On April 19, alumni and friends of the College of Communication and the Arts gathered together for Reflections and Celebrations, the College's annual Alumni Signature Event. With a background view of the New York City skyline, Associate Professor Patricia Kuchon, alumnus Emmanuel Vozos '07 and alumnus Bernie Wagenblast '78 were honored for their service and dedication at the Chart House in Weehawken, N.J.
Founding Dean Deirdre Yates opened the reception by emphasizing the importance of the event's namesake. "In order to move forward, we need to look back and honor those who have furthered the intellectual gravity and career opportunities for our students," shared Dean Yates.
Since graduating in 2007, Visual and Sound Media alumnus Emmanuel Vozos has worked on many projects including the production of Law & Order and The Good Wife; co-directing of Liberty Hall 360; and supporting Kean University as their video and photography director. First to accept his Distinguished Alumni award, Vozos highlighted the power of the College's extracurricular programs and its impact on students' professional lives. "We had this freedom as students – this freedom to go and to do. It gave us a sense we could do great work, regardless of academic level and age… that atmosphere and allowance empowered us to control our own projects and bring our visions to life. That impact is a huge reason why I'm doing what I love today," said Vozos.
One of the most well-known sounds in the tri-state area, Bernie Wagenblast '78 is the voice of the New York City subway system and the AirTrain at JFK and Newark airports, among others. As a Communication alumnus, Wagenblast echoed the changing environment of on-air reporting and radio news. Accepting his Distinguished Alumni recognition, Waggenblast said, "Regardless of context, the bottom line is that you're telling a story. The tools and technology may change, but you are always communicating."
The final award of the evening was presented to Patricia Kuchon, Associate Professor of Communication. Kuchon has served Seton Hall University for over 50 years with a loving dedication of time, passion and commitment to her "extended family." "During my 50 years, I learned from my students every day. I went to work believing I'd make a difference and impact my colleagues, friends and students. What better way to spend your life doing what you love, with people you respect, all within a place you enjoy?" said Kuchon.
This year's honorees showcase the measure of success, integrity and growth of the College's evolving future. "You are the manifestation of what our College stands for," said Dean Yates. "You have followed your passion; you have listened to your calling, and now, you are living your future."