Alumni Throwback: Shane Silagi

Shane Silagi (aka Patchens), ’15

Multimedia Assistant, 2014 – 2015

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What was your fondest memory at Design Works?

All of the fun projects. I was able to work with highly creative people that I enjoyed working with. Every day was memorable, there was always something going on. I was always trying to keep up with all the creativity and it was a great place to grow. But shooting the GAP commercial was fun. I wasn’t there for it, but I edited it.

What was your favorite project or assignment?

I really enjoyed the Fine Arts project because it gave me an opportunity to talk to different people at different departments. I feel like it helped me tap into the spirit of the school itself, like it’s always been a big arts school. I loved listening to people talk about what art is and how it is a part of the Denton culture.

What would you say had the greatest impact on you at Design Works?

It was my boss, Steve. This place wouldn’t be what it is without him. To come here and be given the freedom to create was great. He believed in us as a team. He is a rare boss.

Where did you go after graduating?

I cried. There was a gallon of ice cream, at least three hour showers, and we got two cats; I went through the whole grieving process and then just searched for jobs for a long time. I ended up in a customer service job back at home, at a recreation center I really liked. I enjoyed that. And now I’m a program coordinator for them, which allows me to do fun side projects for them. They don’t have a marketing team, so I’m trying to change that. I’ve also been doing some acting and stand-up comedy. I just had my first television debut on CNN. Language of Laughter* is still going strong, we’ve been doing that for three years. It’s been growing and got nothing but good coming back. We want to keep helping out the community.

How would you say that your time at Design Works prepared you for your current job?

Coming here every day and having to assess our projects and being creative, all of that was amazing. Because now I wake up with the same mindset wanting to create.

What’s one thing you miss about UNT?

Everything. I miss the people and the campus. It keeps growing and changing, and I love it. I miss all the fun events that happened on the side, but I’m kind of spoiled to because I get to come back to do comedy shows.

What advice do you have for current students?

Don’t get discouraged when you graduate. There’s a time frame, when you leave college, when you’re going to have to do a lot of things you don’t want to do. Don’t let that stop you, be patient. Keep working hard. You will get to where you want to be eventually, but you have to stick it out.

If you could be an animal, which would you be?

A whale. An orca whale specifically because they’re at the top of the food chain, but in the ocean. I like to swim.

What’s something you could not live without?

My girlfriend.

What is on your music playlist?

Black Panther album, it’s so good.

What is your favorite color?


What can you not leave the house without?


If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

I would be in a Hollywood movie.

* Language of Laughter is a non-profit organization that uses stand-up comedy as a vehicle for raising money to improve childhood literacy in local schools. Shane, along with his best friend Stu Hollowell, started Language of Laughter in 2015. Since then, they have raised thousands of dollars for Denton ISD schools, held bilingual story-times for young students, held multiple literacy workshops, and started an annual comedy festival. You can learn more about Language of Laughter on their website and facebook. Their next event will be on March 17th, 8PM – 11PM, at Tom’s Daiquiri in Denton.