for the 2015–16 academic year.
The ASU Emeriti Fellowship is awarded each year to one or more outstanding graduate students enrolled in the Preparing Future Faculty Program (PPFP). It is meant to prepare future university and college teachers in the later stages of their graduate programs.
Rocchio will formally receive the award at the Graduate Education Professional Development mixer during the fall semester.
Project Date: Jun 12, 2015