Victoria Wins Competitive Study Abroad Internship
By: Evie Caldwell
Digital Technology and Culture student Victoria Henry-LeMaster was recently chosen to be a Digital Communications Intern for University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), a popular study abroad agency. Victoria is currently studying abroad in Haifa, Israel. She will be completing the internship this spring while abroad.
USAC is a non-profit, university-based organization. The agency has program locations in 28 countries. Each semester, USAC hires interns to help share the study abroad experience. The application process is competitive, and the agency selects students with excellent photography and videography skills. During her internship with USAC, Victoria will be working on an array of different media projects including photography, videography, and Instagram takeovers. She is looking forward to the opportunity to expand her portfolio.
When on campus, Victoria works as a Director of Social Media for ZZU CRU. She is active in Hillel, and she has also been a member of Alpha Delta Pi since Fall 2016.
Victoria is studying Digital Technology and Culture because of the versatility of the program. She believes her major will prepare her to go into an artistic field, advertising, or even a career in business. She values the way that Digital Technology and Culture can be molded to fit individual needs.
Although she has always been an advocate for traveling and stepping out of one’s comfort zone, Victoria’s desire to study abroad began in August when she visited Israel through Birthright Israel, an organization that sponsors free heritage trips for young adults. Upon reaching the end of her trip, Victoria knew she wanted to return to Israel. She started looking into study abroad programs. “I think studying abroad is an experience that everyone should at least try to take advantage of,” said Victoria. She disagrees with the myth that studying abroad is just an excuse to have fun and take a vacation. While in Israel, Victoria is taking classes outside of her major and minors to push herself. She hopes her internship with USAC will help her grow as a creative producer.
Catching Up With DTC Alumni Cesar Guerrero
By: Evie Caldwell
In May 2018, Cesar Guerrero was awarded the Digital Technology and Culture Outstanding Senior Award. Since graduating from WSU, Cesar has relocated to Reston, Virginia. He now works at Oracle, a computer technology corporation that specializes in cloud engineered systems, enterprise software products, and database software and technology.
Cesar chose to study Digital Technology and Culture because it aligned with his passions: storytelling and digital media. “I found it thrilling to discover new tools and programs but to also work towards becoming a proficient user in each,” said Cesar. The various pathways provided by the program have enabled Cesar to diversify his work through digital tools like Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk Maya.
Throughout his time at WSU, Cesar was involved in a number of extracurriculars including Digital Media Club, Management Information Systems Club, Sigma Lambda Beta, College of Arts and Sciences Ambassadors, and The Crimson Group. Cesar also worked at the Office of Multicultural Student Services and interned as a Facilities Analyst at Boeing, where he focused on UX and UI development.
Today, as an Associate Consultant at Oracle, Cesar helps to implement the company’s Customer Relationship Management and Service cloud base systems. Additionally, he connects with clients. He plans, designs, and presents solutions to their issues. “I got into consulting because I saw it as a challenging opportunity to learn more about cloud products early on in a career that revolved around tech,” said Cesar. He believes the skills he learned through the Digital Technology and Culture program put him at an advantage in his field. Because of his background with digital tools, he is able to learn new products quickly. He also utilizes his storytelling skills when simplifying content for clients.
In addition to his job at Oracle, Cesar does photography and photo manipulation on the side. His work is available on his Instagram.
Cesar’s advice to current Digital Technology and Culture students is to look into all the program’s pathways early on. He also strongly recommends networking. Cesar believes the most valuable opportunity WSU gave him as a whole was the chance to meet incredible people.
Welcome New Faculty Member Tor DeVries
By: Evie Caldwell
The Digital Technology and Culture program gained a new faculty member this fall. Tor de Vries is an award-winning designer with many years of experience in both design and technology.
Before coming to WSU, Tor was the Web Producer and Art Director for EngenderHealth, a leading global women’s health nonprofit. In nearly 20 countries around the world, EngenderHealth is committed to improving women’s sexual and reproductive health. Tor’s team was in charge of all the materials the organization produced. He oversaw the creation of websites, annual reports, project logos, awareness campaigns, and more.
While Tor contributed to many projects during his time with the nonprofit, his favorite was EngenderHealth’s WTFP?! (or Where’s The Family Planning?!) campaign. It aimed to promote the importance of access to family planning in developing countries. Tor was the Art Director and Creative Director for the campaign. He designed and coded the WTFP?! website and led the team that designed the campaign’s brand, videos, social media outreach, and infographics. The WTFP?! campaign won several awards, including three Graphic Design USA Awards, a PRNews Nonprofit PR Platinum Award, a Population Institute Global Media Award, and an honorable mention from the Shorty Awards. Most importantly, it shifted communication in the industry and made it easier for people to talk about family planning.
Prior to his 13 years at EngenderHealth, Tor worked for decades in corporate design, marketing, and communication, including at a Manhattan marketing agency and a Wall Street software startup. He also taught briefly at Parsons School of Design, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design and Technology. He has expertise in all kinds of design and production, especially print and interactive design, and he has background in marketing and programming. He brings decades of experience to the Digital Technology and Culture team.
Tor is currently teaching two DTC 101 classes. He hopes to eventually teach about everything from the principles of design to the programming and management of websites. He has also taught the Adobe Creative Suite in the past.
To find out more about Tor and his work, visit his website.