‘Pathway to Tomorrow’ created to lobby for funds

Paul Weber isn’t your average student. Sure, he may look like one. He’s a senior, an Electronic Media Broadcasting major – and a lobbyist.

That’s because, since January, he’s partnered with fellow student Dan Koabel, a senior media informatics major, as well as several College of Informatics faculty, to produce an interactive flash video to campaign for funds for the Northern Kentucky region.

“Quite frankly, no one else has a presentation like this,” Weber said, adding that there’s “nobody that has any interaction.”

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce asked Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics to create the presentation last year. Originally dubbed “D.C. Fly-in, it follows the life of a local girl between 2008 and 2015, and how her life is improved by the federal funding of regional projects. Interwoven with the narrative are brief descriptions of the various projects, such as a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge and replacement TANK buses.

For NKU, the film, titled “Pathway to Tomorrow,” details the $5.5 million request for the Digitorium and a computer-assisted virtual environment for the College of Informatics.

While the movie title may remind some of campy 50s films about coming technological wonders, the Digitorium and CAVE sound as though they’d fit right in. According to the presentation, The Digitorium, described as “part digital opera house, part theater, part auditorium,” will feature a 3-D projection system. CAVE itself will allow professors to create 3-D virtual blueprints, which they can then examine from the inside out.

The film, according to Dean of Informatics Douglas Perry, will wow the legislators.

“I insisted that