Mass Communication and Journalism Department alumni Angelo Stalis, weatherman at KFSN-TV Channel 30, and Robert J. Thissen, writers assistant for the television series “Battlestar Galactica” at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, will highlight the “Spotlight on Alumni Panel” at Mass Communication and Journalism Day on Friday, April 29 at California State University, Fresno.

Mass Communication and Journalism Day — a first-time career information event organized by the Mass Communication and Journalism Department – will be held in the Renaissance Room of the University Center, just across from the Henry Madden Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Spotlight on Alumni Panel” will take place at noon.

Besides Stalis and Thissen, the panel will feature Ron Orozco, Faith & Values Editor for the Fresno Bee; Paul Swearengin, General Manager for ESPN-Radio; and Jill Marmalejo, Marketing Manager for RHA Inc. The discussion will be moderated by Betsy Hays, public relations instructor and faculty advisor for the event. Areas of discussion will include trends and career opportunities in the Mass Communication and Journalism industry.

In addition to the panel, Mass Communication and Journalism Day will present

each of its seven program sequences: Advertising, Digital Media, Public Relations, Video Production, Broadcast-, Print- and Photojournalism as well as the Graduate Program during assigned 50-minute timeslots.

“We will have interactive sessions that include a brief overview of the career options in each sequence as well as trends in the industry,” said Hays. “Several current students will present their projects, professors will talk about the program, and media and communication professionals will share their industry expertise.”

The Mass Communication and Journalism Day is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available, and relaxed parking is provided in LOT C between Shaw Avenue and Maple Avenue.

For more information, visit or call 278-2087.

The Mass Communication and Journalism Department was established in 1993. The

department is a culturally diverse environment that offers students seven program sequences in a close-knit community and emphasizes writing and critical thinking in a hands-on learning environment. In addition, the MCJ Department helps students to create a bond with instructors and peers, as well as media and communication professionals — relationships that will benefit them throughout their education and careers.

Mass Communication and Journalism Day Schedule

California State University, Fresno

Renaissance Room Speech Arts Bldg.

(Across from the library) (Rm. 172)

9-9:50 Advertising Print Journalism

10-10:50 Public Relations MCJ Graduate


11-11:50 Photojournalism Electronic Media Production (Video)

12-12:50 Spotlight on Alumni Panel

1-1:50 Digital Media (Web-Based) Broadcast Journalism

Copy by members of the Mass Communication and Journalism public relations class.