Eli Guerra-Delgado ’19
I am a recent graduate of the University of San Diego majoring in communication studies with a minor in psychology. For over two years I worked closely with Dr. Bond on two research studies. These studies focus on media effects and identity development at the intersection of race and sexuality. Conducting this research gave me the opportunity to present at various conferences on multiple occasions. I have used this training and mentorship in my role as a legal assistant with The Pride Law Firm in San Diego.
Joey Dato ’18
I am a recent early graduate from the University of San Diego now working in Los Angeles at ID PR, an entertainment communication firm in Hollywood. As a student at USD, I was not only a student of Bond’s but also an assistant to his research about parasocial relationships. While working on this research, I learned about the many different parasocial relationships consumers can have and how they compare to their personal everyday relationships. Doing this research has helped me understand the different audiences that I reach through my work in publicity. Being a research assistant was a highlight during my time at USD.
Lindsay Fitzpatrick ’18
Financial Communication Coordinator
Conducting research with Dr. Bond was one of the most beneficial and enjoyable academic experiences of my undergraduate education. Being a research assistant gave me real world responsibility beyond what I would have learned in a lecture class. Dr. Bond allowed us the freedom to manage our time independently and propose changes to data collection procedures to maximize efficiency. By solving problems with my research team in a supportive and fun environment, I learned what I value in a future workplace – a trusting supervisor and a team who is caring, hardworking and flexible. The attention to detail and effective communication skills I refined as a research assistant certainly better prepared me for my first full-time job in financial public relations. In my current role, I help clients in the financial services industry tell their story and build their brand’s image through strategic communication. I engage with members of the media to earn opportunities for my clients, craft social media posts and write blog content. After my research experience at USD, I might one day like to conduct research of my own and want to pursue meaningful work that aligns with my passions as Dr. Bond does.
Rojin Vafaeian ’18
Physician Assistant Student
I graduated from USD and immediately continued my education in pursuit of becoming a physician assistant. I am currently working in the emergency department in order to strengthen my skill set and knowledge. Working in the medical field has shown me how important it is to collect accurate data effectively and efficiently. I learned how to properly collect data while conducting research with Dr. Bond. Not only did he give our research team independence to collect data, but he allowed us to think outside the box and share our ideas with him. One of my most memorable experiences at USD was helping Dr. Bond with his research because of how passionate he was about his work. It made me realize that I needed to find something that I was just as passionate about. In addition, the research project involved reaching out to other students and meeting with them face-to-face, which helped develop my interpersonal communication skills. This has been a very important and valuable asset that I will carry with me in all my future endeavors.
Jacquelyn Lefevre ’17
I graduated from USD in 2017 with a degree in communication studies. During my four years at USD I was always drawn to media studies. Dr. Bond became my professor in various classes, academic advisor, and research leader. I not only learned about media awareness, but took with me how media affect real life. I am currently working at CBS Television Studios in Alternative Development and Late Night Series as an Executive Coordinator and have proven my ability in using pop culture and digital media as a means of evolving a brand through storytelling. Because of this, and with the help of my media education, I am constantly engaged and aware of the effects of media on television viewers (myself included).
Carolyn Massey ’17
Global Branded Entertainment Coordinator
I began working at ICM Partners after graduation. ICM Partners is one of the major talent agencies within the entertainment industry, representing clients that include actors, writers, directors, musicians, speakers, producers, and even e-sports. At ICM, I work as a coordinator in the Global Branded Entertainment Department, focusing on music branding. Music branding creates partnerships between the clients on our music roster, and the plethora or brands known around the world, manifesting itself in campaigns, commercials, voice overs, and performances. I developed a greater attention to detail and became more media literate while working on research with Dr. Bond, both skills I use working in entertainment today.
Genevieve Cohen ’16
Health & Fitness Entrepreneur
Working with Dr. Bond on an independent research project taught me many important skills. I learned about time and project management, effective communication, and close observation of verbal and nonverbal communication. What I loved most about working with Dr. Bond was feeling like my time was spent with purpose. I felt good knowing my time was spent on research that could have an impact. Working on the independent research project also allowed me to form stronger relationships with my professor and the other assistants. Gathering in a small group of 4, rather than a typical classroom of 30+ students, allowed me to feel more connected to the Communication Studies Department, and University as a whole. Two years after graduating from USD, I took a risk, quit my job, and started my own online health and fitness coaching program. Leveraging a community of over 20,000 Instagram followers to my page, @gensgym, I was able to dive face first into online coaching. Since opening my business, I’ve helped hundreds of women lose fat, repair their negative relationship with food, and develop unshakable confidence. The strong communication skills I developed while at USD not only allow me to be an excellent coach, but they also allow me to be an effective boss and role model to my employees.
Kelsey Dupont ’16
Public Relations Account Executive
I’m currently an Account Executive on the Hospitality PR team at 451 Agency is Boston. I work with a variety of restaurants, hotels, chefs and even a nightclub in the Greater Boston area. My day-to-day changes, but working with the media is truly my bread and butter. From writing press releases, pitching the latest cocktail trends, planning and executing events and working with influencer marketing. My job is definitely not a dull one! I’m incredibly grateful for having the opportunity to not only have taken multiple classes with Professor Bond, but for also participating in his independent research study. I was able to communicate and work with students at USD, as well as those in Missouri and Arizona. It’s incredible how a small group of individuals can impact and contribute to a large-scale research study on media effects. I learned an overview of coding and analyzing television messages, as well as personally enhancing my own decision-making skills and feeling confident in work that I produce alongside a team of motivated individuals.
Tayler Nunez ’16
Social Media Manager
Since graduating from USD I’ve started my career in the digital advertising space. During my last semester at USD I did an internship at Katana Media, a San Diego based advertising agency, where I was hired after graduation. I’ve been in the digital adverting space for three years now, working my way up through various positions (intern, media coordinator, paid social specialist). I moved to Los Angeles in late 2018 and now work for a digital advertising agency called Mutesix as a Facebook Campaign Manager. My time at the University of San Diego was a huge part of my growth both as an individual and professionally. The various classes I took, including research methods with Dr. Bond, was quintessential for my growth as a young adult starting out in the business world. Working on research with Bond taught me time management and how to critically think about media. This was one of the few “classes” that gave me a real life experience and I’m a better business woman for being involved in research.
Trent Saiget ’16
I had the great pleasure of conducting research with Dr. Bond during the summer leading into my senior year. I never considered that I would be participating in research when I decided to attend USD, but Dr. Bond was quick to change my mind. He had a knack for taking the most complex research methodological concepts, and breaking them down into clear and concise ideas. He was able to take a whole summer long research project, and create methodical and attainable steps that were easy to follow. Most importantly, he really collaborated with me to ensure that I would be able to exercise a sense of creativity and autonomy, which allowed to me express a sense of individuality while adhering to the goals and guidelines of the project. What I took away is a greater approach to understanding people, using different perspectives. Dr. Bond’s research reinforced that messages have a fundamental impact on the way we interpret our world. It is how those messages are sent and received that prove fundamental to the understanding of human connection and human nature. I now work as a College Counselor at the University of San Diego. I have the pleasure of interacting with students on a daily basis, and it is so interesting how much carryover from my time as a Communication Major and research scholar. One of the best parts of my job? I get to walk in to Dr. Bond’s Office, as if I was still a student, and maintain that relationships with someone who I consider a mentor.
Ben Compton ’14
Hayley West ’14
I am working at the USD One Stop Student Center as a Counselor, where I help students/families navigate and understand their financial aid options, their bills/student account, and so much more. Though it’s not a typical job for a former communication major, I use a lot of skills that I learned during my time at USD in my job such as public speaking, maintaining interpersonal relationships, performing as the lead of our social media team and co-lead of managing our website, and being an effective communicator on a daily basis through in person, phone, email, and print communications. I worked as a research assistant to Dr. Bond during the 2013-2014 academic year. During my time as a research assistant I learned just how much detailed work and passion it takes to do the research that Dr. Bond has over the years. I specifically chose to do research with Dr. Bond because I was (and still am) very interested in media effects. In particular, we worked on a project that related to lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people’s parasocial relationships with media characters. Working as a research assistant on this project and graduating as a communication studies major has helped me continue to look at media critically every day! I still get excited at the chance to talk with my friends/family about commercials, TV shows, etc. J SO much has changed in the world of media/social media since 2014, I’m sure there are so many amazing research projects yet to be worked on.