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Welcome Our Incoming Fall 2017 MATX Class…

MATX logoMohammed Alasmari earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, with a minor in Marketing Communication and Advertisement from Imam University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While in Riyadh, he worked at the nonprofit organization Orphan Care “Ensan” as a public relations representative. Following that, Mohammed became a lecturer at the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. He earned a Master of Arts in Communication Art from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. There, he was president of the Saudi Students’ Association and was given an award as the most successful leader of student organizations. Mohammed has logged more than 1,000 hours volunteering for various nonprofit organizations. His research interests focus on the effect of New Media in societies.

Yuxiang Dong was born in 1990 in Wujiang, Jiangsu Province, China. He holds a BFA in Photography from Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China and an MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Currently, Dong is pursuing his PhD in Media, Art, and Text at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Allison Bennett Dyche is the Director of Student Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously served as the Assistant Director for Student Media at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and as the Assistant Director of Student Media at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. She also served as an adjunct journalism instructor in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State and taught sections of Introduction to Journalism, Multimedia Storytelling, and News Reporting & Writing. Allison spent five years working as a journalist for the Savannah Morning News. She has done freelance writing and photography, interned for a television station, DJ’ed a weekly radio show, taught photography to middle school students, and studied multimedia storytelling at various institutes. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Arts in Documentary Photography from SCAD.

Alex Jones is a self-professed polymath with a penchant for 3D printing, production, and design. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration from VCU in 2006 focusing primarily on entrepreneurship and small business management. With his BS in business, Alex worked as a server for more years than he could count (eight) in more than a handful of restaurants (four). He was present for the failure of both Cous-Cous and The Well located a few blocks from campus. Frustrated with picky patrons’ trendy food allergies, he returned to VCU where he completed his MA in 2016. For the past three years, Alex has worked at the VCU library’s Innovative Media Lab, he teaching Stereolithographic printing, embroidery, laser cutting, and other design techniques to the students, faculty, and VCU’s surrounding community. His research interests include the serial publications of Henry James and 19th century print culture.

Wedyan Kattan completed a bachelors degree in European Linguistics from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She has earned two masters degrees; MBA from KAU in Jeddah, SA and an MPS from George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Wed worked as a journalist in several newspapers and magazines and has published a book about Saudi women.  Her primary research focuses on feminine issues and international women’s rights.