Staff Spotlight: Mika McCrary

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Have you worked with someone that can make all your creative dreams come true? At UAF eCampus, that’s Mika. She’s helping us refresh our brand and reconnect with students one cute critter at a time. 

 

Mika McCrary
Mika in New York

Q: What do you do at eCampus?

A: My official title is Media Producer. I think its vagueness fittingly describes all the work I do here at eCampus. I edit instructor videos, design motion graphics, illustrate, frame-by-frame animate, and recently helped write & illustrate a text-based zombie game. I help give courses that extra bit of pizazz with nice art or slick edits.

Q: How do you work with students or how does your work impact students?

A: I hope my artwork draws interest from students and captures their attention. When I was a student it was difficult for me to focus and not zone out in classes. But visual art is amazing in how it can immediately engage your attention. It’s just nice to look at and makes you think about what you’re learning.

Q: How can students connect with you?

A: You can follow me on social media 😉 I post the behind of the scenes of my work on the official @uafecampus Instagram, and if you want to see my other work my art account is @bashfulmoo. If you have any questions or want to connect, you can DM me or email me at mlmccrary@alaska.edu

Q: What do you like about working at UAF eCampus?

Sticker sheet Mika illustrated for UAF eCampus
Sticker sheet Mika illustrated for UAF eCampus

A: I love being able to work at home, and have my passion for illustration and animation encouraged. Most of all I am wholly supported by a fantastically kind and talented team 🙂

Q: ​​What are your hobbies, and how did you get into them?

A: I flip-flop between so many hobbies. I do photography, filmmaking, crochet, needle felting, drawing, miniature sculpting, cooking, gardening, bird watching, and recently learned how to skateboard. Wow, no wonder I haven’t had time to finish any one project. I have half-made hats laying everywhere. I grew up pretty isolated in the Copper River Valley, helping take care of my parent’s homestead. So I spent a lot of time learning practical skills like growing food and raising animals, and a lot of down time making art and wandering around the woods. 

Q: Have you ever had a side hustle or considered having one?

A: Right now actually I’m starting a sticker shop! I’ve got an Instagram art account going, and I’m working on starting a YouTube channel. I want to make some behind the scenes vlogs of how I’m putting the shop together. I kind of have no idea what I’m doing. But I’ve got big plans to open my shop by the end of summer.

Q: What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?

A: A nice hot cup of chamomile tea ☕ and a cat on my lap. That’s two things.

Author

  • Karina Gonzales-Smith

    Communications Manager
    Karina has worked in higher education for over 15 years. Her passion for learning began at an early age when she learned how to speak English after moving from the tropic to the Arctic. Since then Karina has moved from one classroom to another — on campus, online, or overseas. She’s an alumna of UAF and UAA where she studied biology, psychology, and public health. Karina currently teaches for the UAF College of Indigenous Studies and UAF Community and Technical College.

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