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Herzing University student Jermaine Baker recognizes the detrimental affect drugs and alcohol can make on a person’s life, and he is determined to help keep as many children and adults as possible from falling into a path of self-destruction.

To bring awareness to his East Toledo community, Baker and his neighbor joined forces to organize “Addicted to Change,” an event with games, food, and friendship all in the name of confronting the issue and fostering a neighborhood bond. Over 60 people enjoyed games, barbecue food, and raffle prizes such as tickets to Walleyes and Tigers games. Local business helped to fund the event. Pamphlets about confronting drug and alcohol abuse were also distributed. Read the full article

Congratulations to Jermaine Baker for putting together this successful event. His Herzing family is proud of him for making a positive difference in our community.

Herzing University game development students were joined by students from five other local schools to enjoy a challenging weekend of game development while making new friends and exchanging tips and tricks. Global Game Jam is not a competition, but a challenge extended for the purpose of increasing the confidence of participants and establishing a network of professionals through idea-sharing, experimentation, and plain old fun.

After watching a keynote video on Friday, including advice from leading game developers in the industry, regional groups work all weekend (48 hours) to create a video game based on the secret topic announced in the video. This year's topic was the human heartbeat. Over 80 students participated in Madison, congregating at the Herzing University - Madison campus to tackle the challenge together. Industry professionals from area studios were also involved. In all, 15 games were produced by the team in Madison. To read more about the event and see images from the games produced, Erik Pederson, professor and department chair of the game development program at Herzing University - Madison, provided an excellent summary. Download PDF