COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
Interactive Media Specialist
Length of Service: 1 year
Employee of the Month for March 2014
As Interactive Media Specialist, Jason Willis brings creative talent and an unbelievable skill set in design and media, all with a warm demeanor, to students, alumni, and donors. He has the ability to capture individuals’ stories that assists with building OU's story. From his creative work with the Commencement video two years ago, his redesign of OU's interactive annual giving web page involving current students, his video with community leaders like Huntington Ford, and capturing the rich history of alumni donors, Phil and Barbara Williams, testaments of his ability to fully tell the OU story.
• Jason produces exceptional work for Oakland University. Jason was asked to prepare a 3 minute piece that would clearly illustrate the positive impact philanthropy has had on Oakland University. He worked with students and staff to produce an amazing piece of work that exceeded expectations. The video segment was shown at the 2013 OU Scholarship Luncheon and recently at the first President's Campaign Planning Committee meeting under Dr. Youngblood's tenure. The video is now available to be viewed on the OU annual giving web site.
Below is a link to the video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4jfSMEvGg8&feature=youtu.be
• Jason was integral to the success of OU's first-ever crowd funding program, which prominently featured his photography and videos for the Student Organic Farm. He also designed the materials which gave OU a great branded look and pulled at the heartstrings to encourage donors to give. He has also created quality pieces for alumni engagement ("Be an Active Alum") and annual giving. We recently worked on a video/photo shoot to encourage giving, which was very high-quality and has been effective (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2qkYONeUkQ&feature=youtu.be).
Every project has not only exceeded expectations, but has also been incredibly fun. Jason is also a recent OU alumnus, which speaks so well of the work we do here at OU.
• Jason produces the most amazing print and video pieces and has a true talent and eye for details. Beyond that, he is a pleasure to work with! He is accommodating to the needs of staff, gracious and polite with the people he is photographing, and represents OU well wherever he is. His videos engage the appropriate audience - they aren't all the same, but fit the needs of what we are marketing. And he really gets excited about making a product we can be proud about as a university! Some examples from our campaigns: http://bit.ly/IKFRtj http://bit.ly/1gysbxi http://bit.ly/1jqasun
Congratulations to Jason on his selection as the March 2014 Employee of the Month!