Blair Releases First CD
UWT lecturer and assistant director of undergraduate education, Dr. Nicole Blair has been playing music since she was 7 years old; but she did not start performing at the open mic nights that have turned into her recently released CD until 2000 following the sudden death of her brother.
"Sometimes it takes a catalyst like that to make you realize life is short," she said.
Randy Bullock, who passed away at 47, was a musician like his sister, and played the guitar for years, which is one of the reasons Blair decided to begin learning the instrument.
The CD was released on cdbaby.com and reverbnation.com on April 7, 2015, Bullock’s birthday.
"[The CD] belongs to him as much as me," said Blair, who has dedicated the CD to her brother, the subject of the title song "Rebel Soul."
Carbon Challenge Tests Student Resolve
In case you missed the possible grumblings of the many carnivores of UWT transitioning to vegetarian or vegan diets this past Fall quarter, many staff, students, and faculty have since completed the Carbon Challenge, a grant receiving project as a part of UW’s Green Seed Fund.
Students, staff, faculty and even the president of the University of Washington Ana Mari Cauce herself pledged to make a change after receiving the challenge.
Since Autumn of 2014, Dr. Ellen Moore (Communication) has challenged the students in her Contemporary Environmental Issues in Media course to lose 5,000 pounds...of carbon. Moore was inspired after participating in a variant of the challenge in 2014 in competition with her fellow commissioners of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission –– “Tacoma’s Biggest Loser” –– in which she “lost” the most carbon and was crowned the winner.
Davenport Expands Music Curriculum
CAC faculty member Kim Davenport (Arts, Media, Culture) teaches lower division classes at UWT, offers in-house piano lessons after work, and is working toward creating additional music courses, but her job doesn’t stop there.
Davenport manages to intertwine her passion for music and her career in teaching into one and the same. Throughout her eight years of teaching at UWT, Davenport created two online music classes: Music Appreciation and a two credit version of a similar class titled, Exploring Classical Music in our Community. This year, she created History of Music in Tacoma and Beginning Piano, which will be added to next year’s curriculum.
Music is not yet a minor at UWT; however, Davenport is working to create this option within the next few years. The minor would include a balance of courses applying both theory and history.