Julie Babler - Director of Communications
With a background in graphic design and a deep understanding of messaging, Julie heads up the team as the Director of Communications. Aside from a few pit stops in advertising, her 17-year career has been focused on higher education. She knows her way around a swatch book, can bring personality to the most mundane topics, and will talk for days about her favorite fonts (Seriously, don’t get her started). However, she won’t put anything on the page, digital or print, without first addressing the strategy behind each piece of work.
Golden rule: Design is not decoration.
Areas of expertise: Brand strategy, editorial design, communication, typography, Integrated marketing
Past clients: Dell, AMD, St. Davids Healthcare and McClane , North Dakota State University, Texas State University
Awards: Communication Arts, PRINT, CASE and Addys
Passions: Painting, greyhound rescue and design (of course)
Albert Degollado - Web Developer
Albert is our hardworking Silver Addy and Webby award-winning web developer and strategist. He possesses a burning passion for streamlining and refining the complexities of our team’s multi-layered information highway. Code is Albert’s second language. He’s so dedicated to his craft that he occasionally spends his off-time bolstering his knowledge of iOS apps. A onetime web designer at Texas State University and creative director at an Austin digital advertising agency, Albert fires our technical synapses with a wealth of forward-thinking skills built around big picture ideas and flawless design.
Golden rule: Content is still king on the web.
Areas of expertise: Digital strategy, website development, ideation, problem solving, analytics
Personal Mission: To educate others on how easy it is to create user-friendly websites.
Pet Peeve: Big brand companies with quick and dirty websites.
Passions: Indie music, horror movies, tattoos and books
Kay Randall - Communications Coordinator
A 14–year veteran of public affairs and communications at The University of Texas, Kay is our tapped-in communications coordinator. She deftly connects the dots between the media and the university. Not to mention being a skilled wordsmith who has covered such diverse topics as the plight of the Romanis, business psychology and singing bats. With previous experience as a middle school language arts and Texas teacher history teacher, Kay relishes the way her work in the College of Education allows her to connect her love of writing and education.
Best thing about working in the College of Education: The faculty.
Most marketable skill: Turning something esoteric or complex into something understandable.
Biggest regret: Not moving to New York City at the perfect age of 27.
Most gratifying way of spending free time: Working with Vietnamese college students to improve their English language skills.
Favorite Novella: Tonio Kröger
Jason Gelt - Informational Writer
With a decade’s worth of print and online media experience in his background, Jason is a detail-minded writer with a love of concise storytelling and precise verbiage. When he goes to sleep at night words dance behind his eyelids. He has performed staff writing duties for numerous publications and handled content production for two global event websites. As public information officer for LA’s BEST after school program he gained a keen understanding of the importance of education and its impact on our communities.
Golden rule: In the land of language, brevity is king.
Favorite reference: AP Stylebook
Past employers: Los Angeles Times, L.A. Record, Scion Audio Visual, AOL Digital City
Favorite way to cure writer’s block: Switching from keyboard to longhand.
Passions: Record collecting, hardboiled crime fiction, gourmet cooking