Members of the University community turned out to celebrate the success of student publication Open: A Writing and Design Collaboration at a reception on Nov. 15 in the Paul J. Gutman Library.
The reception began with welcoming remarks from Dr. Jeffrey Senese, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty, who described students’ participation in the piece as contributing to a legacy. “This is a great opportunity for students to express what they think and explore space and values,” he noted.
A collaborative project composed of writings from first- and second-year students, Open, Vol. 3 honors intellectual inquiry, social participation and interdisciplinary explorations through integrated learning facilitated by John Eliason, director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and Frank Baseman, associate professor of Graphic Design. Dedicated to Faye Ross, former assistant dean of Academic Affairs and director of the Learning & Advising Center, Vol. 3 also incorporates a feeling of “openness” through use of abstract-design elements created by 2007 Graphic Design Communication graduates Kathryn Reimund and Megan Stanger.
“Working on the piece was a challenge, but a lot of fun,” said School of Liberal Arts graduate assistant, Colleen Stephen, who, as one of two assistant managing editors, met regularly with faculty, and student writers and designers to develop Open, which spanned Fall 2006, Spring 2007 and Summer 2007 semesters. “It’s been a very rewarding experience and has taught me how to work with others.”
The event recognized others who contributed to the project, including members of the Office of Academic Affairs, Paul J. Gutman Library, Honors Program, Division of Student Life and the Schools of Liberal Arts and Design and Media.
Above: Honors Program students Nina Blaustein ’10 (left) and Trevor Bonney Jr. ’09 (center), whose pieces on social concerns in Philadelphia and South Africa, respectively, appear in Open, Vol. 3, gather with Assistant Managing Editor of Open Colleen Steven (right), a graduate assistant in the School of Liberal Arts, at a reception Nov. 15. in the Paul J. Gutman Library.