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A new art wall at SCAD, complete with bright Sharpies

A SCAD student sketches his design on the wall of Newell Rubbermaid's new Sharpie(R) brand headquarters, which will become part of permanent art installation. (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)
A SCAD student sketches his design on the wall of Newell Rubbermaid’s new Sharpie(R) brand headquarters, which will become part of permanent art installation. (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

A very good friend of mine graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design so when I saw an innovative new art wall was created for the school I was interested in learning more. Since I also have a thing for Sharpie markers which are being used in this plan it further piqued my design geek’s interest.

At the University of Delaware we’re thinking about revamping one of the “commons” areas on campus to make the environment more social, comfortable and productive for our students. Looking at other campus we’re seeing a lot of rooms being painted with material that allows for people to draw on them.

Savannah College of Art and Design has partnered with Newell Rubbermaid to help the company permanently capture the essence of its brands and celebrate the company’s new Sharpie® brand headquarters and consumer marketing hub in Atlanta.

On Feb. 21, 10 SCAD students armed solely with Sharpie permanent markers — from original Fine Point to Neon and Metallics — directed and collaborated with Newell Rubbermaid marketers to turn student designs into wall murals. The spirit of the company’s consumer brands, including Sharpie, Paper Mate®, Calphalon®, Graco®, Goody®, Dymo® and Levolor®, will be captured in Sharpie ink on walls as large as 9 feet by 14 feet.

“Sharpie stands for self-expression, making it the perfect tool to permanently brand our new consumer marketing hub as we create a space to foster creativity and fresh thinking,” said Adam DeLange, director of brand activation for Sharpie at Newell Rubbermaid. “SCAD’s talent and curriculum are renowned for their creativity, and we’re excited about the ideas these students are bringing as they also get an interactive real-life experience to help prepare them for future careers.”

Visit their official blog or scad.edu.


Everyone should learn about the sequestration cuts; they impact us all

There are so many music and entertainment tidbits I want to share with you. I was thinking about all of them this morning. But there is something far more pressing I need to get off my chest. It may or may not mean anything to the readers on scrink.com but it has to be said and I very much hope you read it, understand it and share it.

If I had an opportunity to be in Washington, DC this week while higher ups discuss the sequestration I would love to be able to walk in a crowded room of legislators and give them a piece of my mind. Put a face on one of the people they are hurting with their slowness to act and narrow minds.I may not be eloquent, I may literally shake when I speak in front of groups, but I’m real and I’m passionate and the robots in DC need to see more people like me, they need to hear what we have to say.

Do you know what the word sequester means?

Verb: Isolate or hide away (someone or something).

That’s an ugly word and the sequestration will have devastating effects on our country. Is it true what the Washington Post reported just this morning? “Just one in four Americans are following the debate over the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts set to kick in on Friday very closely.” Really? Only one in four? Are we that caught up in our own lives that we are so oblivious to the bomb about to drop on our country?

One manWho am I and why does it matter? Not only am I a full-time employee at a University but I am also a student. Working full-time to help the University, going to class in the middle of it all and then going home to be with my family (husband and three children). I represent a growing population of working parents who are trying to make things better for their family. I understand my associate’s degree just isn’t going to cut it if I want a higher paying job. I decided last year to go back to school and complete my four-year degree. Educating myself will help me to become a better employee, a better parent and a strong member of my community.

Are we not cognizant of the fact that more people need a higher education in order to get a better paying job and therefore become someone who can help to repair the economy? Truly, the need to increase the federal investment in education has never been greater. To me this is an obvious fact and I do not understand how that can be debatable.

I know, specifically the College I work for does an amazing amount of research, we work across the State of Delaware and are considered a Land Grant University. Sequestration will cut our funding immensely and we have already faced tough cuts leading up to this point. Consider the effects of those who rely on federal grants from programs like the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy for example, to do groundbreaking research. Sequestration would mean a cut of $2.4 billion in National Institute of Health-funded research alone (according to ReseachAmerica.) The University of Delaware stands to lose at least $5.5M in sponsored research expenditures.

And just how are students and their families supposed to afford higher education with sequestration dealing such a blow to federal aid? Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants will be cut 8.2%, I read on educationvotes.nea.org just how the cut to Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants might impact our country. “In New York alone, that would mean 6,500 students could lose work-study assistance and 7,000 could lose their opportunity grants.”

TRIO and GEAR UP, two programs that prepare low-income students for college, saying that the programs could lose $90 million if sequestration goes into effect, eliminating services to more than 100,000 students.

A report from the National Education Association estimates the total cuts to pre-kindergarten, K-12, and postsecondary education budgets next year will range from $4.5-$4.8 billion. Close to 15,000 special education teachers could lose their jobs under sequestration. These are just some of the cuts to our education system in America. I don’t have the time or space to explain all of them.

Everyone needs to be aware and needs to understand these are not fake numbers, they are not scare tactics and they very much need to be taken seriously.

Sequestration cuts are going to impact far more than just higher education, but I am firm in my belief that continuing to cut funding for Universities and Colleges will branch out into the lives of future students, their families; all they offer now and all they will continue to offer after graduating. Please keep this in mind and speak up. I cannot begin to explain to you just how important it is to tell your Senator and Representative that they need to step up and take action.

Please also note that this is NOT the time to point fingers, cast blame or trash talk… any action should should a positive one. Offer suggestions not criticisms. If we want to stop sequestration we all need to put our minds together and come up with better solutions, we cannot do that if people close their minds and choose to bicker instead.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

― Edward Everett Hale

Please check out this link for videos of researchers in higher education who can tell you what they are working on and why the federal funding is so very valuable:


Who is your pick for the big game tonight?

49ersfaithfulMy husband and my younger brother are faithful, diehard 49ers fans. So we’re going to be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers to win the Superbowl tonight.

But my post is for the kiddos. We have three kids, two of which might have more fun with some activity type games during the big game. Right?

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*All symbols from the Super Bowl Bingo boards are from The Noun Project collection.

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Disclaimer that will not be needed, but I am going to say it just for preservation. I work for the University of Delaware and so there for I am a Flacco fan PLUS my Mom is Ravens fan, which means I will not cry if the 49ers should not win the game.

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9/11 – A Remembrance

Knowing my children will learn about what happened in the United States on September 11, 2001 makes me want to keep the memories sharp in my own mind since I will be able to tell them how it impacted my life. As many people say, they can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on that day.

One of my cousins saw the second plane hit one of the towers in his rear-view mirror as we was driving out of New York City on that tragic day. For me the visuals were of students on the University of Delaware campus learning of the news as it was happening. I was in an American Literature class held in Memorial Hall when someone came to tell our professor what was being reported.

Memorial Hall is located on central campus, when you walk out the front doors you are facing the open green area where all other buildings let out along the side. On that day every class was letting out early and standing on the Memorial Hall steps meant being able to see the out pour of students from the steps at the head of it all. Some were taking phone calls and immediately dropping to their knees crying.

I still didn’t know what was going on, our professor just told us class was cancelled and we were to go back to our dorms or go home. I commuted so I needed to get to the parking garage. I retrospect I surmise she didn’t tell us what was happening because in the wee hours of the morning no one really knew or understood, it was all happening so fast.

UD Candlelight Vigil 9/11/2001

I continued watching and wondering as I walked to the Trabant Center which was attached to the parking garage. The cries, the sobs, the looks of horror were something I will never, ever forget. When I entered the Trabant Center, which is normally filled with chatter and people walking all over the place, the still quiet was surreal. People were huddling around the tvs and watching, listening to the news reports as they came in. The planes hitting the towers, the people on the streets screaming, the blood, the fear on peoples faces and the words scrolling across the bottom of the screen: America Under Attack. Throughout the remainder of the week of course those images didn’t change, it wasn’t a dream, the death toll continued to rise and more of the events were coming to light. I was 20 years old, terrorism was not something I ever worried about or thought about, and now it’s simply a fact.

For months, years after 9/11/20o1, we were knowledgeable of what color alert we were under as a country. A color coded system to let the public know if danger was probable. That is something I never would have imagined as a child and suddenly it was in the daily news.

I remember trying to call home on that morning and of course all the cell lines were not working; overload. But I knew Willard Hall, across from the parking a garage, had a pay phone. So I scrambled over and search my purse for change to call home. My Mom was relieved to hear from me, but it was loud, at this point alarms were going off around campus. I supposed public safety wanted to prevent chaos and get everyone to their dorms and off the street, because as I mentioned previously, we didn’t know what was really happening.

We spoke briefly through the sirens and she told me my cousin Bobby was working the Pentagon and a plane had hit there as well. It took days to hear from him since the area went under lock down, but he fortunately, had not been in the building when it was hit. Thank goodness.

Driving home I listened to the radio, every station, every announcer, their voice was dismayed, stunned and the news they conveyed was just soaked with disbelief. However, it didn’t take long before locally and nationwide the country showed a goosebump reveling strength that I also remember distinctly. No matter where in the country you lived, you were aware and praying and offering your hope and sympathy.

That night my Mom and I sat on my parents front stoop with white candles. We sat for hours and just burned the candles and talked. People driving by beeped their horns when they saw us. It was clear that this tragic event would bring our nation together in a way never seen before. We would stand up, as a united front, sturdy links across all States with the common thought that no one would ever break us.

Just now I checked my Gmail and even my inbox is in remembrance mode.


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Standard Solar to bring solar energy to UD

UD’s initial solar array will include more than 2,000 panels to yield an 850-kilowatt solar electric system. Once completed, UD’s system is expected to generate approximately 1,035 kilowatt hours of electricity each year and result in 1,810,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide being emitted annually. The avoided emissions will be the equivalent of reducing the use of 93,363 gallons of gasoline each year.

“The University of Delaware is pleased to partner with Standard Solar on this solar power initiative,” said UD President Patrick Harker. “This project is another example of idea leadership and is in keeping with the Path to Prominence Initiative for the Planet and our ongoing efforts to become ‘The Green University.’

The array will be installed by Standard Solar and jointly developed, owned and operated with its joint venture partner Perpetual Energy Systems (PES).

Standard Solar to bring solar energy to UD.

Garden for the Community

It is with pride that I tell you about the University of Delaware teaming up with the Food Bank of Delaware to create a “Garden for the Community.”

The University of Delaware will devote 16,000 square feet of its Newark farm to a community garden, with the produce donated to the food bank. On May 15 and 16, the college will hold “Plant a Garden for the Community Day,” when volunteers can help get the garden into shape. (If I weren’t due that weekend I would be there with bells on!)

“Our goal is simple – to help the Food Bank meet their mission – a community without hunger – by providing Delaware families with fresh, local food.”

The success of the garden will depend on the generosity of local business donors, community volunteers, and CANR faculty, students and professionals. Please consider helping us establish this garden.

To join as a business partner or volunteer, please contact Alyssa Collins at (302) 831-2882.

Solar Cell Initiative

Working for the University of Delaware as their web developer has been such an amazing experience. Being fortunate enough to be the developer for their College of Agriculture & Natural Resources in addition to their Cooperative Extension Programs for each county in Delaware has been an even greater experience. I’m learning so much about what is going on with the farms and environment around my own home. Things I never would have known about otherwise. This has piqued my interested in finding more Energy resource information to do my part in helping out.

For the last two years, UD has been leading the solar cell initiative. There are fifteen other participating colleges in the nation. Partial funding is being received from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). At UD, the goal is to create solar cells that operate at about 54 percent efficiency in the laboratory and 50 percent in production.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Energy highlighted 13 industry-led solar technology development projects for negotiation of up to $168 million (FY’07-’09), subject to appropriation from Congress; Newark, Delaware (home to the University of Delaware’s main campus) was one of the 13 highlighted. There has been an abundant amount of people furiously working to find alternative energy plans. There are websites which give more information and explanations of why this is so important. Energy resources information.

I believe more and more colleges and companies will begin to put forth stronger efforts to harness solar energy as a form of electricity. Solar energy is a clean, renewable energy source and with the price of electricity and gas these days it is imperative to find other means of not only creating, but storing solar power. It is very exciting for me to be able to spread the word about what my employer is doing to aide this cause. And it’s even more thrilling to know I will be developing sites to further promote alternative energy methods.

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