THE TEAM

Megan Ward

Administrative Director

Kayla Nichols

Communications Manager

Kevin Schoenblum

Creative Director

Nick Papasidero

Media Specialist

Will Ridings

Content Support Specialist

Kai Yost

Media Specialist

About Our Project

Students from all corners of the world, with all sorts of backgrounds, flock to the University of Georgia. UGA has a culture that can be difficult to navigate no matter who you are. But we want everyone to feel like a dawg. Football games and student clubs help UGA feel like home, but academics can still feel daunting. That’s where the Division of Academic Enhancement comes in.

The DAE provides academic strengthening services to UGA students throughout the year, including tutoring, scholarships, and academic coaching. For international students, the DAE helps minimize the learning curve of transitioning to a new culture and a large university. For first-generation and underrepresented students, the DAE provides scholarships and resources to help navigate the stresses of a new environment with new demands. The DAE helps students utilize their strengths and overcome their weaknesses — all students no matter their backgrounds can benefit from these offerings.

The multifaceted, enriching resources of the DAE are important for success yet not widely known. Many students don’t realize the DAE is easily accessible and others aren’t willing to take initiative since it’s an unfamiliar environment. The website is text-heavy, causing students to lose sight of resources that are beneficial to them specifically. Also, students might not understand that the DAE provides services to everyone. Without getting the right message across, the DAE’s impact doesn’t reach its full potential.

To best represent the mission of the DAE to students and enhance their initial interaction with the DAE, six high-energy, personable videos highlight the DAE’s offerings. Although the DAE is an academic institution, these videos showcase the community aspect, which is welcoming and fun. The six videos encapsulate the DAE team, Trio McNair scholarship, Trio SSS scholarship, initiative programs, courses, and academic coaching. The videos showcase the welcoming, personable, and energetic aspects of the DAE with the opening message of “What can DAE do for you,” followed at the end of each video with “#DAEforME” to best represent the community that places its emphasis on personal growth and purpose.

Advice From Us To Future NMI Students

Kayla:

"The NMI capstone will teach you valuable life skills as long as you put in the work and take it seriously. Be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses as they will both become valuable aspects of the project. Working with a group of talented people with diverse skillsets is beneficial as long as you are true to yourself and supportive of your team. Communication is always important, especially when working with a group and for a client. Being honest and transparent will take you far and help you create the best final product."

Will:

"This Capstone journey has brought new friends and allowed me to refine skills I already had while letting me learn new ones. It required a lot of time, but every second was valuable in creating a final product that I’m exceptionally proud of. My advice to future NMI students is to embrace learning something new! I never imagined that I would enjoy coding/web design, but now it’s something that I find myself doing for fun. It also allowed me to pursue computer science further (Javascript, Python, Java, etc). Also — I now have some great hard skills for my resume."

Nick:

"This experience was insane. If I’m honest, I wasn’t excited for Capstone when I first registered for it a semester ago. With everything that comes with senior year, I wasn’t expecting this project to be something I would actually be interested in. I expected to learn some new and mildly useful tools to use technology to create a product for a client that doesn’t know how to use that technology themselves. I never imagined they would handpick me for a special project that fit my path perfectly. You will be surprised by how well the Capstone will fit you."

Kai:

"I can’t tell if it was pure luck or not, but our group got along perfectly and I truly felt that I’ve made friends that I’ll keep with me beyond graduation. But regardless, I would encourage all students in the NMIX Capstone to keep an open mind and be ready to learn. AND TAKE RISKS! We made a stop motion animation video! Out of paper and felt! That’s WILD!!! I mounted my camera horizontally on a C-stand, like WHAT!!! For more practical advice, I’d also recommend making sure you have consistent and concise communication with your client. One of the best privileges of the Capstone class is that we get to work with a client, and learning how to manage client needs with your own creativity is an incredibly valuable lesson that you will use all your life."

Kevin:

"I would describe this experience as truly a gift! Never before have I been able to take full ownership of the creative direction of a project. Equally as daunting and scary as it was fun and challenging — this team has been a joy to work with and I have been so impressed with the value that they each brought to this project.Students of the NMI are unlike any I have met before. To anyone already considering New Media or looking for something to take them out of their comfort zone, THIS IS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU! I now have the foundational skills that give me an edge in my industry, connections to some of the most intelligent professors I’ve had at UGA, and a wonderful gaggle of humans to include in my network."

PICS OF THE TEAM

DELIVERABLES

Trailer

Poster

Pitches

This section will primarily house the notes we used to shape our pitches.

Style Guide

"A brand style guide is the primary visual DNA of your company’s branding, though it can also reference grammar, tone, word usage and point of view. Essentially, it’s a document that describes, defines and presents examples of what your brand looks like in various visual media such as print, Internet and broadcast."

Our Medium Journal

This is where we documented this entire journey. Click the medium logo see our medium post.

COUNTDOWN TO SLAM

SLAM is an end-of-semester showcase that celebrates student projects and graduates. This celebration is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate how “technowledgeable” our group has become during our Certificate journey and to show off our finished products. It took place on December 6, 2019.