In a competitive job market, students strive to distinguish themselves from other job applicants. At Notre Dame, taking a web design courses can help undergraduate designers stand apart from the rest by creating personal websites to showcase their work, according to senior Marykate Green.Green said she used her web design class last semester as an opportunity to develop and show off a new set of skills.“At this time, I was drowning in digital design agency job applications, searching for a way to diversify myself amongst all of the other competitive applicants,” she said. “As a marketing and graphic design double major, I was especially having a difficult time illustrating to potential employers how I could use my diverse background and skills to help create immense value for their brand. I saw this class as the perfect opportunity and platform to design a meaningful experience for my hopeful employers.”Green said she wanted her website, nomiddlename.me, to show her personality as well as her marketable skills.“Every aspect of nomiddlename.me is carefully constructed to exhibit all my design and marketing skills as well as to give insight into my personality,” she said. “My biggest strength lies in finding a harmonious balance between responsive web design, storytelling, sensory marketing and marketing analytics.“The goal is that the interaction of all of these disparate elements is so seamless that it is invisible, creating a wildly entertaining and positive experience for my audience.”The website generated a positive response during her career search, Green said.“A few hiring managers and other business people have told me that it’s refreshing — that I have separated myself from the pack by doing something creative with passion,” she said.She said she received encouraging feedback about the site’s integration of multiple design elements, from the overall style to the specific computer code.“[It] is helpful to employers because they can tell how I can help their company,” she said. “I have also gotten feedback that the code is clean and precise, which is crucial for web design. I am constantly updated and editing my code so that it stays up to date with the most efficient techniques.”Design professor Andre Murnieks said students in web design have a great advantage in cultivating an online portfolio to show potential employers.“Design students who interview with employers can bring portfolios that show their work, but a personal website can be viewed at any time,” he said. “Now it’s become that if you don’t have an online presence, why would I [an employer] call you?”Murnieks said the introductory web design course is open to non-design majors as well.“We have people from all corners of the University,” he said. “For non-design students, their websites can include other information. For example, an English major could display writing samples.”Although the course is open to non-majors, Murnieks said the course is in-depth.“We try to do serious design,” he said. “We meet twice a week for two hours and 45 minutes in the design studio. It can be intimidating.”In addition to creating personal websites, Murnieks said students also learn how to build mobile versions of their websites for touch-screen interfaces, such as those on iPads and iPhones.“It’s been somewhat of a revolution,” he said. “And part of my mission is to boost what we do in the interactive realm.”Tags: career, design, Notre Dame, web design
3. Lena Hall — 16% Lena. Effing. Hall. The artist formerly known as Celina Carvajal, aka that badass rocker chick from Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods on MTV. Look at her now! The first-time nominee took home a trophy for her portrayal of Yitzhak opposite Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “Without all of you, there would be no me,” Hall said, thanking every friend, colleague, family member, fan and acquaintance who helped shape her journey to a Tony-winning actress. We’re pretty sure Hall also took home the honor of thanking the youngest person included in a speech: her niece, due in October. 1. Audra McDonald — 39% The Broadway superstar took home her sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, becoming the first person to win all four performance categories and breaking the record for the most Tony wins by a performer. McDonald (and husband Will Swenson) were in tears before her first words were said. And that’s about when the waterworks started for us, too. Her emotional speech, having the distinction of being delivered in front of the proscenium, was full of gratitude, and included the courageous women who helped pave the way: “I am standing on Lena Horne’s shoulders. I am standing on Maya Angelou’s shoulders. I am standing on Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee and most of all, Billie Holiday.” Audra McDonald Star Files Lena Hall View Comments Jessie Mueller The 2014 Tony Awards brought us tons of exciting performances and of course, plenty of heartfelt acceptance speeches. From James Monroe Iglehart’s exuberant exclamations to a Mark Rylance speech we were able to follow, Sunday’s winners had us all glued to the broadcast as they picked up their gongs. After the curtain came down, we asked you which speech was the highlight of your Tony night. From a history-making six-time winner, to a first-time recipient to a nominee newbie, here are the results! 2. Jessie Mueller — 17% Mueller took home her first Tony for her dynamic portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful. Mueller was (on the outside) collected, poised, funny and heartfelt as she expressed her gratitude, but we lost it when she got to King in her speech and they cut to the songwriter looking as proud as ever. “You teach me so much every night,” Mueller said. “I get to up on stage and try to go through what you went through and come out of it with kindness, and love, and forgiveness and a pure heart.” She wrapped up with the phrase of the night: “I’m sorry, everyone wants a drink, so thank you. Goodnight.” We’ll drink to that, Jessie. Congratulations!
Skamania County sheriff’s deputies have located a woman and her infant daughter who were being sought by Clark County authorities for several weeks.Dannielle “Danni” Williams, 30, was taken into custody without incident on multiple outstanding warrants Wednesday morning during a traffic stop on state Highway 14 near Milepost 30, according to a Skamania County Sheriff’s Office news release.Williams’ baby was with her in the vehicle. The baby is being cared for by Child Protective Services.“The condition of the infant is unknown at this time but appeared to be in good health when contacted,” Skamania County deputies said.Law enforcement and Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families officials reported that they were looking for Williams on Dec. 18. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said at the time that detectives “have received information that the baby may be in need of urgent medical care.”Officials once again asked for help finding Williams last week, stating that she was known to frequent the Camas-Washougal area and may have been avoiding contact with Child Protective Services.Around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, a Skamania County patrol deputy observed a black Honda sedan preparing to turn east onto Highway 14 from Salmon Falls Road. Law enforcement and Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families are searching for Dannielle “Danni” Williams and her 3-week-old baby. (Clark County Sheriff’s Office)