Michael Liebhaber, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, has paintings on exhibit this summer at the Gilpin County Arts Association Gallery, Central City, Colo.; and the R Gallery, Boulder, Colo. Visit Liebhaber artwork for more information.

14ers near Alamosa, CO, by Michael Liebhaber
“14ers near Alamosa, CO” Oil on panel, by Michael Liebhaber

Colleen M. Schaffner, PhD., School of Humanities and Social Sciences director and Department of Psychology chair, co-authored a paper with Sandra E. Smith-Aguilar, Filippo Aureli, Luara Busia, and Garbriel Ramos-Fernández. The paper received the Primates 2022 Most-Cited Paper Award. Sponsors of the award include the Primate Society of Japan; Japan Monkey Centre; and Springer, Part of Springer Nature.

Matthew Valverde, D.M.A., associate professor of music and Cornerstone to Capstone Title V Grant project director; and Melinda Leoce, M.M., assistant professor of music; were selected to teach at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. They taught during the first three-week session (June 25 until July 16), giving lessons and masterclasses to the students and helping them prepare their solo and ensemble repertoire for performances during the camp and beyond. Valverde also taught two introductory courses for the high school vocal students: 1) Lyric Diction and 2) Latin-American Art Song Repertoire.
In May, Valverde traveled to the Twin Cities, Minnesota, to perform in the CD Release concert with Border CrosSing Ensemble (Ahmed Anzaldúa, conductor).  It was the official launch of their new album, Un milagro de fe (A Miracle of Faith), released on Bridge Records.
In June 2022, Valverde reprised a role in Tienda, a chamber opera by Vincent/Moya which premiered in the Twin Cities on May 2019, during the Virginia Arts Festival’s John Duffy Institute for New Opera. They spent a week preparing music and staging for one scene, which was professionally recorded at the end the engagement.