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Media Summit Invites Students, Public to ‘Diversify Yourself'

Diversity in the workplace has expanded beyond ethnicity and gender to include technology and various platforms of communication.

This year's Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit will focus on media diversity incorporating platforms and technology as well as business models and content on global and personal levels.

A troupe of diverse media professionals will discuss with moderator and WRVO-FM General Manager Michael S. Ameigh the various ways in which media plays a role in the workplace Oct. 27 in Waterman Theatre.

"We wanted to touch on issues of ethnicity and gender in the workplace," Media Summit Coordinator and Communication Studies Professor Dave Moody said. Moody wanted to look at the contributions of women, Hispanics and African Americans as people and as professionals.

Sharon L. Newman '79 enhances the panel as both as a woman and as a longtime radio producer.  She has worked as a television executive producer for more than 10 years in local, cable and network TV news.  Her résumé includes stops at NBC radio, MSNBC and public radio in Rochester and Buffalo.  Newman currently works as a freelance anchor for ABC News radio.

Panelist Ric Harris, sales leader and media strategist at Accenture, uses media for digital sales and industry connections.  Harris specializes in leading ad sales and content development processes.

Panelist Nomi M. Bergman, president of Bright House Networks — the sixth-largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. — advocates for industry innovation and new technologies and services, all with the target of improving customer value and satisfaction.  Bergman steers the company through the planning of network operations and innovation, creation and deployment of the company's technical products and services.

Panelist Adriana Waterston, vice president of marketing and business development for Horowitz Associates, diversifies the panel further as an expert on African American and Hispanic consumers.

"I was impressed by the push to have more diversity on campus," Moody says.  "It's a piggyback off of what President Stanley laid the groundwork for."

Moderator Ameigh was appointed the third general manager of Oswego's NPR affiliate, WRVO-FM, in October 2010. A longtime Oswego staff member, he also serves as assistant provost for budget and operations at the college.

Ameigh has an extensive background in broadcasting that includes radio station ownership and management, teaching, corporate and institutional media consulting and video production services.

The "Career Connectors" program following the panel gives students the chance to meet with Oswego alumni and for networking.  This year's Career Connectors include Rick Yacobush '77 of Clear Channel in Syracuse, Peter Gunn '99 of WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Amy Kishpaugh '05 of WSYR-TV in Syracuse, Jeffery Knauss '07 of WHAM-TV in Rochester and Garry Herbert '09 of WCNY-TV in Syracuse.

Longtime television executive Louis A. Borrelli Jr. '77 founded the summit in 2005 with a leadership gift. Three years ago, he and NBC "Today" show co-host and weatherman Al Roker '76 provided funding to name it in honor of their mentor Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell, longtime chair of Oswego's communication studies department, who passed away in 2007.

Erin Marulli '13

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