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Winter 2011
Jennie Donohue
David Burns
ennie Donohue, professional lecturer
of public relations, doesn’t just open
up a textbook to talk about the indus-
try—her lectures come from experience.
Donohue has more than 20 years of f ield
experience in communications working
for corporate, agency, non-prof it and
public work.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree
from Syracuse University with a dual
major in public relations and interna-
tional relations, she also went on to gain
her MBA from Suffolk University.
“I always knew I wanted to work in
communications,” said Donohue. “Now I get to combine my
love for teaching with it.”
“Being able to teach communications now as a full time
teacher I really am living my dream,” said Donahue.
Previously teaching at Marist’s Fishkill campus, Mount
St. Mary College, and the Culinary
Institute of America, Donohue has
been teaching public relations for
many years.
“At the Culinary Institute I taught
Marketing and Food Promotion,” said
Donohue. I have a specialty in market-
ing food so there I got to combine both
two loves as well.”
Donohue’s work has been recog-
nized with the prestigious Silver Anvil
Award which is most prominent in her
career because of its link directly to
public relations.
According to the Public Relations Society of America, the
Silver Anvil Award is only awarded to the “best of the best
public relations practices.” -KATE DUFFY, ‘11
usic has
a l w a y s
been a
passion of profes-
sor David Burns,
who has spent the
last 20 years of his
life sharing his gift
through teaching.
After graduating
Biblical University in
Langhorne, Pa., with
a dual degree in bibli-
cal science and music,
he began teaching mu-
sic at the Middletown
City School District,
as well as teaching private piano lessons, and serving as a
director of church choirs.
Burns is no stranger to the Hudson Valley, having grown
up in Newburgh, N.Y. In 2009 he joined Marist College’s
Music Department as an adjunct, becoming a full-time
member in August of that year.
He candidly recalls the reason he was led to Marist.
“Before I came to Marist I was unemployed, working for
a charter bus company, which was not what I wanted to do,”
Burns said.
His close friend who happened to be an adjunct at Marist
told him about a job opportunity at Marist as a gospel choir
teacher. This grabbed Burns’ attention because it was a
profession he was very familiar with, having served as the
minister of music at his college, and later on in several
churches as a choir director.
Burns went in for an interview with Arthur
Himmelberger, director of music.
“Next thing I knew I got the job,” Burns said. “Art
also asked me to teach.”
Burns f it naturally into this position as evidenced by
the students who have him. All you have to do is men-
tion his name and words like funny, nice and great begin to
spew out of their mouths.
Burns currently teaches History of Rock and Roll, History
of African American Music, and Music Cultures of the
World, and is working on developing new classes, includ-
ing the History of Gospel Music. By 2012 he hopes to offer
Women in Music.
photo by Elora Stack, 12