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A Balancing Act – Other Duties As Assigned

Before accepting my current job, I was handed the job description. Reading through my objectives and tasks, I reached an odd phrase at the end: “..and other duties as assigned.” Jokingly, I asked my fellow colleague about what that entails and he laughed saying, “Welcome to the job!” In this blog series, I will describe to you some of the weirdest tasks I was assigned to in, “Other Duties As Assigned”

 

I had the opportunity to be the event photographer for our alumni weekend at our university that I work at. We were celebrating the 50th reunion of the class of 1968.

 

One of the things in particular that I was assigned to do was to take a class photo of the class of 1968, It was the biggest class that has ever attended in the span of five years of our alumni weekends.

 

One of the things I had in mind was I wanted to make sure I got their clock that they fundraised enough money for it to be put on campus in dedication to one of their fellow classmates who passed away.

 

So, I was thinking, “How do I get to the clock? How do I get everyone in the shot?” At the end of the class’s lunch they all came outside towards the clock and I said, “Okay, here’s what we’re

going to do…stand in front of the clock, and I’ll think of something.”

 

As the class of 1968 was lining up, I remember there was a bench far enough to hopefully get the shot, but would elevate me enough to get the entire class in.

 

I first stood on the part of the bench you sat, no luck. Flipped my camera to live-view and held my hands up, still not enough. I knew I had to go higher. The only way to go higher was the back-rest.

 

I went for it. My vice-president luckily was there to initially help me up without falling, but my balance was lacking. I had two colleagues support my left and right leg. An alumna’s husband from the class of ’68 took initiative to hold the back of my belt to prevent me from falling backwards. The ladies of the class were laughing and hopefully scared for my safety when I was attempting to get the shot.

 

Overall, I knew it was crazy, some classmates you could not see their faces, but it turned out to be a nice photo to commemorate the weekend.

 

Next time, I’m getting a drone. No exceptions.

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Beth Gilbert | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.

Beth Gilbert is our 34th #NEPACreative of 2017. Beth brings creativity to the area through serving the community on the Wilkes-Barre City Council.

Beth has been involved in politics since 2011. When she took on the position serving the city council in January 2016, she knew she could make a difference in the Wilkes-Barre community.

Literally getting her hands dirty, she participates in organizing cleanups throughout her district to keep the city clean.

Beth has thought outside the box in introducing legislation to things they have never been introduced before. Beth was the first person to translate my council Facebook page into Spanish to reach out to their Spanish-speaking neighbors. She also wrote and introduced the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance that passed last fall. This ordinance effectively makes discrimination against any member of the LGBT community illegal in cases of housing, employment, and accommodations.

Communicating with her constituents is a key role into her every day job. She is able to be reached more effectively than just a phone call or an email. She connects with them through social media in which not only she can express her ideas, but her community as well.

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If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.

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Wendy Wescott | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.

Wendy Wescott is our 32nd #NEPACreative of 2017. Wendy brings creativity to the area through designing centerpieces, wreaths, and trees for all seasons and holidays.

From custom designs in centerpieces, wreaths, and trees, Wendy treats to her customer’s specific needs.

For a strong 30 years, the floral outlet has evolved in a successful retail store. She has decorated from schools, malls, nursing homes, hospitals, churches, and much more!

Connect with Wendy:

If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.

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Chris Bohinski | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

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Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.

Chris Bohinski is our 31st #NEPACreative of 2017. Chris brings creativity to the area through smiles.

Known as “Boh the Smile Guy,” Chris has brought entertainment journalism to the Northeast since January 2016. It started out as a written blog and then has grown and morphed into a video interview series. All interviews simply begin with a 4-word question and then with no script or rehearsal, the interview continues.

Chris has interviewed stars like Morgan FreemanMette Midler and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Connect with Chris:

If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.

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Matthew Straub | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

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Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.

Matthew Straub is our 30th #NEPACreative of 2017. Matt brings creativity to the area through sound.

Matt’s interest in audio began in the attic of his old house in Hazleton. With his father working as a radio broadcaster for over 16 years, his father accumulated a lot of equipment. He loved experimenting with equipment such as old records, 8-Track tapes, Reel-To-Reel tapes and more.

This experimentation fueled Matt and brought him through high school to working as a freelance audio engineer and sound designer throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania

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If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.

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Dan Pittman | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

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Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.​

Dan Pittman is our 29th #NEPACreative of 2017. Dan brings creativity to the area through dance and choreography.

Expressing himself in choreographing, Dan Pittman has brought dancing to life in performances.

Starting at age 10 playing as a cat, he hasn’t stopped ever since and obtained his degree in musical theater. He also has obtained certifications in dance awareness and gymnastics safety.

Currently, Dan has choreographed over five shows in NEPA since September 2017 and is planning to do more soon!

Connect with Dan:

If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.

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Dave Fultz | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

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Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.​

Dave Fultz is our 28th #NEPACreative of 2017. Dave brings creativity to the area through the field of  chiropractic.

Since 2013, Dave has helped many individuals overcoming any health issues that they had. Just this past year, Dave and his office’s focus shifted tremendously to not only focus on the problem, but to fix the problem and continuing to improve the patient’s life than just a trip to the doctor.

Dave hopes all of his patients overcome any odds that they may face and give credit to themselves and improve upon it.

Connect with Dave:

If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.

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Chris Langan | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

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Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.​

Chris Langan is our 27th #NEPACreative of 2017. Chris brings creativity to the area through playing the drums.

Chris found his passion at the age of four, playing the drums. Fast forward into today and he is a professional drummer and educator.

Chris never misses a beat as he plays professionally and teaches at the Scranton Music Academy. He even offers private lessons from his home studio!

Chris gives the drums credit for his creative outlet in so many ways. You can see his emotions being conveyed into rhythms that brings joy to the listener.

Connect with Chris:

If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.

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Dan Kimbrough | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

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Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.​

Dan Kimbrough is our 26th #NEPACreative of 2017. Dan brings creativity to the area through supporting other media professionals.

Producer, storyteller, and educator at heart, Dan likes to see others shine and do his best to help people see things through, promote their work, or just get better at what they do.

Although he cannot recall when he started, Dan has always been a storyteller/documentarian and project manager of sorts. He’s less interested in the spotlight and more interested in shining the light on others and their works.

Dan has worked with local non-profits like NEPA BlogCon and the Roller Radicals. He has also photographed bands and events to help people promote themselves. As a professor at Misericordia University, Dan incorporates his years of experience into the classroom providing students the tools they need to succeed once they graduate.

Connect with Dan:

Current Project:

Park Multimedia Social Media:

Personal:

If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.

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Mariska Robinson | The #NEPACreative Series | Coal Creative

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Throughout 2017, we are working with our interns to highlight 52 Creatives from the NEPA region. We believe creativity is a broad term that cannot be easily confined within the walls of one simple definition. We want to know what being creative means to you and how you bring that creativity to light.​

Mariska Robinson is our 26th #NEPACreative of 2017. Mariska brings creativity to the area through theater.

A student at Martin’s Karate Institute on Market Street in Wilkes-Barre, Mariska has learned many of the basics she needs in self-defense. Self-defense has built her confidence, focus, self-esteem, and creativity.

Mariska has been in numerous karate tournaments and has placed in many of the tournaments.

Mariska spends her spare time in participating in girl scouts

If you or someone you know is an NEPA Creative, please let us know by filling out the submission form or send us an email at holly@coalcreative.com.