Nolan launches YouTube series
Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 20:08
A new YouTube series called “From My Notepads,” created by President Brian Noland, is designed to inform students, faculty and staff and the community of some of the inner workings at East Tennessee State University.
Noland said that in “some [videos] I will sit from my desk and talk and in others I will walk the campus. What I want to be able to do is to spotlight the people who make the university run. The people who do everything from making sure that we have the most beautiful campus in the state to folks who have spent their careers working in student services to faculty members. I want to use them to spotlight the people and to spotlight some of things that are happening across campus.”
While Noland said that his next video would focus, to some degree, on the various construction projects around campus, he did address the parking garage, which has been delayed due to weather. “It started raining sometime in May and just hasn’t stopped.”
Noland said that in the first video that there would be a temporary hiring freeze in many parts of the university due to an enrollment dip, but many future projects still have a green light.
Budget constraints have delayed new vehicle purchases, but the still-in-development arts center is underway. In fact, ETSU has just surpassed the $5 million funding milestone for the project.
While the themes and messages will change with each video, the idea behind the series itself is one of transparency.
Some information found in the videos is usually restricted to internal memos, but Noland said, “The goal that we are shooting for is to be open, inclusive and transparent. The decisions we make as a university community impact everyone from students to faculty and staff so the more information we can put in the hands of individuals, the better.”
Noland’s hope is that this video series will give him an opportunity to engage members of the ETSU community both one-on-one and en masse.
Campus and community members who have wondered why a particular decision was made or who are curious as to what to expect as the university moves forward with projects across all areas of campus should check out the YouTube channel “EastTenneseeState.”
New videos will be released once every two weeks.