My name is Ariel Shaleigh West, and I am a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s of arts in Strategic Communication with a focus in public relations.

I currently work as a Marketing Assistant for the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. I handle media and social media communications and campaigns, write press releases/articles/blogs/feature stories, create advertisement copy and respond to both media and community questions. I also serve as the web content manager and work in Cascade to update the website daily.

As the vice president of marketing for GetRECt,  I handle internal and external communications as well as community complaints, inform external stakeholders on upcoming events, stimulate community growth and discussion, prepare internal employees for external publicity, and more. I am also in charge of developing the yearly schedule of events and keeping the team organized and prepared. I manage a marketing team consisting of a graphic designer, a videographer, a social media specialist, a web content specialist and a multimedia assistant.

I enjoy reading, writing and watching sports, specifically football and hockey. I am a driven, independent individual with strong critical thinking skills. I am not afraid to take creative risks and step outside of the box. I am technology-forward and thrive in creative environments where I can work with a team and bounce ideas off of others. I take pride in my work and strive to be the best at what I do while gracefully accepting criticism.