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Employee Spotlight Neil Wiarda

Neil Wiarda

Graphic Designer Associate
Visual Production Center

"Laugh at least once a day!" -Neil's Grandpa

Neil works in the Visual Production Center (VPC) as a Graphic Designer Associate. He began his career at WIU as a Digital Imaging Specialist I in December 2008 in the same department. Neil's responsibilities include working with customers to create and design large-format prints on a variety of materials to help support the university's mission. The customers include those on campus as well as those in the community to help promote their organizations as well. When asked what Neil likes most about his job, his response was, "EVERYTHING! There are new challenges every day that I enjoy. Every project is different, there is no repetition. I like that!" His advice for prospective employees seeking employment at Western? "It's a good opportunity to gain experience while working within a very friendly community." One of Neil's most memorable experiences was the night he helped his co-worker Brian, install the Volleyball Wall Cling Project. "We worked from 7:00 pm until 7:00 am installing 17-18, 5x10 foot vinyl clings of former stand-out players in WIU's Volleyball Program. It was a long night, but we were able to get it done." Some of the resources that have helped Neil in his job include his coworkers, the professional memberships and trainings he receives through his department, the ability to fail and learn from those failures, the diversity of projects which allows him to learn new techniques, and to be able to work with new materials constantly which helps us to stay current and to provide our customers with the best service possible. Neil's WIU journey to employment here began when he was a student photographer at VPC and also worked at Cameraland. "One day I came to see Brian Kreps at work in VPC, and I never wanted to leave. I started testing and was hired, eventually. It's pretty amazing to be able to work with your friend every day." When he is not designing amazing products for the campus and community, you can find him on the golf course, cycling, watching sports, and spending time with his girlfriend…(not necessarily in that order)!

HR salutes Neil Wiarda as one of our many committed Civil Service employees at WIU!