Oswego Alumni Advice Part Of Media Summit Events

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In addition to top names discussing emerging media issues, this year’s Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit at SUNY Oswego on Oct. 22 will feature several alumni offering advice to those wishing to enter the communications field.

Recent Oswego graduates offering tips in a “table-hopping” session at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Sheldon Hall lower lobby will include Jeremy Ambers, a 2000 graduate, senior editor and post-production supervisor at Rooftop Edit/Fort Group in New York City; Emil Calcano of the class of 2007, manager of corporate sales and sponsorships for the New York Yankees; Michael Gewirtzman of the class of 2005, owner of New York-based Vinyl Artist Management and one of Billboard magazine’s “30 Power Players in Music Under 30”; Natasha Johnson, a 2002 graduate, account executive at WROC and WUHF television in Rochester; Phil Rankin of the class of 2006, Web site editor at 9WSYR.com in Syracuse; and Matt Romano of the class of 2005, broadband coordinator for the Sci-Fi Network, part of NBC Universal.

SUNY Oswego junior Christa Leader will moderate the session.

With the overall theme “Media Revolution,” the fourth annual summit looks at the digital content revolution and copyright issues.

The day will feature class visits and commentary by Sony BMG executive J. Scott Dinsdale, Radio & Records magazine publisher Erica Farber, ESPN.com chief Rob King, media guru Jack Myers and Oswego graduate Steve Leblang of FX Networks.

The day’s highlight will be a panel discussion featuring all five visitors at 3 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus. Joining the media experts on stage will be student reactor Candace J. Dunkley. The panel discussion is free and open to the public but, due to demand, tickets are required from Tyler box office at 312-2141 or [email protected]

NEP Broadcasting CEO Louis A. Borrelli Jr. of the class of 1977, who will also speak to students on Oct. 22, founded the summit in 2005 with a leadership gift. Last year, he and the NBC “Today” show’s Al Roker, a 1976 Oswego graduate, provided funding to name it in honor of O’Donnell, longtime chair of Oswego’s communication studies department, who passed away in 2007.