George Morley/Charlie Kennedy Dedication

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Dear fellow Arizona Daily Wildcat Alums (and friends of Charlie and George):

It is a heartfelt honor to write this letter on behalf of the Arizona Daily Wildcat and the many people who have invested in and been rewarded by having spent time there. I have two meaningful developments to share with you.

First: The Arizona Daily Wildcat and the University of Arizona are pleased to announce that the Wildcat’s business and marketing offices are to be renamed the George B. Morley II / Charlie Kennedy Business Development Center. This official dedication acknowledges and honors two wonderful men who influenced and inspired many Wildcat students in the past and whose spirits will continue to do so in the future.

The dedication will take place April 10, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., in the Student Media offices, 615 N. Park Avenue, on the UA campus. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments and memorable conversations, in the company of members of George’s and Charlie’s families.

If you’d like to attend, please reach out to Faith Edman at azstudentmedia@wildcat.arizona.edu or call (520) 626-6699 to RSVP by March 29, 2017. If you are unable to come but would like to share a memory or thoughts about George and/or Charlie, please email them to the above address.

Secondly, I am proud to say that the Wildcat’s Innovation in Media campaign has raised more than $80,000 to date and is still growing. Funds are used for training and technology which benefit the Wildcat’s many students preparing to embark on professional careers. The campaign was established in 2014 to raise money and resources to empower and enable the Daily Wildcat marketing, sales and newsroom staffs to navigate the disruptive media landscape that all media organizations face.

If you are interested in contributing to the Arizona Daily Wildcat Innovation in Media Fund in honor of George Morley and Charlie Kennedy, please click on the link below: http://dailywildcat.com/innovation. Include the honoree’s name in the comment box. Please contact Student Media director Brett Fera, bfera@email.arizona.edu, (520) 621-3408, if you have any questions.

Wishing you and yours all the best and continued success.

–Chris Oldre (Wildcat sales rep ’89-’92)

Background info:

GEORGE MORLEY’s 15 years leading the Daily Wildcat’s advertising department was his second career — one that made a significant difference in the lives of many Wildcat students.

Joining the staff in 1978, Morley brought polish and professionalism as a former 28-year member of the U.S. Foreign Service to the Wildcat, where he served as advertising manager until his retirement in 1993. He always wore a tie and jacket and set high standards. During these years, the Wildcat became fully independent financially from the university and Morley’s staffs regularly began bringing in the $1 million plus required to sustain the Wildcat’s excellence.He passed away in March 2003.

CHARLIE KENNEDY enrolled at the UA in 1988 and graduated in 1992. Charlie was an SAE and joined the Daily Wildcat as an Advertising Sales Account Executive in 1990. Charlie, who passed away far too young, is remembered for his reputation, dedication and sense of brotherhood. Truth be told, Charlie was George’s favorite. Rightfully so — 2 Irish guys with similar work ethic, passion and moral code.

“I am the Wildcat”

A couple years ago we started an ad campaign to promote working at the Wildcat.  Here are a few ads from the first round –  click on an image to view them all as a slide show. Does what they say resonate with you?

Daily Wildcat Timeline

Hello everyone,

My name is Luke Money and I am the current editor in chief at the Wildcat, for the next month at least. For the past week or so I’ve been working on creating the Daily Wildcat Facebook timeline. But I need some help. I went through and added in the major timestamps in Wildcat history (first issue, when we became a daily, etc.) but I want this to be more than a regurgitation of a brochure. I want it to be a lively, complete history of the Wildcat, as told by its alumni. That’s where you all come in. If you can think of major moments during your time at the paper (big awards, big stories, big problems, big anything) and send me a specific date and brief description of the event, I can add it to our timeline so all of our Facebook followers can see it. I can be reached at alumnicat@dailywildcat.com. I hope to hear from a lot of you soon.

Cheers,

Luke Money

ALUM HONORED

Arek Sarkissian, former Wildcat reporter and summer editor in chief, circa 2000-2003, has been chosen to be among six American journalists to take part in a week-long exchange program in Turkey and Armenia this summer, sponsored by the International Center for Journalists.

Sarkissian, who now reports for the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, won first place for both investigative reporting and spot news photography from the Georgia Press Association this spring when he was at the Savannah Morning News.

Daily Wildcat mystery ad continues to stump followers | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

Local TV station KVOA’s story on the infamous May Day ads in the Wildcat

Daily Wildcat mystery ad continues to stump followers | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona.

Clyde D. Lowery

Clyde Lowery, executive director of student publications at the University of Arizona from 1973 – 1989, passed away April 11, 2010. During his tenure Clyde led the Wildcat to unprecedented growth, moved it from typesetting machines to computers, and most of all, mentored hundreds of student journalists. If you worked with Clyde, please post your memories or thoughts about him by using the “Leave a Comment” link beneath the “Clyde D. Lowery” headline. You can email photos for us to post too. We’ll share comments and photos with his family.

Photo of Clyde Lowery and Eric Swedlund, winner of the first annual “Clyde D. Lowery Award for Professionalism and Integrity in Journalism Award” in 2001