Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
Greetings! My name is Erika Denise Castañon.
I graduated in May 2017 with my bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism with an emphasis in public relations; I also graduated from the Smittcamp Family Honors College and in the College of Arts and Humanities Honors Program. I work as a student coordinator for Dog Days New Student Orientation at Fresno State.
My experience in my major ranged from print and multimedia. In the fall 2014 semester, I wrote for the Sanger Herald and the Selma Enterprise, two newspapers that are both published weekly, as part of Dr. Gary Rice’s Community Journalism course. You can find these articles here. During the same semester, I also worked as an intern for New Media and the Mountain West Network. I operated cameras and assisted in production for women’s basketball, equestrian, soccer, and volleyball games, as well as Tim DeRuyter’s Coach’s Show at Dog House Grill. In the spring 2015 semester, I was one of six social media coordinators for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism. This was the first collaborative independent study in social media for the department under the supervision of Professor Betsy Hays. I have also travelled to Fiji as one of twenty students for an international service-learning experience, and helped film a documentary under the supervision of Professor Jes Therkelsen with a team of four multimedia students. I also spent 16 months as a news assistant for University Communications, which included the publication of three articles for the Fresno State Magazine.
Service and leadership in the community made my college experience full and rich. I volunteered as a Service-Learning Coach, and have previously served as an Ambassador and Reflection Facilitator on the student leadership team for the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. As a Service-Learning Coach, I co-facilitated 6-8 workshops for students enrolled in courses that each have a component of their class syllabus incorporating service. As an Ambassador, I promoted service to the Fresno State community and help others engage in a culture of service. As a Reflection Facilitator, I led discussion with students who participate in one-day service projects, like the maintenance and building of trails in the Sierra Foothills. I hope that Fresno State will continually be known for its commitment to our various communities through service, and that our students will uncover their own potential as leaders and build the necessary skills to facilitate positive change.
I created this website to be a living portfolio of my work. I also wanted to dedicate a space of this website to my writings under the “Buttercup Bulletin.” This blog is a place for introverts and extroverts. For the millenials and the Gen-X generation. For those who like nerdy things and those who are a little more trendy. It’s whatever I find interesting or even just something I rather write out than say out loud.
I hope it is all honest, kind and relevant. I hope you learn more about me and more about yourself.