More than 130 students, alumni and faculty gathered Oct. 5, 2013, for networking and sharing during the SUNY Oswego Communications Studies alumni gathering, with Bill Shine ’85 as featured dinner speaker.
The daylong event included a tour of the communications facilities, including Campus Center studios and Lanigan Hall, and an interactive alumni panel moderated by Louis A. Borrelli Jr. ’77, chief marketing officer and investor of nimbleTV.
The following alumni served as panelists: Joan Reinhart Cear ’80, vice president of Kellen Company; Frank DiGioia ’78, president and chief executive officer of Fort Group Inc.; Mike Frazer ’79, afternoon radio personality on WWSW-FM, 3Ws; Lewis Karpel ’12, photojournalist with CNYCentral; and Marie Villa ’11, instructor/media advisor at St. John Fisher College. Their visit was coordinated through the Alumni-In-Residence (AIR) program.
The event concluded with a buffet dinner and keynote address by Shine, executive vice president for programming at the Fox News Network, who attributes his success to a mix of hard work, strong relationships, and his Oswego education.
“Twenty-eight years after leaving, I can tell you this: This institution … absolutely prepared me for my life and my career,” he said. “To this day, I say that 1981 to 1985 were the best four years of my life.”
The next Communication Studies Alumni Reunion will be held in Fall 2016.