Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The First Park Student Media Alumni Reception

When we were in New York for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association conference in March (see March 23 blog entry) we held the first-ever Park Student Media alumni reception at the Roosevelt Hotel, inviting New York–area alums from the Ithacan, WICB and the radio stations to join us for a few hours of (free) food, drink and company. Eloise Greene M.S. ’90 (TV), Chris Wheatley ’81, M.S. ’98 (radio) and I hosted the event.
We were expecting close to 100 people, but a nasty St. Patrick's Eve snowstorm kept many of them away. Still, we had around 50 there, including quite a few Ithacan alums. The met some of our current students attending the conference and reconnected with each other.
Here (finally) is a photo of current and former Ithacan students from the event. Front row (left to right, of course): Vanessa Schneider ’07, Andy Swift ’09, Kristen Sammpiere ’03, James Sigman ’98, and Mike Cagnazzi ’98. Middle row: Nic Barajas ’08, Jamie Saine ’08, and Deepa Shah ’06. Back row: Brendan O'Keefe ’10, Lena Yue ’10, Erica Hendry ’09, Olivia Rebert ’10, Kelli B. Grant ’04, Liz Crowley ’04 and Adam Ellick ’99. Former Ithacan photo editor Scott McDermott ’97 got there too, but, ironically, too late for the photo.
Everyone had a terrific time, so we may do somethng like this again before long.

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