Greetings, friends. I can hardly believe that we are past the midway point in May. Time travels swiftly, it seems. January term was a whirlwind of activity. Chairing the Center Personnel Committee in overseeing 30 faculty reappointment, tenure and promotion reviews was quite a daunting task. We have the vote on Part Time faculty this week, and with that, the committee completes its work for the year.
Teaching Media Arts was a lot of fun. Students chose to do a wide range of projects in the January term, from a photographic essay celebrating diversity in the Mohawk Valley, to cartoons, music videos, and commercials. Here is Mike Lapolla‘s moving photographic essay on the Mohawk Valley (used with permission):
This group of students took to meeting in the virtual world with remarkable ease. Though this was their first foray into immersive 3D virtual environments, they each had it all “figured out” within 20 minutes of our first practice session. Bravo!
Tomorrow the May term begins, and I’ll be teaching the Advanced Design Seminar for the Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies (MALET). I’ll also teach an independent study in Advanced Interactive Design, which will possibly become a prototype for a future online course in the CDL (Center for Distance Learning) Digital Media program.
June is packed with arts and activities. I’ll be presenting my paper “Towards a Theory of Immersive Fluency” at the Immersive Education Summit in Boston (June 3-6). June 6-7, I’ll attend a graduate program retreat. On June 7th in the evening, CDL is hosting a graduation mixer, followed by a day of graduation events on Saturday, June 8th. I’ll attend all of the graduation activities and meet with my graduating students, who have completed degrees in Digital Art and Design, Illustration, Art, Nature and Culture, and Wine Studies. June 6-9 is also the Saratoga Artsfest. I’ll see what I can fit into my schedule, and try to remember to take photos and post about my experiences.
Until then, Happy Spring!