Interview with President Kiss
I was very disappointed that I was unable to interview President Kiss about Showing Thinking. Not only would I learned about her process, but I would have learned more about her role on campus and how much she means to faculty, students, and alumni. The questions I selected for her below offered the importance of leadership and how it transforms overtime along with being a mediator for others. My questions can be used for future use. I still believe this interview should happen.
- How do you balance between being a diplomat and moving forward with today’s world?
- How do you negotiate with current and former students’ needs?
- How does the legacy of former presidents shape your process?
- How has your pedagogy towards teaching changed? How has your leadership role influenced your teaching as president?
- Tell me about your Journey’s Trip to Hungary. What did it mean for you to return to your family’s country?
- What do you remember from Showing Thinking?
Installing the Student Show
The area that I was assigned to was the same area I used for Showing Thinking. Because this was a very informal show, the class was able to eyeball the center and the space between pictures. However, I wanted to have some exact measurements so I did use a ruler to install. The most difficult piece to hang was a space comic self-portrait where the paper was cut into sections. How I approached the portrait was to see it as one gigantic painting and hang it in increments.
When it came to setting up the space, I wanted each portrait to have a dialogue with one another. On one wall I placed two portraits sitting on chairs at the end of the row where both appeared to be looking at each other. On another wall I placed a group where each subject in the portrait were sitting down. This strategy would allow the viewer to see the commonalities in each portrait.
What I learned
This class taught me how to think about perspective and design. The Showing Thinking Project, especially for installing, I learned that how I portray Mary Cain could affect how people learn about her. When it came to installing the vinyl lettering, I had to learn about precision, because for one of her quotes the line went a little askew, but that was because I rushed without thinking about what I was doing. In addition, this class also helped me with organizing. Because I was project manager, it was important for me to make sure everyone was on task with their assignments and we were able to have a show by the deadline. I was able to accomplish this role by making a calendar for the class with deadlines for each major project such as the catalog and the opening day. Finally, I learned about writing creatively. The introduction for the catalog, made me approach my writing in a nonacademic way, which I found to be exciting. I enjoyed creating something that was relatable, but still had analysis. I even received a compliment from several professors about my introduction statement. I want to explore this form of writing more in the future.