Kwame Amponsah graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, located in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana, with a B.A. in Communication Design. Kwame has more than eight years of experience managing and coordinating graphic design projects for a diverse set of industries, including government agencies and marketing firms. He has also worked closely with clients to conceive designs, and launch and expand product lines in Ghana and the United Kingdom. Through the Interactive Media program, Kwame plans to become a skilled UX/UI designer and contribute to the ever-changing design trends.
A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Rakhia Bass graduated in three years from North Carolina A&T State University in spring 2019 with a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus in Mass Media Production. During her undergraduate studies, she interned with the Greensboro Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets. During her internship with the professional basketball organization, she found her niche. Rakhia worked closely with professional staff while managing social media accounts and assisting with researching, writing and editing of media releases. Rakhia loves all things regarding communications and is eager to learn more through the iMedia program to prepare for her a role in the NBA.
Originally from Reidsville, North Carolina, Hyllary Bell is a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communication Systems. During her studies, she concentrated on graphic design and architecture, and has served as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. While she is passionate about graphic design and photography, poetry is her first love. In fact, she became a published poet at the age of 16 on a poetry website called “Family Friend Poems.” Hyllary considers herself a creative individual and is eager to learn more to perfect her craft.
Born and raised in Durham, Tabari Boykin earned a B.A. in Visual Art in Design from North Carolina A&T State University. As an A&T undergraduate, he focused on painting, mainly acrylic on canvas and graphic illustration. Tabari has shown work in the Dudley Gallery on A&T’s campus, as well as the Artist Bloc Gallery in Greensboro. During the Interactive Media program, Tabari plans to further develop his skills in commercial advertising and hopes to one day work for Nike, Inc.
While born in Greensboro, Will Brown moved to Jackson, Mississippi, when he was 10 years old. He later attended Millsaps College in Jackson, graduating in spring 2018 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Communication Studies. Following graduation, Will worked in the Electronic Archives Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where he conducted research on a 20th century newspaper digitalization project. Additionally, he culminated content for the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum of Mississippi History. Will is also an avid sports fan who volunteered for the Millsaps Sports Information Department and served as the sports editor for his alma mater's campus newspaper. He is excited to return to North Carolina and participate in the iMedia program, sharpening his skills and developing new ones.
A native of Apex, North Carolina, Liza Bunce graduated from North Carolina State University in December 2018 with a B.S. in Zoology, and minors in German and International Studies. As an undergraduate, Liza helped found an equestrian eventing team at N.C. State and studied abroad with Semester at Sea in 2016, visiting 12 countries. Through the connections she made while studying abroad, Liza completed an aquarist internship in South Africa in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horse, playing with her dogs, watching movies and hiking. Liza’s experiences have helped her realize her love for the interaction between people from all walks of life, science and media. She hopes the iMedia program will teach her how to educate people on scientific concepts through interactive engagement, and help create organizational applications or strategies for her hobbies as well.
With a passion for design dating back to high school, Tirza Chase earned a B.S. in Graphic Communication Systems from North Carolina A&T State University. During her studies, she worked as a freelance graphic designer, creating branding and advertising materials, as well as logos, flyers, animations, fashion design and artwork. Following graduation, she worked remotely for Exelon, a Fortune 100 energy company. Tirza aspires to become a creative director, and hopes the iMedia program provides her with strong skills in UX/UI design and web and app development. Additionally, she hopes to one day give back to underrepresented communities and teach STEM subjects to elementary and high school students.
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A lifelong resident of Newport News, Virginia, Melissa E. Dale considers herself a natural storyteller. She began her college career at North Carolina A&T State University, before transferring to Norfolk State University, where she earned a B.S. in Mass Communications. Prior to joining the iMedia program, she worked for several nonprofit organizations. At Elon, Melissa plans to sharpen her strong writing skills, while learning how to produce attractive and engaging multimedia content.
Makeda Dawson was born and raised a country girl in Vanceboro, North Carolina. After earning an associate degree in science, Makeda enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communication Systems. During her time at A&T, Makeda was a member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society as well as Epsilon Pi Tau. She also volunteered with Goodwill Foundation’s “Rock the Runway” and interned with The Daily Reflector in Greenville, North Carolina. As an Interactive Media student, Makeda looks forward to developing new skills that will prepare her for a career in digital media.
Rachel Eggleston was born in Rochester, New York, but raised in Charlotte. She initially studied Mechanical Engineering before earning a bachelor’s degree in New Media & Design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her time at UNCG, Rachel created multiple identity brands, as well as promotional and marketing tools, for several small businesses in Greensboro. She was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and continued her service to the society by designing materials to promote the organization’s mission. Through Elon’s iMedia program, Rachel hopes to hone her craft in graphic design, develop her video editing and production skills, and gain new skills in digital media.
John Fennell graduated from Elon University in spring 2019 with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Business Administration. During his time at Elon, John was heavily involved in campus life. He played for Elon’s club baseball team and ran the team’s social media account, worked as a manager for the university’s intramural department, and served as an account executive at Live Oak Communications, Elon’s student-run strategic communications agency. As an undergraduate, John explored all areas of communications, including journalism, cinema and television arts, communication design and strategic communications. As an iMedia student, he hopes to continue his exploration of the evolving communication world, while also creating high-quality media that can showcase his ability and passion for creating content. John aspires to land a job with an in-house creative team in the entertainment, music, fitness or sports industry.
Born in Raleigh, Colton Flick attended Kenyon College, where he majored in Film with a focus on Screenwriting. Following his graduation, he’s taught screenwriting to elementary and high school students, written and produced several fiction podcasts, and spent time playing and designing tabletop games. In the Interactive Media program, he plans to develop his skills in graphic and web design.
Originally from Larchmont, New York, Juliet Goodman graduated from Elon University in 2018 with a Communication Design and Applied Mathematics double major and a minor in Jewish Studies. As an undergraduate, Juliet found ways to connect her academic interests outside the classroom, serving as president of Elon Hillel and tutoring calculus on campus. Following graduation, she worked as the marketing and communications specialist for a synagogue in Greensboro. Ultimately, Juliet hopes to work as a user experience designer in the FinTech or EdTech industry and believes iMedia will teach her the skills to make that goal a reality.
Born and raised in Richmond, Arlette Hawkins graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications, with a concentration in Multimedia and minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, Arlette studied abroad in Seville, Spain, served in Student Government, and was awarded a Gilman Scholarship. While overseas, Arlette wrote and produced a vlog titled “Arlette Abroad,” highlighting her semester abroad experience. She garnered an audience of more than 700 from 10 countries. Arlette aspires to one day write for a television series or documentary.
Michael Hemstreet is from Huntersville, North Carolina, and graduated from Elon University in 2017 with a B.A. in Arts Administration and minors in Visual Art and Business Administration. As an undergraduate, he loved to study photography, and he explored the arts and music industries through multiple internships. After graduation, he worked as a photographer in the Raleigh/Durham area covering concerts, events and graduation ceremonies. By returning to Elon and enrolling in the iMedia program, Michael plans to learn how to create a variety of digital content and use that content to effectively engage different audiences.
Born and raised in Durham, Tehya Jackson graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in spring 2019 with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. She enjoys storytelling through digital media and has experience with video production, editing, reporting, writing and social media. Her love for storytelling began during her childhood, and she expressed her creativity through writing and photography. As an undergraduate, she pursued her passion through involvement with Aggie News and Views, where she served as a news reporter, and National Association of Black Journalists, where she built awareness for diversity in media communications. In addition, she supported individuals in her community through organizations like 100 Collegiate Black Women. While attending A&T, she was a mass media intern at International Paper in Memphis, and served as a social media intern after graduation at QC Exclusive Magazine in Charlotte. Through the iMedia program, Tehya hopes to learn innovative skills that she can apply to storytelling and video production.
Originally from Raleigh, Ashleigh Kimble headed to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish. During her time at UNCW, she studied abroad in Granada, Spain, and participated in the Disney College Program after graduation. When she’s not studying, working or traveling, Ashleigh enjoys creating art pieces - both traditional and online. Ashleigh hopes that the Interactive Media program will advance her creativity and love of technology, allowing her to pursue a career that fosters those passions.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Cassidy Kolczun graduated from Loyola University of Maryland in spring 2019 with a B.A. in Digital Media, along with a minor in Marketing. During her undergraduate studies, she played on several sports teams and served as a member of Love Your Melon, an organization dedicated to battling pediatric cancer. Through the iMedia program, Cassidy hopes to develop her technical and creative skills to create eye-catching content giving companies a competitive edge.
Originally from Clinton, Maryland, Brianna Lawrence graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in fall 2017, earning a B.A. in Communications and Sociology and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. With aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur, Brianna hopes the iMedia program will help her develop a multimedia skill set to bring her ideas to life. Brianna plans to use her creativity and entrepreneurial dreams to give back to her community, as well as inspire and educate others.
Originally from Raleigh, Ethan McElvaney discovered his passion for design at a young age. As a youth, his friends dared him to make an evil Barney the Dinosaur in Adobe Photoshop, and he happily accepted the challenge. In spring 2019, Ethan graduated from William Peace University with a B.A. in Communication and a concentration in Graphic Design. While at Peace, he worked as the Office of Advancement’s graphic designer, served as a peer tutor, interned as a marketing assistant for Sodexo, served as the design editor for The Peace Times student newspaper, and led the WPU Connection Ministry. At Elon, Ethan hopes to learn about how to use his graphic design and digital media skills to become a user experience designer in the hopes of getting people as addicted to the outside world as they are to social media. When he is not kerning letters, freelancing or studying, Ethan enjoys playing video games, reading about UX, writing fiction, and using his multimedia skills at conventions like Animazement.
Amonie Moore is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Broadcasting. A native of Durham, she previously worked in the Durham public school system. Amonie enjoys working with and in media while being a role model for children and young adults. As an iMedia student, Amonie wants to develop her multimedia skills, broaden her spectrum of knowledge, and make her an attractive job candidate.
A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Victoria Murrell graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a concentration in Mass Media Production. As an undergraduate, Victoria participated in the Golden Key International Honor Society, National Association of Black Journalists, and National Black MBA Association, as well as other campus clubs. At A&T, she enjoyed working in videography and behind-the-scenes production work. Her internship with AOL Inc. introduced Victoria to a program called “Girls Who Code,” which sparked an interest in coding and graphic design. Through the Interactive Media program, she hopes to develop a wide range of skills, which she will put into practice with her media company, Multi Media Murrell.
Anna Sizemore was born and raised in Rockingham County, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology, with minors in Human Development/ Family Studies and American Sign Language. After graduation, she worked as a protective services social worker for almost two years. During her time in the field, she became passionate about making education and information accessible to all individuals. She is currently an e-learning course developer intern at In the Know Caregiver Training, an educational consultant company in Durham. She hopes that the iMedia program will further develop her skills in instructional technology, web development, and human-computer interaction. She also looks forward to exploring the field of UX/UI design.
Originally from Durham, Shama Stephenson earned as a B.S. in Graphic Communications from North Carolina A&T State University in 2018. As an undergraduate, Shama worked as a graphic designer at The A&T Register, the university’s student-run newspaper. He also worked as a Spanish note taker for students with disabilities through the NC A&T Office Veteran & Military Affairs Organization. Currently, he is studying to become fluent in Spanish. Shama enjoys drawing, music and photography, and he hopes to integrate those skills into UX design.
Born and raised in Greensboro, Greg Stewart graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in fall 2017 with a B.S. in Graphic Communication Systems. As an undergraduate, Greg worked with the A&T intramural sports department, while also operating his own business and working part time at United Parcel Service. As an iMedia student, Greg hopes to further develop his design skills and learn about UI/UX design and app development.
Originally from New Jersey, Laticia Taylor moved to North Carolina in 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University, and was the co-host of a show titled “Girl Talk” on AudioNet, the university’s student radio station. Laticia plans to develop her skills in digital media and hopes to help improve the social dynamics across the country.
London Thompson is an eager young writer who is in pursuit of greatness. She was born and raised in Maryland, but moved to North Carolina five years ago to attend North Carolina A&T State University. She graduated in December 2018 with a B.S. in Journalism. She spent her summer traveling across the state writing stories for Audubon NC, a company dedicated to the conservation of birds in North Carolina and their habitats. From banding pelicans to spending an entire day searching for sea turtle nests, London enjoys being adventurous. She’s excited to blend her love of nature with the knowledge she’ll obtain through the iMedia program.
Gaurav Vyas was raised in Greensboro and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. With a previous interest in computer science, he hopes the Interactive Media program will broaden his understanding of the technology field and allow him to pursue a career in UX design. Gaurav’s interests include playing video games, fitness and making new friends.
A native of North Carolina, Felecia Wilkins attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Spanish. After an aspiring adventure in Chile, Felecia rediscovered her love for the arts and sought out the required tools to incorporate art with technology. Her goal is to pursue a career in a creative industry – possibly gaming, programming or graphic design – to tell captivating stories and inform audiences. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, and creating art.
While originally from Los Angeles, Mela Williams was raised locally in Elon. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018 with a degree in Media and Journalism. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a marketing and graphic design intern for Aramark’s Carolina Dining Services. After graduation, she served as a digital marketing assistant at TheeDigital, a digital marketing firm in Raleigh, and worked as a freelance social media manager. Mela is excited to be a part of the iMedia program and looks forward to enhancing and expanding her digital media skill set.