Month: March 2011

Redefining the blog

I have personally had a Blogger account for over 6 years now but when I recently wanted to set up a blog, I went with WordPress instead.  I love WP (that’s what this site runs on) but I must say that the new enhancements Google just unveiled on Blogger are rather impressive.  Go to any blogger site and add /view at the end to get a completely different way to see the posts.  I will definitely need to dig a little deeper into these changes and it will make it harder when I have to choose a blog recommendation for myself or people asking for assistance.  [kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Looking for a few awesome employees

Are you awesome?  Like technology?  Interact well with human beings?  Can you show up to work on time?  Want to learn some new things?  If yes, you should apply for the Media Center Assistant position!

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TCWW Faculty Panel on Student Video Projects

Please join Professors Lullo, Humphreys, Hoefler, Schubert and Fratantuono for a brown bag lunch session of the TCWW as they discuss how and why they incorporated video projects into their courses.
You’ll see short clips of student-created videos and have an opportunity to discuss questions such as:
• Why did you decide to include a video project in your class?

• How did this project lend itself to the learning goals of your class?

• Did the video project augment or replace an existing project?

• Was the project modeled after a project you saw elsewhere?

• What was the level of effort required by both you and your students?

• How did you assess the video project?

The presenters have experience with incorporating a variety of video genres such as promotional videos, video blogs, interviews/documentaries, video mini-lectures and video demonstrations. Please bring a lunch and join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.

Michael Fratantuono – International Business & Management

Professor Jim Hoefler – Policy Studies

Policy & Management Senior Seminar students compose DVDs for non-profit organizations in the local community.

Professor Sherri Lullo – Asian Art History

ARTH 110: Introduction to the Arts of Asia
Topic: Japanese Print from Trout Gallery
Using narration over images.  Created using IMovie & series of images from Trout Gallery of Creative Commons files.
Students were each assigned a piece of Asian Art held by the college’s Trout Gallery and used the Ken Burns effect to display images of the piece while telling the story of it’s history.
Professor: Sheri Lullo-Art History
Course:ARTH 110: Introduction to the Arts of Asia

Full list of videos can be seen here

The Chinese Lacquer Box

Kawase Hasui – Beppu Kankaiji

Gathering Pines Japanese Print

Podcast: Kangxi Coin

Professor Dan Schubert – Health Studies

Dan’s students work with AIDS organizations to record oral histories from people who are HIV positive.  They then compile these into a final production to give back to the AIDS organizations they partnered with.

Professor Kristi Humphreys – Chemistry

Art History Podcasts

During the fall 2010 semester, Professor Sheri Lullo’s Introduction to the Arts of Asia course created podcasts using images of the pieces held by the Trout Gallery.  The images were incorporated into Imovie and a narration was recorded over the video, walking the viewer through the history of each piece.  Students took a slightly different approach to the assignment as is apparent when you watch some of the examples below.  By incorporating storytelling, imagery, music and sound effects these beautiful examples of Asian art are brought to life.

Japanese Print: “Beppu Kankaiji” by Kawase Hasui
Podcast By Brandon Howard

Kawase Hasui – Beppu Kankaiji

Chinese Lacquer Box
Podcast By Anne Newall


Buddha Statue: The Evolution of Buddhism
Podcast By Nickolas Baller

Evolution of Buddhism


Gone, but not forgotten

The Media Center has a small memorial to Nate Kirkland who was a student here at Dickinson and was tragically taken from us during a Service Learning trip to Guatemala in early 2009.  He was passionate about filmmaking and had an infectious smile that would most definitely brighten your day.

Although the memorial is there to help remember Nate, people often pass by it without taking much notice as they rush to and from classes.  We hope that people who didn’t know Nate, take the time to read a little about him and hopefully find inspiration in the way he lived his life, as he was always trying to make the world a better place.

Today, I walked by the memorial and found someone was kind enough to leave flowers, a note & a poem.  It warmed my heart and saddened me all at the same time.

It made me think that the media center hasn’t promoted Nate’s work the way we should so here are some samples of what he created during the short period of time we were graced with his presence.  The following are the poem & note that were left and it should inspire us all.

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