October 29, 2013

Focus on excellence in fine arts

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — The William Penn University Fine Arts Department is honoring students in the arts who show excellent leadership skills, work ethic, and talent. Each month, professors from each of the fine arts areas (music, theatre, and art) will nominate students who have gone beyond the classroom in forwarding their educational experience, sharing their abilities, and providing outstanding leadership to their peers. The honorees for September include Cailin Cristobal, Ben Akers and David Nelson.


Victoria Laird, Director of Visual Arts, selected senior Biology major Cailin Cristobal from Oskaloosa. In Laird’s drawing class, “Cailin consistently completes well-drawn, beautiful and detailed drawings”.  Selections of Cristobal’s drawings are currently on display in the McGrew Fine Arts Center.


David Nelson, senior Music Education major from Moravia, Iowa, was chosen by Scott Cressley, Director of Instrumental Music. Nelson is involved in the marching band, jazz band, choir, as well as the orchestra pit for the upcoming fall musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He is currently rehearsing for his senior recital to be held in the spring.

“David is a dedicated student and musician. He constantly strives to improve in all aspects of his art,” stated Cressley.


The William Penn University Theatre Department would like to recognize freshman Ben Akers of Oskaloosa for his contributions to the department and for his community outreach in helping with the recent professional production at the George Daily Auditorium.  In order to bring professional programming to Oskaloosa, the George Daily Auditorium depends on volunteers for its technical needs. Ben, a Pre-professional Biology major, volunteered to use his lighting expertise to prepare the lighting for the performance of The Wonder Bread Years at the Daily, and he ran the lights for the show. Ben is also currently acting in William Penn’s musical production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Randy Wright, Director of Drama and Technical Theatre states, “It is through such students that our William Penn drama program continues to grow and the value Penn students bring to the community is realized.”