Kimberley Massey, Strategic Marketing and Creative Services
I earned a BFA from Winthrop University in graphic design and have worked in design agencies, corporate settings, and on a freelance basis. South Carolina is home because, as a former Army kid, I have lived here the longest.
I moved here from New Jersey, and my first weekend in South Carolinian was spent at the Irmo Okra Strut watching people eat slimy green vegetables in 101 degree heat. It took a while to get over that introduction, but once the heat wave passed and I found that okra can also be fried, I started to like it here. Now I can't imagine living anywhere else.
I have worked at USC for 14 years, designing for clients across the campus. I love what I do and have one of the best jobs at the University. Like most people, I went to college and concentrated in one area of study. But unlike most people, I am still in college and still learning every day—in every field this time around and without the tests! I meet different faculty and staff every day, learn what they do, and then find a creative way to let everyone else know what I got to see or hear first hand.
I have watched baby alligators hatch, seen lasers work, watched artists paint and dancers practice, worn a "bunny suit" in a clean room, helped with a simulated flood model, talked with the late James Dickey, held a fuel cell membrane, hiked with Rudy Mancke, and, yes, even held a Madagascaran cockroach named Whopper and have photos to prove it! Now if you ask my boys what I do, the answer is much shorter: Mom draws all day on the computer and knows Cocky.
I met my husband while he was stationed at Shaw AFB. He has since left the service and graduated from USC. He is a huge USC fan and never wants me to leave this job because of the "benefits" package: husband-speak for football tickets. I have no plans on leaving. There are still people to meet and things to learn.