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Media and Communication Days, Apr 23-25

Media Advisory by Margaret Chantung

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has joined forces with Palomar and MiraCosta Colleges to present Media and Communication (MAC) Days, April 21-24, featuring events at all three campuses. Funded with a grant from the North County Higher Education Alliance, this year’s theme is “Communicating in a New Media Age.” See schedule below for specific program details.

The event is designed to bring professionals from media and communication fields to the campuses for a series of panels and lectures, showcasing the abundance of career possibilities in the field. MAC is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

On Monday, Apr. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cardiff Student Center Conference Room, MiraCosta College, San Elijo campus, will host keynote speaker William Keck, a Hollywood entertainment reporter, for a lecture titled, “From OJ Simpson to Jessica Simpson: The Rapidly Changing Face of Entertainment Journalism” followed by a Q&A session.

On Tuesday, Apr. 22, MircaCosta College, Oceanside campus, will host two panel discussions titled “Got Experience?” at 11 a.m. and “How’d You Land that Great Job?” at 12:30 p.m. in the Oceanside Student Center, Aztlan A&B, Building 3400.

On Wednesday, Apr. 23, in the Governing Board room, Palomar College will host a journalism panel at 11 a.m., a keynote address from Fox 5 Morning Show’s Raoul Martinez and Erica Fox at 12:30 p.m., a media studies panel at 2 p.m., tours of the college’s TV station, radio station and newsroom at 3:15 p.m., and a cinema panel at 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Apr. 24, in the Kellogg Library Reading Room, Cal State San Marcos will host an alumni panel at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, visit the MAC Days website,

CONTACT: Erin Hiro, 760-744-1150 ext. 3762 or Liliana Rossmann, 760-750-4156.

What:  Media and Communication Days is a series of discussions, lectures and panels on the future of journalism and communication. Hosted by CSUSM, Palomar and Mira Costa Colleges and sponsored by the North County Higher Education Alliance.


Monday, April 21 at MiraCosta College – San Elijo Campus – 333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff – Student Center Conference Room, Building 900  

6 p.m. - Reception

6:30 – 8 p.m. - Keynote speaker and Q&A,”From OJ Simpson to Jessica Simpson: The Rapidly Changing Face of Entertainment Journalism”William Keck, Hollywood entertainment reporter

Tuesday, April 22 at MiraCosta College- Oceanside Campus – 1 Bernard Dr., Oceanside Student Center, Aztlan A&B, Building 3400

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Panel: Got experience?Learn about how you can gain valuable job experience with an internship in communication. Hear from current and former interns about the dos and don’ts, the positives and the negatives of an MCC internship. The Career Center will be available to answer questions as well.

Panelists: Brandon Beach, intern at TransWorld Business; Alma Menera, intern at Magic 92.5; Alana Stroud, intern at MCC Student Activities; Ron Tranbarger, intern at MCC Writing & CAC; Suzie Woldeab, intern at Versace. 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Panel: How’d you land that great job?

Want to know what to do with a degree in communication? Curious about what types of jobs are available in media? Come hear from professionals working in areas of radio, marketing, social media, search engine optimization, magazines, etc. who will give you the ins and outs of the job market and what to expect as you go knocking on doors.

Panelists: Drew Coalson, content syndication manager at Grind Media; Jonathan Gomez, school relations and diversity outreach coordinator at MiraCosta College; Sheena Schleicher, senior SEO and search marketing manager at Cuker Interactive; and Jonathan Schwartz, president and COO at 102.1 KPRI.

Wednesday, April 23 at Palomar  College, 1140W. Mission Blvd., San Marcos

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Remote conversation with “Boy Toy” Jesse LozanoLocation: Student Union

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Journalism panel with local journalistsLocation: Governing Board Room

12:30 – 1:30 p.m – Keynote with Raoul Martinez and Erica Fox from Fox 5 MorningLocation: Governing Board Room

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Media studies alumni panel  Location: Governing Board Room

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. - PCTV, KKSM and Telescope Open House  4:30 – 5 p.m. – Cinema panelLocation: P32

Thursday, Apr. 24 at California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.

(Free Parking in Lot B)

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. - Panel: Careers in Communication

Location: Kellogg Library, Reading Room

Panelists: Virginia Accetta, travel consultant at Travel Leaders; Mercy Castro, promotions director and assistant to the senior VP at Univision, Palm Springs; Aimeeleigh Coulter, patient advocate and motivational speaker; Sydney Brink, event sales coordinator and the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park; Chad A. Ross, director of Broker Dealer Services at Pacific Life Insurance Company; Joshua Sandoval, casting associate at ITV; Alison St. John, North County bureau chief at KPBS; Christine Vaughan, Public Information Officer/Communications Specialist at Cal State San Marcos.

12 – 1 p.m. – Panel: Internships in Communication

Location: Kellogg Library, Reading Room

Panelists: Catherine Armas-Matsumoto, internship coordinator in the Department of Communication at Cal State San Marcos; Kyle Jon Haman, communication intern at ZTPR; Brdigette Murnane with the CSU Entertainment Industries Initiative; Cassandra Peterson, nanny; Robyn SSembera, associate manager of continuing medical education and social media at Taking Control of Your Diabetes; Mari Steffensmeier, career counselor at the CSUSM Career Center; TJ Stroben, real estate agent and property consultant and California Residential Consulting.

1 - 2:15 p.m. - Panel: Graduate Study

Location: Kellogg Library, Reading Room

Panelists: Maricel Alamares, communication graduate school applicant; Jacinta Chavous-Kambach, graduate student in organizational leadership at Brandman University; Jennifer Gehrish, graduate student in communication at SDSU; Rebecca Leach, graduate student in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley; Maximilian Mann, graduate student in business at SDSU.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  -  Keynote: Social Identity in the Age of Social Media with Professor Caroline Sawyer, lecturer in communication and mass media at CSUSM.  Location: Kellogg Library, Reading Room 5400

Where: Various locations at CSUSM, Palomar and MiraCosta Colleges. See above for specific locations.

Why: To provide students and the general public with a glimpse into the media and communication professions through expert panels and lectures.