StratComm student, radio host to speak at SMC graduation

A strategic communication major and an alumna of the radio/TV/film program will help send graduates into the future at the School of Media and Communication’s graduation ceremony May 16.

The featured speakers at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony in McGonigle Hall are student Julian Fowler and Dyana Williams, RTF ’97, the host of “Soulful Sundays” on Oldies 100.3.

Julian Fowler, STRC ’13

Fowler, of Glen Burnie, Md., is a resident assistant, a campus safety quality control representative, a Diamond Leader, a program associate with the Temple Law Education and Participation project and, beyond all of that, a self-described “certified foodie.”

This summer will bring a much-deserved break for Fowler before he returns to Temple in the fall, this time as a student in the Beasley School of Law. He’s interested in specializing in either criminal or entertainment law, and aspires to combine his legal education and television. Fowler envisions himself as a legal version of Dr. Oz, explaining the law to the average viewer, much like Dr. Oz does with medicine.

Fowler counts his selection as graduation speaker as a great honor.

“I am someone who will stand before them humble to have the opportunity to speak to them,” Fowler says.

Dyana Williams, RTF ’97

Also scheduled to address the graduates is Williams, who was most recently on campus to accept a 2012 Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award.

A native of Harlem, N.Y., she has been called “the ambassador of African-American music.” But her career expands far beyond music.

She has worked as an entertainment reporter on PM Magazine in Washington, D.C., and moonlighted as a reporter for BET and a music consultant for The Soul of VH1.

Over the last decade, Williams has expanded her portfolio to include artist development/media coaching and to date, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, T.I., Chris Brown, The Dave Matthews Band, Ne-Yo, three American Idols and many others, have all benefited from her hands-on approach. She’s also delved into the realm of documentary film with Message in the Music: Gamble, Huff, Bell’s Sound of Philadelphia, a project she’s producing with noted director/writer Nelson George.

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