Make Your Story: A How-To Podcast Series

All across campus, Purdue students are making tangible works that are creative and innovative. During the ideation process, there is a need for research. Research allows us to understand something in-depth and can lead to thinking about it in new ways. This year’s programming is devoted to the exciting interactions between Purdue’s Library and information resources and the making of Purdue student and faculty ideas and projects. Additionally, the hosts of MakeYourStory will coordinate one workshop per semester on topics that continue to support students sharing their stories of making through the podcast format. These workshops focus on a broad range of relevant topics, including the use of sound to enliven a narrative as well as an overview of effective resources to enhance the production process of creating, producing, and marketing a podcast. Podcasts and events are posted throughout the 2023-2024 school year, so keep checking back for updates!!

Season 3, Episode 4: Purdue Sewing & Design Club

Profile picture with River Allison, Sarah Huber, and Erica Long standing with a dress form.

In this story of Making, undergraduates River Allison and Erica Long talk with us about the popular Purdue Sewing and Design Club. With up to 20-30 students regularly registering to attend the bi-weekly meetings, and over 100 GroupMe members, clearly students across campus want to learn to sew. River, Erica, and Tate Walsh (who couldn’t make the interview) have built something special for Purdue students. They offer a safe and inclusive environment where anyone can learn the basics of sewing, and with guidance, complete full garments. In this episode, they give examples of what students have made, what makes the organization unique, and talk about the possibly of a fashion show next academic year.

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Season 3, Episode 3: Made Assignments

Brian Hitselberger's Profile Picture of him sitting in a car seat with safety belt
Megan Miltimore's standing in a making space, as well as, an image of an owl half mask with paper feathers cut from a book page.

This story of making explores a comparison between a professor developing a made assignment and a student completing that made assignment. In Part 1 of this episode, we talk with Professor Brian Hitselberger, senior lecturer in the Rueff School of Design, Art & Performance, about a wearable sculpture project he designed within a curriculum. In Part 2, we talk with Megan Miltimore, a second-year student in graphic design and film and video production, about her experience making the wearable sculpture, which she called the “Owl Warrior.” Both Professor Hitselberger and Megan discuss differences between text assignments and made assignments.

Season 3, Episode 2: Adventures in AI

Profile picture of Thomas Stahura and Shantanu Roy standing in a hallway

This story of making delves into the creation of an AI tool called Quasi, leading to a broader discussion of making and AI. We welcome Shantanu Roy and Thomas Stahura to the podcast as our guests.

Season 3, Episode 1: A Penny Press for Your Thoughts?

Profile picture of Matt Fitzgerald with Purdue University President, Mung Chiang, and the standing bell tower replica penny press

This story of making comes from a Purdue University Polytech alumnus, Matt Fitzgerald, who paid tribute to the university with his co-creators in the form of a penny press. This installment tells the tale of his work in taking one of Purdue University’s most iconic landmarks—the bell tower—and scaling it down to miniature form.