IN THE SPOTLIGHT
People Behind the Scenes
Who keeps our university in top shape? It's the People Behind the Scenes! Meet Barb Diehl, an arts professional (graphic designer) in the Publications & Creative Services unit of University Communications.
What is one thing you would like people to know about the work you do?
My job is to portray the university as a coherent, value-added institution in the varied print publications I produce, including recruitment information, program promotional materials, annual reports, literary journals, department newsletters, and even printed forms. I like using my skills to promote education and culture rather than trying to sell a brand of mayonnaise. It's satisfying to help non-communications people to communicate—whether it be with alumni, professional colleagues, potential students, or other constituencies—and have them look good in print.
What do you like best about being a part of the CU community?
I've been with the university since 1974. Even though I didn't attend CU, I've gotten involved with many of its departments and programs as a volunteer. I'm on the boards of the CU Museum and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Guild, and support the Takács Quartet, among other passions. Each group is made up of interesting and dedicated individuals who have become friends.
What is your favorite activity/interest outside of work?
For a change from my day job, I take pottery classes at the City of Boulder Pottery Lab… there's nothing like playing in mud to counteract a day spent at a computer.
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