NW & FS.Four undergraduate students in the WSU Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture (CDMC) program are gaining real-world experience thanks to a new student fellowship created by the Northwest Wine and Food Society (NWFS).

Mentored by Dene Grigar, CMDC director, the NWFS fellows are developing develop a website, logo and social media promotions for the society, They began the 10-week project in March, just days before the state of Washington’s “Stay Home. Stay Safe.” order went into effect, and students left campus. They have continued to collaborate via Zoom and Slack and anticipate completing the work on schedule in mid-June.

The student fellows are:

  • Jakeob Maygra, multimedia designer;
  • Mykell Sloan, social media promotions specialist;
  • Elaina Sundwall, web developer;
  • Andrew Thompson, content developer.

Maygra, Sundwall and Thompson are digital technology and culture majors. Sloan graduated this spring as a communications major with a digital technology and culture minor.

The fellowships, which provide $1,500 in support for each student,  are part of a generous $10,000 gift from the society to support the unique CDMC program.

Founded in 2006, the Northwest Wine and Food Society raises funds for food and wine education and research in the Pacific Northwest. It holds several high-profile events each year, such as the Robert Burns Supper, and through scholarships and endowments supports WSU Vancouver’s Hospitality Program, Clark College’s Culinary Institute, Cascadia Technical Academy and Walla Walla Community College. Donors since 2008, NWFS was instrumental in getting the Hospitality Business Management program to Vancouver through their philanthropy.

The CMDC program integrates research and teaching in an intellectually diverse, technologically innovative experience, applying inter- and transdisciplinary approaches that foster civic engagement from local-to-global contexts in the areas of digital humanities, media art, media communication, media studies and information systems.

Top image: Logo for the Northwest Wine and Food Society 

Originally posted by WSU Vancouver News.