Joseph A. W. ClayesPerforming Arts Center Naming Gift

A naming celebration is being planned for March to recognize the $5 million gift from the trustees of the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Charitable Trust.

Jerry SamuelsonDean’s Vision

Jerry Samuelson, the university’s longest-serving dean, is looking ahead to “maximize what we have.”

Meng HallAn Artistic Triumph: Clayes Performing Arts Center

Images of the acclaimed facility showcase its many features.

James Young James Young Still Commands Stage

The founding chair of the Theatre and Dance Department performed this spring in the campus theater that bears his name and drew standing ovations during the 15-performance run of “Night of the Iguana.”

The PreeminentsBursting With Talent

The Preeminents represent the best of the university’s musical theatre students — budding professionals preparing for careers in the spotlight.

Kimo Furumoto conductingKimo Furumoto Conducts Symphony Orchestra

Commuting maestro travels between the Clayes Performing Arts Center on campus and Albee Performing Arts Center in West Virginia, where he conducts the Huntington Symphony Orchestra.

Art of a surreal figure holding a human maskArt 4 Health

Campus exhibit showcasing the connection between art and health continues through July 2009.

Linda WoolvertonLinda Woolverton’s Credits Include Blockbusters

Her screenplay for “Beauty and the Beast” and collaboration with Howard Ashman fueled a resurgence in animated feature films. How do you follow that Academy Award nominee for best picture? With “The Lion King.”

Grand Central Art Center buildingHeart of an Artists Village

Nearing its 10-year anniversary, the Grand Central Art Center — a joint venture between Santa Ana and the university — is home to a city block’s worth of student artists, studios, galleries and commercial entities supporting their efforts.

Deborah VoigtSoaring Soprano Deborah Voigt

Introduced to opera by professor Jane Paul, alumna Deborah Voigt, the one-time music major, is now one of the opera world’s leading sopranos.

Producing Skilled Artists

Art majors seeking a future in animation are learning the craft with the help of pros from Warner Bros. and Disney.

Rodney Gilfry: Accidental Opera Star

He routinely charms audiences from New York to London and sill finds time for his alma mater.

Alumnus Marc Cherry Creates “Desperate Housewives”

When the TV series he created helped to revive a network’s sagging ratings, he became the toast of Hollywood.