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In the September 2009 issue of Columns Magazine, the article “It’s Not Your Father’s Classroom Anymore” by Catherine O’Donnell examines the changes in classroom technology over the years. With an introductory cameo appearance by my family (three generations of UW Huskies), the article features the revered Hanson Hosein, Director of the cutting edge Master of Communication in Digital Media graduate program at the University of Washington. Through the MCDM program, Hosein and his team break past traditional teaching methods in order to create forward-thinking graduates who, in turn, push the envelope on business standards. The outcome of the program is a population of inquisitive and creative graduates who strategically innovate and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in the burgeoning new media outlets.

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I’ve always been interested in the subject of business communications, from PR to HR. I initiated a project to investigate the Evolution of Internal Communication in the workplace, and found that there is little information on the topic. Through my research, I formulated a compilation of the data that I found and posted it on a stand-alone blog for others to reference. I include a look at the past, present and future of internal communication, and feature a slide show presentation to accompany the text.

http://internalcommunicationtrends.wordpress.com/

Timely with the upcoming elections is my 2008 blog about Negative Campaign Advertising. In these pages, I examine the effects of “Digital Democracy” in the mass media age. I compare articles, reference experts and provide examples of negative campaign advertising and the effect it has. I’ve also included some tips on how to run your campaign.

http://digitaldemocracynegativeads.wordpress.com/

In addition to my primary blog, I have worked on a few other informational web sites. I’d like to post this reference to a research presentation that I made with a team in 2008:

“Social Media And the Gloablized World” at http://socialmediaglobalized.wordpress.com/

Halloween Mercedes

This Halloween, we donned our homemade Mercedes costume in celebration of the little red car.

August 20th marked International Geocaching Day, and the annual Block Party in Fremont, WA – near the Geocaching.com headquarters. Visitors from all over the world came to meet with Groundspeak Lackeys, enjoy the fun events and mingle with other geocaching fanatics. Signal the Frog made an appearance despite the summer heat and company founders took a splashing in the dunk tank. A geocaching course was set-up around the area to encourage visitors to see the area and earn a prized geocoin puzzle.

In August 2011, I attended Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was my first trip to Utah and it was great to meet with so many big name retailers and meet representatives from National Parks. The first day of the show was held off-site at a lake where visitors could test out kayaks, canoes, and other summer time equipment. Magellan set up a nice geocaching course for people to try – it had a mix of easy and difficult caches.

Seeing all the outdoor gear made me want to return for the Winter Market to try out the winter ski equipment!