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Pendleton Celebration with Key Note Speaker Mike Royce '86

Contributed by Mickie Quinn on 04/06/21 

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It all started with a simple ‘thank you’. . . 

Wednesday, April 7th
7pm - 8pm EST
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Join us as we give thanks and celebrate the 25th anniversary of James B. Pendleton’s $17,000,000 endowment to the Roy H. Park School of Communications. This event celebrates all that Jimmy Pendleton has done for students, faculty, and alumni of the Park School of Communications. Attendees will be treated to the fascinating story of how the endowment came from a chance meeting in Greece plus words about the impact of the endowment from deans, faculty, and students. Former Dean Diane Gayeski will emcee the event.   

This virtual event will feature Emmy Award winner Mike Royce ’86 best known for his work as executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and One Day at a Time, as well as Interim Dean Jack Powers, former Deans Tom Bohn and Diane Gayeski, plus Pendleton Grant recipients Associate Professor Cathy Crane and recent grad Tara Eng '20


Originally from Syracuse, New York, Royce is an Ithaca College class of 1986 alumni, where he studied Cinema and Photography. Royce was among the first recipients of the early Pendleton Grant.  After graduating, Royce worked in New York City as a stand up comedian. He was also a warm up comedian for television shows, including The Maury Povich Show, Viva Variety, and Spin City. He was later hired to write an episode of Spin City. Royce then worked as a staff writer on the Emmy Award winning Everybody Loves Raymond, where he worked his way up to the role of executive producer for the last two seasons. His other credits include Luckie Louie, Men of a Certain Age, 1600 Penn, and Enlisted. Most recently, Royce worked as an executive producer and showrunner on the One Day at a Time reboot. 

Tom Bohn served as Dean of the Park School for 23 years retiring in 2003. Under his leadership, the School tripled in size, moved into a new building named for Roy H. Park in 1989 and together with Skip Landen, he established the Los Angeles Program in 1993.  His 20 year friendship with Jimmy Pendelton remains one his fondest memories. Bohn continues his relationship with the Park School through his part-time teaching of Introduction to Mass Media and Hollywood and American Film.

Associate Professor Cathy Lee Crane (Producer/Director of Crossing Columbus) has been charting a speculative history on film since 1994. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts as well as grants from the New York State Council on the Arts,the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the James B. Pendleton Endowment. Her award-winning films have screened around the world. Her body of work received its first survey in 2015 as part of the American Original Now series at the National Gallery of Art.

Tara Eng is a new voice in the documentary space as a producer and impact strategist. She previously supported impact campaigns for energy democracy, just recovery, and immigrant justice across the U.S. south, and most recently led national campaign coordination for the Sundance-selected documentary Coded Bias. Her first documentary short, On the Fenceline: A Fight for Clean Air, premiered internationally at the 2020 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival before screening at festivals across the U.S., including at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the world's largest environmental film festival. Tara is a former Working Films George F. Stoney fellow.

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