Spring 2020 Magazine Staff
Hi! I’m a senior journalism major, and I’m ready to explore the wide world of magazine writing. When I’m not volunteering with my sorority or helping plan meetings and trips for the Florida Magazine Student Association, I’m usually snuggled up with my dog, cat and a big cup of coffee, probably binge-watching the newest trending series on Netflix. I’m so excited to take on my role as co-editor in chief alongside my friend Julia and give you all a magazine that will make you truly happy to read.
I’m happiest when…. I’m traveling and exploring new places with my friends and family!
Hello! I’m a Jersey girl studying journalism at UF, and I love it. You can find me either writing an article for Spoon University or the Alligator, on-air on GHQ or watching Gilmore Girls with friends. I’m pumped to be co-editor in chief of the Orange & Blue and can’t wait to see the ~happy~ content we all create together.
I’m happiest when…. I’m cuddling with my dog, Cali!
Hi there! My name is Katherine Lugo. I’m a senior at the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida with a concentration in graphic design. I am thrilled to be Orange & Blue Magazine’s graphic designer this spring, and I can’t wait to share with you all the happy things we have in store for you.
I am happiest when…. I’m nose- first into my sketchbook drawing, probably with a cup of coffee or a bowl of ramen by my side!
Hello, everyone! I am a fourth-year journalism student at UF with minors in vocal performance and Spanish. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy singing, dancing, watching movies, playing games, cuddling with animals, learning new languages and traveling the world. It is my dream to live in Spain and pursue a career that allows me to express my passions through a creative outlet, whether that be through music, advertising, blogging, poetry or writing for a magazine. I am thankful for the opportunity to come together with so many fun, smart, creative and talented Gators to create this semester’s issue of the Orange & Blue magazine.
I am happiest when…. I am singing and/or dancing to music, traveling or cuddling my dog!
Hi! I’m Victoria, a fitness enthusiast that loves to write. I always have time to try a new yoga class and hit the gym. When I’m not sweating it out, I study journalism at the University of Florida. My favorite project was a photo story that I created when I was studying in Berlin, Germany. I look forward to working with more photos as Orange & Blue’s photo editor.
I’m happiest when…. I’m at my aunt’s restaurant in New York, eating a raspberry stuffed French toast with my family!
Hey, guys! My name is Savannah Phillips, and I am the marketing director for Orange & Blue. I am a fourth-year journalism major who is passionate about helping organizations grow their influence through brand strategy. I have had internships and involvement in marketing, social media, branding, public relations and content creation, so I am excited about my potential post-graduation career in one of these fields. I see myself moving to a big city like New York or Denver. When I’m not working on developing my marketing skills, you can find me hanging out with my best friends, going to music festivals or traveling the world.
I’m happiest when…. I am surrounded by the people I love!
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
Hey, everyone! I’m super excited for this role because social media can be so fun and a great place for memes. When I’m not near my phone, I love going for runs and hanging out with my pup, Tune. Sometimes we go running together, but she can’t hang too long. I’m looking forward to an iconic year with Orange & Blue Magazine.
I am happiest when…. I’m traveling and hanging out with my family!
My name is Brooks Bass, and I am a second-year journalism student at the University of Florida. When I am not creating masterpieces for you to read, you can find me hanging out with my friends while I laugh at my own jokes or in my apartment playing my guitar. I grew up on a cattle ranch in a small town on Lake Okeechobee called Moore Haven. It was there where I learned that being a cowboy isn’t fun, so I should write instead.
I am happiest when…. I am eating all-you-can-eat wings on Monday nights at Gators Dockside with my bros!
Hi! I’m Morgan. I’m from Pembroke Pines, Florida, and am currently a journalism and women’s studies junior. I enjoy working with organizations around my campus and community which celebrate diversity and advocate for social justice. I’m excited to be one of the copy editors for the Spring 2020 edition of the Orange & Blue Magazine.
I am happiest when…. I am visiting new places, laughing with my friends or petting cats!
Hi! My name is Luly Hernandez, and I’m a senior journalism student at the University of Florida. I moved to Gainesville in 2018 after graduating from the Honors College at Miami Dade where I earned my degree in mass communications and journalism. I’m an aspiring writer and amateur photographer from Miami, and I believe my desire to tell stories comes from my Cuban roots. My ultimate hope is to live a life full of travel, photography and writing. When I’m not writing or taking pictures, I’m probably working on a puzzle or buying myself a poke bowl.
I’m happiest when…. my little dog, Norman, picks my lap as a perfect place to sleep!
Adjunct Professor Nicole Irving is the owner and publisher of Giggle Magazine, the award-winning parenting and family magazine in Alachua County and Leon County, Florida. She also owns Wellness360 Magazine, a health and wellness magazine for Alachua County. Nicole, originally from New York, is a UF alumna with an honor’s degree in Sociology. She came to Gainesville in 1997 from Jupiter, Florida. Nicole is the mom to three boys and has been married to her husband and business partner Shane for 14 years. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Florida Magazine Association, a Leadership Gainesville Class of 38 graduate, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and an active member of the Junior League of Gainesville. Nicole won 2012 Business of the Year for Leading Women’s Enterprise, and she is a member of both the Gainesville and Tallahassee Chambers of Commerce.
I am happiest when…. I am picking out or looking at jewelry, watching Marvel movies or spending time with my amazing magazine staff!