Staff Spotlight: Joe Nolfi
Every month, the Teaching Center will feature individual staff members so you can get to learn a bit about who we are and what we do. Today, we’re featuring Joe Nolfi, who is a media producer in our Digital Media group.
Q: What work experiences led you to this position with the University Center for Teaching and Learning?
A: I received a BSBS and minor in Industrial Communications at Robert Morris College. Later I interned at WPGH and was hired there three months after the internship, where I started as a film editor and progressed into promotions and eventually ended up as a commercial producer making television commercials. Interestingly enough, one of my clients was Steidl and Steinberg, although I take NO credit for the creative on those spots. All Kenny Steinberg! I worked there for 23 years and then went into business for myself for the next eight years, doing corporate video, freelance work and wedding videos. Some of my past clients include PNC Bank, The Children’s Institute, Ford Motor Company and Cortron Media. I eventually got tired of constantly working. That’s what you feel you have to do when you run a business. I had the opportunity to work at Pitt eight years ago, which coincided with my youngest son getting ready to attend college. It was a no brainer!
Q: What’s the most exciting project you’re working on right now? What makes it so interesting?
A: Right now I’m working on a huge project for the School of Law. It’s for a master’s degree program, the scale of which is challenging. So far I’ve completed more than 100 video lectures and supporting graphics dealing with all different aspects of the law.
Q: What do you love most about your job and why?
A: People have heard me say what I love most about my job and what I find so appealing is “we get to see what all the smart people are doing!” That camera has gotten us into the most interesting places:
- recording a heart lung harvesting from a cadaver at the School of Medicine.
- Making a video of the refurbishing of Heinz Chapel where we actually went up into the steeple.
- Working with the Theater Department.
I get to make videos on all the innovative and really cool stuff that is going on at the University!