The Communication and Fine Arts department offers numerous ways for students to become involved at Quincy University; a wide variety of majors and minors are offered, such as Public Relations, Journalism, Broadcasting, Sports and Professional Communication as well as Theater. For those students who would like to expand on their skills, or for those who would like to dabble in communication and fine arts, the department also offers a number of clubs and organizations. Below are three of the clubs associated with the communication and fine arts department.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon:
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Drama Club) is a student-run organization that promotes the dramatic arts and live theatre while providing an outlet for innovative ideas to benefit the University community. We produce two shows a year featuring students and community members. BSSM has, in the last few years, produced shows such as “Rumors” by Neil Simon, “Sherlock’s Last Case” by Charles Marowitz, and “Phased Away” by Sidney Shackleton (a 2012 QU Graduate). Club members not only raise money to fund student productions, but they also volunteer in the Quincy community; recently the members have volunteered at and raised money for the local Special Olympics. Brother Sun, Sister Moon looks forward to meeting anyone interested in theatre and continues to stay connected to all alumni.
The Communication Club is an exciting way for both communication majors and others to learn more about different communication mediums and how to utilize them for future endeavors. Recently, the club provided an editing workshop where a few members of the club gave pointers to students on how to edit a variety of materials using different programs in QU’s computer lab. The newest project the club is working on, with the help of alumni, is an iPod application for the communication department. The club plans to add links to helpful websites, such as Moodle, as well as a document uploader. There will be several other items to add, such as degree checklists and course descriptions. All those who are interested are encouraged to come to a meeting.
Film Enthusiasts Club:
If you love film (and who doesn’t?) you’ll want to get involved with Quincy University’s Film Enthusiasts club. Students meet regularly to screen and discuss films chosen for a variety of reasons. Themes are often based on holidays, current events, popular film releases, or in partnership with another club. The Film Enthusiasts group meets on a weekly basis and on special occasions. From the serious to absurd, no genre is left untouched! The group also recently added an “Advisor’s Choice” screening where the club advisor (QU professor, independent filmmaker and film critic Travis Yates) personally chooses the film to screen and discuss. Other themes have included President’s Day weekend screenings, a Monty Python theme, and “A Weekend with the Aviators” event that partnered with QU’s Aviation Club.
By: Meredith Coleman
Dating back to the beginning of the QU Art Department the Quincy University Art Club started with a broad range of art including drawing, murals, wood carving and stain glass window design. “Building a network of students who are interested in visual art on Quincy University’s campus, our club promotes self-expression, community and entrepreneurship” said President Matt Winfield.
“QU Art club has been a long standing group, that every couple of years re-invents itself based on the needs and interest of current art students,” said Karl Warma Associate Professor of Art is the advisor of QU Art Club. Paving the way for younger students to pursue their interest and love for art, the group has been active in Quincy Art Centers ‘Artoberfest’, leading students to SEA conference, and holding a silent auction of the student’s artwork. “Our Art Club members have on several occasions distinguished themselves by their hard work and dedication,” said Warma.
Usual meetings consist of plans for future events and working on group art projects, they provided two large paintings that displayed during the chapel fundraiser March 2013. QU Art Club is working to do more service for the community and hopefully provide underclassmen the opportunity to earn service learning hours. “Our club is free to join and is not restricted only to art majors, anyone who shares a common interest is welcome to join and participate in events.” Art club allows for the sharing, critiquing, and participation in the visual arts with peers.
By: Meredith Coleman
Quincy University Television program started in the 1980’s producing from the MacHugh Theatre until the program was shut down in the early 2000’s. In 2009 Professor Travis Yates came full time to Quincy University Fine Arts and Communications program; with a background in TV it was no question that Yates wanted to revive it. He started by making it an online production.
Yates worked ten year in television newsrooms and control rooms “I do my best to mimic those working environments just on a smaller scale.” QUTV emphasizes journalism as a visual medium, producing and scripting and shootings shows as “live”. This means all mistakes made during taping are included in the final product. “It’s a great way to learn how to deal with the pressure of live television” says Yates. The team of students meet each week to throw out ideas then work accordingly with their schedules to get video, set up interviews, write and edit their stories and deliver the product by show time.
Junior Jeremy Culver has been involved in QUTV since fall of his sophomore year. He currently produces reports, anchors, and host “Clutch Time” a sports talk show. “It has greatly impacted my broadcast ability. I have become able to write TV scripts more effectively than I could in the past. I also got more on air experience that I had hoped to attain, becoming more comfortable in my delivery and my on screen appearance.” QUTV students are working hard, gaining skills and landing internships from the experience. Culver has landed two internships at TV stations since working at QUTV improving his skill to hopefully land him a career in TV. “Even if you don’t want to be in the TV industry the experience is fun,” “it’s something you can really use to apply to other career paths.”
With great guidance and hardworking students QUTV has only begun to show what it can do. WGEM and The Quincy Herald-Whig has recently awarded QUTV and the Video Production program $30,000. With this donation the university will purchase updated equipment including high definition cameras and editing software. Quincy University is currently planning on relocating and renovating the QUTV studio to North Campus.
For more information check out: http://www.thequtv.com
So let’s be honest, I’m not a very consistent blog writer. We could pretend it’s because I’m so busy with all my school work, and my jobs, and that I truly just have no free time. Sadly, this is no pretend world, and it’s facebook, Glee, and Grey’s Anatomy that truly keep me from my blog writing.
I feel that this year has brought on a major case of senioritis along with a paralyzing fear about the years to come. While I am completely over getting up and going to class every day, (especially Biology, ugh! Dr. John always says Com majors are bad at math and science and in this particular case, he is 100% correct) I am nowhere near ready to attempt to enter the work world.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve come a long way and learned a lot at QU, but am I really ready to enter the real world? Will they still be kind when my writing stinks and offer advice or will they publicly butcher my writing? Who really wants to hire a Public Relations major? And most importantly, Do I really have to give up wearing sweatpants on a daily basis in exchange for professional dress?
I’ll be making an honest attempt to write more, detailing the stresses and adventure of the senior year of a COM major, and as always feel free to make comments, suggestions, and give me stuff to write about.
So here are my words of warning to all those coming here and signing up for classes. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t know what you want your major to be when you come here, BUT as soon as you figure it out look ahead. Some classes are only offered every other year and sometimes they conflict with each other. If you don’t want to end up hanging around for some extra semesters, look ahead. Most advisors here are great, but you should try to control your own schedule to make sure you know you’re getting the right things. (Also, then you can do your best to avoid 8 AM classes or Friday classes, which is AMAZING!)
Also, try not to overload yourself, like taking 3 writing enriched courses at once, there is no way it’s worth it. Plus you can always fill your schedule with some fluff stuff. I personally highly recommend ceramics, as I am now the proud owner of several lumpy pots. Word of warning, don’t leave all your general liberal education requirements until the end otherwise you’ll end up in Bio your senior year. (Maybe that wouldn’t bother you, but, personally, I’m dreading the class as I haven’t taken any since my freshman year of highschool.)
As always, feel free to leave any suggestions, comments, questions, or ideas.
Well, since none of my readers have given me anything to talk about, yet again, today’s blog is yet again my choice on what to tell you. (I’m not sure if this means I don’t have any readers or if you are just an untalkative bunch. Personally, I’m hoping you are just quite shy with your feedback. I like to believe someone actually reads this, so here’s to hoping.)
Spring break is approaching and this is one of the biggest times for mission trips here at QU. I know I’ve talked about it before, but it’s something I feel passionately about. This year QU has started at 50 States Service Project where they are trying to send students and alumni to all 50 states across the US.
The QU website has a link that I highly encourage you to check out, as it is way more informed about the project than I am. So if you decided to come here as a COM major, look into being a COM major who serves others across the US and figure out what you can do for the community.
Dr. John always wants to know who cares when you are writing a piece. How does this relate to them? Why is this interesting? Will anyone even want to read this? And I suppose it makes sense in some ways. Who will read the newspaper or a magazine if they aren’t interested or they don’t care? But does everyone care? Does anyone care?
So here is my question for the day: Do you always have to write for someone? I mean, I get that if you are writing as your job, and getting a paycheck, yes people must be interested, but sometimes, just sometimes, you could write for yourself.
Lets be honest, I try to write blogs that you are interested in, something that you want to read, but sometimes, I don’t have real interesting or exciting things to say. I’m a talkative girl, so I can ALWAYS say things, but meaningful things, that’s another story. I’m always up for suggestions for my blog so if you think I can say anything meaningful, please let me know.
So if you are ever bored with my writing, or anyone else’s for the matter, remember that not everything is meaningful, and quite frankly, I’m okay with that.