Last Saturday was the first Coke Scholars Creativity Camp, offering an opportunity for Scholars and alumni to take a departure from the daily grind and learn, make, and have fun together!
The event and was designed and hosted by Alice Park (1999 Scholar, founder of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers and owner of Alice Park Photography) at her Photography studio, Park Studios, in Atlanta.
Albert Lawrence (2003) kicked off the day with 4 ideas to “Improve through Improv,” sharing fun stories from his work in Hollywood and participating in hilarious improv activities with the group.
Next, Alice taught everyone how to improve their photography skills with some tips and tricks for taking pictures using cameras and phones.
After lunch, Kristen Smith of Kristen Smith Design taught the art of hand-lettering, and we ended the day with a master leather workshop led by Liana and Mike Hall, founders of Maycomb Mercantile.
Jolene Loetscher (1997 Scholar who flew in from South Dakota to participate) said, “the Creativity Camp reminded me of the importance of connecting with the explorative spirit inside of us that helped make us Coke Scholars.”
Jason Feldman (1990) and his kids met up with Daron Roberts (1997) for dinner in Seattle when Daron was in town giving a talk at Amazon.
Jason Pate (2005) met up with Sue Suh (1992), and Sandra Lee (1993) during a visit to New York City. He and Sue took this photo to let us all know that they’ll both be in Denver for our 2017 Service Summit!
Nicole Thompson (2010) is the Resident Advisor for her dorm at USC. To welcome back her students, she made 72 “Share a Coke” bottles with their names on it! She wrote, “I am using the theme to create a sense of community and happiness.”
2017 Scholars Aakanksha Saxena and Meena Venkataramanan met up for lunch with their families at Aakanksha’s home in Scottsdale, AZ. The two became friends shortly after they met at Scholars Weekend in April.
Jalesa Lewis (2012) came by to see the CCSF staff and then hiked Stone Mountain at sunrise with our EVP, Jane Hopkins.
Jolene Loetscher (1997) and her husband Nate Burdine visited The Coca-Cola Company for lunch while they were in town for the 2017 Creativity Camp.
Tina Shah Paikeday (1990) visited the CCSF staff while she was in Atlanta for the Academy of Management Conference.
Daniel Goering (2001) was also in town for the Academy of Management Conference and stopped by to say hello.
Mykinthia Ebron (2013) visited CCSF offices after graduating and moving to Atlanta for her job with Chase.
John Lowrey (2010) visited with Viren Rana (2010) at Krog Street Market in Atlanta…
…and then visited with CCSF staff at The Coca-Cola Company!
For several Coca-Cola Scholars impacted by the storm, their network has provided a support system, with Scholars checking in on Scholars, providing donations and words of encouragement. Others have rolled up their sleeves and joined efforts to rebuild impacted cities.