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New Media Arts department hosts Scholar in Residence

New Media Arts department hosts Scholar in Residence

Ana Terry

AUG. 14, 2013 – A world-renowned artist and designer from New Zealand has arrived on the SPSU campus to teach new media arts for the 2013-14 academic year thanks to the Fulbright Scholar in Residence (SIR) program. This is SPSU’s second opportunity to host a SIR and the third institutional Fulbright grant awarded to SPSU since 2009, according to Dr. Raj Sashti, director of International Programs.

Last week, the English, Technical Communications and Media Arts (ETCMA) department welcomed Ana Terry, who has lectured in the fine arts and graphic design departments of two major universities in New Zealand: the University of Otago (with an enrollment of over 20,000) and Otago Polytechnic (with an enrollment of nearly 4,000). Terry is also an accomplished artist and designer and is an artist affiliate at New Zealand’s Dunedin School of Art. She has presented several gallery exhibitions individually in the last decade and has also collaborated on several large-scale projects throughout Oceania and the South Pacific.

At SPSU, in addition to teaching two new media arts classes per semester, Terry will lead workshops and lectures open to the entire campus as well as conducting off-campus programs for local civic and business organizations.

Dr. Mark Nunes, chair of the ETCMA department, said “her experience in community-based outreach programs and work with student groups will provide an invaluable resource to student organizations on campus.”

He added that Terry will work with SPSU’s Cross-Cultural Committee and International Programs to expand international perspectives, expertise and opportunities, particularly in multi-media design, new media arts and education.

SPSU has hosted numerous Fulbright scholars for specific lectures and programs, as well as sent several professors overseas to teach and study under the Fulbright program. The goal of the SIR program is to enhance the international perspective of campuses and expand opportunities available to students. The total value of the direct and matching SIR grant that brought Terry to SPSU, which was authored by Dr. Sashti, is $55,000.