Communications Department Info Regarding COVID-19

March 19, 2020

As of March 17, faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely. This means that the Communications Department office will be closed. Because of this, phone calls do not give you the most effective way of contacting us; if you do need to call, though, the number is (310) 243-3313.

Contact Information:

Generally speaking, e-mail gives you the best way to contact us. Of course, if you have a question regarding your Communications class, you should contact your instructor directly. If you want more general information and want to e-mail the department, it’s a good idea to include both the department chair, coordinator and/or the academic advisor:

One of us will get back to you as soon as we can.


We will still be offering scholarship opportunities for the Leslie Nakai, Donn Silvis, and Gil and Shirley Smith Scholarships. We will send out an email with dates and deadlines once we've established them.

Department Banquet

The annual department banquet will be held on Friday, May 15 from  4-6pm via Zoom. Scholarships and Outstanding Student Awards announced.  RSVP with Jacob, by May 13.  We are very proud of all your accomplishments and are looking forward to watching your career unfold.


We will of course continue to advise students as best we can. All students should seek advising at least once during the semester, especially those who anticipate graduating soon. You can schedule an advising session with any of our faculty members or Penny by clicking on the links below. The faculty member or Penny will reach out with a Zoom invitation for your meeting. Please note that faculty advisors do not accept advising appointments during the summer.  They will resume again once the fall semester begins.  There are currently no face-to-face appointments.

You can now schedule an appointment with a Faculty or Academic Advisor online by following one of respective links below.  You can schedule an appointment for any of the following reasons:

  1. General Education requirements for a Bachelor's Degree
  2. Overall graduation requirements
  3. Academic probation and disqualification requirements
  4. University policies and procedures

Click on one of the links below to schedule an advising appointment (a new window will appear):  

Penny's Calendar (Note: For the time being, meetings scheduled with Penny will not be face-to-face.  Instead, she will review your file, email it to you and create a Zoom or phone meeting with you to discuss any questions or concerns.)  If you have more pressing questions, you may call Penny at (562) 246 6771.  Penny's hours of availability are 8am-5pm, calls received outside of these hours will be returned as soon as possible.

Faculty Advisor appointments will resume at the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

Student Satisfaction Survey

In our work towards accreditation, we will be issuing a Student Satisfaction Survey. The survey will be going out in a week or two. Please watch your email for it.
We know that these are trying times. Please be sure to stay in contact and reach out to your faculty members. If you are struggling, we may be able to help direct you towards appropriate services.

-Dr. Nancy Cheever, Department Chair

Toro Alerts

For more information about the university's response to COVID, go to the Toro Alerts page or click the links below: