Session Details

Beyond the Screen

MPD8 Management and Professional Development

Location: Skyline II

TUESDAY, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

It’s easy to lose sight of the advantages of working at a higher education institution. How often do you talk to faculty and staff outside of your area? Was the last time you took a class when you received your degree... maybe five, ten, thirty years ago? Do you interact with students or attend university events? Sitting in front of computer screens for roughly eight hours a day, five days a week is hardly the workout our brains and bodies need in order to push creative concepts out or to understand the audiences of faculty, staff, students, and parents. Colleges and universities are THE place to grow and learn, yet we get so consumed with our work that we forget to take advantage of what they have to offer us. There are a myriad of opportunities to continue your education, get involved, and interact with your audiences. My goal is to inspire you to try something new, while sharing some of my experiences and how it all feeds into my work on the web.

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Amanda Smith
Graphic Designer, Illinois State University

Amanda Smith has been a graphic designer in Web and Interactive Communications at Illinois State University since 2009. In addition to working in higher education, she has spent several years as an agency designer in the private sector. She graduated from Illinois State in 2006 with a double major in Graphic Design and Photography. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys shoeing unicorns and raising an army of basset hounds in hopes of world domination.