In May of 2018, I graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Art & Design. I attended school full-time while maintaining multiple jobs and memberships in campus organizations. I worked as a Graphic Design Intern at Heartland Financial USA, Inc. During the school year, I work as the Head Layout Editor of The Belltower, the campus' student newspaper, and as a Barista at our campus coffee shop, Sylvia's. Upon graduation, I received an offer to work full-time at Boyd Gaming as a Production Artist in Dubuque, Iowa. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling both domestically and internationally. Pictures of my adventures can be found here.
After my graduation from the University of Dubuque, I began working for Boyd Gaming as a Production Artist. Boyd Gaming is a casino entertainment company that owns and operates 29 gaming properties across ten states in the United States.
As a Production Artist, I worked to resize collateral pieces for a variety of the casinos that Boyd owns and operates. Additionally, I updated older collateral and designed new promotional pieces.
In October of 2018, I was promoted to a Graphic Designer with Boyd Gaming. Upon this promotion, I was assigned a casino that I primarily design various media for, including (but not limited to) printed showcards, plasmas, social media creative, menus, billboards, and mailers. In addition to designing for this casino, I still assist in designing and resizing collateral for other casinos within Boyd Gaming.
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.
During the summer of 2017, I worked as a Graphic Design Summer Intern at Heartland Financial USA, Inc. During my time with the company, Heartland Financial owned ten banks across the country, primarily in the Midwest and West. As a Graphic Design Intern, I created and designed various digital and print pieces for these banks. This provided substantial variety in my daily job duties. This internship taught me a great deal about design and collaboration within a company. I was fortunate enough to be asked to continue my internship during my senior year of college.
I began as an Assistant Layout Editor when i first joined The Belltower in August of 2015. In December of 2016, I became the paper's next Head Layout Editor. In this position, I oversaw all design and layout operations of the newspaper. I assigned pages to each Assistant Layout Editor to complete by a deadline decided by the Editor-in-Chief and myself. Once I received each assistant's pages, it was my role to assemble the paper and make any revisions and design corrections as necessary. From there, the paper continued to the newspaper's advisors and came back to me with corrections. Once corrections were made, the paper was sent to print and finally distributed across campus.