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The Best Laid Plans...

Posted By Melissa V. Moreno J.D., Wednesday, February 10, 2010

If you recall, we taped four social media workshops.  I engaged one of our School of Media Arts students to do the work. We felt this was a great idea, because this particular student has his own start-up video production company, lots of experience, had his own equipment, and a proven track record.  I am always very enthusiastic and encouraging when students step forward, and this was a way for us to accelerate his own production company and help him build a portfolio. We even got our Board to approve his company as a contractor so he could be paid.

He was scheduled to turn in the final product for upload late December before the break.  He did not.  He essentially disappeared over the break, did not maintain contact and did not surface until one week ago.  I was very upset and disappointed. (So was my dean!)  Unfortunately we had to let this student off the project and I hope he learned an important lesson about professionalism and communicaiton.  Fortunately, we never paid him.  While this is a bit of a setback, we are back on track.  I have the raw footage, and I am already in talks with another student candidate to edit the footage.

Our other efforts are moving along quite nicely.  Our network designer is behind the scenes helping us to brand the site consistent with the Scheinfeld Center and SBCC.  We have members continuing to join without any real advertsiing on our part (we now have 86), and we had a question about trademark posted today!  I have our legal expert ready to answer his question.  So that is very exciting - there is some interaction!  Check out the screen shot above and you will notice a lot of changes.

In addition, we have created a Tutorial for profile set-up.  We will be refining this tutorial, and breaking it down into smaller sections and building on this concept.

Finally, all of our expert profiles have been finished.  Experts stand ready to answer questions.  Once I feel the site is ready for membership - we will blast invitations to join and market the heck out of it. I think we are close!

Next up:  I will be scheduling more workshops for taping...stay tuned.

Thanks for your attention,



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