Friday, March 22, 2013

Support STRIPES and mock me in the same night!

My wife has said on several occasion that she is glad she did not know me in college. I made a lot of ... questionable decisions that I can now look at as learning experiences. You know, the hidden curriculum of higher education.

Despite what The Wife might think, not all of my time in college was spent in some bizarre Hunter S. Thompson-esq haze while I struggled to keep my grades at a respectable "barely passing."

For four years I was heavily involved with the STRIPES sober-driver program. A lot of my Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights were spent working at the STRIPES house or driving students home. Volunteering for this program, and eventually being elected its director, was probably one of the most rewarding things I did while in college.

There is so much about the program that I know still has an influence on the professional work I do today.

Recently, I was asked to give the keynote speech at the annual STRIPES Gala fundraiser and I have to say I am both pumped and terrified to do this.

Team, just let it sink in, I have been invited by an organization to give a speech... like an adult... for a fundraiser.

Now, it's not the actual speech part that has me scared. I have given speeches and spoken publicly. I just have NO IDEA what to say to this group.

I could talk about my time at STRIPES and wax poetically about the good times and the way things used to be... but that is not really very inspiring to a group of college students who have probably changed and grown this program since I left.

I could talk about how important STRIPES is to the community and how as volunteers they are building valuable leadership skills that will help them when they gradua.....zzzzzzzzzz....

Maybe I could just do 30 minutes of celebrity impressions?

Aw hell! I have got to figure this out...

If you are free the weekend of April 13, I would really appreciate you coming. Yes, YOU are invited. You can request to be at my table and make sure that I don't drink too much before heading to the lectern.

Download the invitation and send it in or make a donation to this amazing program.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

You might recognize that voice.

The old Metropolitan Community College has released a series of awesome ads for the Business and Technology campus and its Career Exploration Nights.

Now, I will say up front, I had nothing to do with the creation, shooting and editing of the ads - aside from the voice over work at the end. Still, I wanted to feature them here because I think they are pretty damn cool.

We always try to feature students, but those can come off as canned or stilted... Matt, our new-ish video producer did a great job keeping the interviews authentic and interesting. Not to mention the video just looks stunning with the lighting and camera work.

Anyway, we released a whole series of these that you can find here.

Friday, March 01, 2013

A moment that sums up so much

I had stopped at our neighborhood grocery store on my way home from work. While I walked through the parking lot with a bag full of fruit, ice cream and pickles for the pregnant wife at home when I ran into the local newspaper publisher.

I have known John since 2006 when I took my first newspaper job and he has popped in and out of my life ever since. We talked snow, city council and the new Walmart development in town.

We then shook hand and said we need to catch up over lunch soon. I hopped into my car and headed home wife.

So much going on in that one moment.