2017 TAICS Instructor of the Year

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Over his eight-year tenure, Dr. Stephen Shao continues to challenge Nossi students to uncover their brains’ objective and analytical left side to complement their more dominant creative right side. Math isn’t the typical class art students get excited over – more of them stress about this course, assuming a high level of difficulty. However, Dr. Shao introduces math in an enjoyable, comprehensive fashion by using stories, historical context and experiences from the students’ lives.  “I like to teach because it is a challenging yet very rewarding profession,” said Dr. Shao. “With teaching, one has an opportunity to make a difference, as those who teach can leave a permanent mark on their students.” Highlighting these teacher successes, the Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges and Schools (TAICS) developed awards of Outstanding Instructors to encourage and recognize self-improvement in career-focused education. TAICS presents these awards to instructors whose techniques and innovations best respond to the needs of students in vocational training.     The highest award is the Outstanding Instructor of the Year, requiring the highest standards in classroom management, teaching techniques and instructor innovation in responding to the needs of students and their career goals.   All schools who are active members of TAICS are allowed one nomination from their administration to be reviewed by a three-person award panel. With over 30 member schools, competition for this award can be tough.   “The work of Dr. Shao speaks to not only the dedication and commitment he brings to this learning process but also to the high…

Career Conversation with Bohan Advertising Agency

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Bohan is an award-winning advertising agency located in Nashville, Tenn., focusing on local and national clients ranging in a variety of industries. Two members of their team visited Nossi College of Art to host a Career Conversation, highlighting frequently asked questions including: What is advertising? How does an ad agency work? Where would I fit in? Why should women, especially women of color, pursue a career in advertising? While here, they also encouraged students to participate in Ad Women for All Women (AWFAW), a diversity and inclusion initiative launched in 2016 by bohan. This event helps to address the lack of women of color and women in leadership in the advertising and marketing fields. Bohan hosted this second annual mini-conference in October at their agency’s offices in Nashville’s Gulch district.  “Our goal with AWFAW is to create a program that advertising and marketing agencies across the country can introduce in their own markets to foster the diversity and inclusion that our industry needs,” explained Shari Day, bohan president and CEO. “Singleton Beato lives and breathes what bohan seeks to accomplish with AWFAW, and she is an incredible resource of knowledge for these young women.” The conference’s keynote address was delivered by Singleton Beato, chief diversity and engagement officer at McCann Worldgroup, a leading global marketing services company. Kaitlin Pointer, a Nossi College of Art photography student took advantage of this opportunity to learn more about being part of the agency world after graduation. “I had a fantastic time and networked with a ton of…

Alumni Success Stories: From Photographer to Marketing Manager

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Beth Lowary graduated from Nossi College of Art with her Associate Degree in Commercial Photography in 2007. After graduation, Beth worked at a local newspaper and formed a lasting connection with Austin Peay State University. When she discovered Austin Peay had a lead University Photographer position available, she immediately applied because it represented an opportunity to blend her passion for photojournalism with the call to create more editorial and commercial marketing content. (Better hours and benefits also didn’t hurt! 😊) As an Austin Peay photographer, Beth began capturing photos  – from events and sports to portraits of students, faculty and staff – for the public relations and marketing team. After several years of creating successful content, a new venture presented itself to Beth. The university’s marketing manager position was vacant, and with her extensive experience and education, she easily moved into this new opportunity. Now, Beth will be directing a team of content creators to help build the University’s social media presence as well as run marketing campaigns to get students excited about choosing APSU for their higher education.  How did you first get connected with Austin Peay State University and their photography gig?  After graduating from Nossi, I was given the opportunity to work as a visual journalist for The Leaf-Chronicle newspaper in Clarksville, Tenn. I covered events at Austin Peay State University like commencement exercises, football games and homecoming weekend. The school was even a spot I liked to visit when I was asked to produce standalone art for the paper. When I heard the university…

Nossi Video Student Featured on Rolling Stone’s Website

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

After being introduced to Nashville Hip-Hop artist, Mariyo Deon, J. Finney was invited to a small house party in East Nashville. “Hey, I’m shooting a video for some friends tomorrow. Would you mind bringing some of your equipment, coming by and helping?” His friends ended up being power duo, Muddy Magnolia’s, who describe their music as Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. They performed “A Ballad of Mike Brown,” an artistic ethos created by the singers’ reaction to a controversial moment sparking protests around the country. “The Ballad of Mike Brown is not an argument,” said Jessy Wilson, one of two lead singers for Muddy Magnolias. “It’s a song, an artistic expression, a snapshot of what was felt at the time of his killing. I am not equipped or scholarly enough to have this conversation to the depth that it needs to be had, but I am an artist and I am carrying on a tradition of telling stories. As artists, one of our roles is to stimulate.” The intimate and safe setting of East Nashville allowed the artists to document a song they performed only once in three years. After singing it in Georgia and experiencing an intensely negative response, they debated and tabled the song. After three years and on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s passing, Muddy Magnolia’s knew it was time to bring it back in a powerful way. “We wrote this song two days after the death of Mike Brown. Three years later it…

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