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September 6, 2006

Cowley instructor Cynthia Wesson appears in commercial


Cynthia Wesson, the lead instructor for the humanities department at Cowley College’s north campuses, is enjoying her 10 seconds of fame as she is currently appearing in a commercial for the upcoming Rachael Ray Show.

While visiting her daughter, Nikki, in San Diego, Calif., this past May, the pair came across a group of people standing on a corner with cameras and sound equipment. With her interest piqued, Wesson decided to check out what was going on.

Standing across the street taking photos of the scene, Wesson was approached by a gentleman who told her the flash of her camera was interfering with their cameras.

After apologizing, she asked what they were doing. The gentleman then asked Wesson if she knew who Rachael Ray was, to which she answered “of course”. The man said they were making a commercial for her and asked if Wesson would like to appear in the commercial.

The rest is history. Wesson had several lines, which she repeated over a 45 minute period.

“I was a bit nervous at first, but just thought about the onlookers as students in my classes and settled down,” Wesson said. “What an exciting time for me. My only regret was that I did not wear my orange Cowley t-shirt. Everywhere I go, I wear it and inevitably someone comes up to me and says they either went to Cowley or they have heard about us.”

Ray is an Emmy-winning television personality and author who hosts at least four different programs on cable television's Food Network.

Wesson knew of Rachael Ray by seeing her appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The Rachael Ray Show will begin airing Sept. 18. The hour-long daytime program will be co-produced by Ray and Oprah Winfrey through her Harpo Productions and distributed domestically by King World Productions and globally by CBS Paramount International Television.

Wesson’s brother in Houston recently called to tell her he saw the commercial in which Wesson is shown saying, “Rachael Ray rocks!”

“I had a lot of fun doing it,” Wesson said. “My two seconds of fame.”