Fred Gaudelli '82
LIU Post Alumnus to Produce 2012 Super Bowl XLI
LIU Post alumnus and NBC "Sunday Night Football" producer Fred Gaudelli will produce Super Bowl XLI in February, 2012. The 10-time Emmy Award winner also produced Super Bowls XLIII, XL and XXXVII. Gaudelli, who has also overseen sports coverage on ABC and ESPN, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from LIU Post in 1982.
The 2012 Superbowl will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 5. The event will feature a halftime show by Madonna, in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. Kick-off is at 6:30 p.m. Playoffs for the Super Bowl start January 7, 2012.
Throughout a career spanning three decades and three major networks, Gaudelli has earned accolades including 10 Emmy Awards for categories such as "Best Live Series, "Outstanding Live Sports Series," and "Technical Innovation," six CableACE Awards, and two gold medals at the International Film & TV Festival.
Gaudelli"s illustrious career in sports media has been marked by technological contributions that have shaped the future of sports coverage. Gaudelli introduced the GoalPost Cam, the rotating clock/score box, and the critically acclaimed "1st & Ten" technology, the electronically produced yellow line that appears to be painted across the field at the first down marker. He also produced the first live sports telecast to use real-time polling data (via Enhanced TV) on all instant replay challenges. In 1988, just a few years after graduation from LIU Post, Gaudelli introduced the live technique of tracking the speed of pitches – a first on television. Gaudelli will achieve another first with the 2012 Superbowl: for the first time, the games will be streamed through the league's mobile apps on Verizon phones and on NFL.com or NBCsports.com.
This is Gaudelli"s sixth season as lead producer of NBC"s "Sunday Night Football." Prior to joining NBC"s "Sunday Night Football," Gaudelli spent five seasons as producer of ABC"s "Monday Night Football," including producing Super Bowl XL in February 2006. Previously, Gaudelli had spent 10 years producing ESPN"s "Sunday Night Football" game telecasts. Gaudelli also oversaw production of ESPN"s Major League Baseball, National Football League telecasts, the NFL Draft, X Games, and the U.S. Olympic Festival. He served as senior producer of the ESPY Awards from 1998-2001.
Viacom CIO David Kline '89, '92
Melville, N.Y. native earned B.S. in marketing & MBA on the cusp of the Information Age
Bringing hit shows like "The Daily Show" and "Jersey Shore" and networks like BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon to fans around the world is complex and challenging – and that's just the way David Kline likes it.
"It does make your head spin a little bit," said Kline, Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer at Viacom and an alumnus of LIU Post. "That's one of the fun things about being in technology: It's always changing. You always have to think about better ways of doing things."
At various points in his career, Kline has held positions with responsibilities including facilities management, real estate and purchasing. But as a chief information officer since 2001 – first at Rainbow Communications, Cablevision Systems' content subsidiary, then at Discovery Communications and now at Viacom – technology has been at the core of his work. Today, his challenges include presenting Viacom's content on platforms ranging from cable TV to iPads, and protecting it from unauthorized use while making it as accessible as possible.
Kline's duties include strategic leadership for Viacom's technology infrastructure, along with overseeing the MTV Networks Online Technology and Interactive Services, Content Creation and Distribution Technologies, Applications Development, and Information Security and Compliance.
Announcing Kline's appointment, Viacom Chief Financial Officer James Barge said, "David's extensive industry experience and strong record of across-the-board creativity and achievement made him an excellent choice for this important role at Viacom, and we look forward to working with him on plans to take our IT operations to the next level."
Upon graduating from Half Hollow Hills West High School, Kline went to work as a data entry clerk at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, learning to use computers at the dawn of the Information Age. He worked full-time while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a concentration in marketing at LIU Post.
"You learn how to market yourself and you learn how to understand people and relate to them," he recalled of his undergraduate days. "And on the management side, the degree gave me some operational prowess."
Upon graduating in 1989, Kline returned to LIU Post for a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration on information technology, with tuition covered by his employer, North Shore-LIJ. The MBA program afforded him big-picture perspective. "I was a jack of all trades, back when it was called data processing. My degree allowed me to give some thought to why I was doing what I was doing," he said. "It enabled me to see the trees through the forest. I got to interact with a lot of smart professors. A lot of them had extensive experience in the field, and they taught me how to think about what I was doing and why."
Today, Kline is a leader at a company that originates some of the world's most popular programming and features mega-celebrities like Jon Stewart and Nicole "Snookie" Polizzi. "You do get to see a lot of talent, which is wonderful thing, but a lot of the talent is behind the scenes, which people don't see," Kline said. "They're talented and creative and really troopers, and they really make up the core of the company."
Grace Monahan '78
VP & CIO at Henry Schein From Billy Joel at "The Dome' to Global CIO of one of Long Island's top companies
As Vice President and Chief Information Officer with responsibility for global information systems at Henry Schein, Inc., the largest distributor of health care products and services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets, Grace Monahan is a busy executive.
But a full schedule is nothing new for Monahan. As a student at C.W. Post in the 1970s, she worked part-time while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration – and still made time to take part in campus life.
"There was a lot going on," Monahan recalled. "I saw a lot of great concerts, including Billy Joel at The Dome, the predecessor to today's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. I loved the beautiful campus. I was a commuter, but there was a feeling of really being a part of the campus community."
Upon graduating in 1978, Monahan went to work as a marketing analyst at CMP Media Inc. and quickly worked her way up the ranks through positions in operations, human resources, facilities, customer service, market research and direct marketing. She eventually attained the role of executive vice president and chief information officer of CMP Media, responsible for all information systems activity.
Monahan joined Henry Schein in 1998, at the beginning of a period of extraordinary growth for the company, with from $1.9 billion that year to $5.9 billion in 2008. Monahan was involved in overseeing critical e-commerce operations and successfully led the information systems integration of a number of companies acquired by Henry Schein. In May 2010, she was promoted to Vice President and Chief Information Officer with responsibility for global information systems. She is responsible for Henry Schein's global information systems including worldwide business applications, e-commerce and information systems infrastructure, and oversees the company's Creative Services function. "Henry Schein continues to grow globally, so there's always something new and exciting," Monahan said.
"My degree from C.W. Post gave me the edge, even in my first position," she said. "Because I had the marketing degree, I was able to land the marketing analyst position over several other applicants. Right from the beginning, it was advantageous.
Monahan has been honored twice by Long Island Business News as one of the Top Fifty Women Executives on Long Island. She returned to her alma mater to accept the Distinguished Alumni Award at C.W. Post's Commencement exercises in May 2009.
"I received a very well-rounded education and a strong business background at C.W. Post," she said. "I gained important knowledge and insight from my professors, and they were experts in their fields. If I ever needed help with anything, the faculty and administration were always very helpful."
Robert F. Arning '84
LIU Post School of Professional Accountancy Graduate
Vice Chair – Market Development for Big Four accounting firm KMPG LLP
In this role, which he has held since 2009, Rob is responsible for leading the firm's growth initiatives in KPMG's largest markets, and developing and expanding key client relationships. Rob also oversees KPMG's 14 industry sectors and its Marketing group, and is a member of the firm's Management Committee.
Previously, Rob served the firm as Vice Chair – Market Strategy and spent seven years as managing partner of KPMG's New York office.
In 2005, in recognition of his many professional accomplishments, he received LIU Post's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Rob also is deeply dedicated to the community. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for LIU Post's School of Professional Accountancy and the Executive Board of Advisors for the College of Management, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Carnegie Hall, the Leadership Committee for the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, and as a member of the Partnership for New York City.
Chemistry Alumnus Darell Pone
Inspirational Physician Draws on Own Struggles to Encourage Others
It would have been easy for Darrell Pone M.D. to just give up. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a 1-year-old in the late 1950s, the world was not as open to those with physical disabilities as it is today.
But instead of viewing life's cup as half empty, Pone, who graduated from LIU Post with a B.A. in chemistry, took an optimistic, "can do" spirit and earned a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. A resident of Old Westbury, N.Y., Dr. Pone is a retired physician who spends his time speaking to groups, adults and children, sharing how they can overcome their obstacles as he has overcome his.
"I chose to go to medical school because I could help the disabled patient as a physician," Dr. Pone said. "I knew I would be able to relate."
A member of Post's Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and an ardent fan at many football and basketball games, Dr. Pone looks back at his time as a Pioneer fondly and says the classes he took helped him become who he is today.
"Post shaped my future by offering me courses outside of the sciences," Dr. Pone said. "I had women professors in math and chemistry which was new to me." He said the classes he took in sociology have shaped many of his attitudes and gives him a unique perspective when treating his patients.
"In hindsight my non-science courses at Post helped me more as a physician than the science courses," he said.
"I took a course called Sociology of Woman and it provided me with a fresh view of women and their contributions. When I began to practice medicine I had more insights into the struggles of women. I realized how difficult it was for my disabled female patients to perform certain daily functions such as putting on jewelry and walking in high heels."
He recently wrote his autobiography,"We've Come this Far By Faith; Dr. Pone's Ten Keys to Success," "to show the world that the Long Island community, with emphasis on the African-American community, could pull together for over 20 years and help a child who was born with cerebral palsy and become a physician."
"My advice to my fellow alums is to never give up on your life's dreams. Do not let any obstacle get in your way. Remember to enjoy life's journey."
To contact Dr. Pone, visit www.poneinspirations.com
LIU Post Alumna Take Hollywood by Storm
If you're a fan of the ABC hit-series, "Grey's Anatomy," you may have noticed a new character this season, an intern named Graciela, played by LIU Post's own Gloria Garayua (B.F.A. in Acting, 2000). Having left her native New York City after graduating LIU Post Summa Cum Laude to pursue her career in Los Angeles, Garayua has been busy and successful, landing roles in films such as "Fun With Dick and Jane," "Henry Poole Is Here," "Stepford Wives" and "House of D."
She's also been seen on popular television series such as "NYPD Blue" and "Six Feet Under." But Garayua's energy and drive didn't start in Hollywood. With the Post Theatre Company, she was part of the cast of Carol Churchill's Skriker, a show that won the regional Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) and went on perform at the Kennedy Center during the KC/ACTF National Conference in 1998. She recalls the experience as "one of the most fun productions of my life."
Garayua remembers her LIU Post years with "fond memories of the theatre department. I remember putting on a one-woman show, the first one to be done there in years, and having it be a huge success with incredible backing from the department heads, teachers, and student body. I also remember the fun of opening nights, traveling to an International Theatre Festival in Canada in 1997, and the amazing Irene Ryan competitions!" Those acting competitions were part of the KC/ ACTF, with actors chosen to compete regionally by adjudicators who came to Post and saw Garayua's talent.
"Best of all," says Garayua, "I always knew I could walk into any one of my teachers' offices, be welcomed with a smile and allowed to talk about anything! That made LIU Post home to me."
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Bradford Pine, '89 (B.S. Business Management)
His tips could be worth a million bucks
Unfortunately, it seems the only money to be made on Wall Street these days is the imaginary kind.
But for Bradford Pine, a registered principal/Investment Advisor with Cantella & Co. and a member of LIU Post's class of 1989, even imaginary money is worth something -- $50,000 to be exact.
Pine, who graduated with a B.S. in business management, signed up for cable network CNBC's "Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge" along with 254,000 other contestants. When the contest was over 10 weeks later, he had turned his fictitious $1 million into an impressive $2.8 million and earned himself a $50,000 third-place prize.
"I watch CNBC all day long," Pine said. "I figured I'd give the contest a shot." Pine, who says he's incredibly goal-oriented, originally wanted to earn a spot in the top 25, whose names appear on the CNBC web site. Once he conquered that, he started looking to the top 10 and eventually a prize situation.
"I was thinking winning was a long shot, but one thing led to the next," he said. Pine said the strategies he employed in the game are not ones he applies to real life, preferring to stick to long-term investments. "This was a contest," he said. "A lot of it was the timing. I followed the money and the momentum." In the financial industry since 1991, Pine said he usually manages longer term money, mutual funds and diversified portfolios.
Pine, who lives in Carl Place with his wife Sally and children Abigail and Clayton, said that his time at LIU Post, where he was vice president of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, was one of the best of his life. And now that's he in the public spotlight, he said he regularly hears not only from Wall Street reporters fielding queries, but people he hasn't spoken to in years, which he is enjoying.
"It's been a great experience all around," he said.
Michael DiGaudio - Class of 2008 (M.A. in Interactive Multimedia Arts)
A degree from LIU Post? Priceless.
How many priceless moments have you experienced in your life? Michael DiGaudio, who graduated with an M.A. in Interactive Multimedia Arts in May of 2008 from LIU Post, is lucky enough to spend his days surrounded by them.
As an art producer for MasterCard's wildly successful "Priceless Picks" campaign, DiGaudio works with memories, using video editing, photography, voice editing and graphic design to help people share their adventures and experiences on Priceless.com.
"Some of the content is user submitted," DiGaudio said, "but more often than not our team goes out and finds the stories ourselves." The narratives run the gamut, from fishing in Alaska to taking drag racing lessons.
DiGaudio entered the IMA program in 2005 as an unemployed filmmaker and video producer/director. At the time he was temping at various jobs around Manhattan and Long Island. A film school graduate, he originally earned a degree in advertising.
"This program allowed me to combine my passions -- design and drawing, including a video element," DiGaudio said.
The 36-credit Master of Arts degree is designed for graduate students who wish to further their creative work in an interactive digital environment. The program provides diverse multimedia skills enabling each student to explore several disciplines while working within a chosen area of concentration.
About a year into his classes at LIU Post, he was hired on a freelance basis by MRM Worldwide, a division of global advertising agency McCann-Erickson Worldwide, to work on the popular campaign, but the part-time work quickly turned into a full-time position.
"The program opened a lot of doors for me," DiGaudio said. "I feel really well prepared in many different applications. It definitely built up my skill set and laid a solid foundation of groundwork."
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