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College of Communication and the Arts' Student Convocation Goes "Outside the Lines"  

Join the College of Communication and the Arts for its first ever Student Convocation on Monday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Jubilee Hall Auditorium.

Bob Ley Seton Hall Regent Bob Ley '76, ESPN commentator and host of the network's award-winning "Outside the Lines," will address the crowd as the keynote speaker. Paul Ward '86, entertainment executive and former executive vice president of primetime, acquisitions, and strategy for Nickelodeon, will also speak about CHAMP -- Seton Hall's Communications Honors Alumni Mentoring Program.

Convocation attendance is required for all College of Communication and the Arts majors and minors, but the event is open to all Seton Hall students.

About the Speaker

Bob Ley is ESPN's longest-serving commentator, joining the network as a SportsCenter anchor on its third day of operation -- September 9, 1979.

Ley spearheads ESPN's coverage of breaking news and issues, primarily as host of "Outside the Lines" since its inception in May 1990. The series has captured 11 Sports Emmy Awards and three CableACE Awards as cable's top Sports Information Series. Ley and "Outside the Lines" have received the most coveted prizes in TV journalism, including a duPont Award and Peabody Award, as well as multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Throughout his tenure, Ley has become identified with ESPN's coverage of major stories, breaking news and cases where sports-related events land on the front page, from Magic Johnson's AIDS announcement to Pete Rose's suspension by Bart Giamatti. With a keen ability to find the right phrase to put issues into perspective, Ley has reported from San Francisco where he provided the first live national reports during the 1989 World Series earthquake, and in the studio where he anchored ESPN's first post-attack programming on 9/11. He has also lent his expertise in providing ESPN interviews with four U.S. Presidents (Ford, Clinton, G.H.W. Bush aboard Air Force One and G.W. Bush).

A 1976 magna cum laude graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Seton Hall, Ley began his career in television as an undergraduate. He was a production manager at WOR-AM in New York and also served as public address announcer for the Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, as well as a sportswriter for the Passaic Herald-News. In 1976, Ley joined Suburban Cablevision as director of sports/public affairs. During his three years there, Suburban Cablevision won four local CableACE Awards for both sports and overall programming.

About the College of Communication and the Arts

Launched in June 2015, the College of Communication and the Arts offers a unique interdisciplinary focus that embraces the digital culture and empowers students to tailor their curriculum to support their individual academic and professional goals. It aims to inspire and enable students to lead, create and communicate with responsibility, passion and excellence. The College encompasses seven existing undergraduate programs of study in Art, Design, & Interactive Media; Art History; Broadcasting & Visual Media; Communication; Music; Public Relations & Journalism; and Theatre, as well as four graduate programs in Museum Professions; Public Relations; Strategic Communication; and Strategic Communication & Leadership online (MASCL).

Categories: Alumni

For more information, please contact:

  • Danielle Clements
  • (973) 275-4831
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