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University Performing Arts Committee

Function and Meeting Information:

Brings outstanding artists to the university who will contribute to the development of an appreciation of the arts. The committee is comprised of a minimum of eight faculty members (four from Fine Arts and Communication), plus one Library representative.

The committee typically meets once a month during long semesters. Committee members also attend and assist at two evening University Arts events each semester. Work is generally spread out over the year, but it is a little heavier during the fall semester, when the arts event series for the following academic year is being finalized. The typical time commitment is about 16 hours per semester.


The University Performing Arts Committee promotes artistic excellence through diverse, inspiring and engaging programming for the university and local communities.

Mission:  The University Performing Arts Committee brings outstanding artists to the university to support arts education and raise awareness of the arts by engaging audiences in diverse student-centered events that enrich and enliven the cultural landscape of the campus and surrounding region.

2020 - 2021 Members

Please note: committee appointments for the 2020-21 academic year are effective through August 31, 2021. The senate is in the process of making appointments for the 2021-22 academic year and updates will be posted at the beginning of the fall semester.

University Performing Arts Committee College Term Exp Email
Ms. Julia Meritt Education 2023
Ms. Gaila Raymer Evans Auditorium Ex officio
Dr. Margo Handwerker Fine Arts and Communication ex officio
Dr. Lynn Ledbetter Fine Arts and Communication 2022
Ms. Michelle Nance Fine Arts and Communication 2022
Dr. Nico Schuler, Chair Fine Arts and Communication 2022
Dr. Aimee Roundtree Liberal Arts 2021
Ms. Katharine Salzmann Library 2022
Dr. Alex White Science and Engineering 2021
Dr. Paula Williamson Science and Engineering 2023
Ms. Valeria Vargas Student Government 2021