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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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Stephen M. Jones

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Stephen M. Jones has served as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University since 2003. Prior to his assignment as Dean, he served as Assistant to the Academic Vice President, Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, and professor of composition in the School of Music.

He studied composition as an undergraduate at BYU, and received his master’s and doctorate degrees in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. An experienced composer, Jones has received commissions from numerous orchestras and universities, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed nationally and internationally.

Jones is the recipient of a Utah Arts Council Artist Grant, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and a Composer Assistance Grant from the American Music Center. His work Sing the Earth for orchestra won a Judge's Commendation for Excellence in the 1995 Barlow International Competition. He has since served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and as Chair of the Barlow Board of Directors.

His music can be heard on the Gasparo and Tantara labels, and his works for wind band have been published by Boosey and Hawkes as part of their Windependence series. He also composed the LDS hymn "When Faith Endures".

Jones was a speaker at the April 2004 Convocation for the College of Fine Arts and Communications, and delivered an address for a University Devotional in March 2006.

Stephen Jones will be ending his tenure of twelve years as Dean on June 14, 2015.

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1. To create a record of the organizational roots of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University and its departments, places, significant events, professors, students, alumni, friends, and benefactors – and how they have contributed over time toward fulfilling the mission of Brigham Young University.


2. To provide a forum in which college alumni can record their contributions and performances; their experiences with teaching and learning; the ways in which they were mentored and influenced as students in this college, and how they are using their acquired skills to further their careers.


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