Semester Skills Sessions
|Date(s)||Summer 2020 - Now|
|Contributors||Jake Plocher, Katelyn Wyatt|
|Organization||Led by TEA@ND, supported by University clubs across the nation|
|Current Status||In Progress|
Semester Skills Sessions is an initiative led by the Themed Entertainment Association at Notre Dame with invaluable help from other University clubs across the nation. The purpose is to provide both students and professionals alike with opportunities to develop new well-rounded skills enabling new challenges to be tackled and increased empathy for team members. This initiative also focuses on networking among the attendees and professionals including Semester Skills Socials (see below) where people can practice their networking skills and meet new people! The Semester Skills Sessions are open to people of all ages, interested in all kinds of industries.
We are also hosting Semester Skills Socials with a Student Edition and Industry Edition. On alternating Saturdays at 4pm EST we are running networking events for people in the industry. We break up those who come into groups of 3-4 so that they can interact easier. Every other Social is the Industry Edition where we invite industry professionals to come talk and share their stories. During the off-weeks for the Industry Editions, we also host Student Editions where students and recent graduates can come meet other students in the industry! Check out the calendar below for dates.
This Week's Sessions
In order to access the Zoom link, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set you up with all of the details you need!
If you happen to have a few extra minutes and you pop in early to the Zoom link, we will be breaking everyone out into small groups so that you can do a bit of networking before the Session starts! We'll put a question in the chat early so that if any group needs a conversation starter, you've got it!
Skills Session — Off-Week
Note: This calendar is subject to change based on the availability and interest of Session leaders.
See all previous calendars here.
|October 22, 2020||Robotics in Themed Entertainment||Jake Plocher, University of Notre Dame||Recording Pending|
|October 15, 2020||Halloween: Themes and Screams||Mike Sturman, Cal Poly Pomona||Recording Pending|
|September 24, 2020||Continuing Education in Themed Entertainment Panel||Shirley Saldamarco, Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center
Susan Timko, Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center
Peter Weishar, University of Central Florida
Mk Haley, University of California, Los Angeles
Bob Shreve, Savannah College of Art and Design
|September 10, 2020||Intro to Unity||Garrett Monteiro, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Kain Shepard, San Diego State University
|August 27, 2020||Park Operations||Kevin Kopeny, Universal Studios Hollywood||Notes|
|August 20, 2020||Scenic Design||Brianna Pfost, Production Designer||Notes Pending|
|August 13, 2020||Immersive Storytelling at Galaxy's Edge||Anisha Deshmane, Walt Disney Imagineering||Notes Pending|
|August 6, 2020||Architecture 101||Ashley Edelbrock, PGAV Destinations||Session Notes|
|August 4, 2020||The Story of You: Leveraging Storytelling in Your Life||Theron Skees, Designer's Creative Studio||No Recording|
|July 30, 2020||Graphic Design 101||Jake Geitner, Cornell University||Recording|
|July 28, 2020||First Time Coding: Python||Katelyn Wyatt, University of Notre Dame
Tarik Brown, University of Notre Dame
|July 23, 2020||Scoring the World - Song Writing in Themed Entertainment||Noah Sunday-Lefkowitz, Musical Theatre Composer||Session Notes|
|July 21, 2020||How to Enter the Industry||Theron Skees, Designer's Creative Studio||No Recording|
|July 16, 2020||Mechanical Engineering in Themed Entertainment||Brad Okeson, Digital Maps||No Recording|
|July 14, 2020||Balancing Creative and Technical||Paige Reiter, General Motors
Dan McGlinn, TAIT
|July 9, 2020||How to Make a Pitch||Paul Osterhout, Century Media||Recording|
|July 7, 2020||Design Competitions 101||Tiffani DuScheid, Walt Disney World Resort||Recording|
|July 2, 2020||3D Printing||Charlie Wickham, Iowa State University
Dominick Civitano, Purdue University
|June 30, 2020||PLC Ride Controls||Eric Verhage, Calspan Corporation||Recording|
|June 25, 2020||Interactivity||Michael Libby, Worldbuildr Inc.
Garrett Monteiro, Cal Poly University
|June 23, 2020||Haunted House Design||Ted Dougherty, Writer/Director Hollow Studios
Matthias Baker, University of California San Diego
Seth Husband, University of Texas at Austin
|June 18, 2020||Creative Development||Xochilt Khoury, University of California San Diego||Recording|
|June 16, 2020||Live Entertainment||Carson Luter, Freelance Show Writer||Recording|
|June 11, 2020||Motion Graphics 201||Shay Willard, Crescent Lake Media||Recording|
|June 9, 2020||Storytelling 201||Kevin Lively, Walt Disney Imagineering||No Recording - Session Notes|
|June 7, 2020||Motion Graphics 101||Mary Crawford, University of Notre Dame||Recording|
|June 4, 2020||Intro to CAD||Taylor Kuck, Iowa State University
Alex Stein, Iowa State University
|June 2, 2020||NoLimits2||Cameron Clark, University of Central Florida
Billy Byerly, University of Central Florida
|May 28, 2020||Career Building||Paul Osterhout, Century Media
Xochilt Khoury, University of California San Diego
|Recording - Session Notes|
|May 21, 2020||Sketching 101||Alejandro Edwards, University of Notre Dame
Sam Beckwith, University of Central Florida
|Recording - Session Notes|
|May 14, 2020||What is Storytelling?||Mk Haley, Walt Disney Imagineering||Recording - Session Notes|
At the end of interactive Sessions, we ask attendees to share their work with us.
Any materials needed to follow along to these Sessions can be found here.
|What is Storytelling?||Sketching 101||Career Building|
|NoLimits2||Intro to CAD||Motion Graphics 101|
Storytelling 201: No Recording
|Live Entertainment||Creative Development||Motion Graphics 201|
|Haunted House Design||Interactivity||PLC Ride Controls|
|3D Printing||Design Competitions 101||How to Make a Pitch|
Balancing Creative and Technical: No Recording
|Mechanical Engineering in Themed Entertainment||How to Enter the Industry|
|Recording Pending||Recording Pending|
Scoring the World: No Recording
|First Time Coding: Python||Graphic Design 101||The Story of You|