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Arts & Technical Communications Symposium

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, students in the Overland Zone were inspired by professionals in the fields of photography, broadcast journalism, audio production, graphic design, and web design as they attended the Arts & Technical Communications Symposium at the Institute of Science & Technology.

Fran Sajsa, a photographer, began by asking students what their dreams were and what steps they were taking to get there. He discussed what his "dream job" was like, the fantastic travel opportunities he had, and the memorable people he had met.

Greg Bond, a graduate of Miami University's business program, talked about how he used his love of computers and web design to create his own job. He has the flexibility of working from home and uses the internet to help businesses make more money. He told students to "expand their universe" and "use what you love to find success."

Photographer, Michael Rieger, shared images he captured at Ground Zero. He discussed the tremendous opportunity this was and showed how he captured human emotion.

George Strompolos, an Overland alumnus, runs his own company in California. Now a media producer, he once worked for YouTube and talked to students about their career paths.

Tira Neal, an audio production engineer, loves everything about music. An adjunct professor at local universities, Tira discussed the training needed to pursue a career in audio production.

Dustin Resch astounded his audience with his digital artwork. His talent at capturing famous people through caricatures earned him recognition from Conan O'Brien, and Resch's work is on display at the Museum of Conan Art. Resch advised students to "do school right the first time" having spent 16 years trying to complete his art degree.

Dave Aguilera, Channel 4 meteorologist, involved his audience in some weather experiments and captured their attention by creating the conditions (in a glass box) for a tornado to form.

Drew Soicher, known for his bobble-head figures on Channel 9, shared his passion for good writing and knowing how to tell a story well. He read part of a children's book, "Casey at the Bat," which started as a creatively-written baseball article. Soicher advised that students should "Dare to be different" and should not fear failure, or success.

Each symposium at the Institute of Science & Technology highlights a different career concentration to further students' understanding of STEM-related careers. The next event is planned for January 2013.
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