Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Adobe User Group: Adobe After Effects




2012- Feb Meeting


Our 4-part series entitled “Exploring Adobe CS5 Production Suite” continues with part 2 this month.
This time our Pitt State AUG co-manager and Career Tech Teacher, Chris Burris will present Adobe After Effects software which is used to create sophisticated motion graphics and cinematic visual effects.
After Effects allows industry professionals the ability to create and animate text and vector graphics, choose among extensive visual effects, fluidly key, mask, rotoscope, and paint composites.
Joins us for some animated fun.


Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Free and open to the public.
We invite professionals, educators, students and enthusiasts who share a interest in Adobe and Design to join us.


Pittsburg State University, Kansas Technology Center
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Room Location S104
For more information contact Mrs. Akram Taghavi-Burris (group manager) at ataghaviburris@gus.pittstate.edu

Monday, February 27, 2012

GIT Field Trip | Kansas City Studios

You don't want to forget your cash....both of these studios have amazing work for sale! Check out their websites.....and sign up in the GIT office if you want to take a tour!!!!

Vans will leave the KTC main entrance at 7:30 a.m. and should return by 4:30 p.m. Sign up sheet is in the GIT office. YOU MUST Sign up IN THE PSU DEPARTMENT OF GRAPHICS & IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES

We make all sorts of really nice letterpress greeting cards, gift cards, notebooks and other paper goods. This year has been a good year! We’ve had the presses going non-stop and we thank you for your patronage.

business cards
personal stationery
identity materials
cd packages
custom design
art prints
everyday cards
holiday cards
holiday box sets
gift tags

Vahalla Studios is the art and design of Tad Carpenter and Dan Padavic. Vahalla Studios was created in 2005 and initially run out of the back of an auto-mechanic shop. The studio now operates as a full service design studio and print shop with both letterpress and silkscreen capabilities. The guys print their own work and that of many other U.S. and international artists. Dan and Tad have worked on posters and projects for numerous design clients, bands and record labels.

All images are work samples of the studios.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Student Spotlight: Logan Grieder

Experience LAG Studios......

Logan Grieder is our current Graphic Arts Club president and award winning student! He has done an outstanding job of executing his personal brand, not only on his blog, but on business cards and promotional items, as well. Logan works at PSU Printing Services and loves to play music.....in all his spare time.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Graphics and Imaging Wins Big!

Saturday, February 18, the Joplin AAF hosted their 2012 ADDY event. Not only was PSU well represented in attendance, we stole the show with Special Judges Awards and a Student Best of Show!
GIT Faculty, students, and the Unviersity Marketing and Communication team, including Dr. Brad Hodson proudly show off the wins for PSU.

Graphics and Imaging Technologies wins include:
Christel Benson | Assistant Professor
Gold ADDY | Digital File Preparation Syllabus
Silver ADDY | Get Graphic at PSU promotional material
Silver ADDY | Brandon Griffin Graduation announcement

Chris Huitt | Assistant Professor
Silver ADDY | Baja T-shirt design

Gordon Maxey | Student
Gold ADDY | Duncil Wedding Photography | Digital File Preparation Project

Logan Grieder | Student
Gold ADDY | Kanza Brewing Co. 4 pack | Digital File Preparation Project
Lights Out Judges Award | Kanza Brewing Co. 4 pack | Digital File Preparation Project

Hillary Reeve Heflin | GIT Graduate
Gold ADDY | Bon Vivant Brochure | Senior Project
Gold ADDY | Graduation Announcement | Senior Project | Photography by Kris Hartley, Student
Silver ADDY | Bon Vivant Corporate Identity Package
Silver ADDY | Bon Vivant Flyer
Silver ADDY | Bon Vivant Logo

Shawn Brandt | Student
Gold ADDY | Brandt Aerospace Business Card | Digital File Preparation Project

Sam Clausen | Student
Gold ADDY & Best of Show | Photography Portfolio | Digital File Preparation Project

Zach Waggoner | Student
Gold ADDY & Baby-Faced Assassin Judge's Award | I AM JOPLIN EVENT | Internship Project
Silver ADDY | ZW Porfolio
Silver ADDY | The Central Campaign | Digital File Preparation Class

Eva Schenk | Student
Silver ADDY | Wedding Invitation | Digital File Preparation Project

Cayla Probert | Student
Silver ADDY |  Typographic Illustration | Image Composition

Emily Smalley | Student
Silver ADDY | Frontenac Raider Invite | Digital File Preparation

Rose Thornhill | Student
Silver ADDY | Brandon Boyd Typography | Image Composition

I would also like to mention Lauren White, recent PSU Graduate from the GIT and Communication departments. She stole the show as a student, last year, and cleaned up quite nicely this year, as a professional. Lauren is the graphic designer for Joplin Public Schools, and walked away with a Gold ADDY and at least 6 Silver ADDY awards!

Only five special judges awards were handed out, and our students received two of them!

PSU Students, Logan Grieder and Zach Waggoner each took home one of these Special Judges awards

 Entries on display

 Entries on display| Student work Emily Smalley and Cayla Probert

 Student work | Sam Clausen and Erica Brooks

 The Judges

 The Bling!

 Kris Hartley and Hillary Heflin won a gold for Hillary's graduation announcement. We were lucky to have Kris on hand with her new camera, to take lots of pictures.

 The University Marketing and Communication team took home five silver awards!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

$5,000 Scholarship

TLMI is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 4-Year Degree Scholarship for outstanding full-time students entering their junior or senior year in a major applicable to the narrow web printing industry. This scholarship program seeks to financially support top students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in our industry. It is our hope that the grant of $5,000, payable over two semesters, will reward excellence and encourage students to pursue a career with one of TLMI’s industry leading member companies.

The application form is available on our website www.tlmi.com under the Awards Tab, or you can click on the link below. Please note that the deadline for submission is to TLMI is March 31, 2012. Our scholarship committee will review all complete applications from a nationwide pool. 

Please forward this message to the appropriate personnel at your institution. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact TLMI headquarters at 978 282 1400 or office@tlmi.com.


Frank A. Sablone

Student Success: Melissa McDonald

"My dad used to wake me up every morning saying "Today is a school day, a break all the rules day." My mom would tell me "You don't become famous for following the rules, have a famous day!" As a result, I live life to my own beat, along with friends and family who are crazy enough to keep up with me. These blog posts are the chronicles of my life to keep people up to date when they can't be with me for every step of the adventure!"

Melissa McDonald is a graduate of the Graphics and Imaging Department, working as a Cruise Ship photographer! You can catch up on Melissa's adventures here>>

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Field Trip: Flesh Co.

Count on The Flesh Company for high quality printing solutions for everything from digital imaging, print processes, security printing and document design to improve workflow.  Whether you need forms, form/label combinations, prime labels or high impact digital color, The Flesh Company is here to help you.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Student Success: Caitlin Weaver

Caitlin Weaver is a Senior Commercial Graphics major. She has done an outstanding job of marketing herself. You can check out her project blog as well as her photography blog!

Collegio: Textbooks to techbooks

When Graphics and Imaging Technology professor Chris Huitt was in college, textbooks were printed, bound, shipped and republished every few years. Last week, his class of 24 used Apple’s iBooks 2 to create a 12-page instructive document complete with links to slideshows and charts. It took them an hour and a half.
“We downloaded it and put it on all the computers to see how easy it was to put in the copy and bring in the links,” Huitt said. 
Excerpt from the Collegio Article. Read full story >>

Chris Huitt, professor in graphics and imaging technologies, taught Layout and Design last semester a little bit differently than he has in the past. Academic Affairs recently launched an iPad Pilot Project and decided Huitt would be the perfect candidate to test it. Twenty-four students in Huitt’s class received a new iPad on the first day of class. Students were allowed to use them for other classes and even allowed to use them for non-school purposes.

Excerpt from the Collegio Article. Read full story >>

Friday, February 10, 2012

Free Lunch!

FREE HOT DOGS WITH ALL THE FIXINS will be provided for everyone on Thursday, February 16 courtesy of the College of Technology.

Join us between 11 and 1 in room E101 (last door on the right next to the northeast exit of the tech building)

Everyone's invited

Monday, February 6, 2012

Field Trip | University Marketing & Communications

Student recommended......Need something fresh? Check out Dribble!


Three anonymous students are bringing smiles to pedestrians on campus.
They call themselves the RGB Men for the red, green and blue “morph” suits they wear. They do not speak, but write positive messages on sticky notes that they give to the students they meet.