Dr. Kay L. Colley, who serves as Texas Wesleyan’s director of student media and student media faculty liaison, earned a doctor of philosophy degree in higher education from the University of North Texas in 2007. Colley holds a master’s degree in international journalism from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M, as well as an associate’s of arts degree in journalism from Blinn College. Colley also teaches in the communication department and serves as communication department chair.
Prior to joining Texas Wesleyan University in 2008, Colley taught at five other Texas institutions including University of North Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, Texas A&M and Blinn College.
She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and made numerous conference presentations.
Her leadership positions include serving on the board of Fort Worth Society of Professional Journalists and Fort Worth International Association of Business Communicators. She is the current president of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. She has advised student media for more than 20 years.
Dr. David A. Ferman, the Rambler Media Group advisor, earned a doctor of philosophy degree in mass communication from the University of Oklahoma in 2014. He earned his master’s degree from Texas Christian University in 2007. Before that, he was a reporter, critic, columnist and editor at a variety of Texas publications, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and Parker County Today magazine. He has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Media and Religion, and is the author of Journalism in Ireland: How two Irish newspapers covered the 1960 presidential election of John F. Kennedy, which was published in 2007.
Dr. Ngozi Akinro gained her doctorate in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. She has a master’s degree in Mass Communication- Radio-TV from Arkansas State University and bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. She teaches Digital Production, Media and Society and Audio and Video Production for Business. She has also taught Writing Across Platforms, Understanding Electronic Media and International Media Systems. Dr. Akinro has worked with television and radio stations in Nigeria and the United States. She has produced and hosted television and radio shows such as Cultural Perspectives and The Zee Show. She also produced and directed live stage shows and musicals. Her research interests include conflict management, terrorism and crisis coverage, human rights issues, social media, gender and race relations. She has published articles and book reviews in professional and peer reviewed research journals. Dr. Akinro enjoys writing, singing and cooking.
Upon graduating from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas and receiving her Associates of Arts degree, Shaydi chose to continue my adventure by transferring to Texas Wesleyan University. She is a senior mass communications student and the editor-in-chief for the Rambler Media Group. Shaydi plans to graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communication. Shaydi has always had a love for the evolution of media and how it has transferred from film to digital and through my continuing education can learn how that occurs. Shaydi hopes to gain a career in theatre publicity as a playbill and poster designer.
In her free time, she enjoys collecting vinyls and comic books, reading, spending time at Half-Price Books, spending time with her fiance and dogs, and taking naps.
Sachiko Jayaratne is a Senior mass communication major. She has been a part of the Rambler Media Group since the spring of 2014. She primarily works as the Director for Rambler TV. In her spare time she enjoys playing the guitar and making brief documentaries.
Calvin Johnson is a sophomore English major at Texas Wesleyan University with a concentration in creative writing. A graduate of Southwest High School, Calvin studied Media Technology under Mr. Timothy Hood. Calvin works as a Digital Media Producer for The Rambler and is a regular anchor of RamblerTV’s Newsweek broadcast. Occasionally, he also writes pieces for print as a reporter/opinion columnist.
In his off time, Calvin enjoys reading and writing poetry, going on road trips, and studying music.
Dalise is a senior mass communication major. She graduated from Tarrant County College in May 2015 with an Associate of Arts degree and continued her education journey by joining Texas Wesleyan University in August 2015. She is most interested in the areas of public relations and advertising, and began practicing her communication and writing skills as a content producer for Rambler Media Group in Spring 2016.
She spent her summer working as a Marketing and Communications intern at the United Way of Tarrant County, before taking over as editor in chief of The Rambler the fall. She is spending her final semester at Wesleyan as IMG Director of Rambler Integrated Media Group in order to become more acquainted with the world of advertising. Her passion for communication intertwines with her love to entertain and bring the gift of laughter to those around her.
Grace Fisher earned an Associate of Arts degree in 2012 from Tarrant County College. She is a senior at Texas Wesleyan University pursuing a degree in Marketing. She is a member in the Entrepreneur Club and Enactus at TWU. Marketing, to Grace, is everywhere, and she believes how you market yourself can be so subtle, yet powerful. Grace especially has a love for the creative side of Marketing – Advertising.
Grace is a light-hearted person who loves life and craves a great laugh at every moment. Grace takes her education and work very seriously and wants to achieve greatness in anything and everything she does. She is grateful for everything she has ever earned or been given in her life and takes nothing for granted. Grace believes the best way to know life is to love many things.
Nicholas Acosta is a junior mass communication major. He transferred from Tarrant County College in December of 2017 to continue his education at Texas Wesleyan. Nick is from Grand Prairie and graduated from Dubiski Career high school. He plans to graduate from Wesleyan in the spring of 2018.
Nick loves to write and practice writing reviews in his free time. He is adventurous in life as well as his writing style and lives by his motto, “always do your best.” Nick wants to improve his writing skills and gain experience in order to pursue a career in public relations because he likes the flexibility and creativity of the field.
Karan Muns is a Junior mass communication major. She began her college journey at Texas Wesleyan University in the Fall of 2015. She joined The Rambler to gain experience and to meet new people. She is a cheerleader, who has cheered for 15 years. She describes herself as a people person with a bubbly personality that has aspirations to become a news anchor.
She plans to graduate in December 2018.
Hannah is a freshman mass communications major at Texas Wesleyan. She joined The Rambler in fall 2016 and works as a content producer. Hannah graduated top ten from Chisholm Trail High School in 2016. While in high school, Hannah helped to create the yearbook and newspaper and served as the yearbook’s editor-in-chief for three years and an editor for four. Hannah carries with her a passion for telling stories in all forms and came to Wesleyan in hopes of getting her degree and finding her dream job.
In her free time, she likes to read, draw, and catch up with friends and family. Hannah loves a good laugh and desires to capture many of those moments and more while working on The Rambler.
Tina is currently a Mass Communication freshman at Texas Wesleyan University.She used to work for the Media Group at Thang Long High School for the Gifted in Da Lat, Vietnam during her high school years. Besides table tennis, which she is playing for the team at Texas Wesleyan, Tina is really into music and photography. Her main goal this semester at The Rambler is to become efficient in conducting interviews, operating cameras, and editing videos.
Kayla Prachyl is a junior mass communication major who plans to graduate in May of 2018. Kayla is also a member of the university’s softball team, and hopes to pursue a career in public relations or sports marketing that allows her to travel after graduation.
Guadalupe Sanchez is a freshman mass communications major at Texas Wesleyan. She recently graduated from Amon Carter Riverside High School, where she helped create the yearbook and newspaper, served as an editor for three years, and was editor-in-chief her senior year. Guadalupe came to Texas Wesleyan in hopes of working towards a career in journalism. In her free time, she likes spending time with her friends and family.