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Convocation Speakers April 2015

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Edward Adams currently serves as the Director of the School of Communications at Brigham Young University. He has a professional background in magazine management and administration, and he teaches courses in mass communications and society. In 1998, he was named the most-outstanding communications professor under the age of 40 by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and in 2002, he was a recipient of BYU’s Young Scholar Award.

In 1991, Adams received a master’s degree in communications from BYU, and in 1993 he received his doctorate in mass communications from Ohio University. His research is focused in the area of business history of media, and he has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and invited publications.

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Kory Katseanes has served as the Director of the School of Music at Brigham Young University since 2009. He also directs the graduate orchestral conducting program and conducts the BYU Philharmonic and the BYU Chamber Orchestra in their performances locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2008, he received the Utah American String Teachers Association Award for Music Educator of the Year.

Katseanes received bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Utah in 1976 and 1979 respectively, and studied conducting under Josef Rosenstock. He taught at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1986 to 1987 before coming to BYU in 1999. He joined the Utah Symphony in 1975 as a violinist and served as Assistant Conductor from 1987 to 2002.

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Mark Graham is a professor in the Art Department at Brigham Young University. In 2008, he won the Manuel Barkan Award in art education. He has published numerous articles about art and art education, and has illustrated more than twenty children’s picture books. He is represented in national and international exhibitions including the Society of Illustrators annual exhibitions and the Bologna International Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibition.

Graham graduated from the University of Utah and then studied at the Art Student’s League of New York, New York University, and Columbia University, where he received his EdD degree. His research focuses in the areas of ecology and art education, secondary art education policy, the role of teaching artists in K-12 schools, and the spiritual dimensions of art education (including Tibetan mandalas).

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Harold Oaks

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Emeritus Professor of Theatre Dr. Harold R. Oaks has been chosen as the namesake for the Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) award for significant contributions from organizations or individuals in the field of professional theatre for young audiences. Dr. Oaks served as the President of TYA/USA for eight years, and President of the international organization (ASSITEJ International with centers in over 70 countries) for three years. The Harold Oaks award has been presented to Joette Pelster (2013), the People’s Light & Theatre Company (2013), Scot Copeland (2014), and the Metro Theatre Company (2014). The 2015 recipients will be announced in May.

Much of Dr. Oaks’ work has been in professional theatre for young audiences, and his many contributions to the area merit the honor of being this award’s namesake. He founded the BYU Young Company (formerly the Whittlin’ Whistlin’ Brigade), which performs abridged classics and traditional fairy & folk tales for younger audiences and serves as a training ground for BYU actors and directors wanting to work with young audiences. The Company celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. At the request of the Church, Oaks also developed a series of substance abuse and health-education puppet shows that have been used in more than two dozen countries around the world and translated into more than 16 languages.

He has held offices and served on many boards for theatre associations including as President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and as Vice President of The American Theatre Association. He has received teaching and research awards from Brigham Young University, including the BYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2011. He also received the Medallion of the Children’s Theatre Foundation and the Gold Medallion of Excellence from the American College Theatre Festival.

Dr. Oaks was a professor in the Theatre and Media Arts Department at BYU. He served as the department chair from 1980 to 1993 and as an Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications from 2000 to 2002. As a student, he received a bachelor’s degree in speech and drama and a master’s degree in dramatic arts from BYU. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota.

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