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facebook to acquire ncat for $436 billion

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

fncatIn a surprise announcement today, NCAT director Christopher Watts stated that Facebook is in the process of acquiring the NCAT from St. Lawrence University for a staggering 436.1 billion dollars.

“This came as a complete shock to me,” said David Rätselhaus, Dean of the SLU College of Music. “I don’t know what Facebook’s plans for the NCAT might be, but I’m excited by the prospect that all of the music instruction taking place in the NCAT could be replaced by an app in Facebook. It would save a ton of money in the staff budget. Beyond that, I can’t imagine what they’re up to.”

NCAT staff refused to comment further on the story. St. Lawrence president William Renard and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerkorn both were unavailable for comment.

live interactive media performance feb 28

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Posterchristopher watts and/versus machines

On February 28th, Dr. Watts will present a performance of new work that explores the relationship between person and machine. Join us at 8:00pm on the 28th in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.

The program will include three new original works (a live-interactive piece, a music video, and a live-coding performance) and new arrangements of several pop songs.

The performance serves as a public presentation of the work that Dr. Watts did during his sabbatical leave in the Fall 2013 semester. It is also an opportunity to show off the media capabilities of St. Lawrence’s Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, which opened in 2010.

Sponsored by the Department of Music and the NCAT.

fall 2013 semester opening

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Welcome All!

The NCAT will begin open hours on Sunday, September 1st in the Lab (NC 003) at NOON. Those hours this semester will be SUNDAY NOON – MIDNIGHT; MONDAY – THURSDAY 4:00pm – MIDNIGHT; SATURDAY NOON – 4:00pm;

Anyone with a valid SLU ID card can use the lab during open hours; you don’t have to be enrolled in a class. However, these are the ONLY times that the NCAT is open for general use, so please plan accordingly. Current open hours are always posted here.

If you have a class in the NCAT this semester, the doors will automatically unlock at your class time. Please note that the NCAT does not provide headphones for class sessions; students are responsible for bringing their own headphones to class when needed.

Here’s a list of some of the courses currently happening for the Fall 2013 semester:

  • AAH269/FILM269A: Digital Media and Culture, Prof. Hauber
  • AAH248A/FILM248A: SPTP: Video, Prof. Kline
  • FILM281A/MUS281A: Music Video, Prof. Henderson
  • ASIA271A/FILM271A: World Cinema, Prof. Henderson
  • FRPG187: First Year Program: Finding a Voice, Prof. Boyette and Prof. Farley
  • FILM251A: History of Cinema, Prof. Jenseth
  • FILM347C: SPTP: Cinema & Avant garde, Prof. Jenseth
  • MUS260A: Rehearsing Music For Performance, Prof. Farley

Other classes will make use of NCAT facilities and resources, too. Contact the professor or department for more information about any of these courses.

ncat supports 24-hour student filmmaking competition

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Teams of 4 students each are given a theme and 24 hours to make a 10 minute film. Teams planning to enter should have emailed Steve Papson ( by Oct 14. The competition will take place Sat. Oct. 20, 12noon to Sun. Oct. 21, 12noon.

The NCAT lab (NC003) will be open for participants to edit their productions from 8am-12noon on Sunday Oct. 21.

NCAT loaned equipment may be reserved on a first come, first served basis beginning now. Students should contact Jo Skiff ( or the student monitor during open hours.

A multi-member jury will select the winning team. Film showings will be in the Winston Room on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7pm in the Winston Room.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore. Event sponsored by: Film and Representation Studies Program, The Artist Guild, Xanadu.

new media consortium summer conference begins june 16

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

nmc-logoThe New Media Consortium Summer Conference occurs this week in Madison, Wisconsin. The NMC, of which St. Lawrence is a member, hosts many events and programs that focus on integrating emerging technologies with teaching, learning, and creative inquiry; the Summer Conference is their flagship event.

Check out the conference program here (pdf).

More info on the NCAT’s contribution to this year’s program can be found here.