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Lazzara and Mullen Win Jack Palvino Excellence in Communications Scholarship


Communication/Journalism students Theresa Lazzara ’16 and Sean Mullen ’16 recently received the Media and Communication Department’s Jack Palvino Excellence in Communications Scholarship.

The award, a one-time grant, is given to a Communication/Journalism student in his/her first, second, or third year in the major. Each winner will receive $2,800. The awards were established to recognize demonstrated excellence by students and to assist students with demonstrated financial need. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in mass communication, submit two work samples, and provide a written essay addressing a topic. This year’s topic was “A Critical Problem in the Media.”

Lazzara is also majoring in English, and is active on campus. She participates in Fisher Players, Fisher Swingbirds, Dance Club, Art Club, and writes for the Cardinal Courier, in addition to working two part-time jobs.

Mullen is majoring in Communication/Journalism with a double minor in Digital Cultures and Technologies and Ethics. He is an active member of the Men’s Rowing team and works with events and conferencing here on campus. Mullen attended the School Without Walls High School, and is looking to pursue a career in video and production.

Palvino is a member of the College’s first graduating class, the Pioneer Class of 1955, and was one of Rochester’s best-known media figures. He had a legendary 40-year career in broadcasting, and was one of the area’s dominant radio personalities from 1958-1978. In 1978, he and his partner, Albert “Bud” Wertheimer, formed the Lincoln Group and purchased WVOR radio. The group grew to include WHAM, WHTK, WPXY, and WHRR in Rochester; WBUF in Buffalo; and WQKX and WSOM in Youngstown, Ohio. The group was sold in 1997 to American Radio Systems, now CBS.

Palvino is officially retired, but remains active in Fisher’s Media and Communication Department. In 1999, the College honored Palvino for his contributions to the College by creating the Jack Palvino Communication/Journalism Hall of Fame. He has been a trustee of the College since 1985, and was the first alumnus to be voted Chairman of the Board of Trustees (1992-1995).

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