2019 Conference: Sessions, Abstracts, and Presenter Bios

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019

2:00pm – ~3:30 pm: GT “Hidden Tech” Tour (meet at Registration table)
Be taken on a guided tour of some of Georgia Tech’s hidden campus gems with personalized background information provided by our very own Bill Naivar! Please RSVP to ahecta@gmail.com so we can make proper transportation and timing accommodations.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

8:30am – 9:00am: “What’s New with Exhibitors?” in Salon IV
Featuring representatives from AMT, Apogee, Blonder Tongue, CheddarU, Spectrum, Swank Motion Pictures, and XFINITY.
Come meet and hear about what’s new, exciting, and on the horizon with our exhibitors!

9:00am – 10:00am: “AHECTA2020” in Salon IV
Your AHECTA Board will lead this open discussion on trends and activities planned for 2020 and beyond.

10:30am – 11:30am: “TikTok or Twitch? Discussing Gen Z Video Trends” in Salon IV
Presented by Sophie White, Apogee
From YouTube to Instagram Stories to Netflix to IPTV, we all know students are consuming video content at unprecedented rates. Yet new video-based social media trends are hitting our campuses as Generation Z, the generation after millennials, heads to college. GenZ students are entranced by short-form videos, streaming games, and more – and Gen Alpha students are next. Colleges and universities are striving to keep up and stay relevant given this ever-changing landscape. In this session, Sophie White, Apogee Campus Solutions Strategist, will share her research and findings on how these new platforms and behaviors among students will affect the campus video space. At the end of the session, attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and strategies for using these exciting new platforms on their campuses.

11:30am – 12:30p: LUNCH
in Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Dining Room

1:30pm – 2:30pm: (Concurrent Session) “Major Changes for EBS Licensing: Understanding the New FCC Rules for 2.5GHz Spectrum, presented by NEBSA” in Salon V
Presented by George Wright, Georgia Tech and National Educational Broadband Service Association (NEBSA)
The FCC has made its decisions on “Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band.” New rules will govern licensing eligibility, renewal standards, lease agreements and numerous other aspects of interest to educational institutions. (This session will follow up on last year’s presentation on EBS, which explained the history of the band and what the FCC was proposing, but had not yet decided.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: (Concurrent Session) “Production Revolution Boot Camp – Learn to Crush It Now!” in Salon VI
Presented by Dean DeGennaro, Georgia Tech
From iphones to Blackmagic 4k cinema cameras the world of campus media production has changed – BIG TIME! Join us for a practical, hands-on, mini production boot camp designed to TEACH not TELL!

3:00pm – 4:00pm: “Advise Worldwide” in Salon IV
Presented by Violeta Casillas, Jennifer Hamilton, and Vanessa Olguin, Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara City College is one of twenty California community colleges that was selected to design and implement structured academic and career pathways for all incoming students by 2019. Through an intentionally designed pilot, the SBCC academic counseling department implemented an interactive model using smart technology (Zoom video conferencing) to create a unique academic advising approach for all out of the area and new to college students. This efficiently moved 2,239 students from her/his point of entry to successful enrollment in Fall 2018. This instructional design will provide an opportunity for participants to understand the accomplishments and challenges of this pilot, from implementation to providing an effective modality using technology(Zoom) to advise students.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: (Concurrent Session) “Traditional Classroom in the Cloud” in Salon V
Presented by Richard Allen, University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame has an ever-growing focus on an online presence and international teaching. However, teaching online often presents barriers for faculty accustomed to teaching in a traditional face-to-face classroom. At the request of the Provost Office, we built a prototype of the Notre Dame Global Classroom – which aims to remove as many barriers to teaching online as possible while retaining the personal connection between the instructor and students. The talk will focus on the process of creating the room using Zoom, lessons learned, and what we’d tell ourselves if we had to do all over again.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: (Concurrent Session) “Gen X + Y + Z = Living and Learning in the Multigenerational Workplace” in Salon VI
Moderated by Mayumi Hirtzel, University of Pennsylvania
Today’s current higher ed population, from academics, managers, and staff to students of all ages and from all walks of life is the most technically, racially, socially, and economically diverse that it’s ever been. This creates an incredibly exciting environment in which to live and work … but also one that can be confusing and frustrating to navigate, especially when the different participants have generationally distinctive methods, work ethics, and motivations. This panel will tap into the experiences of colleagues who have found proven and reliable techniques of communicating and interacting with the sometimes mystifying and challenging – but almost always inspiring – younger students and staff you’ll find on campus. Learn what’s important to and how to engage with members of the up-and-coming Generation, to create a strong, vibrant community that can see you and your department through to the future.

5:00pm – 5:30pm: Roundtable: “To Cut the Cord or No?” in Salon VI
Moderated by AHECTA
“Cord-cutting” has become one of the biggest trends with students over the last several years. But not all technology needs are the same. This open discussion asks the questions: What does the future hold on your campus? What demands and needs should you consider moving forward? Is there a definite path that everyone should take?

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

8:30am – 11:30am: (Concurrent Session) “Blonder Tongue Advanced Troubleshooting Seminar” in Salon V
Presented by Wes White, Blonder Tongue Laboratories
Please RSVP to ahecta@gmail.com so we can make proper accommodations for seating.

8:30am – 9:30am: (Concurrent Session) “Podcasting 101 Revisited!” in Salon IV
Presented by Hal Meeks, North Carolina State University
Several years ago Hal Meeks gave a presentation on how to podcast. Since then podcasting has undergone a transformation and has exploded. This session will focus on those changes, discussing how to create the podcast, from equipment to DAWs to hosting and promoting, all while being incorporated into the latest Bars and Tone podcast. This session is interactive.

9:30am – 10:30am: (Concurrent Session) “PackTV: Running a Channel on a Budget” in Salon IV
Presented by Brandon Bouche and BJ Attarian, North Carolina State University
PackTV is NC State’s sports station, covering everything from intramural events through big varsity matches. We do everything, from scripted shows to live broadcasts, on a shoestring budget. Learn how we do it through collaboration, using the latest equipment and technology, crewing and by thinking outside the box.

10:30am – 11:30am: (Concurrent Session) “Streaming for Free!” in Salon IV
Presented by Hal Meeks, North Carolina State University
Stream an event with Open Broadcast System with Youtube, Facebook and Twitch.  It is a completely free solution to incorporate with your hardware. What is OBS? What is it used for?  OBS with gameplay. What hardware to buy? How do you incorporate it into your workflow?

11:30am – 12:30pm: LUNCH
in Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Dining Room

12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Extending Learning through the Set-Top” in Salon IV
Presented by BJ Attarian, Everette Allen, and Dan Waller of North Carolina State University
Over-the-Top distribution is continuing to pull from traditional broadcast methods. See how NC State has extended the reach of educational content to the Set Top with custom apps for AppleTV and Roku. Understand how to leverage Vimeo and Google Cloud Platform for painless app deployment and upgrades.

1:30pm – 2:00pm: Roundtable: “Working Remotely” in Salon V
Moderated by AHECTA
Downsizing space and demands for flexibility have led to leaps in remote working. What are the benefits – and drawbacks – you’ve experienced in the trend of working remotely? What technology tools help or hinder remote workflow? Feedback will be collected and shared with the membership at large.

2:00pm – 3:00pm: “Broadcasting Using NDI” in Salon IV
Presented by Brandon Bouche, North Carolina State University
Technology is changing rapidly. NDI – Network Device Interface, is a free protocol designed to allow distribution of live video over IP. What is NDI? What equipment uses it? NDI and bandwidth demands. NDI limitations and comparisons to other delivery mechanisms. Future possibilities.

3:30pm – 4:30pm: “Increasing Campus Safety through Technology” in Salon IV
Moderated by AHECTA
Safety is a big topic on campus, involving lots of different departments, initiatives, and requirements. This open and candid discussion will focus on the technology you can incorporate and utilize today to increase the safety of coworkers and students on your campus.

Presenter Biographies

  • Everette Allen, North Carolina State University
    Everette is a 25-year veteran of IT support, much of which has been spent supporting Apple devices. He has worked 10+ years on walk-in and telephone help desk in the NC State academic environment. Currently, he does advanced Apple Support, leads a team of full-time and student developers for web applications and mobile application including tvOS, watchOS, iOS and Android apps. Outside work he enjoys working with youth including Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Girls Scouts, and various church youth groups including AWANA. He enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and “maker” activities.
  • Richard Allen, University of Notre Dame
    Richard Allen is a Streaming Engineer with Notre Dame Studios’ Streaming and IT Solutions group. As a Streaming Engineer, Richard works closely with every aspect of production to create a world-class streaming experience for the University. Along with his streaming responsibilities, his work also includes taking a leadership role in the University’s implementation of new learning technologies like the use of lightboards, virtual reality, and interactive webinars. Richard’s previous work includes television, radio, event audio, and event video production.
  • BJ Attarian, North Carolina State University
    BJ Attarian has over 20 years experience in radio and television media.  He manages PackTV, NC State Television, WolfBytes Television and WolfBytes Radio.  Prior to coming to NC State, BJ was an air talent and assistant operations manager at WRAL-FM in Raleigh, NC.  BJ is an Apple-certified Instructor for Final Cut Pro X, a Blackmagic Design-certified Instructor for DaVinci Resolve and has obtained is Pro certification in Apple Motion.
  • Brandon Bouché, North Carolina State University
    Brandon Bouché works in sports and video production at NC State University.  Prior to working at NC State, Brandon was Chief Meteorologist and Chief Engineer for WXVO-TV in Biloxi, MS.  Brandon brings that experience to NC State where he trains students how to broadcast live sporting events, develops new production workflows and expands PackTV and 88.1 WolfBytes Radio’s technical capabilities.  Brandon is a Society of Broadcast Engineers Certified Video Engineer, Certified Broadcast Television Engineer, Certified Newtek Tricaster operator, Apple Certified Final Cut Pro and an FAA-certified Remote Pilot.
  • Violeta Casillas, Santa Barbara City College
    Violeta Casillas is a Mexican-American, Santa Barbara native. She is a current graduate student at California Lutheran University in the MS in Counseling and College Student Personnel program. She has worked at SBCC for over five years and is a counseling assistant at the Academic Counseling department. Violet assists Jennifer Hamilton and other selected counselors with technological support (using Zoom), helps introduce students to the Class Planning Webinars and gathers student data.
  • Dean DeGennaro, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jennifer Hamilton, Santa Barbara City College
    Jennifer Hamilton is a Santa Barbara native. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Speech Communication and has a dual Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in College Student Affairs and California Lutheran University MS in Counseling & Guidance. Jennifer has been an academic counselor at SBCC for over 12 years. She has worked with various specialty programs on campus and has extensive knowledge in the field of academia. Jennifer has piloted and implemented the Class Planning Webinar and continues to advocate it’s educational success both on campus and at regional conferences.
  • Mayumi Hirtzel, University of Pennsylvania
    Mayumi Hirtzel oversees Penn Video Network, the campus television system at University of Pennsylvania. She is also a video producer with the University’s central IT organization. She enjoys craft beer, videogames, and writing fiction, not necessarily in combination.
  • Hal Meeks, North Carolina State University
    Hal Meeks is a PhD candidate in the College of Humanities at NC State University, and has a master’s degree in Design from NC State’s College of Design. This semester he is teaching Digital Media and Culture and Writing for Digital Media. He also teaches stop motion animation and game design workshops for middle school and high school students. He has over 30 years experience in digital media and video production.
  • Vanessa Olguin, Santa Barbara City College
    I am a first-generation, first to college Los Angeles native. I moved to Santa Barbara where I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology and I worked in the field of juvenile justice and mental health. Within the field of mental health, I incorporated technology as it related to the delivery of mental health services. In 2012, I found myself with a unique opportunity to work in higher education as an academic counselor at Santa Barbara City College which is where I am at this very day. I work from a student-centered and solution-focused approach and I try to figure out ways to infuse technology as a means of reducing barriers to access and improving student success in higher education. 
  • Dan Waller, North Carolina State University
    Dan has worked in the NC State University Office of Information Technology for 6 years as a mobile and web developer.  He has developed apps for iOS, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Android and Roku.  He maintains the university apps On Campus, PackTV, NC State TV and WolfbytesTV.
  • Sophie White, Apogee
    Sophie White, Apogee’s Campus Solutions Strategist, joined the Apogee team in 2016. Prior to joining Apogee, Sophie was a Student Ambassador for OrcaTV, a digital media company driving student success and engagement through a curated channel of university-created content. In her role with Apogee, Sophie consults with student affairs, IT, and communications teams to drive student engagement, manages a team of nationwide Student Ambassadors, and evaluates solutions to help drive strategic plan initiatives. Sophie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with BAs in English Literature and Political Science and an MA in English Literature. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization combating homelessness, and spending time outdoors in Colorado.
  • Wes White, Blonder Tongue Laboratories
  • George Wright, Georgia Institute of Technology