SUNY Cobleskill Grad Among 2016 Wave Hill InternsJune 29, 2016
Erin Wadsworth ’15July 14, 2016
Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Ozgur
Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design, Class of ‘13
Where You'll Find Her Now
I am the Outreach and Education Designer for Hunger Solutions New York, a statewide anti-hunger non-profit headquartered in Albany. I design outreach pieces for the entire organization, including pieces directed at individuals who are looking for food assistance as well as educational pieces directed at the general public, policy makers, elected officials, community service organizations, etc. I use the skills I learned in the Graphic Design program at SUNY Cobleskill every day.
“Both [professors] provided me with guidance and knowledge that uniquely qualified me for the position I am in today."
We recently released our latest School Breakfast Report, a statewide analysis of how well—or poorly—NYS school districts are implementing the School Breakfast Program, which allows low-income students to eat breakfast at school. This year’s report (the first report I had a hand in) quadrupled in length from the previous year and was completely redesigned. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback.
Our organization was recently invited to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. That was an incredible experience!
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
I have to directly credit 2 professors at Cobleskill for where I am today, which, incidentally, is at a job that I absolutely love. The first is Margrethe Lauber. She has been and continues to be an amazing mentor and friend. I credit the vast majority of what I learned during my studies to her. During my senior year, we devised an independent study which allowed me to explore the intersection of design and another topic that is very important to me: finding ways for low-income families to eat healthy, locally-produced food. That brings me to the next important professor in my college career, Anne Rogan. She oversaw the nutritional portion of my project, and worked with me to actually implement a small pilot of it. Both of them provided me with guidance and knowledge that uniquely qualified me for the position I am in today.
The SUNY Cobleskill Graphic Design program gave me a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of good design and typography, as well as instruction in the programs (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat) used to produce design projects. I use those programs and design skills daily to produce materials for my organization.
Students, Take Note
I would say that your college experience at SUNY Cobleskill will be whatever you decide to make of it. Work hard and seek out all of the knowledge you can find—including in courses that are not related to your major. You never know what doors will be opened or what new interests you’ll discover. My current job is directly related to the project I did in my senior year, which was possible in part because I took a Nutrition class with Professor Rogan. She recognized that I worked hard, and was then willing to work with me independently. During college, your most important job is to learn—take advantage. Your future will thank you.