BumbleBee Marketing

Giving back: A cause close to my heart

  • 23 September 2014

It’s sometimes said that all you really need to know you learned in kindergarten. Not for me. I learned some of my most valuable lessons at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I majored in journalism.

Photo: Wayne Nicholls, The Tribune

Jim Hayes. Photo: Wayne Nicholls, The Tribune

It was a wonderful experience, and I had amazing professors, most notably Jim Hayes (pictured above). His guidance helped shape the person I am today.

As the head of a marketing communications company, I have opportunities to give back, and this year I’m happy to be involved with a special project for Cal Poly: the Jim Hayes Symposium and Thanks a 1,000 Dinner, on October 10, 2014.

Established in honor of my dear professor who died this past June, the Jim Hayes Symposium will bring together students and professionals with the goal of advancing integrity in journalism and communication. At the Thanks a 1,000 Dinner, we will honor Jim Hayes by sharing memories and kicking off fundraising for an endowment that will secure a strong future for journalism at Cal Poly.

I know the current generation of Cal Poly students will benefit from these activities, as will communications professionals, scholars, journalists and the general public. I’m grateful to be involved.

If you’d like to know more, visit: http://journalism.calpoly.edu/jim-hayes-legacy