One of the focal points of the Lake Erie College liberal arts education is experiential learning--the opportunity to put the theories and concepts our students learn in the classroom into implementation outside the classroom. Some students seek internship off-campus, during the summer or other breaks. Others, like senior Jamie Castle, prefer to stay on campus and gain valuable experience from the very people who are here working in academia in their own chose fields.
The Willowick, Ohio native is finishing up her senior year, and will soon be graduating with a major in integrated media, digital art and technology (IMDAT), one of the newest major on campus that allows students to pursue a major in the fine arts while at the same time focusing on contemporary digital media such a video and photo editing, robotics, animation, and web and mobile app design. Being a part of the IMDAT program made Jamie interested in pursuing an internship related to graphic design, so she sought one out with the LEC office of public relations.
"I started working at the PR office this fall," she said. "I had taken a class that started creating a calendar for the Pheasant Run Airport in Fall 2012. They asked if I could finish the calendar and I finished it this past summer. [Director of public relations and creative services] Ruta Greiner liked my work [on the calendar] so much that she asked me to be a student worker in the PR office."
Currently Jamie works on a number of posters for special events that are visible all around campus. "I also do the posters, programs and dynamic headers for the Fine Arts Department," she said. "I have started working on some logos, programs for commencement, and I redid the layout for [the equine studies program's newsletter] Hoofbeats."
Outside of the IMDAT program, Jamie is also involved with the music program on campus--she is a member of the flute choir and the marching band, participating in a number of athletic and performance events throughout the year. She is also the vice president of the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Society.
Jamie enjoys learning inside and outside the classroom at Lake Erie, but also all other opportunities that the liberal arts education offers her. "I have met the most amazing people here at LEC," she said. "Definitely life-long friends as well as a few amazing professors and staff [whom] I have the honor to get to know and work with."
Her plans after graduation? "I can see myself working in photography and graphic design." And her experience through the IMDAT program and the internship opportunities will surely prepare her for that career.