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o. DAVID ITKIN
David Itkin, an internationally celebrated conductor, joined the College of Music
as director of orchestras last fall. Replacing Anshel Brusilow, who retired after 35
years, Itkin says he looks forward to continuing and expanding the tradition of excel-
lence enjoyed by the UNT orchestras and bringing new perspectives and ideas to the
I graduate conducting program.
"The UNT College of Music is one of the most important institutions in the
country, and it has a fabulous reputation," he says. "An opportunity to work at UNT
doesn't come around every day."
Itkin is in his second season as conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and
Sldhis fourth as conductor of the Abilene Philharmonic. He is in his 16th year as music
director and conductor of the Arkansas Symphony. He will leave that position after
the 2009-10 season to focus more of his time at UNT, where he oversees the orchestral studies program and conducts
the orchestras. He also teaches orchestral conducting, continuing to develop UNT's internationally prominent master's
and doctoral programs in that area.
In 2007, Itkin was a featured lecturer at the Arkansas Governor's School for the second year.
"I lectured to 300 of the brightest students in the state on how to integrate music into the rest of the world and
how we learn as a culture," he says.
Itkin also is a composer of note. His first film score, Sugar Creek, was recorded by the Arkansas Symphony for the
film's 2007 release. His most recent major work, Exodus, an oratorio he wrote in Italy, premiered in 2005 in Little Rock.
"I had been interested for a while in a large work based not only on Old Testament texts, but also on other spiri-
tual and historical texts," he says. "This piece was the result."
aI VALERIE MARTINEZ-EBERS
'olfessor of pohi iai science
Valerie Martinez-Ebers - who has a national research reputation in public
education policy, Latino political behavior and women in politics - says the political
influence of Latinos and Hispanics was evident in the recent national election.
"After providing the votes to keep Hillary Clinton in the primaries and making
the difference in the outcomes for Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada in the
general election, Latinos proved they could be really important players at the national
level," she says.
Martinez-Ebers was one of the principal investigators for the Latino National
Survey project in 2006-07. The state-stratified survey of 11,064 Latinos in the United
States was the largest and most comprehensive study of Latinos ever conducted.
With a research focus on Latinas as community leaders and elected officials,
Martinez-Ebers co-wrote Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas with four other Latina scholars. When the work was featured
in November at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, the book panel discussion took place in the Texas Senate chamber.
"It was exciting and also ironic, sitting in the lieutenant governor's seat that is more than 100 years old, talking about
Latina political leadership - especially since only two Latinas have ever been elected as Texas state senators," she says.
Martinez-Ebers, who received her Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University, earned her bachelor's
degree in education and master's in public administration from UNT. She served on the UNT faculty from 1989 to
1997 and returned last fall after teaching at Texas Christian University.
She was elected the first Latina president of the Western Political Science Association in 2006.
"I am delighted to be back in the political science department at UNT," she says. "I think it is a real 'center of
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