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Symposium Story: Website Design

COVID-19 forces Piemont Symposium students online but, with a good website, this is no problem. 

Piedmont College Technical and Design Theatre Arts double major Taylor Pope designs an extraordinary website exploiting her work and talent. 

“Building my own website has benefited me in that I got to use it as my professional portfolio”

Graduating in May, Pope has been searching and preparing for the job force after college. “I gave the link to my website to companies I interviewed with at the Southeastern Theatre Conference,” she said. 

Taylor Pope presented her session, “Professional website design: How it works” at the 2020 virtual Piedmont Symposium. During her presentation, Pope explained how she constructed her own website highlighting her experience in technical and design theatre over the past four years. Pope started the website after enrolling in Bill Gabelhausen’s audition techniques class. The curriculum includes preparing for professional work including, mock auditions, mock interviews, and website design. 

Each project Pope has been in is displayed on her website with details. For example, Pope showcases her work from a number of Piedmont productions.

“If you click on one it then takes you to the page that is for that show and shows you pictures and the work I did for that show.”

Although Pope’s website is built and ready for employers to navigate, there’s still more work to be done. The project took Pope an entire semester to complete and will continually need minimal work. As each project or job Pope embarks on, she must continue to update her website. “My website does not require much management. I really only need to update it as I add on more experience.” 

Pope wishes to continue in the Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre field after graduation. Having an easily accessible website has already helped Pope in the job force. Not only was making the website an assignment for the class but also gave Pope the chance to look back at all her work and accomplishments.

“I was very proud of Taylor’s website. She worked very hard and it showed.” A fellow classmate of Taylor said. 

Passion towards change

Kristi Koshuta, from Wisconsin looks past being so far away from home due to her love of education and students making it the core of her passion. 

“I love the size of Piedmont and being able to get to know so many students on campus.” 

Koshuta feels as though the students at Piedmont are part of her family. “I LOVE the students and the people that I work with and their passion for helping students succeed,” she said. 

Koshuta says she has always loved teaching and could not see herself doing anything else. Teaching math for 15 years at the high school level and eight years at the college level, Koshuta has always been involved in education. Director of student transition and success, Instructor of math and SAIL program coordinator at Piedmont College  Koshuta runs tutoring facilities and athlete student success at Lane Hall. Students are able to schedule tutoring appointments from a selection of subjects. Tutors are students Koshuta herself employs herself who have obtained an A average in that subject. 

Koshuta also founded the SAIL program that helps upcoming first-year college students connect, build relationships, develop leadership skills, and navigate college effectively.

 “Connecting with students and finding ways to empower them and help them be successful and grow.” 

The SAIL program has given Koshuta a new transition into education from a different perspective. “I fell in love with this! So the transition to creating and working with our SAIL Program was a natural transition.” 

The future is bright for the SAIL program, which started in 2018. “I would like to focus on more effectively expanding and enhancing the entire first-year experience for all incoming students.” 

Koshuta wishes to develop her programs and resources to fit all students wants and needs. Not only focusing on Piedmont itself, Koshuta focuses on  the surrounding communities and building relationships and connections to enhance programming. The decision to choose Piedmont where her husband John Koshuta is an assistant professor of nursing and health sciences, turned into a world of growth and opportunity for herself setting a foundation for Piedmont for years to come. Student success is Koshuta’s main priority and ambition.