Wilbert Finds Design Success


Christi Wilbert, an alumna of East Islip’s Class of 2014, is currently a college junior attending California State University, Long Beach, working to earn her bachelor’s degree in graphic design while minoring in web technologies and applications. Her immersion in East Islip teacher James Connell’s graphic communications and video production classes led directly to her current success in both college and recent design competitions.

“My interest in graphic design and the technology field was sparked by my experiences in Mr. Connell’s classes,” said Wilbert. “Experiencing a broad sample of the many facets of the technology field encouraged me to work on tying together as many aspects of design and technology as possible, and the skills I learned in the graphic communications class are the foundation for the graphic design skill set I currently have. Those courses at East Islip set me up for success in college and beyond.”

As part of a brand workshop class, Wilbert was recently invited to work on an internal branding project for Hallmark, providing her with valuable real-world experience. She also participated in Knowbility’s OpenAIR 2016 collegiate web design competition, where she was part of a team that paired with and created an accessible website for a nonprofit organization. Wilbert’s team earned first place.

“Christi was one of my all-time favorite students,” said Connell. “Her enthusiasm for the classes she took with me was very rewarding to me as her teacher. I am very proud of the fact that I helped inspire her to work in a field in which she has gained so much success, and I wish her the very best as she continues to be successful well in to the future.”