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Illinois Public Housing Authority Efficient Living Program Receives the 2015 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award

The Illinois Public Housing Authority Efficient Living Program (ILPHA) was named the 2015 winner of the Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an association of leaders in the energy field from 13 states. A partnership between utility companies and the university, the ILPHA identifies ways for public housing authorities to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs, and it provides assessments, workshops, and technical assistance. Kate Brown, a housing research specialist who heads the ILPHA, noted that it “is one of the few public sector programs in the nation to leverage utility funds for energy efficiency upgrades in public housing properties.” The award recognized the ILPHA’s notable efforts to update buildings to increase comfort and energy savings.

Christos Tsitsaros Named Distinguished Composer of the Year

Christos Tsitsaros

Christos Tsitsaros, a professor of piano pedagogy in the School of Music, earned the Distinguished Composer of the Year Award from the Music Teachers National Association for his composition Three Preludes for Piano Solo (A Mythical Triptych). Each year, the association selects a winner from entrants to its Commissioned Composer program for this honor. Tsitsaros will perform the piece at the national conference in March. Commissioned by the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association for the work, Tsitsaros is a productive composer who has an ongoing relationship with the Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest print music publisher in the world. He also serves as an editor and a recording artist for Schirmer Performance Editions and is an active performer, lecturer, and clinician.

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