Community Partnerships


One of the many facets of my role as a faculty member at Full Sail University is to manage our department's Industry Partnership Program. Through this initiative, local businesses and organizations team up with my Media Communications students and alumni on real world projects.

These partnerships help our students integrate knowledge and experiences to cultivate a stronger understanding of professional work environments.

One of the strongest relationships we've built has been with Orlando's Zebra Coalition, which is a network of organizations that provide services to LGBTQ+ youth in the Central Florida region.

In preparation for one of their biggest outreach events of the year, my students were challenged to create short social videos to help promote Zebra's presence at Orlando's Come Out With Pride Festival. Using only the Clips app from Apple and a collection of shared media assets, students created videos like the one below to help raise awareness of Zebra's services and drive traffic to their booth at the event.

On the day of the event I lead a team of student volunteers in capturing video and photo content for the Zebra Coalition to utilize in their promotional materials year-round. Using the assets we collected, my students created montage videos like the one below.

It's worth mentioning that, even though my students have access and knowledge to use sophisticated cameras and software, the piece above was shot on an iPhone and edited with iMovie.

Apple Distinguished School


Full Sail Labs was recently recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2019 for its use of Apple hardware and software in its creative curriculum. Dr. Holly Ludgate, Director of Learning for Full Sail Labs, approached me several months ago to write the copy for their application. As an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and Course Director at Full Sail University, she felt I was in the perfect position to tell the story of the Labs. 

What’s unique about the ADS application is that it's required to be submitted as a multi-touch iBook.

Although I enjoy copywriting, the majority of my freelance and consulting is in design. I was excited about the opportunity to flex some different muscles and team up with the Full Sail Labs designer to create something representative of their innovative learning environment.

Download the digital book or view a preview below.

Career Connections

Each year Full Sail University hosts a Career Expo as part of our annual Hall of Fame festivities. For a media arts school, Hall of Fame is the closest we get to a homecoming. 

In addition to honoring the achievements of our successful grads, there’s an interactive creative challenge that's designed to make networking easier and fun. It’s hard to feel intimidated by your mentors when you’re going to head-to-head in a fierce game of Mario Kart or rubbing elbows while painting a mural.

It was in this spirit that I collaborated with my students and colleagues to create a photo scavenger hunt for the Career Expo. In preparing for the event it became apparent the students needed guidance in 3 distinct areas:

  1. Informational Interviews
  2. Professionalism
  3. Authentic Connections

Together we came up with a fun list of actions or items to help the students approach the expo with confidence and purpose. The activity was meant both as an icebreaker and catalyst for meaningful conversations.

I designed a collage template using Apple’s Keynote software that students would fill up with pictures from their day. Once complete, students were required to post their collage to our Facebook group with a series of hashtags that would help promote the event and our program’s presence there.

Following the expo, one of my most outwardly confident students approached me to express appreciation for the activity. She shared that she was overwhelmed by the energy of the day, but that the photo scavenger hunt helped her make the most of the opportunity!

 Photo Collage of MCBS Student - Stacy Blake

Photo Collage of MCBS Student - Stacy Blake

 Keynote Template

Keynote Template