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It's our Birthday!
2019 will be the 40th anniversary of the New England Summer Workshop. Come and help us celebrate 40 amazing years of making yearbooks together. A special celebration is planned and we want you to be a part of it!
Join us for two exciting days in Smithfield, Rhode Island for New England's annual summer yearbook workshop 2019. This year's workshop features award winning instructors from around the country, with specific courses that will help you through the planning process step by step. Learn what it takes to achieve a great book from proven yearbook pros. Begin the process for planning your 2020 book, and hit the ground running when you return to school in the fall.
NO WORKSHOP REFUNDS AFTER June 14, 2019. Payment must be made in full by this date.
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Why should I attend?
- 45 minutes Cover Design Session
- Hands on YTO Training
- Team Building
- Ladder Diagram
- Theme Development
- Design Support
- Photography Training by Bob McGrath
- Adviser Night Out!
Registration Deadline: June 14, 2019
No late registrations will be accepted after this date. No refunds will be issued after this date. All payments and medical forms must be received no later than June 20th, 2019. They should be sent to the Workshop Director: Ericka Metevier 404 Country Club Court, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Checks should be be made payable to: Jostens Summer Workshop
If you are paying with Credit Card, please call Ericka at 603-305-1259 to make payment over the phone.
Medical Release Forms
All Attendees must have a medical release form on file (this includes advisers as well). Only attendees under the age of 18 need to fill out Page 2. See the Document section.
If you are arriving early on Monday evening, you may plan to arrive on campus between 3pm and 6pm. If other arrivals times need to be made, they must be pre-approved by the workshop director ahead of time. No meals will be provided and there are limited options on campus, please plan ahead. Since the workshop has not officially started, there is limited adult supervision and an additional release form must be on file for attendees under the age of 18.
All attendees should follow the campus map directions to Hall 14 for Check In. Please be sure to arrive between 8am and 930am. The workshop officially begins promptly at 10am in Bello Grand Hall (#4 on the campus map).
The workshop will plan to end on Tuesday by 3:30pm.
Don't forget about our annual Book Swap! Bring some of your extra 2018 and 2019 yearbooks to share with other schools. Plan to take some home with you! *Please limit the amount of books you bring to 10-20.
Advisers we want to celebrate with you! You work hard all year long, and we want to treat you to dinner on Tuesday night. Please plan to join us for dinner on us.
Why should my staff attend the workshop?
The workshop is a great time to start your staff team bonding while also planning and preparing for the new school year. Having early buy-in from your students is crucial for a successful school year. You will have support and time to work on your page ladder, theme development along with cover and page designs.
Do advisers have to attend the workshop with students?
Advisers are not generally required to attend if they prefer to send students on their own. However, we do find that student effort and interest is far greater when advisers do attend. Advisers are required to attend when sending five (5) or more students.
Where do I send my check and medical releases?
Send all checks and medical releases to:
Jostens Summer Workshop
404 Country Club Court
Rocky Hill, CT 03249
Payment and Medical Release forms must be received by June 14, 2019.
What will our accommodations be on campus?
Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms in a suite with a total of four rooms. You may be housed with students from other schools. Men and women are housed on separate floors. Advisers have single rooms, also part of a larger suite of four rooms. Dorm chaperones will be on duty throughout the night.
Do I need to bring any linens?
No, all linens including bath towels, are provided. Just bring the toiletries.
Do I need to bring any money for food?
No, we will provide lunch, dinner and a nighttime snack on Tuesday and breakfast and lunch will be provided on Wednesday. However, the Student Union is nearby with additional food options if you choose.
How do I get there?
Directions 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917
From points south of Providence:
(Warwick, Newport, Connecticut, New York, etc.)
Take Route 95 north to Route 295 north to Route 7 north (exit 8B). The University is two miles north on the left.
From points north of Providence:
(Attleboro, Boston, New Hampshire, etc.)
Take Route 95 south to Route 295 south to Route 7 north (exit 8B). The University is two miles north on the left.
From points east of Providence:
(East Providence, Fall River, New Bedford)
Take Route 195 west to Route 95 north to 146 north to Route 295 south to Route 7 north (exit 8B). The University is two miles north on the left.
From the Mass. Pike (Route 90):
(Points west of Boston)
Take Exit 10A to Route 146 south to Route 295 south to Route 7 north (exit 8B). The University is two miles north on the left.
From Route 146 North or South:
(Providence, Worcester areas)
Take Route 295 south to Route 7 north (exit 8B). The University is two miles north on the left.
From Route 84:
Take Route 6 east to Route 295 north to Route 7 north (exit 8B). The University is two miles north on the left.
From Cape Cod (Bourne Bridge):
Take Route 25 to Route 195 west to Route 95 north to 146 north to Route 295 south to Route 7 north (exit 8B).
The University is two miles north on the left.
What do we Bring?
- A medical release form for every participant attending. Participants under 18 must have signed form by a parent or guardian. Students will not be allowed to attend without this release.
- Comfortable, casual summer wear. Bring a light jacket - air conditioning means cool classrooms.
- Your 2018 and 2019 yearbooks for our annual book swap!
- Plans and ideas for 2020 yearbook.
- Calendar of school and local events
- Laptop and power cord*
- Yearbook Camera & owners manual*
|Monday Night Arrival||+$50|
*If you would like to arrive on Monday, June 24th you may arrive between the hours of 3-6pm. No formal meals or adult supervision will be provided on this day. Additional permission form must be on file for students arriving early.
Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.
Please make checks payable to: Jostens Summer Workshop and mailed to 404 Country Club Court, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. If you would like to pay via credit card please call Ericka, Workshop Coordinator at 603-305-1259.
NO WORKSHOP REFUNDS AFTER June 14, 2019. Payment must be made in full prior to the start of the workshop.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, June 25th
Theme, Typography, Staff Motivation, Marketing, Design, Group Work Time, Using your Camera (be sure to bring your camera)
Wednesday, June 26th
Computer Training at your skill level, Photography, PhotoShop
Our keynote speakers will focus on all aspects that are critical to producing your best yearbook ever. General sessions will include: thematic approaches to yearbook, planning your coverage, 2018 design trends, selling your book, and hands-on computer training. You will also have time to work together as a staff or generate ideas in our yearbook lounge.
Artist Sessions to help create your book’s cover for this year based on your selected theme. Each school can sign up for its own 45 minute cover session at the time of registration. These will be assigned on a first come, first-serve basis.
Adviser led classes - Advisers, come and hear from your fellow colleagues about what makes their yearbook programs successful. How do you motivate your staff to meet their deadlines? What are the most successful ways to market your yearbook and ad sales?
Rick Brooks, Northeast Creative Design Manager with Jostens has worked in the field of design and publishing since 1986. He works with and designs for high schools and colleges throughout the Northeast. His clientele roster includes Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, West Point, Penn State, Boston College, and numerous colleges and large high schools throughout the nation. Brooks’ main focus is designing, lecturing and doing presentations for his clients. A member of JEA and a certified journalism educator (CJE), Columbia, CMA, and the Society of Collegiate Journalists, he actively lectures and teaches at National and State Conventions. Rick was most recently honored with the Pioneer Award by JEA in the Fall of 2018.
Ericka Metevier has been a Jostens Yearbook Representative since 2011. She has been involved with the New England Summer Workshop since 2012 and became director in 2015. Ericka earned her Certified Journal Educator certificate in 2015 and has recently presented at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Ericka.