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Dance Department to Present Spring Concert

The Department of Dance will present a spring concert Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, April 19, in the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, Belk Theater. Performances will be at 7:30 PM, April 16-18 with a 2:00 PM matinee on April 19. Tickets are available online.

The concert will feature a showcase of different dance styles and will include student performers in works choreographed by dance faculty Gretchen Alterowitz, E.E. Balcos, Kim Jones and Rachel Tucker.

Alterowitz’s piece "What tread in solidarity, what lament" is a piece for 11 dancers set to music by Gustav Mahler and Max Richter. "Pulse," choreographed by Balcos, is inspired by and set to the "nuevo tango" music of Argentine composer Astor Piazolla. Domestic violence is the subject of Tucker’s "Suite Wonder," with music by Stevie Wonder. Kim Jones created "Mauri – Breath of Life" in consultation with Rodney Bell, a celebrated dancer of Maori descent who uses a wheelchair for mobility. The movement is inspired by elements of traditional Maori culture.

Engineer Gets $500K NSF Award

Chris Vermillion, an assistant professor in the William States Lee College of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, has won a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to further his research in creating low-cost methodologies that optimize the combined physical system and controller for high-altitude wind energy systems.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the NSF’s most-prestigious award in support of junior faculty members. The NSF awards CAREER grants to faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and excellent education.

Vermillion has been with the Lee College of Engineering since 2014. His research of the flight dynamics and control of tethered airborne wind energy systems employs a first-in-world rapid prototyping framework that makes possible small-scale flight experiments that can be run at much lower cost than full-scale prototypes.