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“Encounters” at St. Mary’s College, Feb. 26 - March 2

“Encounters,” a performance of spoken word, dance, and music, opens on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday, March 2, in the Bruce Davis Theater on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus (18952 E. Fisher Rd, St. Mary's City, MD 20686). Ticket prices are $4 or $6, general admission. To make reservations, call the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 or email boxoffice@smcm.edu. Free parking is available within walking distance to Montgomery Hall in either the Somerset Gym parking lot or in the adjacent visitor’s parking lot. Both parking lots are located on East Fisher Road, off Mattapany Road.

Produced by the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies and directed by faculty member Leonard Cruz, “Encounters” will showcase original collaborative dance-theater work, rooted in the ideas of community, authenticity, and truthful storytelling and expressed through spoken word, dance, and music. The ensemble of 10 dancer-performers and four speaker-singers are all St. Mary’s College students.

River Concert Series Gala, March 15 at St. Mary’s College

St. Mary's College of Maryland cordially invites you to attend the 13th annual River Concert Series Gala, a dinner and live music performed by the Chesapeake Orchestra "Jazz Combo." This event will be held Saturday, March 15, at 6 p.m. in the J. Frank Raley Great Room, Campus Center (18952 E. Fisher Rd, St. Mary's City, MD 20686). Proceeds benefit the 2014 River Concert Series, helping to ensure that the tradition of free and family-friendly concerts continues. Tickets are $120 per person, $800 for table of 8, or $1000 for a table of 10. For more information on how to purchase tickets, call (240) 895-4310. (http://www.smcm.edu/riverconcert)

“Dreams and Realities of Frank Lloyd Wright” Public Lecture at St. Mary’s College, Feb. 25

The Department of Art and Art History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland presents “Dreams and Realities of Frank Lloyd Wright: An Examination of Los Angeles’ Charles Ennis House,” a lecture by Scott Frank. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Feb 25, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Boyden Gallery (2nd floor of Montgomery Hall).

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is arguably the most famous American architect. His love for nature as well as his brilliant aesthetic eye led him to dream up a number of experimental building systems and materials, which often makes the realities of caring for a Wright building extremely difficult. As a way to explore these issues, Dr. Frank will focus on Wright’s Charles Ennis House, located in Los Angeles, which has been a residence, an historic building, and has also served as the location for over eighty screen appearances for TV, music videos, and several films including “Blade Runner” (1982), “Rush Hour” (1995), and “Firefly” (2005). This event is free and open to the public.

Two St. Mary’s College Students Nominated as Fulbright Finalists

St. Mary’s College of Maryland seniors Griffin Canfield and Shelby Perkins have been nominated as finalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program offers grants to qualifying graduating seniors and recent bachelor degree graduates for research projects and English Teaching Assistant programs in countries outside the U.S. for one academic year.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is an extremely competitive scholarship program for graduating seniors, young professionals, and graduate students. Only about thirty percent of all applicants move on to the finalist stage.

At St. Mary’s College, Canfield, a native of Waldorf, Md., is studying political science and is pursuing an English Teaching Assistantship to Cyprus through the Fulbright Program. Perkins, a political science and Spanish double major and democracy studies minor from Bel Air, Md., has been recommended for a research project to India.

“Choosing to attend St. Mary’s College was the best decision I could have made,” says Canfield. “The small class sizes, exceptional faculty and staff, and beautiful location have made for a great college experience. Looking back over the last four years, there are a lot of people from the St. Mary’s community who helped me reach this point.”

“I’m extremely grateful for this possibility of returning to India to study what impassioned me during my study-abroad experience,” says Perkins. “I wouldn’t have attempted this opportunity without the support of the amazing staff members I worked with and professors I’ve had.”

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