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From time to time, Sessions College faculty achieve something extraordinary and we like to toot their horns. In that category, Sessions College English Composition instructor Marie Mockett has an article published in this month’s National Geographic Magazine.
An American with a Japanese mother, Marie Mockett is a novelist and nonfiction writer with strong ties to Japan. In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan in March 2011, Marie was asked to write several articles about the disaster and recovery efforts, publishing an op-ed in the New York Times, an article in Glamour Magazine, and appearing twice on NPR to talk about the event.
In fall 2011, Marie was asked by National Geographic to write a literary piece to accompany a scientific discussion of tsunamis. True to the magazine’s mission, National Geographic even sent her to Japan to research the article, though the piece ultimately focused on her childhood memories of the area.
“It’s a tremendous honor to get a call from National Geographic,” commented Marie. “The Japanese people are amazing. The National Geographic issue has many photos that demonstrate the speed with which people are cleaning up. And there are lots of stories about how strangers banded together to help each other.”
“But the tsunami has also laid bare many of the challenges that Japan will face moving forward. How will the towns surrounding the tsunami zone rebuild? How far does the radiation contamination spread? How will Japan provide its citizens enough power? And in a way, these are questions that we all ask, because we all want to reap the benefits of modernity, while remaining safe and healthy.”
The article can be read here: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/tsunami/mockett-text.
Pinot’s Palette Katy is looking for some fun charismatic art
instructors!! The customers will be following your instruction while they paint on their own 16X20
stretched canvases with acrylic paint. . The ideal person for this job will have a captivating personality
that lends itself to recreational art. Our goal is to encourage the creative habit!!
Responsibilities and Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Build a great relationship with the class before instruction begins by greeting customers when they
arrive and show them where the smocks and beverage area is located. Build excitement and anticipation
through your words and gestures.
* Provide Pinot’s Palette style of art instruction to customers attending classes. Instruct the customers in
the art of mixing paint colors and applying paint to a canvas to create an original piece of art by the
customers (inspired by the painting that was selected for that class). Instruct the customers in such a
manner that they are able to duplicate the painting that was selected for that class.
* All instructors will be trained by the Pinot’s Palette training staff.
Preferred level of education:
* College degree in an art or design related field preferred. Three (3) years of work experience in a
teaching classroom instruction environment or art background with teaching/classroom instruction is
Please respond with the following Items :
* Your Resume
* 3 Images of Original Paintings done by the applicant that are in line with the Pinot’s Palette styles.
Please go to our website www.pinotspalette.com to find out more about us.
Starting at per Hour with Bonuses, Incentives, & Royalties with room for advancement.
- Location: Katy
- Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
- Please, no phone calls about this job!
- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
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The Sessions College Education Department is delighted to announce the creation of a new outstanding instructor award. Entitled the Nilsson Award, the award recognizes excellence in online teaching. Its goal is to honor instructors who transform the quality of education at Sessions College.
Founded in 1997 as Sessions.edu, Sessions College has employed over 80 instructors in its 14-year existence, and currently has a faculty of 35 instructors. Faculty members come from all creative disciplines, and the average instructor at Sessions has taught more than three years at the school.
Few instructors (OK, none) have had as profound and lasting an impact on students as Piper Nilsson, Department Head of Web Design. Joining Sessions as an adjunct instructor in 2001, Piper has graduated many thousands of students in her ten years of teaching, consistently ranking in the top five in student evaluations and staff assessments of her teaching. An accomplished instructional designer, Piper has developed courses in color theory, composition, information design, and Adobe Dreamweaver, administered hundreds of portfolio reviews, and for several years provided strategic direction for the Web Design Certificate program.
When the Education staff decided to create an award to recognize major faculty achievements, there was no debate about what to call the award and who the first honoree should be. It had to be The Nilsson Award.
Chief Academic Officer Tara MacKay helped establish the award program. As Ms. MacKay commented: “Piper has been a remarkable instructor since day one, and in ten years has never wavered in her excellent teaching and her devotion to student success.”
“Piper’s focus is always on continuous improvement, and that shows in student work,” Ms. MacKay continues. “Her design courses give Sessions students a great grounding in color and composition. Web design students get to see their Dreamweaver work grow from basic pages to large-scale, beautifully designed sites that students never thought they could create. The ongoing improvement in students’ work is clear and speaks to both her fantastic course authorship and her impeccable teaching.”
As a Web design instructor, Ms. Nilsson has overseen many changes over the last decade, as the school’s curriculum evolved to embrace the latest Web standards, such as HTML5, CSS-based layouts, and JQuery. “Piper is always looking for ways to improve her courses, whether she is addressing new design concepts, upgrading software lessons, or adding cutting-edge Web design techniques,” comments MacKay. Director of Training and Multimedia Ethan Herr adds: “It’s easy to see why Piper is a student’s dream, but working with her is an administrator’s dream as well! Everything she does in her classes is carefully prepared and professionally executed.”
Looking ahead, the Education team at the Sessions College plans to reserve the new award for cases of exceptional educational performance or leadership. “I’m excited to see this award created to honor the achievements of one of our most talented and longest serving instructors,” says Sessions College President Gordon Drummond. “Piper has simply been a fabulous teacher at Sessions, a skilled communicator who knows how to get most out of her students. I hope this award inspires others to similar heights of excellence.”
To show its appreciation for Piper’s work, the school has put together the following sample of student testimonials and favorite student work:
Piper Nilsson is an excellent instructor, very professional in her attention to detail as well as her feedback, never restricting her comments to just the work but always providing further material/ links for research. One can feel that she has a genuine interest for the student to develop. She encouraged me, as a student, to develop my own style, which I think is wonderful. In the end, there is no right way to doing things, it is about contributing with your own style and ideas towards the field of graphic design. She reminded me of that.
- Karen, Quebec
Web design by Anthony Lombardo
Piper rocks! She’s helpful, quick to grade, and gave TONS of helpful, interesting, and useful feedback. She should seriously be given a medal or something. She’s really that good. Even if she didn’t find anything wrong with a submission that could use improvement (which she usually did find), she would still go the extra mile and offer all kinds of useful advice that related to the project, and went above and beyond basic feedback and critique. A model instructor, who’s qualities other instructors would do well to add to their own.
- Jonathan, WA
Piper was honestly amazing. Some of her lectures changed my views on fine art. I’ve never looked at fine art in terms of what it could/can teach me for design, but now… it really changed how I view things. And she personally opened the doors, via email, to many other art techniques that I simply overlooked or paid no attention to.
- Scott, IN
Poster design by Sacha Melvin
Piper was fantastic about answering questions, often with several URLs for more information or color tools. I also appreciated the way she provided a critique of my submitted exercises. She pointed out what she liked about certain parts, but also was helpful in pointing out in a non-judgmental way what to look for or try that might improve the work.
- Bryan, CA
I would actually like to give Piper a 6 out of 5. Every time I submit an assignment for grading, I know that it’s going to be critiqued and evaluated fairly and with lots of comments and extra knowledge to investigate and continue to learn on your own. I value and work on everything that Piper has suggested and she’s made me a better designer because of it, so I’d like to pass along my thanks to her, and I think you should do whatever you can to keep her as an instructor! Her consistency and thoroughness amazes me. Piper truly is the best I’ve had!
- Robyn, British Columbia
Layout design by Jonathan Potter
If I could rate Piper any higher, I would. She gave timely, detailed, positive comments and suggestions. I always felt supported by her. Her encouragement to try something in a different way and repost modeled what I assume is the collaborative design process and I really appreciated it. She would correct or suggest things I hadn’t thought of in a really supportive way. She’s terrific!
- Elizabeth, AK
I wish all instructors had the communications skill Piper has. I found her remarks and recommendations to be very helpful and relayed in such a way that I still felt that my work had been given an honest review. After identifying any area that I could use work in, she would make recommendations that if I were to implement them would improve my mark and at the same time leave me with a much better product.
- James, Alberta
Sessions College fine arts instructor Carolina Caycedo takes part in a bold arts exhibition in New York’s Lower East Side starting this weekend.
As part of a three-week Living As Form event, Carolina has developed a piece called Illumination and Pilgrimage Offering. Created in collaboration with members of local religious and spiritual groups, Illumination and Pilgrimage Offering is a candlelight ceremony at a spiritually inclusive public shrine composed of hundreds of customized, screen-printed, glass votive candles.
The piece was created through a collaboration with an amazing array of local activists and spiritual leaders including Anthony Donovan from the Local Faith Communities; Yajna Purusa and the Bhakti Center; Hooshmand Sheshbaradaran and Kate Digby from the New York Baha’i community; and Martha Polin, Principal of the Lower East Side Preparatory High School.
According to Carolina, one of the inspirations of the project was to find common spiritual elements among the constantly changing demographics of this storied neighborhood. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by!