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Advisory board hopes to improve CIRC’s accessibility

GW’s Computer Information and Research Center is forming an advisory board aimed at reaching out to students.

CIRC Assistant Director P.B. Garrett said she is forming the board to solicit input that could make CIRC more accessible.

The advisory board members will consist of CIRC staff and students in a variety of majors so that “we can see their experiences with academic computing on campus,” Garrett said.

The students will test new technology and give CIRC staff members feedback on the existing system.

The advisory board will be another step in increasing student involvement in CIRC. The center’s suggestion box already has brought two new innovations this year, Garrett said.

The first innovation was Webmail, which allows GW students to check their University e-mail accounts on the Internet. The second was a CIRC compact disc for freshmen. The multimedia CD contains information about CIRC and the GWIS system and includes training modules that benefit students, Garrett said.

“We look closely at our suggestion box,” Garrett said. “But for every student who gives input back, there are at least fifty who don’t have the time. This will help us address student issues and focus on what students want.”

-Stefanie Weinstein

GW to offer video editing classGW students can take a video editing class on AVID equipment for the first time this fall.

“The class will provide a more structured learning experience than many internships and will be an innovative way to give students access to AVID technology and skilled professionals,” said Jean Folkerts, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs.

AVID is an innovative digital editing technology. Students will learn non-linear digital editing of video footage, graphics, music and sound effects. In addition, they will produce two pieces for Cerebellum Corporation’s “No-Brainers,” a how-to video series, and “Standard Deviants,” a video series that uses humor to teach students difficult subjects.

The class will run one semester for the next five years as part of a grant from Cerebellum, an award-winning educational video production company. Classes will be held at the corporation’s headquarters.

-Francesca Di Meglio

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