Alumni Updates

Linda Battaglia
Graduate: 2010
Option: Public Relations,
Current Job: Account Coordinator
at SHIFT Communications, Boston

Stephanie Donohue
Graduate: 2009
Option: Public Relations
Current Job: Production
Coordinator at Best of the Bay TV

Angele Dayer
Graduate: 2007
Option: Public Relations
Current Job: Promotion
and Marketing Director
at Troubadour, Los Angeles

Tyler Harbaugh
Graduate: 2011
Option: Public Relations
Current Job: Intern at
Outcast agency

Joanna Hass
Graduate: 2011
Option: Public Relations
Current Job: Intern at
Outcast agency

Robert LaHue
Graduate: 2005
Option: News
Current Job: Social Media Coordinator at Chemeketa Community College

Chris Clemens Martello
Graduate: 1990
Option: Public Relations
Current Job: Principal at
Celmens Public Relations, LLC

Eli May
Graduate: 2011
Option: Public Relations
Current job: Assistant Account Executive at Kulesa Faul

Shannon Prior
Graduate: 2009
Option: Public Relations
Current Job: Public Relations
Coordinator at Mozilla Corporation

Department Welcomes Six Alumni to Hall of Fame

By Megan Grasty

Red and white cloth, autumn leaves and berries decorated the
tables as students, faculty and alumni crowded into Colusa Hall
for a celebration of excellence.

The 2011 Department of Journalism and Public Relations Hall of Fame
event Sunday, Nov. 6, honored six inductees, as well as student scholarship winners. Dr. Katie Milo served as the keynote speaker to about 70 guests.
"Every year, students walk away from this event feeling newly encouraged
and inspired and excited about the possibilities for their future careers,"
said Maggie Payne, interim dean in the College of Communication and
Education, in her welcome address.

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A Summer at Kimpton

I was fortunate enough this past summer to be the public relations intern at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants at its corporate office in San Francisco.

I gained valuable firsthand PR experience, including maintaining and managing department resources, such as press and social media hits.

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Alumni Donations Aid Student Experience

By Megan Grasty

Summers spent bagging groceries at Safeway result in students receiving paychecks. Summers spent gaining experiences in corporate offices may only result in a resume booster. While necessary, many students can’t afford to give up a summer’s worth of minimum wage for an unpaid internship, no matter how worthwhile the experience.

The journalism department’s annual fundraiser, put on through the Chico State call center each fall, is aimed this year at raising money for students with unpaid internships. It will help students gain firsthand experience without sacrificing a summer’s income.

“We have a student call center that is informed and trained about the need, then in the fall they make calls to alumni and explain the need,”

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Former Orion Columnist Bans Sex Ruts with First Book

By Naubil Oropeza

Kourtney Jason has one aspiration in life. “Not to get bored with life and with sex,”
she said.

Jason graduated from Chico State in 2007 with a major in journalism news-editorial,
and a minor in women’s studies. She recently published “The Naughty Bucket List:
369 Sexy Dares To Do Before You Die,” a book filled with sexual experiences ranging from tame to wild.

Jason first heard of this opportunity when Kelly Reed, a Chico State alumna and
former editor at The Orion reached out to her to write a book on sexy dares.

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