Senior Communications Officer (aka Art Director)
My Job: I have the pleasure of collaborating with talented colleagues in PubCom to help staff (and sometimes faculty) across all three schools develop materials that help recruit students and raise money. I focus on the design and production aspects of the projects. Most of the things I work on are realized in print publications, but I also art direct for other media. I also coordinate and art direct photography and manage logo usage for the institution.
Diversions: I’m a dabbler - I like to try lots of different things. I garden, knit, play cards, take photos, sew, do calligraphy, experiment with painting and printmaking (see below about stretching). I enjoy traveling (next dream vacation: France!), listening to audiobooks (my commute takes an hour each way), watching movies (especially romantic comedies with happy endings), going to Afternoon Tea, and eating chocolate.
Passion: My family—husband Darin and daughter Faith—our parents, siblings, cousins, etc. … they are our social life and we love it.
Recent activity that makes me stretch: Taking up ukulele and ping pong. Before that? Soup Sunday. We decided to be more outgoing and host a Sunday dinner each week (or nearly each week). We’ve tried several new soups, mastered a wonderful and incredibly easy homemade bread recipe to accompany the soup (happy to share, send me an email), and have enjoyed lots of good company. It’s turned out to be low stress and very enjoyable. It makes me stretch because I tend to be shy socially, and I don’t fancy myself to be a cook (I’m more of a baker because I like the precision of it).
Just finished audiobook: “The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild” by Lawrence Anthony. I didn’t want it to end! Yes, it was filled with emotionally manipulative superlatives, but I didn’t care. It made me feel good and for the first time I want to go to Africa!
Current analogbooks: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie, and “Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan.