August 2004

Honorable Mention - Faculty and Staff Achievements

Jayne Carney, Ph.D., M.B.A., has resigned from her position as director of the university's Technology Transfer Office to return to private industry. Brent Brown, J.D., currently associate director, has been appointed interim director, beginning August 1, a position he will hold until Carney's successor is chosen. Comments Ray Gesteland, vice president for research, [Jayne] has done a wonderful job serving the faculty and increasing the successes of the office. This last year, especially, has been a real banner year. We thank her. We will miss her enormously."

The Department of Theatre is delighted to announce the advent of Dr. Richard Scharine as interim chair for the school year 2004-2005. Dr. Scharine, who has taught theatre history in the department since 1978, has also directed over 80 plays, acted in 10 states and seven foreign countries (most recently in Greece, where this past June he played the title role in Oedipus at Colonus), served as producer (most significantly with People Productions, a theatre company focused on black playwrights/ actors/ issues), and has authored several books and a vast number of articles. He is also a former Fulbright senior lecturer, the former director of Graduate Studies, and has been the director of Theatre Studies since 1995. We feel very fortunate and excited to welcome Dr. Richard Scharine as the head of the Department of Theatre.

We would like to thank Dr. David Dynak for six years of guidance and exemplary service as chair of the Department of Theatre. Dr. Dynak met the challenges of his position with diplomacy, innovation, and tireless energy. Under his leadership, the national ArtsBridge Program was brought to the University of Utah; Drama Day, a program for junior high school students across our state, was introduced; and the first-ever collaboration between most of the departments within fine arts was marked by performances at Kingsbury Hall of Stephen Schwartz's play Godspell. These and many other highly successful ventures define his tenure. He looks forward to assuming his position as director of Theatre Education. From the faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre—a heartfelt "Thank You, David"!

Read more about staff/faculty achievements in Recognizing U.

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