Gary Lewis, director of orchestras and professor of music at CU-Boulder, will rehearse students chosen for the National High School Honors Orchestra. The honors orchestra is a collection of 100 competitively selected musicians who assemble biennially to perform at the association's national conference. The next gathering is March 5-8 in Louisville, KY. After three days of preparation with Lewis, students will present Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich. … Nicky Beer, assistant professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, won the 2013 Betsy Colquitt Poetry Award from “Descant,” the literary journal of Texas Christian University, for her poem "Revision." The award, named in memory of the founding editor of the literary journal, is given annually to the best poem or series of poems by a single author in an issue, and comes with a $500 prize. … Robert (Rob) Kadel, lecturer in sociology at CU Denver’s College of Arts and Sciences, recently traveled to Australia to participate as the keynote speaker in the NAVIGATE 2013 Conference. His presentation, “Kicking the Box: Lateral Thinking in eLearning,” focused on ways to challenge learners with engaging eLearning tools. Kadel also had a chance to consult with the Department of Education for the State of Tasmania while he was there. … Stephen John Hartnett, professor and chair of communication, College of Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, recently published an article -- "Tibet is Burning: Competing Rhetorics of Liberation, Occupation, Resistance, and Paralysis on the Roof of the World" -- in the Quarterly Journal of Speech 99:3 (Aug. 2014): 283-316. The article analyzes the global response to Tibetan independence. Harnett's work also was shared through the National Communication Association's (NCA) Communication Currents, which takes scholarly articles and asks the authors to “translate” them into media-friendly pieces meant to circulate widely.