I’m always working on my to do list. It is a constant thing that is a combination of email, calendar, written notes and some to do app. I’m trying something new – I’m not reviewing an app, so I’m not going to go into it, but if you want to share how you stay organized, feel free to put it down here in the comments!
Author Archives: merimes
Online Course Workshop
So, I’m doing a workshop on how to build an online course. Facinating. It seems that one of the staples of doing this is to create videos of myself. OMG. I hope my students have a good sense of humor. I don’t think my jokes are going to work as well over a video instead of live. Ground-Neutral-Hot-Hot-Hot will not come across the same I think….
Well, the questionnaire is out. I’ve had about 60 bounce back. Oof. I will see if I have secondary emails for those people. However, if you are reading this and you are an alum, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will happily send you a questionnaire for the UNCSA DnP Lighting Newsletter, issue #1 – hopefully coming out Aug 1st.
Google Form Ready
It’s been a good weekend. I finished uploading the alum names and emails into my database, created a google form and sent it to a test group (class of 2020). Next, I will be sending the form to everyone I have an email address for and posting the link everywhere I can think of. Please fill it out if you graduated from UNCSA, DnP Lighting. Or even if you just want to be included….
Remember the goal here is to help as many people as possible connected. Talk with you soon!
Finding Family Project
Last night I finished getting all the email addresses and known alumni in one spreadsheet and uploaded into a Filemaker. There are 538 names. Soon (I’m hoping for tomorrow, but at least by Monday) I will send a questionnaire to them all asking a few things:
- Would you like an Annual Newsletter with department updates, alumni updates, introductions to new graduates and alumni contact info?
- Would you be willing to include your contact information in the aforementioned Newsletter?
- What are you working on? Before, during and after COVID-19?
I hope we have a lot of participation. As projects start happening again (whenever that may be) it will be useful to know who your fellow pickles are and if we can help each other!!
Progress for 2020-21 Season
Today we had a great talk about the 20-21 Season. It is going to be very interesting. Like so many things, it will be a different season than what we are used to, but it will be interesting and exciting to do productions with different challenges. What we have been thinking about is, how are productions being done around the world right now? How do we teach that and give our students that experience? Intriguing, yes?
Today I finished step 1!! I now have over 500 names of people that have been a part of the Lighting program over the last 50 years! I don’t have email addresses for everyone, but most! The next step is to build a database (Filemaker) and then create an email list for contacting everyone and asking what they would like to share with the group (if anything). I’ll post here on progress.
In addition to connecting grads and students, I am working on making more pages on this site. Password protected, but a page for each class and my advisees. Look for updates here on ways to make appointments and how to access your class page. Much of this will be duplicated for Canvas, but some things will be only here on Stagetechnician.com. Stay tuned!
I have been working for several months on an alumni database. Why? One of the most powerful tools you can have at your disposal is your contacts. If I can help you all (students, new graduates and alumni) connect with one another think how much more useful your address book will be! To that end, I am hoping to send out a quick survey about who is OK with publishing their contact info. After that, I’ll create a newsletter (big newsletter) to send to everyone on the list. I’m really excited about it!!!
One very exciting thing is that we have been able to buy a bunch of new equipment this summer. We should have enough instrumentation and dimmers to support the shows we do now and we even got some truss to expand the grid in our large lab all throughout the whole room. All this stuff, of course, will need to be “prepped.” I hope everyone is ready to roll when we start in the Fall…