Author: Trevor Wilson

Students to run live sound for concert in Provo

Students in the Live Sound Reinforcement course offered by the Digital Dedia department will be putting their skills to the test this week when they run the sound for a concert at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo. The students will set up a professional sound system and mix a full set by the Brandie Frampton Band, a local rock/country group. This will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 14. “The students are in charge of the whole production,” said Aaron Kopp, the class instructor. “This includes production management, taking care of the band, setting up the sound system and running all aspects of the sound system.” Students expect to learn a lot from the experience, and see if they have what it takes to put on a successful, well put together sounding show. “I think that doing a ticketed event is the closest to practical application as a student can get in their education,” said digital media student Anson Wing. “It gives you a complete, real-world, hands-on experience.” The event will give students the opportunity to understand the process of producing sound for a professional concert. “[It will provide] a greater appreciation of how complex a concert is to put on and how much work goes into it,” said digital media student Jared Henrickson.  “Now, when I go to pay the fee for a concert, I...

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Audio Students Engage in Film Soundtrack Project

Digital media students in Studio Recording II are getting some real-world experience while recording the music for an upcoming comedy western movie. The class, taught by Associate Professor Mike Wisland, is recording a 5-piece band, a choir and a grand piano with vocals. The students’ hard work will eventually become the soundtrack for the film “The Medicine Show.” “Students need projects to work on and the more real-world the project, the better off all of us are,” said Wisland. “They benefit from getting a recording and we benefit from doing it.” “The Medicine Show” is a local film that is in pre-production and is scheduled to be filmed in late spring and early summer. The film’s director, Pam Lockwood, says they are shooting for a 2011 release and will aim for the Toronto Film Festival. “We know [Wisland] really well; he is terrific at what he does,” said Lockwood. “We know his students are going to be excellent because Mike is a perfectionist, and he takes sound where no sound has gone before.” Students are running live recording sessions for the project, and are able to learn things they might not have encountered in the classroom. “For me it brings in a variety of music I haven’t worked with, and it’s a lot of fun working with session musicians,” said digital media student James Harward. Working alongside professionals also...

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Students take home top honors at national home builders show

A team of construction technology students were pleasantly surprised last month when they were presented with the first place trophy at the National Association of Home Builders’ annual Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas. Alex Evans, Amy Carter, Lisa Seacrest, Peter Geilman and Steven Cooper, all second-year UVU construction technology students, comprised the award winning team. They were coached by UVU Associate Professor DeWayne Erdmann. The team was sent floor plans in September of a custom designed home that was to be built in St. Louis, Missouri. They had to research area-specific regulations before preparing detailed plans for drawing, estimating and scheduling construction. “[It was] a five member team, each putting in about 100 hours on the project,” said Erdmann. “Hard work.” The team was also able to comprehensively analyze the market and redesign their drawing in order to meet the Silver-level Green Building Standard with only 30 days of notice. “Everything had to be changed to make it a green home,” said Evans, the team’s drafter and designer. “That was the hardest thing because most of the contractors around here do not do the green building things, so the cost of those things were so much more then they normally are.” “We had to spend considerable time deciding which features we would want to add into the plans that we were given,” said Geilman, the team’s scheduler...

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Students take on leadership roles with wolverine public relations firm

UVU’s student-run public relations firm has announced its spring 2010 account executives and officers. Alisa Perry was named the Wolverine PR Firm president, Marianna Henry will serve as vice president of external affairs, and vice president of internal affairs will be Steven Anderson. “I was excited [to be named an officer],” said Henry. “A little nervous to be in charge, in a way, but it was really cool to be able to step into that position.” Account executives and their public relations clients include Jill Kaufusi, American Red Cross (Mountain Valley Chapter); London Munsey, Best Friends Animal Society; London Peterson, Boys and Girls Club of Utah County; Emilie Smith, Food and Care Coalition; Nelson Villegas, Gang Task Force; and Matt Pinnel, Provo Library. “We’ve got a great team of leaders this semester,” said PR Firm advisor Linda Walton. “The officers are great at leading the entire effort and the account executives are really stepping out to lead the group and stay in contact with the clients.” The Wolverine PR Firm is a student-run public relations firm that manages accounts for local non-profit organizations. The firm helps students develop portfolio materials while getting practical real-world public relations experience. “They get to not only do the hands-on experience work for the client, but they also get to work within an organization that is completely run by them,” said Henry. Team members...

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The lesser-known night parking pass

“The what?” “Never heard of it.” “I didn’t know that even existed.” The night parking pass is largely unknown to the UVU student body, but it could be a substantial benefit to those attending classes in the evening. The night parking pass costs $25 per year, not semester, and allows students to park in any student or employee lot on campus after 4:15 p.m. It also allows them to park in the economy lot or free lot during the day. Despite being the least expensive parking pass available to students aside from the free pass, it is one of the lowest in number of sales. “I think that there are not as many night students that are going to school, so it is not as popular” said Tena Medina, supervisor of UVU parking. “We definitely don’t sell as many night passes as regular passes.” However, there were 12,695 students enrolled in evening courses during the fall 2009 semester according to UVU Institutional Research. Even though night student enrollments are up, there have only been 889 night parking passes sold since August 2009. Evening students using the free lot or bus system may want to consider taking advantage of the pass, especially because of space availability. “In the evenings it’s pretty easy to find a parking spot,” said Jared Henricksen, a night student who has a night parking pass. “I...

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