Monday, December 6, 2010

Ink Press Video Production

Ink Press is a student group at WSU who gather, edit and publish student works from a variety of genres. In an interview with Ink Press we will discuss their motivations behind the project, some of their favorite pieces and what the final product will look like.

By Amanda Craven and Erica Magat

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sport management class markets Women's Basketball game, gains hands-on experience

A revamped sport management class provided senior students the opportunity to gain real-world experience marketing a WSU Women’s Basketball game and a leg up in the competitive job market.

WSU Athletics handed the reigns for this event over to the class, making the students responsible for tasks such as including designing and posting fliers, securing radio slots, creating pre- and post-game activities and offering prize incentives for attendance.

Tammy Crawford, clinical assistant professor of sport management, and Kate Bostwick, graduate student in sport management, talk about this drastic change to the cirriculum and how the experience makes these future WSU grads more marketable.

Women's Basketball footage courtesy of Sports Video, WSU Athletics

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Senior Public Relations Project at The College of Communication

This video highlights a group of Public Relations students enrolled in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. As they finish their culminating research project, they give us insight as to how the experience was. The rest of our group members have created videos that focus on the advertising and journalism aspects of the college.

By: Kaleigh Clement and Emily Kitts

School & Stress

The majority of college students do more than just go to class. Between jobs, internships, student groups and clubs, Greek organizations, community service, hobbies, and the mass amounts of studying each class requires; it's easy to get overwhelmed. Lord forbid, something were to go astray to each strategically planned scheduled event! Overtime, college students begin to accumulate a large amount of stress. So how do we get all of those scrambled ducks back in a line?

Two words: stress management.

We all know chugging an energy drink in order to finish a paper that's due the next day is one tactic to getting the job done. However, it is not the healthiest. Incorporating mass amounts of sugar only increases short-term energy which also increases stress levels. So how do we manage to fulfill all our obligations in a healthy, yet timely manner?

Here are some stress relieving tips that students can use to not only excel while managing all the different facets of university-level education, but also can be used during real-life dilemmas.

1.Manage Time Wisely: It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to work on your studies if you want to do well, and you can save yourself a lot of stress if you plan ahead with good time management skills. Setting up a schedule for study, breaking up your studies into smaller chunks, and other time management skills are essential. Here are some more time management tips you may find helpful.

2.Get Organized: Have a system of organization for note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and other important papers. Being organized can bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing where everything is, remembering deadlines and test dates, and clearing your mind of some of the mental clutter that disorganization brings. Keep a calendar or planner, a schedule, and a filing system for your school assignments, and you’ll find it prevents a significant amount of stress!

3.Create a Good Study Environment: Creating a soothing environment can reduce stress and help you learn. Aromatherapy, for example, is a known stress reliever, and peppermint essential oil is said to wake up your brain, so I recommend burning it as you study. Playing classical music as you study can also soothe you and help you learn (unless you find it distracting). Here's more on finding a good study space.

4.Know Your Learning Style: Did you know that we don’t all learn in the same way? It’s important to know whether you’re a visual, kinesthetic or auditory learner, as you can tailor your study practices around your particular learning style and make success easier to attain. Grace Fleming provides a quiz to help you assess your learning style so you can streamline your efforts.

5.Practice Visualizations: Visualizations and imagery are proven stress management techniques. You can also reduce student stress and improve test performance by imagining yourself achieving your goals. Take a few minutes each day and visualize, in detail, what you'd like to happen, whether it’s giving a presentation without getting nervous, acing an exam, or something else that will support your success. Then work hard and make it happen!

6.Develop Optimism: It’s been proven that optimists—those who more easily shrug off failures and multiply successes—are healthier, less stressed, and more successful. You can develop the traits of optimism and harness these benefits for yourself, and do better in your studies as a result.

7.Get Enough Sleep: If you want your performance to be optimum you need to be well-rested. Research shows that those who are sleep-deprived have more trouble learning and remembering, and perform more poorly in many areas. Work your schedule so you get enough sleep, or take power naps.

8.Use Stress Management Techniques: Chronic stress can actually impair your ability to learn and remember facts as well, stress management is one of the most important--and most overlooked--school necessities. A regular stress management practice can reduce your overall stress level and help you to be prepared for whatever comes. This self test will help you choose wisely.

More of this list is provided here.

Most Washington state jobs will require
post-secondary education within next 10 years

Washington state is ranked sixth in the nation for the number of jobs that require post-secondary education, with 67 percent of jobs requiring post-secondary education by 2018, according to research from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

Of the more than 3.5 million job vacancies expected to be in the state by the end of 2018, the number of jobs requiring post-secondary education is estimated to grow by 259,000, the number of jobs for high-school graduates by 80,000 and the number of jobs for high school dropouts by 27,000.

Read The Daily Evergreen's full story and get WSU professors' perspective on this trend here.