Rough Weather Ahead
Getting to Clemson in Mid-April shouldn't be a big deal. However, with Toronto in the middle of an ice storm, and other parts of the North Eastern US being hit with snow and wind, it took me the better part of 13 hours to finally get on campus. But hey, minor travel ordeals (flight delays, cancellations, rebooking on the go) just build character, right?
Seriously though, the Clemson campus and facilities are gorgeous. Most of our time was spent at the Clyde Madren Conference Center and James Martin Inn, surrounded by parkland, on the shore of Hartwell Lake.
Tempermental weather aside, this Creative Campus was still very well attended (116 people from 31 universities and colleges!). Our marketing director, Lisa Deakes, had planned a lovely outdoor buffet reception and dinner, overlooking the beautiful Hartwell Lake, on the grounds of the Inn.
The weather still had something to share however; a crisp, brisk wind blew heavily off the lake on Monday, making for a somewhat chilly dinner at the outdoor Owen Pavilion.
Despite the chilly, windy evening, after dinner I took the time to head down to the shore, and capture a 30-second exposure of the sunset. You can see from the photo that the clouds were definitely being pushed around.
Day 2 - The Heart of the Matter
Like Creative Campus events of the past, Day 2 is the real heart of the matter. Faculty, leadership and students share not only how Creative Cloud on campus became a reality, but also how to get these tools into curriculum and make use of them to create compelling, engaging learning materials and student work.
Oh, and did I mention? The weather definitely got much better!
Break Time = Networking Time
While the presentations are always interesting and informative, it's the dynamic that evolves during the breaks that continues to fascinate me. Total strangers connecting, sharing, laughing and brainstorming. The seeds of new friendships and professional relationships are planted during these social times.
Campus Tour - Adobe Digital Studio and the Watt’s Center
Dinner at the Littlejohn Coliseum Club
Creative Cloud in the Curriculum - Workshop
Workshop day, presented by UNC’s Todd Taylor and Clemson’s April O’Brian is where the rubber hits the road. All the presentations and conversations from the prior day, move from conceptual theory to practical application. Seeing the virtual light bulbs appear over the heads of the faculty in the workshop is so exciting, and I’m not even teaching!
Workshop Dinner at the Galley Restaurant
A beautiful location for the final dinner, just steps from the water and a stunning marine sunset.
All photography created by Jim Babbage