St. Charles Satellite Center members receive hands-on learning

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 1, 2014

Digital media team members from the St. Charles Satellite Center recently went on a field experience to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux to tour the Office of Student Publications and Art and Mass Communication departments.

Team members learned about Nicholls as a whole including majors and minors offered and admission requirements. Admissions counselor and tour guide David Ford then took them throughout the campus, showing them the Student Publication area, the TV Broadcasting and Mass Communication departments, the Art Department, as well as student housing and recreational areas. Though Nicholls is one of the smaller universities, it has something for everyone to enjoy.

The first place the team members visited was the Student Publications Department. One of the main focuses of this department is producing the University’s newspaper, titled “Nicholls Worth.” Director of Student Publications Niki Boudreaux, along with Editor Ross Landry and Design and Layout Editor and former Digital Media team member Alexis Cannon, spoke to the team members about the on campus job of producing the paper every week. Students from all types of majors, ranging from graphic design to English and even psychology come together to work on the weekly paper.

After, they visited the Mass Communication Department. This department consists of TV Broadcasting, Radio Broadcasting, and Print Media. Dr. Andrew Simoncelli, associate professor of broadcast, took the team members on a tour of the broadcasting studio. They went through multiple stage sets and control room used to record their shows on live television. Next was the Radio Broadcasting Department. This is where the

team members learned more about what goes on within a radio station and saw behind the scenes of KNSU 91.5, Nicholls’ very own radio station.

The final stop of the field experience was the arts dept. The multiple art programs offered are graphic design, ceramics, painting, photography and more. Digital media met with graphic design professors David Horton and Trisha Dubina. They learned about the equipment and software programs used and

the type of work that is done. With all of the team members wanting to major in a digital field when they start college, for them, this was a very enjoyable and informative college visit.