By Kadence Baker
The College of Business welcomed Carl Blue and Amanda Bridges to the Graphic Communications (GC) department at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester.
Blue earned a Doctor of Education from NC State and his M.A. in Industrial Technology from Appalachian State University. Bridges earned a Doctor of Education from Gardner-Webb University and both her M.A. and B.S. degrees in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology from Appalachian State University.
Sonoco Institute (SI): What course(s) will you be teaching this fall?
Carl Blue (CB): I am covering GC 2071 Graphic Communications II Lab, shadowing GC 2070, and an additional GC2071 lab with Charles Weiss. I am also shadowing GC 1041 lab with Michelle Fox, and a GC 3400 lecture with Erica Walker
Amanda Bridges (AB): GC 1021 Lab Computer Art and CAD Foundations and GC 1030 Graphic Communications I for Packaging Science.
SI: What are you most looking forward to at Clemson and within the course(s)?
CB: I am looking forward to increasing and expanding my overall knowledge and skills in developing and delivering Graphic Communications curriculum. I have been teaching and doing research in Graphic Communications programs since 2006, and working in multiple facets of the print and media communications industry since 1987. I am excited about this opportunity to work with the faculty in the Clemson Graphic Communications program, and to explore additional opportunities in working with industry in the Sonoco Institute when opportunities arise.
AB: At Clemson, I am looking forward to collaboration opportunities both with students and colleagues. Within the specific classes I am teaching, I am looking forward to seeing the growth of my students over the course of the semester.
SI: Any other interesting ‘fun facts’ about yourself?
CB: I am originally from Pinehurst NC, but I moved to Clemson from Maine, where in my spare time I learned to spin-cast for bass in the spring through fall, and ice fish in the winters on the open frozen lakes. I doubt I’ll see any ice fishing in SC, but I do hope to get out and spin cast for bass when I can.
I also enjoy travel and the furthermost I have flown was a trip that took 20+ hours to fly from London to Cape Town, South Africa. I presented at a conference on research into color preferences in web design in 2005. I have lived in four countries, and I speak Spanish.
AB: I grew up in Boone, NC, so I enjoy being in the mountains, especially in the summer, where it’s cooler. I love animals and being outdoors.
SI: What was your favorite part about your first semester at Clemson?
CB: My favorite part has been getting to know my colleagues better and working with the students in the labs.
AB: My favorite part of the semester has been getting to know the students and my colleagues.