First, there were rappers Lil’ Kim and Lil Wayne. Now UF has introduced the “un-wrapper,” Lil Derrick!
The diminutive mascot plays a starring role in UF’s 2015 Christmas video, sent via email to students, alumni and supporters of the University this holiday season. What viewers may not know is that the pint-sized Derrick was made possible through the involvement of several staff and faculty members.
Creating a parody of the popular “Elf on the Shelf” Christmas story was the brainchild of Amy DePuy, marketing specialist. Finding a pose-able, tiny Derrick proved to be a problem, however. Then, Kristie Pohlman, marketing specialist and “queen of all things creative,” stepped in to work her magic on Rebecca Jenkins’ “real” Elf on the Shelf plush toy. Kristie went to work customizing the toy to look just like Derrick the Oiler.
“I had help,” said Kristie. “Karen Fulks and Tony Loy in the alumni office provided his UF chest patch. Valerie Escobedo, art instructor, transformed the blue eyes into green and Irene Martin, graphic designer, created his helmet logo.”
Pohlman wanted to thank “the fine ladies at Cosiano Health Center” for cotton balls for stuffing. She also recycled fabric needed from “Big Derrick’s” tuxedo shirt.
“I think it’s neat that several UF employees contributed to creating the star of our Christmas video,” added Pohlman, who has also designed several outfits for the full-sized Derrick.
Those with a connection to The University of Findlay wait eagerly each year for another innovative and creative video Christmas card. The “card” is created and produced by the Office of Marketing & Communication.