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Students working with audio video equipment at Husson Alive event

Session Descriptions


Sound in Film    
Description:  Been to a movie lately?  Was it silent?  Of course not!  In this session, students will be introduced to what Audio Post Production is and will create the audio for a short video by recording and mixing sound effects and dialogue to accompany a short video production.  We’ll use NESCom ADR/Foley booth and Pro Tools rig to create a spectacular soundscape!

Working with a Rock Band in a Recording Studio   
Description:  From setting up microphones to using different recording Techniques, this session will introduce students to what happens when a band comes into a professional recording studio.  In this workshop, students will create a sophisticated multi-track recording session of live music in the NESCom recording studio, using the full capabilities of a professional microphone closet and control room.

Electronic Music & Sound Synthesis 
Description:  You don’t need a trumpet, guitar or drums or voices to make music, all you need is a Synthesizer.  Join Scott Loiselle in a journey to the world beyond instrumentation and explore the exciting, old-school world of sound synthesis and electronic music production.



The Crime---The Evidence---The Trial

  • Crime Scene—“Every crime scene should be treated like a witness, it is the one witness that will never lie to you if you work it properly.”
  • Forensic Lab—“Each piece of evidence has a story, how do you get this evidence to tell you its story.”
  • Trial—“The presumption of innocence is powerful, it is in our trial process we try to determine if it is not so in this case.”



It’s ‘Game On’ for the Future of Sports
Description: What do the Barclays Center, Sangam Stadium, and the Mercedes-Benz Arena all have in common? They’ve all played host to one of the fastest growing sports ever; esports. In this session participants will answer the question; why is esports so popular? Participants will then have the opportunity to coach or participate firsthand in a VALORANT competition.



Experiment with Extended Reality
Description: Husson’s iEX Center has the largest variety of extended reality equipment in Maine, so join us for hands-on exploration of the various systems!  Extended Reality (XR) is an umbrella term for three-dimensional computing environments. XR uses computing technologies like mobile devices, software, virtual reality (VR) goggles, augmented reality (AR) glasses, WebXR, and AR Environments to create immersive, integrated, and interactive experiences for everything from education to leading-edge healthcare.  Join us for a seminar that is packed with XR equipment exploration! 


Add Motion to your Social Media Posts
Description: Take your social media posts to the next level by adding motion graphics. In this session, you’ll learn how Graphic Designers visually communicate to audiences by combining text and images in a compelling way that gets you to engage. You’ll use current graphic design industry software to manipulate imagery and text into a design-ready ad to market the annual Husson Alive event, or bring your own images and promote your personal brand!



Hotel Face-Off
DESCRIPTION: Watch a demo of HotelSim and participate in naming and making business decisions for a hotel. Come help your team win the competition by making decisions about room rates, renovations, recreational facilities, and more.



IT Basic Web Design Workshop
Come and explore integrated technologies. Through hands-on activities, you will explore a quick overview of interactive web design. In an introduction to HTML/CSS/JavaScript workshop you'll try your hand at web creation: can you create the Ugliest Webpage? Make an image change? Create animated pages?  Attendees will progress through the exploration workshop with first-hand experience in interactive web design.

IT Create a Simple Game in Python Workshop
Come and explore integrated technologies. Through our hands-on activity you will explore the Python programming language and create a single player game. Can you win?  Attendees will use Python to gain first-hand experience in introductory Python programming.

How to Write TV News
In this session you’ll learn about some of the basics of journalism. Then you’ll attend a press conference, just like the pros. Finally, you’ll write the story.


Mixing The Hit Single 
  Recording is only one part of the music production process.  When everything is tracked, the song must be mixed.  This session will explore the music mixing process and the cool tools employed by producers and mix engineers.  Drums will be made to sound huge, guitars tweaked, and effects added to vocals.  Come experience the excitement and creativity of music mixing.                                                            

Audio For Rock Concerts and Live TV
  Do you like going to concerts?  Do you love the sound of giant drums through big speakers?  Have you ever thought it might be fun to mix a band on a huge sound console?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us and learn about the exciting world of live audio.  In this session, you will help build a sound system for a live TV and concert event.  You will also get to experiment with high tech mixing consoles, experience massive loudspeaker arrays, and much more.  If you love music, concerts, and cool equipment, then this session is for you.



How to go Viral
Whether you want to go viral on TikTok, YouTube, or Insta we’ve got the tips and tricks that will get you there. You’ll learn how to develop your personal brand, reach your audience, and create the ideal content. Hear from those who have done it and get your questions answered too.

How to Promote Your Side Hustle  
Whatever you’re doing to make money this workshop will teach you how to get more customers. Learn how to use the 5Ps of Marketing to sell anything. Participants will create a marketing plan by targeting an audience, creating a message and advertising that will make a product stand out from the crowd.



An inside look at Photography past and present
 What are some of the innovations which led to the development of permanent photography. How did early cinematography spur innovation in still film photography and how have digital still cameras influenced contemporary cinematography. In this workshop you will be able to apply these innovations hands on in a real professional still portrait studio.


RADIO BROADCASTING                           

Radio: The Human Connection, or what Spotify and Pandora can’t do
After a while, listening only to music that some software program thinks you’ll like is boring.  That is why radio continues to be the favorite source of entertainment and information.  What is radio’s magic that keeps the audience coming back for more?  It’s the creation of a connection with the listener.  This session will explore how this connection is made by participants actually going on the air with Husson’s WHSN 89.3FM to work as a DJ.



Lighting Techniques                                          
Light is one of the most powerful tools we have in the world of film and video, It can change how we interpret and how we feel about everything we see on the screen.  This session will take a look at the power of lighting and a few of the techniques & tricks used by lighting professionals that can help you tell the story.                                                                                     

30 Second -Commercials for TV
Description:  Students will work together to create a 30 second commercial in just 2 hours.  We will look at a few examples, talk about strategies and concepts, and then you will work with me to make a 30 second ad. We will talk about the limitations of only having 30 seconds, how many shots you can use and how to get your message out in such a short time.  We will discuss color palettes, shooting styles and how to edit proficiently to get this project done on time.  At the end of 2 hours, we will have a completed commercial that is ready for broadcast.

Live Television Remote Production                            
 Be part of a team and work together to create a finished product in a live television environment.  Learn about the roles, software and equipment in a 6 camera shoot with a Grass Valley Karrera Switcher, which is being used around the world to make the TV shows that everyone watches.  You will be a part of the video team that makes The Nite Show with Danny Cashman happen!! 

Production Management for Live Events              
What happens “Behind the Scenes” during a live event?  Find out first hand as we produce a live DJ Event as well as a live taping of THE NITE SHOW in the Gracie Theatre as the finale to HUSSON ALIVE.  Stage Technicians and Production managers are an essential component of live entertainment venues such as theme parks, cruise ships and events.  Be a part of the action from scenery to lighting to “talent-wrangling”.

For more information

Phone and Email Address
Marcia Perry Mitchell Marcia Perry Mitchell
Administrative Assistant, New England School of Communications
2nd Floor, Wildey Communications Center
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401