IPR offers cross discipline media arts education in the areas of audio production, sound design, video production, live sound, and music and entertainment business. So it makes sense that IPR was well represented at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas.
At NAB, IPR’s Director of Career services, Norbert Kreuzer had the opportunity to organize a PAC (Program Advisory Council) meeting, network with new potential graduate employers, and, amongst other cool things, connect with IPR graduate Michael Berry.
The IPR PAC meeting consisted of the following companies: Sony Entertainment, Fox Television Network, MGM Grand Resorts and Casinos, and AVID. PAC meetings provide a way for IPR to ask industry professionals what training tweaks might help our graduates be even stronger job candidates. We then analyze our current practices and look for ways to improve how and what we teach. PAC meetings also provide the added benefit of making connections with reputable companies, like those above, and sometimes open doors for the future employment of IPR graduates with said companies. With so many cutting edge companies meeting in one location, NAB is the perfect place for this type of networking.
Also representing IPR at NAB were Jeff Deslauriers (IPR Chair, Sound Design for Visual Media), Mitchell Hare (Globe Education Network Associate Dean of Music Business), Brian Jacoby (IPR Director) and Dean Pederson (Network Associate Dean of Digital Video). Below you see them meeting with Studio at The Palms Manager Zoe Thrall. Working for Studio at the Palms would be a dream gig for any IPR graduate, so Norbert Kreuzer (taking the photo) lined up the opportunity for a visit as he and Thrall are past associates.
Kreuzer also made new network connections with CBS News, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting (CNN), ESPN, and Executive Live Sound and Show Director for mega-church Pastor Joel Osteen. The result of a fruitful effort, these connections continue to widen IPR’s sphere of industry influence, and have the continued, potential benefit of added employment opportunities for IPR graduates.
It’s always great to run into IPR Alumni and find out what they’re up to, and Norbert was also able to connect with graduate Michael Berry who has been running lights and sound for national acts on their way through Las Vegas. Watch for a Graduate Success Story featuring Michael on the IPR Alumni blog soon.