Tucson Film Instructor and Wife Bring Classic Literature to Children
Art Institute of Tucson instructor Robert Loomis and wife Colleen make classic literature accessible to
kids by adapting stories into puppet films. Their series, “Monkey Presents Kid Smart Classics” includes
stories such as "Don Quixote," "Moby Dick," "Romeo and Juliet" and Homer's "Odyssey.”
Robert teaches film and video production at The Art Institute and is pursuing a Master of Media Arts at
the University of Arizona. Colleen also attended the University of Arizona, where the couple met, and
holds a Visual Communications degree. They live in Tucson, Arizona with their two sons, ages 7 and 4.
Robert and Colleen believe that classic literature can provide universal stories and ideas that speak to all
ages. Their goal is to present those stories and ideas in a way that provides children and parents with a
common familiarity and starting point for the appreciation of classic literature.
The half-hour puppet-show versions of literature classics are designed by the couple and two other
talented Tucson residents. Colleen completes the graphic design work for the series, while Robert
handles filming and other technological aspects.
Colorado Student Designs Author Mother’s Book Cover
Art Institute of Colorado Design Management student, Sandra Poortinga,
served as the cover designer, literary agent and editor for her mother, author
Rhonda Ricardo’s new novel, Cherries over Quicksand. The novel was
published on New Year’s Day 2010 and is available in bookstores nationwide.
In designing the custom cover design, Sandra’s goal was to appeal to women
in a unique way. She describes the cover concept as fun and lighthearted. The
design grew into a class project, with Sandra receiving input from her peers.
Sandra said that having her mother as a client led to comical conversations
throughout the design process. She enjoys exclusivity rights while designing
her mother’s next novels, and suspects this first cover design will ultimately
lead to more book business in the future.
Prior to her cover-designing days, Sandra worked in the corporate world. She left her position and joined
The Art Institute of Colorado to pursue a more creative career. A 4.0 student, Sandra has learned basic
design programs while attending the school.
South University Spends “An Evening at the Museum”
The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum recently hosted “An Evening at
the Museum,” a black-tie fundraiser for Georgia’s official Civil Rights
Museum. South University’s Savannah Campus President, Todd Cellini,
served as an Honorary Chair for the black-tie event and many South
University faculty and staff members were in attendance.
Guests enjoyed a tour of the museum, live music, fine food, and a silent
Todd and the South University team, including Ellen Hartman, Director of
Housing, Jessica Baumgardner, Bookstore Manager, Rebecca Swain,
Assistant Director of Readmissions, and Brock Haas, Director of Off-Campus Programs planned the
catering and organized the silent auction, which raised nearly $6,400.
“The Civil Rights Museum is really something Savannah can be proud of,” said President Cellini. “With so
many key Civil Rights leaders from Georgia and from Savannah, it is fitting that a museum of this quality
be here, and I am proud that South University is supporting the museum’s mission, which is similar to our
own, to promote educational opportunities.”
Twin Cities Medical Students Receive National Award
Two Medical Laboratory Technology students, Yukiko Goto and David Cegla, from Argosy University
Twin Cities’ campus, were recently named recipients of the National Student Honor Award from the
American Society for Clinical Pathology.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology is a national society for laboratory professionals that
supports continuing educational opportunities for the profession, including certification. With 130,000
members, ASCP offers laboratory students a powerful support system, scholarships, and opportunities to
network with professionals in the field.
The National Student Honor Award recognizes students who demonstrate excellent leadership qualities,
community involvement, and academic achievement. To receive the award, applicants must be members
of ASCP and must be enrolled in a laboratory education program. Additionally, candidates must have a
minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
Argosy University - Sarasota
Dr. James Hadley was recently appointed President of Argosy University’s
Sarasota campus. James has extensive experience in higher education,
training, and human resources.
Prior to joining Argosy University, James most recently served as the President
of Everest College in Colorado Springs. He also has worked as the Director of Education at Hamilton
College in Clinton, New York. Additionally, James served for more than 20 years as an officer in the
United States Air Force.
Dr. Hadley holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University, a Master of Arts in Marriage and
Family Counseling from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the
University of Maryland.