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Scholarship by ABC Executive Allows Sustainability Innovator to Flourish in Ithaca College ‘Think Tank’

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College has named the first recipient of the Art Moore ’66 Scholarship, presented to a student in the executive-style master’s degree program in communications innovation. Sarah Brylinsky, who serves as director of climate resilience and educational programs for the nonprofit organization Second Nature, will put the scholarship toward the costs of her graduate studies.

The master’s degree in communications innovation is designed for working professionals who are poised to lead creative advances in delivery platforms, genres, economic models and analytics for their current employers or for their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Launched this past August, the program is housed in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. It includes both online required courses and elective special topics seminars — such as Innovation and Collaboration, The Role of Corporate Communication in 21st Century Democracy and Transmedia Storytelling/Telling The Future — which are scheduled as long-weekend “intensives” in cities across the globe.

Brylinsky says the “think tank” environment of the program helps make it a transforming experience.

“Participating in the master’s in communication innovation is allowing for a unique opportunity at this stage of my career to work with a talented group of peers and teachers, pushing the boundaries of my thinking on how to foster that innovation potential,” said Brylinsky. “The design of the program itself models the innovation I wish to see in education elsewhere — working virtually and asynchronously with colleagues around the world, our cohort is exploring ways of sharing information and ideas that model changing communication needs in our fields.” 

A 1966 graduate of the communications school himself, Moore is currently the vice president of programing at WABC-TV and serves as executive in charge of production for the syndicated morning talk show “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”

Moore funded the scholarship to help ensure that spots in the program would be available to students whose costs are not picked up by their employer. The award covers more than half of the cost of the two-year program.

“I think this scholarship has the potential, with students like Sarah participating, to push our industry in ways we have not thought of, and to expand and grow in new, exciting areas that will provide fresh content sources, as well as new forms of communication for the future,” said Moore. “Her goal of ensuring that the 21st-century education process prepares students for 21st-century challenges is a perfect reason to have this kind of program, and hopefully this scholarship allows for that kind of thinking to be nurtured.”

”Sarah represents a new breed of communications innovators,” said Bob Regan, director of the program. “Her work also reflects the creativity and passion that is the foundation of the college’s ongoing focus on sustainability and activism. I can’t wait to see what Sarah and our inaugural class will accomplish together in the months to come.”

For more information on the program, visit Ithaca.edu/innovation or contact Bob Regan at (607) 274-1081 or rregan@ithaca.edu.



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