Annual Stop-Motion Halloween Film Fest

Amazing what a little creativity on the whiteboard can do. Our first year students worked in groups to brainstorm a story idea and then went about recreating the tale visually, capturing each moment with a digital camera. The 300+ frames were stitched together to create the final animated productions. The votes were close, but one emerged as the class favorite. Which one do you think it was?

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4

A surprise visitor


Today we had a surprise visitor – Donna Vallarano. Donna is a retired faculty of the Graphic Design and Communications department (Commercial Art while Donna was teaching). She was also one of the instructors that taught all three of the current GDC faculty. To clarify that, she taught Sean, Tom and Jason about graphic design at BSC.

Donna took time to give a quick hand lettering demonstration that the students watched closely. After 16 years of retirement, Donna still knows how to talk to a class and deal with students.

Spending time with Donna was definitely the highlight of our day.


Hall of fame scissors


If you don’t recognize the name “Luyben” on the blade, then this is just an old pair of scissors. If you were a student of Dave Luyben’s, these scissors probably remdind you of a great teacher from your past.

Dave made a positive mark on many young people, including the current GDC teaching staff. Dave taught all of the computer-based portions of the curriculum in the late 80’s and early 90’s and much of it until his retirement.

If you have great memories of Dave or other faculty members, feel free to share them.

The Mandan Campus


Mechanical Maintenance Technology students discuss how to overcome a challenge with the Rube Goldberg-style machine.

Students prepare the machine for another test run.

Students prepare the machine for another test run.

Shortly before spring break, the freshman Graphic Design and Communications students visited the Bismarck State College Mechanical Maintenance Technology program in Mandan. The class was working on creating a Rube Goldberg-style machine to raise a flag.

The GDC students photographed the machine in action and under construction. Everyone was surprised by the complexity of the machine that featured tiny cars cutting strings and mouse traps popping balloons.

The instructor, Norlyn Swenson, devised the assignment to help students understands the six basic machines, to enhance problem solving skills and to help students learn to work in a group atmosphere.

The GDC students learned about shooting photos in conditions they cannot control and around people they are not familiar with. Their goal was to document the machine and the people that worked on the project.

Thanks to Norlyn Swenson for allowing us to shoot photos in your lab.