NMS Senior Show Tackles Connections Between Past, Future Media

Capstone projects by New Media Studies seniors are presented from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Masonic Pathways.

What happens when a comic strip becomes interactive? Can digital cameras survive the Upper Peninsula’s grueling winters? How much empathy can you have for a video game toddler?

These questions and others are at the center of REVAMP, the 3rd Annual Alma College New Media Studies Senior Show. This year, the show tackles the connections between past and future media, highlighted in projects ranging from short films to video games.

The capstone projects are the crowning event of the New Media Studies program—one of Alma College’s fastest growing majors. At the beginning of the year, students were challenged to “make the best thing they’ve ever made.” The goal is not only to demonstrate their expertise in the field but also to explore crucial questions about modern relationships with media and technology.

The show takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Masonic Pathways Conference Center, where students, faculty, friends and community are invited to explore the projects. Admission is free.

This year, the following seniors will be showcasing their work:

Cameron Bowman, from Kalamazoo, developed StoneGate, an exploration and mystery PC game.

Jon Clark, from Cheboygan, wrote and directed a short dramatic film about a man’s journey of survival in a brutally cold, post-apocalyptic wilderness.

Katie Cody, from Owosso, designed a visual novel about prejudice in the gaming community with elements of puzzle games and “build-your-own” adventure stories.

Ashley Derrer is a 3D animation modeler from Mancelona who created characters that remix designs from notable companies and their intended target audiences.

Dakota Gogolowski is a graphic designer and video producer from Leroy who worked with the Alma College football team to craft a documentary about Division 3 football.

Rebekah Irani is an aspiring coffee shop owner from Blanchard who developed a business plan, logo and floor plan for a small coffee shop.

Allie Koning is a graphic designer from Midland, who worked with Derrer Oil & Propane Company to rebrand the company logo and website.

Daniel Murawske is an aspiring filmmaker from Harbor Beach who made a short film about the dangers of excess gambling.

Joe Rimbo is a photographer and videographer from Lemont, Ill., who collaborated with Alma College’s Athletic Training Program to create a mini documentary about the department.

Stephan Salceda is a videographer from Dousman, Wisc., who directed a promotional video that highlights Alma College athletics.

Kyle Schnitzer, from Aurora, Co., is a videographer who created a music video for Max Bourne, a local rap artist.

Cassidy Shankleton is a digital illustrator from Boyne City who combined her art skills with web technology in a web comic that aims to spread awareness for mental health issues.

Lauren Williams is a graphic designer from Merrill who assembled a New Media Studies brochure for prospective Alma College students.

Story published on April 01, 2016