24, No. 5, Sept. 2, 2004
the job: Lynn Smith
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
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<strong>Photo by L. Brian Stauffer</strong><hr /><br />
Proctor, professor, speech & hearing science, with graduate
students Mary Ratliff (at left, seated) and Mary Newman (at
right, seated). With some fo the testing equipment used to
evaluate coginitive abilities of those who have suffered
from brain injuries.
by Kwame Ross
is a marketing specialist with the Office of Continuing
her 30-plus year career in graphic arts since graduating from Texas
Tech University with a bachelor of fine arts degree, Lynn Smith has
designed everything from archery equipment catalogs to tofu cookbooks
and outdoor signs. But diverse projects suit Smith just fine and she
has won numerous awards for her design work and photography through
the years. Smith joined the Office of Continuing Education as a marketing
specialist last November after working for 21 years for UI Extension.
Smith designs the Allerton Park newsletter and Illinois Steward magazine,
a publication of the UI department of natural resources and environmental
projects are you working on right now?
I’m working on the logo for an umbrella for our all-staff retreat
here in Continuing Education. But earlier today I was working on the
new calendar for Illinois Steward magazine. I’ve been working
on some signs for Allerton, and I’ve had to hike the trails there
and photograph things. That’s the neat thing about this job: All
the things I do for pleasure I do for work.
I never know when I get here in the morning what the emphasis is going
to be that day.
your favorite part of what you do?
I like to do things that I don’t know how to do because it makes
me learn something new.
One time I did a job in the College of ACES that had to be printed in
both English and Arabic. English of course is read left to right; Arabic
is read right to left. So I had to design the publication to be viewed
both ways and then make a presentation folder so they would be put together.
That was pretty challenging. It was back when it was more difficult
to find Arabic fonts and to find someone who could do the translating
and the typesetting.
I did food styling with all the cookbooks for the National Soybean Research
Council. That was fun to be in the kitchen with the people who were
designing the recipes and then to present the food so that it would
look appealing in the photographs.
kinds of things do you do away from the job?
My life kind of centers around art. I take the skills that I know from
design and play at home in my garden. I have a lot of animals: a quarter
horse, a Jack Russell terrier who was a rescue dog, a St. Bernard mix,
an Afghan hound and some cats.
I live west of town along the Sangamon. I’ve made trails all along
the river so that you can ride, hike, cross-country ski and bike along
our property and the adjoining ones.
Our property is designated an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark because
we have the endangered Sangamon Phlox on it. We also have two different
species of orchids. We live on a really neat piece of property that
had been grazed but never farmed, so we have great native plants.
you have to go through an application process to get the designation?
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources actually asked us if we
would like to participate because we have an endangered species on our
property. When we have invasive species like the honeysuckle and the
garlic mustard, they come out and help us keep those under control.
My husband and
I also collect plants from around the world. We have some real rare
plants, such as a tree from South Africa called the Medusa Aloe, a cinnamon
tree, ferns, different kinds of cacti and probably six different kinds
of jade plants.
I moved everything
outside for the summer so that the birds can take care of all the pests.
It literally takes me an entire weekend twice a year to move the plants
back and forth. Every year we take one more piece of furniture out of
the sunroom because there are plants from floor to ceiling in there.
It’s nice to sit in there and the winter and feel like you’re
in a jungle or desert and have the snow outside and above you.