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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Get To Know LATIS'S David Ullman

Name: David Ullman

Position? I am the Video Producer on staff for LATIS Video Services. 

Where can we find you online?  

LATIS-wise, I am the main contributor to our Video Services YouTube  and Twitter  pages. I’m  online @ davidullman.net, thefuriouslight.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube -- however, all of these are centered around my music.

When did you start working at the U? February 2013

What brought you to your current job? My wife landed a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, so we moved to Minnesota from Cleveland, Ohio. I had been happy working as a Digital Video Specialist at Case Western Reserve University there, so I started contacting people working in video-related jobs at colleges and Universities in the Twin Cities area nine months before we made the move. Fortunately, within six months of living here, I landed this job, which I feel is an excellent fit for my background and strengths.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?  My favorite aspect of this job is the opportunity to be of use to other people.

Tell us about one of the coolest projects you’ve worked on for your job at the U?  The 103-video-strong suite of faculty, alumni and undergraduate profiles for CLA 1001/1002 The First Year Experience tops my list. The interviews we conducted and the narratives we highlighted are meant to move students towards a major (and hopefully a career path) in a faster and more meaningful way. I love the idea that a student might uncover an academic trajectory they hadn’t intended or give themselves permission to follow a secret passion because of something touched upon in the videos. It was also really nice to work on a project which served every department equally.

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I come from a small town in Northeast Ohio called Rittman. The first place I lived after that was Raleigh, North Carolina.

What do you do for fun? For the last ten years or so, I’ve been writing, recording and performing music under my own name. My most recent album is coming out on August 11th (Preview & Pre-Order @ http://bit.ly/iTunesFuriousLight - CDs @ http://davidullman.net), and I’ll be playing a tour-ending CD Release show at The Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul on Sunday, August 16th. Admission is free, and all are invited (21+). More info @ http://www.amsterdambarandhall.com/events/swallows-david-ullman-the-furious-light-midland-uprising/

What was your worst or most unusual job? My first job out of college was supposed to be in video, but it turned out the guy (a very small business owner) really wanted me to be a telemarketer for his video business.

I’m happiest when: I’m happiest when I’m feeling motivated, creative and productive.

Motto or personal mantra: “Do what you love, and love what you do.” My dad always said that to me while I was growing up. I think that is one of the greatest gifts he gave me.

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