7 Ways to De-Stress

written by Georgia Schumacher 22 April 2015

Feeling stressed about upcoming deadlines or a busy schedule at work or in your online classes? There’s nothing fun about being under pressure to complete a project. In fact, stress isn’t just unpleasant, it can also be detrimental to your health. Stress can have a negative impact on your body, mood, and behavior, so it’s important to find a way to combat stress before it takes it toll. We suggest using these 7 tips to de-stress and allow yourself to relax a little!

1. Get a Second Opinion

There’s nothing more frustrating than a strong case of creative block. You can spend hours staring at a project, willing a great idea to pop into your head, but that won’t make it happen. Step aside and ask someone who isn’t involved in the venture for their opinion. Sometimes a fresh perspective is all you need to stimulate your creative energy.

2. Take a Walk

When you’re on deadline, going for a walk may seem counterproductive, but it can actually be the opposite. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery for inspiration. You never know when you’ll pass something that triggers the great idea you need to pull your project together.

3. Block Off Time for Projects

It’s beyond stressful to keep losing great ideas due to constant interruptions. Avoid this by blocking off a set amount of time to work on projects. Unless it’s urgent, avoid all distractions and don’t respond to any calls or emails during this time period. Relax and enjoy the ability to see what you’re capable of creating when you focus on your work.

4. Switch Up Your Work Area

Whether you’re working in a dorm room, library, or a cubicle, it’s easy for your scenery to get a bit mundane. Reignite your creativity by making a few easy changes, such as moving your desk to the opposite corner, changing your screensaver, or hanging a new poster on the wall. Sometimes the little things can make a huge impact.

5. Visit with Friends

When you’re super busy with a class or work, you may inadvertently isolate yourself from your friends or family. This may add more time into your schedule, but it can also increase your stress levels. Spending time with your closest friends can reduce your production of cortisol, a.k.a. the stress hormone, so clear an hour of your day and meet your crew for lunch.

6. Turn Your Phone Off

Your smartphone is a constant distraction. Incoming calls, texts, emails, and social media notifications never stop, meaning you always feel pressured to check your device and respond accordingly. Put your phone aside and enjoy being present in your current situation. It’s a lot easier to relax when you can concentrate on the here and now.

7. Listen to Music

Pop your earbuds in and soothe your mind by listening to some music, as it fills your brain with neurochemicals like dopamine that help you calm down and unwind. Generally speaking, classical music is the most relaxing, but anything you enjoy will decrease your levels of stress hormones, slow your heart rate down, and lower your blood pressure.

You’re Invited: April Student Events

written by Georgia Schumacher 2 April 2015

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is buzzing with fun and exciting events this April! Register now for these online events and find even more webinars on the Campus Common Events Calendar!

Upcoming April Events

The Lodging Industry – From B&B’s to Luxury Hotels
Tuesday, April 7, 2pm ET
15 year Marriott Hotel veteran Lee Heron will discuss the lodging industry from bed & breakfasts to luxury hotels. Discuss the different brands and learn about the many types of positions: front office, housekeeping, sales/marketing, human resources, food and beverage, revenue management, and security. See actual positions open right now and explore the overall growth and development of hotels.

Culinary and Hospitality and Events, OH MY: Let’s Talk Job Positions and Skills!
Wednesday, April 8, 7pm ET
Do you have what it takes to be in the Hotel Sales, Culinary, Hospitality, and Event business? In this faculty-led workshop, you will learn the different types of job titles and businesses in which you can work. We will also review the skill set and personal attributes a person must hold to be successful in these types of positions.

Writing an Effective Hospitality Resume – Tips and Tricks!
Tuesday, April 14, 7pm ET
Ever wanted to know how to write a resume that will make you stand out? This workshop will review the purpose of a resume and the basic rules for writing a resume. We will identify resume types that are industry specific and help to define skills, experiences, and educational background for effective resumes.

The Fun Side of Finding a Job in the Creative Field: The Little Extras that Can Make All the Difference
Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm ET
This faculty-led workshop will primarily focus on ways to get yourself noticed and build your brand, including how to create a resume that reflects who you are as a designer, ideas for amazingly different business cards, and fun leave-behinds for interviews. We will also discuss unexpected places to find jobs and unexpected careers for designers (and others).

Meet a Sommelier and Discuss Wine and Food Pairing!
Wednesday, April 15, 7pm ET
Stefano Buttò from Northern Italy will share his experience as a wine consultant and broker in California including Europa Village Winery, Miramonte-Winery, La Bella Vita Restaurant, EAT Marketplace and Cellarz93 Restaurant. He currently manages Meritage at Callaway, a restaurant that specializes in local and organic ingredients. This workshop will discuss wine and food pairing and latest trends in wine.

Meet the CUL-HRM Online Program Directors
Thursday, April 16, 7pm ET
Meet the Hotel & Restaurant Management and Culinary Management Program Directors – Gaye Warren & Seth Selke—in an open call in townhall forum! Introduce yourself and discuss anything on your mind, including concerns, questions, and ideas regarding your program experience or portfolio.

All about R&D – How to Get Your Product to Market!
Wednesday, April 22, 7pm ET
Did you ever wonder what it takes to bring a product to market? This workshop will review the research and development (R&D) process. Chef John Fuente is a current R&D Chef with 28 years of culinary experience. Faculty member and Chef Alisa Gaylon is also an attorney, and, together they will discuss the legalities of creating and developing new products.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Chef Certification
Thursday, April 23, 7pm ET
Join us for a presentation by faculty member Chef Collen Engle, CEC (Certified Executive Chef) and CCE (Certified Culinary Educator), to learn more about American Culinary Federation certification, the different levels available, what it represents, and how to achieve it.

Foundations Student Orientation: How to Succeed
Monday, April 27, 1:30pm ET
Recommended for all students taking an Art Foundations (FND) course, get helpful study tips, learn how to write critiques, and get a jump start with course expectations. Take a guided tour of where and how to get help when you need it.

Portfolio Prep Q&A
Tuesday, April 28, 8:30pm ET
This event is focused on Graphic Design/Digital Design students, but faculty members and students from other programs are welcome. This webinar will include:

• How a portfolio is used in the graphic design industry
• General expectations for a portfolio 
• When and how to prepare for your portfolio course
• Examples of professional portfolios and relevant resources

Weekly and Recurring Meetings

Graphic & Web Design Career Series
Thursdays at 7pm, ET
The Web & Graphic Design Department is hosting weekly webinars during the month of April for the annual Web & Graphic Design Career Series. This event features top industry professionals and designers speaking on critical industry topics and creative inspiration. Get the full details here.

Math LIVE!
Mondays at 7:30pm ET, Thursdays at 11am ET, & Saturdays at 11am ET
Each webinar is a 60-minute informal study session with a full-time math faculty member in which you can ask math questions, enrich your grasp on the class material, and gain useful assignment guidance. By attending a Math LIVE! event, you may also be eligible to receive bonus points in your math course.

The Mad Professor's Drawing Room
Sundays at 3pm ET, Wednesdays at 5pm ET and Fridays at 12pm ET
Login to your computer, put on your headset, and take part in an open studio with faculty member Nina Stanley! Spend the first 20 minutes drawing short gestures, then work on a long pose for another 45 minutes or so. Come for the whole time or just for a little bit – the choice is yours!

International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Wednesdays at 9pm ET
Learn more here about IGDA meetings and why all students interested in game design are encouraged to join! Design Bootcamps This month, our bootcamp events include

• Illustrator Bootcamp 2: Drawing, Color, and Type
• Photoshop Bootcamp 1: Presenting Artwork
• Photoshop Bootcamp 2: Basic Designing

Remember, you can register for all of these events and find pre-recorded events on the Events page in the Campus Common!

To request disability related accommodations for a virtual event please contact the event organizer in advance at jminnaugh@aii.edu.

The Beginner’s Guide to Hospitality and Culinary Management Careers

written by Georgia Schumacher 24 March 2015

If you are a natural leader, enjoy helping others, and want to work in an energetic, upbeat environment, a career in hotel, culinary, or event management might be the perfect fit for your personality and skill set! Hospitality and culinary management careers can give you a chance to meet new people, travel extensively, and improve other people's lives.

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A degree or certificate program in the area of culinary or hospitality management can prepare you for a variety of jobs managing events, overseeing restaurants, or moving all the way up to managing a top-tier hotel. It all depends on what you want and what you’re willing to work toward! Here are three common career areas in which you may decide to take your future!

1. Hotel management

As one might expect, many hotel management graduates opt for careers in the hotel industry. As a hotel manager, you'll interact frequently with guests and employees and be responsible for ensuring that the hotel service, appearance, and revenue meets expectations. New graduates may start as management trainees, eventually moving into supervisory and management positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for lodging managers was $46,810 in 2012.

2. Culinary management

Culinary management is a fast-paced industry in which you will have a chance to work with employees and the public as you plan and manage a business in the culinary field. Your responsibilities can range from purchasing and cost control, to training and supervising workers, to overseeing quality standards in food preparation. According to the BLS, management occupations in restaurants and other eating places had a median annual salary of $58,640 in 2013.

3. Event management

Event managers are responsible for planning and creating successful events such as weddings, conventions, and trade shows. As an event manager, you should be ready to juggle multiple responsibilities! You'll set up schedules, approve event marketing strategies, supervise decorations, book entertainment acts, and finalize catering menus. The BLS estimates that jobs in this field will grow 33% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average 11% growth for all occupations.

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, we offer 4 programs in the field of Culinary Management, including the Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management and Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management. Our Certificate programs include Event Management and Food & Beverage Operations. Explore our programs, or request more information today!

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division does not guarantee employment or any particular level of compensation following graduation. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

You’re Invited: March Student Events

written by Georgia Schumacher 6 March 2015

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There’s never a dull moment at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division! Register now for these online events and find even more webinars on the Campus Common Events Calendar!

Upcoming March Events

Online Library Orientation
Sunday, March 8, 9pm ET
Brand new to the Online Library? We recommend this orientation session, hosted by library staff and introducing everything our Online Library has to offer.

Meet the Program Directors
Thursday, March 12, 7pm ET and Saturday, March 14, 12pm ET
Come meet the Hotel & Restaurant Management and Culinary Management Program Directors – Gaye Warren & Seth Selke -- in an open call in townhall forum! Feel free to introduce yourself and discuss anything that’s on your mind, concerns, questions, and ideas regarding your program experience including any Portfolio concerns.

eBooks in the Online Library
Sunday, March 15, 9pm ET
Attend this session to find out how to search, read, save, and download eBooks. The Art Institutes Online Library offers over 150,000 eBooks on a variety of subjects including culinary arts, technology, web design, fashion and more.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Chef Certification!
Thursday, March 19, 7pm ET
Join us for a presentation by faculty member Chef Collen Engle, CEC (Certified Executive Chef) and CCE (Certified Culinary Educator), to learn more about what is American Culinary Federation chef certification, the different levels available, what it represents, and how to achieve it. This workshop will also discuss the cost and the time needed to achieve certification.

Image and Video Collections in the Online Library
Thursday, March 19, 7pm ET
Become skilled at searching and selecting images, as well as printing, saving, and reviewing copyright information. Attend this workshop to learn how to get the most out of AP Images, Graphic Stock, Image Quest, and VideoBlocks. Learn how to access and download royalty free stock images, royalty free stock footage and motion backgrounds.

Sound and Audio Collections in the Online Library
Saturday, March 21, 2pm ET
Need royalty-free stock footage, sound effects, or production music for your school project? This workshop will show you how to search for and find these resources, and discuss how you can use these resources legally and ethically.

Web Design Q&A
Thursday, March 26, 8:30pm ET
Our Q&A Student Webinars are intended to provide greater insight and support in three key areas: Portfolio Prep, Freelance & Internships, and Web Design. Content and general discussion will be directed to Graphic Design/Digital Design students, but faculty members and students from other programs are welcome.

Weekly Meetings

Math LIVE!
Held Mondays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
Each webinar is a 60-minute informal study session with a full-time math faculty member in which you can ask math questions, enrich your grasp on the class material, and gain useful assignment guidance. By attending a Math LIVE! event, you may also be eligible to receive bonus points in your math course.

The Mad Professor's Drawing Room - Live Online with Nina Stanley
Held Sundays at 3pm ET, Wednesdays at 5pm ET and Fridays at 12pm ET
Login to your computer, put on your headset and take part in an open studio with faculty member Nina Stanley! Spend the first 20 minutes drawing short gestures, then work on a “long pose” for another 45 minutes or so. Come for the whole time or just for a little bit – the choice is yours!

International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Held weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm ET
Learn more here about IGDA meetings and why all students interested in game design are encouraged to join!

Remember, you can register for all of these events and find pre-recorded events on the Events page in the Campus Common!

To request disability related accommodations for a virtual event please contact the event organizer in advance at jminnaugh@aii.edu.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division Featured in Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities

written by Georgia Schumacher 3 March 2015

MAE logoThe Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is pleased to announce that we have been named a Top School in the Military Advanced Education’s (MAE) 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities for best practices in military and veteran education.

The MAE Guide, developed based on a questionnaire regarding military-friendly policies, is intended to inform students about schools that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services.

The 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities is available to search online at www.kmimediagroup.com.

As part of The Art Institutes system of schools, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division provides a broad array of programs in the areas of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts for active duty service members, reservists, veterans, military spouses, and families. Our online programs provide additional flexibility for military personnel who may be sent overseas during their study.

“The Art Institute of Pittsburgh–Online Division proudly offers educational opportunities for military members and veterans who have honorably served and their families,” said Kristen Woods, Regional Vice President at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. “We have a proud tradition and strong record of serving our nation’s veterans and their families and share a deep gratitude to the men and women who keep America safe. We are honored to be recognized for our military efforts among other premiere institutions of higher learning.”

In late 2014, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division also received the honor of being named a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® magazines.

To learn more about how we support the educational needs of military and veteran students, please visit http://new.artinstitutes.edu/admissions/details/militaryveterans.