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Fall 2013

Center for Sports Communication launches first-of-its kind sports radio show on 1220 ESPN

Ed Smith's Work at Royal Scottish Academy

Veteran Business Journalist Stuart Varney On Campus

Center for Sports Communication hosts Baseball Legend Bobby Valentine

6th Century bronze Greek Corinthian helmet is focal point of the Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition at the Marist Gallery

Summer 2013 

Filmmaking Students win Competition in Lake Placid

Spring 2013

Communication Students win Award at the 2013 New York State Business Competition

Fashion Program Director chaired the Arts of Fashion education seminars at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Sports Communication Students Win National Case Study Competition

The Center for Sports Communication hosts Yankees baseball analyst Jack Curry

Feature Presenter at the U.S. National Summit on Strategic Communication

Fashion Student Win Big at YMA FSF Geoffrey Bean National Scholarship Award 

Sports Journalist Chris Mannix hosted by Center for Sports Communication

Fall 2012

Fashion Capstone in Paris

Bryant Gumbel Visits

Actor Michael Gaston Visits

NY Daily News Film Critic give Inaugural Address

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix to speak on campus

Ronald Freyberger presents "Marie Antoinette in America"

PR Faculty Named to Sprout Creek Farm Board of Directors

Media Arts Professor in Los Angeles

Donise English and Marist Graduate Exhibit Work at Gallery 61

Fashionology Donates to House of Hope

PR Student picked to attend a special White House Social Media Event


Communication Scholars Acknowledged at Prestigious National Convention

Dr. Jen Eden, Assistant Professor in the Marist School of Communications & the Arts, was awarded a top four paper in the interpersonal communication category at the 99th National Communication Association (NCA) Convention held in Washington, D.C. Jen’s award highlighted many of the recognitions both she and her colleagues, Dr. Shannon Roper and Dr. Nadine Hoffmann, received at this prestigious conference.

In addition to her paper titled, “Affectionate Communication is Associated with Immunologic and Cardiologic Health Markers” that received acknowledgment, Jen also presented two other papers at the conference, “Relational Maintenance in the Digital Age: How Friends, Romantic Partners, and Acquaintances Use Multiple Modalities to Maintain Proximal Relationships” and “Development and Validation of a Facebook Relational Maintenance Measure.” She also chaired two presentation sessions and was an acting respondent for a third applied communication session.

Shannon, Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Marist School of Communications, participated in a panel discussion regarding online dating. She was one of four panelists discussing the nuances of computer mediated dating websites, with her research presentation titled, “What’s in a Name for Online Dating?” She, too, chaired a research presentation session called, “Self Presentation Skills and Communication Competence.”

Nadine, Assistant Professor at Marist College, conducted research on foreign and domestic car brands and their identification with the company’s associated country of origin. Her poster presentation, “How Do You Like my Country? The Impact of Attitudes Toward Country of Origin on Car Manufacturer Communication” was delivered Saturday morning.

The NCA Annual Convention convened from Thursday, November 21 to Sunday, November 24 in the Exhibit Hall at the Marriot Wardman Park located in downtown Washington. More than 5,000 communication professionals from over 1,000 higher education institutions attended the 2013 conference, making it one of the largest gatherings of its kind for communication practitioners in the country.

Additional information regarding the convention can be retrieved from:


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


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:

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.


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:


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

new media labHow do we create playful experiences that help us learn, connect, and grow? The brand new Play Innovation Lab ( 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 ( 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 ( 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

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 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 For more information about Sunrise Broadcasting or 1220 ESPN Radio, contact Bob DeFelice at (845) 561-21431 or

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 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,, 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.


Ed Smith's Work at Royal Scottish Academy

Work by Marist College Professor of Art and Art Gallery Director Ed Smith is included in Sculptors' Prints, an exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. The exhibition runs from February 23 to March 31. Smith's work, Battle of the Naked Men, included in this exhibition, is based upon a work of the same name by Antonio Pollaiuolo, a 15th-century Florentine artist, which was one of the earliest and most influential of Italian engravings. Smith's print is nearly 7 feet x 7 feet and is made of 12 separate sheets.

The Royal Scottish Academy is that country's preeminent arts institution, and features some of Scotland's most distinguished sculptors, including academy members. Smith is one of only two American artists to be included in the show, which features prominent sculptors like Eduardo Paolozzi, Doug Cocker, Antoni Tapies, and Arthur Watson.

Ed Smith is associate professor of art and art gallery director at Marist College. Smith is a Guggenheim fellow in sculpture and drawing and an associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He is also an associate fellow at Trumbull College, Yale University. Smith has been a visiting artist, lecturer, artist-in-residence, professor and distinguished visiting artist at numerous institutions including Boston University, Yale University, Lacoste School of the Arts in France, New York Studio School, Glasgow School of Art, and North Glasgow College. His work has been written about and reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art News, The Miami Herald, Times Union, Giornale Dell'Arte, The San Francisco Examiner, Art New England, and many others publications. Smith's awards and honors include, Awards for Teaching Excellence, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, Ford Foundation Grants, First Alternate Prix de Rome, Fulbright Award, 2009-10 Marist College Faculty of the Year Award, and NY State Council on the Arts.


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.


6th Century bronze Greek Corinthian helmet is focal point of the Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition at the Marist Gallery

The opening reception for the annual Marist College Art and Art History Exhibition took place on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5 -7 p.m. This year’s exhibit will feature a very special piece, a bronze Greek Corinthian helmet from the 6th

Ed Smith, professor of art and gallery director, met an art and antiquities dealer over the summer, while teaching in Venice, Italy. The dealer, a Marist parent, was able to arrange a loan of the helmet with its owner, a private New York collector, so that the piece could be featured in the College’s gallery. Smith was inspired to pursue the helmet by "The Boxer," a Greek bronze that was featured over the summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "That great piece made me think, 'why couldn't we do something on a smaller scale here at Marist?'" Smith says. His hope was that he would be able to find a piece that possessed the same gravity and beauty as "The Boxer."

This helmet meets that high standard. The piece enables students to study the Hellenistic history and spirit, concepts from ancient Greece that continue to be relevant today, Smith says. "Since we've got the new core going on, we want to try to engage more and more students in different ideas," he says, "not only in art."

The show will essentially have two parts: artwork completed by Marist faculty throughout the year and works that were done specifically in response to the helmet, making it the focal point of this year's exhibition. Professor of Art James Luciana, for example, will show two pieces specific to the helmet. Luciana created "Shadow Warrior" and "Ritual Vessel" using giclee (inkjet printing). "Professor Luciana took digital files and created a completely new hybrid," Smith says of these works. IIn "Ritual Vessel", Luciana digitally manipulated the helmet and turned it into a vessel underneath a background that he created. Luciana, a longtime member of the Marist art faculty, has written numerous books about both digital and film photography.

This exhibition will run through Saturday, Oct. 19. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 12-5 p.m.


Summer 2013 

Filmmaking Students win Competition in Lake Placid

A team of Marist College students won the “Sleepless in Lake Placid” filmmaking competition with their seven-minute film, Allure.   The team—Marissa Aiuto, Nick Homler, Jeff Scott, and Ali Read-- triumphed over teams from Syracuse University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “Sleepless in Lake Placid” is part of the Lake Placid Film Forum held every June, and sponsored by the Adirondack Film Society.

“Sleepless in Lake Placid” requires students to write, shoot, edit, and deliver a 5 to 9 minute film in twenty-four hours. Teams must also incorporate certain pre-determined “elements” that relate each film to Lake Placid culture. Elements change every year but always reference Lake Placid’s outdoor sporting tradition and Olympian heritage. Marist has participated in the competition since 2011.

A panel of industry judges awarded Allure the Robin Pell Award for Best Film, named for the late Robin Pell, a founding member of the Adirondack Film Society. Marist’s entry also garnered the Best Actor and Best Actress awards for its two leading performers, Chris LaFountain and Jessica Marshall.

Each member of the Marist team was given a certificate plus a cash prize. The faculty sponsor was Jeff Bass of the Media Arts Department.


CAPTION: Team Marist on the set of Allure, 6/13/13        CAPTION: Left to Right, Ali Read, Marissa Aiuto, Jeff Scott, Nick Homler  


Spring 2013 

Communication Students win Award at the 2013 New York State Business Competition

A group of four students from the School of Communication & the Arts, as well one student from the School of Management competed and won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 New York State Business Plan Competition, which was held at SUNY Albany College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering on April 26th. The students’ business plan focused on offering small businesses in the Mid-Hudson area options for social media campaigns that are tailored to their brand. The student team, dubbed Engage, competed in the Social/Non-Profit category.

Presenters had ten minutes to pitch their ideas to the judges followed by a five-minute question and answer session. Engage was among over 100 other teams from 25 colleges and universities across New York State. The judging panel included over 30 venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, and seasoned entrepreneurs. Prizes included over $150,000 and in-kind prizes.

The winning Marist students developed a non-profit called Engage, a social media agency for small businesses in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The students performed primary and secondary research in order to develop several components for their presentation, including financial projections, a pricing strategy, as well as a case study they executed on Facebook with Rossi’s Deli in Poughkeepsie.

The team was composed of Seniors Kelly Tranfaglia and Casey Fisk, Juniors Jackie Mucilli and Sam Baines, and Sophomore Chris Lorenz. Tranfaglia, Fisk, and Lorenz are Advertising majors within the School of Communication. Mucilli is a double Public Relations and Advertising major, and Baines is a Marketing major in the School of Management. School of Communication faculty members Kathy Boyle and LoriBeth Greenan served as faculty advisors for the team.


Fashion Program Director chaired the Arts of Fashion education seminars at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

As part of the Arts of Fashion international fashion design competion, hosted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Marist College Fashion Program Director, Radley Cramer, chaired the morning session of the AOF Fashion Education Seminar Series on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. In addition to chairing the event and presenting his work “The Impact of Disruptive Technology on Fashion Education,” Cramer also served as a juror for the first-round judging of the annual fashion design competition. The competition included more than 300 works from 45 countries, and featured a jury representing the United States, Finland, People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, France and South Korea. 50 finalists will advance to the second level of competition.


Sports Communication Students Win National Case Study Competition

A team of four Marist College sports communication students won this year's undergraduate case study competition held by the College Sports Research Institute (CSRI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The case study presentation was held on Wednesday, April 17, as part of the institute's annual academic conference on intercollegiate athletics. Marist was announced the winning team Friday morning at the conference. Marist also won the competition in 2011 and placed second in 2012. The University of Tennessee finished second this year, while last year's winner Loras College finished third.

Marist competed against 12 other teams from colleges and universities around the country. Marist's team consists of senior Milena Carrese, junior Taylor Mead, and sophomores Caitlin Kelly and Zachary Obid. All four are sports communication majors. None of the four competitors were part of previous case study teams, making their overall victory even more impressive.

Case study coordinator Dr. Coyte Cooper of the University of North Carolina noted the high quality of student work this year and the increased competitiveness of all teams. During the awards ceremony, he also noted Marist's tradition of top finishes.

Although tired, Kelly was excited with the victory.

"I could tell by the positive reactions of the judges that we had really made the right choices with all our research," said Kelly. "We worked really hard, and I'm proud of the entire team."

This year's case study focused on Holy Cross University and the evolution of the Big East Athletic Conference. For the competition, teams had to successfully complete two parts of the case study project. First, they wrote and submitted in advance a written case study on whether Holy Cross should have joined the Big East in its formation in 1979. Second, students gave a 10-minute presentation on whether now Holy Cross should entertain a move from its current athletic conference to another, like the new Big East, if given the opportunity. The presentation was followed by five minutes of questions from a panel of academics and sports administrators.

Obid noted that Marist's location in the northeast gave them a strategic advantage in discussing Holy Cross and northeastern athletic conferences.

"I grew up near Boston, and I'm very familiar with these schools and these leagues. When we had to answer questions about arenas in Worcester, I could actually talk about those arenas because I've been there," noted Obid.

Keith Strudler, director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and the team's faculty advisor, is thrilled by the professionalism of these students in producing high caliber work.

"Winning is always great for the students, and it's a validation of all the time and effort they put into this project," said Strudler. "But more importantly, I am impressed by how well they handled a very competitive academic environment and really came together as a team."

For more information about CSRI's case study competition, go to

For more information about the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, visit


The Center for Sports Communication hosts Yankees baseball analyst Jack Curry

Yankees baseball analyst and award winning baseball writer Jack Curry will speak at Marist College on Thursday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in theMcCann Arena. Curry will talk and answer questions about his experiences covering baseball and offer advice to aspiring sports media professionals. The event is sponsored by the Marist College Center for Sports Communication. Curry is best known for his analysis on the Yankee’s pre- and post-game shows on the YES Network, where he has worked since 2010. He is also a columnist forYesnetwork.comand was a part of the YES team that won a 2011 Emmy Award for its Yankees coverage. Curry is also recognized for his coverage of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the New York Yankees during a long career atThe New York Times. While atThe Times, Curry covered 18 World Series, 11 All-Star Games, 10 MLB Winter meetings and two World Baseball Classics. Curry has made appearances on MSG’s Angles round table show and WCBS-TV’sBaseball Insiderweekly studio show. He has also provided commentary on television and radio shows such as ESPN’sOutside the Lines, MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, ESPN Radio’sThe Michael Kay Showand various WFAN Radio programs. Curry is co-author, with Derek Jeter, ofThe New York Timesbest sellerThe Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams.


PR Faculty Feature Presenter at the U.S. National Summit on Strategic Communication

Professor Mark Van Dyke will be the featured presenter at the upcoming U.S. National Summit on Strategic Communication in Washington, D.C, April 22-23.

An expert is strategic communication research and practice, Professor Van Dyke was invited to close the Summit by Robert Grupp, who has also arranged for presentations by senior leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives, IBM, NATO, the U.S. military services and defense agencies, corporations, etc. Robert Grupp, who is organizing the conference, is president of his own international communication management agency. He has also served as president and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations and the International Public Relations Association, and he is a member of the Arthur Page Society. Click here to learn more about the Summit.


Fashion Students Win Big at YMA FSF Geofffrey Beane National Scholarship Award

When the stars of the New York fashion world gathered at the Waldorf Astoria in early January to honor industry leaders present and future, Marist students were front and center. The YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards, among the industry’s most prestigious competitions, drew entrees from the country’s top 41 fashion and business programs, including Harvard, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Savannah College of Art & Design, in addition to Marist. By night’s end, Marist students had captured six $5,000 scholarships, one $10,000 scholarship, and one of only four $30,000 Geoffrey Beene Scholarship awards, which went to Nicole Rodgers, a junior fashion design major from Byfield, Mass. “I could not be more pleased with the hard work and well-earned success of our students and the superb mentoring of these students by the fashion faculty,” said Fashion Program Director Radley Cramer, who, along with several members of the fashion faculty and members of the College’s senior administration, turned out to support the scholarship winners. “These students will become the next leaders of the fashion industry.”

Nicole participated in the summer pre-college fashion design summer course the summer before her freshman year. Through that experience, she says, she grew as a designer and realized that fashion was her true passion. Last year, she won Marist’s Sophomore Design Award and the YMA/FSF Scholarship, which made her eligible to be nominated by the Marist Fashion Program as a candidate for this year's Geoffrey Beene Scholarship. Her winning concept focused on sustainability throughout the entire product life cycle. Her case study retailer, Verden, addresses issues starting with the creative process all the way through sourcing ethical materials, to producing the garments, to choosing sustainable options within the pop-up store itself.

With eight winners overall, Marist’s showing at this year’s event was its best ever. In terms of total awards among the 41 schools, it finished behind only Cornell University, which had nine winners. Relative to the size, however, Marist had the most winners among the field. Marist winners were: Maria Catalano, a sophomore fashion design major from Collegeville, Penn.; Kellie-Anne Cerini, a junior fashion design major from Nesconset, N.Y.; Philippa Hatch, a junior fashion design and fashion merchandising double major from Middletown, Md.; Jill Hub, a sophomore fashion design major from Pompton Plains, N.J.;Dana Liu, a junior fashion design major from Northport, N.Y.;Paige Palermo, a senior fashion merchandising major from Saugus, Mass., who won $10,000 in recognition for her being one of the top six applicants with the highest overall rating of their proposals; Marissa Wilson, a sophomore fashion design major from Howell, N.J.; and Nicole Rodgers.


Sports Journalist Chris Mannix hosted by Center for Sports Communication

Mannix, a Sports Illustrated writer and NBC Sports host, will talk and answer questions about his experiences covering sports and offer advice to aspiring sports media professionals. The event is free and open to the public. Mannix is perhaps best known for his insider coverage of the NBA and professional boxing, covering both sports for Sports Illustrated, where he has worked since 2003. He is also the host of the Chris Mannix Show on NBC Sports Radio and is the ringside reporter for Fight Night on NBC and NBC Sports Network. Mannix has been a frequent guest on sports talk programs such as The Dan Patrick Show and ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

Mannix has also become well known for his writing about first-person experiences with athletes. He played guard in the NBA D-league, enrolled in bull riding school, and most famously sparred against boxer Juan Manuel Marquez. Growing up in Boston, Mannix started working in sports as a teenager as a locker room attendant for the Boston Celtics and by covering high school sports for The Boston Globe. He continued those roles while earning his undergraduate degree in English from Boston College. For more information about the event or the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, please visit its website at


Fall 2012 

Fashion Capstone in Paris

It was a “fashion first.” With the launch of a new semester abroad program with French partner ModˡSpè Paris Institut Supérieur Spécialisé de la Mode, came the exciting new opportunity of a Fashion Merchandising capstone project that crossed the Atlantic. In the first international project for graduating fashion merchandising majors, students rose to the challenge of creating a business expansion plan for Griproix, a long-standing name in French fashion luxury.

In mid-December a team of three students – Samantha Duke, Megan Walsh and Victoria Nolan – along with capstone instructor Jodi Hartmann and fashion program director Radley Cramer left for a visit to Paris. The students were there to present the outcome of many months of research and dedication to the owner of Griproix, the luxury jewelry company that is closely tied to the finest names of French haute couture.

Gripoix, founded in 1869 in Paris, is a foremost maker of bijoux de couture, or premier costume jewelry. Using a process of glass manipulation called pate de verre (poured glass) the company has been linked to the jewelry seen on the French haute couture runways. When Chanel brought costume jewelry to the forefront of French fashion in the 1920s, she worked with Gripoix. Other famously chic names followed, including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, and others. 

Today, Gripoix is owned by chic French socialite Marie Keslassy, who attended the student presentation at ModˡSpé, as did Jane Peck of the internationally known communications firm Fraiche with offices in Paris and New York City. Also in attendance were a select group of French and international students currently studying at ModˡSpé Paris.

Madame Keslassy listened attentively as the Marist students presented their project comprised of an extensive business and promotional plan to assist Gripoix in expanding to the US market. The project was rich with creative and business ideas, including buyer’s information packets, promotional plans, a functional website, Pinterest site complete with followers, and promotional video. Madame Keslassy described the experience as “truly amazing!” According to student Samantha Duke, ”Our group made incredible progress contacting buyers and showrooms in the US in such a relatively short time, being in meetings in New York one week, and presenting feedback in Paris the next week has made it quite a whirlwind, but one I would not trade for anything. I know I will take so much of what I have learned throughout the process into my first job and future career.” In fact, Samantha has just accepted her first post-college job as a product developer for Macy’s.

Meghan Walsh, another presenting student said, “It was amazing to know that we may have had an effect on the way this company will conduct international business in the future. It was a wonderful experience to present such an in-depth project, and answer real-world questions from the owner of the company, as well as French students. This will be an experience that I will never forget.” Student Victoria Nolan added, following the group’s visit to the Gripoix atelier in Paris, “I could have never imagined how breathtaking it would be to see the products we have worked to promote in America being created one by one, by hand. We were thrilled to present our recommendations to Marie Keslassy.”

As so often happens in fashion one thing leads to another. During their promotional work for Gripoix the students connected with Cameron Silver, author of the much-praised new title in fashion, Decades. Mr. Silver is a highly respected fashion authority from Los Angeles, and a fan of vintage Gripoix jewelry. The students were invited to attend his New York City book signing event just prior to their Paris travels, and continued to stay connected with a breakfast meeting the following morning. In addition to being an author and respected retailer, Mr. Silver will be the host of a forthcoming television series on the Bravo network.

Small world, great connections, and wonderful things ahead for these Marist Fashion Program students.


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Journalist, Sportscaster and host of HBO's Real Sports Bryant Gumbel participated in a Q&A in the Nelly Goletti Theater on Thursday November 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm.  Gumbel has previously hosted the Today Show and currently is in his 18th season as the host of Real Sports.




Actor Michael Gaston Visits

Professional actor Michael Gaston visited Marist on November 28 to coach students in Professor Jeff Bass's Media Performance class.  Gaston, a resident of New Paltz, has appeared in numerous films including Inception and Ransom, and has played recurring characters on The Sopranos, Ally McBeal, and The West Wing. actor mgaston

He is currently on hiatus from filming episodes of ABC's Last Resort.Gaston met Bass met last June when Bass took a team of Marist students to the 24-hour filmmaking competition, "Sleepless in Lake Placid", part of the annual Lake Placid Film Forum. Gaston was a celebrity guest of the forum and judge for the competition. Bass invited Gaston to lend his experience and talent as an actor to the Media Performance class, and he graciously accepted.

Gaston's next project will be to appear in the Broadway production of Nora Ephron's The Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks.


NY Daily News Film Critic gives Inaugural Address

NYcritic1On Monday, November 12, Marist College hosted former NY Daily News film critic Kathleen Carroll, the inaugural events in the new theatre of the Lowell Thomas Communication Center. Ms. Carroll gave two presentations; the first entitled “My Memories of Lowell Thomas,” in which she shared her childhood recollections of having the legendary broadcaster and filmmaker as a family friend. She read from letters written between Lowell Thomas and her father, who were close friends, and screened the film “High Adventure” about Thomas’s famous trip to Tibet in 1949. At the conclusion, Ms. Carroll presented the letters to John Ainsley, curator of special collections at the Marist Library, who will add them to the Lowell Thomas collection.

The evening presentation was on Ms. Carroll’s nearly thirty-year career as a film critic. From the late 60s to the early 90s, she interviewed nearly every major actor or director including Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Federico Fellini, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford. In some cases, she interviewed the same celebrity many times, and a friendship evolved. She told a story of inviting Clint Eastwood to screen a film he had just made to students she was teaching at St. John’s University. The students’ subdued reaction was a big disappointment to Eastwood, until they all lined up to ask for his autograph. Ms. Carroll also remembered visiting the set of “Jaws” and sitting comfortably on a floating barge with director Steven Spielberg, while actors Richard Dreyfus, Roy Schieder, and Robert Shaw were soaked to the skin filming a shark attack scene.

Kathleen Carroll is currently co-founder and artistic director of the Lake Placid Film Forum.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix to speak on campus

The Marist College Center for Sports Communication will host a presentation by Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix on Wednesday November 28th, at 7p.m., at the Nelly Goletti Theatre in the Student Center. Mannix has covered the NBA since 2003 and currently writes the magazine's weekly notes column. Mannix also writes about boxing and once sparred against professional boxer Juan Manuel Marquez. The event is free and open to the public.


Ronald Freyberger presents "Marie Antoinette in America"


ronaldfreybergerOn Friday November 2 in Donnelly 225 from 2-3 pm Mr. Ronald Freyberger will present his highly acclaimed illustrative lecture, "Marie Antoinette in America: Her Royal Treasures in the New World." The highly illustrated presentation features 53 impressive works, now in 14 museums in the United States, that originally adorned Marie-Antoinette's apartments at Versailles, Fontainebleau, the Tuileries, Saint-Cloud and other royal residences before the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789. Prior to the presentation Mr. Freyberger will host a private luncheon with select students and faculty in the art and fashion programs.


Ronald Freyberger in a highly accomplished art historian, researcher, author, and lecturer with expertise in 18th century French decorative arts, European decorative arts, the history of collections, and collecting and the art market. Mr. Freyberger has lectured and given gallery talks in some of the most impressive museums and galleries in the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, L.A., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the University of Edinburgh, UK. Mr. Freyberger also serves as an art historical consultant for Christie's, Sotheby's (both in London, Monaco, & New York. Mr. Freyberger is also an accomplished author, with articles appearing in Apollo, The Magazine Antiques, Christie's Review of the Year, and Christie's International Magazine. A member of The French Porcelain Society, a Samuel H. Kress Fellow, and a Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Ronald Freyberger resides in New York City.


PR Faculty Named to Sprout Creek Farm Board of Directors

Jennie Donohue, professional lecturer of public relations in the School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College, has been named to the board of directors of Sprout Creek Farm, Inc., a local non-profit educational center, working farm and retail market.

Donohue joined the full-time faculty at Marist College in the fall of 2010. She is an award-winning communication professional with more than two decades of industry experience. Among other responsibilities, she also serves as the faculty adviser to the college’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and its student-run public relations firm, North Road Communications. Donohue was recently honored with the 2011-2012 School of Communication and the Arts Faculty Member of the Year award by the Marist College Student Government Association.

While Donohue’s association with Sprout Creek Farm goes back several years, it was ultimately education that reconnected them. For 30 years Sprout Creek Farm has been dedicated to experiential education, using the farm as its classroom to help children and adults learn by doing. Donohue wanted to give her public relations students at Marist a similar hands-on learning opportunity; one that would allow them to gain real-world experience researching and writing media and marketing materials for a local non-profit client, specifically Sprout Creek Farm.

Sprout Creek Farm, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based on 200 acres in scenic Dutchess County, N.Y. The organization was founded in 1982 as a means of emphasizing the connections among education, agriculture and the environment. Today the farm produces more than 15 handcrafted cows’ and goats’ milk cheeses with proceeds supporting its year-round educational programs that help visitors reconnect with agriculture, experience a sense of community and foster an appreciation for the environment while developing important life skills. For more information, call 845-485-8438, visit or “like” the organization at


Media Arts Professor in Los Angeles

Assistant Professor of Media Arts, Josh Robbin’s script, “I’m not Down” was accepted at the prestigious Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab, held in September and October, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The intensive five-week program is intended to develop the careers of filmmakers and to take their projects to the next level of viability. Every year, Film Independent, the non-profit entity that produces the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, accepts ten projects for development out of more than five hundred qualified submissions. Writers of accepted projects become Film Independent Lab Fellows and receive year-round support from Film Independent. Fellows also receive passes to the Los Angeles Film Festival and become eligible to join the Independent Caucus of the Writer’s Guild of America. During the program, Fellows receive feedback and advice on their projects and their careers in group and one-on-one sessions with established screenwriters and filmmakers. For more information see


Donise English and Marist Graduate Exhibit Work at Gallery 61

Donise English, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, has been invited to participate in an exhibition at Gallery 61 at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, titled "Inspired Colleagues.” As part of the prestigious exhibition of work by teachers and their students, Donise was charged with the task of selecting a Marist graduate whose work would also be included. Chosen to take part was Emily Wist, a Marist 2010 graduate and Art and Art History’s 2010 Baccalaureate. Both Donise and Emily have a number of works in painting, sculpture and artists' books in the exhibition. The Exhibition runs from September 6 through October 4. For more information about the exhibition see


Fashionology Donates to the House of Hope

Today, Spring 2013 Fashionology students, under the direction of Professor Lydia Biskup, met with Min. Luader Smith, the Founder and Executive Director of the House of Hope, to donate merchandise sold at the student-run boutique. The House of Hope is a dedicated and influential organization that brings awareness to domestic violence while also opening their doors to those who have no place else to turn. They provide a “house of hope” to victims providing them also with “spiritual guidance.” Fashionology recognizes the difference the House of Hope brings to their community and is proud to offer assistance to an organization that already does so much.

For more information concerning the House of Hope please visit their website at:


PR Student picked to attended a special White House Social Media Event

Marist PR student Kelsey Donohue, currently finishing her senior year in DC while interning with the Department of Education (a connection she made through social media), was live tweeting during the State of the Union last night. In addition, she was selected from thousands of applicants to attend and tweet during a special White House social media event following the SOTU. For more information about her story, visit or tweet her, @kelsdonohue. Kelsey did a great job last night! Even the Poughkeepsie Journal was following her tweets.