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Dec 7 - Filmmaker Andrew Muscato screened his film "Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports," in launch of The Marist College Center for Sports Communication Sports Documentary Filmmaker Series, bringing sports documentarians to campus to screen and discuss their films. After the screening of his film on the Marist campus, Muscato answered questions from the audience on both the filmmaking process and the inexact science of testing for PEDs in sports. The film, which premiered recently on EPIX, takes a critical look at the history of anti-doping policies and testing in professional sports and features interviews from former athletes, top sports administrators, and sports journalists. These include ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, former BALCO CEO Victor Conte, and Executive Director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith, among many others. Bobby Valentine is an executive producer, while actor Nick Kroll narrates the film.
Nov 18 - HBO Real Sports correspondent and sports documentary film producer Jon Frankel spoke with Center director Keith Strudler as part of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series. In addition to his work on Real Sports, Frankel has also worked extensively as a sports and general broadcast journalist. He served as a correspondent for CBS on "The Early Show” and previously served as a general assignment reporter for ABC News, reporting for "World News Tonight," "Nightline," "Good Morning America," and as a substitute anchor for "World News Now." Frankel has also worked for NBC as a correspondent for the "Today" show between 1995-1997. He also served as a sports anchor for WNBC-TV New York, WPLG-TV Miami, and WPEC-TV West Palm Beach. Frankel discussed the changing landscape of sports media and the joys and challenges of working in long-form sports broadcast journalism.
Oct 15 - In front of a sold-out room of 350 attendees at the New York Athletic Club in midtown Manhattan, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication gave legendary broadcaster Bryant Gumbel the inaugural Lifetime Excellence in Sports Communication award. The award was established to recognize individuals who have exemplified excellence over time in the broadly defined field of sports communication, acknowledging the social value and importance of sport and those that cover, analyze, narrate, and otherwise bring us our national pastimes. Center director Keith Strudler welcomed attendees and spoke about the work at the Center for Sports Communication, Then, led by master of ceremonies Phil Griffin, several of Gumbel's close friends and colleagues, including Katie Couric, Jane Pauley, Jeff Zucker, Kelly Ripa, Jon Frankel, and Steve Friedman spoke of his lasting impact and legacy. Marist President Dennis Murray presented Bryant with the award to close the evening. Thanks to the support of countless friends and sponsors, the event raised funds toward and endowment for the Center for Sports Communication. Click here for more information about the inaugural event
May 18 - The Marist College Center for Sports Communication again served at the academic partner for the annual Sports PR Summit, held at the Sports Illustrated offices in New York City. The event, run by sports PR veteran Brian Berger, brings together senior PR executives from the pro and collegiate sports ranks as well as from top sports corporations, agencies, and networks to share candid insight via panel discussions and networking opportunities. This year's featured speakers included Matthew Hiltzik of Hiltzik Strategies and former New York Giant and current sports radio host Tiki Barber. Ten Center interns attended and assisted with various aspects of the event, including social media and game day execution, making them the only college students to have access to this invaluable learning opportunity.
May 17 - The Marist College Center for Sports Communication hosted the Junior Sports PR Summit at the Edleman PR office in New York City. This event, in support of the established Sports PR Summit, gave aspiring sports PR professionals a chance to hear from seasoned professionals and network with others in the industry. At the event, Center director Keith Strudler moderated a panel that included Gary Sussman (VP of PR for Brooklyn Nets), Joe Favorito (longtime senior PR executive, consultant and author), Christine Thomas (VP at United Entertainment Group, the sports, entertainment and experiential arm of Edelman Public Relations) and Gina Lehe (Senior Director of Communications and Brand Management, College Football Playoff).
April 16 - ESPN TV and radio host and YES Television Network host and play-by-play talent Ryan Ruocco spoke with Center director Keith Strudler as part of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series. One of the hardest working people in sports media, Ruocco is co-host of the “Ruocco and Rothenberg” program heard daily from noon to 1 p.m. on ESPN New York. He is also a regular fill-in host for national programs such as “Mike and Mike” and “The Colin Cowherd Show.” Ruocco has called NBA, WNBA, college football, and college basketball on ESPN's various television and radio networks in addition to his various roles with the YES Network Ruocco discussed his quick ascent to the top of the sports broadcasting landscape, his experiences working with some of the biggest stars in the industry, and offer advice to aspiring sports broadcasters. He also offered some colorful stories on how to clear your throat without coughing and the challenges of calling a multiple overtime game.
May 17 - The Marist College Center for Sports Communication posted the inaugural Sports, Communication, and Technology Summit at the College's Poughkeepsie campus, bringing together more than 100 undergraduate students, faculty, and industry leaders for a robust discussion of the unique skills and training needed for success in the broadly defined domain of sports communication technology. Seven colleges and universities from around the country were represented at the event. At the event, Center director Keith Strudler moderated a panel featuring Chip Foley, vice president of High Point Solutions and former vice president of Forest City Ratner Companies and the Barclays Center, and Frank Golding, former vice president of YouTube Sports North America, which focused on the impact of communication technology on both the live and mediated sports spectator experience. In the afternoon, students participated in hands-on training in various sports media technologies. At the plenary lunch session, Marist assistant professor Ryan Rogers and Center interns Avery Decker and Anna Grazulis presented findings of research using Google Glass in sports spectatorship. In the morning, students from several colleges presented case studies, a competition won by St. John's University and judged by faculty and professionals.
Nov 12 - Former NFL Quarterback, Heisman Trophy runner-up, and sports activist Don McPherson spoke with Center director Keith Strudler as part of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series. McPherson is currently a sports activist who speaks around the globe on ways athletics can be used to help promote social change. He has worked extensively in anti-bullying efforts, youth leadership, and substance abuse issues. McPherson has worked tirelessly towards reducing domestic violence towards women and has served as the director of Northeastern University’s Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program. In addition to his role at Northeastern, McPherson also founded the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University and served as its executive director until 2007. McPherson discussed his time in and outside of sport and explained ways that sport and athletes can provide a platform for social change.
Nov 11 - Award-winning broadcast journalist, author, and ESPN host Jeremy Schaap spoke with Center director Keith Strudler as part of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series. Schaap discussed his career at the network and offered advice to aspiring sports journalists and broadcasters. Schaap is currently a correspondent for ESPN’s investigative program E:60, host of the ESPN radio program The Sporting Life, and a contributor to several other ESPN properties, including Outside the Lines, NFL Countdown, and ESPN The Magazine. His work is regularly featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Schaap is also the author of two bestselling books, Cinderella Man, about the boxer James J. Braddock, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics. Schaap has won countless awards for his work, including eight Sports Emmys, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a National Headliner Award.
Oct 1 - Emmy and Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist, documentary producer, prominent trial attorney, author, and educator Jack Ford spoke with Center director Keith Strudler as part of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series. Ford discussed his experiences at the top of the media, legal, and sports worlds, including his prominent positions at NBC, ABC, and ESPN. Ford, a former Yale football player and soon to be named to the NCAA infractions committee, is well knows for his time as a weekend host on "The Today Show." He also hosted the "Sports Reporters II" on ESPN and has been a legal correspondent for issues inside and outside of sports. Ford discussed the state and future of pro and college sports and also discussed the challenges of working in professional sports media.
September 12 - Former Vice President of Global Brand Communications and Investor Relations at Nike and current Partner at Guidance Counsel and key advisor to Under Armour, Rick Anguilla discussed his experiences working with major brands and on global campaigns as part of the Center for Sports Communications Speaker Series. Anguilla has built multiple communications strategies, his most prominent being at Nike where he directed public relations efforts for the Olympics, World Cup and Tour de France. He also helped to build Nike's market capitalization and a strong brand equity. Following his time spent at Nike, Anguilla he formed Guidance Counsel where he is an advisor to Under Armour where he has helped to build their brand and expand their market using non traditional athletes such as Misty Copeland.
May 22 - The Marist College Center for Sports Communication served at the academic partner for the annual Sports PR Summit, held at the MLB Fan Cave in NYC. The event, run by sports PR veteran Brian Berger, brings together senior PR executives from the pro and collegiate sports ranks as well as from top sports corporations, agencies, and networks to share candid insight via panel discussions and networking opportunities. This year's keynote speakers included ESPN's Jeremy Schaap and Sports Illustrated's John Wertheim. Center interns assisted with various aspects of the event, including social media and game day execution. Ten interns attended the event, making them the only college students to have access to this invaluable learning opportunity.
March 14-16 - The Marist College Center for Sports Communication hosted the 7th Academic Summit on Communication and Sport, the academic conference for the International Association for Communication and Sport, at the Cornell Club of New York City. The event included over 130 academic presentations and several keynote industry panels, including a sports reporters panel featuring Ian O'Connor, Selena Roberts, and Harvey Araton, and a panel featuring executives from ESPN, Google/YouTube, and HBO Real Sports. The international conference was proceeded by a pre-conference day, where academics visited and met with staff in the MLB headquarters and the Barclays Center before taking in some college basketball. View the conference program to learn more about the event.
March 12 - Former Tennessee head men's basketball coach and ESPN basketball analyst Bruce Pearl discussed his experiences working in college sports and sports television as part of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series. Pearl is best known for his time at the helm of Tennessee’s men’s basketball team from 2005-2011, when he led the Volunteers to a Southeastern Conference regular season championship and the program’s first ever No. 1 national ranking. Pearl also served as head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Southern Indiana and was an assistant coach at Stanford and the University of Iowa. Strudler asked Pearl about the ethics of college sports, the state of the game, and the challenges of moving from coaching to television. Of course, Pearl gave predictions for the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament.
Nov 14 - Yahoo Sports columnist/NBC Sports Network NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski spoke at Marist College on the challenges of breaking stories on the NBA beat and the state of the game as part of the Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series. Wojnarowski answered questions from Center director Keith Strudler, then fielded questions from the audience. Wojnarowski is also well known for his New York Times bestseller "The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable Dynasty," and is a multiple time columnist of the year winner from the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Oct 24 - Former Major League Baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine, who also has worked as a television analyst for ESPN and other sports networks, spoke and answered questions about his life experience in front of an excited crowd of over 300 attendees as part of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series. Valentine talked with Center director Keith Strudler about his life as player, manager, and about his unique experiences managing in Japan. Valentine also offered his thoughts on the future of the game and the state of American youth sports.
April 24 - National sports talk host Brandon Tierney of the CBS Sports Radio Network visited Marist to speak with aspiring sports broadcasters and answer questions about the profession. After a lively Q&A session, student performed 5-minute sports talk segments for the audience while Tierney provided post-talk advice and critique. Currently, Tierney is host of CBS Sports Radio's national morning show along with Tiki Barber and Dana Jacobson, a show that's syndicated in over 100 markets across the country. Tierney graduated from Marist in 1996 with a BA in journalism. He also was a baseball letter winner.
Feb 28 - In front of a pinstripe clad audience, sports broadcaster and best selling author Jack Curry of the YES Network spoke to a engaged audience of students and community members on February 28, in the McCann Arena. Curry spoke about his career in sports media and the work of covering America's most famous baseball team. Visit the Center's YouTube Channel for video of the presentation.
Feb 6 - Armed with stories and advice, on February 6, sports writer and broadcaster Chris Mannix spoke at Marist in the Nelly Goletti Theatre. Mannix covers the NBA and boxing for Sports Illustrated and hosts the Chris Mannix Show on NBC Sports Radio. Visit the Center's YouTube Channel for video of the presentation and its facebook page for photos.
Nov 28 - Journalist, sportscaster, and host of HBO's Real Sports Bryant Gumbel spoke and answered questions for a crowded and lively Marist audience in the Nelly Goletti Theater. Gumbel touched on a variety of topics, ranging from how he got his start in the business to the whether college athletes should be paid to the place of Twitter in modern sports journalism.
Nov 7 - Better Know Your Sports Beat with Chris Tracz, Marist Head Baseball Coach, at 2 p.m. in the Center of Sports Communication, LT 141. Click here for more information about Tracz.
Oct 24 - Peter Vecsey, legendary NBA columnist for the NY Post and former NBA insider for NBC Sports, spoke at Marist College in the Nelly Goletti Theater. Vecsey covered his career, the state of the NBA, and gave advice to aspiring sports journalists. Before his talk, Vecsey spoke with Marist's men's basketball team and sat in on practice. Click to learn more about Peter Vecsey and to read some of his work.
Oct 19 - Michael Galante, Marist class of '00 and Director of Co-marketing at ESPN, spoke with Marist students in the Digital Toolbox Lab in LT 158. Click here to see some of his advice to students.
Oct 17 - Better Know Your Sports Beat with Tim Smith, Men's Tennis Coach in the Center for Sports Communication, LT 141 at 2pm. Click here for more information about Smith.
Oct 4 - Better Know Your Sports Beat with Larry Wagner, head coach of the Men and Women's Swimming and Diving team. VanWagner sat down with Marist students to talk about expectations of journalistic practices and to shared his experiences in the Center for Sports Communication, LT 141 at 5 p.m.. Click here for more information about VanWagner.
Sep 20 - Gary Sussman, VP of PR for the Brooklyn Nets, spoke to students about his time with the Nets. Click here to see what was talked about.
Jan 20 - Chris Damiani, ESPN producer and Marist graduate, spoke with Marist sports communication students about life in the industry and the challenges of broadcasting a live sporting event. Watch highlights from the discussion.
Oct 19, 2011 - NBA star broadcaster Mike Breen and award winning sports journalist Ian O'Connor (Marist '86) spoke with Marist students about their careers, gave advice and shared stories. The event marked the official launch for the Center for Sports Communication.