The Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, has invited ATEC Assistant Professor Dr. Christine Veras as an examiner of a Doctorate in Visual Arts on stop-motion animation. The process is now complete and the committee approved Dr. Michael Linhart's thesis, "How can the material requirements of stop-motion puppet animation production be balanced with the affordances of digital effects and processes in order to best exploit the unique attributes of the technique?" and his 11-minute animation as a practical component.
At the 28th Animators Retreat organized this Summer by the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA-Central US), ATEC Assistant Professor Dr. Christine Veras collaborated with Central Michigan University Associate Professor Steve Leeper in the creation of the "Zoom Pixilation" workshop around the theme "Animating Connections Across Social Distances." The animated result of this experimental animation workshop can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/440136518
ASIFA Central invited animators to collaborate on a 2-minute short in celebration of ASIFA's 60th Anniversary in October. The collaboration started in February and its production completed remotely in July. The animated shorts will premiere in October 2020 as part of the International Animation Day celebrations. ATEC Assistant Professor Dr. Christine Veras contributed with a stop-motion animation segment. Stay tuned for more information about the International Animation Day festivities in ATEC.
As the university transitioned to a virtual format, the ATEC Advising team (ATEC Academic Advisors Pamela Kitchens, Alex Gutierrez, Courtney Mayers, Kelley Henderson, Jess Khachiyants, and Kristi Camacho) was prepared for the move creating transfer and freshman virtual orientations while continuing to support current ATEC students. Due to their innovation with virtual advising prior to COVID-19, the team was also able to assist other Advising units in the transition.
First-year and Transfer student orientations began May 15th and continued roughly twice a week through the month of July. In total, the advisors delivered 5 Transfer orientations and 11 First-year orientations to approximately 380 incoming undergraduate students for Fall 2020. To ensure students and their families felt a sense of belonging to the campus and the ATEC community advisors created eLearning modules, held live events in eLearning and MS Teams, and answered questions in small virtual breakout sessions. Without their hard work and dedication, ATEC's new and continuing students might have lost the sense of community and belonging due to COVID-19.
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