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Winter 2012
James Duryea
is responsible for the day-to-day
operations of the Media Center. He oversees scheduling of
the facilities including but not
limited to the Avid suites, TV
studio and sound recordings.
But Duryea isn’t always
stuck in the office. He is also a
producer for the Media Center
and he works with faculty and
administration on campus to
create content. He has created
informational videos for local
non-profits and also helps
Marist athletics get their tech-
nology up and running.
“I appreciate the diversity
of products I get to work on,”
Duryea said. “It goes from
classroom support to teaching
to highly technical. It’s a little
bit of everything.”
Before coming to Marist, Duryea worked in New York City
as a film-to-tape colorist. He did that for 15 years until he
decided to switch to freelancing in 2000.
“When I was a colorist I did one thing five
days a week,” Duryea said. “But after 15 years, I
kind of burned out of it.”
By accident, Duryea picked up the local
paper and saw the ad for the Media Center job.
“I thought it was intriguing,” Duryea said.
Duryea started in August 2002 and has been
helping Marist’s faculty and administration ever
This year Duryea received the Faculty Service
Award, given to an outstanding School of
Communication & the Arts staff member who
has demonstrated exceptional service and dedi-
cation to the school.
“He continually goes above and beyond for
our faculty and students,” said Steven Ralston,
dean of SCA. “We are so thankful to have him
as a member of our staff.”
Lee Walis
is the manager of technical services for the
Media Center. He is responsible for all classroom technology
campus-wide including projectors and podiums. But Walis
isn’t just responsible for maintaining them; he is the brains
behind building them.
When Walis came to Marist 10 years ago,
the college only had 12 systems. He has now
built that to 140 systems.
“Some are very simple and some are very
complicated like the training room in the
Hancock Center and the television studios,”
Walis said.
But his work at Marist doesn’t stop there.
Walis is the sound engineer for the campus,
controlling the sound for all concerts and music
events, and teaches the class Audio for Media.
“It’s the only dedicated audio course in the
production track,” Walis said. “It’s my favorite
thing to do. I love the freedom they give me.”
Walis also maintains the video editing
systems throughout the college. When Walis
came to Marist there were only a handful of ma-
chines, but he now maintains a few dozen com-
puters and an entire lab that are all connected via EditShare.
“This is a work model that large studios use so we’re very
fortunate to have this kind of equipment,” Walis said.
Walis started his career in the communication world re-
pairing and installing systems. When a product would break,
he would open it up and fix it. But as it became cheaper to
replace something, Walis had to learn something else. He got
into network engineering, installing computer networks for
legal and governmental organizations.
But as the field of
network engineering
changed, Walis sought
a new path. He came to
Marist to work for their
Information Technology
department, until he saw
the opening at the Media
Center for computing and
electronics and knew it
was perfect for him.
“It’s the most reward-
ing work I’ve done,”
Walis said. “I’ve worked
at IBM, I’ve owned my
own business, but I’m
very happy with what I
do here.”
Walis said the most re-
warding part of his job is working with students and teaching.
“You never know what students might bring. Editors and
capping students get into problems,” Walis said. “I’ ll get an
email down the road of students saying they’ve used something
I’ve taught them.”