The Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce The Dr. Ric Sanderson '52 Endowment for Student Professional Development in Theatre and Dance. The family of Dr. Sanderson has established this professional development fund in his honor. The purpose of this gift is to provide support directly to one or more Cornell College theatre program students each year for professional development activities (e.g., special internships or workshops, advanced programs outside the scope of traditional curricular activities, or other professional development opportunities beyond or in conjunction with the Cornell College theatre and dance program). 

Strong preference shall be given to junior or senior theatre and dance majors pursuing a professional or graduate path. The funds shall not reduce the amount of support available to the recipients from other sources.

Apply for the Sanderson Endowment

Cornell students interested in applying for this award must submit a project proposal to the Theatre and Dance Department. Please refer to the application guidelines for the endowment for details on the application process and deadlines.

Deadline for the 2017 - 2018 academic year is November 3, 2017.

Biography of Dr. Ric Sanderson

Dr. Sanderson was an avid actor, technical assistant, stage manager, director, and drama instructor throughout his undergraduate years, living across the street from the back door of Armstrong Hall’s theatre. Awarded the “Toppy Tull” Scholarship as a Junior theatre major, he traveled to New York City for Broadway shows and visits with Cornell College alumni who had careers in TV, radio, publishing, and theatre.

Dr. Sanderson went on to experiment with radio, TV, and film production, earning an MA and PhD in Communication with emphasis in cinema from the University of Southern California. Having held audio visual and communication positions in Pakistan, Thailand, and Hawaii, he retired as Media Specialist and Professor of Educational Communication and Technology at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Sanderson joined the volunteer staff of Hawaii’s Community Theatre and has also learned hula, ukulele, and Hawaiian chant, earning a first place award as a senior male dancer in the 2010 Kupuna Hula Festival. He notes that his Cornell College theatre training has been valuable throughout his professional career and activities in retirement.