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Marissa Shiner Graphic Designer

Everyday Items For this illustration project we were randomly assigned a country and were to choose two everyday items in the country we were given. My country was Kenya. I wanted to really grasp the culture and beauty in this country which is why I chose this woman as my focus. I also wanted to include the wildlife so I chose elephants because there is a large elephant population is Kenya.


Logo Design This was a class assignment where we were to design a logo for a student group at Warren County Technology Center. They participate in state wide competitions where they build and race the race-cars they have customized themselves.


Illustrations This class project was our low poly assignment where we were to create a portrait of someone by using only triangles. We were told to choose a celebrity or well recognizable person so I chose Khaleesi. I enjoyed this project and wanted to push it further which resulted in my Amy Winehouse low poly portrait and a monochromatic self portrait.



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Annual Report

This was a class project where we were assigned to redo an annual report of a company of our choice. I was, and still am, a fan of Pacsun and their brand style so I chose their annual report to redesign.

Our mission is to provide our customers with a compelling product assortment and great shopping experience that together highlight a premium mix of both branded and proprietary merchandise that speak to the acton sports, fashion and music influneces of the California lifestyle. Pacsun’s foundation has traditionally been built upon great collection of aspirational brands, which today includes Harley, Nike, Brandy Melville, Volcom, Vans, Kendall and Kylie, RVCA, Diamond Supply Co., Gypsy Warrior, Adidas, Been Trill, Billabong, O’Neil, Crooks and Castles, Fox Racing, V/SUAL, L-R-G, Modern Amusement, Neff, Riot Society, Roxy, and Young and Reckless, among others. We sometime enter into liscense agreements with some of these brands as a complement ro our more typical wholesale relationship. We aso continue to invest in and grow our proprietarybrands, which include Bullhead, LA Hearts, On The Byas, Nollie, and Reign+Storm.


During fiscal 2012, we launched our “Golden State of Mind” (”GSOM”) brand positioning which reflects the optimism, creativity and diversity of Pacsun’s California heritage. The concept is being realized through print advertising, online social media, in-store elements, events, and our website, In fiscal 2013, we further defined our GSOM brand positioning by showcasing our unique brands and selective music influences at our summer pop-up store in the heart of Soho on Broadway in lower Manhattan. Along with refreahing our brand logo this year and updating some of our older generation stores to out current branding, we applied shop-in-shop learnings from the Soho store to select top stores. In fiscal 2014, we continued to expand our GSOM brand positioning by celebrating the official start of summer and the longest day of the year with the first annual GSOM Day, which began the sunrise in Puerto Rico and concluded with the sun setting in Hawaii. Customer engagement included live events. in-store activations, and on-line sweepstakes.

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (together with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, the “Company,” “Registrant,” “Pacsun,” “we,” or “our”) is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. We sell a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories, and footwear designed to appeal to teans and young adults. We operate a nationwide, primarily mallbased chain of retail stores under the names “Pacific Sunwear” and “PacSun.” The Company, a California corporation, was incorporated in August 1982. As of January 31, 2015, we leased and operated 605 stores in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico, comprised of 2.4 million total square feet. Our focus on brands and culture is clearly resonating with our target customers. We concluded 2014 with our 12th straight quarter of positive comparable store sales (increasing 6% in the fourth quarter) and recorded an increase in our annualcomparable store sales of 3%. Additionally, we continue to increase gross margins by reducing markdowns and imporving our inventory position. Since 2011, our gross margins have increased by 500 basis points and we believe we can still find a bit more.


Find Your Giant Find Your Giant was inspired by street artist Shepard Fairey. For this project we chose an artist or person we found great interest and inspiration in. I chose musician and DJ, Bassnectar. He is one of my favorite musicians and favorite artists to see live. The intensity and power of his music and his fans is mesmerizing. I wanted to capture that in this poster. We hand drew and cut our own stencils and airbrushed every element that went into our designs.


“The urge to transform one’s appearance, to dance outdoors, to mock the powerful and embrace perfect strangers, is not easy to suppress.” - Barbara Ehrenreich


Electric Forest I designed this poster to see what I was capable of doing. I am lucky enough to have experienced the music festival, Electric Forest, a couple years ago and wanted to create something that could capture memories.




The Yellow Boat is presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Inc.

Gordon Wilson Lab Theatre October 13th at 4 p.m. October 14th and 15th at 3 p.m.

Theatre & Dance

Western Kentucky University is an equal opportunity institution of higher education and upon request provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. © 2017 Western Kentucky University. Printing paid from state funds, KRS 57.375.


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While interning at Western Kentucky University’s Marketing and Communications office I was assigned a range of projects all involving events and announcements for WKU. One of my favorite projects was for the WKU Arabic club, recognizing the members and their reasons for joining. Another one of my favorites was my flier for, “The Yellow Boat.” A play about an artistic boy who is faced with an illness but continues to create and inspire.

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Arabic Jonathon Wurth ‘15

Arabic and Anthropology Refugee Case Manager Community Action of Southern Kentucky

Jonathon Wurth earned his B.A. in Arabic and Anthropology in 2015. He participated in an archaeological dig in Jordan, through the University of California, Berkeley in the summer of 2013. Jonathon wrote the first Arabic Honors thesis, a graphic novel on Palestinian political cartoons. Jonathon now serves Bowling Green’s refugee population as a refugee case manager with Community Action of Southern Kentucky.

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Arabic Kent Johnson ‘16

Arabic, International Relations, Political Science Masters Student in Organizational Leadership WKU Veterans’ Assistance Office U. S. Marine Corps 2004-2008

I graduated from WKU in 2016 and am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and I also work at WKU helping my fellow veterans and military students pursue their educational goals. I am very thankful to WKU for helping me fulfil my dream of going to college and learning the Arabic language. Many people I have talked to assume that Arabic is too hard to learn, but from my experience, it was not as difficult as many think.

When I joined the Marines in 2004 I had no intention of going to college. When I was in Iraq, I can remember seeing the school children walking down dangerous roads, going to and from school every day. It was from seeing those children brave danger to go to school that I grew determined to go to college when I got back. I was so glad when I learned that WKU offered a degree in Arabic. When I was deployed, none of us knew Arabic, and I told myself that someday I would learn it.

WKU has a quality Arabic program and excellent Arabic

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Arabic Kelsey Hatcher ’18 Arabic and Dance Major

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I have been a dance instructor for the past seven years and I love that I have the opportunity to share my love for dance with children. I hope to incorporate my studies of the Arabic language into my dance profession. Eventually, I would love to be able to teach Ballet in the Middle East in Arabic, as well as to preserve Arab cultural dances and traditions. I believe that there are not enough opportunities for women and girls around the world to be exposed to Ballet, especially in highly conservative areas.

Additionally, I aim to work with Arabic-speaking refugees in the United States to help preserve their cultural traditions and to offer them an option for personal creative expression through dance. There is something so incredibly beautiful about being able to express a message effectively in an individual’s native language, not only due to the impact that it has on the individual, but society itself. With Arabic & Dance, my two great loves, I hope to help people abroad and in the U.S. connect and communicate through dance.

Arabic Noah Stevens ‘18

Arabic, International Affairs Outstanding Senior, International Affairs U.S. State Department Foreign Service Intern

professors, who make learning the language fun and who inspire you that you too can learn Arabic!

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When looking for colleges, I did not intend to study Arabic. Soon after I discovered the Honors College, I was introduced to the Arabic

Noah was one of only 34 students in the country chosen as a Foreign Service intern. He served in the Political-Military Affairs Bureau in 2017 and will work in an embassy in the Middle East in 2018.

Program at WKU. After speaking with students in the program and reviewing the curriculum, it was clear that the Arabic major program here was the truest embodiment of the “Leading American University with International Reach” motto. The Arabic program at WKU has allowed me to supplement my interests in the Middle East with practical language skills as well as study abroad and I have fallen in love with the language and culture along the way! I look forward to putting my Arabic to use and then further developing my language skills during a graduate program in Global Policy and International Security.

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Marissa Shiner

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Marissa Shiner - Digital portfolio