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Summer Break 2013 Begins with Eportfolio Expo 2013 Awesomeness!

The Spring 2013 semester has finally come to an end. After making it through hell and high water (quite literally), I survived my classes and made it out alive! I certainly hope that all of my fellow Macaulay and Brooklyn College classmates feel the same sense of accomplishment and pride that I do after finishing half of the four-year undergraduate experience.

Very thankfully, my summer break began with a serious dose of awesomeness thanks to the 2013 Eportfolio Expo. This year, a bunch of fantastic bloggers submitted their sites, ranging from club and group pages to educational blogs and travel portfolios. Below is the list of the wonderful participants and their award categories–I highly recommend taking the time to visit their sites and see what they’ve been up to for the past six months.

THE JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDEES
Marina Nebro–“Arts and Culture”
Kanika Khanna–“The Macaulay Messenger”
Kaitlyn O’Hagan–“Writing Not Raging”
Daniel Scarpati–“The Utopia of Daniel”
HONORABLE MENTIONS
Alessandra Rao–“The Undivided Design”
Choonghun Lee–“The Macaulay Triplets”
Julia Dancer–“No Foreign Lands”
Amy Gijbers van Wijk–“The Babylon Project”
CATEGORY RECOGNITION
(Travel Eportfolio) Tamar Herman–“Kosher Seoul”
(Curation/Reblogging Eportfolio)–Zara Hoffman–“Wear Aboutz”
(Photography Eportfolio)–Marianna Lamnina–“My European Adventures”
(Food/Culture Eportfolio)–Stephanie Chung–“A College Student’s Bucket List”
(Arts/Professional Eportfolio)–Amy Gijbers van Wijk–“Diary of a Young Playwright”–
(Potential/Newcomer Eportfolio)–Christine Seguritan–“x_signature”
As an Eportoflio creator/moderator in the Judges’ Choice Awardees category, I was one of the four people who won a brand new iPad Mini. Needless to say, this piece of Apple technology is going to be extremely helpful to my studies throughout the next two years of undergraduate research, course work and internships. So far, I’ve been putting it to good use as another piece of photography equipment in audio/video arsenal, and I’ve been taking some notes on it as I work as an intern for the Discovery Channel this summer. I have a good feeling that these are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what I’ll be able to use it for in the coming years.

I just couldn't resist making placing a X-Files background on the lock screen a main priority!

I just couldn’t resist making placing a X-Files background on the lock screen a main priority!

 

A major thank you goes out to Professor Ugoretz, the Eportfolio Expo team and the judges who donated their time to grade our Eportolios and give us helpful feedback to improve them in the future. Without these fine men and women, the Expo wouldn’t be any fun and we wouldn’t learn anything about our social presences online!
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The Utopia of Daniel wins best personal blog!

The Utopia of Daniel won the best personal blog category of the Macaulay 2012 Eportfolio Expo! =uD

I’m very proud to say that all of my hard work (as well as the hard work of all of my fellow Macaulay Honors College student bloggers) paid off last Wednesday. Of the 23 of us who entered, the students who attended the expo at the MHC Building in Manhattan got a chance to stand up in front of everyone (entrants and some of the deans and technology fellows of Macaulay) and explain why we created our blogs, what we wanted them to achieve and what our plans are for the future.

The event was a lot of fun, and I was very happy in the end to hear the my blog won the best personal category. There were eight individual categories along with a judges overall choice category. The prizes for the eight individual categories were 8GB 6th Gen iPod Nanos, and the prize for the judges’ choice category was an iPad. Besides myself, the individual category winners included Marisa Paolillo, Julia Dancer, Aparna Gokhale, Victoria Tang, Kanika Khanna, Diana Kudelko and Sion Siyanov, and the overall winner was Lilach Gez (and her blog is My AUSome Trip, which you should definitely check out).

On top of those nifty Apple prizes, all participants and winners received a special badge to place on their Eportfolio. A very cool web award, if I do say so myself. You can check mine out by looking over at the “About Me” box in the top right corner of this page.

I hope to keep blogging in the future and work together with all of these other fine Macaulay students to make the best sites we can possible make! Here’s looking forward to next year’s expo!

Check out the complete list of all participants and winners HERE.

I tip my hat to my fellow Macaulay bloggers and ll you fine readers out there. =u)

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Arts Night 2012 was a success

Today was the day of the official Arts Night at Macaulay Honors College. It took place from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm and was a great success for all seven CUNY Macaulay Campuses, the Arts Night Curator Team and the artists themselves!

I took the train over to Central Park South with my parents, sister, and friends Eric and Hayley, and then we walked up Central Park West to MHC together. After a quick sign in, we went upstairs and watched the two films that I had submitted (Violent Night and Snow Shovelers) on the big screen. It was really awesome to see some of my short films played in a real movie theater, and there were some other terrific videos there as well.

Outside the Macaulay theater.

 

We explored the rest of the show and some amazing artwork ranging from poems and body art to paintings on canvas and live performances. Not to mention, there were platters of mustache cupcakes to munch on while walking around holding small mustaches on sticks! Sounds weird, I know. You had to be there, haha.

Inside the Macaulay movie theater at Arts Night 2012.

 

The night continued on as we explored the MHC backdoor patio (which I had never seen up until tonight) and the rest of the show, which spanned from the basement all the way up to the third floor. All in all, it was a great show, and I know that my family and friends had a great time. Not to mention that I met some other awesome artists and filmmakers, saw people laugh hysterically at my videos and saw some friends from my campus as well.

If you missed it this year, be sure to at least check out the films I submitted and make plans to come next year!

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Macaulay SING! – Final Results

Hello again, blog readers! Time for an update on the SING! finals last night, November 19.

The order the colleges performed was Brooklyn, Baruch, Queens and Hunter. This was the order that the colleges performed on the semi-finals dates. The points that they received from those shows were combined with the points they received at the finals to make a total score for their team.

Going into the finals, Hunter had the most points, then Brooklyn, then Queens and then Baruch. After the performances, the results were as follows:

  1. Hunter
  2. Queens
  3. TIE between Brooklyn’s Error 404 and Baruch
First of all, I’m honestly glad the competition is over! Haha, now I’m able to get back to my life, even if all it mainly is is just tons of college work. Secondly, although I am unhappy with the final results, I’m not at all unhappy with the audience turnout, the laughs Error 404 got and the teamwork Brooklyn College showcased (as well as the other colleges)! If any of you made it to the show, I’m sure you have your own opinions of what the winning order should have been, but this is what happened. And whatever happened, happened.
So here’s to SING! 2012! I’m already writing out my ides for next year.

Macaulay SING! 2011 was a success. We're looking forward to next year!

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SING! – A Musical Theater Competition

I feel bad that I didn’t think about posting this earlier, so I’m posting it now!

I’m a University Scholar at the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College in New York City. One of the extracurricular actives that’s offered by MHC is called SING! It’s a musical theater competition between the seven CUNY campuses involved with Macaulay. Each campus was responsible for gathering a diverse team of set builders, actors and actresses, painters, directors, singer, etc. and creating a thirty to thirty-five minute musical production.

Three campuses dropped out, so only four are performing. Today, November 16, Macaulay Brooklyn and Macaulay Baruch will be performing their shows at 8:00 p.m. at the CUNY Macaulay Honors College building (35 West 67th Street). On Thursday, Macaulay Queens and Macaulay City will be performing at 8:00 p.m. as well. The finals, where all four campuses will be performing, will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. The guest judges for the finals are the two founders of the nationally-acclaimed Chicago City Limits improvisation group.

If you can make it tonight or Saturday to see my campus, Macaulay Brooklyn, that would be great! Suggested donation is $5.00.

Macaulay SING! starts November 16 at 8:00 pm!