STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Learning for Some, Healing for Others – MTC & The Maceyko Family
Tim Maceyko had a vision for his son’s legacy after he died suddenly in March of 2013. He and his son Seth, had a wonderful bedtime ritual that they coined as “Snuggle Time”. This ritual started with a series of funny questions and answers between Tim and Seth. They would finally land on Seth saying, “Daddy, do you know what time it is?” and Tim answering with, “Snuggle Time.” This ritual would always end with a five-year-old boy curled up asleep on a loving father’s lap.
To keep Seth’s memory alive and to help raise scholarship funds in his honor, the family contacted Marion Technical College to see if there was a way that we could help with a website that would house the story of Seth and the Maceyko family as well as be a portal to sell the “Snuggle Time” book that Tim is currently working on completing. This was a new
one for MTC. We had never had such a real and emotional challenge brought to our Interactive Media students for
a class project. That didn’t matter. It took no time for Jeremy Fryman, instructor for the web development course, to agree to the project.
The project started at the beginning of the term and Maceyko came to the class to tell Seth’s story and give the class some insight into his experience.
Tim had started a Facebook page, In Memory of Seth James Maceyko, which became wildly popular. He didn’t really care so much about the popularity, but realized that it was a comforting outlet for him to talk about highs and lows of his experience and record memories of his son. “It has helped with the healing and has become a diary of sort,” he said. The class referred to the Facebook page that was made in Seth’s memory to learn more about the Maceyko family’s struggle to heal. Then the class was charged with providing several websites for the Maceyko family to come back to review – potentially picking a winner who would help them complete the project.
Along the way, the class learned not only about the details of what it takes to research and form a function- al website, but how to take a real life concept from start to finish (almost). Andrew Ault, a
student who worked on the project,
had this to say, “I learned how to better
code in HTML and learned
new programming languages.
I also had to overcome real
world struggles in coding. I relied on other sources and went
to functional websites to find
what I needed to make the site
work the way I wanted it to.”
At the end of the term, Seth’s family, Trish (mom), Allie (sister), and Tim (dad) all came to MTC to view the students’ presentations and pick a winner. The family enjoyed this process as
it was one step closer to their dream becoming a reality. “The website is not finalized yet as there is still work to be done. We liked elements of several concepts so we need to come back together with a student who is interested in helping
us complete the project,” Tim said.
MTC is trying to make sure that happens for the Maceyko family. Tim does have advice for nonprofits who are interested in MTC’s students helping them with projects. “Be patient,” he said. “These students are learning as they go and so am I, so know that you may not reach an end in the 16-week term.” He also mentioned
that having a clear vision of what you want helps to ensure that the students create a
final project that matches the vision.
The term has ended, lessons have been learned, and there are steps being taken to complete this project for a student portfolio, but more importantly, for the memory of a little boy whose life was cut too short.
Our thanks go out to the Maceyko family for thinking of our students to help with the project, sharing this story, and continuing to work with us to create a final project. Maceyko family, you have inspired our students to do good things
for good people. They have provided our students the opportunity to learn and grow through your patience and willingness to contribute their time to this project.
Stay tuned, we hope to report a web address that unveils a final project in a future issue. To learn more about using your creative skills to help others, contact Marion Technical College at www.mtc.edu or by calling 740.389.4636. Ask about the Interactive Media program!