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'Fabled' on Display in Student Union Gallery

Art professors Heather Freeman and Jeff Murphy created the works in the exhibit “Fabled: Flederhund and Other Stories” on display in the Student Union Art Gallery through Friday, Aug. 7.

Some of the images were for their book “Flederhund.” Written for children, “Flederhund” centers on a young boy's encounters with both imaginary creatures and real places as he searches for his missing dog in Central Europe.

Freeman, an associate professor of digital media, teaches digital print, animation, video, installation and drawing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art and German studies from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Rutgers University. Murphy, who received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Ohio University and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida, is an associate professor of art. His classes include digital imaging, interactive design, photography, video and animation.

Research Helps Forge Cross-Cultural Connections

A new College of Education study is revealing the effects of cross-cultural interactions in the classroom, and how educators can better communicate with students from different backgrounds.Published in the journal Teaching Exceptional Children, the research “A Journey, Not a Destination: Developing Cultural Competence in Secondary Transition” looks specifically at educators who help culturally and linguistically diverse special education students transition from school to the adult world.

Tiana Povenmire-Kirk is a project coordinator at the College of Education and one of the study’s co-authors. She said cultural competence training can make a major difference in the classroom.

"Although research indicates it is important that students see individuals who have similar backgrounds in positions of authority, cultural competence development can greatly improve the services all educators deliver, and the experiences of students from diverse backgrounds," said Povenmire-Kirk.