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Irvine Nature Center
VCD 256 explored The Irvine Nature Center for their final projects

Students in VCD 256: The Moving Image partnered with the Irvine Nature Center for their final projects. The students were asked to create service learning videos as a call to action for some much-needed volunteers for the center.

Located just around the corner from Owings Mills North on Garrison Forrest Road, the Irvine Nature Center is a popular spot in the community for families, children, birdwatchers and all-around nature lovers. They often host school events, such as camp outs where students from Baltimore City can come explore nature and enjoy overnight camping adventures.

Irvine recently received a donation of nearly 100 acres of land—almost doubling their size! The expansion caused an increase in the need for volunteers to help maintain the nature center. Irvine needed a way to showcase their growing needs, including volunteers to record trees, pull invasive species, help maintain trails and more. This is where our students stepped in! They created call to action videos expressing the uniqueness of Irvine by talking to the staff, interviewing existing volunteers, and researching the mission of the center. Their projects are to be used on the web or in video format for the Irvine Nature Center to help explain their various programs and needs.

Creating videos for Irvine Nature Center
Footage was shot on location in various areas of the nature center

Creating Videos for Irvine Nature Center

Creating Videos for Irvine Nature Center

Creating Videos for Irvine Nature Center
Students had fun exploring and learning more about nature during the project as well

Service learning projects such as this allow students to learn beyond the walls of the classroom, dive into community efforts and exercise their communication and design abilities while creating real-world projects that will be utilized by non-profit organizations.

Creative Strategies and GNB guests
The class, led by Professor Lori Rubeling, presented their final campaigns to their guests

Jamar Jones from Six Point Pictures and the hip hop artist and events producer Greenspan (AKA Brian Dawkins) reviewed VCD 480: Creative Strategies Studio's GNB Live campaign pitches that were created to assist with the group's new ventures in the upcoming year. The students will continue this collaboration next semester....Click here to read more.

Southern HS Visits SU
Southern High School students visit Stevenson University for a design workshop

Students from Southern High School in Anne Arundel County traveled to Stevenson's School of Design to participate in a workshop led by professor Inna Alesina. Using household materials such as cereal boxes, pool noodles and paper towel rolls, each student was tasked with creating a prototype to solve a challenge they were given. They were encouraged to think past existing solutions and rather consider the properties of the materials for their designs. This open-ended prompt inspired students to think outside the box and have some hands-on fun in the process. ...Click here to read more.

The School of Design thanks our guests for taking the time to come out and hear the student's presentations

Communication Design III students confidently presented their future scenarios for the Owings Mills Metro Centre to a prestigious group of visitors, including Councilwoman Vicki Almond and her Chief of Staff Jonathan Schwartz. Also among the group were Architect Klaus Philipsen, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategy at Stevenson, Sharon Markley, Dean of the School of Design, Amanda Hostalka, Department Chair George Moore, and Professor Lori Rubeling. The students presented their final deliverables including their identity creations and supporting materials, such as publications and guides. The visitors were greatly impressed with the hard work and detail put into the projects.

VP of Public Affairs and Strategy, Sharon Markley, discussed presentations with the students

Chief of Staff Jonathan Schwartz and Councilwoman Vicki Almond provided helpful comments and feedback

Learn more details about this project initiated by Professor Inna Alesina in the previous post, Exploring Future Scenarios for the Owings Mills Metro Centre.

Students at the Lego Challenge
A few representatives of the AVCD team at the Lego Challenge, preparing to present their structure to the judges

First year students of all majors gathered in the Owings Mills Gym to participate in the Lego Challenge, a team building project where students construct Lego sculptures representative of the fundamentals of Stevenson's Career Architecture: Professional Know-How, Personal Direction and Discipline Expertise. Throughout this event, students learned more about personal values, skills, and interests related to their future careers....Click here to read more.

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