February 7, 2017
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The Irvine Tip of the Day: Images

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say, but at the very least, a snappy little image can certainly enhance your The Irvine post. To get the most out of your post, we have some handy-dandy tips to share.

Image Choice - Choose carefully 
  • Make a statement with photography. If you’re using photos, try paring down the color in the surrounding design to make the images the central focus. You don't have to be a photographer in order to get professional quality photos. There are a number of stock photography websites to choose from, like UnsplashStocksyNew Old StockCan Stock Photos and Little Visuals.
  • Avoid excessive text in the images you submit. Due to the small size of images, such text rarely reads well. Take a look back through a few editions of The Irvine and think about what images work well and which images are hard to read.
Image Size - Smaller is better
  • Make sure your images are sized correctly to avoid squishing or stretching. Include only the most essential images to keep the file size down. Most images in The Irvine are displayed no larger than 200 pixels wide, so plan accordingly. Complex or cluttered images are not ideal because of the small size.
Image File Type - No PDFs Please :)
  • JPG, JPE, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP files are safe for campaigns. PDF, PSD, and AI file types cannot be used as images in a campaign because most browsers cannot display them. 
Image Prep - Web-Ready
  • Taking the time to prepare images yourself will give you a better sense of how they will look in The Irvine. Web-ready images are typically 72 dpi while print images are 150 dpi or more. Please try to prepare and submit images no larger than 72 dpi and 200 pixels wide. PicMonkey is a great, free online image editing tool to help you prepare your images.
  • And don't forget, Agnes Scott students, faculty and staff have access to, so if you want to learn more about preparing images for display on the web, it's a fantastic resource! 
Remember, images may not be submitted in place of text for the content of your The Irvine post. PDFs, Word documents and PowerPoint slides will not be accepted as images for submissions.



Day Two: Philanthropy Scavenger Hunt

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Online, all over campus, and Evans

Did you know that your tuition only covers about half the cost of an Agnes Scott education? Gifts from alumnae, parents, faculty, staff, foundations and friends of the college help make up the difference. Take selfies with today’s targets and post them with #ScottiesGaveMe, then pick up your prize in Evans during lunch.

• Christine Cozzens: You know she is the director of The Center for Writing and Speaking and one of our fabulous English professors, but did you know she is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English? The Dana Fine Arts building and our Dana Scholars are named for the same philanthropist.

• The Center for Writing and Speaking: The new CWS space in Campbell was made possible in part by the gifts of Laurie McBrayer Coleman ’83 and her husband to The Greatness Before Us campaign.

• Robert Frost: Annually for the last 20 years of his life, Robert Frost spent a week at Agnes Scott visiting with former Agnes Scott president Wallace Alston, giving readings and meeting students and faculty. After his passing, we carried on his tradition with the first Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival. The statue was given by Susan Gamble Smathers ’75 and her husband.

Info Table - Enterprise Holdings

2:30-2 p.m.; Evans Dining Hall

Are you looking for an internship or full-time career opportunity? Stop by to learn more about Enterprise Holdings!


Informal Q & A With Christine Mann Darden

1-2 p.m.; Evans Dining Room

Christine Mann Darden is visiting Agnes Scott College today in Lower Evans for an informal question and answer session about her experiences as a NASA scientist. She retired as a member of The Senior Executive Service in March 2007 from NASA Langley Research Center, where she was hired in 1967 as a computer data analyst in the Re-Entry Physics Branch.

Darden was recently included in the book, "Hidden Figures" by author Margot Shetterly as one who stood on the shoulders of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, NASA "human computers," who as members of the segregated West Computers contributed to the NASA Space Program in the early 1960s.

Setting Goals to Get Things Done - An Information Session

1-2 p.m.; Buttrick G-25

How often do you stick to your New Year's resolutions? How often do you actively set goals for yourself? Setting the right kinds of goals can help you stay more organized, feel less overwhelmed by school work and keep you making progress towards the things you want most out of life! Come hang out with other Scotties who are struggling with the same things, and you'll leave with information about how to use goal-setting to make you more productive!

Capoeira Class

5 p.m.; Woodruff Athletic Center

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of acrobatics, music, dance, Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. It encourages coordination, discipline, flexibility, confidence, concentration, physical conditioning and much more!

This event is open to the entire Agnes Scott community. No experience necessary. Recreation and Intramurals is sponsoring this free instruction today in Woodruff Athletic Center. For more information, contact or


Want to Unwind and Express Yourself?

6:30-7:30 p.m.; Meditation Room,
Julia Smith Thompson Chapel, Lower Level

Join us for a relaxing Art Journaling Group! We provide all the supplies; you just show up! We will have a variety of art options—collage, clay, drawing, scribbling—however you wish to create! We hope to see you there! Bring a friend!


Dangerous Years Just Got More Dangerous: Climate Policy in the Trump Presidency and What We Can Do About It

7-9 p.m.; Frances Graves Auditorium

Join the Center for Sustainability and the Department of Political Science for a lecture and book signing with internationally recognized environmental thinker, David Orr. Orr’s new book, "Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward," analyzes the obstacles ahead for the field of sustainability and the fight against climate change. Orr is the counselor to the president and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Oberlin College. Prominent in the green campus movement, he co-founded the Meadowcreek Project, the Oberlin Project and the journal "Solutions."

Copies of "Dangerous Years," published in 2016 by Yale University Press, will be available for purchase during the event, and a book signing will follow the lecture.




Green Team Meeting

Wednesday, Feb., 8; 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Evans, South Dining Room

Faculty, staff and students: Are you interested in sustainability at Agnes Scott? Come to the next Green Team meeting to learn about what we are up to and how you can be involved. Find out why we won the "Breaking Down Silos" award this year and what we're doing with our prize money! Bring your lunch and join us in the South Dining Room.

Dance Fitness Tomorrow!

Wednesday, Feb., 8; 4:45 p.m.
Second floor of Hopkins Hall

Join us for dance fitness. This event is free and open to all.


Bradley Observatory Open House: "Near Earth Asteroids:  Friends or Foes?"

Friday, Feb., 10;  7:30 p.m.
Bradley Observatory

We will be hosting Agnes Scott alumna Mary Hinkle '10. Mary graduated from Agnes Scott in 2010 and earned a B.A. in astrophysics and English. Mary then went on to pursue a M.S. in applied physics and planetary science at Northern Arizona University in 2013, where she published her thesis titled, “The Compositional Distribution of Small Near-Earth Objects." Mary is currently pursuing a doctorate in physics and planetary science at the University of Central Florida.

Asteroids are small rocky objects in space that are sometimes referred to as minor planets or planetoids, according to NASA. Millions of these can be found between the planets in our solar system. In this lecture, Mary will discuss what an asteroid is, what we can learn from studying them and what would happen if one were to hit the Earth.

After the lecture, a planetarium show will be held and the Beck telescope will be opening for viewing, weather permitting. Refreshments will be served, and there will be the opportunity to purchase Bradley T-shirts. Open houses are free and open to anyone in the Agnes Scott community and the Atlanta area.

Pal-entines with P.A.L.s

Friday, Feb. 10; 6-7:30 p.m.
The Hub

Join the Prevention Advocacy League and the Office of the Dean of Students as we eat, make valentines and learn about healthy relationships. Email Julia Miller at or Tomiko Jenkins at with any questions.

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