The Louis A. Borrelli Jr. '77 Media Summit at SUNY
Oswego will be renamed in memory of Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell, professor emeritus
of communication studies, who will also be honored at a memorial service
following the Oct. 17 summit.
‘Doc’ O’Donnell passed away Aug. 28. The memorial service will be held at
5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the lower lobby of Sheldon Hall on the Oswego campus.
Borrelli founded the summit through a leadership gift in 2005.
This summer, a significant gift to Oswego made by Al Roker '76 of
NBC’s “Today” show, including a matching gift from NBC, provided the funding to
rename the summit in honor of O’Donnell’s legacy. Roker’s gift supports the
annual media summit, as well as the student television studio in the new Campus
O’Donnell came to SUNY Oswego in 1962 to set up a television studio to
support instruction. Soon after, he began teaching courses in television
production and became the founding chair of the communication studies
A recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, he
was a role model who had a profound impact upon the lives of his students,
Roker and Borrelli among them.
“I’m proud to support the media summit in Doc’s name and the television
studio in the new Campus Center, so future students can have the advantages I
did,” said Roker.
Roker recalls being able to get hands-on experience at the campus television
station as a freshman, while his friends at private schools didn’t get to touch
production equipment until later on in their college years.
Borrelli shared similar memories. “Doc O’Donnell gave me not only the
knowledge, but the confidence I needed to make it in the competitive world of
media and communications,” said Borrelli. “Thanks to Al’s generous gift, we
have a wonderful way to recognize Doc’s career of 26 years at Oswego and his
influence on so many of us.”
Those wishing to contribute to the fund endowing the media summit in
O’Donnell's memory, may send donations to the Oswego College Foundation, Inc.,
219 Sheldon Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126, or call 315-312-3003.
—Kristin Quinn ’08
Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell
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