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Spring 2013 Guest Lectures

Posted: April 1, 2013

Join this panel discussion, as part of the 40th year celebration of the Department, with Graphic Design alumni Courtney Brillhart, Nicole Chin, Mitchell Dong and Brian Pappagalo.

Courtney Brillhart ('05) spent the first five years part of career primarily in print design and advertising, while taking advantage of web design opportunities. Her t-shirt design for an environmental-awareness art show was published on Communication Art's website and publication, and sold to buyers as far as Germany and Switzerland. She now works for Kaiser Permanente, originally as a freelance Senior Web Designer and now transitioning to the User Experience team as an Interaction Designer, focusing on Kaiser Permanente's website and mobile app development for 9 million members nationwide.

Nicole Chin ('08) is currently the Art Director for a small marketing communcations team at the central offices of the Foursquare Church. When she's not designing, you can find her at Dodgers games, training for a triathlon or traveling the world. She graduated from APU having studied journalism, communication studies and graphic design.

Mitchell Dong ('11) works at The Cambridge School in San Diego as their Marketing and Communications Coordinator and with a variety of non-profit organizations as he grows his freelance clientele. He is a collector of information - always listening to podcasts and reading blogs, while fighting his tendencies to operate on "Hawaiian Time" and distract himself with DIY projects. As a designer, he is fascinated with the creative process as it takes place inthe individual and community.

Brian Pappagalo ('03) is a communications consultant to diverse industries in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. He focuses on brand development and information architecture. He has worked for University Relations at APU and Paolucci Communication Arts, an international advertising agency. When he's not behind the computer, Brian travels, serving alongside missionaries, sometimes trekking through the jungles of Thailand and Burma shooting documentary films and aiding refugees, or teaching design classes and screen printing to orphans in Haiti.

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 16 in Duke Lobby, West Campus from 5:00-5:45pm.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.