Keep calm and “press” on is the new motto for I-S-U students
involved with the new Vis Comm Experimental Lab.
Today in room 139 in the Liberal Arts Building there was a Grand opening and ribbon cutting promoting print and visual communication, bringing the old and new together. Summer Haase stopped by to take a closer look.
Professors, Paula Jull from Mass Communication and Roger Schmidt from the English department, came together to apply for the faculty grant. They received it, and together they created an opportunity for students to further research in these two departments. Many people gathered to day to honor these two professors for their hard work and to see the results.
Dean Turley-Ames gave a heartfelt welcome and an appreciating speech, she cuts the ribbon announcing the grand opening. The lab includes at least two letterpresses, letters, boards, everything that it needs, and plenty of work room to bring new digital imagery and the old works of Johannes Gutenberg together.
“It’s an opportunity for us to experiment with new ways
using new and old technology,” stated ISU Graphic Design student Patrick Kennedy.
There is a small press movement going on within the university realm. Dozens of colleges and universities around the United States have started revitalizing this ancient art of print.
Kandi Turley-Ames, the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters said, “One thing I would add is this is a really exciting time because there is lots of new technologies that are being used to print media and mass communication and then there is the traditional technology that we may have forgotten about. We’re bringing the two together which will be used in creative ways that we may have not thought possible. Our students and faculty will benefit tremendously from this opportunity.”
Idaho State University is also offering for the first time a narrative and print class that will help launch this new resource for students and faculty.