Brady Risendal, Marla Bernstein, and Meridith Richter. Photo courtesy of ATLAS.Three students on Friday will represent the first class of graduates with the ATLAS Institute’s bachelor of science degree in technology, arts and media (TAM).The students, Marla Bernstein, Meridith Richter and Brady Risendal, are earning the degree – an interdisciplinary offering with the College of Engineering and Applied Science—less than two years after the launch of the undergraduate program.The bachelor’s degree grew out of the ATLAS Institute’s popular TAM minor and certificate option—launched in the late 1990s—which now enrolls over 1,000 students.”The most common piece of feedback we’ve received over the years is, ‘I wish this were a major,'” says Aileen Pierce, associate director of the TAM program. “We’ve attracted students who want to use technology to design and create innovative projects, and seen them flourish, but we were only able to take them so far. Now we offer a lot more depth.”While students can combine the TAM minor or certificate with any major at CU Boulder, students who wish to pursue the degree option have to gain admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science to enroll in the TAM program.This wasn’t an issue for Bernstein, who was already enrolled in the college. She rotated through mechanical and civil engineering before settling on TAM as her major, which she describes as the perfect fit for her interests. After graduating, she plans to work as a web developer and designer. “I have never been happier,” she says.Risendal’s journey to TAM was slightly less circuitous. He started as an engineering physics major and switched to TAM at the beginning of his junior year. “I always saw myself as working on more creative technologies,” he says. “I was always looking for ways to be more creative in engineering classes, but math and physics don’t have that type of flexibility.”Richter always envisioned herself as a storyteller, jumping into film and creative writing during her freshman year. When she discovered she had a talent for computer programming, she switched her major to computer science, but that wasn’t a good fit either. Eager to fuse her interests in technology and the arts, she didn’t hesitate when she heard about the TAM degree program.For one electronic music project, Richter turned an Old Navy denim jacket into a musical instrument using movement sensors, tiny speakers and a microcontroller. Pursuing a TAM degree has also allowed her to reconnect with her inner storyteller: “I can convey stories that are important to me across a variety of media—web, film, graphic design and programming,” she says. If you go:Who: Everyone welcomeWhat: ATLAS Institute’s Recognition CeremonyWhen: May 12, noonWhere: Muenzinger Auditorium, 1905 Colorado Ave., Boulder There are now 163 students, with more in the pipeline, in the growing TAM bachelor’s program.”Some students fall naturally into traditional engineering disciplines, but there have always been those who don’t,” says ATLAS Director Mark Gross. “They may slog through a program that only partly satisfies their curiosity, or they may drop out of engineering altogether. TAM opens new opportunities and expands what is possible within engineering. It’s a model that is robust and adaptable, and it’s going to spread.”In the meantime, the three students graduating this spring are blazing a trail, but they aren’t alone. ATLAS also is granting nine master’s degrees, 96 TAM minors and 93 TAM certificates to will-be new CU Boulder alumni.Read more about Richter and fellow ATLAS graduate Danny Rankin.Categories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: May 10, 2017 • By ATLAS Institute Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail
Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Ottawa, ON—Canadian performances at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage July 15-19 showcased the talent and ambition of this country’s elite Para-Equestrian riders.The event, located near Gloucester, England, drew over 200 top Para-Dressage and Dressage riders from nine countries, including a pair of Canadian riders and a full support team. Lauren Barwick, Hong Kong Paralympic gold and silver medalist from Langley, BC, and Phil Wright of Salmon Arm, BC competed in the Para-Dressage Team, Individual, and Freestyle tests.Barwick attained respectable results including two fourth-place finishes, and only rode the leased horses for six days prior to the competition. Wright was praised for his improvement upon past performances, and his results were highlighted with a 5th place finish in the Freestyle.“This was a great show for me to get back into the International scene,” said Barwick. “It really helped me get that competitive feeling again and I came home excited about the prospect of my next show.”Their performances also helped to highlight the level of care and support provided to them by a hard-working team of professionals. “I am very appreciative of the support group who worked so well together,” said Canadian competitor Phil Wright. “The result was a wonderful team spirit that made this competition a pleasure throughout.”His co-competitor was quick to heap praise on the group dynamic as well.“The team camaraderie was great, and the support staff was the best Canada has ever sent,” Barwick said. The competition, however, was dominated by the top British Para-Dressage riders, including the team, which will represent Great Britain at the upcoming European Championships in Norway. Barwick rode Fernhill Bella Donna owned by Ian Walsh, and My Passion owned by Jennifer Tappenden. Wright competed with Sheepcote Diorissima, owned by Serena Pincus.The support team members who travelled with the athletes included Andrea Taylor (National Team Coach), Jessica Rhinelander (Regional Development Coach), Jan Jollymour (Groom), Alice Beatty (Groom), Donna Perry (Sport Psychologist), Shannon Hendrickson (Support Staff), as well as Elizabeth Robinson (Chef d’Equipe). The Hartbury event was a valuable experience to the Canadian staff and riders for another reason as well.“We needed to see our riders competing internationally for the first time since Hong Kong,” Robinson said. “It has given us a good indication of how the bar has been raised once again. We will need to find quality, well-trained horses to be competitive in Kentucky at the World Equestrian Games next year.”Hartpury College is one of England’s leading equine educational facilities, and hosts a number of international competitions. These include the annual Mitsubishi Motors Hartpury Horse Trials and the Hartpury Festival of Dressage.Final Competition Results:Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding My Passion4th in the Team Test with 65.873%4th in the Individual Championship Test with 68.182%6th in the Individual Freestyle Test with 65.550%Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding Fernhill Bella Donna13th in the Team Test with 55.079%10th in the Individual Championship Test with 61.667%8th in the Individual Freestyle Test with 64.070%Philip Wright (Grade IV) riding Diorissima6th in the Team Test with 57.857%6th in the Individual Championship Test with 57.634%5th in the Individual Freestyle Test with 64.465% More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!