With more than 15,000 graduates, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts has a vast alumni base. Many of our alumni have gone on to extraordinary achievements within their chosen fields. Some of our recognizable alums and former students are actors Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development), S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Tony award for Seven Guitars, TV's Castle) and Lily Tomlin (The West WingMurphy Brown). Other alumni include radio host Casey Kasem, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Mark Fritz, Emmy Award-winning composer Joseph LoDuca, opera singer George Shirley, jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, choreographer Garth Fagan (Tony Award for The Lion King), master ceramist John Glick, illustrator and cartoonist David Small and sculptors David Barr and Sergio DeGiusti.

Join us as we explore The Business of Art:

To delve into the intersection of business and entrepreneurship in the arts and communication, CFPCA created The Business of Art, an Alumni lecture series geared toward mentoring current students and interested alumni. Visit the Business of Art's home page often for information about upcoming events and resources available to alums.

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James Fortune -  2021 MIACADA Outstanding Advising Award Winner

James Fortune - 2021 MIACADA Outstanding Advising Award Winner

Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance’s Academic Advisor James Fortune is a 2021 recipient of the MIACADA Outstanding Advising Award! The Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA) awards are designed to honor individuals and institutions within Michigan making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. Visit to learn more. 

Fortune was also the WSU Learning Community Coordinator of the Year for 2020.

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