Monthly Archives: May 2013

You’re reading an award-winning blog!

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Check it out!

Every year, the communications department at my college holds the Best of Northwestern Media Contest.

Students can submit work such as photography, writing, graphic design, and also… BLOGS!

The entries are reviewed by various professionals in the communication fields, and are awarded only if the professionals believe the work is deserving.

This year, I received first place plaques for photography, feature writing, graphic design, and blog! This blog in particular!

I’m so proud.

I love what I do, so getting recognized for my work is icing on the cake!

Oklahoma is in my heart

It’s in my blood! I’ve lived in Oklahoma my whole life. I’m only 21, but I think I’ll be here awhile longer.

If you’ve watched TV, listened to the radio, been on the internet or just talked to someone who has done one of these things, you know my state has been hit hard by devastation. Tornadoes are nasty, folks.

I am so thankful to be alive and well, to have a home and a job… But I don’t have a lot of extra money or belongings to give. However, I create art. So it only makes sense that I use my art to help others.

As you may know, one of my communications-related fortes is graphic design.

I created a few designs to be put on products from Cafe Press. Here’s my favorite:

okheart copy

I have my own little shop on Cafe Press, and if you purchase an item with my design on it, I will donate any profits to disaster relief funds!

There are clothing items, clocks, jewelry, magnets… you name it!

We can make a difference. If you’d like to purchase a product with my design, please visit my shop HERE!

Feel free to share, share, share my links!

Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance.

The Student Center Dining Services Part II

Last semester (November 2012) I completed a multimedia project based on observation and investigative reporting on the conditions of Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s student center dining services.

You can find the first project here or on RangerPulse.

Once I completed that project, I had no desire to dine in the student center any longer. In fact, I rarely entered the building after that. My personal health standards weren’t really being met.

This semester, I have actually heard some positive comments about changes that have been made regarding cleanliness and efficiency following my project. That’s great news to someone like me looking to make a difference!

Katy Hart, a Northwestern sophomore and fellow mass communication major, came to me earlier this semester and mentioned that she had seen some improvements.

I decided for my final media convergence project, I should follow up on my previous investigation and see just what has changed.

The video below is my interview with Katy Hart about her observations.

Personally, I still have no real desire to dine in the student center since I have other options. Because I do not live on campus, I’m not required to have a meal plan.

Last time around, I bought lunch from the student center for five consecutive days and documented my observations. This time, I ate there once and talked to two of my friends who dine there frequently.

Sarah Sauceda and Danna Bickford are both mass communication students, and they choose to dine in the student center nearly every weekday. Sarah lives in the dorms and has a meal plan, while Danna lives off campus and chooses to pay for her meals with cash.

The three of us discussed changes they were witnessing and made comparisons between the conditions of the student center last semester and this semester.

“I can see them making an effort,” Sarah said.

Last semester, one of the most pressing issues involved the tables. Trash could be found covering most tables at any given time, and it seemed as if they were only sanitized once per day. This time around, my friends had better things to say.

“”They actually wipe off the tables,” Danna said.

I didn’t spend as much time personally observing the conditions of the student center this time, but I did do some research and I tried to make a few appearances to document some occurrences.

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It’s obvious that there are still problems that need solutions. However, I’ll take little progress over no progress any day.

The bottom line:

The student center dining services at Northwestern are improving.

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