Spartans of UD: Kevin (Tao) Lin

Apr 14, 2021 | University Relations staff

Spartans of UD highlights what makes the University of Dubuque special – the people.

Kevin (Tao) Lin, of Cascade, Iowa, is a senior majoring in digital art and design who participated in Apex: Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity.

1. You submitted your project, “How Child Abuse Impacts Children’s Behavior,” for inclusion in the digital launch of Apex: Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity this spring. What do you hope people will take away from your project?

“I hope people who look at it will see that child abuse is happening all around them.  I hope they will realize child abuse impacts children's brains and it might lead to bad behavior and even crime.  I hope people will see it is possible to stop child abuse and not repeat the cycle of violence.  I wish this could motivate people to take action when they suspect child abuse is taking place. If abuse is taking place, they can lead families to help to solve the problem.”

2. What did you gain from participating in Apex, an event that honors undergraduate student research, service learning, and creativity?

“I gained understanding as I researched the effects of child abuse on society.  I am more passionate about the topic.  I realized that graphics are powerful tools; they truly are worth a thousand words.  The graphics can catch the audiences' eye and keep them reading the informational part of the infographic.”

3. How does it feel to be able to share your project with the UD community and beyond through Apex?

“I am proud my work was chosen by Apex to be shown to those inside and outside the UD community.  I hope my infographic can educate and increase awareness about child abuse.  I am excited to think that my work might make a difference in someone's life.”

4. What advice do you have for students who are interested in digital art and design?

“I would tell students who are interested in digital art and design to plan ahead, give themselves plenty of time to try out different effects and techniques, and to develop their own styles.  If you give yourself enough time to do each part of your project and don't rush it, then it will be fun.”

5. Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

“My favorite spot on campus is Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center because I enjoy seeing my friends who enjoy talking about our project, sharing techniques, and helping each other gain more skills.  I enjoy the welcoming attitude of the instructors who are always willing to give students support.”