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BC News and the Marist Institute
for Public Opinion launched a
polling partnership, the NBC News/
Marist Poll, for the 2012 Republican
primary season.
The NBC News/Marist Poll gauged
public opinion throughout the fall in
key Republican primary and caucus
states and will track the campaign for
the Republican nomination.
“With the diversity of states in play
in this year’s Republican race, let alone
for the general election, it’s important
for NBC News to have a partner who will bring
academic and statistical rigor to the difficult
task of state polling. Marist is that partner,”
says Chuck Todd, NBC News political direc-
tor and chief White House correspondent.
NBC News Partners with Marist Poll
for Republican Primary Season
“What better way could an
educational institution inform the
public on the critical issues of the
day?” says Marist President Dennis
J. Murray. “The unprecedented rela-
tionship between NBC News and the Marist
Poll aims to do just that.”
As an academic polling institute, the
Marist Poll informs Marist students and the
public about its poll results and brings to light
Chuck Todd, NBC News; student phone callers survey the public from the Marist
Institute for Public Opinion’s new headquarters in the Hancock Center.
A
seminar led by two of the top sports
communication professionals in the
country launched the Marist College Center
for Sports Communication, which will serve
as the college’s hub for academic activity in
this growing discipline.
Award-winning sportscaster Mike Breen
spoke with Marist students Oct. 19, 2011, in
the Nelly Goletti Theatre in Marist’s Student
Center. Approximately 200 students engaged
in a two-hour question-and-answer session
with the play-by-play legend, discussing
everything from how to break into the busi-
ness to the challenges that face professionals
in the evolving media industry.
Breen is one of the nation’s most recog-
nizable play-by-play announcers, calling
everything from the NBA finals to the
Olympics. He is both the lead NBA sports-
caster for ESPN/ABC and the voice of the New
York Knicks for the MSG Network.
Joining Breen onstage was ESPN sports
writer and nationally recognized sports
columnist Ian O’Connor ’86. O’Connor is the
author of
The Captain: The Journey of Derek
Jeter
and New York Times best seller
Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and
Golf’s Greatest Rivalry
. He provided
students with a counter-perspective
on life in the post-paper world of
electronic journalism and how this
career differs from the world of tele-
vision announcing. O’Connor also
discussed the challenges of master-
ing new skills throughout his career,
including his jump to becoming a
sports talk radio host for ESPN-1050
in recent years.
Breen’s visit to Marist marks a
return to the genesis of his profes-
sional sportscasting career, having
Award-winning sportscaster Mike Breen
(left) and ESPN sports writer and nation-
ally recognized sports columnist Ian
O’Connor ’86 (right) led a seminar for
Marist students in October. The seminar
launched the Marist College Center for
Sports Communication, headed by Marist
Associate Professor Keith Strudler (center).
survey methods and the behind-the-scenes
of polling.
“As a polling institute, we adhere to a strict
standard of transparency, and we look forward
to letting the public in on how we come to our
findings,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Marist
Poll director. “We are excited to work with the
political team at NBC News and to provide
our students and the public with a front-row
seat to the political dialogue of the day.”
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Sports Media Heavyweights Mike Breen and Ian O’Connor ’86
Launch Center for Sports Communication
started at Poughkeepsie’s WEOK/WPDH radio
after his graduation from Fordham University.
Breen also called Marist basketball games for
the Colony Sports Network. At the beginning
of the seminar, the student audience was treat-
ed to a short video of Breen introducing a 1986
Marist men’s basketball game that featured
soon-to-be NBA great Rik Smits ’88.
Both Breen and O’Connor stressed the
importance of getting professional experience
as early and often as possible. O’Connor spoke
enthusiastically of his days as sports editor
of Marist’s student newspaper, while Breen
strongly encouraged Marist students to pursue
as many internship opportunities as possible.
Breen also told students that professionalism
and a strong work ethic are key in forging
valuable relationships in the competitive field
of sports media.
The speaking engagement was spon-
sored by the new Marist College Center for
Sports Communication. The center builds
on Marist’s popular concentration in sports
communication and will be active in host-
ing educational and networking events for
students, conducting research in the field of
sports communication, and further develop-
ing curricula and courses for Marist students.
The center will also foster partnerships with
organizations operating in the vast field of
sports media and communication.
Marist Associate Professor and Center
Director Keith Strudler believes the seminar
led by Breen and O’Connor exemplifies what
the center can and will do.
“Mike Breen and Ian O’Connor are two
of the absolute best in the business,” Strudler
notes. “Having people of their talent and stat-
ure speak directly to our students and interact
with them following their presentations is
exactly the kind of activity the center should
be involved with. It’s all about
creating a richer educational expe-
rience for Marist students in sports
communication.”
For more information about
sports communication at Marist
College, please visit www.marist.
edu /commar t s /comm/spor t s.
html. To learn more about the
Marist College Center for Sports
Communication, please contact
Keith Strudler at keith.strudler@
marist.edu or (845) 575-3000 ext.
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