Comm Week is a five day event that features professional guest speakers from a variety of communication industries. This event is a great opportunity to build your network and learn more about potential career options!

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Monday, April 25

10:00am PDT

Disneyland Resort: Communicating During the Pandemic
Bringing back the magic. From COVID-19 protocols, to products changes to community campaigns, learn how Disneyland public affairs and communications teams adapted and excelled during the Resort’s 412-day closure and in the year since reopening.

Hosted by: Professor Kenneth Hagihara

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Suzi Brown

Vice President of Communications, Disneyland Resort
Suzi Brown is Vice President of Communications for Disneyland Resort, overseeing internal, external and executive communications. She has been with Disneyland for nearly 14 years. In her role, Suzi works closely with resort leaders to develop internal communications strategies and... Read More →

Monday April 25, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
TSU Gilman

11:30am PDT

How to Get Started as a Multimedia Journalist
Meet Tyrah Majors, a CSUF alumna and anchor/reporter at KOMO News, the ABC News affiliate in Seattle, WA and the co-host of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) CSUF student chapter. Learn the useful tips on how to get started in the industry and how to thrive when you get there.

Hosted by: Professor Penchan Phoborisut

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Tyrah Majors

News Anchor/Reporter, KOMO News (ABC Seattle)
Tyrah Majors is the Traffic Anchor/Reporter for KOMO4’s Weekday morning newscast.The San Diego, California native comes to KOMO News from the CBS/FOX affiliate in Bakersfield, where she served as a Morning News Reporter and Anchor. There she provided breaking news reports from the... Read More →

Monday April 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
TSU Hetebrink

1:00pm PDT

The Journey to ESPN Play-by-Play and NFL Announcer
Dave Pasch is a Play-by-Play commentator for ESPN and the Arizona Cardinals. Pasch will speak about his career and provide insight into the exciting world of sports broadcasting during this informative presentation.

Hosted by: Professor Gayle Brisbane

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Dave Pasch

Play-by-Play Commentator, ESPN and Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
Dave Pasch serves as a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, primarily calling NBA, men’s and women’s college basketball and college football games.  Pasch, who joined the network in 2003, has also worked WNBA, Arena Football, the Great Outdoor Games and the Little League World... Read More →

Monday April 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
PLS 046

4:00pm PDT

Communicating About Tourism
This session provides attendees a chance to learn about tourism industry operations, both locally in Orange County and internationally. Types and modes of tourism will be examined, plus gain insight on working as a travel professional in the present, including navigating pandemic restrictions and offering new opportunities for tourists. Employment in a convention & visitors bureau and in trip support coordination will also be discussed.

Hosted by: Professor Waleed Rashidi

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Kristin Olivieri

Trip Support Coordinator, Destination America
Kristin Olivieri currently works at Destination America, a division of The Travel Corporation, as well, she is an alumna of California State University, Fullerton holding a Bachelors of Arts in Communications, concentration in Entertainment and Tourism. In addition, she has completed... Read More →

Monday April 25, 2022 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
TSU Alvarado

7:00pm PDT

ETC Industry Mixer
The Entertainment & Tourism Club will host their 17th annual Industry Mixer on Monday,
April 25th from 7-9:30 p.m. in TSU Gabrielino. Join us to network with professionals
from entertainment and tourism industries alongside fellow Titans.

This event is free for ETC members to attend.
Non-members can pay $15 to become ETC members to attend.
Please visit https://www.etc-csuf.org to sign up!

Hosted by: Professor Waleed Rashidi and the Entertainment & Tourism Club

Monday April 25, 2022 7:00pm - 9:30pm PDT
TSU Gabrielino

7:00pm PDT

Writing for Theme Parks
Theme parks are known for being fun. Is writing about them fun too? Find out what it takes to cover and report on theme parks from journalist Mark Eades.

Hosted by: Professor Anne La Jeunesse 

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Mark Eades

Writer, Mark Eades Enterprises
Mark received his bachelor’s degree in Film and Communications from California State University, Fullerton in 1979, shortly afterwards he started at Walt Disney Productions in the mailroom, the classic beginning for the film business.He quickly moved into the Animation Department... Read More →

Monday April 25, 2022 7:00pm - 9:45pm PDT
TSU Gilman

7:30pm PDT

Pursuing Professional Photography as a Gen Z Graduate
Alyssa Walker and Mitchell Aragon discuss their paths to pursuing their photography careers amidst the pandemic. They discuss how they got their start, how they were able to use their resources, and the importance of getting a degree in this competitive job market. They will be showing samples of their work and answering questions after the presentation.

Hosted by: Professor Bill Thompson

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Mitchell Aragon

Lead Photographer/Retoucher, YMI Jeanswear INC.
Mitchell Aragon is a photographer and retoucher based in Los Angeles, CA. A California native, Aragon has specialized in fashion and lifestyle imagery for a decade. Aragon’s work has been featured on Vogue.it, Avante Magazine, Daily Mail, and Voyage LA. A graduate of California... Read More →
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Alyssa Walker

Fashion Photographer, SHEIN
Alyssa Walker: is a Commercial Photographer and creative based in Los Angeles, California. She has established her career in various industries from beauty, music, and cannabis but the forefront of her career in fashion. Outside of her full-time role as an in-house photographer at... Read More →

Monday April 25, 2022 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
TSU Hetebrink
Tuesday, April 26

10:00am PDT

Cafecito with Women of Color in PR, presented by Hispanic Public Relations Association OC Chapter
Join four seasoned communications professionals from the corporate and agency sectors to hear about their career journeys, navigating an evolving industry, managing work/life balance in demanding careers, and get tips to succeed in the industry.

Hosted by: HPRA

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Sandy Rodriguez

Account Director, Miller Geer & Associates
Sandy Rodriguez is an award-winning communications and public relations strategist at Miller Geer & Associates specializing in health care, representing some of the largest health systems in California. Through skillful storytelling, she turns science, research and data into thought-provoking... Read More →
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Sandra Bernardo

Senior Public Relations Manager, Experian
Sandra Bernardo, APR, is a 20+ year communications professional who has been nationally recognized for her accomplishments in both general market work and in multicultural marketing. As an emerging leader in the Hispanic PR field in the early 2000’s, she was featured in PR WEEK... Read More →
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Krystal Rhaburn

Internal Communications Specialist at the Disneyland Resort, The Walt Disney Company
Krystal Rhaburn works for The Walt Disney Company as an Internal Communications Specialist at the Disneyland Resort. In her role, she is responsible for providing critical information to cast members as well as crafting and executing comprehensive communication plans to showcase the... Read More →
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Betty Martinez

Account Executive, FSB Public Affairs
Betty has worked for FSB Public Affairs for five years and has recently transitioned to its sister company Deixis Group. She is in charge of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, but before that, she dipped her toes in the entertainment PR, tourism, nonprofit, government... Read More →

Tuesday April 26, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
TSU Alvarado

11:30am PDT

The Road to Recovery: Post-Pandemic Tourism
Michael Young will discuss his experience working in the Tourism & Travel Industry within the Orange County/ Anaheim area. He will delve into the recovery process for tourism as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael will also discuss the path that led him to his career at Visit Anaheim.

Hosted by: Professor Christina Ceisel

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Michael Young

Tourism Development Manager, Visit Anaheim
Michael Young’s Tourism journey has been a 25 year bi-coastal adventure working for attractions, hotels, restaurants and museums including Disney, Planet Hollywood, Marriott and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.  He met his wife, Joanne while they were working as tour guides... Read More →

Tuesday April 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
TSU Gilman

2:00pm PDT

Inside the Docu-series: The Creative Process
Greg Whiteley, the producer, director, and creator of Last Chance U and Cheer, will be answering all your questions about producing and the creative process. This informative Q&A is designed for aspiring filmmakers who hope to one day break into the business and anyone looking to gain insight into the world of documentaries.

Hosted by: Professor Keith Kesler

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Greg Whiteley

Director, Producer, and Creator, One Potato Productions
Greg Whiteley is an Emmy award winning filmmaker and is best known as the director, producer, and creator of the Netflix Docuseries Cheer and Last Chance U.

Tuesday April 26, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
TSU Ontiveros C

4:00pm PDT

Detecting Disinformation in Russia's War Against Ukraine
When highly politicized, fast-moving events like this occur, it’s important to be able to tell news from opinion, propaganda, and other types of information with varying purposes. Similarly, when consuming news and information about unfamiliar situations and geographic locales, it is important to vet the sources you are relying on. John Silva, the News Literacy Project’s senior director of professional learning, will discuss how to spot misinformation about the Russian/Ukrainian war, including:
• Determining the credibility of news and other content.
• Identifying different types of information.
• Performing reverse image searches and lateral reading to verify social posts.
• Using the standards of authoritative, fact-based journalism to determine what to trust, share and act on.

Hosted by: Professor Holly Ocasio-Rizzo

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John Silva

Senior Director of Professional Learning, News Literacy Project
John Silva is the News Literacy Project’s senior director of professional learning.He joined NLP in March 2017 with 13 years of experience as a middle and high social studies teacher with Chicago Public Schools. He first became involved with news literacy in 2014 when his students... Read More →

Tuesday April 26, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
TSU Hetebrink

4:00pm PDT

Changing Careers: The Conflict, Challenge, & Courage
Thomas Saenz will discuss how changing career paths later in life can be challenging, but also rewarding. He will discuss his experience making the decision to move in another direction, the decision-making process, his motivation, and the courage to change.  This presentation will inspire students to be confident in their careers and to keep their passion even if it is another path.

Hosted by: Professor Irene Matz

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Thomas Saenz

President (Lucid Comm) & Director of the Permanent Diaconate (Diocese of Orange), Lucid Communications, Inc. & Diocese of Orange
Thomas Saenz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from California State University, Fullerton (1995) and a Masters in Business Administration from Chapman University (2002). Thomas spent 26 years in the pharmaceutical and medical education fields, initially working... Read More →

Tuesday April 26, 2022 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
TSU Ontiveros B

4:30pm PDT

Forensics Showcase
The CSUF Titans’ “Forensics (speech and debate) Showcase” is an annual tradition that, this year, consists of the presentation of individual speech events and performances and one public debate featuring the members of the Cal State Fullerton intercollegiate speech and debate team. Student competitors on the speech team will perform various speech events, including a platform speech, an impromptu speech and an interpretive speech. Four members of the debate team will also participate in a shortened, audience-friendly version of a policy debate round featuring two teams of two debaters and a facilitator. The competitors will debate a policy topic currently relevant in American culture.

The students presenting speeches or debating are all current undergraduate students at California State University, Fullerton, enrolled in HCOM 138, 338 or 426, and members of the intercollegiate competitive speech and debate team.

Hosted by: Professor Erika Thomas

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Erika Thomas

Co-Director of Forensics and Associate Professor of Human Communications, California State University, Fullerton
Erika M. Thomas is the co-Director of Forensics and an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Communication Studies. She has been in the position since 2010. She teaches a variety of speech communication courses and directs and coaches the nationally competitive intercollegiate... Read More →

Tuesday April 26, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
TSU Alvarado

7:00pm PDT

The Significance of Community Radio
How KOCI provides a distinct and locally-based alternative to the entertainment, informational and promotional programming that currently exists on the FM band. KOCI seeks to enhance awareness and appreciation of our area's unique coastal environment and amenities, and provide a variety of promotional and information services on area activities and events, entertainment, public resources, civic issues, and community services.

Hosted by: Professor Robert Vanriel

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Brent Kahlen

Director, CEO, KOCI Radio
Mr. Kahlen is a business restructuring financial consultant with Valcor. He was born and raised in Orange County and has a radio engineering background. Kahlen also has extensive radio broadcasting and sales experience in both LA and Orange County radio, most notably with Los Angeles... Read More →

Tuesday April 26, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT

7:00pm PDT

Travel Writing During & After the Pandemic
When the pandemic shut down travel, many globe-trotting travel writers were stuck at home with an empty passport. We’ll explore the various formats that homebound travel writers had to utilize to tell stories about an exotic destination. And we’ll talk about what’s next for travel writing, now that travel restrictions are relaxing and we’re all eager to fulfill our wanderlust.

Hosted by: Professor Holly Ocasio-Rizzo

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Rachel Ng

Editor, ChefSteps
Rachel Ng is an award-winning writer and editor who has been published in National Geographic, The London Times, Outside, Men's Journal, Robb Report, Bon Appetit, Rachael Ray Every Day, and TheKitchn.com.

Tuesday April 26, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
TSU Hetebrink
Wednesday, April 27

10:00am PDT

Breaking into Broadcasting Live in the Field: Tips for a Freelance Sports Announcer
Audio broadcasting requires not only the right equipment, but hours of preparation prior to heading to the field for broadcast, where it's important to research information about the team, including their standing, trends heading into the game, information about the schools themselves and the coaches for talking points during the broadcast. Once at the field, it's important to talk with both of the coaches and ask specific questions about the team and players. Since I broadcast for a specific team, I try to include at least a student-athlete interview as part of a short pregame show, so it's important to know some things about the player before you walk into it. Lastly, keep in mind who your audience is and what type of broadcasting you're doing. Audio broadcasting will require more description about what's going on in the field, whereas television broadcasting allows more freedom to tell stories and introduce background information.

Hosted by: Professor Maryanne Shults

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Nathaniel Percy

Crime and Public Safety Reporter (also freelance sports announcer), Southern California News Group
Nathan Percy is a news reporter for the Orange County Register, covering multiple south county cities; but before switching beats in May, he covered community sports for the Register for two years. Prior to that, Nathan worked at a small bi-monthly community newspaper, The La Habra... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
TSU Alvarado

11:00am PDT

Applying a 351 Strategy in a Real-Life Agency
Kristen Griffiths will discuss her experience working within the advertising & marketing industry. She will talk about her path from graduating from CSUF to working at Feltman Agency. Kristen will also go in-depth on an advertising case study and will apply it to concepts taught at Cal State Fullerton.

Hosted by: Professor Michelle Kurland

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Kristen Griffiths

Director of Accounts, Feltman Agency
Kristen is an accomplished CSUF graduate with over 5 years of experience in the advertising industry. As the Director of Accounts at Feltman Agency, she has a deep understanding of the automotive market and a proven track record of delivering results for her clients. She is a strategic... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
TSU Gilman

11:30am PDT

Managing Digital Content in Journalism
Learn more about digital content in journalism with Taylor Martinez, a CSUF alumna,
a media advisor and former Digital Content Manager at NBC Palm Springs. Ask questions and get advice on how to jumpstart your career and get yourself into the field!

Hosted by: Professor Penchan Phoborisut

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Taylor Martinez

Multimedia Teacher, Apple Valley High School
Taylor is currently a high school multimedia teacher on the pathway of becoming a multimedia professor. Prior to teaching, Taylor started as a line producer with the NBC affiliate in Palm Springs where she later became the Digital Content Manager, overseeing the stations website and... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
TSU Tuffree

1:00pm PDT

Entering Entertainment Law: The Legalities of Modern Day Media
Orly Ravid will discuss her career in the film and entertainment industry and entertainment law and some fundamental aspects of documentary cinema, including with respect to copyright law, entertainment law agreements, tort law such as defamation and privacy law that is often at issue with respect to journalism and documentary cinema/series.

Hosted by: Professor Jason Shepard

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Orly Ravid

Founder / Co-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative
Born in Israel, raised in Manhattan, and living in Los Angeles, Orly Ravid is the Founder of The Film Collaborative (TFC) and the Director of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School. She previously was an entertainment attorney at Mitchell Silberberg... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
TSU Ontiveros

1:00pm PDT

How to Promote a Concert
John Pantle, a long-time music industry professional, will discuss the basic elements for successfully promoting a concert.

Hosted by: Professor Henry Puente

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John Pantle

Agent, Sound Talent Group
"Who’s the candyman?" Sammy Davis, Jr. (or MAYBE Ken Caminiti). "Who’s the Pantleman?" He’s just another Lunchbox Louie trying to dig his way out of this tour or that tour. He likes Donnie Moore, Cal State Fullerton, learnin’ and livin’, Mardi Gras, vocaloid, ska, Field... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
TSU Gabrielino

1:00pm PDT

Working In Digital Media
A look inside KWSM, a digital marketing agency specializing in storytelling, strategy, and social media.

Hosted by: Professor Kenneth Hagihara

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Jeff Soto

VP of Strategy and Client Relations, KWSM: A Digital Marketing Agency
Jeff is an effective storyteller with a history of creating engaging, results-driven campaigns for his clients. He loves digital marketing because of the power it has to connect with consumers.
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Casey Dean

Website Project Manager, KWSM: A Digital Marketing Agency
Casey is a professional digital communicator with a history of photojournalism, print and website publishing, and a zeal for the art of stirring user experience with smart design. Casey graduated from Idaho State University with a BA in Mass Communications with an Emphasis in Photography... Read More →
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Savana Harris

Digital Marketing Specialist, KWSM: A Digital Marketing Agency
Savana Harris is a digital marketing specialist at KWSM. She enjoys strategizing creative solutions for clients and building strong client relationships. Savana is a passionate advocate for professional and personal development.

Wednesday April 27, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
TSU Alvarado

1:30pm PDT

‘Comm’ Create with Jomana Siddiqui
Founder, designer and entrepreneur of Pences Design and ModernEID, Jomana Siddiqui is coming to CSUF to give you the tools you need to get into graphic design and make a thriving business from it!

Hosted by: Professor Davis Barber

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Jomana Siddiqui

Founder, Pences Design and Modern Eid
I'm a designer and entrepreneur trained in the sciences with a passion for the creative. I create digital designs for events and companies, helping businesses modernize their branding and online presence. I'm a product designer and run a successful online shop that is trailblazing... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 1:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
TSU Gilman

2:30pm PDT

Securing Your First Communications/Public Relations Position; What Employers are Looking for in Candidates and How to Find the Best Culture Fit for You
Learn more about what employers are looking for in candidates entering the Communications/Public Relations profession and how to align your skills and experience with those expectations. In addition, discover ways to find positions that will be a fit with your interests as well as desired culture.

Hosted by: Professor Cylor Spaulding

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Heather McLaughlin

Managing Director, PRTalent
Heather is Vice President at PR Talent and co-leads the firm’s recruiting efforts in Southern California. Heather has served as the head of corporate communications for two global organizations, Experian and Apollo Education Group, and most recently founded the firm Novel Public... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
TSU Tuffree

2:30pm PDT

What is the Role of Communications in the Workplace?
Workplace communications is about business operations, business branding and reputation and crisis mitigation. Every employee and function is responsible for, requires and contributes to communications. This leads to the corporate culture, understanding performance expectations and fostering a sense of inclusion.

Hosted by: Professor Peter Lee

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Ivy Cohen

President and CEO, Ivy Cohen Corporate Communications
Ivy Cohen’s career has taken her down an unconventional path, with leadership roles in the corporate world,as an entrepreneur, as CEO of a major national non-profit and as a public policy advocate in our nation’s capital. Along the way, she has cultivated a unique perspective... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
TSU Hetebrink

3:00pm PDT

How to Build a Reel on Premiere Pro

The Latino Journalists of CSUF, a chapter of the National Association for Latino Hispanic Journalists presents a workshop to perfect your demo-reel. Journalists, especially in multimedia, are highly-encouraged to create a compilation of clips with their best work. Titan TV's Production Specialist, Nathan Jeffers will demonstrate how to create a demo-reel that could land you a place in your next dream job.

Hosted by: Professor Holly Ocasio-Rizzo & the Latino Journalists of CSUF

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Nathan Jeffers

Production Specialist, Titan TV Media

Wednesday April 27, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
TSU Ontiveros

3:00pm PDT

Who Wants to be Animated? The Importance of Animation in the Business of Entertainment
Russel Hicks will provide insight into the animation business, including what it takes to create and brand a hit character that will last a lifetime in this multibillion dollar industry.

Hosted by: Professor Ron Romain

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Russel Hicks

Founder and CCO of Curiosity Ink Media, a subsidiary of Grom Social and President of Top Draw Animation a subsidiary of From Social, Grom Social
Russel Hicks is an experienced creative executive with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. As a strong business development professional he is skilled in Film/TV animation, live action film/TV production, and concept development. These opportunities have... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
TSU Gilman

4:00pm PDT

Let's Talk About Sex: A Sexual Communication Q&A with Dr. Chelsea & Dr. Tara
Sexual Communication professors Dr. Chelsea Reynolds and Dr. Tara Suwinyattichaiporn will answer audience questions about sex, sexuality, and gender. Drawing on research conducted for their forthcoming textbook "Sexual Communication: Research in Action" (Kendall-Hunt, 2022), they present perspectives from interpersonal communication and mass communication. Topics such as porn, dating apps, and body positivity will be discussed. This COMM Week panel is rated XXX.

Hosted by: Professor Chelsea Reynolds and Professor Tara Suwinyattichaiporn

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Chelsea Reynolds

Associate Professor of Communications, California State University, Fullerton
Chelsea Reynolds (PhD, Minnesota; MA, Missouri) is an associate professor of Communications at CSUF. She teaches classes on sexual communication, media diversity, and magazine journalism. Dr. Reynolds's studies on media and sexuality have been published in Journal of Sex Research... Read More →
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Dr. Tara Suwinyattichaiporn

Associate Professor of Human Communication Studies, CSUF
Dr. Tara is a tenured professor of relational and sexual communication at California State University Fullerton, an award-winning researcher, a relationship coach at luvbites.co, and a podcast host at Luvbites by Dr. Tara podcast. She recently gave a TEDx Talk titled Become Sexually Powerful that highlights her 5,000-participant study examining variables that predict sexual satisfaction, and her journey from a sexually anxious girl from Thailand to a sexually confident woman... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 4:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
TSU Alvarado

5:30pm PDT

A Conversation with National Association of Black Journalists President
Please join NABJ-CSUF for a discussion with Dorothy Tucker who is currently serving her second term as NABJ president. Tucker will also share details about her career as an investigative reporter at CBS.

Hosted by: Professor Miya Williams Fayne and NABJ -CSUF

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Dorothy Tucker

National Association of Black Journalists, President, CBS, Investigative Reporter
Dorothy Tucker is a Chicago native, raised in Chicago's Lawndale and Austin communities. She has been a reporter for CBS 2 Chicago since 1984. Currently, she is a reporter on the station's 2 Investigator team and is also President of the National Association of Black Journalists.Tucker... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm PDT
TSU Hetebrink

6:30pm PDT

PRSSA’s Enchanted Spring Gala
Enchanted Spring Gala of 2022 will be the sixth annual graduation ceremony hosted by CSUF PRSSA. We will honor PRSSA members and commemorate any graduating seniors during this event. Together we will celebrate an incredible accomplishment and toast the night away with delectable drinks and food.

The event is open to the public and admission includes food and drinks. Tickets are $18 for PRSSA members and $23 for non-members.

Click the link for tickets: PRSSA's Enchanted Spring Gala Tickets, Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

Hosted by: Professor Kenneth Hagihara 

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Dr. Bey-Ling Sha

Dean, College of Communications, California State University, Fullerton
Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR, is a higher education leader whose work has influenced public relations scholarship, education and practice.Research. Dr. Sha’s primary research program examines the intersection of identity and public relations. She is the 2018 winner of the Institute... Read More →
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Kenneth Hagihara

Lecturer of Communications & Faculty Advisor, CSUF PRSSA, CSUF
Ken Hagihara is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Communications.  He also serves as the faculty adviser to the CSUF Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.Hagihara holds the APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) certification and is the president of... Read More →
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Matt Prince

Head of Taco Bell's Public Relations and Brand Experience team, Taco Bell
Matt currently heads Taco Bell's Public Relations and Brand Experience team. He also recently founded NetNetSynergy.com, a free resource site for students and young professionals in the PR and Marketing industries. In addition, Prince is an adjunct professor at Chapman University... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 6:30pm - 9:30pm PDT
TSU Pavilion A

7:00pm PDT

Who Gets to Speak Black Language?
Jessi Grieser will talk about the vibrant, rich variety that is African American Language: the language variety used by many, but not all—and not exclusively!—African Americans in the United States. She’ll explain a bit about its origins, cultural significance, and social meaning, and then talk about the ways it is (mis)represented in social and broadcast media and how both linguists and everyday speakers can effect change in their own and others’ language attitudes.

Hosted by: Professor Toya Wyatt

Zoom passcode: 133961
Zoom Meeting ID: 892 4399 0896

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Dr. Jessi Grieser

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Tennessee
Jessi Grieser is an associate professor of English Linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee. She researches discourse approaches to the linkages between language and race and place identities, African American Language, and language and gentrification... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT

7:00pm PDT

AdCon is the premiere student networking panel connecting various industry professionals to CSUF students. An event comprised of the largest industry Titans in the advertising field, you can connect with executives from various roles across the professional world. This year only, AdCon takes place this April 27th at 7 pm; and best of all, we’ll be online and accessible to nearly everyone. Let’s get digital.

Hosted by: Professor Carolyn Coal

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Veronika Luqin

Global Marketing Lead, Adobe
Veronika Luquin is the Global Marketing Lead for Creative Cloud Express at Adobe. A CSUF and AdClub alumni, she received her B.A. in Communications, Advertising and Graphic Design, as well as participating in AAF. She has 16 years of experience in the industry and a passion for building... Read More →
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Alex Rodriguez

Senior Product Designer, Surfline Wavetrak, Inc.
Alex is a Senior Product Designer at Surfline Wavetrak, Inc. He is a CSUF and AdCLub alumni who received his B.A. in Advertising with a minor in Business. Alex is a multi-disciplinary designer specializing in product design and is fascinated with the intersection of design, art, business... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT

8:30pm PDT

Using Research to Inform Business Decisions
This session will cover the fundamentals of how research can be used to support and inform real world business decisions. In addition to examining case studies from work with fortune 500 companies, we’ll talk about popular trends in research, common pitfalls and key questions to ask to ensure research results are meaningful and insightful.

Hosted by: Professor Cylor Spaulding

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Jessica Lopez

Senior Director of Research and Consumer Insights, Viking Cruises
Jessica Lopez has been helping business make informed decisions through research for over 15 years.  Her experience and expertise spans a wide variety of industries, including technology, fashion, family, retail, pharmaceutical and travel among others.  Jessica takes an innovative... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 8:30pm - 9:45pm PDT
TSU Hetebrink
Thursday, April 28

9:30am PDT

Augmentative & Alternative Communication Systems: State-of-the-Art Speech Generating Devices (PRC and Lingraphica)
Learn about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems from PRC representative Emily Cunningham and Lingraphica representative Caitlin Mueller. The event will be hosted by the AAC Club of CSUF and moderated by Dr. Lisa Erwin-Davidson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. This event is open to ANYONE with interest in AAC. Light refreshments with be provided.

Hosted by: Professor Lisa Erwin-Davidson

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Caitlin Mueller

Senior Manager, Clinical Marketing, Lingraphica
Caitlin Mueller, M.S., CCC-SLP is the Clinical Marketing Manager for Lingraphica. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in AAC, and her background includes the evaluation and treatment of clients utilizing AAC with a variety of impairments. She holds a B.A. in Psychology... Read More →
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Emily Cunningham

PRC-Saltillo Device Representative, PRC-Saltillo
Emily is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a certification in AAC. She has worked in school districts and private practice with a focus on AAC selection and implementation. She was an AAC Specialist in Long Beach, CA and has a passion for supporting the families and professionals... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2022 9:30am - 3:30pm PDT
TSU Ontiveros

10:00am PDT

How to Create and Leverage Personal Branding 
Grace Kim is a designer who has worked with a variety of agencies and start-ups. This work helped her recognize the key factor in creating a successful personal brand and company: brand identity. Kim understands that having a strong personal brand as the cornerstone of any company can guide individuals and help them navigate professional relations to create their own career. Kim plans to discuss her journey: how she was able to build her own personal brand, work with amazing companies of all sizes, and create GK Designs.

Hosted by: Professor Jiwoo Park

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Grace Kim

CEO/Head Designer, GK Designs
My name is Grace Kim, I graduated from Parsons The New School of Design. I worked and lived in New York for college up until 2018 when I moved back to Los Angeles and was able to transition and explore multiple companies through the lens of a digital designer. Through much networking... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
TSU Hetebrink

10:00am PDT

Making the Fantastic Bowl: Driving Brand Awareness while Educating Consumers
Kristina Wade will provide an in-depth review of how Envoy developed an animated educational, food-focused video. She will then explain the process of developing landing page that housed the video and media plan used to drive views.

Hosted by: Professor Michelle Kurland

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Kristina Wade

Management Supervisor, Envoy
Kristina Wade is a Management Supervisor at Envoy where she acts as the day-to-day account support for her clients and strategic partner to her internal team across a variety of projects. She has worked with clients in telecom, tech, CPG, and automotive to bring brands to life through... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
TSU Gilman

11:30am PDT

Exploring the Differences Between Agency and In-House Publicity Positions
As a college graduate with no connections in the communications and public relations industry, figuring out my path was challenging. Now, over a decade into my career, I have experience at agencies of all sizes- from boutique firms Kirvin Doak Communications and Bender/Helper Impact to one of the world’s largest global communications companies, Hill + Knowlton Strategies. And for the past 8 years, I have been working in-house at Universal Pictures. Join me as I reflect on my own experiences and discuss the pros and cons of agency and in-house publicity positions.

Hosted by: Professor Miya Williams Fayne

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Rebecca Wolfson

Director of Global Publicity, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Rebecca Wolfson currently serves as the Director of Global Publicity for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE). In this role, Rebecca oversees publicity strategies and initiatives for UPHE’s Blu-ray, DVD and Digital releases primarily for titles form the studio’s acquisitions... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2022 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
TSU Hetebrink

1:00pm PDT

Selling Advertising Remotely During the Covid Endemic
Nickie Hill will discuss her experience within the advertising industry at the OC Register. She will talk about what she and the industry faced while working through the COVID-19 endemic. Nickie will also mention the path that led her to her career at the OC Register.

Hosted by: Professor Michelle Kurland

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Nickie Hill

Advertising Sales Account Manager, OC Register
Nickie Hill is a Senior Multimedia Advertising Sales Account Manager for Southern California News Group, the Orange County Register, and AdTaxi Digital Solutions who has been in the advertising and marketing world for the last 20 years. She has been actively involved in the Irvine... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
TSU Gilman

2:30pm PDT

My Experience and Strategy for How to Get a Job Working in the Communications Industry
Join Jerry Caraccioli in this conversation about the journey of working in the sports industry. With 30 years of experience, Caraccioli gives insight on how to obtain a career within the industry.

Hosted by: Professor Miya Williams Fayne

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Jerry Caraccioli

Former Executive Director, Communications, CBS Sports (ViacomCBS)
Jerry Caraccioli is a veteran communications executive who has worked over 30 years in the sports communications industry, with the past 25 years in the Communications Department for CBS Sports.  Along the way, some of the highlights of his career are working some of the biggest... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
TSU Gabrielino

6:00pm PDT

Department of Communications Awards Dinner (Invitation Only)
The Department of Communications honors its outstanding students and scholarships winners at its annual Awards & Scholarships Dinner. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m. **This event is by invitation only**

Hosted by: The CSUF Department of Communications

Thursday April 28, 2022 6:00pm - 9:30pm PDT
TSU Pavillions ABC

7:00pm PDT

Career Awareness Speaker Panel
STANCE is inviting three professionals who have worked in the field of communication science and disorders to discuss and answer questions from students who would like to become an audiologist, speech language pathologist, or a speech language pathologist assistant. STANCE is inviting speakers who have celebrated multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusivity and who worked with bilingual populations. Any CSUF student is welcomed to learn more about the field of speech language pathology and audiology.

Hosted by: Professor Minjung Kim

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Dr. Claribelle Sanchez

Pediatric Audiologist, John Tracy Center
Dr. Sanchez is a pediatric audiologist in Los Angeles. As an audiologist, she is responsible for the detection of hearing loss through a variety of diagnostic tests of children, from birth to eighteen years of age, as well as ensuring that their audiological needs are met after diagnosis... Read More →
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Ivan Campos

Program specialist, CAHELP
Ivan Campos, MS, CCC-SLP, is a bilingual speech language pathologist and Program Specialist with CAHELP. He is a first generation Mexican-American and SLP is his third career. He has experience working with children ages 0-21 with diverse needs in a variety of settings from private... Read More →
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Guadalupe Solis

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, Whole Child Therapy
Guadalupe Solis is a bilingual licensed SLPA and a first-generation college graduate from California State University, Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders and then went on to complete her SLPA certification from Loma Linda University. She is passionate about... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Friday, April 29

10:00am PDT

COMD 475: The Clinical Implications of the Voluntary Stuttering Assignment and COMD 478: The Roles of SLPs in Providing Counseling Services
COMD 475 – There will be a total of 13 posters from this class. A group of 3 or 4 students, based on their experience with voluntary stuttering assignment, they will present an issue of concern, and a corresponding solution or program.

COMD 478 – There will be a total of 5 posters from this class. A group of 4 students will be presenting a research project on a particular client population (e.g., aphasia, autism, fluency disorders, etc.).

Hosted by: Professor Ying-Chiao Tsao

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Ying-Chiao Tsao

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, CSUF
Dr. Ying-Chiao Tsao is a speech scientist and ASHA Board Recognized Fluency Specialist who has published numerous journal articles in JSLHR and JASA on rate of speech. Much of her work examines links between speech rate and stuttering.For the past decade, she also took interest in... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
TSU Pavilion B
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