Elena Scherer ’13, graphic design and multimedia journalism and mass communication majors:
Currently Associate user interface designer, Zywave, Milwaukee
(On winning graphic design awards for her work on the Augustana Observer at the annual Illinois College Press Association conference in 2013)
“I think newspapers are going in the direction of having really good design because it helps get the information across in a more effective manner. If I can convey what the story is about in a graphic without twisting it in any different direction or showing bias, that’s a successful graphic.”
Holly Gore ’11, art education and studio art majors:
Currently art teacher at Chicago International Charter School-West Belden Campus
“When I came to Augustana, I was interested in teaching and in creating my own art. I was not sure that I would be able to double major in these areas because I had been told at other colleges it was not even an option. Because I came to Augustana and worked hard to plan it all out, I graduated with both majors and was a part of the senior art show! Besides my family and friends, it was the faculty that helped me to accomplish my dream. The professors really get to know you and care about you here. I have had so many meetings and wonderful conversations with the professors; I have no idea where I would be now without them. The art department has always helped me to find a way to make both majors work. We had to plan out the classes and make sure I found a way into those classes, not to mention how much they have helped me to improve my artwork! The education department also has helped guide me immensely. My advisor is amazing as a professor and as a mentor. The education department helped to shape me into an amazing person and teacher; I owe a lot to them.”
Jeff Chin '10, studio art and communication studies
Currently director of animated storyboards, Chicago
"In my time at Augustana I was part of three design internships and the Augustana Web Guild, where I developed my skills in web design and client interaction. It was these experiences that gave me the confidence to become a professional graphic and web designer and also start my freelance design career."
Kristina DeRycke '10, studio art and biology; M.S., biomedical visualization, University of Illinois at Chicago
Currently medical animator at Thomas Direct, Montclair, New Jersey
"I received an education I believe surpasses most. Not only did Augustana vigorously prepare me in my studies, it opened up one of the best internship opportunities I could have wanted at the Texas Medical Center. I have chosen a field which is extremely small, but chock full of opportunities, especially in a world which is progressively becoming more digitally and visually based."
Liz Wierzbicki '10, studio art and mathematics; M.F.A, visual art, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis
Currently an instructor at Purdue University and Herron School of Art and Design; resident artist at D'Clinic studio, Slovenia
"Augustana helped me better develop my interests and skills and assisted me in determining the career and life I wish to pursue. I advise students to pursue their true interests in subjects and not just major in something that will translate easily into a job. Do what you love."
Jasen Hengst '14, graphic design
Owner, Create Design by Jasen Hengst, Rock Island
"The simple difference between Augustana and other schools that I visited: Augustana made me feel wanted and welcomed. And so I went where I felt wanted. I was surprised to find I am interested in more disciplines than just my major, like religion, computer science, creative writing, photography, and psychology. I've had some "aha" moments where I connected other studies with what I can implement in my design."
Kelsey Kammerzelt '15, graphic design and communication studies; art minor
"I started out as a biology/pre-medicine major, and then I totally flipped my decision and changed my major to deal with the arts. My peak experience was when I decided to switch majors. Although it was scary at the time, it opened a lot of doors for me, and I pushed myself with the help of my professors to jump right into a new field and a new discipline. I never thought I would be so fortunate to have the opportunities ... I never could have dreamed of when I first started at Augustana."