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Morrisville State College Journalism Alumni Will Meet July 21

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— The Journalism Technology program at Morrisville State College will mark its 40th anniversary with a reunion on campus Saturday, July 21.

More than 200 former and current program students are expected to attend.

The program began in fall 1967 under the guidance of Jerry Leone, who taught in the department until his retirement in 1995. Three alumni of the program have been nominated for Pulitzer Prize awards, and one, Jack Durschlag, won the award as a member of the staff of the Newark Star-Ledger in 2003. Leone and fellow faculty emeritus, Neal Bandlow, will attend the reunion, as well as other former and current faculty.

Alumni can register in Charlton Hall between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, and the main event will occur in Madison Hall at 7 p.m., when Leone and Bandlow will discuss the history of the department and current faculty will preview the program's two bachelor degrees currently under development.

For more information, contact Brian McDowell, assistant professor of journalism, at 315-684-6169 or

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts/education transfer, early childhood and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.