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.

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Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to Exhibit ‘The Great Picture’

'The Great Picture' was created by a group of photographic artists with strong ties to Cypress College
‘The Great Picture’ was created by a group of photographic artists with strong ties to Cypress College

On Saturday, the Smithsonian opens an exhibit of a Cypress College-inspired, Guinness Book of World Records recognized photograph.

The photograph, known as The Great Picture, was created at the former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, by turning an abandoned hanger into the world’s largest pinhole camera.

Published: Apr 24, 2014 | @Cypress Online
The “Great Picture” project really captures the imagination. It certainly did mine. I had the opportunity to write about this world-record effort multiple times at Cypress College. Of the myriad articles, this one is my favorite.

“I am very happy and proud of the (exhibit) and need to share it with the Cypress College family since the original impetus for the project started here in our Photography Department,” said Rob Johnson, one of six artists who spearheaded the project. “As many of you might recall, this image was originally created by The Legacy Project, a group of six photographic artists, of which I and three others who taught here at CC (including Jerry Burchfield) were charter members.” Continue reading “Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to Exhibit ‘The Great Picture’”

Alumnus John Sexton’s Photograph Featured in Apple’s New iPhone, iPad Software

a photograph showing alumnus John Sexton's iOS7 wallpaper photograph.

Alumnus John Sexton — who worked for famed photographer Ansel Adams — has one of his own photographs featured in the new software running Apple iPhone and iPad.

Published: Sep 23, 2013 | @Cypress Online
John Sexton is one of Cypress College’s most-successful alumni. After all, the man is trusted to print Ansel Adams’ prized collection of photographs. Having his own photograph included in Apple’s iOS is just plain cool, though.

The operating system, which was released on Wednesday, offers Sexton’s image of Tenaya Lake as one of the default wallpaper options.

“If you have an Apple iOS device running iOS 7 you have a limited edition image 1/250,000,000!” Sexton wrote to friends on his Facebook page. Continue reading “Alumnus John Sexton’s Photograph Featured in Apple’s New iPhone, iPad Software”

Campanile Turns Blue for Autism Awareness

Cypress College campanile in blue to raise awareness of autism

Cypress College and its sister institution the School of Continuing Education will “Light It Up Blue” to raise awareness about autism. The effort commemorates World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Autism Awareness Month.

Published: Apr 1, 2013 | @Cypress Online
This story is special to me on many levels. For starters, it represents the first time we at Cypress College lit the campanile is a color for a cause. That alone is special. It generated a strong positive reaction. The minute I saw world landmarks lit in blue a year earlier, I knew we had to pull this off. Here’s to all the parents of children with autism.

Cypress College is participating by lighting its iconic campanile blue. The tower is located in the middle of the college and is visible from off campus as well. SCE’s Cypress campus will also participate by lighting their flag pole, and both he North Orange County Community College District (second-floor entrance) and the Wilshire Center at Fullerton College will also be lit in blue. Continue reading “Campanile Turns Blue for Autism Awareness”

Endeavour Flies Past Cypress College as Part of SoCal Tour

a photograph showing space shuttle Endeavour atop a 747 carrier jet as it passes by the Cypress College Library/Learning Resource Center on September 21, 2012 enroute to LAX and retirement at the California Science Center
Space shuttle Endeavour flies atop a 747 carrier jet as it passes by the Cypress College Library/Learning Resource Center on September 21, 2012 en route to Disneyland. The combo later landed at LAX. Endeavour will be on display at the California Science Center beginning next month. Click to view a full-size image.

On Friday, September 21, 2012, space shuttle Endeavour flew over Cypress College as part of a tour over several Southern California landmarks en route to its retirement home at the California Science Center.

Published: September 21, 2012 | @Cypress Online
While this isn’t a substantial story, I was able to connect an historic event with the campus in a couple of ways. In addition, the photographs are mine. Plus, it’s space related. Win. Win. Win.

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Dr. Kasler Spending Final Day on Campus After 20 Years

a photograph showing Dr. Kasler
Dr. Kasler, as photographed by student Jason Berry, in his office late last year.

Dr. Michael J. Kasler — who learned English as a second language, stocked grocery-store shelves in one of his first jobs, and later became Cypress College president — is spending his final day on campus prior to retirement.

Published: June 13, 2012 | @Cypress Online
Why is this one a favorite? I believe it captures Dr. Kasler story well. I was always impressed that English was his second language and that he once stocked grocery-store shelves for a living. Yes, people who have humble beginnings like that can become college presidents.

An unwavering advocate of students, Dr. Kasler was focused on their success throughout his 38 years in education. He enters retirement after 20 years at Cypress College. Continue reading “Dr. Kasler Spending Final Day on Campus After 20 Years”

Wildcats Hockey Club Dons Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

When the nearly 200 Wildcats Hockey Club players hit the ice to open their season this weekend, they did so clad in the pinkest of pink jerseys.

Published: October 4, 2011 | Wildcats Hockey Club and picked up by multiple news organizations.
This is a favorite because the cause hits close to home and because I think it’s important to my boys (and other athletes) to understand the privilege they have and to help promote awareness. In addition, this news release generated good coverage for the club — including a nice spread with multiple photographs in the Orange County Register — so it was successful in meeting our goals.

That’s a pretty bold statement from a group of kids playing in such a tough sport. But, it’s done with good reason.

All 13 teams in the Wildcats Hockey Club agreed to participate in the month-long “Wildcats Hockey Loves Moms: Shooting for a Cure 2011” awareness event. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Wildcats efforts also coincide with the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer awareness campaign. Continue reading “Wildcats Hockey Club Dons Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

Pitcher Drafted by MLB Oakland A’s

This year’s Major League Baseball draft featured two Chargers: an outfielder named Fields and a pitcher named Pitcher.

Published: June 13, 2011 | @Cypress Online
I dig this lede. Perhaps it’s a no-brainer decision to play on the players’ names, but I still like the execution.

Sophomore Travis Pitcher, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher, was selected by the Oakland A’s with their final pick in last week’s Major League Baseball draft. He joins fellow Charger Arby Fields, who was selected by the San Diego Padres (see story below). Continue reading “Pitcher Drafted by MLB Oakland A’s”

Stupid Criminal Trick Ends at GWC When Suspect Runs Into Teacher/Cop

You have to die to earn a Darwin Award, so a man arrested this week at Golden West College doesn’t exactly qualify. But he certainly gets an honorable mention. For those who don’t know, the Darwin Awards — made popular through vast e-mail circulation — are granted to those who remove their genes from the societal pool by committing stupid acts.

Golden West College
Copy by Marc S. Posner
October 29, 1996
Release: 96-58
This story appeared on an episode of “America’s Dumbest Criminals” thanks to a connection one of the officers had and this release. To pump up the farce factor, a stick-figure drawing illustrated the suspect’s attempted escape path. I love that we were able to jam comedy into this piece.

The 21-year-old Garden Grove man was apprehended on Wednesday afternoon after botching a purse-snatching attempt by escaping from a supermarket parking lot into the training compound of a police academy at a neighboring college. Continue reading “Stupid Criminal Trick Ends at GWC When Suspect Runs Into Teacher/Cop”

Election-Night Gala Scheduled by Students at Golden West College

Forget those ritzy bashes held by political party big wigs in upscale Orange County hotels. Students at Golden West College can attend an election-night gala on November 5 in the Student Activities Office on the GWC campus.

Golden West College
Copy by Marc S. Posner
October 29, 1996
Release: 96-58
One reason this is a favorite is because it was part of NBC’s national network coverage of election night in 1996 — one of a small number of stops for a package by Mike Boettcher on the Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. The other reason it’s a favorite is because I learned from it; I was initially reluctant to publicize the event because I didn’t see news value in it. I was pressed to reconsider, and the results speak volumes.

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