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    Newhouse honors SULA’s Adler at '50Forward' gala

    November 4, 2015

    newhouseThe S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications honored 50 accomplished alumni - professionals from all areas of the media industry, including many from the West Coast - at its “50Forward” gala event held at Guastavino’s in New York City on Oct. 29. The 2014-2015 school year marks 50 years of the Newhouse School, which gala attendees observed as they celebrated the strength of the school as it moves into the next 50 years.

    “We have a strong heritage of legendary alumni, who have helped build the Newhouse School’s reputation as the best,” said Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham. “And we continue to watch new generations of alumni live up to that reputation. We chose these honorees because they represent the kind of forward thinking for which our graduates have always been known. They show us why ‘the best and the brightest’ come to Newhouse not to be followers, but to be leaders.”

    Special recognition went to Bob Costas ’74, sportscaster with NBC; Larry Kramer ’72, former president and publisher of USA TODAY; Rob Light ’78, partner and managing director/head of music at Creative Artists Agency; Kitty Lun G’80, chairman and CEO of Lowe China; and Tonia O’Connor ’91, president of content distribution and corporate business development at Univision Communications.

    In addition to Rob Light, honored alumni from the West Coast included:

    Shanique Bonelli ’02 Director, Experiential Marketing – Entertainment, Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Dwight Caines ’87 President, Domestic Theatrical Marketing, SONY Corporation of America, Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures Group

    Sean Carey ’89 Vice President, Content Acquisition, Netflix

    Pamela Chen ’05 Editorial Director, Instagram

    Larry Hryb ’89 Director of Programming, Xbox Live

    Fred Silverman ’58 Owner, Fred Silverman Company

    The school also presented the Tony Malara Award for Distinguished Service to three Los Angeles-based alumni, Joan Adler G'76, assistant vice president for regional programs with Syracuse University in Los Angeles; Bob Gautieri '76, founding partner of Design on the Fly; and Scott Koondel '85, executive vice president and chief corporate content licensing officer with CBS. Bryan Wiener '92, chairman of 360i, also received the Malara Award.

    The award goes to individuals—not necessarily Newhouse alums—who have given exceptional and sustained service to the school. It is named after the late Tony Malara ’58, one of the founding members of the Newhouse advisory board and legendary head of affiliate relations at CBS.

    Joan Adler, who was SU in LA before there was an SULA, was recognized for outstanding service in advancing the careers of her fellow alumni. For 20 years she used her position as head of The Post Group to open doors and provide a soft landing and networking opportunities for recent grads arriving in Los Angeles, helping many generations of alumni get their start in the industry.

    Bob Gautieri, graphic designer for the CMAs and the Oscars, has donated his animation talents for countless projects over the years including the Mirror Awards and two galas in addition to visiting the campus to teach and mentor students.

    Scott Koondel, technically a VPA alum, has used his wide network of industry relationships to advance opportunities for Newhouse students and facilitate internships, professional connections, and corporate support.

    Gala co-chairs were Martin Bandier ’62, chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal; Reda Raad ’95, CEO of TBWA\RAAD Middle East; and David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications.

    Alumni co-chairs were Deborah Henretta G’95, senior advisor with SSA & Company and retired group president with Procter & Gamble; Scott Koondel ’85; John Sykes ’77, president of entertainment enterprises with iHeartMedia; and Mike Tirico ’88, sportscaster with ABC and ESPN, who also served as emcee of the gala.

    For a full list of honorees, click here.

    For the photo gallery, click here.

    Written by Wendy S. Loughlin