Comm Alums Come Back to Remember, Network
Communication department alumni came back in force for the
2010 Communication Studies Alumni Dinner, the first in three years.
About 160 Oswego
communication studies degree-holders and some current students packed Sheldon Hall ballroom
Oct. 9 to see familiar faces and reminisce about Oswego.
The day kicked off with multiple events that alumni enjoyed
before the dinner, including a question and answer panel session with students
and a tour of some of the newly renovated buildings on campus.
“It brought back a lot of memories,” Bill Tower ’78 said. “Walking by the lake again
was great, seeing the Riggs and Johnson renovations, and the Campus Center.
They are beautiful.”
Some of the recent additions, particularly the Campus Center
and the brand new facilities that house WTOP-TV
and WNYO-FM, left alumni in awe.
Tower, who now works for ABC in New York, said “the all-new TV facilities
definitely will prepare students to head out in the field.”
’80, who was a general manager for the student radio station WOCR,
now WNYO, also came away from the Campus
Center impressed and said
the building is a great way to bring the campus together as one, especially
during large events. She recalled having to make the trek to Romney Fieldhouse
Contino-Turner said the daylong festivities couldn’t help
but shake the cobwebs off cherished college memories.
“I loved it here,” she said. “It was the best four years of
Keynote speaker Gene
Pizzolato ’81, chief revenue and marketing officer and COO of New Media
Ventures for the Golf Channel, shared the importance of networking and
risk-taking with the many communication studies students in attendance.
Cable television pioneer Louis A. Borrelli Jr. ’77 called on fellow graduates of the program
to make a gift to the Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit or
Communication Studies Excellence Fund.
Borrelli and his classmate and friend Al Roker ’76 hope to endow the annual media summit, which Borrelli founded in 2005 and, with Roker, named for O’Donnell in 2007.
The next Communication Studies Alumni Reunion is planned for 2013.
— Kyle C. Gargan ’11
About 160 communication studies alumni,
including keynote speaker Gene Pizzolato
’81, far right, returned to Sheldon Hall ballroom for a reunion dinner Oct. 9.
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