10th media summit to feature all-star panel at college

OSWEGO — A panel of media icons will headline the 10th annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, open to the public at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16, in SUNY Oswego’s Marano Campus Center.

Al Roker is among the distinguished panelists headlining SUNY Oswego's 10th O'Donnell Media Summit on Oct. 16.
Al Roker is among the distinguished panelists headlining SUNY Oswego’s 10th O’Donnell Media Summit on Oct. 16.

“Charlie Rose, Ken Auletta, Connie Schultz and Al Roker — that’s a heck of a lineup!” said Louis A. Borrelli, the 1977 SUNY Oswego alumnus and media industry leader who founded the summit in 2005.

Named by Borrelli and Roker — a 1976 Oswego graduate — in honor of a beloved professor they shared, the summit has become a premier event of the college’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

The O’Donnell Media Summit moves this year from Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre, which is undergoing renovation, to the arena and convocation hall of the college’s Marano Campus Center in a setup that accommodates an estimated 1,300 people.

Admission is free.

“Along with millions of viewers and readers, I am an ardent fan of each of these esteemed media professionals, and we are exceptionally proud to have them on our campus to share their experience and wisdom with our students,” said Deborah F. Stanley, president of SUNY Oswego.

Oswego honors Charlie Rose

The 10-year milestone O’Donnell Media Summit panel presentation will begin with the bestowal of a SUNY honorary doctor of humane letters degree on Rose of CBS-TV’s “This Morning” and “60 Minutes” and the “Charlie Rose” show on PBS.

Rose is a world-renowned journalist and media personality who has interviewed such dignitaries as international statesmen Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney, and pop icons Julia Roberts and Bruce Springsteen.

“Mr. Rose is an inspiration to our college community to strive for better understanding of the world and all of its people, and to live as responsible global citizens,” President Stanley said.

More distinguished panelists

Immediately following the honorary degree presentation, Rose will be among the prestigious O’Donnell Media Summit panelists, moderated by Ken Auletta, a 1963 graduate of Oswego, columnist for The New Yorker magazine and best-selling author of books on the media industry.

Auletta moderated the inaugural Media Summit in 2005, which aired on C-SPAN and was headlined by Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post.

Al Roker, Emmy Award-winning media personality and NBC “Today” show correspondent, has appeared both remotely and live at previous media summits. He moderated the event in 2007, the year the summit was dedicated in O’Donnell’s memory.

“Having Al on campus for the 10th O’Donnell Media Summit will be magical for our students,” Borrelli said. “His enthusiasm for SUNY Oswego and the success he has achieved make him the ultimate role model for every Oswego student. In the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, he is our original rock star — the SCMA alum who best exemplifies the creativity, character and passion of Doc O’Donnell.”

Oswego communication studies professor David Moody, who leads students in planning the annual summit, recruited Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, formerly of his hometown newspaper, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, to round out this year’s all-star panel.

Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist known for speaking out for the underdog. In addition to the Pulitzer, her work has received the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for commentary, the National Headliner Award for commentary, the Batten Medal and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting, among other honors. Millions read her frequent columns in Parade magazine included in Sunday newspapers around the nation.

The O’Donnell Media Summit panel discussion will be televised live on student-run WTOP-TV and streamed live on SUNY Oswego’s homepage.

Borrelli is to receive a SUNY Oswego Presidential Medal from President Stanley at the close of the summit panel presentation.

In addition, Dennis Thatcher, president and chief operating officer of Cleveland-based Mission Broadcasting, will be a featured presenter for summit-related events.

Crowned by the panel presentation, the summit is actually a daylong event. The plan for Oct. 16 is to begin with Roker broadcasting his early morning “Today” show segments from SUNY Oswego. Then, during the day, panelists and a team of alumni “career connectors” will appear in classes and other forums for career discussions with students.

This year’s career connectors — all recent SUNY Oswego graduates — include Jeremy Donovan, sports director for WICZ-TV Fox 40 in Binghamton; Derek Dunning, director of sports information for Norwich University in Vermont; Cameron Jones, operations coordinator for ABC’s “Good Morning America”; Shea O’Connell, executive assistant and production associate for VH1’s production management events department; Stephanie Sweeney, public relations coordinator for Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado; Kate Wilcox, account executive at Butler/Till in Rochester; and Jennifer Yacono, marketing and communications manager for Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Rochester.

More information about SUNY Oswego’s 2014 Media Summit is available at www.oswego.edu/mediasummit

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