Take2 at UW-Stout – March 25

Here are the registration links we mentioned:

And our Shout-Out goes too…

Hannah Kuisle

A UW-Stout senior has good reason to update her resume and consider a career in the advertising industry.

Hannah Kuisle, from Rochester, Minn., created an advertising campaign that took Best in Show in the student division of the recent Minnesota Ad Fed contest in Minneapolis. She also received a Gold Award.

Kuisle, majoring in graphic design and interactive media, created the campaign in a fall Advertising Design class taught by Professor Nagesh Shinde.

SingleSpread2.png“I was super pumped to win the award. It’s a pretty big deal in the advertising community. It was humbling to see my name next to a bunch of top notch advertising agencies in the Twin Cities. It also is reassuring to know this is a niche in the graphic design world I could potentially be good at,” she said.

Kuisle created a concept advertising campaign, including indoor, outdoor and social media ads, for an existing company, Next Big Sound. The company provides analytics for online music providers, such as Pandora and Spotify.

“My intent with the campaign is to bring insight to the connection between music and social media and to the impact that it has on society and the future of an artist,” Kuisle said.

Many of her ads from the campaign feature well-known singers. One print ad shows Taylor Swift with the wording, “The music industry isn’t dying. The old way of doing things is.”

A video ad created by Kuisle, using Internet clips, features various people lip synching to the Swift song, “Shake it Off.” To see the video and other aspects of the ad campaign, go to her website.

“The concept of the video was to show how the song became even more popular when people started making their own videos to the song — the power of streaming and sharing, basically,” Kuisle said.

Kuisle is thankful for the guidance provided by Shinde. “I couldn’t have done it without him. He really pushed me and this campaign to where it is today,” she said.

The Advertising Federation of Minnesota, or Ad Fed, is a professional trade association. It was founded in 1906. The contest was judged by regional advertising professionals.

Watch Hannah’s commercial for The Big Next Sound:

Story and photos courtesy of UW-Stout News Bureau

 

Spring is the “purrfect” time to volunteer

BDDPhotosBenSpring already has one foot in the door. I, just like many of you, want to get out and start getting active again. However, deciding just what to do can be tough. Having fun while finding some way to support a good cause is a great way to go.

Volunteering around town is a good way to feel connected to the community. If you’re a new college student coming here from another part of the state, country or world, it can be a good way to learn more about where you’ll be spending the next couple years of your life.

Personally, I love animals. Seeing them always puts a smile on my face, so if I have my first pick where I would put in some volunteer time, it would be helping out at an animal shelter. Conveniently for all animal lovers in Menomonie, there is a shelter not far from campus.

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The Dunn County Humane Society is located at 302 Brickyard Road Menomonie WI. This wonderful place just got renovated and is within walking distance to the west of town. They are always looking for volunteers and are a fantastic group of people. They ask that anyone who wants to volunteer takes a class so you know what’s expected of you. The next class they have coming up is March 21. I’m definitely going to be there.

When I visited the shelter, I got to meet one of their amazing cats, and let me tell you, they are beautiful balls of energy. The cat’s name was Lucky and he is extremely excited to see people. When the worker took Lucky out of his cage, he instantly climbed onto the worker’s shoulders and made himself at home. I could tell this was a normal occurrence. While Lucky was perched upon his shoulders, the worker began to tell me the story of how Lucky came to the shelter.

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Lucky was not quite a year old when they got him. He had been hurt in the face (probably from a cat-fight) and his mouth was really banged up. He was rushed to the veterinarian for surgery. They removed his bottom teeth and stitched his wounds up without any problems. Fortunately, Lucky has recovered phenomenally. Even though he has had a hard life up to arriving at the shelter, he is still positive and looking for his new home.

The Animal shelter currently has 80 cats and 12 dogs. They need as many volunteers as they can get to socialize with the cats and take the dogs for walks. They even have cool separate rooms now, where you can spend one-on-one time with the cat you’re brushing and petting.

photo5.jpgThe animal shelter will allow a volunteer to be there for up to 2 hours a day, they do not have you sign up for any schedules — you go whenever you can. I can tell from the conversations I had with them they highly value their volunteers. Volunteering is supposed to be about selflessly giving back, but when you feel so appreciated for what you are doing while getting to spend time with such wonderful animals, I can’t see any reason not to help them out.

See you at the shelter, Stout!

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Dog Lovers: Let’s Walk

BDDPhotosBenAlmost everyone has a four-legged friend they care about. Even if it’s not yours, spending time with animals can put a big smile on anyone’s face. I was recently fortunate to get to spend some time with my friend’s dog named Belle. She is 7 years old and tends to snort all the time, which I found rather amusing.

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Having a dog in town can be tough if your backyard doesn’t have a fence, and most of us students don’t even have yards. Conveniently for the residents of Menomonie, there happens to be an off leash dog park just west of town, over the river.

This dog park is quite the place. It has a very large loop for walking your prized pooch about, and a separate area for small dogs (less than 25 lbs). Both are fenced in, of course. From my experiences at places like this, the dogs love it.

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While at the park, you will be able to socialize with other dogs, and it also happens to be conveniently located about 20 feet from the Brickyard Disc Golf course. The recent spring-like weather really makes being outside pleasant again, and heading over to the dog park is a fantastic way to enjoy the change of the season. Be sure to clean up after your dogs!

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Take2 at UW-Stout – Feb. 19-25

Ben and Allison have fun bringing you the week’s rundown of events in the latest Take2 News Update, including the Dance-A-Thon, sponsored by Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, a film screening by the Honors College and a shout-out to a world-ranked design student.

Shout-Out: Keaton Van’t Hull

Keaton Van't HullIndustrial design major Keaton Van’t Hull’s coffee table design earned him third place out of 325 submissions in the 23rd annual Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association.

“I wanted to design a nonintrusive way to store furniture, especially chairs, when not in use,” Van’t Hull said. “The table and lounge chairs are designed to allow for comfortable seating for guests without compromising what little space people might have.”

The table, 40 inches wide and 20 inches high, is made mostly of wood and steel.

 

Read Keaton’s full story

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Forever-A-LAN

BDDPhotosBenAnother PONG LAN has come and gone, leaving only one left for this semester. For those who do not know, PONG is the Peoples Organization of Network Gaming. Essentially, they offer a time and space for everyone on campus to participate in giant gaming sessions. “LAN” is an acronym for local area network or, a group of computers networked directly together.

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This last LAN was The Forever-a-LAN, (a play on the popular “Forever Alone” meme) since it landed on Valentine’s day.  But I can tell you, nobody was alone at the LAN this weekend. The Memorial Student Center’s Great hall and Ballrooms were bustling with people to play with and compete against, and new friends to meet.

Setting up your spot at a LAN is always one of the more exciting times for me, because it is at this moment that I learn who the actual people are that I will be sitting with for the next 48 hours. You can always plan ahead to sit with your current gaming buddies, but it’s also great to meet new people and make new friends.

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The PONG LAN always features a variety of gaming tournaments and every one of them is fun to participate in. Even when I enter a contest for a game I have never played before, I have a blast.

At the most recent LAN, my favorite moment was playing War Thunder with a group of people who just happened to have seats around mine. We didn’t know each other before the LAN and we hadn’t plan on playing together, but we had a great time doing so.

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There is one more LAN coming up this semester, The signup for seating has yet to open, so keep an eye out for it on PONG’s Facebook page. Hopefully, I can see you all on the battlefield.

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Tips from the Techies

BDDPhotosBenSchool is back in session and it’s busier than ever around campus. Personally, I would callit a good busy. It’s always a pleasant feeling when the university is over run with people. With everyone returning to campus, the Technology Help Desk (formerly known as ASK5000) is experiencing the usual back-to-school rush. To help you out, some of the help desk guys and I are going to give you some tech tips and basic advice to help keep your laptops and gadgets working.

I’m a senior in the computer engineering program with a minor in mathematics and computer science. I’ve been using and fixing computers since I was a small child. Most parents will tell their kids not to play with electronics because they are worried the child would break something. Me? I just waited until my parents left the house to do my tinkering.

The best tech advice I can give to anyone is this: know what you are installing onto your computer. When going through the install process, you’ll be given the chance to verify that you are indeed installing what you thought you downloaded. Take a minute to actually read what you are agreeing to by clicking “Install.”

I do not mean read the pages and pages of end-user agreements or any of that legal mumbo-jumbo.it-crowd-maurice-moss-frustration.jpeg

I mean read what add-ons you are installing and ask yourself if you’re getting any “bloatware” (useless programs). Make sure the installation isn’t asking to change your default programs. I absolutely hate it when I do a Java update and all of a sudden there is an new, useless toolbar on my internet browser.

You can prevent these things from happening by reading what you are installing and unchecking the stuff you don’t want.

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I asked some of the workers at the Technology Help Desk what advice they had.
Here’s what they had to say:

Jacob Erickson

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What’s your major?

Information technology management.

Best tech advice?

Back up often and turn it off every night. And if you have a problem, turn it off and on again.

How long have you worked at the Help Desk?

A year and a half.

Do you have a favorite technology?

I’ve dabbled a little in Pebble programming, which I think is pretty fun.

If you had a spirit animal what would it be?

Red Panda.

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What’s your favorite season?

Winter, because snow is awesome, and so is ice hockey and ice fishing.


 

Tanner Vass

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How long have you worked at the Technology Help Desk?

Two years.

What’s your major?

Information technology management.

What’s your best tech advice?

Try turning it on and off again. Number two is; just google it.

What’s your favorite technology?

Smart phones, I just like the fact that I have an information portal in my pocket at all times.

What’s your spirit animal?

I used to have this decided, but now I can’t even remember any more, so I’m going to have to say Buffalo.

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Chase Christensen

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How long have you worked at the Technology Help Desk?

I’ve worked here 4 years, I think – ever since I was a sophomore.

What’s your major?

Game design and development with a computer science concentration, and a applied language minor. (He speaks French)

Top tech advice?

Back up everything all the time. People don’t back things up and then they are surprised that things break. But we live in a universe where things wear and tear, you may have noticed that your car gets rustier the longer you drive it. Same idea with your computer; time and age do affect it and we don’t know when it could break.

Favorite technology, what do you say?

Since Tanner went the selfish route I’m going to say the pacemaker. The EKG is also a good one. But if we talk in general, I would say the Internet is a good technology. If you look at how quickly we can learn now, like, if you look at the amount of technology inventioned since the internet came out… It’s cool.

What’s your favorite Season?

I like winter, I guess. I don’t know it’s hard. I think the appeal of the Midwest is that there are more than one season.

Well that’s all I got, if you can think of any other questions you want to answer?

Think of questions for me to interview myself? Isn’t that kind of your job?

Well yes.


 

Logan Graham

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How long have you worked at the Technology help desk?

Since my freshmen year here at Stout, three years total.

What’s your major?

Psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience.

Top tech advice?

Google things before you decide to ask; you can learn so much by Googling your questions. Otherwise, don’t install sketchy programs or go to sketchy sites.

If you had a favorite technology what would it be?

I like PC’s. Being able to connect to the Internet is awesome. You have so much information at your fingertips.

If you had a spirit animal what would it be? You don’t have to explain it.

let me search internally real quick….. *Long pause* *Logan whispers* There are over 9000.. *normal volume* Vegeta? I don’t know maybe a monkey. My curiosity gets the better of me sometimes.

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Do you have a favorite season?

Anything that’s not winter.


Ben Nelson

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How long have you worked at the Technology Help Desk? 

Almost a year and a half now.

What’s your major?

ICT (Information and communications technologies) with an emphasis on computer networking.

What is your number one tech advice you would give someone who is not technology inclined?

Google and YouTube everything first. There is always a how-to on the Internet. There is always documentation. Don’t go to your people before you do any research.

Do you have favorite technology?

Ignoring phones because I’m guessing everyone will say phone, I like Bluetooth headsets. They are really nice especially if you’re working out.

So… do you lift weights often?

No. Very lazy.

What is your favorite season?

Definitely summer. Got to go scuba diving.

You scuba dive?

Yeah

That’s cool.

I know.

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