The annual Film Studies “Meet The Profs” night, held on Thursday Oct. 20th, was an evening full of food, fun, and a little friendly competition. The event was hosted by the WLU Film Society and allowed new and returning film students to get to know their professors in Film Studies better.
The evening began with appetizers, socializing, and some colourful introductions by the profs, moderated (and amusingly exaggerated) by the Film Society’s VP of Records and Finance, Aruba Khurshid. The highlight of the night was a fully-interactive game of Jeopardy featuring clues about recent and classic films written by the Film Society executive. The students faced off against the profs, and while the competition was very close, the students finally took the game in a thrilling double-or-nothing Final Jeopardy round. Congratulations, FS undergrads!
The students may have been the Jeopardy champions, and several also won DVD door prizes. But in the end, everyone who attended was rewarded with good company and conversation, building the bonds of a tight-knit, supportive community of film students and faculty.
On Oct. 5, The Department ran an event in the Paul Martin Centre: Employment Opportunities for English, Film Studies, and other Arts Students. Our graduate students were clearly interested in the subject matter of this event, and indeed provided the impetus for its development.
The Dean of Arts, Richard Nemesvari, opened the proceedings with Remarks concerning myths about the underemployment of Arts graduates. Laura Bolton, from the Career Centre, and Robin Waugh then offered a dialogue called “How to Apply for Non-Academic versus Academic Positions,” which provoked many questions from students. David Cuff, from the Office of Research Services, then delivered a talk on “How to Secure High Quality Training for Research Assistants in Grants,” and this topic was continued by two faculty members from our Department, Jenny Kerber and Katherine Spring, and one Professor Emeritus, Paul Tiessen, who outlined the specific tasks that Research Assistants had performed as part of their employment under federal granting programs. Kyra Jones wrapped up the event with her talk, entitled “Taking your Teaching Experience beyond Academia.” Finally Robin Waugh read aloud Closing Remarks by Tamas Dobozy, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
I heard very positive responses from several students, who also thanked the Department for putting together an event on this topic. Special thanks to the Dean of Arts Office for providing funding for the event, and to all speakers, who gave so generously of their time—I know the advice concerning employment was greatly appreciated. Thanks to Joanne Buchan for arranging the room and the snacks: strudel, fruit, and other sweet items. In sum a very successful event.
By: Robin Waugh
Photos courtesy of Emily Bednarz