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Events:

2014 Wolrd Film Forum

November 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
"Begin Again & Look Closley: Narrating the Holocaust in the Films of Peter Thompson"
Presented by Gary Weissman, University of Cincinnati

 

News: 
Ben Lawton writes:

I keep getting letters from current and prospective students who want to know what life is like for FVS majors after graduation. I found this picture of a typical day in the life of some of our best FVS grads and friends and asked for permission to post it. Jes Mercer wrote back .

 FVS Alumni Group

Professor Lawton asked me if he would be able to share this photo from our wedding as a “day in the life of an FVS student.”  Initially, I thought he was a little nuts.  Why would anyone be interested in a photo from our wedding?  But as I started to identify everyone in the photo, I realized that it was almost entirely a Purdue crowd.  And it got me thinking about a piece of advice I would pass onto a current or prospective FVS student.  Family.  Working in a creative field, you will find yourself gravitating to others with similar or complementary mind-sets; similar goals, similar tastes, only different roles to play.  And with each project there come long hours spent together, finding the ability to compromise and the ability to keep each other motivated.  Sometimes it doesn’t always work.  And you learn lessons from those experiences.  But other times, it works.  And it lasts.  And before you know it, you have known each other for 10 years, worked on countless projects together (whether good or bad) and built relationships that will last you your lifetime. 

As I look at this photo, I think of the first time I worked on a project creatively with each individual (save for my sister and my new sister-in-law), and it was through a class at Purdue.  And we have all left Purdue remaining close friends that are lucky to get the opportunity to work with one another still.  Funny enough, there are a lot of my theatre friends that have worked with my FVS friends, (let’s face it, at one point you will have to work with actors.)  It is important for you to have a strong support system once you get out there, and it is easier when someone understands what you are going through.  Take the time to cultivate those relationships at Purdue.  Jump in and work on a project with someone new, or reach out for help with your own.  You never know the connections you will make and where they may lead you.

In that spirit, feel free to use the photo :) We in fact have 4 Purdue FVS students, 6 Purdue Theatre students, 1 Purdue Engineer, 1 Purdue Doctor of Veterinary medicine, and 1 Purdue Academic Assistant Director for the Engineering Honors program in this photo. Pretty Purdue proud group right there."

Dan MeisnerSuzanne Miller, Jennifer Mercer-Alter, Melody Alice Dudding, Kevin Lambert, Stevie Chaddock LambertTimothy Monnig, Huber, Andrea, Randall Garriott and Stuart Robinson.

Photo credit to Charity K Photography

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John CessnaJohn Cessna, Purdue FVS major (5/2007-Outstanding CLA Graduate, Phi Beta Kappa), Purdue MFA (5/2010) [2012 resume], recently won a Third Place and an Honorable Mention in PhoozL's first "super-judged" photo contest competing against almost 1,000 images.  John was the only contestant to place twice.  http://www.phoozl.com/phooznews/results-seeing-the-light-photo-contest/.  The head judge was "legendary photographer Joel Meyerowitz, author of 16 books and recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, One National Endowment of the Arts Award and one National Endowment of the Humanities Award, [who] not only selected the contest theme, but [...] used his insights to determine the winners and Honorable Mentions below."  See what he had to say about John's work. http://www.phoozl.com/phooznews/results-seeing-the-light-photo-contest/.

John is currently working as an Instructional Learning Intermediate at the University of Michigan.

In reply to our request, John sent these words of wisdom for current FVS majors and minors.

If you have career-oriented questions, you may write to John at JohnCessna@me.com.  

 

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More words of wisdom forwarded by John Cessna...

Patton Oswalt’s keynote address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2012

Oswalt employed self-deprecation right off the bat, joking that he was far from JFL's first choice to address the comedians, industry and fans in the audience. "Luckily for me, none of them could be bothered to wake up before 1 p.m.," he said. He also noted with sarcasm that in a year in which comedy has come under the microscope of the media and bloggers, of course, a "straight white male" should be the comedy community's representative to make sense of it all. Speaking of which, he added: "People are referring to us as the comedy communtiy -- thats how fucked up things are right now."

Instead of a straight speech, Oswalt wrote two open letters and read them aloud.

The first letter he addressed to "all of the comedians in the room"; the second, to "all of the gatekeepers" of the comedy business.

Here are those letters.

http://thecomicscomic.com/2012/07/27/patton-oswalts-letters-to-both-sides-his-keynote-address-at-montreals-just-for-laughs-2012/

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Ben Lawton writes:

I keep getting letters from current and prospective students who want to know what life is like for FVS majors after graduation. I found this picture of a typical day in the life of some of our best FVS grads and friends and asked for permission to post it. Jes Mercer wrote back .

 

Professor Lawton asked me if he would be able to share this photo from our wedding as a “day in the life of an FVS student.”  Initially, I thought he was a little nuts.  Why would anyone be interested in a photo from our wedding?  But as I started to identify everyone in the photo, I realized that it was almost entirely a Purdue crowd.  And it got me thinking about a piece of advice I would pass onto a current or prospective FVS student.  Family.  Working in a creative field, you will find yourself gravitating to others with similar or complementary mind-sets; similar goals, similar tastes, only different roles to play.  And with each project there come long hours spent together, finding the ability to compromise and the ability to keep each other motivated.  Sometimes it doesn’t always work.  And you learn lessons from those experiences.  But other times, it works.  And it lasts.  And before you know it, you have known each other for 10 years, worked on countless projects together (whether good or bad) and built relationships that will last you your lifetime. 

As I look at this photo, I think of the first time I worked on a project creatively with each individual (save for my sister and my new sister-in-law), and it was through a class at Purdue.  And we have all left Purdue remaining close friends that are lucky to get the opportunity to work with one another still.  Funny enough, there are a lot of my theatre friends that have worked with my FVS friends, (let’s face it, at one point you will have to work with actors.)  It is important for you to have a strong support system once you get out there, and it is easier when someone understands what you are going through.  Take the time to cultivate those relationships at Purdue.  Jump in and work on a project with someone new, or reach out for help with your own.  You never know the connections you will make and where they may lead you.

In that spirit, feel free to use the photo :) We in fact have 4 Purdue FVS students, 6 Purdue Theatre students, 1 Purdue Engineer, 1 Purdue Doctor of Veterinary medicine, and 1 Purdue Academic Assistant Director for the Engineering Honors program in this photo. Pretty Purdue proud group right there."

Dan MeisnerSuzanne Miller, Jennifer Mercer-Alter, Melody Alice Dudding, Kevin Lambert, Stevie Chaddock LambertTimothy Monnig, Huber, Andrea, Randall Garriott and Stuart Robinson.

Photo credit to Charity K Photography

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Advanced FVS Majors enrolled in Bobby Chastain’s Big Ten Television and Big Ten Producing/Directing courses participate in the production of this groundbreaking program.

BTN to show off Purdue on Thursday

July 9, 2012 

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Purdue-related programs will be telecast throughout the day and night on Thursday (July 12) on BTN, the Big Ten Network.

Thursday's Purdue focus will start at 6:30 a.m., running through 9 a.m. Friday. Programs include memorable basketball, football and baseball games, profiles of athletics figures and non-sport campus programming.

Aother Purdue-themed day is set for July 30. Content has not been confirmed for that date. The summer's first Purdue day on BTN was June 21.

BTN is on Boiler TV at Channel 17. In Lafayette-West Lafayette, it is on Comcast at Channel 67 (Channel 958 for HD); on DirecTV on Channel 610; and on DISH Network on Channel 439 (Channel 9500 for HD). BTN is online at http://btn.com. Roll over "Shows" then "TV schedule" to view the lineup.