Deanna Morse shares some thoughts at her retirement reception.

Deanna Morse shares some thoughts at her retirement reception.

Friends, students, alumni and colleagues gathered to celebrate Professor Deanna Morse at the Alumni House on Wednesday, April 24.  Deanna retired this semester after teaching animation and related courses for 33 years in the School of Communications.

Deanna received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Career achievements include producing numerous award-winning animated and experimental short films, leadership in ASIFA (Association International du Film D’Animation) and tireless service to the the Film and Video Production Major in the SoC.  She is featured in a new book from Focal Press called Ideas for the Animated Short where she is interviewed about making films.

“The greatest satisfaction of my time at Grand Valley was connecting and working with so many fabulous students – now grads!” Deanna said.

She considers her most significant achievements to be the founding of the Dirk Koning Scholarship and the School of Communications Scholarship, from which many students have benefited.

Deanna plans to continue to seek artist residencies in order to make new films at locations in the U.S. and around the world.  Recent residencies include Spain, the Everglades, Porcupine Mountains, and Key West.  The School of Communications looks forward to inviting her back to share her wisdom and experiences with students.

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