Young Professionals – Website Update

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I recently, over the summer, learned how to write HTML and CSS. As an intern with the Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals, I thought updating the website would be an easy enough task. I was wrong… This wasn’t due to my misunderstanding of HTML or CSS but it was due to my lack of knowledge of WordPress websites. Writing code in WP is not as easy as inputting data. There are some areas that do allow you to insert code but as you get into the intricate information, such as, links opening up new tabs (or windows) that allow you to remain on the same, previous page while allowing you to move on to a new site. Many of this information was not available to the Chamber employees because they outsource their website creation to a 3rd party marketing company. wplogoblue-stacked-rgbSo I relied on YouTube to supplement the learning that I needed to maneuver to the information I needed to accomplish. I also went through all of the pages and ensured every one was working properly. It was a task I thought would take no longer then 30 minutes which ended up taking me 2 days to complete. It is no fault of the chambers because they are doing a great job on everything they put their hands on; some things just fall at the wayside and this just so happened to be the situation. The website is currently up to date and running smoothly! Check it out! Click Here! Also, If you are a professional, or anyone between the ages of 21 – 40 you should consider joining. It is a great opportunity to be a part of a professional organization that helps you gain valuable skills and is a great networking opportunity.

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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.

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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- 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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