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December 9, 2004
CONTACT: Jette Englund
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)

Kean Affiliate Artists Establish Scholarship Fund

UNION, N.J. ––The Affiliate Artists of Kean University, 12 renowned musicians who have been awarded a special faculty status at Kean as performers and teachers, have established their own scholarship fund.

This year, in cooperation with the Kean Federation of Teachers and the Adjunct Faculty Federation, the University granted its Affiliate Artist Program special recognition, giving the affiliate artists a unique faculty status. The scholarship fund that has been established by the newly elevated part-time faculty was the brainchild of professor Charles Bumcrot, affiliate artist in trumpet.

“The Department of Music really needs scholarships,” said Bumcrot, one of the most active recruiters in the music department. “I thought, what better way to pay back Kean for all it does for us than to establish a fund? We all contributed, and were delighted when Tony Scelba offered to match our contributions.”

Dr. Anthony Scelba, associate professor, is founder and director of the Affiliate Artist Program, which brings internationally celebrated musicians onto the faculty. “I am especially proud of this group. Not only are they superb musicians, but wonderful teachers and a caring faculty,” said Scelba.

The fund will offer scholarships to incoming freshmen who are fine student-musicians and who manifest the values of the Affiliate Artist Program.

Individual contributions from each of the affiliate artists themselves established the fund, which is now one that can accept donations from anyone. Each year, the fund will also receive proceeds from the Springtime Showcase, an event presented as part of the Affiliate Artist Concert Series.

Individual contributions can be earmarked for the Affiliate Artist Scholarship Fund and made payable to the Kean University Foundation by calling (908) 737-3340. This year’s Springtime Showcase is scheduled for Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in the Wilkins Theatre, and will feature virtuoso performances by the newer members of the affiliate artist faculty. Tickets for this and the

March 3 Schubertiana performance are $10 with discounts offered to students, faculty, staff, seniors and alumni, and can be purchased at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).