Original Contributors

Aboubacar Camara is a sophomore at Fitchburg State University studying game design. He likes to talk and write about this field because it allows him to embrace his creativity and make something out of it. Aboubacar is very passionate about game design and likes to explore different aspects of the subject. He has worked on a few projects consisting of first-person shooters and platform levels. One of the first-person shooter levels was based on an office building and the other was based on an abandoned military base. From his peers, Aboubacar is said to be very creative in the things he works on. He also is known for being empathetic towards his peers. What Aboubacar wishes to do after graduation, is to work for a game development company or start a small one. He believes that with the skills he obtained from Fitchburg State, he will be able to become a game developer.

Ana’aya McGowan Mozell is a sophomore at Fitchburg State University, majoring in PR, Social Media & Advertising.

Brendan Smith is a junior at Fitchburg State University, where he studies Film and Video. He is an aspiring filmmaker who is interested in producing, directing, and assistant directing. In his free time, he researches and watches films from around the world in hopes of gaining both inspiration from them and giving them the proper recognition they deserve for the impact that they have had on the world of filmmaking.

Email: brensmith259@gmail.com

Elise Takehana teaches writing and digital storytelling in the English Studies department at Fitchburg State University. She also co-founded the Digital Media Innovation program at FSU and worked with colleagues to create digital archive exhibits from the Robert E. Cormier collection. Her own research focuses on the impact of the medium on storytelling and style.

Glenndale Bartolome is a sophomore at Fitchburg State university, studying Game Design. He has at this point developed a few levels, assisted in the creation of a few small games, and participated in a couple of Game Jams, taking minor roles but slowly trying to be more involved as he progresses through the school year. One game he got to test was a VR shooter called “Worm Punk”, getting a beta view of the game’s map. He hopes to be able to land a job at an independent game company that treats its workers fairly, and help enforce a love for video games. He generally prefers privacy above all else, not being comfortable with sharing things like contact information, or even calling strangers and unknown numbers on the phone. As such, his contact info will not be provided, save for his school email.

Email: gbartolo@student.fitchburgstate.edu

Henry Christiansen is a student at Fitchburg State University studying film and video production and currently in his sophomore year. Some of his achievements include a short film that he wrote, filmed, and produced. Middlesex Community College awarded him an honorable mention. He was also an intern at Middlesex Community College for film and video production. Some of his career goals after graduation are to be a cinematographer or a production manager. Since being in school, he has worked really hard on every project he has been a part of. He currently works full-time in a grocery store to help pay for college and other family needs. A fun fact about him is that he has worked with Keith Urban and Big Time Rush. He filmed them on stage and got to meet them which was an amazing experience.

Email: hchristiansen2018@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-christiansen-4808811b5/

J.J. Sylvia IV (Ph.D., North Carolina State University) is an Associate Professor of Communications Media at Fitchburg State University, where he co-founded an undergraduate major in Digital Media Innovation and a master’s program in Applied Communication, focusing on Social Media. The core of his research involves the philosophy of communication and the analysis of the impacts of big data, algorithms, and emerging media on processes of subjectivation — the ways we are shaped as subjects. Sylvia’s academic training includes an M.A. in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Worcester, MA.

Contact: jsylvia3@fitchburgstate.edu

Keshauni Johnson is a Game Design major and a sophomore at Fitchburg State University. She aspires to open her own professional game development studio in the future. Some of her favorite hobbies include reading, drawing, and playing games. Her favorite video game of all time is Kirby’s Return to Dreamland.

Leonora Shell (M.A.T., Mississippi University for Women) is a business owner, educator, entomologist, science communicator, and writer with a love of digital media and sourdough bread. She earned her B.S. in Entomology from the University of California at Davis. She has been the Curator of Digital Media with Your Wild Life and the Rob Dunn Lab at North Carolina State University, as well as the Digital Learning Specialist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She is currently the C.O.O. and co-owner of an e-commerce business.

Sophia Moore is a freshman studying communications media with a concentration in public relations and social media advertising at Fitchburg State University. She received Dean’s list her first semester and has worked on several marketing projects throughout her first year of college. She aspires to have a career in sports marketing, motivated by her love for sports and interest in marketing. Growing up she was a multi-sports athlete and continues to play on the Fitchburg State women’s soccer team.

Contact: s.j.moore744@gmail.com