Alumni Success: The first look, 2020 Spring Graduates Part 2

Creative Degree Program, Creative Careers
Designed by Kayla Swedberg and Harlie Stafford; Photographed by Kathleen Munkel

The spring 2020 class has seen more obstacles than the average college graduating class. This group of Nossi College of Art graduates made us especially proud, to endure the setbacks and continue moving forward, striving for success.

Special Shout Outs this Spring!

– Two student AAF ADDY Award winners moved onto the District Competition
– Over 16 percent of students were awarded high academic honors and placed on the President’s List (made at 4.0 GPA) or the Dean’s List (make 3.7 GPA or higher) this semester
Alpha Beta Kappa will honor 10 graduates in 2019/2020. ABK students become members of The National Honor Society for America’s Postsecondary Schools, Institutes, Colleges, and Universities.
Talent Discovery winners are graduating seniors whose talent is considered Best of the Best in our Art College. Award winners also receive a monetary bonus for this award. Congrats to Cory Determann (Video & Filme) and Harlie Stafford (Graphic Design Media), our spring Talent Discovery winners
– Congrats to Kayla Swedberg for being honored as Most Creative from Graphic Design while Kathleen Munkel was honored Most Creative from Photography in the spring.

As we look forward, we wanted to highlight each amazing graduate, and look at their creative specialty, what they are currently up to, plus ways to digitally connect.

Learn how graduating seniors were challenged to brand their Portfolio Show and view graduates featured last week.

Check out 2020 Spring Grads Part 1!

2020 Spring Graduates – Part 2

Kathleen Munkel, Photographer

Kathleen Munkel | Photography

Specialty: Commercial, editorial, and concert photography

Kathleen’s Portfolio

Currently: Freelancing and is looking for new clients. Check out her portfolio website for contact information.

Connect: Instagram

Huge help: Kathleen stepped up into a leadership position within a student group and also helped our graphic design team capture photos of all spring grads. Thanks for your help and dedication, Kathleen!


Hannah Marcum Photographer

Hannah Marcum | Photography

Specialty: Wedding photography and child portrait photography

Hannah’s Portfolio

Currently: Runs her own freelance company, As Far as the Eye Can See Photography, and is currently accepting new clients.

Connect: Facebook

Quote: I love the elegance and beauty of weddings, and I adore capturing each child’s personality in a photo. I have a photojournalistic style, so I photograph in a very candid way. 


Austin Lampey Videographer

Austin Lampley | Video & Film

Specialty: Live event camera operating and video editing

Austin’s Portfolio

Currently: Freelancing for several live event companies (but on hold due to COVID-19), and is looking to connect with a local sports teams, such as the Nashville Predators, or for any music venues that need/require shows to be filmed. Contact info on his portfolio website.

Connect: YouTube | Facebook

Experience on set: I worked on a live television set a few weeks ago; it was one of the only productions happening in town. Due to the virus, we were all tested at the door, practiced social distancing on set, and wore masks and gloves. It was pretty cool to be involved in such a unique production.


Julius Kiprotich | Graphic Design Media

Specialty: Art direction, branding, and web design

Julius’ Portfolio

Currently: Julius is the Senior Designer & Web designer at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He also freelances under his brand Kip Design Studios. He is launching merch soon, so check back for details.

Favorite Creations: Pineapple Sprite Ad: I love Sprite, and mixed it with a variety of flavors. My current favorite mixture is Sprite and pineapple juice. Created as a tribute to my favorite “unique” beverage, the can and water splash were modeled in 3D on Modo with final edits completed in Photoshop.

Phoenix Telecom Ad: Company rebrand in Nashville, where I challenged myself to create a whole design language, not just a logo and brand.  This language dictates how it looks and interacts with the public and B2B sectors. The logo was sketched, digitized, and finalized in Adobe Illustrator while everything else was designed in Photoshop.

Connect: LinkedIn | Instagram


Cory Determann | Video & Film

Specialty: Video production and digital marketing

Cory’s Website

Currently: A Full-time digital strategist at XOi Technologies, a part-time video producer at Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing, and runs his own company, Muddy Water Productions, full-time.

Connect: YouTube

Reel: View Cory’s video reel


Chris Jastrow Graphic Designer

Chris Jastrow | Graphic Design Media

Specialty: Print Design, Branding and 3D design

Chris’ Portfolio

Currently: Created Jastrow Designs and is looking for new clients.

Connect: Instagram


Susan Birchfield, Photopgrapher

Susan Burchfield | Photography

Specialty: Fine art photography (painting with light) and medical photography

Susie’s Portfolio

Currently: Runs Susan Burchfield Photography and is accepting new clients. Susie is also an essential employee working for Tennessee’s Department of Health. 

Connect: Facebook

Detail: Susie has a Ph.D. in chemistry, and knows her way around a lab. She is in a unique position to understand scientific research and what scientists are trying to show. Reach out to Susie if you are interested in connecting, as she is building her portfolio now.  


Lydia Fisher Photographer

Lydia Fisher | Photography

Specialty: Nature Photography | Commercial Photography – portraits and products

Lydia’s Portfolio

Currently: Started Lydia Marie Photography while looking for something full-time. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the personal time with my camera; just taking a breath to shoot for me.

Connect: Instagram

Quote: I never really want to be stuck in a box. I never want to be labeled a photographer for strictly this or that. For me, the fun is in all of it. Trying new things feeds my happiness. 

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