USAO offered me something that some of the major universities in Oklahoma couldn’t offer, which was small class size, easy access to professors and a small but friendly campus community. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for something outside the norm.
Like many new graduates, Lonnie Iannazzo experienced a fair amount of fear upon graduation, but since earning his degree in 2008, he has developed a successful career as a post-production coordinator for some well-known movies and TV shows.
“Leaving college is kind of a scary thought. Trying to find a job and start a life can be a tough challenge for any graduate,” Iannazzo said. “I felt leaving USAO that my professors had prepared me for any challenge I may face in the coming years.”
Iannazzo was prepared. Within five years of graduating, he was the CG Production Manager at a Visual Effects Company in Los Angeles and was part of the studio that won an Oscar for Life of Pi. He also did work on Snow White and the Huntsman, which was nominated for an Oscar.
For both those productions, he would help create the show’s structure, assign weekly deadlines for the artists and monitor the playback machines for the director, producers and VFX supervisor.
Continuing his career, he is now working on season two of Beauty and the Beast on the CW Network as the post-production coordinator, helping everyone stay on track with their cuts and finalizing the episode.
“USAO was instrumental in preparing me for the workforce,” he said. “USAO, being a liberal arts college and having the interdisciplinary curriculum, made it easy to explore paths outside of your major. I like that I got a little taste of everything and felt better prepared to find a quality career post graduation.”
Coming from a large high school in the Tulsa area, Iannazzo knew he was looking for an institution different than many of his peers, different from his other in-state options.
“USAO offered me something that some of the major universities in Oklahoma couldn’t offer, which was small class size, easy access to professors and a small but friendly on campus community,” he said. “I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for something outside the norm.”
Not only did his time at the university prepare him for life, it also created memories that will last him a lifetime.
“My time at USAO is something I’ll always cherish and wish I could go back in time just so I could experience it again,” Iannazzo said.