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MLK Spirit Awards celebrate service and social justice work

Nine Washington State University faculty, staff, and students as well as two student organizations are being honored for their distinguished service and commitment to community, equity, and social justice at WSU and beyond.

Aaron Agulay.
Agulay

The MLK Program recently honored WSU music professor Aaron Agulay with the Bayard Rustin Excellence Award and will announce the winners of the Elson and Carmento Floyd and William and Felicia Gaskins Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award soon.

Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award have demonstrated a commitment to human rights and social justice in one or all the following areas: altruism and community service; advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; and inclusive and equitable practices in education.

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Distinguished Faculty Address: The power of live music post‑COVID

Keri McCarthy.
McCarthy

Discover music from the past and present with Professor Keri McCarthy, Core Fulbright Scholar and internationally recognized chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and clinician.

The COVID‑19 pandemic made live musical performances less accessible to many people. Professor McCarthy will discuss how live music creates a sense of shared experience, uniting diverse and even divergent populations, during the Showcase Distinguished Faculty Address at 4 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the Kimbrough Concert Hall. The event will be livestreamed via experience.wsu.edu.

As people emerge from their COVID silos, live music can play a powerful role in strengthening communities worldwide. With the help of all-star faculty ensembles, Professor McCarthy will take you on a toe-tapping exploration of the role of music in local and global communities. She and her colleagues will present music that spans two centuries, four continents, and a multitude of genres. Her address will not only discuss, but demonstrate, the immeasurable value of musical performance.

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‘This piece is thrilling’: Spokane Symphony to perform ‘Carmina Burana’ with three local opera singers at the Fox

You won’t have to wait around long to hear a familiar tune in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” In fact, the opening notes form one of the most recognizable musical sound bites in existence. From films to commercials to talk radio intros, “O Fortuna” is used so often that if you say you’ve never heard it, you must be either living under a rock or lying.

The Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Symphony Chorale will perform Orff’s masterpiece at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Aaron Agulay.
Agulay

The rest of the piece, while nowhere near as ubiquitous as the first movement, is no less powerful, said baritone soloist Aaron Agulay. A professor of music at WSU, Agulay will be making his debut with the Spokane Symphony.

“It’s a real test of stamina,” Agulay said. “But with the range that it uses, there are so many special moments…. Hearing ‘Carmina Burana’ for the first time, I just thought, ‘This is out of this world … who can possibly sing this?’ ” Agulay sings almost from start to finish, oscillating between soaring high notes and some of the lowest required of a baritone.

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WSU music professor receives the Bayard Rustin Excellence Award

Aaron Agulay.
Agulay

Washington State University assistant professor Aaron Agulay has been honored with the Bayard Rustin Excellence Award for his commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. A virtual ceremony was created to mark the occasion.

Chris Dickey, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium in the WSU School of Music and chair of the President’s Commission on Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation, said during the virtual ceremony that the Commission’s executive team voted unanimously to give the award to Agulay.

“Aaron Agulay’s record for both his leadership and advocacy is both commendable and inspiring,” Dickey said. “His impressive work truly embodies the Rustin spirit and shows a commitment to the advancement of the LGBTQ+ community.”

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2022 Showcase award winners announced

The Office of the Provost has announced the names of faculty and staff to receive this year’s top honors for scholarship, teaching, service, and community engagement.

Keri McCarthy, professor in the School of Music, will deliver this year’s Distinguished Faculty Address on Monday, March 21, in recognition of her scholarly achievements. McCarthy has built global awareness of music from Asia and the United States. She has earned international acclaim as a chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and clinician.

Distinguished Faculty Award

  • Keri McCarthy.
    McCarthy

    KERI MCCARTHY
    School of Music
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Career-Track Faculty

  • Ken Faunce.
    Faunce

    KEN FAUNCE  
    Department of History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award – Instruction

  • Jesse Spohnholz.
    Spohnholz

    JESSE SPOHNHOLZ  
    Department of History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

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