Graduate | 2019 | ISSUE 1

Royal Hartigan PhD’86 produced We Are One–blood drum spirit. The documentary explores the musical ties between jazz and its West African roots by following the American jazz group, blood drum spirit, to Ghana, featuring Abraham Adzenyah MA ’79, David Bindman ’85, MA ’87, and Wes Brown ’74. It won Best Documentary Feature at the Jukebox International Film Festival and Best Sound/Music Score at the Moscow Indie Film Festival.

Katie Vandrilla MALS’18 published a children’s book, Thumper’s Hospital Adventure, which follows the eponymous toy bunny on an adventure to find his best friend Katie after she is diagnosed with cancer. The real life Katie is a cancer survivor and all proceeds from the book will go to Make-A-Wish. Katie is a high school chemistry teacher and freelance journalist.

Managing Editor Cynthia Rockwell | 860/685-3705