Professor joins student bloggers

June 6 2007

A faculty member teaching in Southeast Asia and a student who plans to study in Eastern Europe are joining a “veteran” blogger in providing prospective students and others a glimpse of Indiana State University life this summer.

Launched last winter with three students who wrote freely about their experiences both inside and outside the classroom - and on and off campus - Indiana State’s uncensored blogs are designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look at campus life. This summer’s additions now take blogging way off campus.

A typical day might find Brian Kilp, professor of music, posting photos from a concert in China or Thailand while business student Gerald Smith updates his summer internship with a Kansas City-area insurance firm and Elena Teovska, a public relations major, describes her experience in Prague, Czech Republic.

“Learning doesn’t stop during the summer and it’s a great time for those just now starting to think about college to go online and check out the kinds of experiences ISU students are having,” said Bill Herndon, the university’s Web content manager.

“We’re especially pleased that Elena and Professor Kilp have agreed to be official ISU bloggers, giving students a look at the international experiences available at Indiana State,” Herndon said.

Smith, an insurance and risk management major, was among the university’s first group of official bloggers who began posting comments on the Internet last winter. This summer, he is chronicling his experiences as an intern with Lockton Companies in Overland Park, Kan. With more than 3,700 risk professionals worldwide and 143 offices in 44 countries, Lockton is the world’s largest privately held global insurance broker.

“I am very excited about working with Lockton this summer. I believe it will be one of the most beneficial experiences of my life with regards to my career. It will take a lot of hard work, but it will be worth it,” Smith wrote in a recent blog. “Not only is ISU a great place to attend class, but it provides many opportunities for students and staff to expand their horizons.”

Kilp, no stranger to international travel, calls his summer 2007 journey through China and Thailand his “latest Asian adventure.” Following performances as principal horn with a Champaign, Ill.-based chamber orchestra in Beijing and Shanghai, he will teach at three conservatories in China before heading to Thailand for a performing tour that will include a July 4 concert at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and a summer of teaching music and English.

The blogs not only provide interesting and entertaining reading, they help prospective students learn more about the opportunities available at Indiana State, Herndon said.

To read the latest about what ISU bloggers are up to - whether in China, Thailand, the Czech Republic or Overland Park, Kan. - visit ISU bloggers

Contact: Bill Herndon, Web content manager, Indiana State University, (812) 237-8380 or wherndon@indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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A faculty member teaching in Southeast Asia and a student who plans to study in Eastern Europe are joining a “veteran” blogger in providing prospective students and others a glimpse of Indiana State University life this summer. Launched last winter with three students who wrote freely about their experiences both inside and outside the classroom - and on and off campus - Indiana State’s uncensored blogs are designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look at campus life.

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