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Meeting the Professionals

Meeting the Professionals

by Cassidy Darcey, Senior Communications Intern

Mr. Aaron Bartuska’s Film Production classes had the pleasure of hosting three industry professionals this past week who came to speak about their experiences in the world of film. The expertise and knowledge they shared gave students an inside look at the industry.

Bobby Decker is a freelance filmmaker who has worked on film sets with some of the most popular film stars of the modern day. The Place We’re Going (2022), and Epilogue (2018) are two of his most well known projects. Decker works mainly on the camera and Electrical Department on sets. 

Alison Bagnall Standefer was the second speaker. She is a director and writer for The Dish and the Spoon, and Funny Bunny. She has worked with many well-known actors, one of the most notable being Greta Gerwing. Her films have been featured at countless festivals, such as ‘South by Southwest’ and ‘Sundance’. 

To wrap up Mr. Bartuska’s week of speakers, Tom Quinn, a director and writer for The New Year Parade and Colewell spoke to the students. Quinn has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards and has collaborated with many stars, such as Karen Allen.

Each of the speakers discussed their experiences in film, shared some clips from their work, and answered any students' questions. We are very appreciative that they took the time out of their busy schedules to share their expertise with our Film Production classes!

The Notre Dame Diversity Mass

We gathered to celebrate our annual Mass for Diversity on January 31. Father Jason Parzynski celebrated the liturgy assisted by Deacon Dr. Curtis Turner, Head of School for Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, who was also our guest homilist.

Mock Trial Competition, Academics

The Notre Dame Mock Trial Team competed on Saturday, January 28th in the Mercer County Mock Trial Competition. Both public and private schools participated in this event.

Semester Ends with Student Projects    

A semester of learning culminated in final projects presented by Notre Dame students. Mrs. Guy's Physical Computing and Robotics Class held a Physical Computing Showcase, Mrs. Houghton's Entrepreneurship Class held a grand opening for student-created businesses, Dr. Ingbritsen's Honors 4 Religion/Service Class experienced a Passover Seder meal and Ms. Wargo's Acting Class presented 30 Minutes of Chaos. 

Podcasting in Journalism

Mrs. Cindy Bannon, an English department faculty member, recently made some technology upgrades to her Journalism classroom. She has been working tirelessly to create an atmosphere where she can incorporate instructional media into her students' everyday lessons.

Meeting the Professionals

Mr. Aaron Bartuska’s Film Production classes had the pleasure of hosting three industry professionals this past week who came to speak about their experiences in the world of film. The expertise and knowledge they shared gave students an inside look at the industry.