Facing the Future and WWU Join Forces

ftf videoAlmost a year ago, when I was an intern for (prepare for long title) Western Washington University’s Office of University Communications and Marketing, I got a press release about how Facing the Future would soon join WWU. A higher-up in the department thought the press release about this acquisition should also come in video form, so I was tasked with doing just that: Turning a written press release into a video!

Oh, how I enjoyed this project!

I was aided with the actual filming and interviewing by another intern and my supervisor, but the editing (everything from trimming down the recorded material and figuring out how to arrange the shots, to adding music and credits before posting it online) was all done by me over a single weekend. Suffice to say, I’m very pleased with how the project turned out.

For reference, the full text of the press release can be found below.

Facing the Future, an award-winning developer of teacher’s guides, student textbooks and digital resources that equip and motivate K-college students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable world, has become an independent program of Western Washington University.

“We are thrilled to join Western Washington University and to work with such dedicated and inspirational faculty, staff and administrators. The university’s long tradition of excellence in environmental education, primary and secondary education, and business administration with ethics and justice at its core makes us so proud to become Vikings,” said Kimberly Corrigan, executive director of Facing the Future.

Facing the Future will retain its name, partners, and network and will work collaboratively with university faculty and experts on scholarship, research and outreach.

“Facing the Future is a leader that empowers teachers to ignite their students’ interest in complex environmental issues. Facing the Future will benefit from the environment, energy, and sustainability educational programs and research at Western. In turn, Western faculty, staff and students will have an outreach mechanism for sharing their educational programs and research with a worldwide audience,” said Steve Hollenhorst, dean of Western’s Huxley College of the Environment.

FTF’s staff will remain headquartered in Seattle, continuing under the direction of Executive Director Corrigan. FTF will be located in the university’s Seattle office, which also includes the WWU Foundation.

“Western Washington University has partnered with Facing the Future on a variety of projects over the last decade. We are very excited that they will now be a part of the Western family. Thousands of teachers in the U.S .and around the world use Facing the Future materials to help K-12 students at all grade levels explore a wide variety of global issues pertaining to the environment, economies and social justice. Now we look forward to working with the Facing the Future team in the months and years ahead to introduce their amazing materials to new audiences here in the U.S. and internationally,” said Victor Nolet, WWU professor of Secondary Education whose research has included sustainability in education.

FTF staff research and write global issues and sustainability curriculum materials that meet national education standards; provide professional development training to teachers on global issues, sustainability, and service learning; and help schools integrate global sustainability across their curricula.

Facing the Future curriculum is in use in all 50 states and more than 120 countries by teachers and students in grades K-college and across multiple subject areas, including science, social studies, and environmental education.

Facing the Future, founded in 1995, has received support from many prominent private foundations, government grants, individual donations and income from its various textbooks and other publications. As an independent program of Western, FTF will continue as a self-sustaining organization, reaching out to even more educators and students.

“In the years to come FTF will serve tens of thousands more educators across the nation and throughout the world, and will strategically expand the communities it serves to include higher education, business, government, and the general citizenry to more deeply understand the pressing local and global issues of our time and to work effectively to prepare young people to take leadership roles in building a just and sustainable future for all,” Corrigan said.

Facing the Future, highly regarded by educators across the nation and world, has won numerous prestigious awards, including: Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist from the Association of Educational Publishers, 2011; North American Association for Environmental Education, Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Organization, 2010 and 2006; International Association of Webmasters and Designers 2003-2004 Golden Web Award, and Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Digital Dozen Award, 2002.

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Hey, Look, Listen: Analyzing Handholding in Twilight Princess

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I love Twilight Princess.

This 2006 Zelda title, released for both GameCube and Wii, has its share of flaws. Several key moments in the story are poorly explained, the motion controls on the Wii version (which I played for this audit) feel like they hinder the gameplay more than they enhance it, and the graphics are consistently murky. That said, I cannot get over how deliciously satisfying its temples and swordplay are, how packed the overworld is with things to do, and how frequently the game made me, and Link, feel like a badass. Twilight Princess is more than the game Zelda fans were hoping for before they caught their first glimpse of Wind Waker in 2001; it is one of the best Zelda games ever made.

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Hey, Look, Listen: Analyzing Handholding in Majora’s Mask

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I did not enjoy Majora’s Mask.

I know this is a game close to the hearts of many, but my first entire playthrough of Majora’s Mask was rarely as pleasant or rewarding as the other Zelda games I’ve played. My 27 hours and 29 minutes of play time were marred by an incompetent camera, clunky controls, dreary environments, side quests and main quests that felt tedious, an overly complicated saving process, and a lackluster central focus on masks, too many of which felt like one-trick-ponies.

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Casey Scalf is an entertainment entrepreneur who I made a documentary of with the help of some colleagues for a class in late 2013.

I cannot thank Billie Weller and Erin Brewer enough for their contributions to this video’s creation, not just for their insight on the use of visuals and music, but what they taught me about teamwork. I was chiefly responsible for transcribing and organizing the overall flow of the video, as well as getting some extra b-roll.