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SBE Chapter 22 Puts Money Where Students Are

‘Education is not a luxury

SBE22 2013 Scholarship Winners Jim Peck of SBE Chapter 22 is a Senior Member of SBE. By day he works for SCMS and is also a photo contributor to Radio World.

In case you were wondering where tomorrow’s talent in broadcasting —- especially engineering and the technical side — will come from, SBE Chapter 22 (established 1969) in Central New York has some ideas. And their ideas don’t include just waiting for someone to walk in the door.

Since 1987, this chapter, home of one of the longest-running, award winning regional trade shows for broadcasting, has made significant investments to encourage future broadcasters. The chapter now annually funds scholarships at four Colleges of The State University of New York in the Upstate Region: Cayuga Community College, Herkimer, Onondaga Community College and Tompkins/Cortland Community College.

Students enrolled in the accredited Broadcast Engineering or Media Production programs at these schools can be nominated by their faculty to receive an SBE 22 Scholarship. Funding the scholarships is directly correlated to the yearly SBE 22 Broadcast and Technology Expo revenue. SBE Chapter 22 has also been a contributor to the SBE National’s own Ennes Educational Foundation Trust.

The photo includes three of the five students who received scholarships of $250–$500 each for the current academic period. They were each given the opportunity on March 20 to meet with the chapter membership and explain what they were studying, the broadcast and production efforts they are engaged in, and career plans past their current academic studies.

Shown are student Aaron Stiles of Cayuga Community College; Christopher Baycura, SBE 22 Chair, State University of New York – ESF Productions; student Joseph Mungo of Cayuga Community College; Steve Keeler, Cayuga Community College; and student Patrick Callahan of Onondaga Community College.

Keeler, who is director of Media Communications degree programs, chair of the Cayuga Community College’s Humanities and Communications Division and twice SBE Educator of the Year, said: “The current economic climate, cost of living and ability of families to fund education makes it difficult for many students to attend college at all. While a modest scholarship might not seem large to those of us employed full time, these scholarships can make a startling difference for these students. It also provides a symbol of achievement, recognition and a marketing tool for their schools.”