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Weber State University
Arts Integration Conference 

The Whale Project: Art + Science
February 6, 2015

8:30am – 3:00pm

Browning Center for the Performing Arts


Our keynote, Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen (Stanford University) will share his cutting-edge research on whales—exploring the scientific concepts of habitat, environment, morphology (shape), and movement. Conference attendees will work with guest artists in music, visual arts, drama, and dance to engage in hands-on integration activities linking the arts and science to address Utah Core Standards in the classroom. Register online now:



Jeremy Goldbogen (WHALE RESEARCH)

Assistant Professor of Biology, Stanford University

Jeremy Goldbogen is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station where is oversees the Goldbogen Lab. His primary research focuses on using digital tags to study the fine scale movement, biomechanics and energetics of rorqual whales. He is currently applying his expertise to assess the effects of cargo ships and military sonar on the underwater behavior of large rorquals, including blue, fin and humpback whales. Jeremy obtained a BS in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, a MSc in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He completed postdocs at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California and Cascadia Research Collective. Goldbogen’s research has been featured in the Journal of Experimental BiologyNatureAmerican Scientist, and on National Public Radio’s Science Friday.

Nicole R. Robinson (MUSIC)

Professor of Music Education and BTS Presidential Endowed Chair for Elementary Music Education, University of Utah

Nicole R. Robinson has established a national reputation for her partnership and outreach projects with various educational boards, professional organizations, and urban school districts. She earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from North Carolina Central University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from The Florida State University.  Robinson has held faculty appointments at Syracuse University, University of Memphis, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Robinson has published research in the Journal of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Journal of National Association for the Education of Young Children and Action, Criticism and Theory in Music Education. She co-authored Teaching Elementary Music: Integrative Strategies Between Music and Other Subjects, 2nd ed. (Kendall Hunt). Dr. Robinson’s teaching career began in Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Districts in North Carolina Public Schools.


Executive Director, Northfield Arts Guild

Alyssa Herzog Melby was recently hired as the new Executive Director for the Northfield Arts Guild (Northfield, MN) and previously served as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Melby’s accomplishments at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre included securing the funding and support for providing the country’s first-ever Autism/Sensory-Friendly performance of The Nutcracker; reaching over 300 preK-12 educators since 2012; developing a youth scholarship program in 2012 for youth ages 5-8 from various socioeconomic backgrounds to attend the PBT School; and beginning a robust accessibility initiative, including an audio-description program for visually-impaired patrons at PBT as well as adaptive dance for youth on the autism spectrum. For her work in accessibility, she received the John F. Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Emerging Leader Award in 2013. She received an MA degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh where her studies focused on theatre-in-education and theatre for youth and received a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Minnesota, Morris. 

Kathleen “K” Stevenson (VISUAL ARTS)

Professor of Art, Weber State University
In her work, K employs printmaking, mixed media and sculpture to explore the fluid, paradoxical, and trickster nature of memory and perception. Her sculpture and mixed media work have been shown regionally and nationally, and she continues the rewarding practice of the exchange portfolio, both here and abroad. Her two most recent exhibitions included a solo exhibition, 
FallingAway, at the Centennial Celebration at her undergraduate alma mater and a three-person exhibition she organized, Mark by Mark, at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT. Stevenson has been teaching at WSU since 2001. This academic year her teaching emphasis transitions from Art Education to Printmaking. Stevenson holds a BA in Visual Art from the College of St. Benedict, and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame.

Erinne Garfield Roundy (VISUAL ARTS)

Art Foundations Teacher, North Davis Preparatory Academy and ArtsBridge Coordinator, Weber State University

Even before Roundy had a family of my own, she knew she wanted to teach art to kids. Roundy wanted to show kids what options they had available to visually express themselves. When Roundy graduated from Weber State University with a BS in Visual Communications/Design in 1998, she used what she learned from school, and from my various work and personal experiences throughout the years to help her grow as a creative individual and as an art teacher. Currently, Roundy teaches Art Foundations at North Davis Preparatory Academy in Layton, Utah. For the past 9 years, Roundy has run a successful after-school art program for elementary-aged kids and she also been involved in the school's annual art auction fundraising event.


Manager of School and Community Programs, Gateway to the Arts

Lisa Leibering is a professional theatrical designer, puppeteer, and teaching artist, living in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a BFA in Puppetry/Children’s Theatre from West Virginia University, a MA in Theatre for Youth from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a MA in Theatre from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to being a professional theatrical designer and puppeteer, Lisa’s work at Gateway to the Arts—an arts-integration non-profit based in Pittsburgh—focuses on managing programming for school-age children, and includes leading professional development events for both educators and teaching artists. Some of her notable credits include, designing and constructing a 25' dragon puppet for Trollwood Performing Arts Center production of Shrek, creating the original mascot for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, managing the Character Shop for Paramount Parks/Production Services, and serving as the Resident Designer/Costume Shop Manager for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. 


Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Amy taught elementary school in Jordan School District before going on to receive her Masters degree in children’s literature at BYU and her PhD from Utah State University.  For over 18 years, Amy has been an advocate for arts integration.  As a current teacher educator at Brigham Young University, Amy’s research and teaching reflects her deep passion for the arts, literacy, and integration.  

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The Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities and the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education are pleased to announce a partnership between Weber State University and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.


Our programming is supported by generous funding from:

Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Val A. Browning Charitable Foundation
Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities
Art Works for Kids Foundation
Marriner S. Eccles Foundation
Utah State Office of Education

Arts Integration Conference

Weber State University

Friday, March 28, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Register online now!


The Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities and the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education are pleased to announce a partnership between Weber State University and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.


Our programming is supported by generous funding from:

Sorenson Legacy Foundation

Val A. Browning Charitable Foundation

Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Marriner S. Eccles Foundation

Utah State Office of Education


Keynote Workshop


Erik Stern

Creative and Critical Thinking: 

An Active Arts Learning Approach


How are these two crucial thinking processes linked? This session will get participants actively experiencing how the arts (dance in particular) and mathematics can reinforce each other and develop creative and critical thinking skills.


Erik Stern and collaborator Karl Schaffer are co-artistic directors of The Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, and have been revealing the surprising connections between dance and mathematics for more than twenty years. Their book Math Dance, written with Scott Kim, is a step-by-step supplement to the workshops and performances they have conducted internationally. With backgrounds in science, mathematics and the arts, Stern and Schaffer’s activities get at the heart of creative and critical thinking, connect to state and national standards in both disciplines, and led to their becoming Teaching Artists with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program. Stern’s participatory keynote on critical and creative thinking was originally developed in his role as a Lead Teaching Artist with the “Straight A’s: Arts Advance Academic Achievement Summer Institute,” a federally funded multi-year program for Birmingham, Alabama inner-city 4th grade teachers. Stern is professor in Weber State University’s Department of Performing Arts. See his TEDxTalk at (

Master Classes

Gillian McNally 

Engaging and Imaginative 

Creative Drama Strategies 

for the Classroom


In this hands-on workshop, participants will engage in a creative drama lesson plan focusing on bringing a story to life. Creative Drama strategies include: narrative pantomime, dramatic activities, story dramatization, role drama, and improvisation. At the end of the sample unit, teachers will reflect and apply strategies to their individual classroom situations.


Gillian McNally’s areas of expertise include community engagement, arts integration, youth theatre, theatre for young audiences, creative drama and professional development for teachers. McNally is the recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2011 Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year Award. Her writing has been published in Stage of the Art, Incite/Insight, and Theatre for Young Audiences Today. A proud Longhorn, she holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth from The University of Texas at Austin.


Thomas Priest 

Music and Imagination: 

Exploring Connections between 

Music, Language Arts and Mathematics


In this interactive workshop, participants will explore their understanding of music, language and rhythmic durations through movement, and brainstorming. 


 Thomas Priest serves as Director of Music Education at Weber State University. Priest’s writing appears in Contributions to Music Education, The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Music Educators Journal, Psychology of Music, and The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He has served as Vice President of Higher Education on the Utah Music Educator's Executive Board. Priest holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, a Masters of Music degree in Bassoon from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. 



Molly Morin & Julian Chan 

Describing Sculpture Through 

Counting and Calculating


In this workshop, participants will use algebra and geometry to describe the physical properties of sculpture, and apply mathematical concepts in building works of art. Teachers will walk away with a class sample and a model for building a math lesson around a work of art.


Molly Morin is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator for the Department of Visual Arts at Weber State University. Morin uses digital methods, including computer coding, 3D modeling, and digital  photo-editing to produce work that explores the difficult relationship between information and meaning. Her projects visualize data sets generated from a wide range of texts, from poetry to text messages, and reflect on the impact of communication technology on daily life. Morin has worked with the Notre Dame Digital Visualization Theater and the Center for Research Computing to produce collaborative code-based work, and exhibits nationally at university and community galleries. She received her MFA from Clemson University and her BFA from The University of Notre Dame.


Julian Chan has been a mathematics educator for over eight years, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Weber State University. His teaching practices focus on inquiry based learning, and making math interesting for students. He has a PhD in Mathematics and Masters in Statistics from the University of Utah.


Gallery Experience

Return to the Sea: Saltworks 

by Motoi Yamamoto


This exhibition features the artist, Motoi Yamamoto, creating a salt installation—a piece named Floating Garden—along with a series of recent drawings, photography, sketchbooks, a video about the artist, and a 170-page color catalogue documenting fourteen years of the artist’s saltworks around the world.