Jim Dreyer, 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Jim DreyerJim Dreyer loves the combination of creativity and technology that goes into video production. It's his passion – a passion he first discovered as a student at SCC in the late 90s, and that continues to drive him toward success.

Dreyer now is an award-winning video producer for the City of St. Charles' local government cable channel, where he produces promotional, educational and entertainment shows for the city. His “Beyond the Set Shadowland” project earned him a 2009 Silver Telly, the highest of the Telly Awards, which honor local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and work created for the Web.

“One man may not change the world, but I have seen the difference one man can make in the world around him because I know Jim,” said Kelley Pfeiffer, student activities coordinator at SCC, in her nomination letter.

He produced his first feature-length documentary, “Tracy and Jess: Living With Early Onset Alzheimer's,” which portrays an uplifting look at the disease. Together with the Alzheimer's Association, he has been using the film to raise awareness and encourage research for a cure. A public screening of the documentary was held at SCC on March 26, 2010. The topic hits close to home for Dreyer, as his mother, Jess Dreyer, was diagnosed in her 40s.

“I love what I do,” said Dreyer. “I really enjoy using my skills to raise awareness of important causes.”

After attending SCC, Dreyer transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with emphasis in video production in 2003. Upon graduation, he returned to SCC as a full-time employee in the Instructional Media Department from 2004-07, where he aided faculty and staff with audio/visual projects.

Dreyer volunteers his video talents with the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and the UMSL Life Review Project of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Gerontology Graduate Program. He also is the advisor for the Youth Media Group, a joint venture between the City of St. Charles and the Foundry Art Centre, where high school students work on video projects relating to the events and history of St. Charles.