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Meet Emily Pillai: Lead Graphic Design Student Assistant

Posted in Academic Communities, General News, Library Student Assistants, and Students

The Pollak Library and the CSUF Irvine Center Library are among the largest employers of student assistants at Cal State Fullerton. We have a long history of recruiting and mentoring talented students from across all majors, and are now actively engaged in the campus-wide strategic goal of developing High Impact Practices (HIPs) for these students to help them better succeed in their educational and professional goals. The work they do for us is invaluable, and our libraries could not deliver the high level of services we provide to our campus community and the public without their efforts and expertise.

Meet Lead Graphic Design Student Assistant, Emily Pillai!


What is your name and student job title?

My name is Emily Pillai and my job title is Lead Graphic Design Student Assistant.

In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?

I work as part of the Library Marketing Team under Colleen Greene.

What is your student job in a nutshell?

For this job, I create marketing and advertising materials for the library. I create things such as promotional web graphics & print materials, icons, and branding.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently working with the University Archives in creating some branding material for them. Before that I worked on the exhibit History in our Genes: Human DNA which is currently up on the 2nd floor South, East and West Terraces.

How long have you been at the Pollak Library?

I have been working at the Pollak Library for almost four years now.

Have you held any other jobs with Cal State Fullerton?

Yes, I worked for two years in the Library Exhibits Program.

Do you have a favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library?

My favorite accomplishment was probably the completion of the History in Our Genes: Human DNA exhibit. I served as lead graphic designer and exhibit co-designer. It was a very long project that I was fortunate enough to work on from beginning to end.

What are your major/degree and/or graduate field, and intended date of completion for your current degree?

I’m an Arts Major with a concentration in Graphic Design. My graduation was in May 2019.

What career/s are you interested in?

I am currently interested in either Marketing or Packaging Design.

Has your student work at the Pollak Library helped prepare you for your future career field?

It definitely has helped prepare me for my future career, and has helped me develop a good work ethic.

What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?

Outside of work and school, I enjoy rock climbing and working on my fitness.

Do you have a favorite book, periodical, website, blog, etc. that you want to share with other students?

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.