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Students Launch UMEC-LA Networking Event


A new tradition was born this March with the launch of the first ever UMEC-LA Networking Night, an event which brought together past and present Wolverines who are united by a common passion: entertainment. The event, coordinated through the Los Angeles branch of the University of Michigan Entertainment Coalition, provided students from all across campus the opportunity to network both with their peers as well as with successful alumni currently working in the entertainment industry. 

Senior BFA theatre performance major, April Moreau, and senior communications major and Global Media Studies minor,Amy Fleischman, built this event from the ground up, starting in the Fall of 2011.  Amy and April—who both plan to move to Los Angeles after graduation to pursue careers in the entertainment industry—shared the goal of getting to know their fellow LA-bound Wolverines better in preparation for making the move to the West Coast.  April and Amy also shared the desire to learn from successful alumni who are already working in the entertainment industry.  On March 16, they turned these hopes into reality with the launch of UMEC-LA Networking Night

The event brought together students from various disciplines—theatre, screen arts & cultures, communications, and many more—to discuss the entertainment industry and expand their personal network of Wolverines. In addition, students received advice about breaking into the industry from visiting Los Angeles-based alumni Marc Kamler (Agency for the Performing Arts), Daniel Pipski (Working Title Television), Amanda Adelson (Dickhouse Productions), Aaron Saidman (Studio Lambert), screenwriter Yoni Brenner, New York-based alum Zachary Booth (currently starring on “Damages”), Michigan-based alumni Danny Mooney and Eddie Rubin (Deep Blue Pictures), as well as friend of the Michigan family, casting director and TV producer Marla Brodsky-Kamler.

Students and alumni alike expressed rave reviews about the first ever UMEC-LA Networking Night. This is sure to be a tradition that continues for years to come.

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Elizabeth Batiuk (ethnomusicology) has been chosen as a fellow at the Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute for spring 2014 and James McNally (ethnomusicology) received a summer and academic year FLAS for the study of Portuguese.    03/17/2014

Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

December 2013

SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

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Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

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