Ulm’s parents, Gregory, ’68, GR ’71, Ph.D. ’85, and Denise, ’72, GR ’73, are passionate Sycamore alumni. His father also worked on campus in the Bayh College of Education’s Educational Leadership and Foundations department.
Growing up in Terre Haute, Ulm was constantly influenced by all that Indiana State had to offer, from attending Indiana State’s Lab School from pre-school through eighth grade to participating in summer programs on campus to attending sporting events.
It only seemed natural that Indiana State was Ulm’s college of choice when he was deciding on where he would pursue his double major in radio/TV/film and management. Just as he did during his childhood, Ulm got involved with many campus organizations, including Sycamore Beat. Rooted in experiential learning, Sycamore Beat provided the opportunity for students to learn and develop their videographer skills outside the classroom.
“I was selected as one of two student videographers to film the first basketball game when Indiana State played Indiana University. We interviewed Bobby Knight,” Ulm said.
Ulm credits his involvement with the group as a creative influencer in his career in video production, directing and editing. He has produced a number of award-winning features during his career.
He has worked in corporate video production for more than 10 years, including with Evansville-based Stage One Media. Ulm branched out into the entrepreneurial world when presented with the opportunity to bring his video experience to FortySixTen Studios Inc., a web development, media production and new media marketing company. He is currently the company’s chief operating officer and lead producer.
Even though the demands of his work in the creative industry are high, Ulm has remained connected to his State roots through his involvement with the ISU Alumni Association.
“I was looking for ways to get more involved, and after I became involved, I was surprised by how much I missed Indiana State,” Ulm said.
Ulm was recently been voted as the new president of the Indiana State University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. The board is instrumental in guiding the alumni engagement efforts of the university.