Jessica Word – Student Profile

Joe Sanders, Distinguished Chair of Art and Professor of Art, asked Kern Wadkins to complete a student profile on  Ceallsach “Kelsey” Crouch to be featured in several different publications and on the College of the Art’s social media pages.  Kern asked me to take the lead on Kelsey’s interview and writing the student profile. I have six years experience in print journalism but it has be a long time since I written a profile or news article. I’m looking forward to the challenge!

Professor Sanders would like Kelsey to be interviewed regarding the Oxford program she will be attending. According to Sanders,  Regents Park (U of Oxford ) and he were impressed by Kelsey’s dedication to her subject, her academic success and her commitment to the whole learning experience in Oxford.

She’s planning to take tutorials in “The Transition from Antiquity to Middle Ages” and “Art and its Public in France” at Regents Park College. Kelsey is the first art history participant in the CSU in Oxford Visiting Student Program.  She will spend late September through early December studying art history with Oxford dons and enjoying the amazing resources in Oxford (the Ashmolean most notably) as well as London.


This will be Kelsey’s first opportunity to spend an extended period of time in Europe. She will have an invaluable opportunity for art history students to study works of art directly in the museum and revisit those works as she continues her study throughout the semester. This type of opportunity is typically available to graduate students at well-funded institutions but Kelsey will have this experience as an undergraduate. Her period of study will be generously supported by grants and scholarships provided by CSU. Kelsey’s accomplishments are quite impressive and I am excited to talk to her and find out more!

Check out this link to a YouTube video of the main quad and main hall of Regent’s Park College at Oxford. This is a peak into what Kelsey will be seeing during her time in Oxford.

Jessica Word – Photoshop Success

Finally, I’m beginning to solve my issues of updating the Department of Theatre program cover. I decided to use a picture taken from Rent and use it as the background of the program cover. I deleted several layers of dated text, graphics, etc. to come up with a more modern and enticing cover.

photo (1)Here is the tentative cover of Theatre on the Park

The final draft of the cover isn’t due until mid-August so I’m waiting for Kern’s approval and hopefully some tips or suggestions on how to improve the cover. Tomorrow, I will begin working on something new for the College of the Arts. Kern assured me that there is still a lot of work to be done before fall semester begins and I am up for the task! I like being able to have such an impact on what the College of Arts is producing to students, faculty, and the general public. It’s very rewarding and I hope to continue working in this office in the fall as a student assistant.

Jessica Word- Photoshop difficulties

Last week, I struggled immensely with Photoshop. Kern asked me to redesign the front of a program for the Department of Theater. I was unable to work on this in the Dean’s office so I walked a block away to the NPACE Center to finish this task. She shared the copy of the program cover with me via Google Docs but I needed permission to open it. After she allowed me to access the document, it would not open in Indesign or Photoshop. Professor Hart helped me for almost an hour to try and open the document and begin editing. It was a long and tiring process, for some reason we could not get it to work. Finally, I was able to open it in Photoshop but by that time I had to go to class. The next day, I went back to Kern’s office and worked on her personal laptop to edit the program in Photoshop. This proved to be equally taxing and uneventful. The layers of the program were locked and  not editable.  By the time I was ready to leave for class, I was filled with ideas on how to improve the program but had yet to start. Kern told me that this upcoming week she will sit down and work closely with me to fix this issue. I look forward to be able to edit and update the cover of this program.


Jessica Word – COA and NPACE

It’s only Tuesday and I have already completed so many tasks for the College of the Arts and the Department of Theatre! So far this week, I created an Excel spreadsheet in which I compiled the list of 2013-2014 single ticket sales for Seussical and The Cat in the Hat. I updated the COA and Department of theatre Facebook pages with the news of Dr. Becky Becker’s published in article in Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy as well as a sneak peek photo album of  The Cat in the Hat.

Also, I updated the Department of Theatre’s website with details of upcoming productions. I am excited to report that the COA’s website as well as all the departments within the COA will be receiving a design overhaul. Kern is attempting to establish a more cohesive and recognized brand for the College of the Arts which includes all of its departments (Art, Theatre, Communication, Music). I hope to help her in creating a brand for the college. I learned a lot about this last semester in my Into to Public Relations class semester. John Lester, Assistant Vice President of University Relations, spoke to our in class in detail about how he had to rebrand all of Columbus State University. It was a long process but overall, the university has a much more professional and updated look.

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Here is the current logo. Hopefully, I will be able to help establish a new brand for the COA!

As far as the NPACE Center is concerned, I am still working on constantly updating both NPACE and the Communication Department Facebook pages. Also, as the intern blog coordinator I am tasked with editing and maintaing the overall appearance of the the blog. I am still looking for the perfect theme for this blog, so more changes are to come!

Jessica Word – Ticket booth and NPACE Center

Yestrerday, Kern and I worked in the Department of theater box office, selling tickets for the children’s show “The Cat in the Hat.” It was a lot of fun to see all the children and their parents so excited to see one of CSU’s many productions. I have yet to attend a performance and I will definitely have to see one soon! I never realized how amazing the facilities were at the Riverpark Theatre. Also, Kern made me an administrator of the College of the Arts and Department of Theater Facebook pages and I am excited to get started. I have worked so much with the Communication Department and I am excited to begin working with other departments within the College of the Arts.

catAs far as FANFARE is concerned, I will be holding off on working on the publication for now. Much of the music department is under transition so I will resume working on the publication sometime next month. For now, I will focus on the social media aspect of the College and assisting Kern in any way that I can.

I have also resumed working at the NPACE Center. I am continuing to work on the NPACE Center and Communication Department Facebook pages. It’s hard to find content and keep the pages relevant in the summer, because there isn’t that much going on. However, I’m hoping there will be more news next month with the launch of CSU TV.  This will be an exciting time for the whole college, because many musical productions, plays, tv shows, etc. will be aired featuring CSU students and staff. I look forward to the coming weeks of my internship!

Jessica Word- Double Internship

This summer, I am completing my senior internship via a double internship through the College of the Arts and the NPACE Center. This will be my second semester working with the NPACE Center, and I am looking forward to picking up where I left off. I will continue to work on the NPACE Center and CSU Communication Department’s social pages as well as managing the CSU Intern Blog. As part of my Interactive Media course, I will be revamping the Intern Blog (so look out for some exciting new updates!) which will hopefully draw more attention and a larger audience to our blog and our department.

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This week, I started working for the College of the Arts. I am working closely with Kern Wadkins, the Marketing Coordinator, and assisting her in any way that I can. I am told that I will be working on promoting upcoming events for the theater department and the Schwob School of Music. Also, I will be working on various social media outlets for the various departments in the College of the Arts. Yesterday, I worked on a mass mailing to be sent out which will promote upcoming events. It was long and tedious work but I know it’s important to let people know about our upcoming plays, shows, concerts, etc.!

Today, Kern has asked me to begin working on updating FANFARE, a publication of the CSU Schwob School of Music for 2013-2014. Overall, the publication could use a little updating to give it a fresh, more vibrant look that might be more appealing to a mass audience. I’m thinking that it would be wise to incorporate social media elements into the publication as well. By simply adding Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to the publication, it would make it much more accessible and more appealing to a younger audience. I have so many ideas on how to improve FANFARE. I can’t wait to get started!

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Jeremy Statum – Gearing Up and Buckling Down for Artbeat of Columbus

I welcome you all to the deceptive and uneasy calm before the storm better known by the name Artbeat of Columbus. Its a good thing storms are my favorite type of weather. The NPACE center has been gearing up to record, capture, catalog, edit, upload, and share every exciting moment of one of Columbus’ newest arts festivals. I had the pleasure of working on Artbeat last year, and I am truly looking forward to seeing what the College of the Arts has to offer next month. Last March was indeed a challenge, mainly because Artbeat was a brand new idea. All the lines of communication had to be built largely from scratch, but that was one of the main ideas behind the festival in the first place, to foster the growth of a healthy relationship between the individual departments in the College of the Arts. To be as politically correct as possible, we are a community consisting of a sizable amount of, shall we say ‘opinionated’, people. It’s good for us to get out of our comfort zones and see what others are up to in our university. Artbeat provides the perfect chance to accomplish this goal, and I believe the Communication Department has a responsibility to use the resources at its disposal to aid in spreading this message. We stepped up to the challenge well last year. Personally, I was able to work on a short documentary with Christina Kleehammer over two weeks showcasing the process Art student Mark Priest went through in crafting the metalwork sculpture “Sleeping Swan”

This year promises to be even better, and our department has many more tools at our disposal thanks to the growth of NPACE than we did 12 months ago, and our team of interns and student assistants have the advantage of experience and training…and did I mention experience? I can’t wait to see what Artbeat holds for us in then next month.