Photos: JCC Maccabi Hockey Tournament

I was privileged to serve as a photographer for the JCC Maccabi hockey tournament. The Orange County community hosted the annual JCC Maccabi Games and ArtFest  for 2018 in conjunction with Long Beach. More than 2,500 teen athletes and artists from around the globe participated.

The games bring the community together in competition, but just as much in community.

One of my favorite moments from the tournament came on Day 2. The teams from Greater Washington and Toronto Blue played to a 4-4 draw — and then they used the “handshake line” to hug. It was a sublime hockey game as DC got out to a 3-0 lead, but Toronto responded with four straight tallies, including two in the final 5-minutes. DC tied the game with a the extra attacker on in the final minute of play. However, the post-game tradition topped it all

Good stuff.

More photos are on the JCC Flickr page (note not all the photos there are mine, though most are).

I’ll be linking to an expanded set of photos as I select and edit in more detail than my immediate first pass through the images linked above.

Spin Zone: Join Me in JOUR 140 — Public Relations at Cypress College

I am scheduled to teach JOUR 140 — Public Relations at Cypress College this fall. A few more students will put us over the top, so now is a GREAT time to enroll.

Since it’s an evening class, it should be ideal for a small-business owner. We will conduct project-based assignments, so they’ll be directly applicable.

Here is some detail about the course and what we’ll cover:

JOUR 140 C – Public Relations
Cypress College – Fall 2018
CRN: 14174

Wednesday, 7-10:05 p.m.

Students will study and practice the techniques and responsibilities of industrial, governmental, and civic public relations, with special attention to publicity writing and public relations campaign development.

Date Lecture/In-Class
Week 1

Aug. 22, 2018

 

Brand Image — The big picture of Public Relations (the umbrella of integrated communication management)
Week 2

Aug. 29, 2018

 

Communication Management — Roles and Functions
Week 3

Sept. 5, 2018

Media: Thinking Like a Reporter (5Ws & the H; deadlines; news cycle; news outlets)
Week 4

Sept. 12, 2018

Public Opinion and Damage Control
Week 5

Sept. 19, 2018

History, Theory, Persuasion
Week 6

Sept. 26, 2018

Publics I: Stakeholders; Internal vs. External Communication; Employee Communication
Week 7

Oct. 3, 2018

Publics II: Community Relations and Public Affairs
Week 8

Oct. 10, 2018

Publics III: Consumers & Marketing
Week 9

Oct. 17, 2018

Midterm
Week 10

Oct. 24, 2018

RACE: Research; Action Planning; Communication; Evaluation
Week 11

Oct. 31, 2018

Storytelling
Week 12

Nov. 7, 2018

Earned Media and Own Media
 

Week 13

Nov. 14, 2018

 

Social and New Media

Week 14

Nov. 21, 2018

Law and Ethics
Week 15

Nov. 28, 2018

Putting it All Together: Integrated Communications; Clients; Career Opportunities
Week 16

Dec. 5, 2018

Final exam

 

Dr. Simpson Lauded on Final Day as Cypress College President

Emotions were evident on Thursday as Dr. Bob Simpson completed a 30-year career serving students. A steady stream of visitors to the President’s Office offered their well wishes to Dr. Simpson, who spent a decade at Cypress College — and the past 5 years as president.

Published: @Cypress Online June 29, 2017.

Among the highlights was the presentation of a joint resolution of the California State Legislature. The resolution recognizes his service in higher education. It is signed by Senator Josh Newman, of the 29th Senatorial District, and Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, of the 65th Assembly District — two advocates for the college. The resolution was presented to Dr. Simpson on Thursday morning by Christopher Aguilara, of the Hon. Quirk-Silva’s office, and Kaelin Locker, of Hon. Newman’s office. Continue reading “Dr. Simpson Lauded on Final Day as Cypress College President”

Don’t Shoot or Stab or Bludgeon the Messenger

I will not die in this spot.

I’m sitting at my desk at a Southern California community college. It’s the best in the nation, at least from my biased perspective. But it could be any college. Or a church. Or a movie theater. Or a high school. Or an elementary school. Or a supermarket parking lot. It could be the university where I’m enrolled or a similar campus across the country.

Published: Dec 8, 2016 | Buy the Way… Insights on Integrated Marketing Communication From the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
In the wake of deadly events at Ohio State and USC, which book-ended the week of November 28, 2016, I decided to edit and share this piece I wrote about a year earlier. It was authored primarily as my work observed a national moment of silence for the shooting victims at Umpqua Community College.

Continue reading “Don’t Shoot or Stab or Bludgeon the Messenger”

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California Community Colleges
Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program

A degree in mortuary science is rare. In fact, there are only two public programs offering associate degrees in the field in the State of California. For those seeking to advance in the funeral services industry, a bachelor’s degree is even less common. In fact, Cypress College’s selection to offer a baccalaureate degree in funeral services presents a unique opportunity since there are no other colleges or universities offering this type of degree in the Western United States. Continue reading “1 of 15”

New Science, Engineering, Math Building Approved by Board

An artist's rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.
An artist’s rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The new facility was approved by the NOCCCD Board of Trustees last wee as part of the Measure J program.

A brand new Science, Engineering and Mathematics Building will replace the existing facility. The decision to start from scratch rather than conduct a full remodel was approved by the Board last Tuesday when Trustees reviewed a study comparing costs for the two options. Continue reading “New Science, Engineering, Math Building Approved by Board”

Second-Highest Enrollment in College History Reached

This chart shows fall-term enrollment at Cypress College. The current student body is the second-largest in campus history.
This chart shows fall-term enrollment at Cypress College. The current student body is the second-largest in campus history.

This is the second-largest student body in Cypress College’s nearly 50-year history.

A near-record 16,566 students were enrolled in classes on the first census day. That is just 104 students shy of the College’s all-time high. It is also 1,294 more students than were enrolled at the same milestone in the spring semester. The initial figure may fluctuate slightly, but is safely ahead of the 16,444 students who attended in fall 2010. Continue reading “Second-Highest Enrollment in College History Reached”

Safety on Campus a Top Priority

With more than 16,000 students enrolled — plus hundreds of employees — Cypress College is like a small city. While the campus is a safe environment, the large population makes it important to prioritize personal safety. We’ll maintain a safe environment through vigilance and preparation.

As part of our commitment to safety, we plan and implement drills each semester. For example, in October we’ll be participating in The Great California ShakeOut. Continue reading “Safety on Campus a Top Priority”

Commencement take away: ‘The knowledge that we could do it’

I’m honored to have been selected to give the undergraduate student commencement address last weekend and excited that my alma mater included it on their news site.

May 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

Marc S. Posner offered the following address at the Southern Commencement held Sunday, May 24. Potential student commencement speakers were nominated by academic advisors, faculty members and campus directors and chosen after submitting speeches to a selection committee.

Here is the text:

Thank you, Chancellor Brahm — I’m excited to share my gratitude to the Brandman faculty and staff in person.

Guests: we are here today on the shoulders of the support you’ve provided throughout our journey.

And, fellow classmates: can you believe this moment has finally arrived? Continue reading “Commencement take away: ‘The knowledge that we could do it’”