University of Advancing Technology is an elite, private college that serves its student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the young technophiles of the world. With three centers of research and a suite of technology-centered undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University is a recognized leader in technology education.
One of our favorite traditions at University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is kicking off each semester with the Provost Challenge. The Provost Challenge, hosted by UAT's Provost Dr. Dave Bolman, is a unique opportunity for new students to dive right into creating, building and innovating the day they step on campus. During CONNECT (UAT's new student orientation), students are separated into groups, allowing them to get to know one another as they familiarize themselves with campus. In just two weeks, the teams conceptualize, design and build out an entire project. Each semester students are given a few elements to incorporate into their builds—this is mostly for fun because who doesn't love a theme? This year's elements included Warhammer 40k, Artemis and memes.
Per usual, we were blown away by what these students were able to accomplish during the first 14 days of their college careers. Let that sink in—the very first two weeks of college and they are already building out projects to completion! Impressive to say the least.
Not only does this challenge set the tone for their hands-on technology journeys, it starts building their presentation skills as well. As you can imagine, presenting in front of a packed theater is a bit nerve-wracking, but this bunch did it excellently.
Team Link: Project Artemis. Project Artemis is a 3D rendered cyber game built in Unreal that embeds teaching skills that minimize being hacked. With great assets, you play inside a colorful computer, dodging dangerous emails and unwanted pop ups that attack.
Team Princess Peach: Me&meme. Me&meme is a dating simulation game with a choose-your-adventure style design. This well-thought-out script gave the audience a laugh.
Team Bayonetta: Artemis Defense. They were not only able to complete this build, it is also currently downloadable for Android. With a Galaga style design and cute animals in space suits, Artemis Defense presents a fun experience.
Team Isabelle: Project Pepe. Team Isabelle built a golden 3D frog in Warhammer style, that is both a puzzle and a safe for hidden thumb drives. A bonus is that it will also serves as a collectable/customizable figurine once they have a final 3D print prototype.
Team Marina: Project Katalyst. Another Galaga style space shooter game whose story involved tamagotchi style robot cats going to the moon. Team Marina designed very polished graphics and opened with a vibrant screen, matching their colorful pitch.
Team Pepper: Minutes 2 Midnight. Minutes 2 Midnight is a simple game level that was built in Unreal. Acknowledging that their skills are still very new, this team went far with what they had. They are a great reminder that you don't have to have it all figured out on day one. Developing your skills at UAT is all part of the journey.
Team Kirby: God's Hunt. Unlike the other teams, Team Kirby created a physical board game that will eventually use cards and playing pieces, incorporating Greek, Aztec, Norse, and Chinese mythos. Along with those assets, the playing cards will cleverly use memes to affect game play.
Team QBBY: Meme Clock. This is a working website that generates a random meme from a database every minutes with a clock. The team was able to build a prototype desktop widget displaying the clock and memes.
Team Yoshi: Max Meme Dispenser. Max Meme Dispenser is a Discord bot created in Dyno bot that generated memes in response to text. Team Yoshi really had the audience laughing with their very specific UAT memes created for the challenge.
🏆 Team Link with Project Artemis came out on top as the Fall 2022 Provost Challenge winners. 🏆
Team Programmer, Nicholas Bonofiglio (Game Design and Game Programming), shares his experience, "The Provost Challenge was an incredible and stressful introduction to the first two weeks of school. Being assigned a team and given parameters to create something based on a theme and then present it to our peers sparked creativity and innovation that I had not seen thus far. This allowed us to really show off our creative sides while dealing with integrating as a team to make something cohesive."
He continues, "Our team faced many challenges along the way that highlighted our strengths and weaknesses; this gave good insight into where we would have to focus our attention to become experts in our craft. Serving as the Lead Programmer, I experienced the effects of a fast-moving clock like I had not experienced in some time. I sort of took over [as the lead] and was able to use some of my experience leading people to help centralize our focus on achieving our objective, and I'm very proud of the team and what they have accomplished."
"We are actually continuing to work on this project and make it something great for kids to become more aware of their actions and presence in the digital world we live in today. This challenge has formed many great friendships and promoted teamwork in the best way possible, and I look forward to the many challenges that await us in the future."
Congratulations to Team Link and all the students who participated! Welcome to UAT!
UAT offers a unique learning environment centered around advancing technology and taking technology education and innovation to the next level with Synchronic™ Learning. Only at UAT will you find such an extraordinary focus on advancing technology curriculum with the resources to empower student innovation centered on advancing technology degrees. The mentor relationships between our students and faculty prepares the students for a successful college career and to overcome challenges after graduation.
It feels like since 2016 gamers have been waiting ever so patiently for the sequel to Slime Rancher. Now, in 2022 we have finally got the new release! The game has a ton of new things to offer such as; new areas to unlock, a whole new farming system, new slimes, and so much more! One of the things that personally has me locked in is the improved art style. While yes, I love the new additions to the game, I am an artist at heart and I would just like to highlight some of the cool features that I personally like a lot in the game.
First, I would like to go a little bit into the first game and its art.
This is art taken from the first game. As you can see the colors remain all flat with the only major texturing being in the environment. In the first game the art was still pretty, but it held a very 2-dimensional feel to it with not a whole lot of detail.
This is art taken from the second game! As we can see there has been a ton of improvement within texturing and detail. The colors all flow very smoothly together, and everything looks a little more 3-deminsonal. I personally love what they did style wise with the game with keeping it like the first game but improving on the art and style so much. My favorite is the environment art in this game and the overall color scheme is truly breathtaking.
Overall, in my opinion this game was well worth the wait! I enjoy everything about it and I am so excited to continue to progress into the game and see more of the beautiful scenery they have added.
This cute dungeon crawler-esque game is absolutely amazing and has made its way into my top 10 favorite games to play- and here is why!
Not only in the art style really cute and wholesome, but it gives me Studio Ghibli vibes in a way that almost makes me nostalgic, from a large witch that has completely taken over one of the realms who looks like Baba Yaga (Yubaba), to the small forest sprites that follow you around that look like they came from Princess Mononoke, this game has a lot of fun content that can keep you busy for hours!
Each new character you meet, good and bad, has their own lore to them- making them very complex characters and even making you feel bad for them at some points instead of resentment/hate, which is very nice for a video game since a lot of storytelling doesn't seem to go that far in depth about the villain's or side characters. There are even references to things like H.P. Lovecraft with the fisherman you meet in one of your realms actually being controlled by an octopus! (There is a super cute quest to do for the octopus as you move along in the game!)
There is a lot of land to cover, and you can always find new enemies to kill so you can upgrade your powers, weapons, "armor" with the souls you collect from them! The enemies respawn every time you leave an area, so there is always something to do.
I had found that it is easy to rage-quit on this game though, especially during the final boss fight. When you sie, you respawn at the beginning of the big fights of the realm you are in. If you are seconds away from killing that boss but you die- you are brought back to the beginning to fight a full HP boss again. But its hard to stay away from this game!
And not to mention the story is amazing! Even though it might not be for everyone- the story is very cute and even had me tearing up in some areas, there was slight comedy throughout the dialog which added for a night break of tension, and on top of everything else- the CHARACTER ART FOR THE RAVEN THAT YOU PLAY AS. amazing, so cute and simple, and the weapon choices is very fun and diverse.
All around this game is definitely one for the books and something you should definitely play!
Digital Art is something that I have only recently picked up on since my stay here at UAT- I have only ever had the funds to sketch out on a piece of paper instead of being able to afford a drawing tablet, iPad, laptop, etc... I still cant afford it and use the commons computers that have large Wacom Tablets attached to them to get my work done- but I can say that since I have attended UAT, its been very easy for me to pick up on digital art and get on the right track. With almost 2 years under my belt now, I can confidently say that I know the basics and can make some really beautiful art- but I am still learning and I always will be!
With Traditional Art, I have been working with that since I was very little. My mother is an artist and she started teaching me very young how to properly shade in shapes, how to have fun with coloring, and soon got my into painting with acrylic on canvas. One time I painted over her painting she was in the middle of working on, and she still has it to this day! When I was 12-13 I started painting more and experimenting on different objects instead of just canvas, I made a few paintings on old vinyl records, and decided to try out water color! I had sold my first painting around this age with a Cheshire Cat inspired acrylic painting.
Since I have had the luxury of learning Digital Art, I have found that I very rarely use my sketchpads or paint anymore, I don't ever find myself at local thrift shops looking for something fun to paint on or buying photo frames to paint on the glass. I do get random bursts of inspiration when I am watching TikTok and seeing something new and fun to do which is very nice, but I use a lot of my time either playing/studying videogames, or creating my digital art for my classes/ portfolio!
I will say in terms of V.S. I cant find a favorite. I will always have traditional art in my heart, even though I don't get to partake in it as often as I would like. but Digital is also more convenient and very helpful! All of the tools that are within the program you are using is very nice and can even help with shaky hands. Its convenient if you own an iPad, you can draw anywhere you go with all of the colors in the world without having to carry 10 different things in your bag. But there is something about Traditional Art that has a certain aesthetic to it that can never make it go away, or fade out, or simply be not cool.
Today — September 23rd, 2022 — University of Advancing Technology (UAT) enters its 40th year of providing leading-edge technology education to students and professionals who have an insatiable desire to innovate. To celebrate this tremendous occasion, we will countdown to the University's (UAT) 40th anniversary by featuring highlights of the most memorable milestones of the past four decades. From community impact and industry achievement to its superior alumni and student projects, join us as we reflect on all that has paved our way to the present and offered insight into the exciting future to come. We'll kick it off with a brief introduction of UAT.
UAT was founded in 1983 by Dominic Pistillo and his wife, Ann. It wasn't an official university at the time, however, it began as The CAD Institute. CAD, which stands for Computer-Aided Design, is the use of computers to aid in the development of working and practical designs. Dominic recognized the gap of technology talent within the industry and developed an institution to fill it. The CAD Institute was designed to teach working professionals how to not only use the current CAD and engineering technology that was available to them at the time, but also how to create, innovate and adapt along with technology.
It took only four years for the CAD Institute to become accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACECT). In 1996, the CAD Institute became an official university. During that time, the CAD Institute expanded their focus to accommodate changing and advancing technologies. Because of this shift, the institution was renamed University of Advancing Computer Technology; a name meant to encompass the university's devotion to ever-changing and advancing technology.
The final name change the university made was in 2002 when it became University of Advancing Technology. This name change reflected how computers and technology evolved to a point where having “computer” in the name became limiting as technology advanced into a broader scope.
UAT Provost, Dr. Dave Bolman has been with the University for 30 years and has been an integral part of the university's curriculum development and evolution. He proudly represents one of the most unique 100% STEM Universities in the nation, saying that, "As the technology shifted, we moved with it."
UAT Provost, Dr. Dave Bolman presenting to new students at The Fall 2022 Provost Challenge.
"We've become a model for the conversation that other schools really haven't been able to keep up with. Fundamentally, we do this better than anybody," he shared.
Whether releasing a handful of cool new courses each semester or unveiling new innovative degree programs every few years to keep up with the latest industry innovations, UAT is at the forefront of advancing technology. UAT's ability to be so nimble is due to the fact that the university is private and small. Its tech-infused campus is intentionally designed to promote engagement and diversity of thought.
UAT's Synchronic Learning model features an open, project-based curriculum to encourage collaboration and innovation. Students can take classes on campus, asynchronously (live) or flexibly online. They can also select courses outside of their major which allows them to be frequently exposed to cross-discipline areas. This enables students to gain a more well-rounded education that enhances their job readiness.
"Nowhere else are you going to spend 24/7 immersed in technology with your peers building it. That's what you do the entire time you're here," says Dr. Bolman.
Christelle Cyprien, 2022 UAT graduate says that, "One of my favorite things about earning my degree at UAT was that I was able to create projects with the skills needed for my major and learn skills that weren't necessarily tied to it. The main focus was virtual reality (VR) with an emphasis on video games but I also gained experience in UI & UX for mobile apps, augmented reality (AR), board games, business management and graphic design."
UAT student and now alum, Christelle Cyprien at the Summer 2022 Student Innovation Project Showcase.
Since its start, students have chosen UAT because they're excited to learn, create and become equipped with the tools to do so to the best of their ability. They journey toward tech respect with understanding that in order to graduate, they must develop a truly innovative idea that they could take directly to the market, and even patent. Through their Student Innovation Project (SIP)— similar to a state school's version of a Master's thesis — combined with Portfolio and Boards that are a culmination of their unique work, graduates begin their career prepared with the experience most people don’t get until after graduation.
UAT President, Jason Pistillo who has also been with the university for 27 years, describes the UAT experience as “...you’re going to go nights without sleep because you’re so excited to build something to launch into the app store by Sunday morning.”
His passion for technology as a self-proclaimed "techie" and his prior experience as a Network Engineer make him a relatable figure to students at UAT. He describes his experience here as being surrounded by people like him — a place where fellow technologists, geeks, artists and mavens can come together to find their affinity. UAT prides itself on fostering a sense of community within its engaging environment.
“Each day as I walk through the doors of UAT, I feel the energy of our community of bright, driven students and our dedicated faculty and staff. I am continually renewed by the distinct feeling of connection on campus," says President Pistillo.
UAT students from different majors working together in one of several challenges for the Fall 2022 CONNECT event.
The University of Advancing Technology has a long history of preparing students for technological careers and has evolved to accommodate the constant advancement of technology. UAT is passionate about giving students unique opportunities that prepare them for their innovative future beyond their time at the university.
UAT is proud to celebrate our 39th year of operation and look forward to our 40th! We are counting down the weeks until then with blog posts, so join us here every week for new posts. Thank you for allowing us to provide 39 years of higher education, and here’s to many more!
For the past 38 years, U.S. News and World Report has been collecting data on universities to make it easier for people to choose their future schools. For 2022-2023, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) was ranked #32 out of 102 universities for Best Regional Colleges West. The University (UAT) ranking at #32 for Best Regional Colleges West is an accolade that represents prestigious academic preparation and performance. UAT also ranked #7 out of 46 universities for Social Mobility for Regional Colleges West. This means that UAT is dedicated to delivering higher education to a broad spectrum of economic classes.
U.S. News and World Report conducts its ratings by using an analysis of a wide variety of academic data from surveys and reliable third parties. Nonacademic aspects of the universities are not charted. Non-scientific polls are also excluded from their calculations. This is in order to present the most accurate information regarding your future academics. They calculate the nation’s universities into ten categories. They measure based on seventeen different aspects of academic quality and take the weighted sum to devise the rankings. You can learn more about U.S. News and World Report's ranking methodology here.
Social Mobility describes a university’s ability to cater to economically disadvantaged students and the amount of those students who make it to graduation. Being economically disadvantaged just means that your family household income is below the national average (the majority of grants are awarded to households with incomes under $50,000). Colleges use your or your family’s income to measure the amount of financial aid they deliver to students.
Some universities are better at this than others, graduating a large portion of disadvantaged students who receive Pell Grants into lucrative careers and ranking them higher in social mobility. U.S. News calculates the amount of Pell Grant graduates combined with Pell Grant graduate performances in order to get their overall ranking.
UAT ranking at #7 out of 46 colleges for Regional Colleges West means UAT is on the higher end of the spectrum of socially mobile schools.
Social Mobility is essential because it provides opportunities for disadvantaged students in order to launch them into the best career and brightest future possible. It’s more important than ever following the COVID-19 pandemic, which left several families economically disadvantaged.
Economic disadvantages are, more often than not, at no fault to the working family. They are caused by a number of other factors, some of which have long preceded COVID-19. It has been a pervasive issue since the inception of universities and America as a whole. These factors include race, location, waning unions, technological advancements that dissolve human occupations, globalization, and plateaued minimum wages that vary across the country.
At UAT, over 70% of students apply for and receive loans and grants. Without these loans and grants, students would be much less likely to graduate. According to U.S. News, graduating from a four-year University (or within 2.8 years for full-time UAT students) with a bachelor's degree exponentially increases the chances of finding a lucrative career to take you through your student loans and beyond.
Social Mobility measures how grants are used and executed in order to get a measurement of the success of students who receive grants, rather than a measurement of the number of grants issued. This way, students can accurately decipher which universities are worth attending depending on their financial situation.
You don’t want to go into debt for school just to graduate unadjusted and disadvantaged. This measurement of UAT's social mobility means that not only are economically disadvantaged students making it to graduation, but they are succeeding and performing in a way that promises a bright future outside of the university.
University of Advancing Technology works hard to provide opportunities to disadvantaged students that will prepare them for a career in various emerging and advancing technology fields. According to College Factual, UAT's graduating bachelor’s degree earning students make on average 17% more in starting salary compared to other universities. This means that UAT makes providing for its students a top priority. College is to prepare you for life, and that can’t happen if equal opportunities are not presented to students. UAT provides those opportunities in order to conceive the best futures for our graduates.
If you want to read more about the U.S. News rankings for The University of Advancing Technology, you can find more information here: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-advancing-technology-25590.
If you have questions and want to learn more about whether UAT is right for you, connect with an Admissions Advisor today.
On September 2nd, after two days full of connection-building activities for the new students of University of Advancing Technology (UAT), many embarked on their journey into the challenging world of network security. That evening, several seasoned students hosted a Capture The Flag event for incoming students in the University's (UAT) Security Operations Center (SOC). Network and System Administrator and Cyber Security Program Support Specialist, Jeremy Bunce moderated the event for all participants.
"As a way to help build the cyber community here at UAT, the current students wanted to run an event for the new incoming students joining UAT this Fall semester," says Bunce.
Jeremy Bunce is also an alumnus who graduated from UAT in 2019 with his Bachelor of Sciences in Network Security and Technology Forensics. As a prior Student Ambassador and actively involved student, Bunce understands what it's like for those new to the university.
"It was awesome to see the more senior students wanting to reach out and welcome the new students," says Bunce.
A similar concept to the game you may have played as a kid in gym class or your friend's birthday party, Capture the Flag is also a well-known cyber security event where two teams battle to demonstrate their skills attacking and defending computer resources.
"The challenge consists of finding a hidden string in text called a flag. The challenges range from finding a file inside a word document to decoding a message to get the flag," Bunce explains.
University of Advancing Technology has hosted many Capture The Flag events previously for students and the community, like CodeDay and more. Therefore, it's in full UAT fashion to introduce competitive challenges like this to help new students establish those critical early connections. It also exposes them to UAT's methodology of utilizing each other's strengths and technological skills to solve complex problems and work together to build something innovative.
Like the playing of Capture The Flag, the event planning aspect was collaborative as well. "This specific event was designed last semester in the cyber security competition course we offer, with a mix of challenges that came from the students and myself."
Bunce shared that "the event went great with many talented freshman completing challenges."
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The 1980s is a new Humanities Course here at UAT! Professor Belanger is the one teaching the course, and its so much fun. With it being a brand new course, they are testing the waters with different things like assignments, tests, etc... but so far it has been very eye opening for a lot of the things that have happened in the 1980s that you don't learn in a regular history class! Even though this isn't a history class, I am learning a lot of cool stuff! And if you were born and lived through the 80s, then its a good sense of nostalgia to relive your past through class.
This upcoming week, we will be watching After School Specials to learn what it was like to watch one! We will be dissecting it and learning the importance of After School Specials to Children/ Teens of the 80s.
Something really fun is that we have 2 specials DJs a week who chose 1 song to bring to class that was made in the 80s, for us to discuss the music video, the importance of certain bands, singers, etc... and how it impacted that generation.
We also spoke about movies that were made in the 80s and the different trends of genre that were happening throughout the decade, and we watched "The Day After" which was a movie about nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia. This movie was so impactful and is becoming a reality once again to us in the 2020s.
If you have the opportunity to take this class, then I highly Recommend it! It is fun, the assignments are even exciting, and you get to live through the 80s!
Today I will be talking about 3DS Max versus Maya- both are 3D Modeling programs that have a lot to do with art or digital video.
Coming from an Artist, I personally like to use 3DS Max over Maya, and this may be an unpopular opinion, but I learned the best with this program compared to the other- and here are a few of the reasons why!
At UAT you will be learning how to use both programs since they are vastly different and have a few different tools. For example, you might like using Maya more when it comes to animations due to the flexibility of the cameras and how easy it is to do the task, while 3DS Max may better be used for the actual modeling of a product/ asset instead. Personally I learned a lot quicker using 3DS Max, and I'm not entirely sure why- I have found that you can do more complex modeling with Max instead of Maya, which has lead to my more complex designs that I have made. For the first class here you will be taught how to use both, 10 weeks towards 3DS Max and 5 week towards Maya, but past that I have found that you can use either program, as long as you get the work done.
I often times catch myself having more of a struggle with Maya, and it could be due to the amount of class time spend learning Max compared to Maya, or the fact that my brain may just organize things a little differently and the lay out for 3DS Max is better for me.
Both have very good use though, and do exactly what they need to do! If you like to use Maya more, Why could be the reason? Do you prefer the layout? the way the scene glides when you are shifting through? The tools? Or if you prefer Max, what could be the reason? All answers are good answers, and are valid. Just because I prefer one over the other does not mean that they aren't both amazing programs.
Horizon: Forbidden West was released at the beginning of this year in 2022, and it has blown me away with the story, Aloys Arc, and the amazing Gameplay/Graphics! I consider this to be a major step-up from the original game- especially since the first game made me so angry that I joined the Gaming Industry because of it. What was done with the Second Game made me so happy, nostalgic, and feel love for the old characters.
On top of that, the Artwork is beautiful! The environment, Assets, Character models, Photo Mode, everything about this game is so aesthetically please and nice to look at, the first game was also stunning- but they stepped it up hardcore for this second game.
The mechanics are smooth, and her hair is not as glitchy as before- the outfits are all so amazing, the Makeup Options are really fun to play around with, and the gameplay with fighting new robots variations and seeing new environments as you travel through a larger map.
The environment is so beautiful and filled with Ruins and Tombs that you can explore and get gear to upgrade your weapons with, I hope that some day I can work on one of the Horizon games, or something similar to it as an Artist!
There was a trailer released for a new Horizon game for VR where you follow a new set of characters, your goal is to climb to the top of a mountain while viewing everything in the Universe of Horizon from your own POV! I am heavily excited for this game and its even made me consider buying a PSVR set so I can play when it comes out!
If you haven't heard of Disney's brand new game: Dreamlight Valley...then where have you been?
This game is unique in the sense that they did everything right!...or so we thought...
This game takes mechanics from Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing, but replaces town characters/villagers with your favorite Disney Characters! This game has made my heart swoon the second I saw the trailer, and my childhood self is screaming with joy whenever I turn it on. But what about it is so good?
The developers of this game have seem to have taken core mechanics inspired by Animal Crossing and Stardew valley- but made it better! It could be a variety of things that got them to the final rendition of the game, from either playing the two games and realizing what they didn't like that needed to be fixed, or listening to fans of those games and creating their own solution for their own game. There are so many possibilities as to how it could have happened: but they did it right.
Dreamlight Valley is so addicting, its hard to put the controller down. Either you're playing on Xbox or you're playing on PC, its a fun experience either way! But I do have some bones to pick with the game, its not entirely perfect.
My main issues with the game lay within all of the bugs and glitches. I play on Xbox and I have never experienced so many crashes, glitches, bugs, and plain out proof-reading before. My first problem is the fact that if I play the game for more than 3 hours at a time, the game crashes a total of 3 times by the end of my session. Its normal if a game crashes, its inevitable- I would be surprised if a game has never crashed at least once. but 3 times in just over 3 hours? I do feel like that is something that could be prevented. Maybe its my own system? but I have seen lots of people having the same issues as me.
The second problem is the Pixar Event that is currently running. I had synced my village yet every time I turn on the game, it resets my event and I cant use my Moon Stones to purchase any items! I was very excited to see what was on the 2nd tier, but before I could buy what I wanted- it blocked me from doing so! I can still collect Moon Stones and the Pixar Balls, but there is no point! I tried looking up a solution and the main solution so far would be to completely restart my village...I have put so much time into this game already and I really just want that Incredibles Suit...I'm just hoping its an opportunity in the future!
Lastly, I feel as if there was no playtesting for this game before they released it Free-To-Play on Game Pass, The further along I play on the game = more glitches that cause the game to freak out and I have to restart it or it crashes. I could just be standing there Idle and I will come back to my Xbox Home Page instead of a game. There is also things that don't make sense within the game, like the characters talking about morning when its 10pm, or the fact that when you select an option during conversations, the characters have a set line that doesn't follow what you selected- so why is it an option?
Overall this game is super fun to play and despite the crashes, glitches, etc... I have been having the time of my life playing. I highly recommend playing this game, its currently free on the Xbox Game Pass which is also free on PC. I highly recommend taking the time to enjoy Mickey whistling Steam Boat Willie, or advancing to a point where you can see Donald Duck fall on his face and get super angry every 30 seconds. Its very nice to be able to interact with my favorite Disney Characters such as Ariel or Moana, it is like a dream come true!
Nintendo just hosted their new Nintendo Direct in September 2022: And one of their newest games was announced! Breath of the Wild was an amazing Legend of Zelda game released on the Nintendo Switch in 2017, and fans have been speculating when a new release would be coming out for a second game, or maybe a DLC. Well this past weekend, it was announced that a second game would be coming for the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game!
This new game will be called Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, using that same unique art style from the previous game, you will have more of a chance to explore Hyrule and discover more of its secrets! Not much has been revealed about the game, but it looks like you will be able to climb and explore areas in the sky- floating islands that you weren't able to explore before!
Personally, I am a very big fan of The Legend of Zelda games, and Even though I have played Breath of the wild so many times already, the announcement for the new game has made me very excited and I might replay it again! I had bought my switch right before COVID-19 in 2020 and this game had cured a lot of the boredom I had while waiting in quarantine during the lockdown. It made me fall in love with so many characters for the hundredth time all over again, and all the small Easter eggs that laid around Hyrule from previous games made me very nostalgic.
If you are wondering where you can watch the new trailer: It is on YouTube and free to view! all my artists out there will also understand my excitement when I say that the game also looks better than the previous one! They had improved the art style and made it friendlier to the ever-advancing world of gaming.
Exciting news from Gearbox! There is a new Tales from the Borderlands game coming out soon! And by soon I mean it will be released on October 21st of this year! One thing to note is that it will follow a whole new set of characters. The best thing being instead of two playable characters there are THREE! Anuradha Dahr, a techie. Octavio Wallace Dahr, a person who has the contacts. And last but not least Fran Miscowicz who owns the best-frozen yogurt in town. And if that name sounds familiar to you is because it is! Fran was mentioned in Borderlands 3 when Katagawa Jr. blew up Rhy's favorite yogurt stand. A little after that is where the plot starts. This wacky group will be facing Tediore, a gun company (and let's be honest not the best gun manufacturer out there) trying to take over Promethea to get a vault. While it is kind of disappointing not to have the second season of Tales from the Borderlands follow Rhys and Fiona after they opened the vault and got transported it is still nice that Gearbox did more with the Tales from the Borderlands franchise. And I'm very excited to see where it will take us and the new characters we will meet!
Our Summer 2022 Student Innovation Project (SIP) Showcase was nothing short of amazing! On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) students gathered in the UAT Theater to present their innovations to faculty, staff, peers and the community.
Art Direction Professor, Dapzury Valenzuela, hosted the event and was excited to watch students she's seen grow present all their hard work. "Our Summer 2022 SIP Showcase included projects such as, a faith-based interactive mobile app, an automated smart visor, a cryptocurrency app that uses social media data, a Discord bot for job hunting, a GUI for creating neural networks, an interactive web tool for learning about typography, a game mechanic based on color theory, a dream journal mobile app, and a weapon tracking software, just to name a few. As the Lead SIP Instructor, I have the pleasure of working alongside UAT students as they transition into future technologists. This is a group effort that is only possible due to the support of our full-time faculty who helped guide each project." Professor Valenzuela adds, "This arduous process takes months to complete, but what students learn will last them a lifetime."
Preserved Christelle Cyprien
Project Description: This project aims to create an interconnected and interactive mobile application that provides users with an account on most Biblical characters. This includes family trees, maps of character journeys, as well as a timeline of Biblical events.
Degree Major: Virtual Reality
SIP URL: https://thechreative.com/
Smart Visor by Michael Brewer
Project Description: The Smart Visor is an automated sun visor for the vehicle. It uses a compass, clock and photosensor to lower the visor when the sun is beaming in your eyes.
Degree Major: Robotics and Embedded Systems
Qrypt by Matthew Evans
Project Description: A crypto currency app built using social media to help you make a decision when using cryptocurrencies.
Degree Major: Artificial Intelligence
SNIP THAT by Isis Boone
Project Description: The SNIP THAT is an accessibility application that allows the user to capture a section of their screen and read aloud, enlarge, or copy it to the clipboard.
Degree Major: Artificial Intelligence & Advancing Computer Science
FitUnison by Frances Caldwell & Mya Escribens Caldwell
Project Description: FitUnison is a mobile application that uses object recognition to ensure that users are on track with their fitness goals and allows users to work out with ease. It includes features like no other fitness app and is a great alternative for people who are too shy to go to the gym or can’t afford to go to a gym. It encourages people to stay active indoors in a fun and immersive way.
Degree Major: Frances Caldwell, Artificial Intelligence & Mya Caldwell Escribens, Advancing Computer
Job Opportunities Bot (J.O.B.) by Brendan Carlson and Emilio Cress
Project Description: The Job Opportunities Bot (J.O.B) is a program integrated into the popular application Discord that allows users to search for compatible jobs to fit their individual needs.
Degree Major: Brendan Carlson, Artificial Intelligence & Advancing Computer Science & Emilio Cress,
Metacognition Artificial Intelligence Kody Mitchell
Project Description: This project focuses on creating a friendly and easy-to-use graphical user interface for those people (including researchers) who are starting to learn how to create neural networks. It will both introduce them to the field of artificial intelligence and intelligently help them in creating the neural network that they need for their project or company. It will enable users to learn how to easily and quickly construct artificial intelligence.
Degree Major: Advancing Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Network Security
Seeker by Dillan Bullock
Project Description: This project is innovative because Seeker is an application that helps users locate fun destinations based on location, reviews, and data collection.
Degree Major: Business Technology
You Can Type It by Kristen Kolessar
Project Description: You Can Type It is and interactive website with a hover feature that can help distinguish the differences between sans serif and serif fonts
SIP URL: https://www.youcantypeit.com/
Palette, the Design Pal by Hagen Cates
Project Description: Palette is an application to help clients narrow down what they want from their logo through innovative questions.
Degree Major: Advertising Art
Impact of Time by Jozlyn Nowak
Project Description: A system for games to create a more realistic freelining within games and as a result making player input feel more impactful. The system causes events to run in a game determining is the player is or is not there and if the player is not there, what the outcome would be based on time constraints. This is to give players more of a reason to manage their time in the game and give meaning when the player is asked something.
Degree Major: Game Design
The Color of Gameplay by Phillip Nguyen
Project Description: This project is about implementing color theory into a game as a main game mechanic. This includes things like color mixing or complementary color groups.
Degree Major: Game Design & Game Art & Animation
The Dream Journal by Novali Maxson
Project Description: The Dream Journal is an Android Mobile App for those who like to document their dreams digitally and incorporate artistic expression. The project is unique in its programming function that applies animation-like effects.
Degree Major: Game Design & Game Art & Animation
Adaptive Progression Tree by James Nowdomski
Project Description: A freeform style of progression for video games in the RPG genre, meant to assist and guide players who are not as experienced in this genre where mechanical progression isn't static. It is meant to lessen the burden of choice paralysis and only focus on what will actually enhance the player experience, but not so much that advanced players don't have any sense of autonomy in their decisions.
Degree Major: Game Art & Animation
The Wolf Guardian by Carissa Rasche (with Ashten Morgan) (Online)
Project Description: The Wolf Guardian is a game that seamlessly blends the classic arcade fighter and metroidvania genres. The player is given the freedom to explore the environment freely and unlock many secrets. Among these secrets are an array of totally unique fighter style move sets and abilities that will expand and overcome increasingly powerful foes over the course of the game.
Degree Major: Game Art & Animation
Where Demons Live by Benjamin Unagnst (Online)
Project Description: Everyone has their consensus of what a mental illness is and what it all entails. However, that only scratches the surface of what a mental illness actually is. My project aims to shed some more light onto the subjects of mental illness and show the public that there is more that goes into one single mental illness. The main goal for this project is to help inform the public of the multitude of different and symptoms that all go into having one single mental illness.
Degree Major: Game Art & Animation
SIP URL: N/A
Split-Personalities by Elijah Nutter
Project Description: This project aims to give the player a unique experience by having them play as the both the protagonist and the antagonist. They will play as the protagonist that is trying to achieve their goal, while they are also going to play as the antagonist opposing that goal.
Degree Major: Game Design & Game Programming
Stealth Perimeter by RJ Catterton (Online)
Project Description: The new innovative Stealth Perimeter will help you catch those pesky thieves. The Stealth Perimeter will provide you with everything you’ll need to find the thief, recover the stolen artifacts and get that promotion you’ve always wanted. The secret lies in a patented system that tracks the potential movements of the thief so you’ll always have an idea for where they could be.
Degree Major: Game Programming
Peak Gaming Performance Tracker by George Couch (Online)
Project Description: Peak Gaming Performance Tracker takes in data from games that you play and then recommends time slots when you should play based on when it believes that you'll perform at your best.
Degree Major: Advancing Computer Science
Deeplens Weapon Tracker by Monte Gualtiere
Project Description: At a base, my project will be a computer program that will be able to determine if a student or intruder on campus were to pull out a weapon, like a gun or firearm using tracking software.
Degree Major: Advancing Computer Science
SIP URL: https://www.montegualtiere.com/
CR4CK3RJ4CK by Jonathan Luna
Project Description: A Caeser-Cipher Decoder which is primarily made in Python'sCommand-Line. This allows users to be free from messy websites and annoying ads plaguing web pages. The goal is to expand it to more than just one type of decoder.
Degree Major: Network Security
Idle Picture by Colby McGregor
Project Description: An idle clicker game with the mechanic of creating your own upgrades.
Degree Major: Digital Video
The Write Way to Play by Roman Sanchez
Project Description: This project aims to provide a 3D world that gives the user different prompts and examples in order to teach them how to format a script.
Degree Major: Digital Video & Game Design
The UAT community choose six winners from the SIP presentations. Categories include Best SIP Pitch (Stealth Perimeter by RJ Catterton 🏆), Most Market Viable (Peak Gaming Performance Tracker by George Couch 🏆), Viewer’s Choice (SNIP THAT by Isis Boone 🏆), World Changer (Deep Lens Weapon Tracker by Monte Guiltier 🏆), Ingenuity Prize (Smart Visor by Michael Brewer 🏆), and Best in Show (Preserved by Christelle Cyprien🏆).
Congratulations to the winners and all of the students who can now claim their own exciting innovations in the tech world!
“As the Art Direction professor at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), I run the Student Innovation Project (SIP) for all majors and I also teach in the Business Technology, Digital Marketing and Advertising Art degrees.”
Professor Dapzury Valenzuela has over 15+ years as a post-secondary educator and 20+ years of marketing and design industry experience. As a Student Innovation Project (SIP) professor at the University (UAT), she supports students throughout the process of developing their required claim-to-innovation technology-based product or service projects each student must complete in order to graduate. All Professor Valenzuela's courses are offered asynchronously, live (virtually), flexibly online and on campus at UAT in Tempe, Arizona.
Valenzuela is also an experienced expert in the business, art, design and marketing industries. She also owns a Brand and Marketing Consultancy business where she helps startups and businesses in a variety of industries from STEM to fashion, with customized brand development, inbound marketing and visual content creation.
Art Direction Professor, Dapzury Valenzuela who teaches Art and Design, Branding and Marketing, Business and Innovation and Student Innovation Project courses at University of Advancing Technology.
A Curriculum Designed for Career Readiness
University of Advancing Technology provides a unique curriculum for students that focuses on more than just learning. UAT’s core values are integrated into the curriculum to prepare students for a position of leadership in the technology industry and any further studies. Professor Valenzuela explains the curriculum and why it’s so special for students and the UAT community.
"Our Business Technology degree, for instance, is very unique in the fact that students are exposed to how they can come up with a tech-based product or service, regardless of their major, create a business and marketing plan and potentially patent their idea. That way, they can take it to market after graduation.”
UAT's curriculum prepares students for the real world through experiential learning. UAT also offers an open curriculum where students can take any UAT course with other majors, which encourages cross-functional team development, collaboration and a more well-rounded student experience. All UAT students also have access to all campus technology regardless of their major.
UAT Professor, Dapzury Valenzuela poses with a student at the Student Innovation Project (SIP) Showcase.
Professor Valenzuela explains, “One of the ways in which we would describe a UAT student is someone that is truly passionate about technology. They've grown up with technology, they're excited about the future of technology and in their heads, they're already envisioning what that looks like. So, we create projects in the classroom that will help them iterate in small ways so that way they can eventually get to the point that they can reach their ultimate goal."
UAT's values are all about being fast, friendly, fun, smart, honorable, taking ownership, practicing leadership, always growing, being a team sport and having pride. When reviewing applications of prospective students, UAT looks specifically for these attributes when considering acceptance. Professor Valenzuela further elaborates on how leadership especially is a key aspect of a student's education.
“The values of leadership, growth and pride are integrated into our curriculum and also into things that we do outside of UAT. Even students that are freshmen, I tell them you're a leader because there are aspiring middle schoolers that wish they can be in your place. So, make sure that you are representing yourself and the school in the right way because people are listening and very observant of that.”
Dapzury Valenzuela with her students at their Student Innovation Project Showcase event.
UAT's curriculum focuses on creating career readiness, completion, innovation, demonstrated mastery and superior graduates. Therefore, all students must complete a Student Innovation Project, as well as boards and other demonstrations in order to graduate. These activities prove that the required milestones have been achieved through their education at UAT. The UAT Student Services team also supports students as they search to find positions in their field, and throughout their careers.
That's great. But what if a student wants to continue on for their Master's or some form of higher learning first?
"Students that achieve an undergraduate degree at UAT are absolutely prepared to take on a master's level program at any university, including UAT, or at any state college, because of the fact that we run such a unique curriculum within the degree programs themselves," explains Professor Valenzuela.
“The way in which UAT ties in all of the values that make this university so special in comparison to other universities and state colleges is that we are an alternative. It's because we are unique, and it's a culture that we've grown for many years. Identifying the right fit for our school is finding those students that seek a university that challenges them, that helps them grow and helps prepare them for the careers that they're pursuing after graduation," says Valenzuela.
If you love technology, challenges, solving problems and wish to make an impact, we invite you to find your fit at UAT. Explore our innovative degree programs or reach out for more information from one of our friendly Admissions Advisors.
Ready to take the next step? Apply today.
Check out Professor Dapzury Valenzuela's full video interview here:
Threats to network security only grow as technology advances. While network security professionals are staying up to date on the latest cyber threats, cybercriminals are working on new ways to stump professionals. This means that the need for network security professionals is expanding daily. Not only are network security professionals needed to create the most secure network possible, but they must also be prepared to counterattack any unauthorized users.
A degree in network security could help you protect other people’s information in a world where it’s normal to entrust data to online networks.
This post will go through what exactly network security is and why a degree in network security is more than worth it.
Here are six questions you may be wondering as you decide whether or not a network security degree is right for you.
As we explain it, “Network security utilizes proactive techniques, including defense-in-depth and layered security, to mitigate or eliminate vulnerabilities in information systems and to protect against potential exploitation”
This means that network security is important for corporations that store company/personal data online. It’s more efficient to store information digitally, but digital data can be breached, which is why network security is so important. It puts up cyber walls to impede cyber criminals from accessing people’s information.
A degree in network security prepares you for a career in network security by giving the student hands-on experience and invaluable problem-solving skills.
In order to appropriately prepare students for the ever-growing cyber world, this degree is one of University of Advancing Technology's (UAT) more rigorous degree options. Fortunately, careers in network security are exceedingly lucrative for those with a degree.
An undergraduate degree in Network Security from the University (UAT) automatically gives graduates the opportunity to have a successful and lucrative career. There are several career opportunities to choose from, making this degree versatile and consistently necessary. Right now, on Linkedin, there are over 170,000 jobs listed for network security in the United States. So, yes, it is definitely worth it in the sense that new careers in network security and (subsequently) high salaries are constantly up for grabs.
At UAT, you can also get a master’s degree in cyber security. A master’s degree will set you up for a higher starting salary and more leadership/management type careers. While a master’s degree is not required for a successful career in network security, it can provide even more opportunities for graduates.
Everyone providing online data needs network security. Cyber threats are more prevalent than ever in 2022, and they will only continue to grow. Strong network security can protect data from being breached. Data can come from many different places, and most of the time, releasing it is unintentional. Network security protects even the most unintentional actions from being exploited. Strong network security professionals can also fight back against these attacks should they occur. The goal is prevention, but the job is protection. A degree in network security gives a graduate both of these skills.
While it is possible to earn a career in network security without a degree, your chances of gaining the most up-to-date and valuable information are severally threatened. You are also less likely to receive the higher salaries that network security professionals with a degree receive. Thanks to the internet, there’s a wealth of free information out there to be taken advantage of, but that information will only take someone so far. You also run the risk of receiving inaccurate information if it’s from an outdated or non-accredited source. A degree is the most surefire way to get the skills you need and the career you want.
UAT’s Program Champion and Professor of Network and Cyber Security, Aaron Jones says, “This degree is valuable because it functions as the litmus test necessary to enter the job market. It is common for influencers and even news organizations to make wild claims about how technology is an open career path that requires little or no education. The truth is that many jobs do and will continue to require a degree to enter and some of the most lucrative career paths will continue to require higher education for admittance.”
The job market for cyber and network security is extremely competitive as everyone wants to have the best protection for their private data. A degree will give a graduate the chance to properly compete and be considered for the network security career of their choice.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for information security in 2022 is projected to be around 33%. The average job outlook for most careers is only 8%, making network security one of the fastest-growing job markets.
Every time a company is created, they need some level of network security to protect data. Whether it’s a customer’s data, their own, or important financial information, it’s invaluable to make sure it’s protected.
If you’re asking yourself where to earn a Network Security degree, you’ve come to the right place!
UAT is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is also a designated Center of Academic Excellence - Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) institution through the National Information Assurance Education Training Program (NIETP). Sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NIETP operates under national authority as the national manager for cyber defense education and training relating to national security systems.
This means that the most valuable and up-to-date methods and skills are provided for students. Students also get the opportunity to synergize their work and apply it, so they go into their chosen careers with experience already under their belt. The University of Advancing Technology wants students prepared for the most successful career possible and works to ensure that outcome for its graduates.
If you think a network security degree looks interesting, or you simply want to know more about it, feel free to request information.
The University of Advancing Technology's (UAT) Board of Directors (Board) was honored to be nominated for the Private Company Boards of the Year Awards. This award "recognize private company boards that best serve their stakeholders — owners, shareholders, employees and community. These boards exhibit best practices in their structure, practices and performance. The award is open to fiduciary or advisory boards of private companies of all sizes and ownership structures," (Private Company Director).
Not only was our Board nominated, they were part of the top ten finalists for 2022. UAT's Board of Directors is set up differently than traditional boards. "Because it's a truly independent board, it's a pretty unique deal," shares Chairman of the Board, Jay Lohman. What exactly makes our Board unique? It's the Carver Policy Governance Model. Chairman Lohman explains the Carver Model, "The Carver method says the President reports to the Board, and that’s where it stops. Board members should not try to drill down to talk to an Accounting Manager. If we have a question, we ask the President. We hold the President accountable. A big deal difference compared to getting buried into the detail level that the Board should not be in. That’s the neat difference of the Carver Method.”
Members of the Board: Jay Lohman, Dr. Nancy Houston and Jason Funk
The Carver Policy Governance Model offers an alternative to many traditional models of board governance by emphasizing the governance-management relationship and accountability of both management and the board. This is different from other models of governance in that it strives to keep the Board actively engaged in strategy and focused on Mission, and avoids distraction with tactics and administrative issues. Chairman Lohman adds, "The Board is only focused on the Ends and the goals of the entity."
The Carver Model's intent is to keep the Board focused on Mission and strategy, and executive accountability, providing clear communications to the staff and organization—through the CEO—of its intents and desires. Thus, the Board defines its desires almost exclusively through Policy and rarely, if ever, ratifies decisions or approaches developed by the CEO—it instead monitors and verifies the accomplishment of its defined Ends. Well-chosen reporting implements provide the feedback necessary for effective performance monitoring.
Members of the Board: Jason Konesco, Brian Palmer and Dr. Dominic Pistillo
The Carver Model of Policy Governance is considered by many to be a “best practice” in Board Governance for both non-profit and profit-making organizations. We believe it is the optimum system of governance for UAT and other educational institutions because it achieves:
Board independence and integrity
A clear distinction between governance and management
Unambiguous authority lines between the Board and the staff
Ultimate Board responsibility and control over the Mission and its attainment
Unequivocal Board control over the selection, dismissal and powers of the President
Consistent and relevant performance monitoring of the President and the institution
And clear accountability of both the President and the Board
Chairman Lohman has been part of many boards, and from all of his experience, he notes that as part of the UAT Board of Directors he is always learning. He understands the Education industry is unlike any other. "Another unique thing about the Board is that we have fiduciary responsibility to at least four groups. One group is the students, another is the parents, the third is the stockholders and the fourth is to all the regulatory and stockholders. The fiduciary responsibility of a board of an educational institution, to me, is much deeper.” Lohman continues, "I don’t see any Board member with a hidden agenda trying to build their own ego. The Board members we have today are focused on exactly why it’s structured to monitor the ends and goals, and to be responsible and follow how we evaluate the performance of the President.”
As much as he is impressed with the Boards dedication, he is also greatly impressed by UAT's management team. "What I really have seen, and what I think, going through the Covid fiasco that all of us have gone through, to see what the management team has done, with general guidance from the Board but not in detail, to see how well UAT has survived through that is phenomenal. Because, as you know, some of the competition is gone. That, to me, is a huge accomplishment. I, personally, view that as a huge accomplishment from the management team, and maybe that all fits together because you have people that have been exposed to general business, ownership positions and education working together. It’s the quality of the Board and the structure of it. I’m amazed at what UAT has done through this [the pandemic].”
Although Chairman Lohman joked that he's biased thinking the Board should have ranked higher for the awards, it is no secret that our set up is very unique and stands out compared to other boards. "UAT is a special place," adds Lohman.
Mr. Jay Lohman, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Nancy Houston, Director
Mr. Jason Funk, Director
Mr. Jason Konesco, Director
Mr. Brian Palmer, Director
Dr. Dominic P. Pistillo, Director