Information for Campers: Press Pass
June 24 – July 1, 2016
Welcome to Press Pass! We are excited to see you in June. Please read the information here and fill out your Talent Release Form, Student Contract, and Emergency Medical Information forms and bring them to the first day of camp.
Please plan to arrive at Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR), 1010 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 on Friday, June 24th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. If you are arriving by plane, train, or bus, please inform us of your arrival time, airline, flight number, etc. (whatever information would be useful) for emergency purposes. We can arrange for pickup from the airport or train station as necessary, please just let us know if you will need this.
During camp your mailing address will be:
Media University (attn.: Rhiannon Clifton)
119 Gregory Hall MC 462
810 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
There are no phones in the rooms at ISR. Messages may be left for students by calling:
ISR Front Desk: 217-333-4640
Rhiannon Clifton, Program Director (M – F, 8 – 5): 217-333-7140
Warren Thomas, Program Specialist (M – F, 8 – 5): 217-300-2516
Please be aware that the participants will be out of their rooms from around 8 am – 9 pm on most days, and they are asked not to take or make phone calls during Media University sessions. They can make phone calls during brief breaks between sessions and meal times.
Check out will be from 1:00 – 2:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2016.
Students are expected to abide by the rules as specified in the Student Contract. Students are to sign this contract and bring it on the first day of camp (June 24) for submission.
Emergency Medical Information forms will be on file with the Program Director and staff.
Please bring a driver’s license or student identification card with you to Media University. It is important for your safety that you always have some form of identification with you throughout the program. Additionally, we may have field trips that require ID to enter a facility. Students who do not have an ID will not be permitted to attend these sessions.
Please bring comfy clothes and shoes for video recording outside. We also recommend that you bring a single nice top/shirt for your newsbreak.
The temperature in June can be incredibly hot and humid. The classroom and industry immersion activities are air-conditioned. Therefore, layering or bringing a sweater/sweatshirt in case the air conditioning is too cool is recommended. ISR air conditioning is also quite powerful, so warm clothes for the dorm rooms are also recommended.
Shorts and t-shirts may be worn to Media University. Clothing that is not allowed includes: spaghetti strapped shirts, t-shirts with offensive slogans, and shirts that don’t cover the midriff. Skirt length should reach 6” above the knee or longer. At least one pair of comfortable shoes are recommended. There will be some walking between activities and during potential field trips.
Students will receive a Media University tote bag. It is recommended that this be used to transport items to and from activities and field trips. Cell phones can be brought to Media University, but are to be turned off during classroom time and field trips. They can be turned on during breaks and lunch periods, provided there is not a luncheon speaker.
Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring laptops or tablets to take notes during presentations. There will be computers available for teams to work on projects.
Illinois Street Residence Halls will provide bed linens, blankets, pillows and towels.
Additional items you might want to have:
Snacks for the evenings
Supplies for the group projects will be provided. Students need not purchase/bring their own.
Photographs of Media University will be taken on a regular basis by faculty and staff, as well as possible local media. Please sign the Photo Consent Form bring it in on the first day of Media University (June 24) so that your photographs may be used for promotional content.
ATMs are readily available if needed.
Laundry facilities are available from coin-operated washers and dryers in ISR.
Any student who engages in disruptive behavior, doesn’t attend sessions, or fails to participate in program activities may be sent home (without a refund). Students who attend camp on a scholarship will be required to pay the full tuition if sent home. Please see the Student Contract for more information.