COMM Week 2022 Event Schedule

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Monday, April 25


10:00am PDT

Disneyland Resort: Communicating During the Pandemic

Learn how Disneyland communications teams adapted and excelled during the Resort’s 412-day closure and in the year since reopening in April 2021.

Speaker: Suzi Brown, Disneyland Resort, Vice President of Communications

Hosted By: Professor Kenneth Hagihara

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



11:30am PDT

How to Get Started as a Multimedia Journalist

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

Speaker: Tyrah Majors, KOMO News (ABC Seattle), News Anchor/Reporter

Hosted By: Professor Penchan Phoborisut

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



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.

Speakers: Dave Pasch

Hosted By: Professor Gayle Brisbane

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



4:00pm PDT

Communicating About Tourism

This is a talk discussing trip operations in the post-COVID era.

Speakers: Ashley Johnson, Visit Laguna Beach, President & CEO and Kristin Olivieri, Destination America, Trip Support Coordinator

Hosted By: Professor Waleed Rashidi

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



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.

Speaker: Mark Eades, Mark Eades Enterprises, Writer

Hosted By: Professor Anne La Jeunesse 

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


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.

Speakers: Mitchell Aragon, YMI Jeanswear INC., Lead Photographer/Retoucher and Alyssa Walker, SHEIN, Fashion Photographer

Hosted By: Professor Bill Thompson

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


TUESDAy, April 26


10:00 am 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.

Speaker: Sandy Rodriguez, Sandra Bernardo, Krystal Rhaburn, Betty Martinez

Hosted By: HPRA

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



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.

Speaker: Michael Young, Visit Anaheim, Tourism Development Manager

Hosted By: Professor Christina Ceisel

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


2:00pm PDT

Inside the Docu-series: The Creative Process

A Q and A to all your producing and creative process questions. Producer, director, and creator of Last Chance U and Cheer, Greg Whiteley, giving all the insight to aspiring filmmakers who hope to one day break into the business.

Speaker: Greg Whiteley, One Potato Productions, Director, Producer, and Creator

Hosted By: Professor Keith Kesler

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



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.

Speaker: John Silva

Hosted By: Professor Holly Ocasio-Rizzo

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



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.

Speaker: Thomas Saenz

Hosted By: Professor Irene Matz

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


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.

Speaker: Erika Thomas, CSUF Forensics, Co-Director of Forensics

Hosted By: Professor Erika Thomas

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


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.

Speaker: Brent Kahlen

Hosted By: Professor Robert Vanriel

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 globtrotting 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 out wanderlust.

Speaker: Rachel Ng, Freelance Writer/Editor

Hosted By: Professor Holly Ocasio-Rizzo

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





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.

Speaker: Nathaniel Percy

Hosted By: Professor Maryanne Shults

Wedensday April 27, 2022 10:00am-11:15am PDT



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.

Speaker: Kristen Griffiths, Feltman Agency, Account Executive

Hosted By: Professor Michelle Kurland

Wedensday April 27, 2022 11:00am-12:15pm PDT



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!

Speaker: Taylor Martinez, Apple Valley High School, Multimedia Teacher

Hosted By: Professor Penchan Phoborisut

Wednesday April 27th, 11:30am-12:45pm



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.

Speakers: Orly Ravid

Hosted By: Professor Jason Shepard

Wednesday April 27th, 1:00pm-2:15pm



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.

Speakers: John Pantle

Hosted By: Professor Henry Puente

Wednesday April 27th, 1:00pm-2:15pm



1:00pm PDT

Working In Digital Media

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

Speakers: Jeff Soto, Casey Dean, Savana Harris

Hosted By: Professor Kenneth Hagihara

Wednesday April 27th, 1:00pm-2:15pm



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!

Speakers: Jomana Siddiqui

Hosted By: Professor Davis Barber

Wednesday April 27th, 1:30pm-2:00pm



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.

Speaker: Heather McLaughlin

Hosted By:  Professor Cylor Spaulding

Wednesday April 27th, 2:30pm-3:45pm



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.

Speaker: Ivy Cohen

Hosted By: Professor Peter Lee

Wednesday April 27th, 2:30pm-3:45pm



3:00pm PDT

Who Wants to be Animated? The Importance of Animation in the Business of Entertainment

Why the animation business is a multibillion dollar business. How animation and animated characters last a lifetime. What it takes to make a hit character or character brand.

Speaker: Russel Hicks, Grom Social, Founder and CCO of Curiosity Ink Media, a subsidiary of Grom Social and President of Top Draw Animation a subsidiary of From Social

Hosted By: Professor Ron Romain

Wednesday April 27th, 3:00pm-4:00pm



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.

Speakers:  Dr. Chelsea Reynolds, CSUF, Associate Professors of COMM + HCOM, Dr. Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, CSUF, Department of Human Communication Studies Professor

Hosted By: Professor Chelsea Reynolds and Professor Tara Suwinyattichaiporn

Wednesday April 27th, 4:00pm-6:30pm



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.

Speakers:  Dr. Jessi Grieser

Hosted By: Professor Toya Wyatt

Wednesday April 27th, 7:00pm-8:30pm



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.

Speaker: J essica Lopez, Viking Cruises, Senior Director of Research and Consumer Insights

Hosted By: Professor Jiwoo Park

Wednesday April 27th, 8:30pm-9:45pm



Thursday, April 28


10:00am PDT

How to Create and Leverage Personal Branding

Working with Agencies and Start-Ups, I realize the main importance of creating a personal brand/ company is creating a proper cornerstone for your brand identity. As a designer, I understand that having a strong personal brand can guide you to navigate work relations and also create your own career through those experiences. I would love to discuss my journey on how I was able to build my own personal brand to work with amazing companies big and small to later create my own company. 

Speaker: Grace Kim, GK Designs, CEO/Head Designer

Hosted By: Professor Jiwoo Park

Thursday April 28th, 10:00am-11:00am



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 education video. She will then explain the landing page that the animated video stayed on. She will also discuss the media plan used to drive views.

Speaker: Kristina Wade, Envoy, Management Supervisor

Hosted By: Professor Michelle Kurland

Thursday April 28th, 10:00am-11:15am



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.

Speaker: Rebecca Wolfson

Hosted By: Professor Miya Williams Fayne

Thursday April 28th, 11:30am-12:45pm



1:00pm PDT

Selling Advertising Remotely during the COVID Epedemic

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. (She may also present the SoCal News Group Media Kit).

Speaker: Nickie Hill, OC Register, Advertising Sales Account Manager

Hosted By: Professor Michelle Kurland

Thursday April 28th, 1:00pm-2:00pm



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.

Speaker: Jerry Caraccioli

Hosted By: Professor Miya Williams Fayne

Thursday April 28th, 2:30pm-3:45pm



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.).

Speaker: Ying-Chiao Tsao, CSUF, Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hosted By:  Professor Ying-Chiao Tsao

Friday April 29th, 10:00am-12:00pm


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