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The School of Communication, Media and the Arts (SCMA) — uniting the departments of art, music, theatre and communication studies — provides you with the knowledge and experiences to pursue successful careers and rich interpersonal relationships. We offer a range of majors and minors, hands-on learning opportunities and flexibility to attain your goals.

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You’ll find that we offer a rich selection of classes, learning opportunities and career directions to better prepare you for whatever is on the horizon. Explore all the possibilities of your major through class work and studios, diverse internships and study abroad programs. Immerse yourself in Oswego’s vibrant arts scene. From theatrical performances to film series - and from art showings to the opera, symphony and dance- our campus is a cultural center for the college and the region.

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Strong students, strong alumni

Our alumni finish our programs knowledgeable and capable of making the first leap into the professional world. Our graduates land jobs in well-known national, regional and local companies including:

Amazon
BET
Clear Channel Radio
Comedy Central
Corning Museum of Glass
Country Music Television
Crane School of Music
Disney

ESPN
The History Channel
MLB Network
MTV
NBC
Real Simple magazine
Stella Adler Studio of Acting

“In four short years, Oswego taught me more about succeeding and thriving than I could have imagined.”

- Sarah Argus, '12
Digital Advertising Designer
Real Simple Magazine

SCMA Advisory Board

Phil Alfaro '85

Co-Founder Virtualia Network, Co-Founder TribeVM, Founder NetEmprendedor
VirtualiaNetwork has an online training that teaches how to be a freelancer. We are focusing it for Youth Workforce Development, Inmates and Returning Citizens.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
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Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
I look forward to making a positive impact on future generations navigating an ever-changing job market.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
I'm a career entrepreneur that always is looking out in the horizon for cultural changing technologies and trends.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
I graduated with a Computer Science major and Psychology minor but my career has always been in Communications and Media.

Gabriel Almanzar '05

Supervising Art Director for CBS This Morning
I lead a team of designers, in the execution and delivery of graphics and specs for a variety of shows on CBS News, specifically CBS This Morning.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
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Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
I believe in paying it forward. I have been extremely fortunate in my career, and being part of my alma mater's advisory board is a great way to share and communicate ideas in my area of expertise.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
I have worked in media for over ten years. I have experienced first hand the merging of how art and media impact the way we consume information. I am well versed in broadcast television and technology, and can offer insight on how this particular field is evolving towards the future.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?

I am very fond of how SUNY Oswego has made it a point to stay connected to their alum's. Again, I believe in paying it forward. I have kept close relationships with faculty and have always made myself available. I believe students need an opportunity, most will take that and run with it. I am proud to be part of such a close academic community.

Amy E. Bartell '86

Coordinator of Community Arts Exhibitions, Instructor of Illustration and Graphic Design: SUNY Oswego; Owner, A.E. Originals - art, publishing and mural business committed to issues of social justice.
I have 30 years experience in the field of graphic design, illustration, marketing, murals, and publishing. I am an artist and an activist - I believe that art has the potential to shift our world as we use our powers for the forces of good.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
9

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
I joined the SCMA Advisory Board as a way to give back. I want to encourage and support SUNY Oswego students by offering any experience or connections I may have. I want to cheer students on as they look out into the world and find the places where they will make their mark.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
I bring a wide range of experience in the fields of art, graphic design, murals, community collaboration, publishing, and the synthesis of art and activism.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?

I am proud of our excellence and heart. I am proud of our commitment to community, diversity and collaboration. I am proud of the spirit with which we usher each graduation class into the world.

Michael Boris '85

Owner Creative Director - Jaded Melody
I work with Brands to create a Music Strategy. I produce find and /or license and music and sound.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
2

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
I love to give back and let others learn from my experience.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Real world experience in the music/advertising industry.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
I am proud to give back to a place that I got so much from, and add real world experience to help the next generation.

Lou Borrelli '77

CEO, Home & Entertainment - Digicel Group, Ltd.
I am responsible for cable and internet operation as well as owned sports and entertainment channels serving the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
9

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
To insure that the path of excellence, professionalism and creativity established by Doc O’Donnell is followed, expanded and celebrated.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Management, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Broadcast Production, Broadband and Cable Operations, Mentoring, Strategy and Business Development.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
The legacy of success. The quality of the students and the curriculum. The impact SCMA graduates are making in their chosen career paths.

Stephen Butler '85

Executive Director CNY Arts, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Le Moyne College
Executive Director of a six county regional arts council serving 5,500 square miles and annually distributing over $1.4M arts, culture, heritage grants in addition to a wide variety of arts education, technical assistance and community programs.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
3

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
To give back to the College that served me so well and to ensure that the live arts, especially theater are well represented.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
30 plus years as an arts administrator, educator and policy wonk.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
The School has a sterling reputation and the melding of communications and arts was a brilliant idea giving more strength and vitality to the tracks within the school.

Joan Cear '80

Sr. Vice President at Kellen
Senior communications consultant specializing in strategy, issues management and crisis communications.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
9

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
To provide support for the upcoming generation of professionals and to offer input to SCMA that can help the school best prepare students for a rapidly evolving communications industry.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Access to NYC-based resources.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
The outstanding caliber of SUNY OSwego graduates and how well prepared they are for entering their chosen professions. The students' ambitions are exceeded only by their skills and talents.

Frank DiGioia '78

President/CEO Fort Group
I manage a marketing service company of 70 people with five divisions (Advertising, Media, Consulting, Production and Digital)

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
3

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
 I joined the SCMA Advisory Board  to help make a difference and help expose  current and relevant information, experience and resources to the school…We learn… We earn and We Return

What expertise do you bring to the board?
40 years of Broadcasting, Advertising and management

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
Oswego not only provided me a college education but it opened up a whole new world for this" Kid from the Bronx!" It Introduced me to opportunities , people and places I may have never seen.....

Brian Duran '04

Arts Education Director, Elementary Music Teacher
In my role as the Arts Education Director at Democracy Prep Public Schools, I work with administrators and teachers across our 21 schools to deliver a high-quality arts education for the students we serve.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
1

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
I joined the SCMA board because I value any opportunities to learn, make connections, and further the mission of SUNY Oswego through my own expertise and professional network.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
10+ years of experience in arts education in New York City, knowledge of charter school sector and ed reform, restructured renewals, distance-learning.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
SUNY Oswego gave me the opportunity to craft my own education and take initiative toward meeting tangible needs through my own passions and interests. That same sense of initiative is what has defined each season of my career since graduating.

Nancy Fire '83

Co-Founder Creative Director Of Design Works International
Overseeing all creative work for clients like HGTV HOME, Kelly Ripa Home, Food Network for Kohl’s-We are a lifestyle design studio located in NYC celebrating our 30th year in business.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
2

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
To share my work experience with students currently at Oswego and also students considering going to Oswego.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Business and Art

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
My current success!

Michelle Garcia '06

Managing Editor, Out magazine (previously a senior editor at Vox, Mic, and The Advocate)
I manage the digital operation for one of the largest LGBTQ+ editorial brands in the country, with a staff of 10 writers, editors, and other contributors.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
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Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
I want to help make an impact on the educations and careers of Oswego students interested in media and journalism.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
A career in editing, writing, leadership, and hiring reporters.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
What I loved about being at Oswego as a student was the ability to just make things. The value in being a media student at Oswego is that we're scrappy, and that translates well to the field of professional journalism.

Barry Gliner '84

Director of Post Production, Discovery, Inc.
I oversee daily operations of Post Production services in Discovery's New York offices. This includes media brands such as Discovery, Food Network, TLC, HGTV, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, ID, Cooking Channel, OWN, Science Channel, DIY, etc.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
4

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
When I was asked to join, it seemed like a great opportunity to give back to SUNY Oswego on a greater scale. I was a regular Alumni speaker at many Communications classes over the years and involved in Alumni-Student mentoring.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Over 30+ years of media creative and management skill sets allow me to contribute toward best practices for the SCMA, its staff and the students getting ready to enter the media world for internships and upon graduation.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
SCMA has developed into a notable brand that is not only known statewide for producing incredible young professionals but has created an impact Nationwide as our graduates start their careers all around the country. It is a great community to be part of and it doesn't hurt to have Al Roker as one of our cheerleaders!

Juliana Hannett '95

Publicist
I create and execute national and international publicity/branding campaigns for Broadway shows. Highlights include opening campaigns, awards campaigns, long-running campaigns, national touring campaigns, and closing campaigns.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
4

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
It's important to me to be able to give back to the school that set me on my path and has given so much to me. This is the best way I know to do that.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
20 years of experience working in commercial theatre

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
Everything - I couldn't be prouder to be an Oswego alum.

Chris Harrold '80

Sr VP Marketing & Creative, Mohawk Fine Papers
At Mohawk Fine Papers, Chris is responsible for brand management, strategic market development and creative direction for the company's product and marketing campaigns.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
3

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
As my career has evolved I've realized how much I draw on the educational and creative foundation established as a student at SUNY Oswego in the late 1970's. As an SCMA advisory board member, I want to give back and share my journey with future generations of creatives to help them become leaders.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
30+ years engaged with creatives in graphic design and printing, where I have learned to bridge the gaps between the arts and business.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
My undergrad years at SUNY Oswego provided a solid foundation to continue on to grad school and build a 30-year career supporting the graphic arts. Throughout this journey I have drawn on the knowledge, tools and the relationships established at Oswego.

Kevin Kennison '82

Director, Casting Director, Instructor/Coach, Program Administrator
Independent Director of Theatre, Casting in all mediums, Academic Instructor and freelance Coach, Program Administration and Producer

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
10

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
To further assist and enhance the student experience at my undergraduate institution, as well as give back to the institution itself.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Over 35 years of experience in the professional theatre, film and television industry, and a passionate work ethic in the vital areas of education and the arts.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
I received a solid well rounded liberal arts education along with hands on work emphasis in my concentrate along with experienced and caring mentorship.

Don Levine '78

Sr. School Counselor & Music Teacher-NYC Dept. of Education Professional Musician-Drums/Percussion
School Counselor-worked with inner city families to achieve success of educational and inter-personal goals. Music Director- created and conducted concert, jazz, and marching bands in both private and public schools.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
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Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
Bring visibility to the Oswego State community of the activities and accomplishments of SCMA.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Music/Education Major ‘78.
Professional musician since 1975.
Former member: Board of Directors- Oswego State Alumni Association (12 years)

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
My successful career in both music and education is largely due to my experience as a student at Oswego both in and out of the classroom.

Gary Morgenstern '85

Senior Vice President of Programming, SNY (14 years). Executive Director of Content Initiatives, ESPN (16 years)
Acquire, develop and schedule 8,760 hours of programming on SNY annually.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
1

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
To make a positive impact for current SUNY Oswego students, by utilizing the experience I've accumulated during my career.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
A knowledge of the inner workings of a content distribution company, revenue generation opportunities, content creation streams, and cost management.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
I've always felt that SUNY Oswego students are the hardest working, most dedicated, and most resourceful in the industry. That is our reputation, and I've seen it first hand.

Howard Olinsky '81

Disability Attorney
I run a law firm where Disability type cases is all we do.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
10

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
SUNY Oswego Communication Studies program is where it all began

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Legal experience, Owning and Managing a business which hires SCMA grads

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
SCMA produces some of the finest graduates in their field. All are strong candidates to succeed in their chosen career.

Josh Rich '96

Associate master technician at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (1997- present) Local 1 Shop Steward at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (1999-present)
As associate master technician I perform the head electrician duties at the theater, as well as assisting in other areas backstage. As shop steward I'm part of the contract negotiating committee and I help ensure that contractual obligations are being met, and report back to the union weekly.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
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Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
I'd like to find talented young stage hands to come work for me, and I miss Oswego, I think it would be fun to be involved in the theater program there again, even to a small degree.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
I've been the assistant at the Mitzi for over 20 years, over 4 dozen shows, some of which have gone on to win Tony awards. My expertise is loading in, opening and maintaining shows in New York City. As shop steward I've helped negotiate contracts between Lincoln Center and Local 1 on five different occasions over the course of two decades. While I wouldn't call myself an expert, I certainly have experience in that area as well.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
The knowledge and experience I gained at Oswego is the only reason the Lincoln Center hired me originally. My boss was so impressed with the education I recieved at Oswego that he sent his son there briefly. I'm proud of the fact that I was able to use the education I received at Oswego to get a leadership position in an industry/area notorious for nepatism.

Michelle Roberts '06

President and Brand Expert, NOVUS- Be Known, Inc.
I help evolving organizations ignite purpose at the core to have a greater impact on the world. I do this by clarifying and communicating their message from the inside out. We focus on four key areas of growth; culture, communications, marketing and customer experience. With the right brand alignment, you can generate more brand awareness, increase revenue, create a more consistent and coherent company culture.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
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Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
Becuase I am interested in helping the organization on a strategic level become better, gain more awareness and use my expertise to do so!

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Strategic Branding, Digital and Traditional Marketing Advising, Culture Development, Leadership, Business Strategy, Embedding Purpose and Experience Marketing.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
Because there is no limit to what you can do with a solid foundation in education.

Michael Teicher '86

EVP Media Sales 20th Television
Set the strategy and oversee all execution for selling national television ads in our syndicated television shows like Modern Family, Family Guy, Family Feud, Wendy Williams and many more.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
1

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
Give back to my school and help future young professionals

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Served as a great foundation for my career and the lift in perception nationally of the program.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
Served as a great foundation for my career and the lift in perception nationally of the program.

Leigh Wilson

Professor, Director of Creative Writing, Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities
I work across the SUNY Oswego campus to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative work, with a focus on best practices. Currently I'm working on The Grand Challenges Project in which all campus stakeholders are addressing a single issue in collaborative ways. The first issue was chosen by campus-wide vote: Fresh Water for All.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
3

Why Did You Join the SCMA Advisory Board?
I joined SCMA because I believe it to be (by far) the campus school with the most collaborative spirit and the most interdisciplinary practices. In short, I think SCMA rocks.

What expertise do you bring to the board?
Creative thinking in terms of institutional vision and practice, as well as the work ethic to make ideas happen.

What makes you proud to be an alum of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego?
I am not an alum of SCMA. I just wish I were. Sometimes I say I am.

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