Clarke University students and faculty took home several awards from the American College Theater Festival Region V event held Jan. 19-25 in Lincoln, Neb.Regional awards for Clarke’s performance of “Next to Normal” went to assistant professor of music Brian Burns for orchestration and musical direction, and Clarke student Carrie Pieper for stage management.Regional Awards for “Oleanna” went to Clarke professor emerita Carol Blitgen for direction, Clarke associate professor of drama Joe Klinebriel for acting, and Clarke student Mary Zanger for acting.Second place in the load-in/load-out competition went to the company of “Oleanna.” Clarke student Ben Graham made the semifinal round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Clarke student Traci Johnson was selected to perform in the Musical Theatre Intensive Showcase.National awards went to Clarke student Adam O’Dell, who took second place in the sound design category for “Oleanna.”“The students performed exceedingly well and had a marvelous overall experience,” said Ellen Gabrielleschi, professor of drama and chair of Clarke’s drama department. “Besides the rigors of taking their production, they attended workshops, seminars, stagecrafts intensives, manned a Clarke table for prospective transfer students, and attended other invited productions.”More than 220 productions from the six-state Region V (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota) were entered for consideration. “Oleanna” was one of five selected to be performed at the Region V Festival. The festival is sponsored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.