Off and running
Sound barrier breaker
By Tim Cigelske, Comm ’04
Ivy Awino, Comm ’13, came to Marquette with a dream of becoming the National Basketball Association’s first female commissioner. She’s breaking barriers in the NBA already as the first female DJ for the Dallas Mavericks — and one of the first female DJs in the league.
“My biggest advice is to dream and dream big,” she says. “The bigger, the scarier, the wilder, the better.”
Awino, who goes by the stage name Poizon Ivy, learned her musical art as a student from friends on campus, including a DJ who brought turntables, a mixer and a speaker to her apartment for a tutorial. Her first show was opening for a WMUR-sponsored concert on campus.
Outside of her musical education, Awino appreciated classes in theology and the diverse cultures requirements to help engage in conversation that may be difficult but prove essential in communicating in the world. She credits Sheena Carey, internship coordinator in the Diederich College, with helping land internships and serving as her mentor in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program.
Today she directs the sound of games, from promotions to chants and all arena audio in between. “I have such a fervent love for music, and being a DJ gives me the ultimate power to share my passion with the masses,” she says.
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