Archive for November, 2010

Ringling College – Networking & Mentoring Panel

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Jerry has been invited to speak at Ringling College’s Networking & Mentoring Panel for their Professional Communication & Presentation class.  The class is to assist students in their preparatory skills in the job market.

The ‘Fishbowl’ is designed with industry professionals in a circle & the students surrounding the professionals.  The moderator presents the professionals a series of questions followed by the students pertaining to mentoring & networking in business.  This gives the students an opportunity to discuss the rigors of working in the business world, how networking helps business practices & the benefits of an industry mentor & how they can help shape their future careers.

Hosted by Eric Paul Engel, executive director of Ketchcom Development, Inc., & professor for the class, the Networking & Mentoring Fishbowl takes place on the Ringling campus on November 17th.  The seminar is part of the colleges Professional Communication & Presentation curriculum.

Jerry states, “I am happy to be a part of this seminar & share my networking & mentoring experiences with the students.  I feel it is important for them to develop these skills along with their artistic abilities; it will help them to become more well-rounded business people.”

Suncoast Polytechnical High School Job Shadowing Program

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Illum’s Animation & Creative Director, has been asked to speak at Suncoast Polytechnical High School during their Job Shadowing program.  Suncoast Polytechnical High School is a technology magnet high school for students throughout Sarasota County. The school’s college-preparatory curriculum is integrated within an economics & business core.  SPHS students study subjects as diverse as Architectural Drafting, Practical Nursing & Commercial Foods and Culinary Art.  Other programs, such as Biomedical Science, Game Art and Animation, & Geographic Information Systems Technology, are offered exclusively to SPHS students in addition to the standard Florida high school curriculum.

Jerry will be speaking to the Game Art & Animation students which will be comprised of 10th & 11th grade students.  Jerry had been involved with the high school since its inception & had a hand at assisting in the original curriculum.  Since the school had opened its doors, Jerry worked closely with Cathie Janssen who teaches the program.  “Cathie first approached me & my company for a real world approach to complement the existing syllabus.  We worked through basic animation principles, exercises & how the software could compliment them.”  states Jerry. “Now I have been asked to come address the students, which is exciting to me because I will get to see how they have grown in the program & how I had an indirect hand in their education.”

Jerry plans on showing the class a variety of real world examples from Illum’s portfolio, discuss with the class more in-depth animation principles & the benefit of reference material.  “If these students are as excited about animation as my colleagues & I was during college, the interaction will be beneficial & a lot of fun.” says Jerry.