Music for blind Students

Rick Coates

Paige Strickland, a severely visually impaired child, attended the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, where RICK COATES ’75 is band director. Photo by Jeremy M. Lange.

RICK COATES ’75 authored “Noisemakers to Music Makers: Developing a School Band for Students Who Are Visually Impaired” for the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. Rick has been band director at Governor Morehead School for the Blind since 1996. Last October, he was nominated for the 2010 North Carolina Governor’s Award for Outstanding Government Service. Rick also organized the 2010 Eastern Music Festival for the Blind. He and his wife Najwa Haykal have a daughter and live in Durham, N.C.

Comic relief

Gordon McAlpin

GORDON McALPIN ’96 recently authored Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show, a collection of his first 102 Multiplex comic strips that follow the lives of movie theater employees, published by Chase Sequence Co. Gordon did radio interviews and signings of his book in Peoria and Chicago in January. In addition to Multiplex, Gordon works in freelance print production and illustration. He lives in Chicago. His father John McAlpin is professor emeritus of computer science and information systems at Bradley. Visit to read McAlphin's comics.

Photo by Charlene Epple.


McAlpin's comic