Friday, March 23, 2018

SCSU Communications Graduate Shares Success Story

Ralan Wardlaw Speaking on March 22
What a terrific talk South Carolina State University 2015 graduate Ralan Wardlaw gave yesterday at his alma mater! Wardlaw works in athletics media relations at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

He was in Orangeburg for the softball game between UMES and SC State. Wardlaw also handles media and publicity for the Hawk's men's and women's golf and women's tennis teams.

Wardlaw told current SC State communications students and members of the school's softball team who were present about his life after college.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Comm Students Video Garners Honors!

Congratulations go out to Communications majors Ferrante Dunham and TiAnna Dawson whose Orangeburg Massacre 50th Anniversary tribute video won an award.

Ferrante Dunham and TiAnna Dawson
SC State's Department of English and Modern Languages sponsored the video contest.  It was one of the many ways the school remembered that terrible night 50 years ago- Feb. 8, 1968- when three young men, two of whom were SC State students, were killed when state police opened fire on them and other African-Americans gathered on campus near what is today the school's main administration building.

The shooting followed two days of unrest as black students and others attempted to integrate an Orangeburg bowling alley.

Ferrante and TiAnna's short video, titled "The Orangeburg Massacre: Never Forgotten", was selected for the contest's $50 top prize by a panel of Communications faculty.  Here is their video:

Congratulations Ferrante and TiAnna! And thanks to the others students who submitted videos.


Monday, February 19, 2018

SCSU Graduate Inspires Students During Communications Club Talk

SC State's Communications Club had a special Valentine's Day treat for students when Kris Bennett,  Class of 2016, shared her busy "Life After College" story with them.

Kris Bennett on Feb. 14 
Last fall, Bennett, a Charleston native, returned to her alma mater to start her position with the school's admissions office where she is a counselor and recruiter.

She told the students of many initiatives underway to boost enrollment at SC State, which is a top priority here.

Stints at Verizon and North Carolina A&T preceded Bennett's return to Orangeburg.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Orangeburg Massacre Anniversary Remembered

February 8, 1968 is a day of infamy in the history of South Carolina, Orangeburg, South Carolina State University and America's civil rights movement.

That night, officers with the S.C. Highway Patrol opened fire on a large group of students (including from neighboring Claflin College) on the SC State campus. Tempers were running hot two days after students from both Orangeburg colleges protested at a nearby bowling alley after being denied entry due to their skin color. 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of what became known as the Orangeburg Massacre I assigned students in my Advanced Television Production class to produce a two minute (or so) video on the historic tragedy and what students today have to say about it. 

Here is one of the final videos: 

The students involved in shooting this video are as follows: Tean Becoate, Alvin Brooks, Kyre Cox, Tianna Dawson, Ferrante Dunham, Trendon Howard, Corvosier Mayrant and Skyler Suber. I edited this piece from their footage. The music comes from the free music website

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Blending Photos to Create "Green Screen" Gems

A favorite assignment among all of the ones I give at SC State is the "Where I Want To Be" project.  It involves using chromakey (or chroma key), a technology technique also commonly called green screen.  The effect is seen all the time on television weather reports.

Here are my two latest "green screen" photography creations, using Adobe Premiere Pro for the process that is pretty easy to achieve if you follow these steps.  It can also be done with video clips.

This a photo I took a few years ago on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

I chose it, one, because it has space on the lower right side to insert an image of yours truly.

And, two, I really want to go back to Aruba someday!  It's so beautiful there!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Prezi Next Embed Steps

Prezi Next is new and exciting, but is not as easy to embed into a blog as was Prezi Classic.

But there is a way to do it.  This link explains the steps. 

Below is the code that must be copied and pasted into the Blogger post template in the HTML mode, not Compose.

The URL address for the new Prezi is copied then pasted in the code to replace the red writing. Keep the word embed at the end of the code.

<iframe src="your_view_link/embed" width="550" height="400">   </iframe>

This Prezi presentation is unfinished, but I posted it anyway to show my students how embedding is done in the Prezi Next version.  I'm surprised Prezi has made this step, which was so easy to do and demonstrated in Prezi Classic, so much more difficult!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Prezi Presents: The Bulldogs of South Carolina State University!

At South Carolina State University the sports teams are called Bulldogs. But bulldogs are seen all over campus, not just on the playing fields.

You definitely know you are in Bulldog Nation when walking around campus. My Prezi shows 10 bulldogs in a variety places and settings.

I produced this Prezi to show students how they can create a top ten list on just about any subject, and how they can use a photo of their own as the Prezi's background.

Producing Prezi presentations is pretty pleasing and pleasurable!