As the semester winds down and the weather gets
colder, the amount of work and stress is drastically increasing for students. In
this month's edition of 608, the BDIC newsletter, we hope to provide you with
good news and fun events to take your mind off final exams and research papers.
Calling All Knitters!In December, we will continue having our
weekly knitting circle in the BDIC office -- 608 Goodell. Bring your knitting,
crocheting, or whatever is your craft of the moment! All are welcome, even
non-BDIC students. Meetings are on Thursdays at noon, so stop on by!
Amazing Computer CreationsYou are invited to meet artists,
programmers, and producers at the Multimedia & 3-D Computer Graphics
Showcase. You will have the opportunity to see 3-D creatures and great animated
motion, as well as the ability to interact with multimedia projects.
Additionally, the Fall 2004 Computer Science classes will be exhibiting their
own multimedia projects, games, and computer animations. The Showcase is being
held on December 10 at 4:30 pm, room 150/151 in the Computer Science building.
Environmental Lecture SeriesDr. Richard Luthy of Stanford
University will be presenting this month's talk for the Environmental Lecture
Series, entitled "New Views on Sediment Chemistry, Toxicity, and Treatment." Dr.
Luthy is a professor of civil and environmental engineering. The lecture will be
held at 4 pm on December 6, room 507 Goodell. For more information, visit the
website at http://www.umass.edu/tei.
Music to Our EarsCome support your fellow students at the
Student Composer's Concert, December 10 at 8 pm. The concert will be held at the
newly renovated Bezanson Recital Hall, free of admission.
Visiting Artist Guest LectureUMass alum Daniel Zeller will be
giving a lecture on December 9 at 4:30 pm in Herter 227. Zeller is an
experienced sculptor, printmaker and draftsman. Zeller said in a 1991
publication "The process of drawing for me is a form of travel where info is
consumed, digested and regurgitated." This travel is an exploration into the
uncharted and hidden. He sets up rules for himself, one of them being "always
respect what has already been put on the page, as if every line were sovereign
territory, not to be crossed or obscured." He is interested in combining macro
and micro elements of information in his work. He uses the minimal means of
paper and pencil, or paper and ink. The resulting imagery is extremely
intricate, suggesting maps, diagrams and satellite imagery.
You Are Invited!Come one, come all to the BDIC Winter Holiday
Party! The celebration will be held in the BDIC office (608 Goodell) on December
15, 5-8 p.m. and will be an excellent opportunity to meet alumni. There will
also be music and art displays. Come take a break from studying and enjoy some
good food and good fun with fellow BDIC students, both past and present!
Tension BreakersAs a reminder, December 13 is the last day of
classes and finals begin on December 16. The last day for finals is December 22.
When the work and stress starts getting you down, head to the Campus Center
Concourse for Tension Breakers! There will be free food, giveaways, and massages
from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., just waiting for you!
BDIC FashionBDIC T-shirts are still on sale in the office, for
just $10! The light blue shirts feature the BDIC logo on the front, with the
pink flamingo mascot and slogan ("Stand Out in the Crowd!") on the back. Show
your pride by wearing the shirt around campus!
TV/Radio InternshipsFor those interested in TV/radio
internships, UVC-TV 19 is having an open station meeting on December 6 to
discuss possibilities in the field. The meeting will be held at 7 pm, in the
basement of the Student Union, room 216.
Graphic Design & Technical Writing InternshipsThere is a
current internship opportunity available for students interested in graphic
design or technical writing. For more information, visit http://www.intangibleinc.com/ and
contact BDIC alum Stephen Kelly.
Dana SebastianDana Sebastian, BDIC's resident jewelry artist
will be displaying his latest creations at the Holiday Party. He also has a
website that showcases his jewelry. Take a look at http://www.sebastianjewelry.com/!
ALUMNI NEWSStephen Kelly, BDIC '02, recently started a
website design company in Amherst. While he was at UMass, Stephen was the BDIC
webmaster, and was responsible for many of the website's improvements. Stephen
will have a book published by Prentice-Hall in May, '05, in conjunction with
UMass Professor F. S. Hill, Jr. The book is entitled Computer Graphics With
Open GL. He has also started a graphic design magazine called 4TWK.
Remember, the BDIC office is open all
year round, so winter session is a good time to come by with questions about
pre-registration, courses, or any other concerns you might have! Good luck on
all your finals, and best wishes for a happy holiday season!