Joe Aunce is a junior Business Administration and Journalism double-major. He works as a design assistant with the Carolina Union Communications and Creative Services team. He is responsible for creating and producing graphic design work for various organizations - you’ve probably seen some of his work floating around UNC's campus. Get to know him!
Where are you from? Tell us a bit about your hometown.
I was born and raised in Stamford, CT. Stamford is a small city about an hour outside of New York City. Stamford borders Long Island Sound so, as a kid, I spent a lot of time at the beach.
What made you interested in working at the Union?
I have always been interested in graphic design. In elementary school, I spent more time designing the covers of my book reports than writing the actual reports. Although I had never held a design-related position, I knew I was passionate about design. I saw a poster advertising that Creative and Communication Services was hiring, and I thought working there would be a great opportunity to explore design in a professional setting.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I really enjoy going on runs around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. My favorite spot to run is along the train tracks in Carrboro - if you're a runner, check it out! I also volunteer at Chapel Hill High School in the Career Information Center.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
Snapping at the Dean Dome or around campus? Look for Joe's artwork in the filters!
I designed a few of the Snapchat geotags for campus my sophomore year. I wanted practice with illustrating, so I created graphics of campus landmarks like the Old Well, Old East, and the Dean Dome and submitted them to Snapchat. My Dean Dome geotag was seen nationally on the official Final Four snapchat story.
What is your favorite Tar Heel memory?
As a first-year, I lived near Boshamer Stadium. One night, my friends and I were studying and heard loud noises outside. We hurriedly left our dorm, painfully ran (barefoot) along the uneven brick paths to investigate, and saw fireworks being launched over the baseball stadium. Other students came out to join us and struck up conversations with us as we watched the impromptu fireworks show. The whole experience was so fun and unexpected.