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Harding Web Design Majors go to BarCamp 2014 in Conway

Dr. Elander and three WDIM students drove to Conway to attend an annual meet-up of web designers, Internet professionals, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. BarCamp is a national phenomenon, usually held in large cities. The BarCamp Conway explains the BarCamp concept,
“BarCamp is an international network of user-generated ‘unconferences’ primarily BarCamp2014
focused around technology and the web. They are open, participatory workshop-
events, the content of which is provided by participants.

The name BarCamp is a playful allusion to the event’s origins, with reference to
the programmer slang term, ‘foobar:’ BarCamp arose as an open-to-the-public
alternative to Foo Camp, which is an annual invitation-only participant-driven
conference.” (http://barcampconway.com/)

The group was treated to free breakfast, free lunch, free swag, and of course great advice from industry professionals. Students passed out resumes, business cards, and talked to a recruiter from Axiom. Other fun activities included a photo booth and free “.buzz” domain names.

Guest WDIM Alum Skypes into Class

On Wednesday, April 16, 2013 web design and interactive media major Laura Paden did a presentation/conversation with the WDIM senior capstone class. Paden followed her dream and moved to Seattle after graduation where she found a full-time web design job within three weeks. Paden talked to students about specific web tools, what the professional work environment is like and answered questions.

Changing Spaces

The Harding Mass Communication Department Moves to the First Floor of the Reynolds Building

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The Harding communication department got the “go ahead” the week before school started in August of 2013 to move all offices to the first floor. This move was intended to consolidate all communication instructors and programs to the first floor (with the exception of the radio station and the audio recording booth). Dr. Elander moved his office from C206 to C130 adjacent to the Mac Lab. The small new media computer lab used by Electronic Media Production and Web Design and Interactive Media majors moved from C230 to C132.

This new work space, was affectionately named, “The Cave” by our administrative assistant Brandon Ragsdale. The Cave is expected to undergo further renovation and expansion in months ahead.

Additionally, this fall marked the first semester when Harding labs switched from using a specific Adobe software suite to an extended Adobe Creative Cloud suite. The Adobe Creative Cloud provides students with many additional Adobe software options, as well as access to all updates to the software as they become available.