Meet The Hive
Audra, Contributor, Social Media Manager. Audra is a writer, researcher, and car karaoke star most recently from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated with a master's degree in International Studies in 2018, and currently works for her alma mater while she figures out what exactly she's going to do with her life. Audra's favorite things include great libraries, autumn, good coffee and cats, and her dislikes include mornings, sad movies and pretentious academic writing.
Blessing, Contributor. Blessing is a first-year graduate student at American University School of International Service in Washington, DC. During her undergraduate career she majored in Criminology-Sociology with minors in International Relations, Human Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies. Her Master’s program is in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs, with her concentration being in Gender, Peace and Security. Blessing’s passions are in human rights, community organizing and the rights of indigenous peoples (whether domestically or globally). Her goal is to work with indigenous peoples within Latin America and the Caribbean to promote sustainability efforts and advocacy. Blessing is still on a quest to meet the Obamas, and she absolutely loves Beyonce.
Carey, Contributer. Carey J. Flack is a recent graduate with a degree in entrepreneurship and minor in African and African American Studies. She is a self-proclaimed "startup junkie" and the founder of Roomswap, a lease-swapping platform that has saved first-generation college students nearly $70,000 in rent. In her free time, Carey is a writer, creative storyteller, and community builder. She navigates the intersection between technology, creativity, and justice through all of her work.
Catelyn, Artist. Catelyn is a graduate student studying Professional Writing at Oklahoma University. She previously attended Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Sequential Art and a minor in storyboarding. She loves storytelling, and the process of animation through visuals with comics, and illustration.
Devin, Contributor. Devin is an undergraduate journalism student minoring in international studies. When she’s not working on a story for her school’s newspaper, you can usually find her curled up with a bowl of pasta, watching stand-up and reading murder mysteries. She hopes to travel the world someday and blog about her adventures, but wherever she goes she plans to stay within close proximity to as many dogs as possible.
Hannah, Fine Arts Intern. Hannah is a full time student of dramaturgy and international security studies at a state university. She realizes that a double major in theatre and international studies might seem strange to some, but she promises that it makes sense and is really cool. You can normally find her in rehearsal, in rehearsal, or in another rehearsal. In fact, she is rarely not in rehearsal. Some may say that she is “too attached” to certain electronic devices, but that is simply not true. Her favorite things are her phone, her computer, coffee, the oxford comma, and her ever-growing collection of plays.
Jacque, Senior Digital Editor and Creative Director. Jacque is a graphic designer and photographer at a state university. Originally from Wisconsin, Jacque has worked in higher education for over a decade. Creating is her passion; whether it's creating a magazine spread, a piece of art, a beautiful photograph or a delicious meal. As a ten year old artist-in-training, she would watch Bob Ross on PBS and follow his lead with a matchbook and a butter knife, creating "happy little trees" that surprised her. She's a voracious reader, a lover of great food and beer, and she has a soft spot for cuddly animals, including puppies (like her Pomeranian bestie, Pépite de Chocolat Roast Beef) and backyard chickens. She is always looking for a new TV show to binge on and she not so secretly wants to be a chef when she grows up.
Julie, Contributor. Julie is an assistant professor of Latin American literature and culture at a state university. A native Oklahoman, she loves to write, knit, and play volleyball. She brews a mean ginger kombucha and works at becoming the coolest aunt of all time.
Kari, Life and Style Editor. Kari started her pursuit in higher education in 2001. As a student leader she served as president for the largest women's organization on campus. It was abundantly clear, given the thousands of scholastically driven women that surrounded her pursuing their dream careers and stylish wardrobes, that Kari had a hunch for admiring everyone's own personal style ambitions. In graduate school, she became the fashion contributor for various campus look-books, while also helping others with their fashion finds and household treasures. She has worked at her public institution for more than ten years and hopes to help women at all stages of life feel and look their best while embracing their own signature life style. Kari currently lives in a college town with her handsome husband and enjoys being a mom to a furry dog and sweet little girl.
Maura, Senior Blog Editor and Arts and Culture Editor. Maura is a freelance writer/editor and adjunct instructor at a state university. She worked in student support services for nine years, as a writing tutor and writing center director in academic support for student athletes, and as an academic advisor. She has a B.A. in English from a small liberal arts college and an M.A. in English and Film Studies. She loves movies, music (especially 1980s-90s college rock, post-punk, indie rock and Bob Dylan), travel (particularly to Ireland), writing stories and songs, and playing the guitar. She is also an expert on pop culture of the 1990s (really, ask her anything), and wrote her Master’s thesis on Roseanne. Maura spent five years as a music critic at the underground site Cokemachineglow.com, and currently writes for Paste Magazine, Petmd.com and PawCulture.com, among others.
Melanie, Contributing Editor. Melanie is an activist and advocate fighting for the equality of all people working at a state university. She quick-witted and has a knack for crafting clever titles for all occasions, menu items, protest signs, and politicians. An extrovert who loves food, so she looks for any excuse to be with people, share good food, and libations. She is a former U.S. Marine so yes, a certified badass which comes in handy when she is confronting injustice, but her heart is all about creating a space that honors, appreciates, and includes everyone. She is a hugger, unapologetic laugher, and dances like no one is watching. She is an out professional on her campus and serves a board member on several LGBTQ+ agencies off campus. She lives for family-time on the weekends where hugs, laughter, and dancing are abundant.
Rebecca, Operations and Content Editor. Often the shortest person in the room, what Rebecca lacks in height she makes up for in snarkiness. In addition to her dry wit, she is passionate about learning and mentoring and is always eager to learn from others. Rebecca is both a faculty member and an upper-level administrator at a public university - a balance that can be challenging, but gives unique insights into the academy. She can often be found in class with students, running from meeting to meeting, or at her desk working with students and colleagues. Rebecca recently became a proud, “geriatric” mother to a little girl who is already a veteran of college classrooms, meetings, and study abroad programs. While she attempts to integrate motherhood with her career, it is always a work in progress as evidenced by the spit up on her blazer or food particles in her hair, yet always with a grin on her face. In her rare spare hours, Rebecca enjoys quality time with family, reading and traveling. She also indulges in a not so secret addiction to “crap TV.”
Suzette, Founding Editor and Publisher. Suzette is an executive administrator and professor at a state university. She has been living, learning and serving on college and university campuses for more than 30 years and can't imagine having done anything else with her life. When not in meetings, sending emails, or putting out fires, she enjoys building academic and extra-curricular programs that help students grow, and supporting her colleagues in their professional development. A passionate advocate for international education, Suzette has burned through a number of passports while living and working abroad. When not on campus or traveling the world, she loves to engage in friendly but fierce debates with her young adult daughter, read books and journals of all kinds, power-walk long distances with her dog, cook dinner and consume adult beverages with friends, bake anything involving chocolate, and occasionally play tennis and practice yoga.