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Door to Door - News from Muhlenberg College
page 2 Music to everyone’s ears…
Accomplished political and religious leaders to address class of 2003
A suite project…
page 3 Organic chemistry and chamber orchestra benefit from grant awards
Anderson receives Hoffman fellowship for research
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre unveils its 2003 season
page 4 Places We Go, Places We Know
Mark Your Calendar for the Annual Art Exhibition!
page 5 Niesenbaum Named Class of 1932 Research Professor
Curtis Dretsch returns to Theatre Department

 

Of science and strings:
Organic chemistry and chamber orchestra benefit from grant awards

Muhlenberg is pleased to report that the Davenport Family Foundation awarded a $355,000 grant to assist in the renovation of Trumbower Hall. Specifically, this gift will help to underwrite the extensive renovations to the organic chemistry laboratory. The 1,500-square-foot organic chemistry lab, in use for 32 years, was gutted and reconfigured in the summer of 2002.

Students in this studio-modeled facility can now access modern equipment within the laboratory, use computers, make slide presen-tations, work in small research groups and do all their chemistry inside variable volume hoods. We hope all of our alumni interested in the sciences will take the opportunity during Reunion Weekend to stop by and visit this wonderful new laboratory.

In other news, the College is proud to announce that the Bessie S. Graham Trust has awarded Muhlenberg a grant of $6,500 to increase the exposure of the Muhlenberg Chamber Orchestra and to create a new percussion ensemble. The funds will make it possible for these groups to develop programs for local area schools and bring music to elementary and secondary students that is different from the music offered by the school programs. While public schools typically have bands and choruses, many districts have been forced to cut back on string programs and few schools offer significant training or opportunities in percussion.

 

 

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre unveils its 2003 season

The mercury won’t be the only thing sizzling this summer as the talented performers on Muhlenberg’s various stages are sure to deliver some red-hot performances in these exciting productions.

For ticket information, call the Box Office at
484-664-3333.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber
June 11 – 29, 2003
Tuesday – Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
No 8 p.m. performance Sunday, June 29
Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion

A Chorus Line
Originally Conceived, Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Edward Kleban

July 9 – August 3, 2003
Tuesday – Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
No 8 p.m. performance Sunday, August 3
Paul C. Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts

The Fantasticks
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt
July 23 – August 10, 2003
Tuesday – Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
No 8 p.m. performance Sunday, August 10
Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion

 

CHILDREN’S THEATRE
The Velveteen Rabbit
Based on the book by Margery Williams
Book and Lyrics by James Still, Music by Jimmy Roberts

June 25 – August 2, 2003
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Saturday at 10 a.m.
No performances July 4, 2003
Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion

Anderson receives Hoffman
fellowship for research

Bruce D. Anderson, associate professor of chemistry, has been awarded the Donald B. Hoffman Research Fellowship for the academic year 2003-04. Anderson, who holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in chemistry from Western Maryland College, has taught at Muhlenberg since 1995. Previously, he taught at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., and Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Anderson’s research, “Carbon Dioxide Laser Enhanced Synthesis of Organic Compounds in Solution,” explores the use of lasers to increase the selectivity of a reaction – making it possible to produce a preferential reaction when several different reactions are possible. As part of his fellowship, Anderson will mentor a student researcher on the project.

The purpose of the Hoffman fellowship is to encourage faculty members to engage in scholarship, research or creative activity that results in publication, performance or exhibition while enhancing the reputation of the College. The faculty member awarded the fellowship receives a two-course reduced teaching load both semesters of one academic year.

 

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