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Communication/Journalism Department Holds Jack Palvino Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Celebrates 10 Years of The Courier


The St. John Fisher College Communication/Journalism Department had a lot to celebrate this past weekend. The department celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Cardinal Courier and held the Jack Palvino Communication/Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Three new members were inducted into the Hall of Fame, which is named in honor of Jack Palvino, a member of the College's first graduating class in 1955 and one of Rochester's best-known media figures. He is officially retired, but remains active in the College's Communication/Journalism Department. In addition, Palvino 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).

The 2012 honorees included:

  • Dr. Jim Seward, who retired from the Communication/Journalism Department last May after a long and distinguished academic career, including more than 30 years at Fisher.
  • Dan Borrello ’02, who is now the executive producer of “The Break Room” morning show (96.5 WCMF-FM), and the local sports anchor on Sportsradio 950 ESPN (WROC-AM).
  • Nadine Krimow ’04, who leads the non-profit public relations division at Dixon Schwabl. Before joining the agency, she worked for several years at the American Red Cross.

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Dan Borrello, Jack Palvino, and Dr. Jim Seward.

In addition, Aimee Schenck ’13 and Brett Vergara ’14 were announced as the winners of the 2012 Jack Palvino Excellence in Communication/Journalism Award.

Schenck is a Communication/Journalism major with a double minor in Human Resources Management and Pre-Law. She is a member of Fisher’s Tom Proietti PRSSA Chapter. Most recently, she attended and filmed the 2012 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference with Dr. Todd Sodano’s Television Production class, and her extracurricular activities include intramurals and participation in the Teddi Dance for Love.

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Aimee Schenck with C/J alum and former Palvino winner Susan Pedrotti, Producer at Channel 10.

Vergara is a Communication/Journalism major and is also pursuing a double minor in Visual and Performing Arts and Digital Cultures and Technologies. His focus is in public relations, and he holds multiple leadership roles on campus, including Vice President of Student Services for the Student Government Association and Director of Telerecruiting for the Admissions Office. This summer, he will be interning in the publicity department of Atlantic Records in New York City.

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Professor Kyle Reinson, Dr. Todd Sodano, Brett Vergara, and his parents.

Established in 2001, the $2,000 scholarship award recognizes two individuals who are part of the freshman, sophomore, or junior class and have declared Communication/Journalism as their major. The award is given to students who have excelled in the major and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. To date, the scholarship has supported over 19 students.

The Cardinal Courier also celebrated a milestone anniversary over the weekend, and had several events scheduled to mark 10 years in print.

The anniversary celebration kicked off on Friday, April 13, with a panel on media careers featuring alumni from the paper. Panelists spoke about their career paths, and how their degree and college newspaper experience prepared them for their careers. In addition, an alumni brunch was held on Saturday, April 14. The brunch was sponsored by the Cardinal Courier, the Department of Communication/Journalism, the Cardinal Courier Alumni Association, and the College Alumni and Development Office.

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Bill Kuchman, editor-in-chief of the "Courier" in 2007-08 discusses some of the history of the paper as staffers from that era Amanda Nasso and Megan Baker watch.

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Kathy Driscoll, Lisa Murphy, and Steve Boerner, the three advisers the paper has had in its 10-year history.

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