Graphic Design Major Takes Advantages of Opportunities at UMO

Graphic Design Major Takes Advantages of Opportunities at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Alan Brinson of Mount Olive, juggled numerous college programs and jobs on his was to finding a program to fit his graphic design aspirations. After experiencing four different community college programs, Brinson finally found the perfect fit for his education at the University of Mount Olive (UMO). At age 34, Brinson is preparing to graduate from UMO on December 19 with a degree in graphic design.

Brinson originally started his college journey after high school. He soon left the college scene and began juggling multiple jobs and later multiple programs at various community colleges.  However, Brinson felt like something was still missing in his life. He moved to Seven Springs where he met and married Trudie Lynn Rickman Brinson. It was Brinson’s wife that encouraged him to look into the graphic arts program at UMO.

“My Wife was the one who inspired me, and made it possible for me to go back,” smiled Brinson.

Brinson enrolled at UMO in the fall of 2013 and he immediately excelled in his classes. He was named the UMO art student of the year in the spring of 2014 and received the Elrod Art Award in the spring of 2014 and 2015.

“I don’t think that I ever felt at home until I was painting and drawing at UMO,” revealed Brinson. “All of my art professors here are great; they each bring something different to the table.”

Brinson noted that he has experienced wonderful opportunities through the Art Department. “One of the best experiences was when our drawing class worked on a billboard for the NC Museum of Art. We got to meet internationally known artist James Prosek. It was amazing to see him in person.”

In addition to his studies Brinson works with the UMO grounds staff, as a student worker in the Art Department, and as an intern in the Public Relations Office.

“Everyone has been really nice to me around campus, and I thank them,” said Brinson when reflecting on his numerous jobs at UMO. “I have really enjoyed the experience of working in the PR Office. It is just another blessing I have received while at UMO.”

Brinson is looking forward to showcasing his art during his senior show in December.  He is also looking forward to finally completing his degree.  To celebrate the long awaited milestone, he plans to take a trip to the beach with his family.

“UMO has shown me that I have a future in graphic design, and I have learned skills that have made me a better person, which I can hopefully share with others,” concluded Brinson.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit


Pictured is Alan Brinson with a painting he entitled “Herakles resting after his twelve labors”