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Center for Sports Communication Selected Academic Partner for Sports Public Relations Summit.
The Sports PR Summit (@SportsPRSummit), an annual invite-only event that brings together senior PR executives, media reporters and athletes from the sports industry, announced a formal partnership with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication (@SportsComMarist) today. Through the partnership, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication will provide logistical and strategic support for the Sports PR Summit both during the annual event as well as throughout the year in-between Summits. Eventually, the partners will create a digital space for sports PR executives to converse and continue conversations that begin in person. The Sports PR Summit, working with the academic input and guidance of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, will continue to become the most vital and recognizable space for advancing this critical and evolving field. To learn more, see http://sportscomm.marist.edu/pdfs/pr%20release%202.pdf
Center for Sports Communication hosts Yahoo Sports Columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.
On November 14, The Marist College Center for Sports Communication presents Yahoo Sports NBA writer and best-selling authorAdrian Wojnarowskiin conversation withDr. Keith Strudler, discussing his experiences in the business of sports journalism and the state of professional basketball. Wojnarowski is best known for his work with Yahoo Sports, where he has built a reputation for breaking NBA stories and cultivating top sources. Wojnarowski also serves as an NBA insider for the NBC Sports Network. Previously, he worked as a columnist for The Record (N.J.), where he was named “Columnist of the Year” in 1997 and 2002 by the Associated Press Sports Editors. For more information about the event see: http://www.marist.edu/publicaffairs/wojnarowski2013.html
Barclays’ Michael O’Looney Visits Students
Michael O’Looney, managing director and head of corporate communications for Barclays PLC in the Americas, visited with students on Thursday, November 7. Mr. O’Looney spoke in two public relations classes and held an informal luncheon for students and faculty representing communication and media arts. Michael earned a BA in Communications from Marist in 1987 and presently serves on the Communication Advisory Board. Prior to Barclays, Michael ran corporate communications for Merrill Lynch. From 2002 to 2004, Michael was deputy commissioner for public information for the New York Police Department. In that role he was the department’s chief spokesperson and a senior advisor to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Michael began his career in broadcast journalism and was an Emmy-nominated reporter for WCBS Television and a correspondent for the CBS Evening News where he covered a range of domestic and international stories. He also worked for New York 1 News, CNBC, the Financial News Network, the Money Radio Network and WIBX News Radio. Michael serves on the board of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University and the advisory board of the Coalition for the Homeless. In 2003 he was inducted into the NYPD’s Honor Legion and has appeared in the feature film City Hall and the HBO series The Sopranos.
Veteran Business Journalist Stuart Varney On Campus
Veteran business journalist Stuart Varney met with students and faculty on Tuesday, October 22. Presently serving as business contributor and substitute host for FOX News Channel's (FNC) "Your World with Neil Cavuto" as well as the host of FOX Business Network's "Varney & Co," Mr. Varney spoke with students in Dr. Roger’s Introduction to Journalism course, and later met students from MCTV and SPJ for an informal dinner. Since joining FNC's business team, Mr. Varney has contributed to the network's weekday and weekend business programming including: "Your World with Neil Cavuto," "Bulls & Bears," "Cavuto on Business" and "Cashin' In." Prior to joining FNC, Mr. Varney most recently served as the host of CNBC's "Wall Street Journal Editorial Board with Stuart Varney." Before that, he was a co-anchor of CNN's "Moneyline News Hour." Varney helped launch CNN's business news team in 1980 and hosted many of their financial programs including, "Your Money," "Business Day" and "Business Asia." His reporting and analysis of the stock market crash of 1987 helped earn CNN a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Varney began his broadcast journalism career as a business anchor for KEMO-TV in San Francisco.
Center for Sports Communication hosts Baseball Legend Bobby Valentine
The Marist College Center for Sports Communication will host a talk by former Major League Baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine. Valentine, who also has worked as a television analyst for ESPN and other sports networks, will answer questions about his life experiences in all facets of the game. The presentation takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, Room 3102, Marist College Student Center (across from Nelly Goletti Theatre). The event is free and open to the public.
Valentine is perhaps best known for his six years managing the New York Mets, which included leading the team against their cross-town rivals, the Yankees, in the 2000 World Series. He also managed the Texas Rangers for seven season and spent one year atop the Boston Red Sox. Valentine’s managerial successes also came overseas in Japan, where he led the Chiba Lotte Marines to a Japan Series title in 2005, the team’s first title in 31 years. His accomplishments made him the subject of an award winning documentary film titled “The Zen of Bobby V.” Valentine also enjoyed a productive career as a player in the major leagues, playing for four teams over ten years. He enjoyed early success as both a star baseball and football player at Rippowam High School in Stamford, Conn., before attending the University of Southern California. Valentine was drafted fifth overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1968 baseball draft. Beyond his work on the field, Valentine has worked as a sports analyst with various media organizations, most notably with ESPN for their Sunday Night Baseball program. He currently works with the MLB Network as an analyst. In 2013, Valentine was named the executive athletic director for Sacred Heart University, a position he currently holds.
Professional Lecturer to Discuss Personal Reflections on Crisis Communication
Professional Lecturer Jennie Donohue will be speaking at The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University on Friday, October 11. Her talk, “Putting a Human Face on Crisis Communication: Personal Reflections of the Bombing of Pan Am 103,” is part of the university’s 2013 Remembrance Week events which honor the memory of 35 SU students who lost their lives in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. Donohue was an SU student studying in London that fall but delayed her return home to travel. You can follow her talk on Twitter at #DonohueatSU.
Professor Karen Schrier interviewed by Animation Career Review
Professor Karen Schrier was interviewed recently by Animation Career Review about Interactive Media & Game Design at Marist College. In the interview, Professor Schrier discusses fast past change in the game industry, the characteristics of tomorrow's industry leaders, and she highlights Marist's success in preparing students for an exciting future in interactive media and game design. Animation Career Review is a industry leader online source for aspiring animation, design, and gaming professionals seeking info on training programs, schools and colleges, software and technology, career profiles, and profiles of the leading industry firms. To learn more about Professor Schrier's Animation Career Review interview, click on the following link: http://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/marist%E2%80%99s-college-karen-schrier-discusses-interactive-media-game-design-program
Ruder Finn Chief Ethics Officer to Address Communication Students
Emmanuel Tchividjian, senior vice president and chief ethics officer at Ruder Finn, will be addressing communication students in the Lowell Thomas Screening Room on Wednesday, October 9, at 11 a.m.
Tchividjian's talk, "The Moral of the Story: Storytelling and Ethics," will use storytelling as a tool for exploring communication ethics. The discussion is sponsored by the School of Communication and the Arts and the Marist College chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America as part of a series of Ethics Week events being held in conjunction with the School of Management.
Tchividjian is a certified compliance and ethics professional from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, as well as is a member of the Ethics & Compliance Officers Association and the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In addition, he regularly speaks about ethics, public relations and crisis communication. For example, he has appeared on CNN/FN, NY1, WGBH and New England Cable News, as well as spoken at Columbia University, New York University and Penn State, among others. Additionally, he co-authored a chapter in the Ethics and Compliance Handbook as well as writes a blog for Ruder Finn.
Prior to joining Ruder Finn, a leading independent communications agency, Tchividjian worked for the government of Switzerland and served as program director for the New England-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Boston.
New Games Lab Launches in School of Communication and the Arts The Play Innovation Lab designs and researches games and emerging media
How do we create playful experiences that help us learn, connect, and grow? The brand new Play Innovation Lab (www.playinnovationlab.com) in the School of the Communication and the Arts at Marist College seeks to answer this question by designing and researching games and other innovative media, including games, apps, and websites. The Lab, which is a consortium of faculty, students, and other Marist community members, focuses on creating and studying playable media related to learning, social change, civic engagement, ethics and empathy.
Karen Schrier, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Director of the Play Innovation Lab is extremely excited about the Lab, and its ability to show us a new perspective on games and other emerging media. “When many people think of games, they think about its violent aspects, or game addiction, because those are the issues that the news typically covers. But what about the potential of games to help us relive moments from history, to more fully appreciate the natural world, to connect with people across the world, or to reflect on our personal values? The Play Innovation Lab seeks to explore these potentials,” she said.
The Play Innovation Lab officially launches this month with a new annual event called Field Day@Marist, which is co-sponsored with the Marist Game Society (http://clubs.marist.edu/mgs/). The event will feature popular outdoor games such as “Capture the Flag” and “Manhunt,” as well as Marist student-designed games like “Zombie Ball” (designed by Brittany Jelinski, Nick Homler ’13, and Sarah-Kaitlin Perkins), “Diffuse the Bomb” (designed by Daniel Hunter), and “Stand Off” (designed by Billy Hild). The “Field Day@Marist” event runs from 2 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, Sept. 21, rain or shine, in the campus green area next to the Lowell Thomas Building on Marist College campus.
Dr. Karen Schrier, who heads the Play Innovation Lab, teaches in the Interactive Media/Game Design concentration (IM/GD), which is part of the new B.A. in Media Studies and Production (http://www.marist.edu/commarts/mediaarts/mediastudiesandproduction.html). This new major provides students with a foundation in all media—from film, video, and television, to games, mobile, and the web—and prepares students for careers in a wide range of media industries. The IM/GD concentration includes a number of courses, including “Ethics and Games” and “Participatory Media,” which consider the humanistic, civic, and social potentials of media.
As Schrier explains, “People often hear ‘games’ and they immediately consider only the programming and technical aspects—which are important—but it’s also about people. It’s about designing for people, it’s about storytelling, culture, expression and identity, just like any other medium or art form. In the IM/GD concentration and through the Play Innovation Lab, we consider how to design for human needs. After all, play is such a natural and human form of expression.”
This fall, the Play Innovation Lab will be initiating a number of research and game design projects, and is open to working with any individual, department, group, or community organization to prototype and create games and other media. All interested students, faculty, staff and other Marist community members are welcome to join the Play Innovation Lab, and there is no experience or technical knowledge necessary. Meetings are open to the community and held every Thursday from 4-5 pm in Lowell Thomas (LT 154).
For more information about the Play Innovation Lab, please contact Karen Schrier at Karen.Schrier@marist.edu.
About Marist College
Marist College, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance as a "Best Value," is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.
About the Play Innovation Lab at Marist College
Founded in September of 2013, the Marist College Play Innovation Lab is a consortium of Marist College faculty, students, and alumni, led by Dr. Karen Schrier, who are engaged in the creation and research of playable media. The Play Innovation Lab investigates and innovates current and emerging media (including games, apps, and websites), with a focus on designing for social, educational, and civic needs, and using play to teach, help, heal, and understand humanity. Please see www.playinnovationlab.com for more information.
Center for Sports Communication launches first-of-its-kind sports radio show on 1220 ESPN
Sunrise Broadcasting of NY, Inc., and the Marist College Center for Sports Communication announced a partnership to host a weekly sports radio program produced live from the Marist College campus, representing the nation’s first partnership between an ESPN radio affiliate and an academic center on a college campus. The show debuted on Saturday, Sept. 21, before a live studio audience.
The program, named The Classroom, will be heard on Saturday mornings on 1220 ESPN Radio (97.3FM Poughkeepsie) from 10 a.m. to noon. The show will be hosted by accomplished sports academic and commentator Dr. Keith Strudler, director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, and play-by-play sports broadcaster Geoff Brault, voice of the Marist women’s basketball team. They will discuss the big topics and pressing issues in national and international sports, from amateur to professional, that are important to area listeners, going beyond wins and losses. Instead of only discussing what’s happening in sports, The Classroom” will also focus on why it happens.
Strudler believes this type of sports talk can attract a large audience. "Sports talk can be smart, entertaining, and funny," said Strudler. "We want our listeners to enjoy tuning in, to have fun, and to also feel like they learn something new each week. It’s kind of like that one great class you loved in school – we want to be that class, only about sports and without any homework."
"The Classroom" will originate each Saturday morning from the Marist radio studio near the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, one of the nation’s academic leaders in the study of sports media. The show will include lively interviews with sports personalities, regular features, timely commentary, and audience interaction. Marist sports communication undergraduates will help produce the show, adding a youthful perspective and new ideas. The show puts a smart focus on the games we watch and play, all with a quick pace and lively sense of humor.
Bob DeFelice, market manager for Sunrise Broadcasting, is excited about the emerging partnership and the benefits it can provide to students. "We are thrilled to partner with Keith and the Marist College Center for Sports Communication to bring high-quality locally produced sports programming to our airwaves," noted DeFelice. "What makes this collaboration so special is that we are creating an environment where students will receive hands-on training and gain valuable life experience involving all aspects of a commercial sports broadcast operation."
In addition to the Saturday morning program, every Friday, Marist sports communication students will write and produce a three-minute feature highlighting Marist athletics and other sporting events in the area. This segment, called "The Marist Sports Minute," will give listeners insight into what’s happening and what will happen locally in sports.
For more information about the show or the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, please contact Keith Strudler at (845) 575-3506 or Keith.Strudler@marist.edu. For more information about Sunrise Broadcasting or 1220 ESPN Radio, contact Bob DeFelice at (845) 561-21431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Marist College Center for Sports Communication. Founded in October of 2011, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication promotes the study of and practice in sports communication, helping to prepare future leaders in one of society's most far-reaching disciplines. This is accomplished through curricular development in sports communication, research and creative activity in sports communication, presentations by leaders in the field, and community service. In working towards this mission, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication builds strong working partnerships with external agencies in the field of sports communication. It also builds symbiotic relationships with various agencies at Marist, promoting the interdisciplinary nature of this distinct field. The Center maintains an advisory board that provides guidance and support for the Center's activities. The center publicizes its work through its own online presence as well as through traditional media outlets.
About Sunrise Broadcasting, Inc.. Sunrise Broadcasting is a locally owned and operated radio group in the Hudson Valley – with offices in New Windsor, NY. WGNY-AM is FOX 1220 ESPN Radio – broadcasting at 10,000 watts and on 97.3FM in the Poughkeepsie area. In addition Sunrise owns FOX 103.1FM, an Adult Hits Radio station, and operates FOX Oldies 98.9FM (93.7FM and 94.9FM), as well as driveFX – a dance format on 94.1FM & 95.7FM. Sunrise Broadcasting’s eight radio signals reach over one and a half million persons. The stations stream online at www.foxradio.net and on the Tune In app.
About ESPN. ESPN Audio is comprised of the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts. ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners a week on 700 nationwide stations, including more than 350 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets with owned and/or operated FM stations in New York and Dallas, and AM signals in Chicago and Los Angeles.