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The School of Communication, Media and the Arts (SCMA) — uniting the departments of art, music, theatre, cinema and screen studies, 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

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
1

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
1

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.

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
3

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.

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.

Issack Cintron '17

Human Resources Assistant/Recruiter at Quality King Distributors
I graduated with a double major in Journalism and Cinema.   I'm looking to enter the industry and help others achieve their visions as well as achieving my own.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
New member Fall 2021

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
3

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
1

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.

Michael Gewirtzman '05

Global Programming Director at Advertising Week
I program events and broadcasts for organizations that have featured some of the world’s most influential executives, celebrities, politicians, athletes, authors, and thought leaders, many of whom I have personally interviewed.  I am also the Founder and President of Vinyl Artist Management,

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
New Fall 2021

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!

Christa Haley '13

Incoming MFA Candidate in Film, Directing Concentration, NYU Tisch, Fall 2021
I began my career in the film industry as an assistant to director Derek Cianfrance. I have also directed videos for Vogue Germany and edited for brands including Coach, Banana Republic and Interview Magazine.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
New member Fall 2021

 



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
4

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.

Aunrée Houston '00

NYU Certified Life Coach, Creative & Marketing Operations Executive, and Creative Director
Specializes in empowerment, personal image, personal brand, career coaching, and lifestyle management.  As former vice president, led marketing operations team for HBO's programming sales division.  His creativity explores and illuminates the multi-faceted view of beauty and wellness through the arts, theatre, mixed media, and experiential arts.

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
1

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
1

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.

Joan Pelzer '89

Founder, CEO & President, Joan Pelzer Social/Joan Pelzer Media, LLC
I am also Vice-President of Marketing, The New York Association, United Nations non-Governmental Organization; Social Media Strategist for BNI (Business Networks International).  I currently co-host the ClubHouse App Show titled “Breakfast Bite with Tom & Joan” and was previously a co-host for four years of the Talk Show/Podcast “Follow Me Friday with Joan + Priya” on TalkRadio, NYC and Facebook.  

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
New member Fall 2021

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
1

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
1

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
3

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.

Lawrence Watson '74

Professor at Berklee College of Music and Founder and CEO of SaveOurSelves Productions LLC
I teach courses in Motown, Stage Performance Technique, and clinics in Rock, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Rhythm, and contemporary music.  I have produced and directed over 600 musical and several original dramatic productions and directed clinics, workshops and performances throughout Europe, Australia, The Far East (China and Singapore) and the United States.  

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
1

Tom Winiarski

President of Platform Monetization at NBC Universal’s Advertising and Partnerships Division 
I oversee the continued transformation of the organization and am responsible for mobilizing the entire Sales Team around NBCU’s One Platform business strategy and driving the company closer to an all-audience future.   I have over 25 years of advertising sales and sales strategy experience.   

Years on the SCMA Advisory Board
New member Fall 2021

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