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Champlain College announces a rare, new degree in Electronic Game & Interactive Development

first_imgWhat do Nintendo, Atari, the medical industry, and the US Army have in common? All make use of electronic game or interactive technology, and all are potential employers of skills that will be developed in a new degree program at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.The career-oriented college is unveiling a rare, new bachelor’s degree in Electronic Game & Interactive Development. It’s the first degree of its kind in New England and starting this fall it will prepare students for careers in the fastest growing segment of the entertainment market.“We’re on the cutting edge of this new academic area,” said program director Ann DeMarle, who also directs Champlain’s popular Multimedia & Graphic Design program. “Champlain offers one of the few bachelor’s degrees in the nation modeled after the team-based game development industry.” DeMarle recently attended the 2004 Game Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., to continue to network with professionals who have helped to develop the program.Students studying for the new degree will learn to work in development teams composed of artists, animators, game designers, marketers, producers and computer programmers to create a game from start to finish. While they get their hands on state-of-the-art technology resources—including new multimedia, 3D animation and game production labs—they will also study psychology and history and they’ll sharpen their research, writing and storytelling skills to prepare for their careers.“The degree represents the convergence of entertainment, information, technology and art,” DeMarle said. “Our students will be introduced to a wide variety of ways in which games can be designed and applied.”In addition to game design, graduates of the new program will also be positioned for work in film, video, Web and interactive design, or in the fields of communication, educational training development, interactive development and interactive writing. The military has been a leader in adult education and their use of this technology is growing with applications in the defense industry and homeland security. The medical industry is also a heavy user of this technology in simulation training for doctors and other health care providers, as well as in the education of consumers of health care. It is also common to see media design, digital development and simulations in other industries such as architecture, law, research, insurance, and even in museum exhibit design.“In the near future, you should start seeing games that reach out and interact with you instead of being passive and awaiting your input,” said David Cook, design manager at Impression Games in Cambridge, Mass. “Furthermore, the techniques and knowledge that have developed about how games work and how they are made are drawing the attention of other fields.”Students in the Electronic Game & Interactive Development program will choose from two career tracks—Game Design or Art and Animation. Game Design students take a mix of game design courses and introductory computer programming courses, plus courses such as Cognitive Psychology and Survey of Drama to gain an understanding of human interaction with technology and virtual storytelling. Art and Animation students build on a graphic design foundation with courses in interactive design and 3D animation using professional software.The career path for a Game Design student includes game tester, level designer, interface designer, lead game designer and director of game design. The Art and Animation student can find a career as a 2D artist, 3D artist, animator, modeler, texture artist, character animator or skins artist, leading to lead artist or creative director, lead animator or lead concept artist.On Champlain’s campus in Burlington, Vermont, students will study in the backyard of one of the most active regions in the world for game development. Within a two-hour drive, Montreal, Quebec, is home to two of the largest game development firms on earth—Electronic Arts and Ubisoft Entertainment.“I think of game development as being like the extreme sports of software development,” said Clint Hocking, a creative director at Ubisoft Entertainment in Montreal, Quebec. “It’s a real thrill to be involved in trying to solve so many complex technical and creative problems in an aesthetically pleasing way—under tight deadlines.”“As interactive designers, we have the opportunity to create something that has never been created by human beings before,” he said.In the United States, the electronic game industry currently requires 5,000 new hires a year, primarily in the fields of game design, art, computer programming, production and testing. The Northeast states collectively are the second-largest employers in the US game design industry, while California is the top employer.Champlain’s program requires students to work in teams to build Web and console-type games in their junior and senior years. They’ll pitch their game to industry professionals and faculty, and, just as in the business world, those who do not have a winning product will “get hired” by the selected teams to help create a finished product.Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, career-oriented institution offering professional certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 29 fields of study. Champlain educates 1,600 full-time students and 900 part-time students. For further information on the College’s academic programs, please visit www.champlain.edu(link is external) or call (800) 570-5858.last_img read more

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Canada reports first coronavirus death as number of infected climbs

first_imgCanada on Monday reported its first death from the new coronavirus as the number of people in the nation who have contracted the disease rose to above 70, officials said.The dead man had been living in a nursing home, the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, British Columbia’s chief health officer Bonnie Henry told a news conference.”We unfortunately have had a death here in British Columbia,” Henry said. Topics : The man was one of two residents infected at the long-care facility with no recent travel history. Henry said the dead man was in his 80s and had a number of underlying medical conditions.Canada now has at least 71 presumptive and confirmed cases of the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, up from 51 on Friday and nine more than reported on Sunday.Virus outbreaks are especially problematic in nursing homes because residents live in close quarters and tend to have weaker immune systems and underlying health conditions, so infections can spread easily.On Saturday, Henry said two Lynn Valley residents had contracted the virus from one of the facility’s health workers who had been infected.center_img “The risk to the general population within Canada is still low, but this could change rapidly,” Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief medical officer, said earlier on Monday.In a potential sign of future challenges, Reuters reported that millions of face masks stockpiled by Ontario to protect healthcare workers during a future epidemic have expired.That raises questions about the readiness of Canada’s most populous province to deal with the spreading coronavirus.In the central province of Alberta, medical officials said the number of cases had risen to seven from four, all of which were linked to people who had traveled.The novel coronavirus that emerged in central China in December has now spread to more than 100 countries and infected over 110,000 people worldwide with more than 3,800 deaths.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government says it will help people who are forced into quarantine due to the virus. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told legislators on Monday there would also be extra support for the healthcare system.Canada is also now urging people not to take cruise ship vacations.Canada is poised to repatriate more than 200 citizens aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is due to dock in Oakland, California after an outbreak on the vessel carrying some 3,500 passengers and crew. last_img read more

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Despite recent developments, former player and trustee continues to defend Fine

first_img Published on November 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Bernie Fine is still innocent in spite of his termination from Syracuse University on Sunday night, said former men’s basketball player and SU trustee George Hicker. Fine is being investigated for molesting two former ball boys and a youth during his time as an associate men’s basketball head coach, a post that was terminated Sunday night at the discretion of SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor. ‘I still don’t think he did it,’ Hicker said. ‘The whole situation from when this first happened is really lurid.’ Hicker played from 1964-68 alongside SU head coach Jim Boeheim when Fine was a student manager for the team. Hicker criticized ESPN’s release of a recorded 2002 phone call with Bobby Davis and Laurie Fine, aired nationally Sunday morning. Hicker said that if ESPN had possession of the tape, it should have released that information years ago. ‘I think it’s irresponsible that they wait until now to do this, if they had the tape for nine years,’ Hicker said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Hicker said he had just two comments about the current situation: first, that Fine is not guilty of the molestation charges, and second, that Cantor made the right decision in firing Fine. He said he is not sure whether Cantor consulted anyone on her decision to fire Fine but could imagine Cantor making the decision herself. ‘Having heard an employee’s wife and anybody on a nationally aired tape on ESPN, I think this is what the chancellor had to do. Absolutely,’ Hicker said. Since the allegations resurfaced, Hicker said he has spoken to Fine two or three times. Fine is a close friend of 45 years, and Hicker said he has given Fine constant support. Hicker said Fine has no intention of hurting anyone. ‘I imagine that Bernie would have resigned had he digested all this,’ Hicker said. ‘I know he doesn’t want to hurt the basketball program and the school, and this doesn’t have a good effect on any of it. It’s a very difficult time for a lot of people.’ Hicker expressed some worry that after today’s events, the community’s general perception of the situation may be affected. ‘Up until today I hadn’t heard one iota of anyone that believed any of it,’ Hicker said. ‘This kind of stuff that came out today can have all kinds of impacts on people’s perceptions of what could have happened because none of us were there.’ Despite any recent developments, Hicker upholds strong conviction in defense of Fine. Hicker said he would await any future developments before commenting further. ‘Until something definitive makes me think that he did that, I still don’t believe it,’ Hicker said. ‘Maybe that seems like somebody that’s naïve and blind to the truth, but I still don’t believe it. We’ll see what happens in the future.’ mainthia@syr.edulast_img read more

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