Commencement 2014: Three Separate Ceremonies, Three Prestigious Alumni Speakers

Commencement 2014: Three Separate Ceremonies, Three Prestigious Alumni Speakers

Accomplished SUNY Oswego alumnus Mark Baum ’81, senior vice president of industry relations and chief collaboration officer for the Food Marketing Institute, addressed graduates of the School of Business and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts (remarks here) during one of three Commencement ceremonies held on May 17. Peter Bocko ’75, chief technology

Communication Alumnus Supports SCMA with $30,000 Gift

Mark Lobel ’85

As a principal at Pricewaterhouse­Coopers, or PwC, Mark Lobel ’85 is responsible for providing consulting services to major entertainment media companies on cyber security issues. Since graduating from Oswego with a broadcasting and mass communication degree, he has witnessed major changes in the media, and says that this change is not over yet. “I think

Voices of Diversity

Kendis Gibson

SUNY Oswego graduate and Emmy award-winning news anchor Kendis Gibson ’94 shared his insight on life after Oswego for the “Voices of Diversity” program April 19. His visit was part of the Alumni-In-Residence, or A.I.R., program sponsored by the Oswego Alumni Association and supported by The Fund for Oswego. Voices of Diversity promotes awareness of minorities in the

Lou Borrelli ’77 Makes $25,000 Gift to Student Media Excellence Fund

Lou Borrelli ’77 Makes $25,000 Gift to Student Media Excellence Fund

Lou Borrelli ’77 is a cable television pioneer, media executive and steadfast supporter of SUNY Oswego. He continued his support this year with a gift of $25,000 to the Student Media Excellence Fund. Giving to student organizations is important to Oswego, as it provides funding that cannot always be provided by the Student Association. “I

Charter member of SCMA Advisory Board makes gift of $50,000 to Oswego

Charter member of SCMA Advisory Board makes gift of $50,000 to Oswego

Howard Olinsky ’81, a disability attorney and managing partner of Olinsky Disability, has given a gift of $50,000 to SUNY Oswego. Two-thirds of his gift will go to the School of Com­muni­cation, Media and the Arts Dean’s Fund, and one-third to where the need is greatest. Olinsky serves on the first SCMA Advisory Board, and

College to offer five-year combined broadcasting and MBA degree

WTOP hockey

The college has a new combined degree program tailored for students who know as undergraduates that they have interest in the business realms of electronic media.

The five-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and mass communications and a master’s degree in business administration launched this fall.

Fritz Messere ’71, M ’76, dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, said he sees many graduates of the college’s broadcasting program develop successful careers in the field outside the studio. The new degree option aims to give such students a quick start on that career path.

“Particularly the students we see graduate from the broadcast program who are not in a creative area, they tend to be focused in some area related to business: sales of broadcast time, programming, management of broadcast stations, advertising and marketing,” Messere said.

Richard Skolnik, dean of the School of Business, noted that the strength of the two programs at Oswego makes the combination especially attractive for students seeking thorough grounding for solid careers. The School of Business appears every year in Princeton Review’s guide to “Best Business Schools.” The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences lists Oswego’s broadcasting program among the nation’s outstanding television, film and digital media programs.

VIDEO: Election night coverage

VIDEO: Election night coverage

All three campus media outlets — WTOP, WNYO and The Oswegonian — pooled resources to create an entire evening of election 2012 coverage Nov. 6. Learn how some 60 young journalists collaborated to produce remote broadcasts from both parties’ headquarters in Syracuse, moderate in-studio roundtable discussions and interact with the audience via social media.

Longtime Sports Journalist Becomes NBA ‘Voice’

David Benz ’92 most recently hosted, anchored and reported for Comcast Sportsnet in San Francisco. Last fall he became the TV play-by-play voice of the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

David Benz ’92 wanted to skip walking the stage for his December Commencement to make sure he wouldn’t miss his final chance to call Laker basketball.
Mom put the kibosh on that idea, but Dave was able to grab his degree, make his first and only collegiate play-by-play broadcast and launch a career that has made him the television voice of the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

10×10+10: Cameron Jones ’09

Cameron Jones '09

Every day starts with a good morning for Cameron Jones ’09.

As operations coordinator for “Good Morning America,” Cameron processes hires, tracks freelancers and runs the internship program among other tasks. The former WSTM-TV (Syracuse) and WNYW-TV (New York) intern hopes to make his way to the front of the cameras eventually, but loves learning all aspects of the broadcasting business.

Alumna invites current students to join ‘Roadtrip Nation’

Cathleen Richards '09

Cathleen Richards ’09 entered Oswego determined to be a TV broadcast director, but took “a few left turns and off ramps along the way.”

She did end up in television, but not in the way she expected. She is part of “Roadtrip Nation,” a social movement and PBS series intended to inspire late-teens and 20-somethings to get real about their dreams.