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Followup on the Adobe speaker idea

I spoke with Rich Hanley yesterday afternoon and floated the idea for the Adobe on-campus presentation by him. Thumbs up on the idea, but the logistics is going to be a bit tougher: Quinnipiac U. has a scarcity on available rooms and venues for this kind of presentation. So when I hear back from my contact at Adobe, I’ll let them know that we’re looking into things for the second or third week of February and see if that flies.

 Either way, it should be fun. I hope they can come on campus. Even better, we’re going to be approaching IT on campus and seeing about partnering with them in this matter, since Adobe counts as a vendor visit. It’ll be open to the undergrads as well, and should appeal to a fairly wide audience.

 Well, it’s good to have things underway in the planning stages for this, but it’s also somewhat of a relief not to have to kick things into overdrive in order to get it all arranged. I’m going to work to have everything confirmed and committed to by Thanksgiving Break, though, so I don’t have to worry about it during finals.

Working the system

The buzz word back in the late 90’s when I entered the workforce for real was “networking”. Curious enough, for ICM501 we just had to read a paper by Ronfeldt and Arquila about Netwars and networking among our terrorist enemies of the state.  One of the positive outgrowths of assembling a network of individuals with whom you are acquainted across industry boundaries means that there’s going to be some times when you can pull rabbits out of your hat just because you know the right people.

I know some people who know people.

And this time, I’m working the system to try and arrange a guest speaker from Adobe, Inc. to come up from their Manhattan office or else telecommute in for a session sometime in October or November. The purpose? Get the industry leaders at Adobe on campus and talking about their products and platforms, and in doing so recognize the leadership potential of the Master’s Program here at Quinnipiac. 

I still have to talk to Rich Hanley, chair of the department, to make sure that the idea is kosher. But I reached out to my old supervisor and interactive tech friend Sam Moore from TracyLocke. Back in the day, I was part of a group that was invited by Adobe to come down and talk about how Flash was going to be repurposed after their then-recent acquisition of Macromedia to enable application-level development using the single most ubiquitous program on the market… the Flash player.

CS3 is here now and we’re seeing the integration of Flash within CS3’s platform. I remembered the contacts and connections that were made in the meeting at Adobe in Manhattan, too. We were all different points of contact within the corporate and marketing structure for either IT or enterprise-level web innovations support.

I figured, why not see if they had anything to say to graduate students about their position within the marketplace, up and coming products or development platforms, etc. I remember the competitive advantage that I enjoyed because of TracyLocke’s involvement at that Adobe meeting. I could amaze and astound fellow techies at dinner parties and wilder gatherings by passing along the strategic vision that Adobe had shared with us back then, doing my mini-evangelist best to get Adobe’s word out.

I hope this all comes together. I’ll let everyone know in more detail as things pan out. I can’t imagine that there’d be opposition from the school, but then again, I’m a stranger here myself right now. There could be some very good reasons for not solidifying a relationship with Adobe. I’ll find out, and pass the word along.

Assistantship

Crazy, I know, but on top of coursework and freelance design gigs during the workday, I’m also taking on a Graduate Assistantship. It means that I’m now at the disposal of the department’s needs for various things. 10 hours of work a week, and what makes me an attractive candidate for them is that I come to them already a professional graphic designer. Don’t think they aren’t already putting me to work in that capacity, either, because they are.

But despite it all, it feels actually fun. I’m happy to have skills that can be useful to the department, and I’m happy to receive the three free credits a semester to help alleviate some financial stress. But this is such a great investment. So worthwhile. Who knew I’d ever follow my geek heart and end up becoming relevant to a hot new career field? Well, an older one, but this kind of preparation is invaluable.

Of course, it’s all in what you do with it. And even if I’m just designing the posters and brochures for the work of the other professors, I’m still involved with it creatively. 🙂 Nothing like also extending my assistantship term of service to future credits associated with the academic community, either.

Makes me wonder idly whether it would be worthwhile to continue on for a PhD in any kind of professional sense in this, and just what course of study that would be. Well, something for later consideration. Let’s make it through the first semester first, and see how my enthusiasm withstands the harsh reality of grades and performance measures like papers.