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The Role and Influence of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is considered one of the most important fashion events in the world. New York Fashion Week (NYFW) highlights some of the most talked about fashion collections to the public. Many of the brightest students in fashion reveal their work at NYFW and one university in particular is known for its undergraduates and graduates: The Academy of Art University.

The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 in San Francisco, California. The university began as an advertising art school and grew in its mission throughout the decades. By 1992, the Academy of Art University expanded its student body thanks to the leadership of President Elisa Stephens. Currently, about 12,000 undergraduates and graduate students are enrolled at the university.

Today, the Academy of Art University offers associate, bachelor, and masters programs in fields such as architecture, fashion, game development, and photography. Many courses are offered online for a global student body. The Academy of Art University is currently one of the largest property owners in San Francisco and boasts about its urban college environment and large, international student body.

The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University is where many of the shining stars in the fashion world at NYFW are educated. The School of Fashion offers eight areas of focus for their students to study. These include costume design, fashion design, and knitwear design. At the undergraduate level, all programs are offered as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Associate of Arts (AA) except for fashion journalism, which is a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or AA program. At the graduate level, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs include seven areas of study including textile design and fashion marketing. In addition, there are four Master of Arts (MA) programs including fashion merchandising

Since 2005, the University’s School of Fashion showcases many of its BFA and MFA students at NYFW. Just last year, at the September NYFW, nine undergraduate and graduate students in the program brought forth their work. Some of the artists on display included the work of Jelly Shan, a MFA student from Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, who used the cultural and religious atmosphere of northwestern China to influence her clothing collection. Another artist included BFA student Cana Klebanoff from Queens, New York. Klebanoff designed clothing influenced by Japanese samurai armor as well as castle designs. It is important to remember these names, as these Academy of Art students may become the biggest stars in fashion in the coming years.

Venezuela’s Economy Is In The Toilet And Things Are Getting Worse

Venezuela is a very poor country these days. It is a country with an economy in the toilet, a president who is very close to being recalled and citizens who are tired of being caught in the middle of all the infighting.
The shameful part according to expert David Osio is – Venezuela should not be in this condition. It is a very large country with plenty of natural resources. The sad reality is that gross mismanagement has brought Venezuela to its present state. Even sadder still, there seems to be no end in sight.

Venezuela does well as long as the oil prices stay in the triple digits. However, since oil prices have dropped like a stone, petro dollars have destroyed the once vibrant economy explains Osio.

The economic uncertainty has created a domino effect. Venezuela is now faced with a spike in crime, government corruption, reduced work days and abject poverty. President Nicolas Maduro has two nephews who were recently arrested for cocaine trafficking. This fact makes the country ripe for the plucking. Drug lords taking over the country would only make matters worse.

Runaway inflation and the exchange rate system is also dooming Venezuela. Then there’s the little matter of embezzlement. Many believe the Maduro-led Chavista’s are up to their necks in it. The bottom line is if something isn’t done soon, things will get far worse before they get better.


Class Dojo: Creating a learning Community

Say goodbye to paper newsletters and annual parent teacher conferences Class Dojo is here! Class Dojo is a communication platform that allows teachers to better interact with their students and their parents. Created in 2011, Class Dojo is an app and website that can be accessed by any teacher or parent using an iOS, Android, Kindle Fire or any computer and allows for a better connection between the teacher, parent, and student.
Class Dojo is 100% free to use and is used by millions in over 180 countries. In fact, Class Dojo is currently being used in over 2/3rds of U.S. private, charter, and public schools. Class Dojo is being most used by classrooms from Kindergarten through 8th grade. With the growth of this application, a ground-up change in parent-teacher communication is beginning to take root in America and the world.
A good parent teacher connection is key to helping empower students to achieve their very best. Class Dojo allows greater communication between parents and teacher through the use of its private messaging function, photo and video sharing features, and group messages to all parents. Paper newsletters that get lost in folders and backpacks will be no more as messages, announcements, and updates can be sent directly to the parents through any mobile device or computer in an instant.
Traditionally, parents only receive updates on students progress through quarterly report cards and an annual parent teacher conference. Now, parents can be informed daily of their students academic progress through the the private text messaging system which will help them guide and support their students better at home. Through Class Dojo, the teacher can send a video of a class presentation to parents or a picture of their student working hard. Teachers can also upload educational videos, discussion guides, and other media onto Class Dojo that will allow learning to continue at home with the parents. Another great feature Class Dojo has is the ability to translate messages into 35 different languages. This will help break the communication barrier between parents and teachers who speak different languages so the student can receive a better education.
Class Dojo is an amazing tool that is revolutionizing the way parents and teachers communicate and is creating a culture of positivity within classrooms and schools. By creating community, students around the world will feel empowered as a direct result from using Class Dojo.

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