Alumni Council Welcomes New Members

July 8, 2014

The Alumni Association welcomes Diane DiGiacomo BM ’80 (Piano) [top left], Jeremy Lawrence BM ’10 (Guitar) [top center], Michelle Nichols BFA ’07 (Graphic Design) [top right], Charlotte Riggs MAT ’03 (Visual Arts) [bottom left], Jason Sobin BM ’97 (Guitar) [bottom center] and Davon Williams BFA ’09 (Musical Theater) [bottom right] to the Alumni Council. These new members began their three-year terms on July 1, 2014.

The mission of the Alumni Council is to represent the alumni base of the University of the Arts, evaluate and support Alumni Relations programming and communication efforts, offer input and guidance in outreach to all alumni, provide leadership, and serve as advocates for the University.

Diane DiGiacomo is the associate director of prospect research in the Development and Alumni Relations department at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Jeremy Lawrence is currently involved in starting a production company with other UArts graduates called Chalky Productions, a collective of artist-producers focused on redefining popular music. The former freelance jazz bassist and guitarist continues to teach privately and collaborate with singer/songwriters.

Michelle Nichols is currently coordinator in the University’s Advising Center, providing support to UArts students through various student programming. In addition to being a freelance graphic designer, she also sells her own crocheted scarves and cowls through Only Meesh Handmade. The former UArts Staff Council member is a candidate for Drexel’s online Arts Administration master’s program.

Since graduation, Charlotte Riggs has been an art teacher and school administrator, most recently serving as principal of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Middle School in Alexandria, Va. She brings her knowledge and experience as an artist, educator and school administrator to the Alumni Council.

Jason Sobin, who runs one of the largest financial practices at Morgan Stanley in the state of New Jersey, also owns and operates a music production company focused on writing and producing urban, r&b and hip-hop records and commercial work for various corporate entities, including Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Los Angeles-based actor and teaching artist Davon Williams is founder of the award-wining Nova D Arts Collective, which promotes social change and educational enrichment through theater. He is the former director of theater for the School District of Philadelphia’s regional talent centers and has taught at multiple educational organizations in Philadelphia.

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