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Blog Post Final for JOU/ETC 224

In this class students learned how to create a blog using WordPress. Students also learned what should and should not go into a blog post if it is wanted to become professional blog.

Students learned about what a professional portfolio is, along with what needs to go into it. Using this information, students created professional webpages that can be used as professional portfolios or as a type of resume for potential employers.

Students learned of several different web design creation websites then were allowed to choose from them in order to create a website for a professional organization. There were several reasons for this assignment. One is just for the experience of creating a website. Two is to learn what it was like to work for a client in the professional world.

As to how this will be used in the future remains to be seen. For someone who has no interest in blogging, there may be no future in that. There may be a reason for having no interest in blogging. One reason is, this blogger here does not have internet hooked up at the house. So to take an hour out of the day to drive to town then return home just to blog seems a bit pointless. Especially for someone who is not starving for attention or is not surrounded by social media all day every day.

Some people choose not to have internet or even a phone because they do not wish to be connected to everything, everywhere, all the time. Maybe one day when skool does not consume my every waking moment, my mind will change on this subject, but as of now, this blogger here could really care less.

The program used to create the professional portfolio… that was a pain in the ass plus the site in all honesty, looks like total poo-poo. That is not to say a different one will not be created in the future hopefully using a different program, it is just that I am not all that happy with the way it turned out. Check out this portfolio right here. (Recently, after graduation, I lost the server I was hosting this on and no longer have the page up.)

As for what this blogger is going to do post-graduation… I got nuffin. Things usually do not turn out the way a person plans. To try and avoid any heart breakage, this guy tries not to plan too far ahead.

Honestly, I was supposed to be a movie star by now. Did that happen? Hell nah. The next goal in life was to be a voice over star. Did that happen? Hell nah. I then was a substitute teacher. Am I still a substitute teacher? Hell nah, they do not make anything for retirement. Finally, I was supposed to be graduating the nursing program next semester. Is that going to happen? Hell nah.

I am sick and tired of heartache and not being able to achieve goals I have set in my heart. I have always hated that question growing up, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Simple answer is this, “Happy.”

I have written plays that have gone onstage. I have worked with the Center for Disease Control (CDC). I have obtained a minor in biology. I have created websites. I have sang and acted in front of hundreds of people. I have been a manager or supervisor for several companies. I have just about a 3.5 GPA. I have put on a two day music festival. I have done more things in my life than most people could ever imagine of doing. All of this has made me who I am today and has made me happy. Why plan anything for the future when the future is so uncertain.

I am sure I will end up working some 9-5 job sitting at a desk like most people. That lifestyle sounds super exciting to me. That is probably why everyone does those type of jobs.

The website program used to create a webpage for a client was actually a pretty swell website. Things were super easy and laid out for you. A person could actually get paid using this program to create websites for other people. This is something definitely worth looking into for anybody.

I am completely finished with the website now. I created a website for The First Ward Bar and Grill. This was no easy task. I actually went through three different clients before finally choosing one.

Potential clients did not like the fact that they may have to pay for something (domain names or a year worth of service through a website creation page) even if the website was created for free.

Once a client is finally selected, it does not get any easier from there. Both parties have to figure out time to meet in each of their busy schedules. Once a time is agreed upon and it is established exactly what is wanted in the page, communication does not stop there.

Both parties need to keep in touch with each other in order to make sure the webpage is looking exactly like what the client wants.  This again is no easy task. With my skooling and his being a business owner as well as a father, it is not hard to imagine why it is so difficult to meet at times.

Even after the page is almost complete a person usually has to wait on  the client to send pictures or possible updates. This is where my website is now. I am completely finished but I am waiting on a few photos. I could easily hit the publish button but I want to make sure everything is top-notch in the clients eyes.

This website will be posted right here in the future, hopefully in just three to five days. So, check back here and see if the webpage is up to par for public standards.

Finally, students are required to create a Linked-In Profile to help out with their future professional careers. The link to our Linked-In Profile is to be provided here as well. Check out my Linked-in Profile.

I really have no idea what I am doing on this Linked-In thing, but I am sure over time, after looking at other peoples profiles, I will figure it out. Is this the first sign that you are old?


Heartland Virus

In no way should this post be taken as scientific fact. This post in no way reflects the views of the faculty and staff located at neither Missouri Western State University (MWSU) nor the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Ticks are little creepy crawlers that some may or may not be familiar with. Those familiar with ticks may be afraid of them or they may not be. Regardless of what is felt about ticks, they have been a hot topic the last few years among the scientific community.

A new virus has been found that seems to be transmitted by these creatures. The virus in question here is called the Heartland Virus. This virus received the name it did because of where it was discovered. Dr. Scott Folk at Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph Missouri played a large part in helping to name the new virus.

There is not a lot that can be said of this virus at this time because there is not a lot of evidence or proof to back a significant amount of research. With that said, there is no need for people to start panicking and locking themselves in their house while keeping their pets outside.

What is known is that this virus has affected two men in Northwest Missouri. It has been determined that the virus was passed to these men through a tick. Ticks play host to a variety of potentially harmful pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and helminths (worm parasites).

It is assumed that the Heartland Virus will not be passed by a bite from a tick alone.  The tick would have to remain attached for several days before the tick’s blood and saliva would transfer pathogens to a host. Even then, effects are assumed to not be felt immediately.

Symptoms appear to be flu-like symptoms including headache, fatigue, fever, diarrhea, thrombocytopenia and leukopenia. The two men who were hospitalized were released after approximately 10 days.

In hopes of finding answers for this new virus, the CDC received help from faculty and students at MWSU. Over the course of two summers so far, MWSU faculty and students have assisted the CDC in collecting ticks to aid in research.

While there has been one scientific research paper produced in a journal, there are still questions that remain. To raise awareness on where ticks are located, there was a short study done by Dr. David Ashley and fellow students at MWSU.

Tick collection was conducted on July 8, 2013 on private property near Amazonia, Missouri. Four different microhabitats were chosen to compare.  These included:

  • An area near a pond
  • A fence line of a wooded lot at the top of a hill
  • A forested area on a hill crest
  • A forested area on the slope of a hill

Within each location, two separate collection transects (areas) were sampled. The two transects were “off trail” and “on trail,” with a total of eight separate established areas. Three traps were placed in each section for a total of 24 traps. Three flagging areas were conducted at each site adding up to a total of 24 flag collections.

The traps consisted of plastic food containers with dry ice contained within. There were holes inserted into these plastic containers to allow dry ice vapors to escape as it melted. Dry ice lets off carbon dioxide (CO2), which is what attracts ticks. The plastic food containers were placed on small white sheets of cloth making the collection of the ticks much easier.

Ticks feed by going “questing.” This consists of the ticks sitting on leaves reaching out with their legs waiting to see a host pass by that emits CO2.

In addition, while the traps were attracting specimens, separate samples were collected by flagging, a method where a sheet of cloth is attached to a wooden rod which is passed over foliage. Ticks for some reason cling right onto these sheets of cloth.

It was assumed that there would be more ticks located at the area by the pond. With all of the animals that would go to this water source to quench their thirst this should have been the prime place in collecting hundreds if not thousands of ticks.

It turns out that there really was no significant difference in where ticks were located. In short, ticks are everywhere. When a person goes out into the woods or even a park area, it is a very wise idea to check over all areas of skin for ticks.

When removing a tick, it is better to pull one off with a pair of tweezers or forceps rather than fingers. Using fingers may end up squeezing contaminated blood into a host.