The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) is pleased to announce the new TAGA Student Ambassador program! This program is a way to get students involved with TAGA by agreeing to donate their voice. They share our mission and their personal connection to our organization on all social media channels, so please be sure to follow along!

The TAGA Student Ambassadors come from across North America, representing Appalachian State University, Ball State University, California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Ryerson University.

Mikey Araujo

Mikey Araujo is a visual communication designer creating a brassy experimental exploration of digital colors through design. His work inflicts the depiction between inner thought repelled by the assimilation for a societal norm. Creating an open dialect for cultural diversity within the design community has become an ongoing research project for Mikey, where he examines pop culture and how it influences new forms of communication. Mikey is pursuing an MFA in visual communication design at Rochester Institute of Technology. Mikey enjoyed attending the 2019 TAGA Technical Conference; he was surprised to see how passionate and dedicated each industry professional is within their field. Moreover, he was grateful for the time each professional gave him answering his industry questions.

Trey Bowe

Trey is a Graphic Communications student at Clemson University who is highly ambitious and eager to get his start in the industry! TAGA has provided him with a hands-on and realistic experience to put his personal skills in the spotlight. If he’s not in class or with Clemson’s TAGA chapter, you can find him preparing for his weekly Dungeons & Dragons student group.

Julia Forrester

Julia Forrester

Julia Forrester is a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in graphic communications management at Ryerson University, where she is also completing a concentration in publishing and a minor in French studies. Passionate about inclusive design and sustainability, Julia welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively with and learn from others. Julia has attended the past two TAGA Annual Technical Conferences and has immensely enjoyed meeting a variety of fellow students and industry professionals alike and expanding her knowledge of the graphic arts. Julia has been a member of the Ryerson TAGA student chapter, RyeTAGA, since her first year of studies and is excited to be leading the chapter this year as she assumes the role of President.

Rachel Goldberg

Rachel is studying Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology where she also participates on their track and field team as a thrower. She enjoys being a student member of TAGA because she loves to create, and it gives her a chance to design and innovate 3D renders of objects from start to finish. She has dreams of traveling and designing outdoor sporting goods and/or fitness gear.

Daniel Hudson

Hi, my name is Daniel Hudson. I attend Ball State University located in Indiana, and I am heading into my senior year. Born in Vietnam but raised in St. Louis, I often find that no matter where I am in life a home is just four walls. It’s the people I surround myself with that make it homey. This will be my second year with TAGA, and I am pleased to say how many opportunities have sprouted from being a part of this organization. I am currently in Boston on an internship with GMG Color. They have opened my eyes to another world of graphics and an extremely important one at that. I look forward to continuing to expand my knowledge of the graphic arts and TAGA is one of the best places for opening those doors. I believe in this key component: if you want to have expertise in a field learn from the best!

Alice Ish

Alice Ish

I’m Alice Ish, a third-year graphic communication major with a concentration in design reproduction technology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I’m originally from Carnation, Washington. I’ve found my passion in this field, getting the opportunity to run presses and design for packaging. I’m this year’s executive marketing coordinator for our TAGA chapter.

Laura McGinn

Laura is an Appalachian State University student who is studying Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology with a completed minor in Business. She is passionate about web design, 3D modeling, and animation. TAGA is a great way for her to connect with others and has formed long-lasting student and professional relationships. Laura has her sights set on a dual Masters in Library Science and Educational Media.

Tristan Thomas

Tristan is a true go-getter with a double-major in Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology and Biology at Appalachian State University. She is an avid outdoors person who enjoys being on the Appalachian State University triathlon team. She is active within her TAGA student chapter and is thrilled to be a TAGA student ambassador!

James Weaver

James is pursuing a major in Graphic Communications at Clemson University with a minor in Brand Communication. He has a love for visual design and front end web development and hopes to one day make a career out of them. TAGA has been a fantastic way for him to gain a great deal more print industry knowledge and make some great connections along the way. When he’s not in school, he enjoys making music, fishing, and playing games with friends.