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First Design Project

In Dr. Gary Anglin's Instruction System's Design II (EDC 608) we just completed our Instructional Design Project. We designed an instructional approach using the works of Carl Rogers learner center approach, we later called this the "Rogerian" Approach. Calling upon the the white guys: Robert Gagne, B.F. Skinner, Jerome Bruner, Elliot Eisner and Lev Vygostky we explored their approached to education and how they matched up with Rogers. This was a great exploration into some iconic theorists/psychologists/education reformers. These texts will in no way collect dust as I mature as an Instructional Designer - it was a great experience to learn about these great thinkers and reformers - no approach is the right or wrong method. Here is a Prezi we put together for the final project. Happy Designing. [gigya src="http://prezi.com/bin/preziloader.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="550" height="400" bgcolor="#ffffff" flashvars="prezi_id=x5tm3ei2dq-d&lock_to_path=0&color=ffffff&autoplay=no&autohide_ctrls=0"></]

The DIY Headboard

I try to make every project a learning experience - weather I retain it or not is questionable, so I am taking a stab at some instruction: specifically, how to make a fabric headboard. Inspiration comes from Pottery Barn, implementation comes from a blog with a very similar post.  We I finished this in about 5 hours of solid work.

For a Queen Size Bed:


1.)  4' x 8' 3/4" thick, Piece of Sanded Pine Plywood = $29.67 (Home Depot)

2.) 3 Yard of Fabric of Choice = $44.50 (Local Fabric Store)

3.) 10' x 2.5' sheet of high-loft batting = $24.99 (Local Fabric Store)

4.) 4 - 5/16" Carriage Bolts with washers (I suggest 2 washers per bolt) and nuts (The size should match the holes in the bed frame, where the legs of the headboard will be attached) = $2.00

5.) 30 - 1.5" screws (Many call for nails, however if we want to disassemble or change fabric we can easily do so using screws) = $ 7.00


  • Hammer
  • Sturdy staple-gun and staples with 1inch stables.
  • Fabric or sharp scissors
  • Power Sander and 80 grit sandpaper
  • Power Drill - with  corresponding bit for drilling pilot holes for nails as well as the hole large enough for your carriage bolts.
  • Circular Saw - This is an option, however some home improvement stores will make the cuts to your plywood for you, but if you need a challenge - this is the tool to use (Be Safe).
  • Safety Glasses, mask and ear pro.
  • Saw Horses - or sturdy table.


  • Cut the plywood piece into 5 different pieces
  1. Main Headboard  piece (A): 5' x 42"
    2. Backing Piece (B): 5' x 3/4"
    3. Gap Filler for Legs (C): Two 6" x 8.5"  - This may very depending on the height - we made ours a bit taller due to large bedding and pillows. This width should match the width of D.

The following diagram is a snapshot of how the pieces should be cut:

The following diagram is a snapshot of the back view assembly:


How to make a headboard - back view.

  • Drill holes for the carriage bolts to be connected to your bed frame (D):
  1. After cutting the legs (D) measure them up against your bed frame and mark two points to drill the hole for your carriage bolts.
  2. Use a drill bit 1/16" larger than your bolts.
  3. Be sure to mark each leg (Left of Right) to determine how it should be attached to the main headboard later on.
  4. Set these to the side - these will be put on in the last step.
  • Attaching Fabric/upholstery to the legs
  1. Cover the bottom 21" of the leg piece (D) with fabric (no batting) and stable the fabric in place. The seam should be on the back (the back side will be against the wall when attached to the bed frame).
  2. When covered, use an exact-o knife to expose the holes you drill earlier.
  • Attach the backing piece (B) to the back of main headboard piece (A): 
  1. Ensure that the backing piece (B) is flush with the main headboard (A).
  2. Drill pilot holes and attach with 1.5" screws.
  • Attach the gap filler pieces (C) to the back of the headboard (A):
  1. Ensure that the gap filler piece (C) is flush to the to the backing piece and the edge of the main headboard
  2. Drill pilot holes and attached 1.5 screws.
  • Sand the edges and knock of any imperfections
  1. Sand off and round out the corners of the main headboard and backing piece
  2. Sand the legs and the carriage bolt holes
  3. Sand the exit point of each pilot hole.
  • Attaching the batting
  1. Lay the headboard on the saw horses with the back side facing down
  2. Measure your batting so that it covers half of the headboards length and leave enough to hang over the edge and the sides
  3. Have a partner wrap the sides and hold the batting and attach to bottom side with stable gun leaving room to attach the legs later on.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 by measuring and laying the batting on the bottom half of the headboard so that the seams in the middle line up. Wrap and staple to bottom.
  5. Wrap and staple top and bottom - leaving room to attach the legs later on.

Lay the batting over the entire face of the main headboard piece (A), making sure that it lies flat. Wrap surplus batting to the back of the main headboard piece (A) and staple along the top and then the sides.

  • Attaching the material/upholstery
  1. From the bottom, attach the fabric/upholstery over top of the batting -leaving room to attach the legs.  Repeat the previous step, but with the fabric. Make sure the fabric lies flat - pushing out any imperfections, but don’t stretch it excessively. We actually took an iron to our material at this point. This step is best done with a helper who can hold the fabric in place while you staple. You can trim excess fabric and batting from the back if necessary. When you’re done with this step, you should have a finished-looking headboard that looks like this from the back:
  • Attaching the legs (D)
  1. Flip over the headboard (material and batting side down) and attach both legs using pilot holes and screws - you may have to have a partner hold down the bottom end - pushing down the batting and material to make the leg flush to the headboard.
  2. Screw in the leg pieces (D) to the main headboard piece (A), again from the front, making sure the pieces are snug. (Refer to the “Back View” and “Front View” diagrams if necessary.) Before nailing, make sure to check the marks you made in step 2, which indicate the front/back of the leg pieces. *Based on the thickness of the batting - near the bottom of the legs where it sits on top of the bottom edge of the batting and material of the main headboard, I had to use larger screws to secure the legs to the main headboard.
  3. Remember to cut a hole in the fabric where the holes are for connecting the headboard to the frame.

Screw in the leg pieces (D) to the main headboard piece (A), again from the front, making sure the pieces are snug. (Refer to the “Back View” and “Front View” diagrams if necessary.) Before nailing, make sure to check the marks you made in step 2, which indicate the front/back of the leg pieces. *Based on the thickness of the batting - near the bottom of the legs where it sits on top of the bottom edge of the batting and material of the main headboard, I had to use larger screws to secure the legs to the main headboard.


Bolt the headboard to your frame:

Bolt the headboard legs to the bed frame - everything should match up based on the measurement you took in the beginning. There you go! Congratulations! Hopefully you enjoy your headboard and the money you have saved in the process!


A Day To Remember...




Today is a day to remember the ones who lost their lives during the attacks on 9/11 - this day is reserved to honor them, their families and the service men in and out of uniform that have served as a direct result of this solemn day.


Below is a picture of myself and a Afghan interpreter on a hillside in the Shuryak Valley in Northern Afghanistan. I chose this picture because I remember KT's stories vividly: he was a child when the soviets occupied Afghanistan, his mother and sister were raped by Soviet guardsmen and his father was killed in battle, fighting alongside the Mujaheddin - Freedom Fighters. He grew up w/no family and took on English as a second language with the hopes of restoring the peace back to his country. Instead of signing up for the Afghan National Army he said he wanted to work with the US - to contribute towards the slow destruction of Taliban forces in the area. He and I would share stories of patriotism and laugh when the Taliban would play their fight music over the 2-way radio he monitored for enemy traffic. He is the counterpart to our men and women that want the US to be a peaceful and safe place to be. I remember the fallen and hope you do too.





I have been working on some interesting projects as of late -  while working  as the IT Coordinator for Enrollment Management - at the University of Kentucky. This position affords me the opportunity to be  creative with all things IT - desktop/mobile/telecom etc.  Desktop support aside: daily, I assess how IT through business processes, can be used to increase the effectiveness of our staff/faculty. Lately, we have explored the use of how iPads can increase some of the operational/logistical procedures for the recruitment staff as well as increase participation in our VIP program, which allows students to receive various communications from the University.  This was an idea whose time had come - which arose from the VIP administrator and CRM Director, Brent Porter. Due to the high level of hands on exposure many prospective students were to have with the iPads - we found it necessary to integrate UK's logos into the design. I came up with a rendering that is in keeping with the "See Blue" campaign: it turned out well, staff/faculty and students have responded positively, and the VIP repository has increased with new students enrolling from iPads.

America's Longest War

Pictured above: Flag at half-staff at the Lexington National Cemetery and a child receives discharged brass from the ceremonial 21 gun salute - traditionally given to children as a tangible reminder of the sacrifices made for their present and future freedoms.

Last Friday, (May 28th) marked the 1000 death in Afghanistan, as a soldier was  killed by a roadside bomb in a Southern Province.  Furthermore, on June 7th, Afghanistan will become the U.S.'s longest war, surpassing  Vietnam by a full month.  Today, with the advent of  modern-day medicines and efficient combat casualty care - more troops are coming home than in previous wars. For example, the U.S. has been involved in Operation Enduring Freedom for 104 months and sustained 1000 deaths, conversely, the U.S. was involved in Vietnam for 103 months and sustained 58,209 deaths.

Today's modern battlefield medicines are keeping are troops alive long enough to transport them to a hospital or aid station for more intensive treatment/care. Although more troops are coming home, they are bringing back parts of the war with them. As a result, about 18.5 percent of soldiers who have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq have PTSD and 19.5 percent have reported experiencing symptoms of traumatic brain injury, according to a study titled "The Invisible Wounds of War" by the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research group based in Santa Monica.

Each year the last day of May seems to get harder. The War(s)  - and its' affect - on our nation, has seem to hit home much deeper year after year. It has been an incredible year for Veteran issues : The nation has wrapped its arms around the veteran community and it popular again to take a stance on "Veterans Issues".  In Kentucky, particularly the city of Lexington, a revival of American Patriotism and spirit has been revitalized by some passionate veterans and dedicated citizens. You've seen the email that's  circulated that Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, reminding people what Memorial Day weekend is all about - one image is the fumes of the grill drawn to take shape of fallen soldiers, and the man standing over the grill asking himself "What have I forgotten".

Over the course 104 months of the nations longest war - have you forgotten about Mike Spann,  the first American killed in combat during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan? I hope not, and I desperately believe that we are a nation who stands in support of their operation overseas.  The hope is, that every day is veterans day, that the military becomes once again a core belief amongst Americans for hope, victory and patriotism. I hope you took the time in between spending time with family and enjoying the weekend to remember the ones who have paid the ultimate price.


Go big blue, or go home...

Today I graduated after 4 years in the Corps working intermittently on course work in Hawaii, California and Afghanistan. After studying 3 years at the University of Kentucky I finished my BBA in Marketing and Telecommunications this past December. In the midst of moving into a new house, helping Piper (sort of) plan a wedding and working a new job in addition to planning the launch of the C2KY project, I don't have much time to reflect. On to grad school in the Fall. No time to rest.

Bringing It Home: Voices of Student Veterans

This is so BIG I needed to start a new post! Tonight I witnessed a truly spectacular play/docudrama/re-enactment/interpretation......  I had the pleasure to see a documentary-drama developed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Herman Daniel Farrell III and students in his Staging History class.  The play was  created completely,  from the words and voices of  first 5 veterans  I  had the opportunity to interview over the past few months while working on "From Combat to Kentucky", a oral history collection being presented by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky

Throughout this process the  theatre students have been working with Tony Dotson, Director of the Veterans Resource Center and Doug Boyd, Director of the Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the development of this theatre piece.

The unbelievable thing about the process was the amount of time and dedication from all of the interested parties to put together a very dynamic piece that was tastefully and respectfully executed.

Admission was free and open to the public and tonight's turnout was great! I can say that I was nervous not only for myself but the veterans being depicted. Needless to say, everyone, including myself was humbled to see such hard work and  dedication go into stories that are so important to America today. All of these veterans wanted their story shared and tonight it was done in a way that I never thought possible.

Congrats to the theater class, the Veterans Resource Center and the staff at the Nunn Center for making an example of how departments can work together to make spectacular things happen!


Oral History Project

The Project:

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History has helped tell the unique stories of our young men and women in uniform since opening its doors in 1973.  Vital stories are being collected  from our young men in women who have not only served  in Iraq and Afghanistan, but are students at the University of Kentucky. The concept was realized by Doug Boyd, Director of the center at UK. I have been tasked out to Produce/Manage a pilot series of interviews of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that attend the University of Kentucky. Being a Marine/Afghan veteran myself, I knew that I could speak their language, however I did not know the first thing about conducting in-depth interviews. All I had to go one were "shared-experiences" - - - and that has seemed to get me by well enough to capture some very compelling stories and moments.

I have to thank each and every interviewee for sharing these stories. Recently UK news announced with our press release 2 months ago. Following the news release, a story was written (by a student) for UK's independent student paper, The Kernel. Surprisingly, our project was #4 in President Lee Todd's report to the UK board of trustees! A film class at Penn State  has put together a collection of  interviews with student Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.

The project seems very well put together and I think is something that could be adopted by the Journalism/Telecommunications Dept. at UK. The Penn State "Back from Iraq" is a hands-on experience in documentary film-making and oral history interviewing while learning pre- and post-production video techniques. Thus far, I have interviewed a Marine turned government contractor, an Army National Guard Medic who is pursuing a medical degree, a Marine who is studying Political Science and Islamic Studies so he can return to the middle east to improve upon the situation that he saw so many times as a Marine in Iraq. Our website is active and "almost" ready for launch. I will post a URL very soon.   The Nunn Center is working on putting together a very dynamic site for all of the content. 03/10/10:

Nathan Noble:

For the past two years I have been surrounded by veterans as an undergrad working with the University of Kentucky Military Veterans so I had a great pool of men and women to start interviewing. I started the series with Nathan Noble, a sophomore studying Social Work at UK. His story is incredible to say the least: he served overseas three times and one as an independent contractor testing weapons systems in Iraq.

Ian Abney:

My second interview came recommended to me as I was looking for veterans who were deployed several times.  Ian Abney has too deployed several times to Iraq with the United States Marines. He shared his story by articulating ever detail which I think truly brought the narrative to life.

He is currently studying Poli-Sci and Islamic Studies, in hopes to one day change and improve upon the lives of those that he encountered in the middle east.  His dedication not only to his discipline but his country is quite impressive.

Andrew Napier:

Andrew Napier is a sophomore studying biology at UK with plans to attend medical school after graduation. Andrew was incredibly candid with his story. I really appreciated how well he articulated his experiences in Afghanistan.

His story is very unique and needs to be heard. He was attached to the national guard unit out of Kentucky and was activated when he deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. Napier was a recipient of the Purple Heart in injuries sustained in an IED blast in Southern Afghanistan.

Jon Herst

Jon Herst enlisted in the Army and made a combat parachute jump into Iraq in March, 2003. While in Fallujah, Iraq during a routine dismounted patrol, an I.E.D. exploded and Jon was severely injured and spent 11 months at Walter Reed Hospital recovering from his injuries. Jon went on to become a certified peer amputee visitor which allowed him to educate, support and offer advice to wounded veterans and family members.

Jon was medically retired from Walter Reed Medical Center in Jun 2006. Jon is currently enrolled in the University of Kentucky Masters of Social Work program in the graduate school. Jon and his wife, Veronica live in Lexington. I really appreciate Jon sharing his story with me. His story is without a doubt unique and special and deserves to be heard.

Tyler Scott:

Stephanie Murphy:

Dr. Brian Nolan:

Brandon Lawrence

Noah Melgar:

Due to my busy schedule and my inability to capture photos of both the interviewee and myself, we have decided to place the photography duties in the hands of Allison Peevy. Allison takes wonderful pictures and has a great eye for what we are trying to accomplish. Below are just a few of the images she captured at last nights interview. I expect big things from now on! This will truly add/contribute toward the style and direction of this project. Oh and by the way, she is VOLUNTEERING her service out of the goodness of her heart!

From Combat to Kentucky

Combination of logos - v.1 and v.2 +


Final Logo rendering:

The response has been phenomenal! A huge thanks to William Wright, a local and very talented graphic artist. With little or no description of the project, Will designed this in minutes. Thanks again.