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March 24, 2009

Media Club/Art Club takes trip to New York


Meg Smith, Meghan Wiebe, Sheridan Moss and Theresa ZirklelStudents in Cowley College’s Media Club and Art Club recently took a trip to New York where they had an opportunity to learn new ideas and immerse themselves into the culture of the city.

Six members of the Media Club, all of which are members of the Cowley Press student newspaper, were in New York from March 12-17. The group, which was accompanied by Media Club advisor Meg Smith, made it to New York a few days prior to the conference they were to attend, so they would have a chance to tour museums, visit Ground Zero, see the Empire State Building, learn the culture and explore the environment.

The group stayed at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square, which is where the conferences were held. They attended several workshop sessions, while Smith also attended advisor workshops.

Smith felt the conferences were beneficial for her and the students.

“There was a lot of great stuff for the students and me,” Smith said. “I find I get kind of disconnected at times, so it is good to plug in to new technology. I found out how to use InDesign better and learned some new ideas that are coming out.”

Charles Gibson, the anchor of ABC World News with Charles Gibson, served as the Keynote speaker at one of the conference’s. Gibson told the group that they are living through a major historical change right now, but the world is always going to need good writers.

The students also received updates on Media Law and had an opportunity to tour the facility, which houses the magazine Conde Nast Portfolio. The magazine features business news, executive career advice, business travel and business culture.

“From the editors to the writers they all came in and talked to the students about what their jobs are,” Smith said.

Smith also had the students step out of their comfort zone and eat at an authentic Chinese restaurant.
“The best piece of advice that a copy editor at Portfolio gave the students was for them to go live some place where they are uncomfortable for a year,” Smith said.

Ashlie L’Homme, member of the Media Club and the Editor-in-Chief of the Cowley Press, said she learned a lot from the trip.

“There was a lot of stuff we learned that we were able to take back with us and help make the paper better,” L’Homme said.

The Art Club’s trip to New York took place March 12-16. Seven students took part in the experience and were accompanied by Art Club advisor Mark Flickinger, his wife, Dianne Flickinger, and their daughter, Emily.

The purpose of the trip was to learn about the city and to see the architecture and art museums that New York has to offer.

“It’s an immersion into arts and culture of that city,” Mark Flickinger said. “The students learned there are beautiful things out there. Things they have seen in photographs they were now able to see in person, which was just incredible.”

Art Club students started with a tour of the city where they saw Battery Park, Ground Zero, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, Times Square and Wall Street. They also visited the Empire State Building. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity Church.

They then had an opportunity to see the murals in the Rockefeller Building and the World Financial Center, and spent an entire day at the Metropolitan Art Museum.

“The Metropolitan Art Museum is just stunning, it is my favorite place in New York,” said Mark Flickinger, who has some of his paintings on display in New York’s Sherry French Gallery.

Flickinger had the students eat at several different restaurants, which featured ethnic foods such as Indian, Greek, Turkish, and Cuban dishes.

“The trip was something that changed them,” Flickinger said. “You can live a whole semester in one weekend.”

This marked the sixth time Flickinger has taken students of his to New York.

“”It was a very good trip, I think they learned a lot culturally,” Flickinger said. “I want to thank the college and Dr. Pat (McAtee) for allowing us to do this. It is something that all of the students I have taken to New York truly value.”

Flickinger plans to take the Art Club students to the Kansas City Art Museum on April 30.

Art Club students that took part in the trip were, Landon Schmidt, Brett Rethmeier, Michael Porter, Jaclyne Slater, Sheridan Moss, Melinda Wilson, and Theresa Zirkel.

Media Club students that took part in the trip were, Ashlie L’Homme, Brandi Bernsten, Reid Sessions, Richard Gould, Eric Smith, and Meghan Wiebe.

Pictured from far left to right: Meg Smith, Meghan Wiebe, Sheridan Moss and Theresa Zirklel.