It’s the Final Countdown

digital-invite-all-1.pngWith only a few weeks left until we present our capstone projects to the world, I’m starting to wonder, where has the time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday that we were standing up and introducing ourselves at the Oak House in front of the rest of our cohort and our professors. I swear we just finished our literature review and I can still feel the sun on my skin from the fly-in. We just got here and now we have to leave.

But before we graduate, we get one last chance to WOW everyone with our capstone projects. Our capstone is the culmination of everything we’ve learned over the last 10 months. We’ve spent months of late nights and early mornings working hard and fine-tuning our ideas. It’s the best representation of ourselves and shows our abilities to prospective employers. With our capstones, we’ve had the complete creative freedom to create anything we want! Some of this year’s projects include interactive brochures, video games, websites and the topics range from non-profits to the music industry.

Everything has led up to this moment 10 months of hard work, coffee, and maybe a few tears here and there, and we can’t wait to show everyone! Want to see what we’ve spent all of this time working on? Come join us LIVE on Wednesday, May 16, from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in Long Building.

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The Calm Before the Storm

Something is coming, and no, it’s not winter. Finals week is days away and having a mountain of assignments can be a little scary, stressful, and overwhelming. However, our #iMedia18 class has a surefire way to make sure we survive and thrive finals week. Music!

For some, studying needs to be a calming experience. The lights need to be low, tea needs to be herbal, and there has to be an acoustic guitar playing softly in the background. But if you’re like I am, you need the lights to be as bright as they can, caffeine to be pumping through your veins, and your music to have a beat so strong it makes the hairs on your arms stand up. No matter your preference, here’s what #iMedia18 listens to stay calm before the storm.

So, what do we listen to when we’re working?

“I put on a 70’s soul playlist called “Feelin Good” to liven the spirits a little bit!” -Sarah Donahue

“If I am writing something, I️ like music with a high beat and no lyrics. Sometimes I like music with mellow beats that I️ don’t know the words to, like the “Brain Food” or “Indie Folk” playlists on Spotify.  If I️’m designing, I️ listen to my own playlist because it has all my current favorite songs and I️ think it helps with my creativity.” -Ashley Sugg

Sabrina Claudia has a very mellow vibe that I like to listen to when I study. I like to listen to things that I don’t know too well so I can’t sing along.” -Kendra Sharpe

“I enjoy listening to a loop of rainfall while I’m studying. The sound of the rain has always been soothing to me, so it definitely helps me focus!” -Case Gardner

“When I have to write something it’s classical music, like “Classical Music for Reading”. If’s creative work I love listening to indie bands like Alt-J!” -Chandler Cates-Wessel

“I don’t listen to music because I get too distracted and start to bob and sing-along!” -Nick Cook

No matter the playlist, we all have something that sparks our creativity and keeps us going no matter how early or late. For now, we’ll keep studying, but after, we’ll be listening to some “Party Jams.” Wish us luck on our finals!


We’re Going on a Trip!

Yesterday members of the #iMedia18 class were drafted for the Winter Term fly-ins. After learning what the destinations were last week, everyone was anxiously waiting to see where they would go. While some had a favorite destination in mind, others were just happy to finally be able to leave the country. Students weren’t the only ones who were excited. Draft Day is one of Dr. Copeland’s favorite iMedia days. “I love seeing what the team leaders are looking for in students for the fly in,” he said.

Here’s a breakdown of where teams will be traveling to in January:

Cap-Haïtien, Haiti


Cap-Haïtien, Haiti is a port city on the north coast of Haiti. It’s known for its French colonial architecture and is classically nicknamed “The Paris of the Antilles.” Haitians mainly speak Haitian Creole and French. The students traveling to Haiti will be working with the Haitian Heritage & Friends of Haiti (HHFoH) Organization. The trip to Cap-Haïtien will be led by Maggie Mullikin and Nicole Triche.

Galway, Ireland


Galway, a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast and sits right on the Atlantic Ocean. Students traveling to Ireland won’t feel the heat, but they will get to work with the Lurgan Project, a non-profit educational organization whose goal is to promote the learning of Gaelic in order to “help students fulfill their potential in becoming competent and confident Irish language speakers.” The trip to Galway will be led by Derek Lackaff and Douglas Kass.

Granada, Nicaragua


Granada is on the shores of Lake Nicaragua and is home to multiple Spanish colonial landmarks that have survived repeated pirate invasions. Argh! The group traveling to Grenada will be working with the Puedo LeerLibrary in an effort to promote literacy and a love of reading with Nicaraguan children. The trip to Grenada will be led by Phillip Motley and David Copeland.

San José, Costa Rica

San José is the capital of Costa Rica and sits in the Central Valley region with the Talamanca Mountains to the soutSan Joseh and volcanoes to the north. Unlike the other destinations, the organization for Costa Rica is still a mystery! The Costa Rican Federation of Social Organizations has been hosting competitions for local non-profit organizations to see who will work with our #iMedia18 students. The trip to San José will be led by Amanda Sturgill and Vanessa Bravo.

No matter the destination, the #iMedia18 class will work hard to make sure our skills are up to par for our clients. Stay tuned to learn more about the teams and make sure to follow the iMedia program on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook!