We are a small team of university students with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. Say hello to our team for 2021-22.
2021-22 Executive Team
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Digital & Social Media), Bachelor of Arts (major in Creative Writing & History)
Cafe Order: Caramel Latte
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Hobby: I would love to say that my favourite hobby is reading, but with uni in full swing my favourite hobby is probably more like buying books (follow my Bookstagram to see my collection @ashleighs_booked_out)
A Fun Fact: I worked at a cinema for 6 years so I’ve seen a lot of movies & can also quote a lot of random ones word for word (The Simpsons movie and Shrek 2). I also spend a lot of my time making really obscure Spotify playlists.
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: I’m looking forward to fostering a close-knit community for BCM students, even if that has to be online. I’m also looking forward to learning more about the new team and seeing all the awesome content our members will create!
Tweet me: @ashleighgrente2
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Visual Communication Design & major in Digital & Social Media)
Cafe Order: Small cappuccino with either soy or almond milk.
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Hobby: I draw a lot lately (which I actually use as my uni Digital Artefact – @thedrawinglab on Instagram). I’m also a musician so I love spending time playing the piano, and composing music.
A Fun Fact: I have actually performed in the Sydney Opera House with my school concert band & two American schools. It was an amazing experience.
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Helping other members of the BCM community and learning new skills from this experience.
Tweet me: @ItsBonnieMaree
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Digital & Social Media), Bachelor of Commerce (major in Sports Marketing)
Cafe Order: Iced long black with vanilla.
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Hobby: Collecting boom gate tickets (don’t judge pls)
A Fun Fact: I’m physically unable to park nose first. It has to be reverse or parallel otherwise I’m not parking.
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Developing the friendly & positive UOWDMS community & encouraging students to get involved!
Tweet me: @anniepikey
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Marketing & Advertising & minor in Digital and Social Media)
Cafe Order: Medium soy latte with 1 sugar. Got to have the touch of sweetness.
Favourite Colour: Yellow
Favourite Hobby: Before Uni I was studying to be an apprentice baker. My favourite thing to do is cook and bake yummy treats.
A Fun Fact: I backpacked around Europe for 2 months solo, visiting over 13 countries. Best experience of my life.
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Being able to make connections with other BCM students and developing new skills such as time management and note taking.
Tweet me: @maddyhawkinsss
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Marketing & Advertising)
Cafe Order: Caramel latte or sometimes iced cappuccino with almond milk.
Favourite Colour: Yellow
Favourite Hobby: I love photography, design for my work and my idol and traveling. I’m also a yogi, so I’m doing my DA about yoga, meditation and some motivational quotes. Check it out at @nandayoga.healthy.positive
A Fun Fact: Acting cool on the outside but can’t stop talking and laughing on the inside.
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Meeting everyone in BCM community and enjoying my time with the lovely and passionate DMS team. Also, to develop new skills from being in this role, and devote to help and foster BCM community.
Tweet me: @MynnTran
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Digital & Social Media), Bachelor of Journalism
Cafe Order: Iced chai
Favourite Colour: Green, at the moment. Yesterday it was orange.
Favourite Hobby: I loooove some good street photography,(peep my insta @tyneeshawilliams), & writing for my blog! I do also pick up my guitar or paint brushes once or twice a month though.
A Fun Fact: Controversial but I hate popcorn & I’ve never seen any version of The Lion King.
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Getting to work in a team of people who are passionate about the same things that I am, & of course developing mad skillz.
Tweet me: @tyneeshaaaaa
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Digital & Social Media)
Cafe Order: Iced caramel latte… could you get anymore basic
Favourite Colour: Any Pink! I LOVE pink!
Favourite Hobby: I enjoy baking and cooking, trialling new recipes and broadening my pallet!
A Fun Fact: I learnt how to surf by the age of 3 and was wave surfing by 5. I have now unfortunately lost my touch but I was quite the little grommet!
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: I’m really looking forward to Interacting with the broader UOW BCM community and meeting new people who have the same interests as me. I’m also super excited about collaborating as a team, I love teamwork!
Tweet me: @matildasinc
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Marketing & Advertising & minor in PR)
Cafe Order: Lactose free caramel iced latte OR Iced long black OR Lactose free cap (I’m ADDICTED to coffee ok?!)
Favourite Colour: Pink
Favourite Hobby: I’m absolutely loving product photography atm so either that or creating content for my biz @itsbusyissy on insta – check it out. I’m also currently obsessed with baking lmao.
A Fun Fact: I own a star!! I bought it for my boyfriend & I’s anniversary!!
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Meeting everyone in the BCM community on a more personal & connected level! Also really keen for COVID to go away so I can hang out with everyone on campus.
Tweet me: @itsbusyissy
Social Media Coordinator
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Marketing & Advertising & minor in Journalism)
Cafe Order: I don’t drink coffee (don’t come at me) but I love anything chocolate so probably an iced chocolate
Favourite Colour: Always been a Blue gal
Favourite Hobby: I love moving my body and seeing results so would have to be working out or going to the gym!
A Fun Fact: I have broken my neck before and it took 2 years to be fully recovered. For 3 months of that time I was in a neck brace!
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Getting to talk to so many amazing students on our social media and helping them in anyway I can as well as working with a boss team.
Tweet me: @caseraud
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Digital & Social Media), Bachelor of Commerce (major in International Business)
Cafe Order: Iced Matcha almond latte
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Hobby: Making memes…this has made me realise I need to find another hobby
A Fun Fact: I’m a twin which is pretty cool
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Developing new skills from being a part of this role and meeting new people in the bcm fam!
Tweet me: @grace_naum
Assistant Marketing Coordinator
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Global Screen Media & major in Marketing & Advertising)
Cafe Order: Iced Chai latte with almond milk OR Nothing beats a Hot Chocolate (on almond milk obviously) in winter.
Favourite Colour: Baby pink but it chances at least twice a month.
Favourite Hobby: I love making videos, I taught myself how to use After Effects in year 10 and have been creating since!
A Fun Fact: I do have a pet Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo called Jack who is 41 years old! Some of you may know me as that one Kpop stan of BCM twitter (mainly thanks to Renee).
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: Getting to meet more people within BCM! I’m yet to experience campus life so the more friends I make the better tbh… And of course creating things alongside developing those mad skills.
Tweet me: @breannakmcbride
Assistant Social Media Coordinator
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (major in Marketing & Advertising & minor in Art History)
Cafe Order: I always order a white choc mocha to try to convince myself I like coffee…
Favourite Colour: Pink always
Favourite Hobby: I love all things crystals, astrology & anything relating to holistic health. Currently learning how to do tarot readings!
A Fun Fact: I am one of the world’s pickiest eaters… I’ve never even had a cheeseburger or a steak.
What she’s most excited for in her role as an exec: I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with creative minds to come up with innovative projects
Tweet me: @madi_duff
President and Founding Executive
Degree: Bachelor of Communication and Media (Honours), and he holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, majoring in International Relations, and Digital Media and Communication.
We live in an incredibly exciting time – the kind of digital networks that exist today, and the impact these have upon the way the world is governed, are allowing individuals to broadcast in a way that has never before been possible. Governments are only just beginning to understand this.
As the first of the five co-founders of UOWDMS, I was keen to build an institution that captured the essence of the BCM community, and was able to sustain itself with social events and professional opportunities. When I started at UOW in 2016 this was talked about often, but attempts to set something up usually fizzled out as people lost interest. My time at UOWDMS was one of the happiest both at uni and in my life – it was incredibly rewarding to lead this diverse, crazy, memetic community.
My top 3 Achievements with UOWDMS:
• Positioning the DMS as the first port of call for all Communication and Media students, including growing membership to over 250 by 2020 and publishing the Pyatiletka, a five-year plan to guide the development and expansion of the Society on campus, resulting in being a finalist for UOW Club Person of the Year in 2019.
• Engaging with faculty staff to facilitate the delivery of subjects via our Discord server during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as facilitating an online BCM Town Meeting to provide academics with feedback on remote delivery.
• Being invited to the inaugural Australian Crisis Simulation Summit run by the Australian National University and the Australian Department of Defence, as well as the DIGI Engage conference run by the Digital Industry Group on the strength of my performance as President.
Tweet me: @CallumHarvs
Vice President and Founding Executive
Degree: Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (Honours), majoring in Digital Media
What I love about digital technology is that it is basically an extension of yourself, but it also allows you to be completely anonymous. I like using it to learn more about people.
I joined DMS as an exec because I felt like it was time for me to get more involved with university and the faculty. I also thought it would be a good way to meet like-minded people while also getting some great volunteering experience for my resume!
My top 3 Achievements with UOWDMS:
• Seeing the club grow from nothing to having over 250 members.
• Driving ticket sales for the Humanities and Arts Cocktail Party from 14% to 100% with just one meme.
• Being asked to speak in lectures and work at open day to promote the degree.
My housemate just started watching the vampire diaries, giving me an excuse to watch it all over again with her. I grew up watching it so it’s a little nostalgic. Fun fact: I can whack the cap of a beer clean off with my knife skills.
Tweet me: @MeggenP7
Events Coordinator and Founding Executive
Degree: Bachelor of Communications & Media (Digital Media) + Bachelor of Commerce (Public Relations).
I am fascinated by the exponential advancement of digital technologies, particularly paradigm shifts in the traditional mediascape. We have shaped the internet, and in turn, adapted to the sweeping systematic eventualities of its architecture. It’s an exciting time to be alive – history in the making!
I joined DMS to help foster a physical compliment to the amazing online community in the BCM degree – Twitter is great, but I believe friendships and professional networks can be made even greater when we extend our transmedia narratives to reality.
In my time as Events Coordinator I assisted in the delivery of educational workshops, helped host massive social events, and facilitated lasting friendships between club members. The role gave me valuable experience, opportunities for paid work, and helped me land a graduate program straight out of uni!
Since I was little I’ve always loved origami. It requires zero investment, suits all ages + abilities, and has limitless potential – just like digital media!
Tweet me: @HonourableSun
Secretary and Founding Executive
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and Bachelor of International Studies (Global Media and Communication)
I love how digital technology not only connects diverse people, but enables the spread of information and gives access to those who otherwise might not come across different streams of thinking.
I joined DMS as an exec because I wanted to help students navigate the complexities of uni life whilst also enjoying the benefits of a uni based community!
My top 3 Achievements with UOWDMS:
• Developed an incredibly strong friendship circle with amazing people who are genuinely interested in helping others
• Worked for UOW on Open Day, running a workshop with year 11\12 students who were exploring their tertiary education options
• Was able to articulate my skills and experiences developed through DMS to acquire an 8 week Internship with careers central @ UOW
My best party trick would be that I can call my Dad any hours of the day and he will come and pick me up & take my friends home
Tweet me: @OkKelsea
UOWDMS Content Creators
Tik Tok Content Creator
Degree: Bachelor of Communications and Media, majoring in Digital and Social Media
Digital technology is insane because it allows everyone to showcase their interests in a more creative and dynamic way online and most importantly it brings everyone together while we are apart.
I joined DMS because I felt it was an opportunity to put my personality out there, be creative and I also see this as such a fun and exciting side project while I’m studying at uni. I will be creating content for UOW DMS on TikTok (everyone’s social media guilty pleasure!!)
Currently I am binge watching a show called Normal People, I secretly love a bit of coming of age romance (10/10 would binge again).
I’d say my weird talent is knowing all the lyrics to really random songs that most people don’t know.
Tweet me: @michaelashales
Check out my content: @UOWDMS