The Muse celebrates

Jan 5, 2007

Kettering University's student literary journal The Muse celebrates a successful release of the sixth edition in December.

Kettering University's Liberal Studies Dept. sponsored a celebration reception in the Humanities Art Gallery for the release of The Muse (sixth edition), the institution's student literary journal. This event served to honor the efforts of student editors and artists whose work appeared in this issue.

More than 60 faculty, staff and students attended the event, including Kettering President Stan Liberty, who strongly supports fine arts opportunities like those available through The Muse. Dr. Corine Coniglio, assistant professor of Communication and Literature, founded the journal and serves as the primary editor. This is one of several community events to promote the importance of the arts and support of student artists.

For Coniglio, the most gratifying part of these events is the opportunity for students to engage in the arts. "Students who attend Introduction to Humanities, Masterpieces of Drama, Poetry and other humanities courses are now able to apply what they are learning in these classes to their own artwork," she said. "They study these subjects, and then create their own work and many of them have said that they appreciate the chance to practice their own artwork in connection to their academic experience. They are talented and creative, and show a sincere enthusiasm and excitement to express what they feel through their artwork," she added.

During her welcome remarks, Coniglio acknowledged and thanked the students involved, as well as Dr. Liberty, Karen Wilkinson, head of Liberal Studies, Robert Simpson, interim provost, and the Printing Dept. for their support and work ethic in helping to produce a full-color, professional publication. The Muse is a collection of works by 38 students from both A and B-Sections, along with student editors. The cover image is a sunset photo of the Bell Tower produced by student Lisa Tamanini.

The Dec. 6 reception included an informal poetry reading in which four of the student artists read their work for the attendees. While the crowd enjoyed thumbing through the new edition of the magazine, they also browsed the art collection currently on display in the Humanities Art Gallery. This collection features the work of B-Section student artists and includes bead work, paintings, sketches, photography and even an X-Box console.

The Muse celebration reception was just one of many events hosted by the department of Liberal Studies in the last few months that focus on the arts. The department's Art Gallery Task Force, along with the Liberal Studies Minors Task Force, continues to plan and host events designed to bring the arts to the Kettering community, give students opportunities to realize their artistic potential and to enjoy the artistic works of others. Coniglio hosted a student poetry reading in September. In addition, students participated in two art shows and gallery openings, and those enrolled in Masterpieces of Drama attended the fall plays of local theatre group Vertigo Productions, whose works are performed at Flint's Masonic Temple. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have attended the on campus events, which represent significant interest on the part of the Kettering community for fine arts events.

Coniglio also said that future plans may include taking other classes to the local Red Ink studio. She has also hosted speakers from local theatrical groups in her classes.

To learn more about this and other fine arts events, contact Dr. Corine Coniglio at 810-762-9662.

Written by Gary J. Erwin with assistance from Corine Coniglio
(810) 762-9538