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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty will explore the art of storytelling across media, when the 2010-2011 Research to Reception Speaker Series gets underway Friday at Reeve Memorial Union.

Three presenters will be featured at the invitation-only event, “Director’s Cut: Telling Stories in Film and Other Media”: Andre Gaskins, cellist and UWO director of orchestral activities; Grace Lim, adjunct journalism instructor; and Troy Perkins, radio-TV-film associate professor and filmmaker.

Gaskins and his students will perform music from the CD soundtrack to the recent UWO multimedia, cross-discipline project, “Airboat Rescue 1: When the Ice Breaks.”

Lim, a longtime journalist with such publications as the Miami Herald and People magazine, will share the story behind the making of the Airboat Rescue 1 project for which UWO students worked alongside faculty and staff.

In addition to the soundtrack, the collaboration produced a short documentary and a 28-page magazine, which tell the story of a family of heroes who were struck by tragedy in 1977.

Perkins, who finished two new short films in 2010, will discuss filmmaking in the Midwest and working with students on a professional set. He has collaborated with students on six film productions during the past five years.

The Research to Reception Speaker Series, hosted by Chancellor Richard H. Wells and the UW Oshkosh Foundation, showcases the breadth and depth of the UW Oshkosh faculty’s scholarly and creative endeavors at twice yearly events.

“In our fourth season, we continue to promote and celebrate the scientific and creative accomplishments of our academic faculty,” said Arthur Rathjen, UWO Foundation president. “Our goal is to engage and enlighten our community leaders about these scholarly efforts.”

Faculty from the College of Education and Human Services are scheduled to present at the spring 2011 Research to Reception event.