Alumni Spotlight: Steve Troop

Courtesy of Steve TroopName: Steve Troop
What do you do?: I design puppets for TV and Film. Basically, I sketch hundreds of concepts, eventually settling on the “look” of it. Once approved, I also build and perform. Very interesting work, if you can get it!
Company and Whereabouts: Puppet Design Studio – Valencia, CA
How did you get your current job?: In 1994, while still at Palomar, I began building puppets of my cartoon characters. As the years went on, I realized I enjoyed puppets more than cartooning and started posting videos to YouTube About 8 years ago, a puppeteer saw my stuff, found out I could draw and I’ve been designing for him ever since.
What is the best professional lesson you learned at Palomar?: The importance of deadlines and revisions (not necessarily in that order)
What advice do you have for current students?: Finish your degree (something I’ve always regretted)
What is your favorite Palomar memory?: Making a puppet movie in the Palomar Telescope offices.
Last thoughts: Follow your dreams, no matter how crazy they sound on paper.

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Classnote: Ian Hanner

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Name: Ian M. Hanner
Position: Marketing and Sales Analyst
Company: Aligned Enterprises
Degree(s): Still working on A.A.
Emphasis (if applicable): Communications
Whereabouts: Live in Vista, Calif.. Work in Carlsbad, Calif.
What do you do? I look for market trends in a variety of different areas of business Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight: Heather Randall

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Photo Courtesy of Heather Randall

Name: Heather Randall
Position: Reporter
Company: Weiser Signal American
Degree(s): B.A. from the University of San Francisco and 2 semesters of journalism: 105, 120 205, 215 Internship at UT- San Diego
Whereabouts: Weiser, Idaho
What do you do? I am a reporter, photographer, supposed to be a Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Saunders

Mark Saunders

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Name: Mark Saunders
Position: Associate Content Producer
Company: CBS Interactive
Degree(s): B.S. Journalism/Political Science

Whereabouts: San Diego, CA

What do you do?: Build and maintain content for CBSSports.com College Network websites. Also freelance high school sports for Imperial Valley Times.
How did you get your job?: Applied to Continue reading

Classnote: Kaity Bergquist

Full name: Kaity Bergquist
When did you attend Palomar: Fall 2010-Fall 2013
Class note:

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Kaity Bergquist

 I’m currently a junior at Azusa Pacific University studying for my Bachelor’s in journalism. I’m working on the newspaper here as a staff writer. I’m hoping to pursue a career in sports journalism or social media.