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Meet the Eagle News Staff

Eagle Media Advisor



Rhema Bland is the student media adviser with Eagle Media. She hails from a place up North where a Dunkin Donuts can be found on every corner but a hard “r” is hard to come by. She’s a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!), where she wrote for the Daily Campus. She also attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (Class of ’08.) Before joining FGCU to groom the next generation of kick-butt journalists, she spent several years as a reporter and producer at news organizations including the Florida Times-Union, WJCT and CBS News. Now, she enjoys her biggest gig of all as mommy to a budding, babbling little socialite named Zivah.

Eagle News Staff



Alexandra Figares is a senior majoring in journalism at FGCU. When she’s not working with Eagle News, you can find her studying ancient history and reading. Her interests include anthropology and archeology. She hopes to become an expert in history, focusing on the ancient Rome and the Byzantine empire.


Managing Editor

Emily is a senior majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida she is happy to have spent the past three years in the beautiful Fort Myers. Set to finish her degree in the Spring of 2019, Emily hopes to be working with an NFL team covering their respective team upon graduation. When she isn’t in the newsroom, Emily can be found at the gym or enjoying the outdoors, especially the beach. Finishing her final year at FGCU, she hopes to make it the best year yet!


Business Manager

Hi Everyone! My name is Marlene Dzib. I am a senior majoring in Legal Studies and Political Science. My plans are to go to law school and specialize in family and environmental law. I enjoy teaching English and being a mentor to non-English speaking students. My favorite book is, To Kill a Mockingbird and I believe that a smile can make all the difference. See you guys around campus! Go Eagles!


Opinion Editor

Sam Palmisano is a senior from Weston, FL majoring in economics. His passion for economics started in high school, and Sam is always eager to discuss it with anyone who will listen. Sam hopes to attend graduate school to earn his Ph.D. in Environmental Economics and demonstrate that it is possible to save the environment and make money at the same time. On campus, Sam has served on Student Government, been an Eagle International Ambassador, and worked a number of positions with the Office of Housing & Residence Life. In his time here, Sam has completed undergraduate research and also worked a paid internship with Lee County’s Economic Development Office. Sam will typically argue that FGCU provides the best opportunities to students. He hopes to one day return as a professor of economics.

Sean Porter

Media Editor 

Sean is in his third year at FGCU, where he is working towards a major in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in journalism. Sean has been a member of Eagle Media since 2017 and has worked with all departments. When Sean isn’t uploading articles to the website, you will find him cooking, taking pictures and writing poetry. Sean is also the president of the NAACP. Music is Sean’s greatest love, and is always open to new artists and playlists. Sean is very passionate about many things, such as saving bees, respecting nature and appreciating the Oxford comma. His social media accounts are @Lunchtime58


Photography Editor

Julia is a junior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Political Science at FGCU. She is from Jupiter, Florida and has been practicing photography for seven years. When she is not behind the camera, you can find her traveling the country, trying new foods or visiting her favorite vacation spot: Walt Disney World. She hopes to work as a political photojournalist and become the next Pete Souza upon graduation. Julia is excited to continue her work as a photographer for Eagle News.


Sports Editor

Jordyn Matez is a sophomore majoring in journalism. She loves dogs, Philadelphia sports teams, and more dogs. When she’s not attending sports events or writing articles about them, you can typically find her taking a nap or browsing Shiba Inu accounts on Twitter. She hopes to one day live in New York or Philadelphia and work for a major news corporation. She also hopes to own many dogs.


Entertainment & Lifestyle Editor

Bruno Halpern is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has a degree in advertising and marketing from ESPM-RJ and will complete his journalism degree at FGCU Spring 2019. He plans to make films/documentaries in the future.

ENTV Staff


ENTV Director

Hi my name is Devonte’ Richardson. I am a senior from Sanford, Florida (Bokey!!) majoring in Journalism with a minor in Integrated Studies. I came to Florida Gulf Coast University because I wanted a fresh start in a place where I knew I didn’t know many people. When my life isn’t consumed by my studies, you can either find me hooping in the aux gym on campus or in my room listening to music.


ENTV News Director

Hello, my name is Kaela Thompson. Born and raised in the sunny skies of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I moved here to Fort Myers to further my education. I am a junior here at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in journalism, with a minor in creative writing. When I’m not working for Eagle Media, you can find me reading, doing homework or listening to music. My favorite color is black, candy is my weakness, and I will write fiction novels when I finish my journalism career.

Eagle Radio Staff


Eagle Radio Director

Abbey Tomaszewski is an Integrated Studies major with a DMD minor and a Junior here at FGCU. She is from Fort Lauderdale Florida. If she is not doing something Eagle Radio related, she’s most likely on campus doing something else. Abbey is the Head Morale Captain for Dance Marathon, the Relay For Life Social Media Chair, member of the University Choir, and a Dirty Bird. She also loves to listen to music 25/8. Abbey hopes to live in New York and have a career working in the music industry there after she graduates. She is so proud of how far Eagle Radio has come and is excited to see where it goes next!


Programming Director

My name is Chad-Anthony Schloss. I was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and raised in Fort Lauderdale. I am a Junior majoring in History with a minor in philosophy. For post-graduation I plan to pursue my PHD in History with a focus on the African Diaspora. In my free time I play video games and watch conspiracy videos on YouTube.


Assistant Programming Director

Kayla is a junior majoring in Communication with a minor in Management. Originally from Texas, she loves football, basketball and barbecue! Following graduation from FGCU, she hopes to work in sports television production.


Public Relations

Jackeline is a junior majoring in Marketing. Originally from Sarasota, Florida, and is set to finish her degree in the Spring of 2020. Being a first generation to graduate from college, she is taking every opportunity that comes her way, recently being the Audio Editor for Eagle Radio. She is passionate about writing, singing, Netflix and dogs-especially her mini-pitbull Apollo. You can catch her biking her way to class or working part-time in the nearby Outlet.



Tyler Schmauch is in his second year at FGCU from Poughkeepsie, New York. He is a Legal Studies major who worked in the entertainment business for a long stint of time from his teen years to now. He went from being the editor for “The Shade Room” for Eagle Radio to Head Editor for Eagle Radios programs — intending on training several for the next generation of entertainment on our campus. A musician, writer, singer, and voice actor in anime-based films, Tyler has enjoyed many different walks of life as he takes a step into broader horizons than his legal dreams would lead you to believe. Always singing song covers online and enjoying his freelance voice work, Tyler hopes to enjoy all aspects of Eagle Radio while chipping away at his dream of being the best lawyer in the world.


Social Media Executive

Hi, my name is Julie and I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Currently, I am a junior majoring in Journalism. My interests include baking, working out, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies. You will most likely find me wherever you see a dog.


Promotions Manager

Hi my name is Jessica and I am a senior double majoring in Psychology and Communication. Post-graduation I plan to pursue my PhD in Psychology. I am from Miami, Florida and loovvvee to sing. You’ll most likely find me laying in bed binge watching shows on Netflix or Hulu.

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