Thursday, October 28, 2010

Four States Regional Technology Conference

Four State Regional Technology Conference

The Four State Regional Technology Conference (FSRTC) has been a source for the professional development of technology teachers (college/university, high school and middle school), teacher educators, industrial technology teachers, engineering technology, school-to-careers, and multimedia technology teachers. A newer conference track now features human resources.

68th Four State Regional Technology Conference

Location: Pittsburg State University/Kansas Technology Center
Date: November 11-12, 2010
Theme: 21st Century Technology Showcase

For more details, check out the College of Technology site!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Anyone want to Intern with the Chiefs

Graphic Design Internship opportunity with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Job ID in Gorillas4Hire is: 11476

Job Description:
The Kansas City Chiefs are seeking a candidate for our winter internship in our graphic design department. This internship would start the beginning of December 2010. (Start time is subject to change depending on circumstances) This internship is for someone who is willing to work at least 3-4 days a week.

The internship includes working with the Chiefs Graphic Designer and other departments within
the organization.

Duties will include but are not limited to:
• Designing promotional material (posters, print ads, postcards, brochures)
• Web graphics
• Brand Management (Logo)
• Event support (invitations, signage)
• Illustration and photograph
• Assist Graphic Designer as needed

This is a very hand’s on internship. We are looking for someone who wants to grow and learn with lots of energy!
Qualifications: Education:
This internship is for college students. This is an unpaid internship and must receive college credit.
For candidates that are working towards a degree in Graphic Design.

Must know basic programs on a Macintosh computer. Including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat and Font Management. Excellent attention to detail. Comfortable working on multiple projects with tight deadlines in a fast-pace team environment.
*Application Instructions: If this sounds like you please send your resume, cover letter and at least 5 portfolio pieces to:
Ashley Mulready

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Excerpts from an Expert

Several very lucky students, faculty and community professionals took advantage of a rare opportunity on Friday, October 15. In celebration of Homecoming at PSU, Brendan Murphy was on campus to receive an Outstanding Alumni award.

He presented several case studies on Brand Management, the development process that goes into restructuring a brand and some of the steps in implementing this process. He also emphasized the importance of our role as communicators. Regardless of the output we are communicating a message. Writing is extremely important in our profession, and he would not be a VP without his writing skills. One other element of his presentation I focused on is that when developing an icon/logo for a company they sometimes go through thousands of revisions before landing on "the one." Keep this in mind the next time you work on thumbnails.

I had the privilege to ask him a few questions throughout the day and he was generous enough to expand on his responses to me in an email.

Technology changes and rapidly.
While investment in technology and computer programs is critical to educational infrastructure, this should not be confused with the education of our students. We must constantly ask ourselves what are we preparing our students for? The shift from paper to screen is still in its infancy. However the fundamentals of good communication are constant.

The Technology Center.
The success of the technology center from a student and university perspective will be its ability to connect with all schools in the university, to nurture and if necessary force collaboration. This is both a challenge and an opportunity.

This is always difficult and incredibly competitive.
Frankly, we are unlikely to compete with the pure design schools for "design" internships.
However, we can expose broaden students perspectives through tours and with guest lecturers.

One question that we must keep returning to is What makes us different?
It may be that we in fact want to be competitive and not different.
However its critical that we define who we are. This will help us define and refine the curriculum.