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Wright leads Kennedy Center’s celebration of 50th anniversary of JFK inauguration

Jack B. Wright

Jack B. Wright, professor of theatre, staged a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy on Jan. 31 on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the performance was part of “The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.” The celebration featured performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Yo-Yo Ma, Denyce Graves, Emanuel Ax and others; a newly commissioned play for young audiences and their families based on two collections of poetry selected by Caroline Kennedy; a documentary; and performances on the Millennium Stage.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival marked the anniversary by sponsoring a special scholarship program for short plays, monologues, soliloquies, songs and spoken word inspired by the life, presidency and legacy of the late president. The winning pieces are being performed by professional actors from the Washington, D.C., area.

Devine receives level 1 building operator certification

Jerry Devine, skilled trades supervisor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, has completed a seven-class course series to earn level 1 building operator certification designation from Westar Energy. The program educates employees responsible for maintenance and operations of large buildings and their complex heating, mechanical and electrical systems.

Participants receive a nationally recognized certification by completing a series of monthly training sessions, exams and take-home project assignments. They gain firsthand experience using the tools and methods taught in class to build records on their organization's electrical systems, HVAC operations, lighting levels and controls and annual profiles of energy consumption. Upon completion, they have in-depth reference manuals as well as access to other certified operators’ wide network of participants, experts and resources to leverage for troubleshooting, best practices and advice.

Foster receives honor from international bandmasters organization

Robert E. Foster, professor of music and former director of bands, was presented the Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmasters’ Fraternity’s highest honor. The award was presented in December during the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago at the annual Phi Beta Mu Awards Breakfast. The Outstanding Bandmaster 2010 award was presented to Foster in front of the group by Keith Bearden, member of the Phi Beta Mu International Board of Directors and chair of the awards committee.

Foster was director of bands at KU from 1971 to 2002. He continues to serve on the music faculty and is the leader of the Lawrence City Band.

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