Welcome to the CAS Staff Spotlight, a column featuring members of the CAS staff. For this spotlight, we are proud to introduce you to Cecily Marx.
- What do you do at the CAS?
I’m the webmaster and work on the CAS suite of eight websites, keeping them up to date by making required improvements and implementing changes. I also run the Career Center and help with IT things when needed.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy working with the other staff and building out sections of the websites. I just like building websites.
- What’s your hometown?
Mequon-Thiensville, Wisconsin, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan.
- Where’d you go to college and what’s your degree?
My undergraduate degree is from the University of Wisconsin–Stout: a BFA in art concentrating in graphic design, with honors.
I went to graduate school in Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University. I earned an MSc in applied multimedia technology, which focused on usability and accessibility of websites for dyslexics.
- What was your first job out of college?
I worked as a web developer at General Dynamics on a contract for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We did an extensive usability study in my time there. Towards the end of the eight-month contract, I did some work on one of their publications, working in QuarkXPress and helping their in-house graphic designer.
- Describe yourself in three words.
Tenacious, independent and reliable.
- What’s your favorite weekend activity?
I have a variety of interests but I enjoy quilting, cross-stitch, needlepoint and traveling.
- What’s your favorite travel destination?
It’s a toss-up among Edinburgh, Prague and Barbados. I’ve traveled extensively so it’s hard to pick one.
- Name one interesting or fun fact about you.
It took 24 years for me to be diagnosed as dyslexic. I was diagnosed when I was living in Scotland during graduate school. Dyslexia is still a misunderstood learning disability, but I found that Scotland had more resources available and a better understanding of it compared to my experiences in the U.S.