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A Message from Executive Director Laurie Baefsky

It’s hard to believe that we’re two days shy of the 2015 a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. I would like to thank all a2ru partners for nominating amazing students to take part in the event. Students from over a dozen disciplines representing 26 a2ru partner universities will be participating. We anticipate the generation of interesting and creative solutions based on the conference theme, PULSE: Creative Collaborations for Cities in Flux. The program is timely and demands the attention of at least 12 perspectives.
The conversation around the creation of a2ru task forces, which began at the 2014 a2ru National Conference at Iowa State University, has honed our focus on the following themes: a transdisciplinary peer review platform, student/scholar initiatives, and advocacy/cultural policy. These a2ru initiatives are in the early stages of being formalized. We’re currently wrapping up the Mellon interviews and as always, are here for ongoing consultation and support.
New arts-integrated interdisciplinary programs and initiatives continue to grow at a2ru partner campuses across the country. We encourage you to visit the a2ru website and update your partner page as these programs and initiatives evolve.  We look forward to seeing you in Richmond and encourage you to join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #a2ruPulse for this event.

See you at the Student Summit!

Call for Content: Student Stories from a2ru Emerging Creatives

There’s nothing like a first-hand story. The power of peer collaboration on a national level informs student experiences and is the engine that drives a2ru student conferences. This is best described by Dylan Portelance (Tufts), who had this to say about his experience at last year’s student conference:
I just wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic conference this weekend. I learned a ton and met some incredible people that I hope to stay in touch with. There were times where I felt like I found my “tribe”–people who didn’t even blink when I listed computer science, music and developmental psychology as my fields of study. Thank you for all the hard work you put in and I hope that we cross paths again soon!
Students that participate at 2015 a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit are invited to share their stories on the a2ru website; with a byline that is generated when they register on the a2ru website.  The University of Maryland’s Patricia Mullaney-Loss and The University of Utah’s Cindy Chen are some of the students who shared their stories last year.
We encourage partners to include these student stories on their own websites as well. Michelle Krell Kydd, Communications Specialist for a2ru, will provide guidance to partner content curators (PCCs) and students who wish to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. 

The a2ru Digital Repository is Live and Open to the Public

The a2ru Digital Repository contains presentations, videos, and supplementary materials from the 2014 a2ru National Conference at ISU. The information contained in the digital repository is open to the public under a Creative Commons license and makes it easy for anyone interested in arts-integrated interdisciplinarity in higher education to access this information.
If you haven’t added materials from you presentation to Cybox you can do so by registering on the Cybox link.  The a2ru team moves files from Cybox into the a2ru Digital Repository. Please mark your materials with your last name and initials of your university. If you have any questions you may contact Lauren Fretz Thompson or Michelle Krell Kydd.

Mellon Research Update: 96,400 Miles Later

The a2ru research team, headed by Mellon Project Director Bruce Mackh, is in the process of wrapping up the Mellon interviews exploring the role of the arts at research university campuses. The total number of interviews is an astounding 965, which mathematically shadows the 96,400 miles traveled to produce them. a2ru considers 965 a lucky number though we discourage using 965 in games of chance. Configuring 965 origami folds into an interactive visual for the Mellon interviews, however, is encouraged. 

How to Become an a2ru Partner

Currently composed of 31 top-tier institutions, a2ru is committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts and other disciplines.

Partnership in the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) remains open. Full information about how to become a partner as well as our Phase I activities and membership can be found by clicking here.
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