1. Poet, story teller, and arts educator, Caits Meissner is a Pratt Alumni holding a BFA in Communication Design. She has contributed design and media production to a large roster of artist and non-profit clients. Currently, Caits serves as the Education Programs Manager at Tribeca Film Institute. She also teaches at various community organizations such as Urban Word’s Preemptive Education Conference, the Brooklyn Museum and Chashama’s chaNorth artist residency.

    The Career Coffee Break program is run by the Peer Counselors in the Peer to Peer Program in Pratt Institute's Office of Career Services. The Peer Counselors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

    If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email peer@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.

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  2. Maya Eilam is an alumni working at Time Inc. Content Solutions. She graduated the AOS Graphic Design Program in December 2012. Maya invited us into her home and talked to us about her career, her experience at the Pratt Show, and her personal design philosophies.

    Career Coffee Break is a program run by the Career Ambassadors in the Pratt Success Program for the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Pratt Institute. The Career Ambassadors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

    If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email peer@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.

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  3. Zachary Feltoon interview, October 2009, davidzachary.net/

    Career Coffee Break is a program run by the Peer Counselors in the Peer to Peer Program in Pratt Institute's Office of Career Services.

    The Peer Counselors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

    If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email peer@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.

    Check out the Peer to Peer Blog for more Career Success Stories from the Pratt Community. prattsuccess.blogspot.com

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  4. Megan Thomas-Melly interview, December 2009, meganthomas-mellyfineart.blogspot.com/

    Career Coffee Break is a program run by the Peer Counselors in the Peer to Peer Program in Pratt Institute's Office of Career Services.

    The Peer Counselors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

    If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email peer@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.

    Check out the Peer to Peer Blog for more Career Success Stories from the Pratt Community. prattsuccess.blogspot.com

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  5. **See transcript below description**

    Michael A. Rippens interview, September 2009, rippens.com

    Career Coffee Break is a program run by the Peer Counselors in the Peer to Peer Program in Pratt Institute's Office of Career Services.

    The Peer Counselors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

    If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email peer@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.

    Check out the Peer to Peer Blog for more Career Success Stories from the Pratt Community. prattsuccess.blogspot.com

    Michael A. Rippens Transcript

    I graduated in 2000. I was kind of doing like huge crowd scenes, which still related. It was people within an urban setting and how they were funneled and collected in certain areas, and grouped together in unnatural ways.

    You know, the work changes. The work I am doing now is kind of different. It’s toned down a lot politically. I have switched up my medium to a less harder medium. From like a very aggressive medium. I was using spray paint, and working with plexiglass. I started using masking tape on cardboard. It started out as just an experiment.

    It’s called Brooklyn Utopias. Artists are exploring, in different ways, the possible future of where they see Brooklyn is heading or where they don’t want Brooklyn to head. Looking forward by looking backwards, in a cultural, political, urban planning sense. There are a lot of interpretations.

    So this piece, I decided to break those things down that I was thinking of – cycling and transportation – into a piece about Brooklyn. It’s just a scene of a whole bunch of cyclists basically taking over a highway that was pretty obviously intended for car transportation. So imagining what a post automobile street might look like, and that being part of the utopia that I would imagine. Human powered vehicles without gas and pollution.

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