April 2013 - Student of the Month - Pieter Tryzelaar

Pieter Tryzelaar, a dual student of the Master in Education in Instructional Technology and Master of Fine Art in Intermedia programs, is the April 2013 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Tryzelaar: I grew up in Portland. I am also a dual citizen with the Netherlands.

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Tryzelaar: I earned both an Associates and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in painting/video production, from the University of Southern Maine. I also have a degree in culinary arts from Southern Maine Community College.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Tryzelaar: I heard about the new Intermedia MFA program and was excited to attend.

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Tryzelaar: I am about to complete concurrent master’s degrees, a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and a MFA in Intermedia, an interdisciplinary art and technology program.

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Tryzelaar: I am exploring many options, ranging from finding work as an instructional technologist, to pursuing a PhD.

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

Tryzelaar: I would say I am most proud of my installation for the Intermedia Thesis Exhibition this past September. It was the culmination of years of research and months of preparation.

Graduate School: What is the highlight of your academic experience so far?

Tryzelaar: The highlight of my experience has been working across disciplines and exploring the intersections between Intermedia and Instructional Technology.

Graduate School: What is your favorite place on campus?

Tryzelaar: I work for the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) as a graduate assistant and run a small help desk located in Shibles Hall. I love working in Shibles and being part of the COEHD community.

Graduate School: What other important information about yourself would you like us to know?

Tryzelaar: My wife Sara is also about to graduate UMaine with a degree in environmental horticulture and sustainable agriculture. Down the road, we are planning to have a little farm-to-table operation. Sara will manage the farm and I want run a small test kitchen for food events and cooking classes.