Network 9 Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Colt Hall Forum

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Interact with nine or more professionals from your field of interest. Learn more about what they do, where they work, and how they got started - all at an event that's small enough to promote real conversations.

Wednesday, October 30
Colt Hall Forum

5:00 p.m. Check-In and Pre-Networking
5:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Network with professionals from the following companies:

Danielle Cervantes, Journalism Professor at PLNU and National University's Master's Program in Digital Journalism

PLNU alumna Danielle Cervantes graduated cum laude in 2000 with degrees in Literature and Political Science and minors in French and Women's Studies. Just before graduating, Cervantes was offered a permanent position at The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, where she contributed research to a Pulitzer Finalist in Beat Reporting.  In 2005, Cervantes was promoted to a senior investigative reporter/data specialist, focusing on corruption and inefficiency in government and business.  Cervantes and her story partner were twice-named journalists of the year by senior editors, and in 2006 she contributed research to the newspaper's staff Pulitzer Prize for National-Affairs Reporting for the newspaper's coverage of the Duke Cunningham scandal.

In 2011, Cervantes left daily journalism to concentrate on longer-term investigative projects and apply to Ph.D. programs. Currently, she teaches journalism at PLNU, where she focuses on newspaper advising, computer-assisted reporting and investigative journalism. She also consults and teaches for National University's master's program in digital journalism.

Cervantes is married to cartoonist Dave Stephens; they have a small wolf pack of three chihuahuas and a fat black cat but no kids (yet). Danielle and Dave attend Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in San Diego and volunteer several hours a week to Heavenly Trumpet Ministries and the San Diego Coalition for the Homeless.

Shaun Conde, Acting, Writing, and Voice Over

Shaun Conde graduated from PLNU at the beginning of the economic downturn, in 2008. He taught for a couple years and wrote a book while pursuing the arts on the side. Oddly enough entertainment was a more stable field than education and so he pursued that. Since then he's been getting by on acting, writing, and voice over. He's now prepping for a book series and excited to go wherever the jobs and God takes him.   

Judy Duarte, Author

Judy Duarte always knew there was a book inside her, but since English was her least favorite subject in school, she never considered herself a writer. An avid reader who enjoys a happy ending, Duarte couldn’t shake the dream of creating a book of her own.  That dream became a reality in 2002, when Silhouette released COWBOY COURAGE.  Since then, more than forty of her books have hit the shelves, including an online read, as well as four women’s fiction novels and two novellas. 

A USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Rita® finalist with MULBERRY PARK (2009) and ENTERTAINING ANGELS (2010), Judy has won two Maggies and a National Reader’s Choice Award for her heartwarming stories. 

When she’s not cooped up in her writing cave or involved in women’s ministry at church, Judy spends time with her family in Southern California.

Voice of San Diego
Lisa Halverstadt, Reporter

Lisa Halverstadt is a reporter at Voice of San Diego, where she serves as a guide to complex government processes and events. She previously worked at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix and covered topics including public safety and the long-running search for a new owner for the NHL Phoenix Coyotes. Halverstadt grew up in Cincinnati and is a 2008 graduate of Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio.

Point Loma Nazarene University

Bettina Tate Pedersen, Professor of Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages

Bettina Tate Pedersen is professor of literature and chair of the Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages Department at PLNU. She teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, women writers, literary theory, and composition. She earned her MA at Temple University, Philadelphia and her Ph. D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author/editor, with Allyson Jule, of Being Feminist, Being Christian (2006, pbk. 2008) and has published numerous essays on British and Canadian women writers, feminism, and teaching. She has also written for Christian Feminism Today.  Pedersen is currently working on a book, Why Feminism Still Matters, and two personal memoirs.


Steve Smith, Sports Anchor

Steve Smith graduated from Cal-State Northridge in 1991 with a degree in film. He worked on a number of television shows (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Grace Under Fire..etc).  Smith went back to Northridge and graduated with a Journalism degree in 1997.  His first job was a Fox Sports Net where he worked as a Production Assistant cutting highlights for their national show. In 1999 he left to become Sports Director at KAWE in Bemidji, Minnesota. In 2000 he took a job at KRCR in Redding, CA where he worked as a News Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor. He covered primarily high school sports and Shasta JC. In 2002 he moved on to Kalamazoo, Michigan's WWMT as the weekend Sports Anchor. He was fortunate enough to cover Western Michigan University athletics as well as Michigan, Michigan St. and Notre Dame. He also covered two minor league baseball teams and a minor league hockey team. In 2005 Smith returned home to work at KGTV 10 as the weekend Sports Anchor. "It has been a dream to cover the teams I grew up watching...Chargers, Padres, Aztecs".

English Language Institute, China (ELIC)

Allison Styffe, Teacher

Allison Styffe was born in Arizona, raised in California, and now living in Colorado.  Styffe has an innate affinity for the West.  However, after graduating from PLNU with a degree in Literature and English Education, she found herself in the Far East, teaching English in the Jiangsu province of China for the summer of 2012.  Styffe fell in love with China and her students there, and her previous goal to teach in the U.S. diminished against her new, vibrant desire to serve the people of Asia. She came home, married her high school sweetheart, and landed a job with the organization that sent her to China: ELIC.  In this position, Allison feels blessed to be able to use the skills she learned during her time at PLNU to benefit the people of Asia by giving college students the unique opportunity to teach and serve in Asia.

KPBS and inewsource
Claire Trageser, Multimedia Enterprise Reporter

Claire Trageser is a multimedia reporter for KPBS and inewsource.  She writes and produces in depth coverage for radio, television and the web. Trageser covered the city of San Diego's budget process, including work on the interactive KPBS Budget Game, the District 4 election and downtown property owners who are owed money by the city.

Before coming to KPBS, Trageser worked as a reporter for The San Diego Daily Transcript and City News Service and was a contributor to Voice of San Diego. She studied chemistry at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, before deciding to change her career path from science to journalism. Trageser earned her Master's Degree in journalism at UC Berkeley, where she worked at the Knight Digital Media Center and completed a master's project with Michael Pollan. During graduate school, she interned at The Denver Post and The Seattle P-I and began freelancing for magazines like Marie Claire and Runner's World.
Trageser is a social media addict and trains for marathons in her free time.