Dana Coburn – Saturday Sauna and Wedding Bell Drama

This past Saturday I worked at my first wedding as an intern at the Rankin Gardens and Atrium. This was a great first experience minus the obvious hot and humid weather that everyone is  familiar with in south Georgia in August. Rebecca Holman, a graduate assistant and Robbie Monfort, the executive event coordinator were both present and extremely helpful with guiding me through the steps of this event.

Weddings and all other events are an all day process. I was not aware of the time and effort that is put in to make the weddings as spectacular as they always are. We arrived at the venue at 12 p.m.  to begin the set-up process, which includes having all chairs and tables exactly how the bride requests her set up. After this is complete, the wedding planner arrives to help with all other set-up that needs to be done prior to the ceremony.

Like all events, there is always that one person that is hard to please. In this case, it was the wedding planner herself. The wedding planner is not associated with The Rankin, so we never know who we are going to have to deal with. This one in particular brought some “wedding bell drama” only because she wanted everything perfect but did not lift a finger.

I was happy that this was the first wedding I was able to experience simply because Robbie is such an expert at handling sticky situations. She calmly fixed everything in a timely manner and I believe that it was a great learning opportunity for me to know how to deal with the public.

The whole process of working a wedding is a 13 hour day. Saturday in particular,  was a long dreary day that turned into a successful wedding. The Rankin Gardens and Atrium is such a great place for me to learn and grow in this business I would like to be a part of after graduation.


Carlinton – LiveHealthyColumbus – “Tangible Results”

The community gardens at the Luther Wilson Homes housing site is one of the projects I had the opportunity to work on during my recent internship with the organization LiveHealthyColumbus (LHC). As a result, I was so excited to find out that I will have the opportunity go back and work on this project again. The group communication class, which I am taking this semester, will provide me the opportunity to work with LHC a second time. During a recent meeting with the administrator of LHC, she requested that my group conduct a follow-up on the community gardens. In preparation for this blog and my work with LHC, I went to the gardens and took a few photos. Based on what I saw, it appears that some of the gardens are producing crops and doing well. While others seem to be dying and in need of attention. Nonetheless, I already have a sense of satisfaction to see that some of the gardens are doing so well. It is one thing to sit in a classroom and study theories and other concepts. It is quite another to see the tangible ‘fruits’ that come from the application of the theories and other concepts that are learned in a classroom. It is for this reason that I believe the NPACE center is such an exciting development for our department. As a result of working in the NPACE center, communication students will be able to see the real-world application of what is learned in the classroom. In my view, there is no difference between my community garden project and the products that are created in the NPACE center. Thus, I have no doubt, the students working in the center will develop the same sense of satisfaction that I have working with the gardens.