Photographed by South Dakota Tourism
Hello South Dakota interns,
One of the best summer holidays is tomorrow…Independence Day! Most of us know the history of how the United States gained its independence, but do you as a South Dakotan know how our state gained independence?
Dakota Territory was established in 1861, and settlement grew rapidly with people from eastern United States as well as people from western and northern Europeans.Gold was found in the black hills area during a military expedition led by George A. Custer in 1874, and miners and explorers began illegally entering the western half of South Dakota.
With the growing population in the Dakota Territory, President Benjamin Harrison signed the paperwork to formally admit both South Dakota and North Dakota into the union on Nov. 2, 1889 (he shuffled the papers, so no one knows which state is 39th and which state is 40th) with Arthur C. Mellette being the last governor of the Dakota Territory and the first governor of South Dakota.
Next year (2014) on Nov. 2 will be South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of its state independence. The governor will pick the 125th Birthday logo, and he will create a 125th Birthday Commission to create ideas and suggestions to promote the history of South Dakota and celebrate its independence.
So, South Dakota interns, wherever you may travel in the world, if people ask you about South Dakota’s government, you can share some history about how South Dakota gained its independence, and you can share how you’re proud to serve the people of South Dakota.
Thank you for reading and Happy 4th of July!
Hello South Dakota interns,
When I worked at the career services during college, I assisted more than 100 students with their résumés. The majority of the students made similar mistakes. I created this résumé infographic which includes the most important tips and guidelines for a good résumé (please always stick to a one page résumé). When you’re looking to move to a full-time position, you can now improve your résumé for job interviews.
Note: All of these tips are based on my experiences with working with students at the Career Services Center at St. Cloud State University. Every job area looks for different skills, experiences and education background on a résumé, and you should consider consulting with a professional in your career field for how to best format your résumé. You should also consider having a couple people in your college career services look over your résumé as well.
Thank you for reading!
Click here for a bigger view: ResumeInfographic
Do you know what day is coming up this week? The summer solstice! (Summer is my favorite season in South Dakota.) I met a couple of interns at the Governor’s picnic that asked me what kind of things there is to do in Pierre during the summer. I started thinking about the summer activities that South Dakota has to offer for those interns who are new to South Dakota and to South Dakotan interns who wonder what is out there for them to do. I wrote up a list of 10 fun activities to do in South Dakota during the summer.
First, a few quick facts about the summer solstice:
• The solstice is when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator, and it signifies the longest day of the year.
• Why isn’t the summer solstice the hottest day of the year? Earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans absorb part of the incoming energy from the sun and store it then release it back as heat at various rates. Water is slower to heat (or cool) than air or land. At the time of the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives the most energy (highest intensity) from the sun due to the angle of sunlight and day length; however, the land and oceans are still relatively cool, due to spring’s temperatures, so the maximum heating effect on air temperature is not felt just yet. Eventually, the land as well as oceans will release stored heat from the summer solstice back into the atmosphere; this usually results in the year’s hottest temperatures appearing in late July, August, or later, depending on latitude and other factors. This effect is called seasonal temperature lag.
• Solstice comes from Latin roots: (sol) meaning sun and (stitium) meaning stop because the sun seems to stop at this time.
• This year the solstice happens on June 20 at 11:04 p.m. for Mountain Time Zone and on June 21 at 12:04 a.m. for Central Time Zone.
• In temperate regions, the sun is higher in the sky throughout the day with its rays striking Earth at a more direct angle during the solstice.
• The Southern Hemisphere’s winter solstice happens during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer solstice.
Now, my list of 10 fun activities to do in South Dakota during the summer with URL links:
1. Have some fun camping and fishing at one of the state parks in South Dakota: http://gfp.sd.gov
2. Attend Oahe Days in Pierre on June 21-23: http://www.oahedays.com
3. Walk through Storybook Land in Aberdeen: http://www.visitaberdeensd.com
4. See the historic Mount Rushmore: http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm
5. Go swimming in Wild Water West in Sioux Falls: http://www.wildwaterwest.com
6. Visit the historic Deadwood: http://www.deadwood.com
7. Tour through Cosmo’s Mystery Area in Rapid City: http://www.cosmosmysteryarea.com
8. Watch a hydroplane racing event in Chamberlain/Oacoma: http://www.rivercityracin.org
9. Drive your car through Bear Country in Rapid City: http://www.bearcountryusa.com
10. Experience the scenery in Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City: http://www.prairieberry.com
Explore the unexpected, South Dakota interns, with South Dakota summer activities!
Thank you for reading!
Mount Rushmore in 2007.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Photoshop Class Experience
Today I went to a Photoshop CS5 Level 1 Class. I wanted to learn more about how to alter images to make marketing materials throughout my internship look more interesting and captivating. I have had some Photoshop experience in the past, but the program has always looked intimidating to me because the list goes on and on about all of the capabilities it can do; I have always wanted to learn the fundamentals of Photoshop from a person.
The instructor was friendly, and she explained a little about copyright requirements, graphic types, working with layers, enhancing images, and saving images for web and print.
Some Photoshop tips:
1) Using copyright images from the internet is illegal—always ask the photographer/illustrator for permission. It’s better to use your own photos, buy stock photos, or adobe’s free photos.
2) CYMK colors are for printing purposes and RGB colors are for web purposes.
3) Working with individual layers allows you to select and manipulate images/text more easily
4) Tv.adobe.com is a great resource for Photoshop tutorials.
5) The more key shortcuts you learn, the better. I learned Ctrl + D is for deselecting an image and Ctrl + T is for transforming an image.
I am thankful the Bureau of Human Resources gave me the opportunity to attend the Photoshop class, and with my internship I will have the opportunity to practice the skills I learned from the class.
Thank you for reading! =)