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
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
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.
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.
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.
As an ESPN anchor, Steve Levy ’87 is used to getting some of the hottest
tickets around — Super Bowls, World Series, you name it. But he showed seniors at the annual Commencement Eve Dinner his “golden ticket” — saved for three decades — a letter dated March 2, 1983, confirming his admission into SUNY Oswego.