Snapchat Geofilter: Sorority Formal


This is a custom Snapchat Geofilter design that I created for Sigma Kappa Spring Formal. The theme for this event was The Great Gatsby and the 20’s style is reflected the design. The event hosted over 200 people and the filter was used frequently at the event. Below are some examples of the posts created using my custom designed Snapchat Geofilter.


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Sigma Kappa Parent's Day 2017 Snapchat Filter

This is a custom Snapchat Geofilter design that I created for Sigma Kappa Parent’s Day. The t-shirt designs for this event reflected the design with the bright blue color and sunflower design. The event hosted over 250 people and the filter was used frequently at the event. Below are some examples of the posts created using my custom designed Snapchat Geofilter.


Snapchat Geofilter: Sorority Spring Bid Day

Sigma Kappa FRIENDS Bid Day Snapchat Filter

This is a custom Snapchat Geofilter that I designed following off of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. themed Bid Day event. I used the color purple because that is the main color for Sigma Kappa Sorority and their biggest philanthropy, Alzheimer’s Association. I also created the Ney York skyline and downloaded a custom font for the design. The event hosted around 90 college students and was very popular. Below are some examples of the filter in use.

Snapchat Geofilter: Sorority Recruitment Workshop

Sigma Kappa Workshop Snapchat Filter

This is a custom Snapchat Geofilter design that I created for a sorority recruitment workshop between two collegiate chapters. The event hosted over 250 people and was used frequently at the event. Below are some examples of the posts created using my custom designed Snapchat Geofilter.


Book Cover Redesign- Tilt Book Cover Redesign- PerfectBook Cover Redesign- Identical

My purpose in redesigning the covers of the Ellen Hopkins series is to hit a different target audience and motivate young adults to read her unique style of poetry books by using contemporary designs, fonts, and colors that are not too feminine and appeal to a wider variety of readers.

In my design for Tilt, I chose the contrasting colors of a deep red and light blue. The broken heart is representing the overarching theme in the book; dangerous relationships and stories of broken love. The characters in the book are young adults of varying lifestyles going through their first love and all of the heartache that comes from unconventional love and deals with adult themes of dangerous situations that young adults sometimes find themselves in. The shards of the hard nod at the darker nature of the stories in the series.
In my design for Identical, I chose to use a bright green with a deep gradient, and variations of a very deep, almost black, navy with a very light blue for the glass itself. The looking glass embodies the feeling of seeing your reflection in an out-of-body way. In the book, the story is focused around a set of twins that are identical yet in stark contrast. A main theme throughout the story focuses on the split personalities of the characters that are broken after a fatal car crash. 

In my design for Perfect, I chose the bright red and contrasting purple that resembles a traditional school color scheme and has a balance of color that is unisex although the story is primarily focused on the lives of young women. The megaphone imagery represents the main characters that are high school cheerleaders struggling to give off a perfect image while their lives are falling apart.

Stress Relief and Anxiety in College Students

pexels-photo-256517.jpegAbout one in every five adults in America experience a mental illness. Anxiety is categorized as a psychological disorder and is one of the most common in college-age students and is caused by overwhelming amounts of stress.

Stress is a normal part of life and is caused by many different things but impacts people in different ways. Most common stressors in young adults include:

  • Moving out for the first time
  • Roommates
  • Learning how to handle things on our own
  • Test anxiety
  • Balancing work and school
  • Time management

Graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska at Omaha accessibility services center, Stephanie Hengen, says “A lot of times we all feel anxious like if we’re going into a new situation or if we’re doing something that’s kind of outside of what we are used to doing.”

The real problem is when stress becomes out of hand and panic sets in for an extended period. This would be an example of Anxiety Disorder.

Symptoms of anxiety can be minor changes but can range from extreme changes. Common noticeable symptoms of anxiety include:

  • rapid heart beat
  • reduced ability to concentrate
  • restlessness
  • a lessened appetite
  • insomnia
  • drop in motivation and energy levels

Hengen says to reduce the likelihood of stress and anxiety attacks, stress reduction is crucial. “In order to relieve stress, you really need to find what works best for you and try to implement that in your daily life.”

Some of the most common ways to relieve stress include:

  • exercising
  • playing with pets
  • drawing
  • listening to music
  • going to church

To reduce stress levels and prevent anxiety try out these stress relief techniques in your daily routine.

Art Therapist Teaches Stress Reduction Through Creative Expression


Last Friday, March 10, UNO disability awareness agency (NDA) hosted the first ever “Art Against Anxiety” event to raise awareness for disability awareness month.

About one in every five adults in America experience a mental health illness. Anxiety is categorized as a psychological disorder and is one of the most common in college-age students.

At the event, a licensed art therapist taught a group of fifteen students creative ways to reduce stress. The artist taught students how to use oil pastels to create a visual journal and colorful mandala art.

Mandala means “circle” in the language of Hinduism and is meant to represent universal wholeness and a spiritual connection. The process of creating mandalas can be a very calming activity in times of stress.

The art therapist walked the class through an art meditation sequence to allow the drawing to become a more calming and creative experience. Stephanie Hengen, disability awareness agency (NDA) advisor says

“She had on relaxing music in the background and we did all sorts of different techniques and she walked us through a meditation.”

Hengen says that these kinds of events are a big step at UNO and thinks that stress relief is something very valuable to educate students on, whether or not they experience diagnosed anxiety.

“I think that it is very important, it doesn’t need to be something that takes a lot of time, but is specific to that person.”

With the UNO School of Communication, I’m Cassidy Conrad.

DESIGN SAMPLE: Guide to Panhellenic Sororities Brochure

UNO Panhellenic Council BrochureUNO Panhellenic Council Brochure 2This is brochure layout that I designed as a part of an assignment in my Public Relations Principles class while I was Panhellenic Delegate of Sigma Kappa Sorority. This is a brochure guide for the Panhellenic sororities at UNO.

For this design, my goal was to make an eye-catching brochure that reflected the fun atmosphere of sorority recruitment and wasn’t specific to a theme. My goal is to appeal to the collegiate woman as the audience so I chose to incorporate bright pastels and font that is more stylized than a more traditional sans serif. Each color that was chosen represents one of the colors of the organizations and visually reflects the image of the group. I used the National Panhellenic Conference logo on the front to establish a focal point that ties in the opening page in a visually attractive way. I used rounded edge rectangle shapes for the color instead of full blown color pages to keep a cleaner look to the design.

UNO Hosts First Disability Awareness Month

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is hosting the first ever disability awareness month. The accessibility services center and the network for disability awareness agency are teaming up to host four on-campus events for students. These events will run throughout March to bring awareness and promote inclusion at UNO.

Stephanie Hengen, is the graduate assistant at the center and advisor for the agency. She says that she is excited to see what these events might do for the campus atmosphere.

“We have a lot more students with disabilities on campus than what you might see. I think there’s a lot of stigma associated with having disability or illness. We’re just trying to break that stigma.”

The “Allies for Inclusion Abilities Exhibit” was held in Criss Library last Thursday and had around 150 students attend.

This Friday, March 10, the organizations will host an “Art Against Anxiety” event guided by an art therapist in Milo Bail Aksarben room from 6 to 8 p.m. This event will be teaching students how to relieve stress through art and visual journaling.

On March 14, the ASC will be hosting an “Accessibili-TEA” event in CPACS 132D from 12 to 1 p.m. Tea and cookies will be provided.

On March 31, the NDA is hosting a wheelchair basketball tournament in HPER 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are looking for teams of five to eight people. Registration must be completed on MavSYNC and includes a free t-shirt for players.

Hengen says this is a big step in UNO’s history.

“There are a lot of people who think that someone with a disability is just someone in a wheelchair, there are a lot of invisible disabilities as well.”
If you are interested in these events, check out the Network for Disability Awareness Agency’s events page on Mavsync to learn more about disability awareness month.

UNO Hosts First Annual Dance Marathon on Campus

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University of Nebraska at Omaha student involvement replaces “Greek Week” with the first ever UNO Dance Marathon.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide event where participants register to dance for several hours straight to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

Dustin Wolfe, assistant director of fraternity and sorority life, says that “Greek Week” was losing popularity with student organizations.

“The students came to me and wanted to get rid of it. It was competition for the sake of competition without really understanding what we are doing.”

Greek students decided to put their energy into benefitting the community instead of playing games.

Wolfe says that he and the students were inspired by a news story touting Penn State University’s Dance Marathon, shortened to be called just “THON”. They wanted to make the same impact in the Omaha community.

“We have people on campus, who work on campus, whose families benefit directly from Children’s Miracle Network.”

UNO Dance Marathon has over 200 registered dancers for the event on April 1st. The event will be held in Milo Bail student center from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Registration is open to the public and is 20 dollars per dancer.

Wolfe says that student involvement is looking forward to making UNO Dance Marathon an annual event.

“I’m excited that it’s something new that can become a tradition on campus. I’m excited to see the relationships between the community and student population.”