Kean University's Communication Day on April 7 to Include PIX 11 and News 12 Professionals

UNION, N.J. – The student chapter of the American Meteorological Society & National Weather Association (AMS/NWA) at Kean University will host an interactive, expert-led Communication Day on Thursday, April 7, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at various locations on the main campus, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, and an updated schedule of events, please visit or e-mail Peck at

Guest speakers include News 12 meteorologists and Kean alumni Mike Favetta '07 and Michele Powers '05; from PIX 11 (WPIX-TV), Howard Dorsey, executive producer, Nicole Clarity, senior producer, Sukanya Krishnan, anchor, Debra Alfarone, reporter, Tony Mazza, camera/truck operator, Chuck D'Amodio, news writer, Kean alumnus Joe Punday, weather producer, and Kean student Lisa Mateo, reporter/weekend weather anchor. Faculty members from Kean's Department of Communication, Drs. Christopher Lynch, Fred Fitch and Jack Sargent, will also participate.

"This event is designed to help students learn about the importance of communication in the work environment and to help them improve their communication skills," said Daniel Peck, president of Kean's AMS/NWA chapter. "Since television and radio broadcasters are among the most developed communicators, these professional fields will be the focus of our day, but the information discussed at this event will benefit students across disciplines."

Sessions will include interactive workshops at the university's TV and radio studios, skill-building seminars with the experts on news writing, public speaking and interviews, a tour of the PIX 11 news van, and a panel discussion. A video from Kean alum Justin Ryan, meteorologist at Fox in Detroit, will also be shown.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master's degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.

Millie Gonzalez
March 29, 2011

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