Friday, May 23, 2008

Featured Rutgers Univ. Graduate - Robin

I just returned from New York/Jersey City to attend my sister's graduation. It was a wonderful occasion and very proud to say the least. My sister from Colorado, mom, sister and niece from Texas, and myself from Michigan. Our father was there in spirit from heaven. We met a swell of interesting and kind people. Despite what is said about New Yorkers, we met some very kind and friendly people in the neighborhoods, in the subways and in restaurants.

My sisters is featured in the Rutgers University website - graduating with honors (magna cum laude) 3.7 GPA. Look out for her debut. She received a PA (Production Assistance) job just one day after graduation and unsure of a job. WOW!

Robin Laverne Wilson, Newark College of Arts and Sciences (Honors College), BA, Jersey City, N.J. and Converse, TX.
Ceremony: May 20, 2 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark

Robin Laverne Wilson still hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up, but at least she’s narrowed down her choices. “I want to be an artist who handles business, vs. a business woman who is artistic. I want to produce media.” Robin, who describes herself as a “Texan by geography, a New Yorker by heart,” started college in 1991 back in Texas, trying her hand at a broad swath of majors and courses, including writing, photography, acting, film, journalism, and fine arts. She worked in a peace and justice center, marrying art and social justice, and also acted in commercials and training films.

Lured by the bright lights of the big city, she came to New York and at the recommendation of a relative, looked into Rutgers-Newark and liked what she saw. As an interdisciplinary major, she mixed media studies and management courses, interned at VH1, the New York Pops Symphony Orchestra, and New Line Cinema, and during a break from classes was an artist in residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Ever the activist, Robin has assisted on filming a documentary about homeless war veterans with Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films, director/producer of “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” and “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.” For her Honors College thesis project, Robin started a production company to create several film projects.

Why is Robin so attracted to such a broad range of highly creative fields? She likens herself to a dragonfly, the creature she considers her spirit guide, noting the dragonfly is “non-linear – it darts all over. And it is very assertive at going after what it wants.”