David Prunty, executive director of auxiliary services, recalls that having students create segments that filled the content gaps was extremely helpful. “That was a huge, complex component of the program,” Prunty says. “[The Weekend on South Hill] was easily the most complex event I’ve ever been a part of at IC, and I’ve been here 30 years.”
“We must have done the rundown four or five times,” Dey says. “[Chrissy Guest] served as executive producer/lifesaver. What she was really there for was just in case something occurred that was out of range of our skills.”
Guest concurs that she served as a safety net for students, and let them run with the opportunity. “My philosophy is, ‘You don’t learn anything without failing,’ Guest says. “But I wanted to make sure that, no matter what, there was a comfort level for the students.”
By Dey’s and Jacksen’s accounts, The Weekend of South Hill live events all went smoothly and seamlessly. “I loved seeing it all come together,” Dey says. “I was ready to take on all these issues, and had to be ready for anything. Fortunately, nothing major went wrong!”
“Now that I’ve taken the class, it has opened so many opportunities for me and where I can take my career,” Jacksen says. “It broadened my skills as to what I can do, and I feel more confident for sure. Looking back, it’s incredible we were able to successfully execute an awesome livestream broadcast.”
To celebrate the launch of IC’s live event design and management minor, distinguished alumni who manage large-scale events in various fields shared their experiences at a panel reception on October 26. The panelists were: Amy Kule ’87, founder and CEO of Merry Wonderer and former group vice president for Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group; Doug Weisman ’78, president and producer/director of Weisman Video Productions and former chairman of Videolink; Marc Wollin ’78, video and event writer/producer/director and stage manager for such companies as the NBA and Bank of America; and Ed Alpern ’78, owner of Alpern Communications.