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Winter 2012
Communication
Members of Marist’s Red Foxes
chapter of the Public Relations
Student Society of America (PRSSA)
conducted a public speaking work-
shop for 13 Girl Scouts from Pleasant
Valley Troop 10197 and Hyde Park
Troop 10141 on April 8.
PRSSA members Michael
Bernardini, Sabrina Clark, Nick Fugitt,
Deanna Morosoff and Alexis Murphy
(all class of’12) with faculty adviser
Jennie Donohue, developed the
90-minute workshop over a
several-week period.
The evening session included
educational and hands-on training
designed to help the Girl Scouts
develop their public speaking and
leadership abilities.
PRSSA hosts local
Girl Scouts
Iconic sports broadcaster returns to Marist
Marist welcomed sports broadcaster
Mike Breen to campus on Oct. 19 to dis-
cuss his achievements and offer advice
to sports communication majors. The
event was organized by the professor
Keith Strudler, and Breen was joined on
stage by professional sports writer Ian
O’Connor, ’86.
Having worked in the sports industry
for over 25 years, Breen has emerged
as one of the NBA’s iconic voices. He is
currently the play-by-play
announcer for the New York
Knicks on MSG and also calls
the NBA Finals for ABC and
ESPN. Breen’s work has also
led him to multiple Olympic
games handling play-by-
play for men’s and women’s
basketball.
Breen began his sporting
career right at Marist, calling
men’s basketball games for
the Colony Sports Network.
“Marist had a great impact
on my career from the start,” Breen said.
Breen’s first job was as a news-
caster for WEOK/WPDH Radio in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Three years later,
Breen landed a job as a producer for
WNBC Radio and his career has taken
off ever since.
“He’s proof that you can start calling
Marist games, and you can end up at
the NBA Finals,” Strudler said.
Breen stressed to students that they
need a strong desire for the field in
order to succeed.
“If you have a passion for something,
anything, whether it is numbers, ani-
mals, sports, and you can do something
in that field, try it,” Breen said. “You owe
it to yourself to try that profession.”
Breen said that the hardest part of
his job, besides the travel, is to remain
objective when calling a game by not
bringing personal relationships into the
mix.
“My number one goal is to service the
viewers,” Breen said.
By the end of the talk, students had
gained ample insight into what it is like
to be successful in the sports broadcast-
ing field.
“This is the most exciting time in your
life,” Breen said. “Everything is chang-
ing. It’s always a tough field to get into
but don’t let people discourage you
from trying something.”
—RACHAEL BLAIR, ‘12
Photo by Al Nowak