• ElizabethVornbrockSpotlight

Elizabeth Vornbrock

  • Program: Graphic Design | Media Arts

    Education/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree, Graphic Design, from SCC

    Has Taught at SCC Since: 2013 (as an adjunct) 2015 (full-time)

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Worked as a Web designer and developer for two years with the state of Nebraska and Nelnet.

    Describe your teaching philosophy.

    My teaching philosophy is to emulate a real-world working environment as much as possible and view the students from an art director-designer standpoint versus teacher-student. I try to create a good camaraderie where students feel comfortable asking any questions. I provide students with a surplus of out-of-class materials and reading to spark curiosity, encourage self-learning and broaden their horizons about the fields of design.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?

    I began teaching at SCC because I truly believe in the GD|MA program. It’s rigorous and prepares students for life after graduation.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?

    Prospective students can expect the program to be more difficult than they anticipate, but it’s incredibly enjoyable and very rewarding.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?

    Each person is made up of unique life experiences that have helped shape them into the person they are. I bring experiences from the multitude of jobs I’ve worked in customer service, sales, design, development, as an adjunct instructor, and volunteer work to provide students with situations they can expect to encounter after graduation and how they can approach them.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program? 

    My advice to any students looking to pursue higher education is to ensure that they are ready mentally and financially. It is customary for students to attend college immediately after high school, but even allowing a one- to two-year break can help you create a better understanding of yourself and what it is you want to do. If you decide that the GD|MA program is something you want to pursue, it is important that you understand what graphic design is and is not.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?

    I enjoy talking about graphic design and Web development all day. I love seeing a hunger and drive in students and helping them achieve their goals.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

    Having the ability to grow, adapt and change the way I teach and what I teach to reflect what’s current within the industry. I love being part of a small faculty where my thoughts and opinions can be heard, and I feel like part of the team.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?

    The best moments as an instructor are when you see the light bulb go on in the student’s mind. When they truly understand something and have a desire to learn more about it.

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?

    When I’m not teaching, I volunteer for AIGA Nebraska, a volunteer-run, membership-fueled non-profit that exists to support, empower and unite practitioners, patrons and pupils of all types of design. We serve our members by facilitating communication and relationships, providing tools and resources for learning and career building, and by promoting design through events, sponsorship, advocacy, and initiatives. If I’m not working or volunteering, I love to run, read, cook, bake, sleep, work out, eat, knit, and crochet. I also enjoy watching the same movies over and over again (“Harry Potter,” “The Hobbit,” “Lord of the Rings”).