PBC Golf Tournament – Jake Hall – Sports Information

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I am currently in the process of preparing to work the Peach Belt Conference Golf Championship being held at Callaway Gardens. It will take place Friday and Saturday. I will have two very long days, but I am sure the experience will be very rewarding. I have never actually attended a golf tournament before so this will be a first.

I have been working on article about the incoming interim athletic Johnny Williams. He comes from Troy State, and I am very interested to see how this process will work. Essentially the future of Columbus State athletics rests in the hands of those that determine who will control the department. His position with the department is temporary for now, but he still has the ability to make significant changes in CSU athletics. We will see in the coming months which direction CSU will take.

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Kayla Brown-CSU Athletics-Finished Brochure!!

I finally finished the summer soccer camp brochure. I enjoyed making this brochure because I was able to learn a lot about the Adobe products, which I needed to complete this project. More specifically, for this brochure, I used Adobe’s Indesign and Photoshop. I used photoshop’s selection tool to cut out the soccer player from the original picture. I then had to research and figure out how to transfer it into Indesign. The bulk of the brochure was made using Indesign. Through trial and error, and help from people in the office, I was able to figure out some of the “tricks of the trade.”

In order for me to start making the brochure I had to brainstorm what it was going to look like. I also wanted the brochure to be timeless. Therefore, I kept this in mind while creating it. This would be so that the soccer coach could use the brochure for many years to come. I did this through providing pictures of younger upcoming players of the CSU soccer team. I also felt that it was timeless with the new logo added, which hopefully will not change for a long time.

Click on this link to see the final product: SoccerCamp

I hope you enjoy!

Kayla Brown-CSU Athletics-Study Abroad Video

This week I continued to further my learning through final cut pro x. I made a video for the International Student Video Contest, which is a study abroad competition. I entered this contest because I would like the opportunity to travel abroad to Spain. Through this, I realized that it actually takes hard work to put a video together. I saw this with gathering the footage, doing many takes, watching and re-watching the clips, cutting the parts that I wanted along with many other duties that come along with making a video. The prompt for the study abroad competition was: tell us why you want to study abroad. I started working on this video about a month ago. This video required me to write a script and to collect a lot of footage. I had to gather footage everywhere I went. I also realized how difficult it was to make sure that all of the files were in the same place to be used every time you open up final cut pro.

Through making this video, I was able to use the skills that I gathered from my video production class. This comes into play especially with audio, collecting footage, and making sure to shoot video for the edit.

Even though I am proud of my first video that I made, I still think that there are plenty of improvements that can be made. Some of the improvements would be to gather more broll, improve the interview portion, maybe more uptempo music and how I edited some of the clips I would do differently.

Here is a link to my video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65r-nc-p2is

Kayla-CSU Athletics-Working on Brochure

This week I continued to work on the brochure for the soccer camps that are held in the summer. I am trying to figure my way within Adobe’s Indesign program. I am still working on some finishing details in order to make the brochure look the best that I can make it. Compared to the old brochure, I believe that the new one will have many advantages to attract people to attend their camps. It will have more consistency than the other. This will be within colors and alignment of the sections. I also added a different font and updated picture with information about the head coach that was not provided within the others. I tried to include detailed and more updated pictures of the children playing soccer and swimming in the pool; which are all of the activities that they enjoy when they attend the camp. I made a border around the fonts of the different sections. Although it is hard to see within the screenshot it is present when the brochure is printed. This border is not distracting but serves its purpose. I am still trying to figure out what to put on the cover of the brochure but I was thinking along the lines of have a navy blue cloudy background with one of the current players on the front. Can’t wait to show the finished product!

 

Kayla -CSU Athletics- Reading to Mathews Elementary

My duty this week was to arrange for student-athletes to go and read to students at Mathews Elementary School. This opportunity allows the athletes to impact the community in a positive way. It also allows for the children to see that college is a reality, and they can become college athletes as well through hard work and perseverance. In order to carry out this task I kept in constant contact with the principal at the school to schedule a time that would work with both the athletes and the teachers. Here is a picture of some of the athletes getting ready to read to the elementary students.

Kayla Brown-CSU Athletics-Golf Tournament

While working with the sports information team in the athletic department, I had the opportunity to work at the Aflac/Cougar Invitational last week. This tournament was for the male squad, and it was locally held in Columbus at the Country Club. I assisted with helping them to keep track of the scores of each school. The schools that participated within this invitational were: Georgia Southwestern, Florida Southern, North Alabama, Georgia College, Coker College, Delta State, along with many others. CSU’s competition included teams not only within the Peachbelt Conference, but also teams from within the region. Here are how the scores that I helped to deliver showed up: http://www.csucougars.com/sports/mgolf/2012-13/files/aflac.htm. It was a fun event and allowed me a chance to get some out of the office experience with sports. I enjoyed seeing our Cougars working toward their second place victory!

At this link below you can catch the recap of how the Cougar’s were successful by obtaining 2nd place at the Invitational. http://www.csucougars.com/sports/mgolf/2012-13/releases/20121002ap2m9f

Here are some photos that I took while I was there:

To the left is some of our team participating in the tournament.

To the right is the program I used to help enter the scores for each team.

Kayla – CSU Athletics – Video Interview

This week my group that I am working with in my video production class had the opportunity to interview one of my teammates who had two ACL surgeries on her knees. She is just recently recovering from her second one that occurred this past spring. It occurred while she was trying to run away from a stove fire. Now, it is her senior year of soccer, and she is trying to come back in time so she can play. One of her major challenges is getting past the fitness tests. This is because it is really difficult to get quickly back into things when an injury has prevented you from being active for months. We thought this would be an interesting story to cover because of all the unique aspects of her specific situation.

In my video production class, I am learning a lot about the art of video and things that I never thought about whenever I’d watch videos on television. A couple of things that I have learned so far is that it is a very detailed craft, and if you want to have good video, patience is the key. We shot our interview last week, but we plan to reshoot the interview this week to improve our shots. I have learned a lot of things about the camera that I did not know before, such as: white balance, neutral density, interviewing angles, and most importantly, audio. I really enjoy this class and hope to continue to learn more. I can’t wait to show you the finished project!

Below is a picture of the group in action.