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Clarinet professor invited to perform at international festival

Stephanie Zelnick

Stephanie Zelnick, assistant professor of clarinet, has been invited to perform at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2011. The event will be held Aug. 3-7 at the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University-Northridge. Zelnick will perform Aug. 6. She was chosen by peer-review to perform at the event, often viewed as the most prestigious international clarinet festival in the world. Zelnick has appeared as a soloist in venues throughout the United States, Asia, South America and Europe, including most recently at the 34th annual International Music Festival of the Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da Universidade Federal de Goiás in Goiania, Brazil; the Academia Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Salerno, Italy; the European Day of Jewish Music in Novi Sad, Serbia; the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; and Berkshire Music Trust in Reading, England.

School of Medicine-Wichita names associate dean

Dennis Valenzeno is the new associate dean for medical sciences and chair of the Department of Medical Sciences at the School of Medicine-Wichita. Valenzeno, who will help the school transition to a full, four-year program, has returned to Kansas after serving as the associate dean for medical and premedical affairs at the University of Alaska-Anchorage since 2004. Before his time in Alaska, Valenzeno was a professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the KU Medical Center. His responsibilities at the school include overseeing basic science education and helping create the curriculum for first- and second-year medical students. The school will welcome its first class of eight freshmen medical students this fall. Read a Q&A with Valenzeno.

KU alum named chancellor of University of Minnesota-Duluth

KU alum Lendley “Lynn” Black has been named the ninth chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was inaugurated last week.

Black, who holds a doctorate in theatre from KU, came to Minnesota-Duluth from Kennesaw State University, where he was provost and vice president for academic affairs.

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