For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — Paint brushes, saws, hammers and nails have been kept out of the television and photography studio at Allegany College of Maryland for countless years — until recently.
With the sound of hammering and the buzz of a saw, students in communication arts technology courses have been working to reconstruct the television set for the past year.
“The work began when my Introduction to Video Production students were given the task of designing a new set to replace one that was used for numerous years,” said instructor John Bone. “Students’ ideas were combined, and the final design was compiled.”
Once the new set was designed, students began to dismantle the old one in preparation for the new structure. “The design represents the college with the recognizable campus image in the background,” said Terry Feck, assistant professor of communication arts technology and program coordinator.
Construction began when communication arts technology student Andrew Sparber started on the framework with existing materials. “We’re lucky to have students with so many abilities who can help with such an undertaking,” Feck said.
This semester, digital photography student Preston Mc-Glocklyn tackled the finish work on the set, using his years of construction expertise.
“I didn’t have the time to work on the set myself, so we were truly blessed to have Preston, who was willing to jump in and lend a hammer,” said Bone, whose primary college role is as services coordinator with Instructional Technologies and Multimedia Services. “We couldn’t have done it without his knowledge and skill.”
With the walls soon to be painted and finish work to be completed, the set is nearly done.
Local businesses and individuals have donated funds and supplies used to move the project forward. Donations are still being accepted to complete the project. For more information, contact the ACM Foundation office at 301-784-5200.
The new set is part of a comprehensive overhaul of the college’s dated television studio. Grant and college funds have purchased such new equipment as high-definition video cameras, video mixer, recording unit and LED studio lighting. They will be installed once the new set is complete.
“It’s a big leap ahead, truly state-of-the-art and at the top of the industry with the HD equipment,” Feck said. “Students will get real-world, practical experience in the field.”
The studio will be nearly complete by ACM’s 16th annual open house, scheduled Saturday. The community is welcome to visit the Cumberland campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and to tour its buildings, including Advanced Technologies, where the TV studio is housed.