Tuesday, March 29, 2011

And The Winners Are ...ECSU Campus Slammer

Seven bold students took their place on the stage at Eastern CT. State University Tuesday night March 29 in the first ever ECSU Campus Slammer. Competition started to heat up as the stories were told of a candle toasting kitty then a story rapped out about lovers compared to swans and sharks. There were Twilight moments, one story triggered by another. There were birthdays and sad days and open laughter. Thanks to Keith Cummings, Steven Engborg, Katie Morous, Sarah Mooney, Peter Berry, Jim Shannon and
Jennifer Henries for sharing their story.

And The Winners Are..........
Jennifer Henries and Jim Shannon
Jennifer and Jim will represent ECSU at the finals April 28 at Conn College
 Audience settles in as Media Services set up to video tape the performance of Campus Slammer.
The Campus Slammer is sponsored by the Connecticut Storytelling Center http://www.connstorycenter.org/  You can get all the information on the Finals and Showcase Mic on their website. Storyteller and  ECSU Professor Raouf Mama was our on campus liaison. We appreciate his working to bring Campus Slammer to Eastern in 2011.

At the finals April 28,  2 winners from each campus will face off in a final story slam of the season  and we will have a  Overall winner and 2 runners up announced. Those three will return on April 30 to be part of the Showcase Mic at the CT. Storytelling Festival. Good Luck to Jennifer and Jim!

Next slam is Thursday March 31 at Wesleyan Coffee House 9 p.m.

Monday, March 28, 2011

ECSU Campus Slammer March 29, 2011

Eastern Connecticut State University  Hosts Campus Slammer

   March 29, 2011 at 7 p.m. ECSU will host its very first Campus Slammer. The Campus Slammer is a competition  of 5 minute stories on a theme. Tellers are scored on arc of story, connection to theme,  delivery and timing. The top two scorers will go on to the finals at Conn College April 28, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Eastern's Webb Hall Rm. 110  is the site for the ECSU Campus Slammer with a theme HUMOR you will be sure to enjoy the stories shared! Everyone is welcome to come and listen and  cheer on your favorite teller.

Plan to come to the finals and show your support to your favorite teller or college.  April 28, 2011 at Conn College.

 The Campus Slammer is sponsored by the Connecticut Storytelling Center and our campus liason is Storyteller Raouf Mama. http://www.connstorycenter.org/ 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Presentation Tips- Personal Story

Telling a Personal Story

Presentation Tips on a personal story from Nancy Duarte in this short video clip. There are some very useful tips as you prepare for a Campus Slammer or the Campus Slammer finals.

Upcoming Dates:
March 29,2011 Eastern CT. State University Webb Hall Rm 110  7 p.m. theme Humor

March 31, 2011 Wesleyan University Middletown CT.  Coffee house 7 p.m.

Finals Conn College 7 p.m. April 28, 2011 Ernst Rm Blaustein Hall

Showcase Mic winner and two runners up  April 30 9:30 p.m. ( after feature concert) CT. Storytelling Festival Conn College New London, CT. 

more info: http://www.connstorycenter.org/

Friday, March 18, 2011

Campus Slammer Story Slam

Block out some time on the calendar to attend Campus Slammer
March 29 at ECSU Webb Hall Rm. 110 7 p.m.
Mar 31 at Wesleyan's Coffee House 7 p.m.
drop your name in the hat to be picked to sharea 5 minute story
save April 28 to attend finals
save April 30 to attend showcase mic
Get an Idea for a 5 minutes story
Eastern's Theme is Humor!

Release your story at Campus Slammer
All the details can be found at http://www.connstorycenter.org/  what are you waiting for? Campus Slammer 2011

First inter-collegiate story slam you don't want to miss being a part of this scene!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Finalists T-Shirts and Prizes

If you are a Campus Slammer finalist one of these T-Shirts will be yours at the Finals!
Were you one who shared 5 minutes of storytelling?

The folks at Sew on and Sew Forth,  Franklin CT. are busy making them for you.

There will be other prizes for all finalists, be sure to mark your calendar and bring your  cheerleaders to  applaud as you represent your campus in Campus Slammer April 28, 2011 7 p.m. Conn College
Ernst Room Blaustein Hall

need to see the details? http://www.connstorycenter.org/

 The Campus Slammer Winner and 2 runners up will be featured at a Showcase Mic  Sat April 30, 2011 at the CT. Storytelling Festival  Conn. College New London CT.  Following the TIm Tingle Choctaw Native American Storyteller in Concert. All participants have their free tickets!  See you in New London!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

University of Hartford Campus Slammer WOW!

What did you think of a slamming night at University of Hartford? A pictures worth a thousand words and these are not enough to do justice to the fun Campus Slammer  March 10 in Auerbach Aud. at Hillyer Hall! Feedback tellers? Don't forget to save the date April 28 for the finals and April 30 for the Showcase mic, come support your U-Hartford finalists. Bring a van load - bring a bus! All the details at http://www.connstorycenter.org/   
Storytellers at Campus Slammer University of Hartford 2011

High ad low scores thrown out the middle three averaged for a final score  built suspense
Our judges for the evening
Awesome Emcee duo Amanda Hiles & Greg Manizza
college level Rock Paper Scissors  out finalists vie for a pen!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

University of Hartford in 60 Seconds & Host of Campus Slammer

The video is a 60 second introduction to the University of Hartford. Campus Slammer is a 5 minute introduction to a teller through their story.  Come out and get to know a few Campus Slammers as they ( and maybe you) vie for the top honors of Campus Slammer U-Hartford 2011.  The top two will move on to the finals at Conn College on April 28.

University of Hartford Campus Slammer Thursday March 10, 2011 at 8 p.m.  Auerbach Auditorium in Hillyer Hall.


Not sure what a story slam is? Have you seen the Moth from New York City live or on You -Tube, how about Massmouth from Boston? They are slams. People  get up and tell a 5 minute story in competition.  It's all fun as we try to use our words to convey the images of our personal stories. All the details and guidelines are on the website http://www.connstorycenter.org/  We have this blog  to help share info too. 

All participants get a ticket to the Saturday night April 30th  concert  at the Connecticut Storytelling Festival!

All the Finalists will receive a prize pack! to be presented at the finals April 28 7 p.m. a Conn College.

The top winner and two runners up come back for a showcase mic Sat April 30 at Connecticut Storytelling festival!  7 other tellers will share the stage for a full show of slamming stories!

The top winner will get a special additional prize!

Come on Hawks Come out and tell a story on Thursday Night share this with any  Hawks you might know!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Conn College Campus Slammer Success!

That's right the Connecticut College Campus Slammer is history and was a very successful evening!  A nice crowd came out to try story slam and we heard some great stories.  The location in a campus run coffee shop called "Coffee Grounds" was perfect.


The twinkle lights, artwork, comfortable seating and improv between stories made for a nice mix of entertainment. The theme Forever Young  gave us everything from Tootsie Rolls to airports with knives in the stories. Congratulations to our top two  contestants from Campus Slammer Connecticut College! First place to  Andrew Greaves and Second place to Liz deLise. Andrew and Liz will now move on to  The finals April 28 th at Conn College and share the stories in the next round. Good Luck to them both. More info on the finals at http://www.connstorycenter.org/

Celia Whitehead (far left) was Emcee for the event and on the Campus Slammer Committee

Later this week ( Thurs March 10 ) University of Hartford will hold their Campus Slammer more on that in the next blog to be posted Wed.  Click follow to get it delivered right to your inbox and be up to date on what is happening in Campus Slammer. There are still 5 colleges left to compete before the end of the month.