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CSUF PRSSA Attends VIP Tour Aboard Navy Ship During L.A. Fleet Week

October 2, 2017

Members Received Exclusive Access During Biggest Fleet Week in the Nation


FULLERTON, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2017) – California State University, Fullerton’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter attended a VIP tour aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD-23) during the second annual L.A. Fleet Week in San Pedro, Los Angeles on Sept. 3, 2017. The exclusive opportunity was set up by U.S. Navy Reserve Public Affairs Officer and new PRSSA Faculty Adviser, Ken Hagihara.


“Having active Navy ships at the port for Los Angeles Navy Week provided a rare opportunity to bring the students onboard for a special tour to learn about the Navy and interact with the sailors that live and work aboard USS Anchorage as it travels around the world in support of our country and its allies,” explained Hagihara who served in the Navy for nine years and was just selected for promotion to lieutenant commander. “The tour was designed to show the group a different side of the field of public relations that many people do not often see.”


Out of the 300,000 fleet-goers attending over the course of four days, these PRSSA students gained access to the inside of the ship. Instead of the usual 20-minute public tour of the deck, PRSSA members found themselves within the transport dock for over an hour as they explored different levels of the vessel. While on board, the group had the ability to see how Navy ships work and how sailors operate day-to-day. The attendees even got the chance to sit in Commanding Officer Capt. Dennis Jacko‘s chair for a photo opportunity.


The tour ended by giving the group a rare opportunity to speak with Lt. Cmdr. Dawn Stankus, a Navy public affairs specialist, about what makes government affairs so unique.  She offered a few words of advice and  extended support to those interested in joining the field.




About Public Relations Student Society of America at CSUF

The Public Relations Student Society of America at California State University, Fullerton is the premier organization for students to jump-start their career in communications and public relations. PRSSA retains the highest membership of all PRSSA Chapters on the West Coast and is the largest on-campus student-run communication organization. PRSSA exposes our members to all facets and intricacies of the public relations profession across the spectrum by providing speaker events, career tours, mixers and more. PRSSA is the only organization affiliated with a professional Chapter and is the only on-campus organization to offer a student-run public relations firm that exposes students to real-world opportunities such as a social media management, red carpets, writing and more.


Media Contact: Andrew Vo at csufprssa@gmail.com

Writer: Arianna Ford