Welcome to our deparment news page featuring the most important news of our students, alumni and faculty.

Our news highlights the involvement in our department and beyond into our communities.


Communication Matters. Here's Why

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"A beautiful thing about communication is its ongoingness. There is always a chance to try again, to have a new conversation, to ask a question in a different way. Every time we speak or listen, communication presents a new opportunity to make, or learn, or appreciate something.That’s why...

Students Take Home CSU Media Arts Award!

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At the 29th Annual CSU Media Arts Festival held Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the following students from CSU San Bernardino representing Communications received certificates in honor of their finalist project: Cesar Chanon, Julia Anne Davis, Amanda Romero, Second Place Television News for...

Intersectional Garden Event


CoyotePR Selected as PRSA Polaris Award Finalist

CoyotePR was selected for a PRSA Polaris or Capella award at the November 2019 Polaris awards. The award submissions were written and prepared by students in Comm243d PR Practica. The award winning actions were executed, planned and produced by students as part of their coursework serving...

Dr. Muhtaseb to Screen 1948 at USF

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Executive Producer Dr. Muhtaseb will screen and hold a Q and A on Wed, Nov. 6 at 6:15. Event is open to the public. Read more about 1948...

PR Student Interning at Cartoon Network Adult Swim!

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A current Public Relations student is interning at Cartoon Network's Adult Swim program, a strutured internship that has served as a launchpad for many in the PR and media industries. 

Professor Pate's Book Optioned by Producer for HBO

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Professor Pate's "Tears of Gaduhav" was just picked up for another 18 month option to shop around and produce for a potential T.V. limited series by Mission Control Productions and William MacDonald, the same producer that did ROME for HBO several years ago. Professor Pate has been Adjunct...

CoyotePR Featured by CSU System News as Student Run Agency

The CSU featured student run PR agencies, including CoyotePR, our CSUSB student-run agency, for being an innovative approach to learn hands-on skills.Said the article, "While traditional PR skills, such as writing and public speaking, will always be valuable, today's PR practitioners must...

Prof. Gotch Attends "I'm First Alliance"

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Professor Donna Gotch attended and was featured by the University at the First-Generation Student Welcome Reception as part of its newly launched initiative, I’m First Alliance, a program to support new first-generation students – both freshmen and transfers. The inaugural event, which took...

Dr. Muhtaseb Speaking at San Jose State

Dr. Muhtaseb will have a screening and talk at San Jose State University on October 17 on her highly acclaimed film, 1948.

Grad Students speaks to University Grad Orientation

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Graduate Student Sean Maulding speaks to the 200+ incoming graduate students at the graduate student orientation, as a member of the grad committee for Associated Students Incorporated. His humor and approachability stole the show and was the highlight of the event.  

Dr. Fong Published in China Media Research

Dr. Fong was recently published for her work "Chinese International Students' Adaptive Orientations to Intercultural Compliment Interactions with Caucasian Americans." Congratulations to her!Mary Fong. (2019). Chinese International Students' Adaptive Orientations to Intercultural Compliment...

CSUSB Makes Finalist category of the CSU Media Arts Festival

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The "Death Taco Challenge" story on Local Matters, CSUSB's local TV news program, was selected to be a finalist in the CSU Media Arts Festival, a first time in the festival's history that CSUSB was selected.

Recent Comm Major Attending Law School

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A '17 PR Major will be attending law school beginning in September 2019. Congratulations to our Alum for their success!

Comm Graduate MA Program Welcomes New Cohort

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The new graduate students are welcomed by the Grad Coordinator and Department Chair in orientation and in the graduate student potluck, hosted each year by Dr. Muhtaseb. 

PROFILE: Professor Oregel - Filmmaker with Following in Art and Film

Roberto S. Oregel is a producer and director, known for Eloy Take Two (2010), One Man Show (2013) and Casa Libre/Freedom House (2008). He was born in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, and grew up in East Los Angeles. He earned his BA from UC Berkeley and both his MA and MFA in film directing...

PROFILE: Dr. Hygh Brings Energy and Know-How to the PR Classroom

Dr. Larry Hygh joins CSUSB as the newest full time lecturer in Public Relations, bringing his energy and enthusiasm to a new generation of PR professionals. He will be teaching Business and Professional Comm, PR Writing, Crisis Comm, PR Campaigns and more. Dr. Hygh previously served as...

PROFILE: Dr. Muhtaseb - Champion for Students and Acclaimed Filmmaker

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino. At CSUSB, and around the world, Dr. Muhtaseb is an esteemed leader and mentor to many.On campus, in addition to being the Comm MA graduate coordinator for seven years running, she is the...

Professor Gotch Leads ACUE on Effective Teaching

During Winter and Spring 2019 Professor Donna Gotch lead a faculty cohort in 25 online learning modules mentoring them in using new teaching strategies in their classes. Faculty who satisfied the program requirements, which complements the university's ongoing faculty development, were...

Prof. Nerren and Instructor Vierra Present on PR and Teaching at Euromedia

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Comm lecturers attended and presented at IAFOR EuroMedia conference in Brighton UK in July 2019. Professor Nerren and Instructor Vierra presented on "Adapting PR Technology into the PR Classroom" and Instructor Vierra also presented her thesis on multicultural relationships and...

Recent Grad Awarded for Service to Individuals with Disabilities

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CoyotePR member and recent Comm graduate Gilbert was awarded for his superior service to individuals with disabilities in his recent internship with Options for All, a nonprofit offering digital multimedia training and filmaking for individuals of all abilities in San Bernardino. At the...

Dr. Heisterkamp Published in Western Journal of Communication

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Dr. Heisterkamp was the President of the Western States Communication Association in 2019 and his presidential address was recently published in the Western Journal of Communication. Both the association and the journal are prestigious outlets within the field.His two recent publications...

University Honors Summer Institute Attended by Comm. Professors and Instructors

Donna Gotch, Lecturer, Hadia Bendelhoum and Angelina Burkhart, Adjunct Faculty, participated in a summer institute, co-sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Faculty Center for Excellence. They examined the potential for an integrative experience across the four core honors...

Faculty Learning Community Led by Prof. Gotch Contributes Updates to Comm 120

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Donna Gotch facilitated a program-based Faculty Learning Community with Instructors Alatorre, Patzold and Wassing participating. They examined the Communication 120: Oral Communication course and how best to review the curriculum and assessment needs. They consulted the literature on best...

Alum Manny Sandoval selected as Asm. Reyes "30 under 30"

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Alum Manny Sandoval, a recent speaker at our Comm. Symposium, was selected to be recognized by Aseembly Member Reyes as one of her "30 under 30" Congratulations!

See the 2019 Comm Symposium in Pictures

If you've ever wondered what a communication symposium looks like, see it here, in photos contributed by CSUSB and CSUSB students including Blair, Courtney, Citlaly and more! See the photos...

Photo Booth Photos from Symposium Ready Now!

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For anyone who attended the Symposium and enjoyed the fabulous photo booth run by students at the event, your photo booth images are ready and available for free viewing and download NOW! Photo booth images taken by Courtney and designed by the Comm symposium interns. View the photo booth...

Coyote Chronicle Features Comm Symposium on Front Page

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The 2019 Comm symposium was bigger and better than ever before and the Coyote Chronicle was among the first members of the media to pick up on this groundswell effort, featuring the event as their cover story. Says the Chronicle, "Each speaker was given around 30 minutes at the panels to...

2019 Comm Symposium a Success!

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The 2019 Comm Symposium, with a theme of "Transcending Boundaries" celebrated outstanding students and explored many academic and professional topics in communication studies. Read more in the Coyote Chronicle...

Students Awarded at 2019 Comm Symposium!

Students were honored and recognized for their outstanding work at the 2019 Communication Symposium.  

Spring 2019 Commencement Celebrated

We celebrate commencement together as students, staff and faculty. Enjoy a few images from the recent event.

Comm Student Wins Emmy!

Student Ethan Mink wins Emmy for his role as researcher on KVCR program "Vietnam Speaks." Mink also served as intern on the program "From Scratch" which also received an Emmy. Read more...

IE Centricity Event Tells Student Stories

Graduate Student Luis Esparza, in conjuction with department and university clubs and programs, held an event, "IE Centricity: Centering Our Stories," an event where students spoke their truths through music, art and poetry. 

Professor Gotch Awarded Outstanding Lecturer

Professor Gotch was surprised in class with news she won the 2019 Outstanding Lecturer Award for the university.In a letter to the president, the nominating committee wrote, “Our lecturers play an essential role in CSUSB’s mission to provide a high quality educational experience to our...

$4000 Awarded to Comm Interns in Spring

Four students each received a $1000 scholarship or stipend to support their studies in Comm591 (Communication Studies undergraduate internship) in Spring 2019. For more information on what stipends, awards and scholarships are available for interns, visit Here to Careeer and the Career...

Dr. Muhtaseb and Prof. Nerren Complete Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Institute

DEI institute completion
A year-long institute to increase and enhance equitable opportunities at CSUSB, Dr. Muhtaseb and Prof. Nerren were recognized by Dean of the Library Caesar Cabrillo for the completion of the program and their presentations to the university.

Mike Wichman with 25 Years Service

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Please join the department in congratulating Mike Wichman on 25 years of service to CSUSB. Thank you, Mike! We so appreciate all you do for our students and for the department. Congratulations!

Dr. Corrigan Mentors Student Nominated for Emmy

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Dr. Corrigan was recognized for his mentorship of undergraduate Ethan Mink, recipient of Outstanding Student in Media Studies and nominated for an Emmy award in the "Military - Program or Special" category by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter as...

Professors and Grad Students Present at ICA

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Dr. Corriganpresented his paper "New directions for critically theorizing the sports-media-society relationship: The Athletic and the disaggregation of sports media from public service journalism" at the ICA pre-conference "Sports Communication and Social Justice" Dr. Algan presented on "...

Dr. Muhtaseb with Two New Film Screenings

Packed House at CSUSB for "1948"
In the Spring, Dr. Muhtaseb held two rare California screenings of her film "1948" to LA Jews for Peace in Pasadena, and for Palestinian Cultural Day in Santa Clara. 

Dr. Grant to Attend Prestigious HERS Academy

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Dr. Grant was accepted to the prestigious HERS Academy for Women in Higher Education Leadership Academy.HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is a leadership development and research organization that is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher...

Dr. Gallegos Receives Research and Creative Activity Award

Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos Published
Dr. Gallegos has been selected as one of this year’s 2019 CSUSB Research and Creative Activity Mentor Awardees. Faculty selected for this award have shown exceptional dedication to student’s success for careers in research, teaching, and preparing them to meet the highest professional and...

Dr. Leo to Serve New Four-Year Term in Palm Desert City Council Committee

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The Palm Desert City Council re- appointed Dr. Leo as Chair of the Investment, Audit and Finance Committee. He will serve a four year term.

PROFILE: Graduate Teaching Associate Vierra - Strong Determination for Student Success

Jessica Vierra is a Graduate Teaching Associate where she teaches two sections of Oral Communication while also completing her Master’s degree. In 2018, Instructor Vierra received the award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate, an award recognizing her excellence in teaching....

PROFILE: Dr. Julie Taylor - Guide, Mentor and Facilitator

Dr. Taylor is recognized as an outstanding faculty member who goes above and beyond for both her current and former students. She identifies her teacher-scholar role as a guide, mentor, and facilitator of knowledge within a rigorous learning environment. Dr. Taylor has made a lasting...

PROFILE: Professor Girard - Bringing the Real World Into the Classroom

Professor Girard
Professor Donald Girard has been a full-time lecturer at CSUSB for six years and has made incredible contributions to the Public Relations concentration due to his knowledge, experience and past work in the industry.Bringing a wealth of real-world insight into his teaching, Professor Girard...

Dr. Mary Fong Publishes New Book!

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Professor Mary Fong and Karl’s “Two Heart Nuts to Crack!” is the first memoir of Mary Fong’s Magnificent Mess trilogy. The book takes the audience on a journey throughout Mary’s first memories, including growing up in Los Angeles as the daughter to Chinese American immigrants. Mary Fong’s...

Speaker Lineup Announced for Comm Symposium!

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Speakers are ANNOUNCED for the Spring Comm symposium and we have something NEW and EXCITING this year! We have TWELVE morning "express sessions" featuring speakers on topics ranging from tech and space, to gaming, to film production to mediation, HR and higher education. No matter WHAT may...

Syrianamericana hosted by Dr. Muhtaseb

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb is the director of CIMES. She co-produced and hosted the well-attended event Syrianamericana: A Nation State of Mind with rapper-poet Omar Offendum on January 29th. 

Congratulations to Dr. Corrigan, Gallegos and Taylor for CEAT Awards!

The CEAT awards for exceptional service to students has been awarded to  Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, Dr. T.C. Corrigan, Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos, and Dr. Julie Taylor. 

Interim GTA Coordinator Carol Damgen in Playwriting Program at Los Angeles

The department wishes to congratulate the Interim GTA Coordinator Carol Damgen, who as Vice-Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Playwriting Program, will make two large presentations at the Region VIII Festival in Los Angeles.

Student Paper Receiving Award by College Media Association

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The department wants to congratulate the Coyote Chronicle for Excellence in Student Media. The paper received a 2nd place award for a news story and a 3rd place award in promotions/social media/single event awarded by the California College Media Association (CCMA). The winners will be...

Graduate Student Luis Esparza Presenting Twice at NACCS Conference

Congratulations to graduate student Luis Esparza whose paper, “Desde la Periferia de La Milpa: A Study of Sexual Minorities in Nuevo Refugio” was accepted by the Non-conforming Imperatives Interest Group of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies in February. In addition,...

Professor Jess Block Nerren Presents at CalABA

On February 1 to 3, 2019, Professor Jess Block Nerren used a TRC TSSA grant to attend sessions and to present a panel on "Effective Communication and Collaboration." The sessions and panel took place at the annual CalABA (Annual Western Regional Conference on Behavior Analysis).

Women of Color in Academia Panel: Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos’s Article and Certificate of Recognition

On Friday, February 8, 2019, Dr. Gallegos presented, “Somos la dignidad rebelde: On Mexican Indigenous praxis of resistance pedagogy, no longer misappropriated under US ‘innovative’ methods'” at the Women of Color in Academia panel. Dr. Gallegos also received a certificate of recognition by...

Empowering Chicano/a/x Survivors: Healing Trauma Through Art

Empowering Chicano/A/X Survivors
Healing through music, poetry and art will be the feature of this new event March 21, 2019, from 12:00pm-5:00pm in UH-053.

First PRSSA Meeting of 2019 a Success!

CSUSB’s Public Relations Student Society of America conducted their first meeting of 2019 on January 29. Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, who has more than thirty years of experience in Leadership, Journalism, Public Relations and Education was welcomed as a speaker, along with Professor C.L. Lopez, a...

Discussion with Former LA Times Publisher and CEO Eddy Hartenstein at CSUSB

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This February, CSUSB welcomes Emmy Award winning creator of DirecTV and Former LA Times Publisher and CEO Eddy Hartenstein. This digital pioneer gives a discussion of how artificial intelligence, digitization, and automation are fundamentally and irreversibly changing the economy and...

CSUSB Podcast Club to Hold First Meeting!

The CSUSB Podcast Club will hold their first meeting on Monday, February 18th, from 12 to 2 pm in PL5005M. The club will operate like a book club. For the first meeting, there will be a discussion about three recent episodes from Ear Hustle -- an award-winning podcast by prisoners in San...

"1948" Screening in SMSU by Dr. Muhtaseb

"1948" Screening in SMSU by Dr. Muhtaseb
Join Dr. Muhtaseb for a screening of her highly praised film, "1948: Creation and Catastrophe" a documentary of the historical roots of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

A Special Community Screening in Oakland of 1948: Creation and Catastrophe

1948: Creation and Catastrophe
There will be a special screening of the film 1948: Creation and Catastrophe followed by a discussion with Filmmakers Andy Trimlett and Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb of Cal State San Bernardino, moderated by Dr. Hatem Bazian of Zaytuna College. This will be held on Friday January 25, 2019 from 6:00pm-...

UC Irvine Hosts Dr. Muhtaseb for Screening and Panel Discussion

UC Irvine Hosts Dr. Muhtaseb!
The UCI School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences and School of Humanities will screen Dr. Muhtaseb's film with riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestines and Israelis revealing shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the...

Graduate Student Andre Adame’s Paper Accepted by the International Communication Association for their 2019 Conference

Communication Beyond Boundaries
Congratulations to graduate student Andre Adame for having his paper “Child's Play: A Critical Examination of the Video Game ‘PeaceMaker’" accepted for the 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Communication Beyond Boundaries. This event will be held in...

Graduate Student Sean Maulding Accepted to Two Upcoming Research Conferences!

Advocating with Evidence
Sean Maulding’s paper “Pussy Hats and Anti-Trans Sentiments: When Second-Wave and Third-Wave Collide”  was accepted by the Western Social Science Association for presentation at their 2019 Conference. His paper “Trans Representation in U.S. Media: Using Clark’s Evolutionary Stages of...

‘Solidarity: Stories of Palestine’ Gala Awards and Benefit Dinner to Honor Professor Ahlam Muhtaseb

Rebuilding Alliance will be hosting a Gala Awards ceremony, benefit dinner, and silent auction to benefit Gaza artists including CSUSB’s very own Ahlam Muhtaseb will be making an appearance, accepting the Storytellers Award on behalf of her documentary, “1948: Creation and Catastrophe” at...

PROFILE: Professor Donna Gotch - An Educator with a Following

Professor Donna Gotch - An Educator with a Following
Donna Gotch is a full time faculty member at California State University, San Bernardino. She has been teaching for over 30 years. Gotch obtained a B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. Gotch is beloved by her past and present students for the many methods she uses to...

PROFILE: Professor Donna Cooley - Alumna and Professor with Real World Experience

 Professor Donna Cooley - Alumna and Professor with Real World Experience
Professor Donna Cooley is alumna and part-time faculty member at California State University, San Bernardino, where she instructs communications courses including Oral Communication, Interviewing, and Senior Project but she has made so many incredible contributions in her esteemed career as...

PROFILE: Dr. Brian Heisterkamp - President of the Western States Communication Association

 Dr. Brian Heisterkamp
Dr. Brian Heisterkamp is a professor and a long-time valued member of CSUSB. He is known by his students as someone who is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he teaches. Dr. Heisterkamp attended Arizona State University for his Ph.D. and Bachelor’s degree in Business...

Graduate Student Melody Adejare Wins Outstanding Emerging Scholars at Southern States Communication Association

Melody Adejare’s paper “Media Influences on Intercultural Communication: People’s Perceptions of Racial Groups” was not only accepted by the Intercultural Communication Division of the Southern States Communication Association, it will also be part of the “Outstanding Emerging Scholars: Top...

Art of Dreaming Event Held by Dr. Gallegos a Success!

Art of Dreaming Event Held by Dr. Gallegos
In collaboration with the Undocumented Student Success Center, the Coyote Pack, and the Department of Communication Studies held a meaningful event that helps students and community cope with current issues by creating a space where they can engage in dialogue and provide the university...

Annual Communication Studies Symposium to be Held at California State University San Bernardino - May 7

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The Communication Studies Symposium will be held at California State University San Bernardino on May 7, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrating communication studies students and featuring awards and speakers, the Symposium helps students conquer anything in their future careers. Past...

Deadline for Student Research Competition Entries - Dec. 7!

Student Research Competition
Participate in this year’sCSUSB Student Research Competition. This is a wonderful event for students to showcase their work and develop their presentation skills. CSUSB will be selecting participants from this competition to go on and represent CSUSB at the CSU state-wide competition in...

Dr. Muhtaseb's Film "1948: Creation and Catastrophe" receives Rebuilding Alliance Award

Packed House at CSUSB for "1948"
Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb and her co-producer/director Mr. Andy Trimlett who have received the "Storytellers: Media & Education Award" from the Rebuilding Alliance organization. The award will be presented at the 2019 Rebuilding Alliance Awards and Benefit Dinner in San Francisco on January 26...

CSUSB Forensics Team Medals at the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament

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The team has returned from the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament in El Cajon, CA with a win! Our American Parli debaters (Melissa Cardonato & Lorena Lemos) took the BRONZE in Novice debate!! This was their very first competition and they walked away with third place after five...

Join Our Dedicated Faculty Team!

Join Our Dedicated Faculty Team!
With a world-class faculty practicing, teaching and researching on the cutting edge of the field of Communication Studies, the CSUSB Dept. of Communication Studies might be an incredible new chapter in your story. New jobs are posted regularly. Join us!

Congratulations to Professor Gotch for New Role!

Professor Donna Gotch has been appointed as CSUSB facilitator for the upcoming Association of Colleges and Universities (ACUE) online course on Effective College Teaching.

Seven COMM Faculty and Grad. Students Present at NCA

Seven COMM Faculty and Grad. Students Present at NCA
Congratulations to the following who presented at the National Communication Association convention in Salt Lake City: Gretchen Bergquist, paper: "Family Socialization and Perceptions of Mental Health" Gretchen Bergquist, paper: "Exploring the content and influence of parental memorable...

Seven CSUSB Communication Students Attend Polaris Awards

Seven CSUSB Communication Students Attend Polaris Awards
Seven CSUSB Communication students from CoyotePR, the on-campus student public relations firm, attended the Polaris Awards for the first time on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Riverside Convention Center. The Inland Empire Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America Polaris...

Coyote Chronicle Livestreaming at Media Literacy Event Nov. 14

Film Screening: Digital Disconnect
Streaming LIVE on Coyote Chronicle Facebook, a screening of the discussion following Digital Disconnect: Fake News, Privacy and Democracy facilitated by T.C. Corrigan and Rod Metts, Dept of Comm Studies. Link: “Based on the...

NASA PR Employee and CSUSB Grad Visits Class

NASA Social Media Employee and Recent Graduate Returns to Talk to Current Students
Recent graduate and NASA Social Media Manager Jessica Arreola visited PR Campaigns (plus visitors from many other classes) to share her story of her journey as a comm professional and as a person. Students LOVED her talk and she generously gave of her time to connect with those who attended...

Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos published in the Journal of Latinos and Education and Cholla Needles magazine

Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos Published
Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos has two new publications out now:This month, the peer-reviewed Journal of Latinos and Education (which has a 10% acceptance rate) accepted Dr. Conlisk Gallegos sole-authored "Somos la dignidad rebelde: On Mexican indigenous praxis of resistance pedagogy, no...

"1948" Recognized as One of Top Five Films by Sydney Morning Herald

Packed House at CSUSB for "1948"
The Sydney Morning Herald recognized Dr. Muhtaseb's film "1948" one of the top five films in the column "Best of the Big Screen."Says the review:"Straightforward in style but dense with information, Andy Trimlett and Ahlam Muhtaseb's documentary on the partition of Palestine and the...

Dr. Muhtaseb in Montreal for "1948"

First, Dr. Muhtaseb sat on the panel at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting titled "Achieving the Impossible: Re-writing the History of 1948" at Concordia University and then she attended a screening at McGill University. Her film "1948" is achieving worldwide recognition and our...

Dr. Muhtaseb gives film lecture at Australia: Monash Oct. 5

Dr. Muhtaseb speaks at the sold out Melbourne premiere of "1948" at the Australia Palestine Film Festival, which is one of 6 Australia premiers. We congratulate her on the success of her highly acclaimed film, the result of over a decade of hard work!

Digital Disconnect: Fake News, Privacy and Democracy

Film Screening: Digital Disconnect
Digital Disconnect: Fake News, Privacy and Democracy followed by a discussion facilitated by T.C. Corrigan and Rod Metts, Dept of Comm Studies Wed, Nov 14, 20182 – 4 pm Library Multimedia Center, PL-5005 Refreshments will be served “Based on the book by media historian and political...

Our Nuestro San Bernardino

Our Nuestro San Bernardino
Our San Bernardino, Nuestro, held on Tuesday, October 16; 2-4pm was commissioned by VP Sudhakar with special support from Dr. Mihaela Popescu and ITS through the work of Dr. Gallegos and the Coyote Pack.

Napalm Girl Guest Speaker Event

Pulitzer Prize Winner Nick Ut to Speak Oct. 1
Photojournalist Nick Ut's iconic 1972 Vietnam War photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc, "Napalm Girl," hugely influenced public opinion and won the Pulitzer Prize, but his work doesn't end there. An AP photographer for over 51 years, he collaborates frequently with Raul Roa at the LA Times...

Emerging Scholar Award to Recent Graduate and Adjunct Faculty

Emerging Scholar Award to Alum and Adjunct Faculty
We are proud to congratulate Ariana Cano who will be receiving the Emerging Scholar Award at the Third International Conference on Communication and Media Studies in Berkeley California! She will be presenting her accepted paper “Es Bueno O No Bueno? A Critical Analysis on Mexican American...

Save the Date: Symposium May 7

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Our annual comm studies symposium will be here sooner than you know it! Save the date for May 7th, 2019 to join us in celebrating the diverse interests, perspectives, opportunities and fields of study within the Department of Communication. Have the chance to meet with alumni that are in...

New Full Professors - Dr. Owen, Dr. Popescu and Dr. Algan!

Let us congratulate our new full communication professors! Dr. Owen, Dr. Popescu and Dr. Algan are our newest full professors. These three professors have achieved a high degree of excellence in their respective fields and we recognize them for their esteemed promotions at CSUSB...

Dr. Muhtaseb, Dr. Grant and Prof. Nerren Attend the Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom Institute

Comm Studies Faculty
The department's professors are hard at work preparing to make the 2018-2019 academic year the best one yet! This week, two full time COMM faculty attended the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion institute (Dr. Muhtaseb and Prof. Nerren) and one served as a facilitator (Dr. Grant). Attendees...

RESCHEDULED Pulitzer Prize Winner Nick Ut to Speak at CSUSB Oct. 9

Photojournalist Nick Ut's iconic 1972 Vietnam War photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc, "Napalm Girl," hugely influenced public opinion and won the Pulitzer Prize, but his work doesn't end there. An AP photographer for over 51 years, he collaborates frequently with Raul Roa at the LA Times...

NEW "Leadership for Nonprofits" Course (PA 590)

An elective course Fundraising, Grant Writing and Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations this fall at CSUSB, this course qualifies as one of 3 required courses for the JHBC’s Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership(click on link), an excellent résumé builder available to all CSUSB and non-CSUSB...

Now Accepting Internship Postings for 2018/2019

Now Accepting Internship
If you have dreamed of raising the profile of your organization, starting a business, enhancing your media materials, receiving consultation on communication strategy and implementation, and more, our very skilled and talented interns can help you and your business grow! It is private and...

Two Graduate Students to Present at UCI Social Justice Research Symposium

Graduate students Walker Beverly and Richard Contreras were accepted for presentation at the UCI Social Justice Research Symposium on May 25 at UC Irvine. Richard’s paper, based on his graduate project, is titled "A Communication Guide for ex-offenders" and Walker’s paper, also based on his...

Graduate Student Victoria Luckner Attending and Presenting TWO Papers at NCA

Graduate student Victoria Luckner had two papers competitively accepted for presentation at the NCA 104th Annual Convention being held November 8-11 in Salt Lake City.The two papers are:  "Mother Eywa: Ecofeminism and James Cameron’s Avatar," which she developed under the supervision of Dr...

Dr. Popescu Named a IECE Faculty Fellow for 2018-2019

Dr. Mihaela Popescu has been named a CSUSB Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow for 2018-2019. Read more about the program... 

Vital and Expanded Technology Grant Awards $165,340 to Department

COMM Department Receives $165,340 in VETI Grants
The following professors in the Dept. of Communication Studies have been awarded Vital and Expanded Technology Grants for 2018-2019: Dr. Mariam Betlemidze: Digital Storytelling Lab for Student Journalism & Multimedia Dr. Jo Anna Grant: E-Learning Academy Prof. Lacey Kendall, M.A.: PDC...

Dr. Popescu's book to be published by MIT Press

Dr. Mihaela Popescu has received a contract from MIT press for the publication of her co-authored bookPrivacy as a Right of Becoming: Algorithms, Selfhood, and Privacy Harmsin their Information Policy series.

Graduate Student Selected for Prestigious Opportunities

Graduate Student Luis Esparza to Attend HACU Conference
Luis Esparaza's paper, "The Right to Exist: A De-Colonial Analysis of Media Representations of Marginalized Sexual Identities" was competitively selected for presentation at the National Communication Association 104th Annual Convention which will be held November 8-11 in Salt Lake City, UT...

Mellon Mays Fellowship Awarded

Mellon Mays Fellowship Awarded
Student Scott Romo, and his faculty mentor, Dr. T.C. Corrigan, received the Mellon Mays Fellowship. The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is a two-year program that provides financial support, research mentorship, and assistance with graduate school applications, primarily for...

Dr. T.C. Corrigan Named to Faculty Senate

Dr. Corrigan has been ratified to the CSUSB Faculty Senate for the 2018-2020 term. 

PROFILE: Alumnus Ariana Cano - Building community through scholarship, research and teaching

Alumnus Ariana Cano
"Powerhouse" does not begin to describe Ariana Cano, recent graduate of the Department of Communication Studies graduate program and prolific academic, already early into her studies and her career. In the past year alone, in addition to her student and graduate teaching associate...

PROFILE: Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos - Contesting borders, crossing the lines of teaching, research and service...

Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos
" heal and empower students, our community and university by remembering what we were never taught" Dr. Gallegos is a person with a vision. She sees the possibilities when it comes to breaking barriers that divide people and helping all students see themselves positively through the...

PROFILE: Professor Amy Wassing - Longtime advisor to the award-winning Forensics team on campus

Professor Amy Wassing
Each quarter, in addition to her duties as lecturer, Professor Wassing and the forensics team travel to compete in debate competitions across the West. To celebrate public speaking throughout CSUSB, each Spring, she organizes and hosts the C.A.S.T speech tournament, a university-wide...

CAST 2018 Celebrates Public Speaking

CAST 2018 Celebrates Public Speaking
On May 24, students from Comm 120 Oral Communication competed in persuasive and informative speeches, at the Santos Manuel Student Union, during the CAST public speaking competition held by the Forensics club and sponsored by Rand McNally and the Dept. of Communication Studies. The winners...

Alumni "Professor for a Day" from San Bernardino County Fire Visits Students

Alumni "Professor for a Day" Visits Comm. Students
Alumni Erica Acosta visits students in the Department of Communication Studies and shares her experiences as an Event Coordinator with the San Bernardino County Fire District Office of the Fire Marshal Household Hazardous Waste as part of the "Professor for a Day" program.

Coyote Chronicle Newspaper Gets Fourth Place at Annual Associated Collegiate Press Awards Contest

The Coyote Chronicle newspaper takes home a fourth place award at the 2018 Associated Collegiate Press Associated Collegiate Press Awards Contest, a big honor for the campus newspaper of California State University, San Bernardino. This “Four-Year Less-Than-Weekly...

Prof. Jess Block Nerren Invited to CalABA Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Prof. Jess Block Nerren has been invited by the Executive Director to join the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) Stakeholder Advisory Committee. This is a prestigious position in which Jess will use her expertise in public relations to design and facilitate effective...

Dr. Rod Metts and Dr. Thomas Corrigan Present at the Union for Democratic Communication Conference

Dr. Rod Metts and Thomas Corrigan Present at Conference
Dr. Rod Metts and Dr. Thomas Corrigan presented at the Union for Democratic Communication Conference, Media, Resistance, and Justice: The Fight for Humanity, May 10-13, 2018, at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Metts paper was titled: Reclaiming the Typographic Mind in an...

First Scholarly Review of Dr. Muhtaseb's 1948 Film

Dr. Muhtaseb's film, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, was just published in the peer-review journal of Arab Studies Quarterly (Vol. 40, No. 1.). Dr. Terri Ginsberg, a well-known cinema studies scholar of AUC, provides a deep intellectual analysis of the film, with a short historical...

PR Student to Intern at Library of Congress!

Comm. Student to Intern at Library of Congress!
Student Kaitlyn Norris will be working in Washington D.C. this Summer, interning for the Library of Congress. Says Kaitlyn of her internship: "I will be working at the Library of Congress, as an External Relations Assistant. I will focus on building relationships within the three branches...

Students awarded at 2018 Comm Symposium

Symposium Honors Outstanding Students!
Students were commended at the 2018 Comm. Symposium. Awardees were recognized on stage at the annual 200-person event, the only one of its kind in the College of Arts and Letters. Read more... Department AwardsGraciela TrocheOutstanding Undergraduate Student Andre...

Students Selected for Annual CAST Speech Tournament

Happy students received invitations to compete in the CAST (Coyote Annual Speech Tournament) coming up May 24, delivered by members of the Forensics Team. The annual event is held at the Santos Manuel Student Union and is an opportunity for invited students from COMM 120 to compete and...

Dr. Muhtaseb Quoted in L.A. Daily News!

As first responders prepare for another busy season, the Los Angeles Daily News investigated causes for the increase in rescues in picturesque natural environments, asking if the #optoutside movement or the popularity of selfies plays a role.  Dr. Muhtaseb is quoted...

Annual Communication Studies Symposium “What’s Next?” to be Held at California State University San Bernardino - May 1

An event designed to further prepare current students for life after graduation, the Communication Studies Symposium, will be held at California State University San Bernardino May 1, 2018, from 9am-3pm in the San Manuel Student Union. [Registration:

Coyote Advertising Wins Big at the ADDY Awards!

Jacob Poore, Coyote Advertising manager, and the students of Coyote Advertising competed in the professional category at the American Advertising Federation Inland Empire Chapter, and won one gold award, three silver awards and six bronze awards! In addition, they shared two bronze awards...

Student Sabrina Brooks Hired at Kia Headquarters

Student Sabrina Brooks Hired at Kia HQ!
Student Sabrina Brooks was recently hired by Kia Motors Headquarters USA in Irvine California. She will be working with the communications and PR teams in the corporate office following the completion of her studies this year. Sabrina attributes many wonderful professors in the Comm....

Graduate Student Ariana Cano Takes Top Prizes for "Cultural Value in Instant Messenger"

Graduate student Ariana Cano has had a good month. Her presentation “Cultural Value in Instant Messenger: An Analysis between Mexico and the U.S.” won a monetary prize in the Pansy Jacob Jackson National Student Research Competition in the NAAAS 2018 Conference. She was also selected as the...

Students Awarded at WSCA Debate Competition

In February, the Forensics team went to Santa Clara University to compete at the WSCA tournament. The campus was beautiful, the competition was fierce, and our wins were well deserved! Students Oscar Lobos took third place in Dramatic Interpretation, Oscar Lobos and Tejwant Brar took third...

Director of Comm. from AEG to Speak at Comm. Studies Club Meeting

Cassie Zebisch, Director of Comm. for AEG (Staples Center, LA Live, Nokia Theater) will speak to PRSSA. Members and nonmembers alike are welcome. Cassie is an esteemed practitioner in public relations and communications, with experiences to share on her work in diverse events including...

Professor Betlemidze Presents New Technology - 360-degree video - at Faculty Center for Excellence

Ever since the video documentary "Clouds over Sidra" boosted donations for UNICEF, 360-degree video has been marketed as an “empathy machine.” 360-degree video, also known as spherical video, is an immersive technology that enables the recording of video shots in all directions. This...

Professor Heisterkamp Elevated to WSCA President

Dr. Michelle A. Holling, 2017 WSCA President, presented the presidential gavel to Dr. Brian Heisterkamp, 2018 WSCA President. As part of his role, Dr. Heisterkamp will fulfill all the duties of the Western States Communication Association president, acting in service of the 1000-person...

Graduate Students Represent Program at WSCA Graduate Programs Open House

Professor Donna Gotch and Dr. Julie Taylor with our graduate students at the WSCA Graduate Programs Open House, where students in our graduate program provided information and personal insight for interested attendees.    

Dr. Muhtaseb's Film Screens to Packed House at CSUSB

Students, faculty and administrators eagerly attended the on-campus screening of "1948: Creation & Catastrophe." With screenings at two locations plus an opening reception, and director's Q and A, this highly acclaimed film was met with an enthusiasm for learning more about the subject...

Dr. Taylor and Dr. Bahk Present Research at College of Arts and Letters Colloquium

Our faculty are active scholars, performers, and artists who present their work locally, nationally, and internationally. Each academic term, the College hosts a faculty colloquium or roundtable for faculty to share their research interests and creative activities. This quarter, two faculty...

Students Win At WSCA Conference

Students take the prizes for top papers at the Western States Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Research Competition. WSCA Second Vice President Professor Donna Gotch is pictured with Sabrina Hockett who took first place for "Public Criticism, Gender and President Trump's...

Dr. Popescu Featured in CSU News "How Immersive Technology is Changing the Way CSU Students Learn"

Dr. Popescu was featured in an in-depth news article about immersive technology including virtual and augmented reality use in the classrooms. An excerpt of the article by Angie Marcos is quoted and linked below: "Students in education, nursing, astronomy, geology and journalism — to name...

Dr. Muhtaseb's Film "1948" Draws Crowds in Dubai and Kuwait

Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Muhtaseb attended screenings for her film in Dubai and Kuwait in January. In Dubai, at an outdoor venue modeled after the meatpacking district in NY, about 300 people braved a sandstorm to see the film. Most of them also stayed afterward for what was...

Comm. Graduate Students to Present at "Meeting of the Minds" Student Research Competition

Graduate students Melody Adejare, Rebeccah Avila, Sean Maulding, Luis Esparza, Andy Acosta, Erendira Torres, Shirlena Baggett, Ariana Cano and Jessica Vierra will be presenting at the 7th Annual "Meeting of the Minds" Student Research Symposium. 

Coyote Chronicle Available in Web, Print and Email

The Coyote Chronicle is the student newspaper for California State University, San Bernardino, and is supported by the Department of Communication Studies. Students can also join the chronicle, become a photo or story contributor to the Chronicle, or submit their creative works to "...

Graduate Teaching Associates and Professor Gotch Speak at CSUSB Women's Leadership Conference

Graduate Teaching Associates Ariana Cano, Cecilia Gutierrez, Erendira Torres, and Jessica Vierra and Professor Donna Gotch presented a panel entitled, "Empowered Women: An Examination of Female Graduate Teaching Associates Identity" at the  CSUSB Women's Leadership Conference held February...

Comm. Studies Faculty Honored on the Court of CSUSB Men's Basketball Game 1/18

Professors Amy Wassing and Donna Cooley were honored at halftime for their contributions to the academic success of student athletes. Nominated by student athletes themselves, the Department of Communication Studies professors were recognized by the Provost. 

Student Interns at Top Hip-Hop Station Power106

Undergraduate student Alysha Darby is the newest intern at Power106, the top hip-hop station in the Los Angeles market. What got her foot in the door? In addition to her hard work and glowing personality, Darby attributes the unique practicum classes offered at CSUSB, which helped her add...

Comm. Studies Student Athlete Featured in CSUSB Athletics News

The CSUSB Athletics Department featured news of Communication Studies student Dorian Butler, who took home a medal in the recent Intercollegiate Forensics speech and debate competition in Longview Washington. Read the full article...

Two Undergraduates to Present at WSCA Conference

Two of our undergraduates were competitively selected for presentation at the WSCA 15th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference (USRC) in Santa Clara on February 16. There were undergraduates from 30 universities that submitted their research to this year's USRC. -- Nikolas Bess...

Dr. Jo Anna Grant - Newly Appointed Director of the CSUSB Teaching Resource Center

Dr. Jo Anna Grant has been appointed to the position of director of the Teaching Resource Center. She will assume her new role on Jan. 2. Established in 1996 for CSUSB faculty, the Teaching Resource Center (TRC) is dedicated to promoting and advancing effective, innovative instruction and...

Fall Graduation Ceremony - Commencement

Students walked with graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies. Our department congratulates all of our students for this accomplishment! CSUSB held its 17th fall commencement on Dec. 9, with about 1,100 students participating in the three graduation ceremonies held at the...

CSUSB Students Win Multiple Medals in Debate Competition

From December 1-3, the Forensics team traveled to Longview, WA to compete in the Smelt Classic Tournament. CSUSB entered 14 members into the tournament in IEs and NPDA debate and came home with 3 medals. Says Professor Amy Wassing, Faculty Advisor to the team, "I am very proud of...

Graduate Program Potluck Held for Graduate Students

For the graduate students to kick off the Fall 2017 quarter, Department of Communication Studies Graduate Coordinator Dr. Muhtaseb held a Graduate Program Potluck in her home. It was a wonderful event enjoyed by all who attended. Learn more about the grad program...

Comm 442 PR Campaigns Class Raises $4000 - Campaign Featured in Times Square

In the Fall 2017 PR Campaigns class with Professor Nerren, the students' national PR campaign was featured on The Mighty, AJ+ and on the signs in Times Square. The campaign was for a disability nonprofit who trained a student with autism guest starring on a hit ABC television show "The Good...

Dr. Gallegos Featured in the Inland Empire Community News

Congratulations to Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos for her new feature in the Inland Empire Community News as a notable person in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in "Gallegos’ ‘rainbow journalism’ teachings empower nontraditional students." Read the article...

Professor Bishop's New Film

Emmy award-winning filmmaker and Professor of Communication Studies Professor Lane Shefter Bishop has a new film airing on Lifetime Movie Network. Titled “Wicked Mom’s Club,” the film premiered Saturday, October 7, at 8 p.m.  Learn more...

L.A. Times Meets with Student Journalists

On Oct. 31, Kyle Finck of The Los Angeles Times spoke with Coyote Chronicle student journalists about multimedia storytelling and ways in which independent student media can acquire an edge. Finck met with the editorial staff first at 3 p.m. in the Coyote Chronicle newsroom. The topics he...

Dr. Mary Fong Featured at Natl. Comm. Assoc. Convention

Dr. Mary Fong's competitively selected paper in the International Intercultural Communication Division: Ethnic Identity Development and Adaptation of Accused 'Oreos' and a panel presentation in the Spiritual Communication Division: Course Resources in Teaching: Communicating Love and...

Standing Ovation for Film by Dr. Muhtaseb

Dr. Muhtaseb received an energetic standing ovation following the screening of her film "1948: Creation & Catastrophe" at the San Diego Arab Film Festival on October 29.  Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation &...

Promotion of Dr. Corrigan

As a result of successful years of hard work and dedication, Dr. Thomas Corrigan has been promoted to Associate Professor and received Tenure. 

CSUSB Comm. Studies Students Attend National PRSSA Conference

PRSSA Chapter President Andrea Stewart and Vice President Fatima Rivera-Ortiz are attending the Public Relations Student Society of America National Conference, the largest gathering of public relations students in the country. The national conference, this year, themed “The Revolution...

PRSA Polaris Awards

Congratulations to Jacob Poore, the Coyote Advertising team, and the Fall 2016 COMM 243D students who are being recognized at the 2017 Public Relations Society of America, Inland Empire Polaris Awards in the student PR campaign category for their planning and execution of the 2016 Holiday...

Public Relations Students Appear on Live Web TV Show

On October 18, four of Professor Nerren's students appeared on live web TV. As part of class, students have been working on a real PR campaign serving individuals with autism on behalf of a national autism nonprofit called The Miracle Project. View the show...

Dr. Muhtaseb At Film Screenings Nationwide

Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world, which is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This documentary is ten...