Derek Gayle
(804) 387-7533

Bachelor of Science with Honors, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA
Graduated: May 2011 Major: English, Minors: Journalism, Film Studies and History, GPA: 3.46

Honors and Awards: 2011 David Trent English Award Recipient • Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honors Society Member • 1st Place Arts and Humanities Winner, 2009 Writing Center Contest • 2008 Douglas W. Foard Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Book Award Recipient • Randolph-Macon Presidential Scholar • Dean’s List 2008-2011

Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science                                                                          2005 – 2007

Studied college math and science courses during high school

Relevant Experience

Box Office Associate, Virginia Repertory Theatre                                                                                                                  June 2011 – Present

  • Manage ticket sales for VA Rep (formerly Barksdale/Theatre IV) productions at the three theater locations
  • Handle customer relations and solve problems with patrons during productions

Research Assistant, Interactive, Inc.                                                                                                                                    July 2011 – April 2012

  • Copy edited and performed additional background research for company proposals and reports
  • Assisted with basic office management, data entry and secretarial duties

Information & Technology Chair and Co-Founder, Arts for Change Today Summer Camp               January 2011 – September 2011

  • Awarded $10,000 grant from Davis Projects for Peace to form a non-profit arts and diversity camp for high school students
  • Managed social media ,compiled information packets, created presentations, and participated in general camp management

Writing Center Tutor, Higgins Academic Center                                                                                                   September 2010 – May 2011

  • Assisted students with revising papers for content, organization, and grammar
  • Maintained records of performance and assisted with writing center operations

Partner/Co-Founder, A(d)ggrandize Advertising                                                                                             May 2010 – October 2010

  • Served in various roles, including director of photography for film shoots, creative consultant, and equipment operator
  • Saw the company through one non-profit client and its first professional client and created strategic business plan

Managing Editor, The Yellow Jacket Student Newspaper                                                                                           August 2008 – May 2011

  • Promoted from News Editor (2008-2010) to oversee R-MC’s biweekly publication under the Editor-in-Chief
  • Assisted with scheduling, management, advertising and distribution, wrote articles and laid out paper using Adobe InDesign

Public Relations/Marketing Intern, Special Olympics Virginia                                                                               June 2008 – August 2008

  • Wrote press releases, offered input at advertising meetings, and compiled media packages targeted at potential sponsors
  • Founded and managed YouTube channel and designed various promotional videos

Lab Supervisor, Butler Multimedia Learning Center                                                                                                  October 2007 – May 2011

  • Promoted from Lab Assistant (2007-2010) to offer leadership, manage scheduling and conduct training to staff
  • Managed various guest services duties, handled computer problems, and presented software workshops to guests

Proficiency and Certifications

College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Level 1 Certification • Adobe Photoshop CS4 • Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 • Adobe Indesign CS4 • Final Cut Express • Microsoft Office • Celtx Scriptwriting Software • Mid-range camcorders (ex. Cannon GL2)

Other Experience

  • Staff Writer, KSiteTV                                                                                                                                                              2011 – Present
  • Public Relations Chair, Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society                                                                                     2010 – 2011
  • What’s Your Strategy Campaign Filmmaker, Alcohol Advisory Council                                                                                         2009 –2010
  • Service Vice President and Public Relations Chair, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity                                            2008 – 2011
  • Co-Founder and Vice President, Randolph-Macon Film Society                                                                                      2008 – 2010
  • Randolph-Macon Drama Department Actor (11 shows) and Publicity (6 shows)                                                         2007 – 2011


  • The Zeta of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at R-MC: A Unique History and Influential Members: a 77-page Shapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Project with Phi Beta Kappa in 2010.
  • The Artist’s Kryptonite: Marketing and the Representation of Death in the Superman Franchise: a 51-page Shapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Project in 2009.

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