Student Shout-Out: Alfonso and Charity Super Sunday

COMS Major Alfonso Garcia

COMS Major Alfonso Garcia

The Charity Super Sunday Event

The Charity Super Sunday Event

Today’s “Student Shout-Out” goes to Communication Studies major Alfonso Garcia and his work with Charity Super Sunday, M.O.B. Charities, and the California Donor Network! While I was cheering on my beloved Seattle Seahawks in this year’s Super Bowl (I know, I hear either crickets or hisses since I am in 49er and Raider country), Alfonso was doing much more important and necessary work (after all, the Seahawks were so good, they didn’t really need my cheering). But to understand what Alfonso was doing, you need to hear a bit of the backstory…

Last fall, Alfonso took our COMS 204: Communication and Culture class. As all of our 204 alums know, the main project for the class is an ethnographic research project on a specific cultural group. Alfonso and his class project partner, Wes Mills, chose the Raider Nation Fan Base, “one of the most loyal and passionate fan bases in America,” as Alfonso describes them. They specifically focused on M.O.B. Charities, a specific fan base of the Raider Nation. Here’s how Alfonso describes the experience: “At first the name M.O.B. was terrifying, but we later came to find out through our point of contact, Dr. Death (A Raider Fan/Character), that it really meant Making Oakland Better, Making Ourselves Better, and Making Others Better. M.O.B. Charities supports organizations and groups in Oakland and its surrounding areas with their one of a kind ‘All Weekend Tailgates’ for Raiders home games that begin Friday night and conclude shortly after the game ends on Sunday afternoon.” Wes and Alfonso eventually became “Official 66th Mobsters” by participating in an all-weekend tailgate!

Through his ethnographic research project, Alfonso got to know members of the M.O.B. Charities Raider Nation and that is how he ended up participating in Charity Super Sunday with them and working for a cause that Alfonso is passionate about: Organ Donation. Alfonso is an Ambassador for the California Transplant Donor Network, and he himself is a organ donation recipient. Since his transplant over four years ago, he has been working to raise awareness about organ donation and to sign people up to become organ donors.

I asked Alfonso to share with me what happened at the event: “The event was extraordinary. Regardless of what people’s preconceived notions of the Raiders may be, M.O.B. Charities is a stand out organization in Oakland, passionate about their Raiders and helping others.  Rather than having an exclusive ‘Raiders fans only’ event for their Super Bowl viewing experience, they invited me to use their event to promote organ and tissue donation, a cause I’m heavily involved in.  We had a few people stop by the M.O.B. Charities tent and learn more about the cause, but the opportunity was to teach people about M.O.B. Charities and the different causes and organizations they support such as the Stanford Hospital Ronald McDonald House Charities.

After the Super Bowl, they promised to have a larger organ and tissue donation event during the 2014-15 regular season.  This would entail 3 full days of tailgating and sharing information about organ and tissue donation with Raider fans and fellow MOBsters.”

What an amazing story about how Alfonso took what started out as a class project, seemingly removed from his work on organ donation, and brought the two together in the most amazing of ways. Congratulations to Alfonso on his impressive work!

You can learn more about the California Transplant Donor Network here: http://www.ctdn.org/ and M.O.B. Charities here: http://www.the66thmob.com/index2.php/


Note: Sorry, I know the links above aren’t showing up. I can’t get them to work on the new blog interface. And the pictures would only appear at the top of the entry. Sigh…


Dons' Doings: Pizza with the Pros Monday April 14th!

One of our most popular events of the year is coming up this Monday April 14th at 6:30 pm in the Lo Schiavo Getty Room 104!

That’s right, PIZZA WITH THE PROS is back!

We have a slate of impressive communication professionals who will be joining us for an evening of networking with our Communication Studies majors. Each pro will talk for a few minutes about their position and offer advice to our students. Then students will have the opportunity to talk with our pros personally. We have had students land internships on the spot in past years and several of our pros are looking for interns right now!

I mean, really this is all you need to know:

  1. Pizza is always good.
  2. Free pizza is even better.
  3. Free pizza with the opportunity to network with communication professionals who want to offer you advice about how to be successful after graduation? Well, that is not to be missed.

We have pros joining us from the San Francisco Giants, Bay Area Council, Sparks, Athletes to Business, BOCA Communications, LinkedIn, About Face, and USF! 

Please join us for what promises to be a very helpful evening with local communication professionals! We hope to see you there!

Pizza with the Pros Changes-1


Dons' Doings: Graduate School Information Session Tuesday 4/8

If you are interested in graduate school, or think you might be interested in graduate school, or think you might sometime maybe might be interested in graduate school… You should definitely plan on attending our Graduate School Information Session!

A panel of your Communication Studies faculty members (Professors Ho, DeLaure, Sery, Lawless, and myself) along with one of our alums, Jamie Foster, who recently completed her Masters degree in Communication Studies at SFSU, will talk about all things graduate school, including…

  • how to research programs
  • how to apply for graduate school
  • where to go and when to go
  • funding opportunities
  • reasons to consider graduate school and reasons to not go to graduate school

That’s right, we will cover all of the ins and outs of graduate school! We hope to see you Tuesday April 8th, 11:45-12:45 in KA 211! 

COMS Grad School Info Session


Red Alert: Lambda Pi Eta is now recruiting!

We are pleased to announce that the Communication Studies Department honors society, Lambda Pi Eta, is now recruiting new members! If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you should definitely apply for membership!

  • Do you have a 3.0 or higher overall GPA?
  • Do you have a 3.25 or higher Communication Studies major GPA?
  • Have you completed (or will you have completed by the end of this semester) 60 total units, including three Communication Studies courses?
  • Have you received a grade of a “B-” or higher in ALL of your Communication Studies courses?

Lambda Pi Eta is the official honor society of the National Communication Association. The Kappa Iota chapter at the University of San Francisco was founded in 1994. We host a variety of academic, social, and community service activities throughout the year, including Pizza with the Profs, Communication Studies Career Night, Pizza with the Pros, Alumni Speaker Night, Pie Day, and others! We also host a mentorship program for new Communication Studies majors. Becoming a member will mean that you will join a fun and friendly group of COMS majors, get to know other people in the department better, and participate in events designed to help you while you are here and as you plan for life after graduation. Plus, you get honor cords for graduation and your name is printed in the Commencement Program as one of our honors society members! You could also wear a cool shirt like this one:

LPH President Maude rocking our LPH t-shirt!

LPH President Maude rocking our LPH t-shirt!

In short, there is no reason not to join if you meet our requirements!

You can download the application here lambda pi eta application 2014 or pick one up in our main office, KA 313. Applications are due to my office, KA 342, by Wednesday April 16th. I will let you know via email if you are accepted or not by May 1st.

If you are applying (or one of our current members who is not yet graduating) you should know that we are also looking for officers for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are interested in potentially serving as an officer, please contact me at edoohan@usfca.edu. I hope to see many applications for LPH coming in within the next few weeks!