During our weekly meeting Drew tasked me with writing the Internship Report for Fall 2015 through Spring 2016. Using and refining Brittany Coughlin's format from the previous report, I will narrate the various goals, projects, and accomplishments conducted by interns during both semesters. Needs to be very detailed, formally written, and include examples (and links) of our projects. The ending concludes with plans for future interns and current intern perspectives on the program and why it should be continued. I plan to write 1 page/day, with the rough draft due May 2nd.
Revisions to be made to the Masters website: Writing with Style becomes Writing Creative Nonfiction; addition of Course Catalog links for each class; and replace stock photos with new photos. The first two tasks were accomplished, but there are still stock photos on the website.
Sent out a mass email to Rowan University Writing Arts Club members about the Westby Gallery visit on Thursday. About six members turned up, but the gallery director misread my email: thinking that we were going to the High Street Gallery, she sent a student there to keep it open even I though I specified in my email exchange with her that Westby was our destination. The gallery was being remolded when we arrived and the director told us to walk to the High Street Gallery, which was at least 15 minutes away by walking. On the spot we looked at the student galleries instead and met up later in the Writing Center to write about what we saw. I would like to do this type of activity again, just not with the current art gallery director.
Scheduled an interview on Friday with Rachael Shapiro to talk about her version of the Writing, Research and Technology class, and her Intro to Writing Arts module, The Future of Writing. The interview questions were great at generating quality information from Shapiro, but the air conditioning unit created a lot of background noise. In the future we will have to be more mindful of our interview settings.
Received a response from Mary Salvante, saying that she can open the gallery for the Rowan Writing Arts Club as long as she hires a student to be in the gallery. Originally scheduled the visit for Thursday 3/3, but Salvante requested another date for personal reasons. Decided to shoot for 3/24 instead because many of the club members would be leaving early for Spring Break. I carbon-copied Kopp, fellow interns, and RUWAC E-Board members throughout the discussion to keep everyone updated.
Interviewed Stephen Royek on 3/2 on the 4th floor of Campbell Library with Mike and Sarah. Everything went well and Royek was a pleasure to work with.
Shot B-roll for the WC video on 3/5 and 3/6, using staged and real appointments. Had a bit of trouble with the tripod, but Mike showed me how to position the camera on it properly. Some of the footage can't be used, but I gained more filming experience.
Finally completed the tutor video for the WC with Sarah. The final cut is almost three minutes long and includes a title page and captions for each tutor.
Worked with Sara and Sarah to interview Mike on his experiences with Glassworks magazine. Everything went quickly and smoothly; Sarah led the interview, Sara contributed a few questions, and I took notes on possible questions to ask in future interviews.
I messed up the PDF file of the introduction from Learning From Strangers; the pages were doubled up instead of being individually separate, some pages were blurry, all of the pages were oriented sideways, and each page was its own PDF instead of all of them condensed into one singular file. Kopp told me about Adobe Acrobat Pro, available on Rowan's Citrix Receiver, which can put multiple documents or files into a single PDF. Had some trouble downloading it, and discovered that I couldn't upload files to the program directly from my computer. Had to use the library's scanner, which works better than my personal scanner.
Contacted Mary Salvante, director of Rowan's art galleries, requesting a special Westby gallery viewing just for the Writing Arts Club on a future Thursday evening. Waiting for a response.
Streamlined the MA Weebly based on Kopp's suggestions. Worked with Sarah Knapp to erase the Contacts tab, put each course on an individual page, and replace the About page with the Home page. Replaced one stock image, but more images still need to be edited. These edits took place throughout the week, mainly on Saturday.
Interviewed Celeste Del Russo with Mike and Sara Skipp on Tuesday. I asked Celeste most of the questions, using my notes for guidance. Had a few problems with the memory cards, so we could not film for as long as we wanted.
Played with Windows Live Movie Maker instead of iMovie due to the many issues experienced when working with Rowan's Mac computers. Sarah and I tried to use the Rowan PCs, but many of them are equally as dysfunctional as the Macs. Ended up using my laptop because Sarah was downloading Windows Movie Maker. Encountered further technical difficulties because the initial video transfer from hard drive to computer was incomplete, but managed to show Sarah the basics of Movie Maker using Mike's tutor video. Left the hard drive with Sarah to do some editing over the weekend while I was not on campus.
Before leaving campus I scanned the first few pages of Learning From Strangers. Did not have time to format the pages into a single pdf.
Revised my email to Ron Block and sent it on Sunday. My language was more specific than before, so his response was more immediate. Meeting with him confirmed for the meeting on Tuesday.
Talked with Kopp about the Mac availability issues on Tuesday. He suggested trying again, and bring Sarah along so she can learn about iMovie and work on the video as well. Worked with Ron Block on what information should be put on the TEP/4+1/MA in Writing website. Began crafting a Weebly site later that evening.
Attended a special writing event on campus Thursday evening. Poet Claudia Rankine read passages from her award-winning poetry volume, Citizen: An American Lyric. Listened to her stories and lyrics about what it means to be black in white America. Took pictures for the Writing Department.
Met with Sarah on Friday to work on the Writing Center video. Ran into further Mac issues because the library computers no longer carry iMovie due to technical difficulties. Ended up working on the Masters Program website instead, completing more than half of the website's content. Will review any changes that need to be made on Tuesday.
Edited the website a little more on Saturday evening. Mainly to finish a page that I forgot to complete.
Interview Mike for the Writing Center video with Sara on Sunday. Further explored using the camera.
Attempt to edit the Writing Center video using Macs in the library computer lab. Discovered that all of the computers were being updated at the same time, rendering them unusable. Tried the computer labs in Bozorth, but the building was locked. Then tried Westby, which had Macs working. However, they did not have the latest edition of iMovie, which was the format in which the original video was edited. Will address this issue with Kopp on Tuesday.
Emailed Ron Block about the 4+1, TEP, and Masters Program website on Tuesday. Still waiting for a response.
Continued to work with/edit the Writing Center draft (2nd edition). Focused on basic cutting and adding features, using segments of my interview as well as another tutor's interview. Unable to complete a draft in time for Tuesday, February 2nd. New resolve to complete a draft by the 9th (?).
Practiced operating the video recording function of the camera and using the tripod. Met with Sara S. and Mike to do this. Filmed a mock-interview in preparation for a real interview with a professor or student.
Attended the Writing Arts Club meeting. Further discussed the responsibilities of each type of staff member. Contacted a graphic design major to arranged a meet-up between the Writing Arts Club and an extension of Westby's activities. Will be bringing club members to the student art show on February 11th to observe and write about various student-crafted art pieces.
Met with Mike, Sara, and Drew in person for the first time Tuesday 1/19. Discussed Mike and Sara's goals for the semester; my own project will come about as I work with them.
Practiced with Weebly on my own time Wednesday 1/20. Created a personal Weebly page and played with the site-building tools. I will save this page for some unknown use in the future. Became more familiar with site editing.
Practiced using Drew's camera on Thursday 1/21. Was instructed by Mike on how to use the camera's simplest features in preparation for the Rowan Writing Arts Club's first meeting of the semester. Took pictures throughout the meeting, including shots of staff, club members, and Mike's presentation of the club. Became a staff member as well (writer).
Briefly met with Mike and Sara Friday 1/22. Made plans to host an interview session on Sunday, weather permitting. Worked a bit more with Weebly.