MBU In The News: August 2022

August 31, 2022

A selection of recent news stories and media mentions featuring the #MBUfamily including alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

National Public Radio features MBU philosophy professor and ordained minister Edward Scott’s Sermonic ode to John Coltrane’s landmark album, “A Love Supreme.”

From an episode with NPR affiliate program Folklife Fieldnotes:

My love and appreciation for jazz music is father inspired. My father was a jazz enthusiast and he grew up around musicians. He knew Errol Garner’s family. He knew Dakota Staton’s family. Whenever I ask him about these folk, he said, oh yeah, I remember Errol used to play even as a little boy. And then he would remember Dakota, oh you should have heard the other folks in her family.

My mother actually graduated from Westinghouse High School with the man named Fritz Jones. Fritz Jones is Ahmad Jamal, the famous piano player. He and my mother graduated from the same high school in the same year. In fact, I was playing an Ahmad Jamal recording one day and my mother came in and she said “Who’s that?” I said, that’s Ahmad Jamal. And she said, “I know him. He and I went to school together.” And I was convinced she was mistaken. I said Mom, no, no, you didn’t go to school with Ahmad Jamal. “Sure, I did.” She says “his name is Fritz Jones.” And she pulled out her yearbook and there was Ahmad Jamal and the caption underneath his photograph says “likes to play the piano.”

Read more about Alexandra’s research experience at John Hopkins here. 

“My lab works primarily with hydrogels, which are used to grow cells on and have applications in drug delivery and tissue engineering. My research’s primary focus is to improve hydrogels’ mechanical properties. My favorite part of this experience has been working with, and learning from, other young scientists while building relationships with my fellow interns.”

Students return to campus for the first time since 2019 without pandemic-related restrictions.

Read about it in this story from the Staunton Daily News Leader.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro researcher and preservation services specialist Audrey Sage looks at the career of book artist and former MBU professor Lois Morrison ’55.

FROM THE STORY:

“Morrison’s imaginative, contemplative, whimsical books are featured in the collections of countless distinguished institutions including the Tate Gallery in London, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Museum in L.A., the Yale University Library, and the Chicago Art Institute.”