Meet the team
Tusk Magazine 2015
Tusk Magazine is Cal State University Fullerton's annual literary publication. Each spring, students from the communications and visual arts departments join together, combining their love for journalistic writing with their love for design to create Tusk.
Tusk is an award-winning magazine, receiving the Associate Collegiate Press' Pacemaker award two years in a row (2014-2015), and the College Media Association's third best cover (2015), best magazine spread and cover (2014) and Pinnacle Award for best feature spread, entertainment spread and cover (2014). The magazine is under the advisement of Jeffrey Brody from the College of Communications and Arnold Holland from the College of the Arts.
Ashley Ruiz will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in radio-TV-film. She spent her summer studying literary journalism in Valencia, Spain where she improved upon her writing, photography and video skills. Ashley enjoys writing scripts for film and television as well as magazine/newspaper social interest features. She has worked on Cal State Fullerton’s student newspaper, the Daily Titan, as the features assistant and Orange Coast College’s weekly newspaper, the Coast Report, as features editor. And she is currently available for hire!
Cynthia Washicko is the managing editor for Tusk magazine. She is a double major in political science and print journalism and, in addition to her work with Tusk, she has spent the last year as the sleep-deprived news editor for Cal State Fullerton’s daily campus newspaper, the Daily Titan. She hopes to move on to news reporting shortly after graduation to report on public affairs and politics.
Elaiza is a senior at Cal State Fullerton pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism. She is the copy editor for the Daily Titan and is working towards becoming an international reporter all over Central and South America one day. Elaiza has served as a foreign correspondent in Guatemala and will be freelancing in Costa Rica this summer.
Fiona will be graduating in May 2015 with a B.A. in journalism. She is also the features editor at the Daily Titan this semester. After graduation, Fiona plans to resume working in the fashion industry- combining her skills in journalism to write while modeling in Hong Kong. She aspires to work for an independent fashion magazine abroad, and attend London College of Fashion for a postgraduate certificate in fashion journalism.
Sarah Hemadi will be graduating this May. She majored in journalism and minored in American studies. Last May she was chosen to go to Washington D.C. to participate in the German Embassy’s Young Journalist Program. Following that, she spent her summer with Professor Brody’s multimedia class in Valencia, Spain. This spring she reported on minorities in Guatemala. Journalism will always be her first love because she loves to travel and write, and she is passionate about helping people share their stories.
Nilayam Patel is a passionate designer who is currently living out his dreams of being an art director. He's been inspired by art and design since working with game level design at the age of 12. He started as a mechanical engineering major working on professional drift cars, but with a slap in the face from his friends and family, he realized his passion for the arts which led to the change to graphic design. Since then, he's dreamt about working in New York City and London as both a designer and an art director. Eventually, he would also love to experience the magic of Hollywood CGI and post-production.
Blanca Navarro’s love for graphic design first began when she taught herself basic HTML and CSS at age 12. She has been practicing the craft ever since. Specializing in print design, Blanca has done work for Cal State Fullerton, the Daily Titan, VIZIO TV, and alPunto Advertising. This summer, she will work as a page designer for The New York Times at the University of Arizona, and intern for Avery as a designer. After obtaining her BFA, Blanca will work towards becoming a full-time art director.
Brandon will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. He specializes in typography, corporate identity, UI/UX, and publication design. He has worked as a consultant/Creative Director in the journalism, tourism, and technology industries. His favorite typeface is Din Next LT Pro.
This is Julie's fourth year studying graphic design at CSUF. Along with Tusk, Julie has been a layout editor for the Daily Titan and has designed work for BolderBands, Source Interlink Media, Hope International University, and Rivelo. After she graduates with her B.A. in the Spring of 2016, she hopes to work for a magazine or publishing company.
Liana Cervantes is a graduating senior in the graphic design program. She has an equal interest in and appreciation for print and digital medias, but she especially loves editorial design. She likes to juxtapose organic illustrations and typography with the structure and consistency of the grid and font systems. She was recently awarded the John and Flora Olsen Graphic Design Scholarship for her work in editorial design. She is very excited to be a part of Tusk, and is looking forward to pursuing her career in graphic design after graduation.
Mandy Alberoni will be graduating in August with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and minor in advertising. Her coursework at Cal State Fullerton has supplemented her creative skills and understanding of communication through art and advertising. She has gained field experience over the past year, designing for CSU Fullerton’s Career Center. Mandy is interested in apparel and fashion, and has previously interned in downtown Los Angeles fashion district. She is an Orange County native, who also takes interest in photography, traveling, and attending music festivals.
Sarah Norman is a senior at California State Fullerton majoring in photo communications where she pursues her interest in photography and design. Sarah is currently working as a photographer in the equestrian sports industry. Upon graduation she plans to move into the print side of action sports.
Taralynn Lee (Tara) is a web developer who dabbles in graphic design and photography. Inspired by the digital media communities that have developed during the past decade, Tara sees every web page as a blank canvas and web-based media as a creative palette. She is expected to graduate in Spring 2015 with a B.A. in photo communications and a minor in psychology. Her pre-professional work includes her blog, Kam-Oddity, and her photography for e-store Leather Squared.
Marco Lopez will be graduating from Cal State Fullerton this semester with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. Along with working with Tusk magazine, he is also interning with CSUF’s Titan TV where he produces television programs. After graduation he hopes to produce his own series of short stories as he travels across the country.
Erin Storti is set to graduate in Summer 2015 with a B.A. in photo communications and a minor in human communications. Her love for photography started at a young age. Her father (who has a Master of Fine Art Photography) kept a darkroom in her family home and always encouraged and mentored her creativity. Erin has always been a part of art and photography clubs throughout her educational career, winning several awards. Outside of CSUF she has worked in the local fashion and magazine industry, and hopes to continue along that path in hopes of making a name for herself in the industry.
Michael is graduating Spring 2015. He is a communications major with an emphasis in advertising. After graduating Cal State Fullerton Michael can't wait to bring his set of skills to the real world to provide his family with the life they deserve.
Mariah Carrillo’s interest in photography was sparked in 2012 while studying in England. The sudden interest led her to pursue and grow as a photographer. She is currently a double photo communications and theatre arts major. She has also worked at the Daily Titan since spring of 2013. This is her second semester on Tusk and first as their photo director. In the spring Mariah will graduate with a B.A. in photo communications and theatre arts. In the future she plans to pursue a career in editorial and reporting- anywhere and everywhere around the world.
Assistant Photo director
Yunuen Bonaparte is an aspiring photojournalist. Born in Mexico, she moved to the United States at the age of 12, as an undocumented immigrant. Despite the adversity, she found her passion for photography. As a photojournalist, she hopes to tell the stories of the many immigrants in this country.
Anthony Acierto is proud to be a photo communications major, class of 2016. He found his passion for photography at Huntington Beach High School while his images slowly appeared in the dark room after hours of trial and error. From that moment on he’s been shooting religiously, having his camera by his side at all times. Since then Anthony’s documented a two-month trip through Europe, multiple road-trips, and everything in-between. His goal is to become a photo editor for a magazine. Photography is a very personal hobby and extending that passion to collaborate with other talents in producing a finished product is a challenging and rewarding feeling that he’d like to pursue. He plans on working with Titan magazine next year and cannot wait to work and create with fellow talented Titans.
Don Gomez is a writer, photographer, and social commentator who currently resides in San Juan Capistrano, CA. He has shot a variety of subjects in a short time as a practicing photographer and his portfolio boasts images that run the gamut from food to fashion, and from weddings to warzones. This drive to document the world around him pairs nicely with Don’s ability to see the interesting in the mundane. He has been equally embraced as both a photojournalist and an artist and has had his work featured in mass media publications and art galleries alike. In addition to Tusk magazine, Don is currently working as the Art Director for One True Photo, a photography and graphic design cooperative he established with the goal of helping student photographers and designers build their professional networks.
Frankie Najor is a photographer from San Diego, CA. She is a senior at Cal State Fullerton majoring in photo communications. She currently freelances for the Daily Titan and is interning at a major wedding photography company in Orange County. She strives to immerse herself into a world of little moments, little touches, lovely light and lots of love. She plans to use her photographs to prove people wrong when they say we live in an ugly world and encourages others to stay beautiful.
Karen Cogan is an artist who started her lifelong love affair with photography when her father bought her a camera at age nine. Although photography has always been her passion, Karen’s career path took a divergent turn, and she worked in business lending for 25 years. Returning to school has been a wonderful experience for Karen- now a senior at Cal State Fullerton, graduating in December. She is excited about a second chance at her dream career as a photojournalist. Someone once told Karen, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” For Karen, that translates simply to photography. “Nothing makes me happier than grabbing my gear, hiking into a remote area and photographing beautiful landscapes and God’s wild creatures. Nature’s awe factor never fails to amaze me!” Karen hopes to one day work for a nature conservation magazine, contributing her work as a photographer and writer. Check out Karen’s work at her website
Sarah Kim is a senior at Cal State Fullerton, graduating in May. She loves photography because of the endless opportunities to capture and create something beautiful. Majoring in communications, with a concentration in photo journalism, Sarah enjoys doing photo shoots with her friends and family in her free time.