You may have heard of Humans of New York, but have you heard of Humans of Grand Valley? HOGV started out as an idea, moved on to be a Health Communications class project and now is an ongoing student initiative.
Jaclyn Ermoyan and Gabriella Patti, Co-Creators of HOGV came up with this idea in 2013, their freshman year. However, last year, Ermoyan decided to use this idea for her CFV 426 class project. Ermoyan, Advertising and Publics Relations major, worked on the assignment with Film and Video majors, Nishan Fernando, Michael Plamondon and Lauren Somers, along with the help of Film and Video Professor Kim Roberts.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Humans of New York, it is a photoblog and bestselling book that features pictures, interviews and stories of people in New York. Similarly, Humans of Grand Valley features pictures, interviews and stories of people from the Grand Valley community. However, those stories are not in a book, but rather, on the HOGV website, Facebook page and Instagram.
Humans of Grand Valley’s current team consists of, Ermoyan and Gabriella Patti; Co-Creators, Nick Beardslee; Journalist, Fernando; Producer, Plamondon; Film Director and Somers; Creative Director. Patti, Beardslee and Ermoyan are the journalists and photographers of the project and Lauren does the marketing and event planning.
One interesting aspect of this project was the different School of Communication majors that came together to create it. The project started in a Health Communications class and involved students from both Advertising and Public Relations and Film and Video. The students found the collaboration of these majors to be very helpful and enjoyable.
“Working with all of them provided an opportunity that we don’t always get as students,” said Beardslee. “We came together with our different strengths and created a project that I feel reflects that.
When the project started, Ermoyan´s main goal was to capture the essence of the Grand Valley through photographs, stories and quotes of the people inside the community; and she has been very pleased with the support and help she has had to play out her goal.
“The support and compassion of the students, faculty and staff are what have kept this project going,” said Ermoyan. “If we weren’t interested in learning about each other, then this project would not have gone anywhere. We want to know our classmates. We want GV to be a greater community. That’s where this project has helped me reach my goals.” Ermoyan’s also mentioned that one of future goals is to interview T. Haas.
Also, check out the students’ final film