This issue of the magazine, I’m proud to say,will introduce you to our exciting new Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, the result of a transformative naming gift from University Trustee Martin Bandier ’62.
Like the Sport Management and the Goldring Arts Journalism programs, both finishing their first year at SU, the Bandier program exemplifies our ideal of Scholarship in Action. Each of these programs creates a host of opportunities for students and faculty to engage as active participants with communities of experts in a wide range of fields.
The technology revolution is producing explosive growth and rapid changes in the entertainment industry, journalism, and the arts. And sports has now surpassed agriculture as the fifth largest sector of our economy. These fields are transforming the landscapes of our daily lives.
The implications of the new cultural, social, and business trends in the communications and entertainment industries are so broad that no single academic discipline can address them all. Therefore, our programs are multidisciplinary. The Bandier program, for example, draws from four of the University’s key colleges, and I invite you to read more in this issue.
Michael Veley, director of the Sport Management Program, expected 50 first-year students last fall and ended up enrolling 83. This semester, incoming students will bring the department’s total enrollment to 145. “We’ve met with families from Zurich, Seoul, and Beijing, so the word is getting out,” he says. “Our program isn’t just dealing with professional leagues. There’s the recreational side of sports, arena management, and corporate hospitality.” Some students want to manage a professional sports team. Others intend to be sports agents or attorneys. One hopes to design sports stadiums, and another to create software programs for large stadium scoreboards.
A multimedia world needs people with multidisciplinary educations, says David Rezak, director of the Bandier program, because entertainment is now linked with broadband and cellular communication, satellite radio, publishing, and advertising in new and ever-changing ways. The Bandier program, he says, “is not for the shrinking violet student.” This fall, he expects 20 first-year students. Please stay tuned.
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