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Career Experience

Instructional Designer

November 2005 - present
Salem International University, Online Programs

Coordinate course design and provide faculty support regarding Blackboard for Online Division.

SymbolArt, sole proprietorship

http://www.symbolart.com
1997 - present
dba SymbolArt by Lydia, dba SymbolArt Publishing, dba SymbolArt

Desktop Publishing Services including

  • website design and maintenance
  • pre-print layout and design
  • corporate identity design
  • copy editing
  • graphic design

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Supplementary work

July 2003 - 2005
Adjunct Faculty
International Academy of Design and Technology, Fairmont, WV
Teach courses in the Visual Communications and Computer Information Management programs.

July 16, 2001 | July 15, 2002 | June 23-24, 2003 | July 6-9, 2004
Technology Consultant (various locations)
West Virginia Fine Arts Teachers' Academy
Conduct workshops on "Using Technology in Arts Education" and "Introduction to Building a Basic Webpage"

2001
Contributing Writer
Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, Clarksburg Publishing Company, Clarksburg, WV
Wrote occasional feature articles.

May - August 2000
Part-time Copy Assistant
Le Print Express, Clarksburg, WV
Performed a variety of tasks related to copying and printing. Designed print layouts. Since the shop closed for business in July 2000, I continue to do some graphic design and desktop publishing work on a contract basis for Job Squad, Inc., the owner of this Le Print franchise.

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Human Resources Development Consultant*
Training and Development Specialist**

 *1995 - 1997
**1987 - 1995

Consolidated Natural Gas Transmission Corporation, Clarksburg, West Virginia

Within the scope of these positions I...

  • Designed, developed and taught various management training programs
  • Wrote and prepared training materials, course description, and interoffice communications promoting training and development programs
  • Organized off-site supervisory and management training events
  • Served as administrator supervisory level assessment centers and conducted training for new assessors
  • Served as an assessor for management level assessment centers
  • Facilitated groups for purposes of problem solving and performance management
  • Assisted in conducting company-wide training needs analyses
Highlights:
  • Served as chairperson of a "Barrier Removal Team" which produced the company's first Manager's Guide to PC Software Training for which I wrote the text, designed the layout, and provided camera ready originals for printing.
  • While serving on a team with other CNG training staff, successfully lobbied to include 360° feedback and Seven Habits of Highly Effective People training in the redesign the CNG System Supervisory Training program.

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Career interim

1983 - 1987

Following my marriage in 1983 I relocated to my husband's home in Haverhill, Massachusetts. While there I worked at a variety of jobs including real estate sales with the King Davis Agency, YMCA fitness and swimming instructor, Y's Way to a Healthy Back instructor, YMCA front desk clerk, Tac Temps temporary office services, and seasonal data entry work for the IRS.

On a volunteer basis I wrote, designed layout, published and distributed a condo owner's association newsletter.

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Director of Program Development

1981 - 1983
Harrison County YMCA, Clarksburg, West Virginia

Within my responsibilities for the development and implementation of comprehensive recreational and educational programs I...

  • expanded program opportunities 75% during the first year while the new YMCA building was under construction by using schools, churches, and other public facilities,
  • interviewed and hired all program staff, managed personnel matters concerning that group (10 to 25 part-time staff and volunteers), held periodic staff training and regular staff meetings,
  • initiated the association's first staff evaluation procedure,
  • restructured and improved the YMCA sponsored 10K Monza Run,
  • initiated the association's first successful Youth Basketball Association. Organized it, promoted it, conducted coaches' and officials' training workshops,
  • worked in all areas of public relations—public speaking engagements, radio and television appearances, wrote news releases, pre-recorded public service announcements, did layout and design of seasonal program brochures, flyers, and supplemental program announcements,
  • designed 1/4-mile indoor fitness trail for employees of local hospital,
  • organized and established a Medical Advisory Committee for YMCA fitness programs,
  • organized and implemented the Y's Way to Physical Fitness testing and evaluation program,
  • prepared budgets for individual programs, and
  • served as professional staff-in-charge in the executive director's absence.

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Director of Recreation

1977 - 1981
City of Clarksburg, Board of Park Commissioners, Clarksburg, West Virginia

I was responsible for providing total recreation programming for local citizens. Notable achievements include...
  • organized the area's first youth soccer league
  • designed the area's first fitness trail (the Mayor's Fitness Trail)
  • developed a system of faciltiy use permits which provided a more efficient and orderly use of park athletic facilities
  • conducted seasonal playground staff training using a comprehensive handbook that I compiled and edited

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Recreation Specialist

1975 - 1977
City of Norfolk, Recreation Bureau, Norfolk, Virginia

Organized and supervised athletic leagues for women and youth; assisted other departments as necessary.

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Computer Skills

Proficient with both Classic MacOS, Mac OS-X and Windows operating systems, along with the following applications:

  • Adobe PhotoshopCS2
  • Adobe ImageReady
  • Adobe IllustratorCS2
  • Adobe Pagemaker
  • Adobe InDesignCS2
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 8
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Power Point
  • Mariner Write
  • Mariner Calc
  • BBEdit
  • TexEdit
  • Fetch (FTP)
  • GraphicCoverter
  • Inspiration 6.0
  • NoteWorthy Virtual Notecards
  • HTML, XHTML, CSS (hand-coding)
  • WebCT 4.1
  • Blackboard 7.1
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    Education

    Master of Arts , Secondary Education (Community Health Education emphasis)
    College of Education and Human Resources, West Virginia University 1986

    Bachelor of Science, Recreation
    College of Agriculture and Forestry, West Virginia University 1974

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    Published Writing

    "First United Methodist to begin expansion project,"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, August 4, 2001, p. A-7

    "Autumn olive shrubs: Friend or foe?"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, July 28, 2001, p A-1

    "Architectural Artistry,"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, July 22, 2001, p. E-1

    "Luxury country inn to open doors,"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, July 22, 2001, p. C-1

    "Snowshoe ready for 24-hour race,"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, May 27, 2001, p. C-1

    "Treat YMCA's As Living Organisms—They'll Survive," (as Lydia S. Mingyar)
    Perspective, January 1984, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 25-28, 29

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    Affiliations

    • Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
    • ACT 2 Theatre Company
    • Colored Pencil Society of America
    • West Virginia Theatre Conference, past-president

    Theatre resume posted separately.

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    Professional Development

    While at
    Salem International University, Salem, WV

    • Embedding Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in Regularly Scheduled Assignments Workshop, Ohio Valley University, Vienna, WV

    Other Recent

    • The Herrmann Internation Networking Conference (THINC), Lake Lure, NC 2004
    • West Virginia Conference on Entrepreneurship, Charleston, West Virginia 2004
    • Accounting for Small Businesses, Regional Small Business Development Center, Morgantown, West Virginia 2004
    • No and Low Cost Advertising, Regional Small Business Development Center, Fairmont, West Virginia 2003
    • Intellectual Property Law, Regional Small Business Development Center, Morgantown, West Virginia 2003

    While at
    Consolidated Natural Gas Transmission Corporation, Clarksburg, West Virginia

    • American Society for Training and Development, member
    • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument
    • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
    • SIMA Motivated Abilities Profile
    • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 360 Leadership Profile
    • Personnel Decisions, Inc. PROFILOR for Internal Consultants
    • Seven Habits for Highly Effective People, Golden Goose Award
    • Innovation Associates' Systems Thinking Workshop completion
    • Program on Negotiation (Inter-University Consortium - Harvard, MIT, Tufts) 'Teaching Negotiation in the Corporation'
    • Attended workshops conducted by Ken Blanchard, Bob Pike, Tony Buzan, Jim and Dana Gaines Robinson, Ned and Ann Herrmann, Patricia McLagan, and Thomas Crum, among others.
    Certifications:
    • Development Dimensions International (DDI) Assessment Center Administrator
    • DDI Targeted Selection Interviewing Administrator
    • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument Certified Practitioner
    • Franklin Time Management Flex Trainer
    • McNellis Creative Planning Facilitator (aka "storyboarding facilitator")

    During
    Career interim

    • National Association of Realtors, member
    • Greater Newburyport Board of Realtors, Newburyport, MA

    While at
    Harrison County YMCA, Clarksburg, West Virginia

    • Association of Professional Directors (YMCA) member
    • Regular attendance of Cluster Meetings
    • YMCA Physical Fitness Specialist Certification, Kent State University
    • YMCA Career Development Program, Units 1 through 7, Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC
    • YMCA Healthy Back Instructor Certification, Pittsburgh, PA; renewal certificate, Butler, PA
    • YMCA Swimming Instructor Certification - Progressive, Lifesaving, Lifeguarding, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
    • Red Cross Instructor - First Aid, Swimming, Lifesaving, Clarksburg, WV

    While at
    City of Clarksburg, Board of Park Commissioners, Clarksburg, West Virginia

    • West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association, member
    • National Recreation and Parks Society, member
    • NRPA Southern Regional Forum on Innovative Programming, conference organizing committee member

    While at
    City of Norfolk, Recreation Bureau, Norfolk, Virginia

    • Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, member

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