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Jennifer Vitrano

Accounting, Tallen Technology Rentals

Spring 2017

Favorite Project

My Career

I oversee, address, and resolve all NET30 vendor, third party, and employee expense issues ensuring that invoices are reviewed, processed and coded to the corresponding general ledger. My position involves communicating with the President and Accounting Manager to ensure vendor checks are cut, signed, and mailed within terms and vendor accounts stay current.

Hobbies

Traveling, reading Theme Park Tourist articles, and eating all the frozen yogurt I can.

Previous Amazing Alumni

Hi I’m Jen, a Jersey girl who always dreamed of attending a Florida University. I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems but have always been drawn more towards the design aspects. After completing consecutive semesters in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World transitioning into a corporate lifestyle was difficult. I wanted a career change, one that truly made me happy. In order to begin my journey to career happiness, I decided to enroll online at UF for my master’s degree in the Web Design and Online Communications program as I have a passion for, and to learn, all things UI/UX.

Hometown:

Old Bridge, New Jersey

High School:

Old Bridge High School

Undergraduate:

Stockton University

Graduated from Web Design Program:

December 2016

University highlights, achievements and awards:

Taking the internship course was a huge achievement for me in general, as it was one of the goals I set for myself when I was accepted into the WDOC program. During my internship with a Christian TV Station, I was tasked with the responsibility of simply updating their website content. However, I took it upon myself to design mockups and wireframes showcasing how they could enhance the usability of their website pages. My advisor was thrilled at my “go-getter” behavior and the mockups were approved and implemented. From that point on my web responsibilities grew. My favorite highlight however, was when I designed a homepage header image which they chose to display as a billboard advertisement on a Florida highway!

During the Web Interactivity course, I used one of the projects as an opportunity to design a WordPress website for a full food service company in Florida. The client loved the site design and after tailoring the pages beyond project needs, I worked with them to purchase a domain and established their online presence.

Current Employment:

I currently work at Tallen Technology Rentals, an audio and visual technology rentals company in their accounting department.

I chose to attend UF because…

of the curriculum and course setup. The WDOC program allowed me the opportunity to complete my degree while still working full time. The best part was the majority of the classes were held live so I was able to ask questions, and get to know my instructors and classmates despite being in a “virtual” environment. The internship course however, sealed the deal. This was a component that my undergrad curriculum lacked, and I knew that if I took this course it was be a huge resume boost.

My favorite thing about UF was…

Their willingness to keep moving forward. Multiple times during the semester we as students are asked to fill out surveys which voices our opinion on our instructors and classes which helps to improve the quality of the course. I loved hearing about how course and project objectives changed semester to semester to fit the needs of the students in an ever changing field.

I use my degree in my professional life by…

Although my current position is within accounting, I have used what I learned in the WDOC program in my current professional role by partnering with our IT department to help improve employee usability of internal workflow processes. I have also been lucky enough to land a few freelance opportunities. Recently, I worked with a non-profit organization to update their WordPress site as well as suggested and implemented ways in which they could increase site usability. In addition to web specific skills, I have learned how to effectively time manage multiple projects and how to clearly communicate ideas and suggestions through online communication.

My favorite class was…

Without a doubt the internship course, I would recommend it to everyone! It made me realize that I not only made the right specialization choice for my masters degree, but that I could have a career in an area that I truly enjoyed and was passionate about. Everyday I looked forward to working on my internship tasks even after already working my full time job. This course taught me how valuable communication is in a virtual “work from home” environment as I never met face to face with my internship advisor during the 12 weeks.

My favorite professor was…

Jessica Pelasky, from Web Principles and Advanced Web 1. Jessica taught in a way that made it easy to understand HTML and CSS. I had the best time coding websites for her classes because her projects allowed us to be as creative as we wanted.

If I could have dinner with anyone, I would choose…

Walt Disney, granted he was still alive.

If I knew I could not fail, I would…

Teach a course on UX/UI design.

If money was not an issue, I would love to…

Travel to every Disney Theme Park around the world.
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