YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – January 13, 2011 – Antioch College announced today that award-winning choreographer and educator Sylvia C. Turner ’67, dean of fine & performing arts at Santa Ana College, will receive the Walter F. Anderson Award at Reunion 2011.
Presented in conjunction with Alumni of Courage for Diversity (formerly the Alumni of Color), the honor goes to former students or college employees for promoting racial and ethnic diversity within Antioch and beyond.
The theme of Reunion 2011, from June 16-19, will be "Science and Invention." Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi '61 is set to deliver keynote address while alumnus Robert Greenwald ’66 will receive the Horace Mann Award for “winning victories for humanity.”
Turner has performed in the United States and Japan. She is a former member of the Ann Arbor Dance Theater, the Gloria Newman Dance Company, and was co-founder of Connect 3, a multimedia performance ensemble.
In addition to choreographing for nationally competitive skaters, Turner has written on ice skating choreography for Dance Magazine . Her choreography credits also include numerous main stage productions for South Coast Repertory; the SCR Educational Touring Program; “The Lion King Parade and Street Show” at Disneyland; an animated film for the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas; “Bridge to Angel Island” for Ballet Pacifica; and a collaborative work “Bullwhip Days,” based on slave narratives.
Turner is former chair of the Santa Ana College Dance Department. Under her leadership, the department gained statewide recognition for excellence in instruction, high quality concert productions, and successful well-trained students. She has trained hundreds of students, many of whom have become successful performers, choreographers, and teachers.
Turner received the 1995 Santa Ana College Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 1996 RSCCD Award of Excellence for her sabbatical research. She has served as a dance adjudicator, a panelist for private and public granting agencies which support the arts, a master teacher, and presenter at national and international conferences. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Orange County and is an active advocate for the arts and arts education.
Gariot P. Louima
Chief Communications Officer