DEAN’S LIST: Cheers to the Fall 2018 Semester

Winter break is in full swing, grades were finally posted today and YAY, I made the University Scholar list again – Dean’s List, Fall 2018.

This academic achievement feels extra special since this semester was so tough.  With hands-on production courses, all of the REAL work takes place outside of scheduled class hours.  Essentially, it’s a full time job!  But you know me … I was also volunteering, booking freelance projects, taking hours at the portrait studio and I’m also on the Theta Mu chapter’s executive board.  I was “booked and busy” but on top of my game in all respects.  

Rowan University RTF Media Fest ’18

I am pleased to announce I will be serving as a Media Festival Associate at Rowan University’s 2018 RTF Media Fest.  Over the last month I reviewed and judged high school submissions (scripts, narratives, new media) and at event, I will be responsible for Photography.  I am proud to be included in this event which features audio production, documentary, film, new media and screenwriting from both current students, and high school students.  Be sure to come support the event which takes place on November 2nd (college) and 3rd (high school).

RTF media fest

The event will be live streamed as well.  Learn more about the award ceremony. 

PROS Leadership, Awarded for Training Achievement

Over the course of the Spring semester, I served as a Transfer Mentor and PROS (Peer Referral & Orientation Staff) at Rowan University.  I am pleased to announce I was awarded for Outstanding Training Achievement.  This has been a phenomenal experience and I cherish the moments where I can positively contribute to the campus community. 

Check me out in this video from our leadership and teamwork trip.  

Educational Side Effects: Skills Development

TV1S18W - Capture Teleprompter Dead

Take a look at my face in this pic *gasp*

I can laugh about this experience in retrospect. At this precise moment, the teleprompter became possessed in Professor Winkler’s TV Production 1 class. I was Producer [slash] Talent A in this newscast and there was no opportunity to STOP the production and have a do-over. Luckily for me, since I wrote the copy and tweaked several times … I practically had it recited. Everything turned out okay.

Even though this is a clearly a case of things going WRONG (and this semester had plenty), unintentional learning provided some of the strongest lessons I’ll take away from these experiences. My crew encountered last minute scrambling and schedule changes because our Spring semester was Winter Wonderland and we had freak snowstorms several times. We booked equipment for an outdoor shoot on GREEN environmental initiatives, but our campus was winter WHITE. Oh, and I can’t forget the clicking sound of my hard drive going dead the day before I had to submit final edits or my SD card going wonky in the middle of a photoshoot.

What skills have I developed? RESILIANCE, PROBLEM SOLVING, PERSISTANCE, FLEXIBILITY, IMPROVISATION (and countless others). These are what I like to refer to as positive side effects from the collegiate experience.

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Photo Credit: Professor Christopher Winkler, Rowan University
Date: May 2, 2018
From: The Gun Debate (Producer: Steve Nuzzo, Director: Alexander Compta)

FREE Philadelphia: Under 21 | Photojournalism JRN 02314 – Photo Story / Subject of Interest [REVISION]

IMG_4013 - Mack Machine @machmachine does skateboarding tricks just outside Love Park in Philadelphia, PA

This PhotoVoice project features a selected subject of interest and multiple locations / shoots.  This topic was selected because Rowan University is located in South Jersey and students are always on a quest to find interesting and FREE things to do.  Moreover, there are over 100 institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Emphasis was placed on locations that can be enjoyed at no cost by people under the age of 21.

Photos: Briana Andrews
Music: Beat Demons (used w/ license)
Vocals: Breana Marin

Role: Photography, Editing, Assembly
Equipment Used: Canon 60D EOS
Software Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Photo Locations:

Culture:
Chinatown
935 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Entertainment:
Race Street Pier – Delaware River Waterfront
Race Street and N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Arts:
LOVE Park
Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

History:
Penn’s Landing
121 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Nature:
Rittenhouse Square (Park)
1851 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103