DESIGN PORTFOLIO Haley Williams
TABLE OF CONTENTS
03 Resume 04 JTCDSC Feature Story and Magazine Layout 06 Donna K. Graham Feature Story and Magazine Layout 08
Buffalo River Logo Style Sheet
09 Print Advertisement 10
Contact Information and Sample Photography
haley Haley Brooke Williams University of Arkansas 144 Madison 5150 Huntsville, AR 72740
University of Arkansas -- Bachelor’s of Science Human Environmental Science Anticipated Graduation Date: May 10, 2014 GPA: 3.78
Skills • Self-motivated • Perserverant • Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver • Photography
• Writing (news releases, feature stories, news stories) • AP Style • Communication • Social Media presence
Experience Minor studies in Agricultural Communication (April 2013 May 2014) Gained experience in Adobe Suite, writing and interviewing, photography, web design, and general communication
Experimental Learning Lab (May 2014 - August 2014)
Will be working with University of Arkansas personnel to design websites, carry out social media plans and continue public relations for the Office for Sustainability on campus
Teaching and Inspiring Students of Every Age
ike many college students at the University of Arkansas, these students arrive to campus early in the morning, toting backpacks, coats and special snacks. These students put in a full day in the classroom -- learning, experimenting and making frziendships. These students are unique individuals who will each contribute a part of themselves to our society and our future. However, unlike college students at the U of A, these students learn through modeling and imitation, experimenting with blocks, puzzles and toys. They depend on others to lead their day, direct their activities and give them encouragement. These students are the 8-week-old to five-year-old children who attend the Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center on the University of Arkansas campus. A New Facility The Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center was named for Jean Tyson, a woman in the Northwest Arkansas community who was passionate about childhood education. The Tyson family donated a gift of $2.5 million toward the construction of this new facility, which was completed in 2012. The new facility replaced the outdated Infant Development Center and Nursery School. Since the completion of the facility, program director Vernoice Baldwin has seen significant changes in the environment at the Jean Tyson Center,
most specifically in the technology and space that U of A students studying child development have to supplement their education. “U of A students who had labs in the former lab schools have expressed how great the opportunities were for their learning experiences in the new center,” Baldwin said. “They appreciate the planning that went into designing a center that included the U of A student needs.” Baldwin said that U of A students are able to naturally observe children in the Jean Tyson Center through the use of audio from microphones in the rooms, one-way glass looking into classrooms from observation rooms, and outside observation areas for students to analyze the children’s activities. A New Standard of Teacher The state-of-the-art facility makes this program different from other child development centers, but the college students and teachers who guide the children make it especially unique. “When teachers have degrees and experience in the early childhood profession, the program just naturally benefits,” Baldwin said. “[Our] teachers are skilled with child/teacher interactions, with parent communication and with mentoring the U of A students.” One of these teacher is Julie Mathias, who now leads the Infant Room at the Jean Tyson Center. Mathias obtained her associate degree in early childhood education at Northwest Arkansas Community College
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in 2009, and finished her Bachelor of Science in human environmental sciences with a concentration in child development in 2012. She is currently working on a master’s degree in human development and family sciences. “I started [the master’s program] after starting to work at the Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center in the fall of 2012,” Mathias said. At the encouragement of one of her professors, Mardi Crandall, Mathias applied to work at the center, and started a position in the toddler room as an assistant teacher. Her education was not the only factor that made Mathias eligible for a position at the Jean Tyson Center. From the time she started working on her associate degree until she finished her bachelor’s degree in 2012, Mathias worked in another child care center -for a total of ten years’ experience in child care. Mathias noted a big difference between the child care facility she worked in previously and the Jean Tyson Center was the employment of the standards of the National Accreditation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). “[It] gives us smaller child-to-teacher ratios than that of other centers,” Mathias said. A New Generation of Professionals What else makes the Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center unique? College student involvement. University of Arkansas students enrolled in courses related to childcare and development get hands-on experiences with the children at the center. Mathias said that this student involvement not only benefits U of A students in this discipline, but also benefits the children she cares for and how she teaches her class. “I love having the [college] students in the classroom,” Mathias said. “I get to teach them and they get to learn about how an infant environment works.” U of A students who get this hands-on experience in Mathias’s infant class are students enrolled in Curriculum and Assessment, and they spend five weeks in the classroom learning how to apply what
they learn in class to real situations. “At the end of each five weeks, each student gets to plan a lesson based on what they have learned about the infants,” Mathias said. “It is a wonderful experience to get to watch students apply what they have learned over the five weeks, and it also benefits the children’s learning experience.” The experiences that the students, both the 18- to 22-year-olds and the 8-week to 5-year-olds, have in the classroom allow a constant exchange of knowledge with rewarding outcomes. “As an alumni of the University of Arkansas, it is nice to be able to pass along some of the knowledge that I learned while I was in the program,” Mathias said. Even though Mathias described her job as physically and mentally challenging, the relationships that are formed between teacher and child, as well as teacher and parent are well worth the constant challenge. Currently, Mathias’s students are all under less than 1 year old, and just like the parents of the infants in her class, she nurtures their development, encourages their curiosity about their environment and serves as a safe place to return to when they are unsure of a situation they come across. She remarked about the infants’ physical progress and commented about them learning to pull themselves up and walk more stably every day. Even though the infants are gaining more independence, Mathias is still close behind them, comforting them when they fall or become discouraged. This relationship between Mathias and the children in her class will continue to grow in the next two years as she continues to teach the same age group until they move to the preschool room when the children turn three. “Being able to watch children grow and know that you have been a part of their learning is so rewarding,” Mathias said. The Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center offers several unique opportunities for children, U of A students and teachers, providing appropriate instruction for future child care professionals, developmentally appropriate activities for students and the environment to forge special relationships. These students, like college students at the U of A, are receiving a quality education from professionals. These students are being cared for in a way that is developmentally appropriate and allows them to grow with confidence. These students, like the college students who aide and observe them in the classroom, are presented with the opportunity to develop relationships with those who teach them. These students are the children at the Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center, and as they share the classroom with college students and U of A alumni, they are learning more than meets the eye – they are learning what it means to be a Razorback.
“Being able to watch children grow and know that you have been a part of their learning is so rewarding.”
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From First Day of School to First Day on the Job A
dull, overcast day couldn’t dim the bright excitement that most freshmen feel on their first day of school at the University of Arkansas. The excitement of recognizing a familiar face, the excitement of meeting new people, and the excitement of new beginnings and a clean slate combine to create a memorable day for all students. It was no surprise that in 2004 Donna K. Graham chose to embark on this new chapter of her life at the U of A. Graham, a Little Rock, Ark. native, majored in apparel studies and was involved in a number of campus organizations, including Pi Beta Phi sorority and Alpha Zeta, an agricultural honors and professional society. “I was excited about the idea of starting over and making new friends,” Graham said when reminiscing on her first days as a student at the U of A. “I remember feeling very in-myelement in apparel classes. I thought, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is real. I get to take classes on a topic I love.’” Before she graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree,
Graham was not only involved with Greek life, but also the Headliner Concert Committee, of which she was chairman her senior year. The committee brought many popular acts to the U of A including the Foo Fighters, John Mayer and the Roots. She also participated in two internships during her years as an undergrad – an editorial internship with The Arkansas Times, and a corporate internship with Walmart. Graham’s leadership and internship experience followed her into the workforce. She worked in retail management after she graduated from the U of A, where she employed the skills she learned in college while developing new skills. While working for Coach, Inc., Graham attained her master’s degree in human environmental sciences through online courses at the U of A. Fast-forward to August 2013, and Graham experienced the first-day feelings all over again. The excitement of recognizing familiar faces, seeing new faces, and fresh beginnings were all present as she began a new adventure as an employee at
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the U of A, just as they were on her first day as a student. “I think in both positions I felt a lot of freedom,” Graham said as she compared the experiences. “I remember just feeling new again on campus. There were new buildings that had popped up that weren’t there when I was a student, and [sometimes] I saw old faculty members I knew that I could sit down and have lunch with, but there were a lot of times that I didn’t know people. It’s the same thing, you’ve got to find your place.” The skills in career development that Graham had gained through her internships and retail management position, combined with the connections that she had kept from her time as an undergraduate helped lead her back to the U of A as an employee. “I remained close with apparel studies faculty members outside of college and just kept those lines of contacts going,” Graham said. “They brought this position to my attention, and from the moment I read that job description, I thought, ‘I really hope they pick me.’” Graham works closely with the Career Development Center (CDC) on the 6th floor of the Graham’s former professors attest to her Arkansas Union, which shares space with Off Campus Connections. CDC professionals, including Graham, conduct mock interviews and help students with their resumes. character and credentials in her new position as the Director of Employer Relations for the Bumpers College. Kathy Smith, assistant professor in apparel studies, said that she was pleased to have students should approach life with more openness to new opportunities and realize that networking is much simpler had the privilege of having Graham in her classes and now to than the word implies. call her a colleague. “I think there are a lot of terms [that get thrown] at “As an undergraduate and graduate student, [Graham] college students,” Graham said. “Maybe they hear ‘network’ would go above and beyond any requirements asked of or ‘go to a career fair,’ and I think that’s a little ambiguous. her,” Smith said. “Her poise and professionalism, as well as motivation, drive and never-ending energy will serve her well There were probably things that I was doing in college that were networking, whether it was being part of a Greek as she serves others.” organization, or getting to know your professors, or going Graham has made it her mission to help students realize to events with alumni, that I wasn’t even thinking of as their potential by finding jobs and internships that will be networking, but it’s as simple as that.” the right fit. She has been working closely with the Career One of the actions Graham is taking to provide students Development Center at the U of A in order to achieve her with career development opportunities is providing the Bumpers goal of helping students connect with professionals. College Career Center Announcements via email to students “[Graham] is very outgoing, hard-working and passionate biweekly on Fridays. This newsletter lists internship, full-time in the work that she does for students,” Rickey Booker, associate director of career programs at the Career Development Center, said and part-time job postings, as well as features alumni and student profiles and provides a link to Razorback CareerLink. of Graham. “[She] has also done a wonderful job in connecting “My hope is that they ignite a light bulb,” Graham said with faculty within the Bumpers College and employers.” of her newsletters. “Maybe there is a position on there that Graham said watching her younger brother go through has never occurred to you to do, but you click on it, read it the challenges of job searching after he graduated and and realize that you have the skills to do that job.” experiencing some of the same challenges herself made her From her first day as an undergraduate, to her passionate for the cause of helping students find their place first day on the job, Graham has continued to make an and cultivate their networking skills. impression with her peers and those who depend on her. “The career development side [of education] is crucial,” Graham remarked while talking about the challenges students The excitement that Graham brings to the Bumpers College team will not wane after the first day of school, but indeed face upon entering the job force after graduating. will continually grow as her outreach to students expands. Graham hopes to instill the importance of career development in students who are currently searching for internships and job opportunities. She advises that
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Buffalo River Logo Style Sheet
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