In June, Newark held their annual STEM Week program for middle schoolers all over the district. Students built moon colonies, learned about natural filtration systems and ph balance in lakes, and how to make a rocket fly. At the end of the week, students presented what they learned to their teachers, parents and members of the community, taking ownership of their achievements and sharing the excitement of solving problems with science, math and engineering. i2 Learning develops the STEM curriculum used by the Newark School system with some of the nations top universities, and partners with the schools to provide educators with the resources they need to run the project-based programs.
Each year, BU Commencement is a massive undertaking. With over 20 individual schools and colleges, the university fills up almost an entire week with pomp and circumstance, culminating with a ceremony on Nickerson Field. Rain or shine, students, faculty and honored guests gather together to celebrate another year of academic achievement and look toward the promising future. It's always an inspiring day, but this year, with a rousing speech from Congressman John Lewis, it made you want to go out and get into "good trouble."
Christian and Juhee decided to keep their wedding to a small, intimate affair with their closest friends and family. They got married on a Friday at Cambridge City Hall, with their families looking on as they became one. The next day, those they loved and loved them in return gathered at Oleana to celebrate together. Reading vows that encapsulated their unique love and the joy of everything that was and everything to come, it was a beautiful day.
Over the last year, I've photographed a number of events for the Binghamton University Alumni Association. From students networking in New York City and enjoying a skate session in Bryant Park, to Alumni Awards at the Edison Ballroom and a talk about genocide prevention led by some of the brightest minds in the field, the Alumni Association works hard to maintain a connection between their former students and the academic institution they graduated from.
Two days after my return from London, my good friend Jeff Ledellaytner over at Jamtron asked if I'd be interested in spending a week traveling around Massachusetts, filming some of the most beautiful landscapes the state had to offer, and interviewing the people working to preserve them. I jumped at the project and the opportunity to work with him again, so he brought me on as a Second Camera Op. and Assistant Editor for this piece promoting the work done by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
It was the perfect welcome home after a year abroad, traversing through natural wonders, experiencing the history of one of the oldest states in the country, and meeting people dedicated to making sure all of it remains accessible to the public.