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FINDING THE SWEET SPOT:adventures in computer animation and visualization by Dane Webster. Associate Professor of creative technologies at Virginia Tech. This lecture will be given on Monday February 6 at 5:30 in VH 1000 (Violette Hall). You see his work on display in the "Pioneers of Digital Media" going on right now in the side art gallery in Ophelia Parrish.

Will I ever get a job?

I thought I would post this list in an effort to raise your spirits and give you hope. These are former Truman State University Visual Communications students who are now working professionally. I have been meaning to put this list together for a long time and I have finally done it. So, when you ultimately graduate, you will know where you might run into a former Viscommie from Truman. This list will have a limited shelf-life, but should give you an idea of what your potential futures might look like.


  • Cameron Ballentine (2010): Marketing Services Specialist, MBS Textbook Exchange, Columbia, MO
  • Nicole Brewer (2008): Creative Director, VNA-TIP HealthCare, St. Louis, MO
  • Elizabeth Bishop (2009): Graphic Designer, Brake Printing, Columbia, MO
  • Paula (Ruckenbrod) Catalono (2000): Graphic Designer, Elsevier Publishing, St. Louis, MO
  • Brooke Clifton (2008): Graphic Designer, Bolds Creative, New York, NY
  • Becky (Niles) Daum (2005): Graphic Design Manager, Red Line Editorial, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jason Daum (2004): Manager of Marketing Services, INNOVA Marketing, Minneapolis, MN
  • Megan Dowdy (2010): Designer, Fleishman-Hillard, St. Louis, MO
  • Elizabeth Ebers (2005): Creative Director, Fleishman-Hillard, St. Louis, MO
  • Joe Eichelberger (2010): Graphic Designer/Illustrator, Paramount Apparel International, St. Louis, MO
  • Kate Elrod (2010): Creative Lead, Delinea Design, Omaha, NE
  • Stephen Emlund (2008): Print and Web Designer, Creative Improv, Columbia, MO
  • Jessica Endaya (2009): Graphic Designer, Gear for Sports, Kansas City, MO
  • Sarah Gordon (2000): Graphic Designer, Creative Services, UMKC, Kansas City, MO
  • Lindsey (Allen) Howell (2005): Art Director, Propper International, St. Louis, MO
  • Katia Ivanova (2010): Junior Graphic Designer, Dupuis Group, Chicago, IL
  • Emily James (2011): Studio Designer, Intouch Solutions, Kansas City, MO
  • Heather Jones (2001): Director of Art and Operations, Lipic's Recognition, St. Louis, MO
  • Patrick Jones (2009): Graphic Designer/Production Artist, Innovations in Art,  St. Louis, MO
  • Matt Kemp (2006): Art Director, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
  • Ashley Kilgore (2006): Prepress Artist, Cannonball Advertising Agency, St. Louis, MO
  • Katrina (Kouba) Boles (2004): Wardrobe Crew, Concert Series at Jess Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Michelle Krewet (2009): Graphic Designer, Henning Communications, St. Louis, MO
  • Ashley Long (2010) : Web Administrator, CBS Radio, St. Louis, MO
  • Annie Marineau (2003): Designer, Art Director, Brown Shoe Co., St. Louis, MO
  • Thomas Marrone (2005): Associate UI Artist, Cryptic Studios, San Francisco, CA
  • Andrea (Bailey) Maxwell (2010): Graphic Designer, Video Marketing USA, St. Louis, MO
  • Tina May (2008): Art Director, Ad Trends Advertising, Kansas City, MO
  • Joe Moccia (2005): Art Director, Discovery Communications, Washington, DC
  • Natalie (Preston) Navales (2004): Designer, The Graphics Company, St. Louis, MO
  • Abby Neidig (2009): Graphic Designer, US Toy Company, Kansas City, MO
  • Alyssa Noe (2011): Graphic Designer, Boxers Inc., St. Louis, MO
  • Jenny Oughton (2007): Art Director, Origin Agency, St. Louis, MO
  • Alison Peterson (2008): Art Director, Curious Pixel Inc., Kansas City, MO
  • Anitia (Pierre) Pierden (2005): Graphic Designer, Enterprises, Kansas City, MO
  • Breanne (Cooper) Rapken (2009): Graphic Designer/Web Administrator, The Pinnacle Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • Sara Schneider (2011): Assistant Art Director, Austin Fit Magazine, Austin, TX
  • Amanda Senn (2009): Graphic Designer, AlphaMetrix, LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Jennifer (Wiemer) Seris (2008): Graphic Artist, University of Missouri – Owner/Photographer, Jennifer Seris Photography, Columbia, MO
  • Dylan Smith (2004): Art Director, VML, Kansas City, MO
  • Zach Smyth (2008): Digital Designer, Osborn and Barr Communications, St. Louis, MO
  • Michael Sotomayor (2009): Graphic Designer, BaseZero Productions, Chicago, IL
  • Aaron Speropolus (2005): CEO/Creative Director, \\\Welve Creative, St. Louis, MO
  • Megan (Mudd) Stoll (2006): Multimedia Designer, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Jim Wagner (2001): Partner, Lagom Design, Kansas City, MO
  • Schuyler Whitely (2007): Graphic Designer, Black and Veatch, Kansas City, MO
  • Jordan Worcester (2010): Graphic Designer, Cosco Industries, Chicago, IL
  • Taylor (Wysocke) Henry (2010): Art Director, Boxers, Inc. St. Louis, MO

Note to alumni: I put this list together from my Linkedin and Facebook contacts. If you don't see your name on this list and would like to be added or if the information is incorrect, drop me an email with where you are and what you are doing.


Summer Jobs and Internships

What did you do over summer break?  Here is a list of students who participated in some Visual Communications jobs and internships. Good job.

  • Emma Dunlap: St. Louis Magazine
  • Andy Doering: NewGround
  • Corey Felter: Media Development
  • Tim Cooper: CSI Designs
  • Kristen Henry: TBWA/Shanghai
  • Mike Sistek: TBWA/Shanghai
  • Reina Koyano: TBWA/Shanghai
  • Huyen Dinh: TBWA/Shanghai
  • Shawn Griffin: TBWA/Shanghai
  • Albert McCormick: TBWA/Shanghai
  • Weiran Liu: TBWA/Shanghai
  • Rebecca Greiner: Intaglio Creative
  • Ashley Buhmann: Sports Print

Recent Graduate Internships

  • Mark Misiewicz: Kansas City Chiefs – Summer 2011
  • Aimee Sagaser: Paradowski Creative- Summer 2011
  • Huyen Dinh: Walt Disney Company – 6 month internship


Truman Art Department's internship team at TBWA Shanghai – 2011


Truman Art Department's internship team at TBWA Shanghai – 2011

2010 ADDY Awards

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Art, Ping Xu for his Silver ADDY award. The award was for a design for the Cross Connections exhibition poster (see October 25th post). Also bringing home ADDY award honors is Visual Communications senior Shawn Griffen. Shawn was awarded one Gold and two Silver awards for submitted designs.


Shawn Griffen

Gold Award: Large Print Design (above)

Conan O'Brien's Art of Funny Poster

Silver Award: Print Design: No Doubt European Tour Poster

Silver Award: Magazine Editorial Spread Design: Roxy Jeans

AAF Mid-Missouri


Ad and PR club

Advertising and Public Relations Club is an organization that offers hands-on experience with on and off campus clients.  Part of the club’s goal is to bring in speakers to get professional insights into the fields of public relations, advertising, marketing, and organizational communication.  Ad and PR club is affiliated with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), a professional network of more than 15,500 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. Amanda Goeser is this year's president. 

Meetings:  Every Wednesday, 5:00 p.m., BT222

Advertising and Public Relations Club is looking for Visual Communications majors to join and attend.

rn/viscom blog

Lab Monitors and Print Monitors WANTED!

The Viscom program is looking for work-study and scholarship workers to serve as lab monitors in OP1224 and as print monitors in OP1222 (printing to the EPSON 3880 and the HP130.) You will be performing a much appreciated and undervalued service to your fellow Viscom classmates. No Lab Monitors = no evening access to computer lab! No Print Monitors = no printing output. Interested? Contact Professor Derezinski. Rusty/viscom blog