George Morley/Charlie Kennedy Business Development Center Dedication

George Morley and Charlie Kennedy may have roots from different eras, being about 40 years apart in age. But when it came to spirit, work ethic, integrity and the impact each had on those around them and on the Arizona Daily Wildcat, it’s difficult not to see a duo cut from the same cloth.

With a group of more than 75 that included family and friends, Wildcat alumni and professional staff and students, these kindred spirits were honored, fittingly, together on April 10 with the official dedication of the “George B. Morley II and Charlie Kennedy Business Development Center.”

George Morley II
George B. Morley II

Morley, a former 28-year member of the U.S. Foreign Service, enjoyed a lengthy second career at the Wildcat, setting high standards with a high moral code from 1978-1993 as the Wildcat’s advertising manager. Kennedy, a Morley protégé from 1990-1992, passed away far too young but is revered to this day by his former colleagues – in addition to still being known as “George’s favorite.”

Charlie Kennedy
Charlie Kennedy

At the event, Chris Oldre paid tribute to both men. “George gave all the student salespeople the chance to grow up. He taught us ambition, commitment, responsibility and integrity. And he did it in a way that was serious, but it was inspirational, while pointing our compasses toward maturity and success.

Charlie had this ability – he could be charming, honest and persuasive. We were all completely inspired by Charlie every day – his interests, his curiosity, and his passion made him magnetic.”

Oldre, a Daily Wildcat alumnus (’92) who worked as a sales rep under George alongside Charlie, spearheaded the efforts in recent years to honor Morley and Kennedy. With the support of many others, as part of the Wildcat’s recent “Innovation in Media Campaign”, the fundraising effort has brought in more than $80,000 to date.

Overlooking the Wildcat’s sales and marketing area, a new sign honoring George and Charlie was unveiled as part of the dedication. The sign was donated by Custom Sign Factory, an Atlanta, Georgia-based company owned by the family of Dustin Potalivo, George’s grandson.

Chris & Charlie
Chris & Charlie
George, Charlie, Marion Morley

“George and Charlie began working together in the fall of 1990. Although these guys were like 40 years apart, these two shared an immediate and mutual bond. Father son, teacher student, brothers…George was Charlie’s favorite teacher; Charlie was George’s favorite student,” Oldre added.

“From the moment Charlie got the job, he was the best salesperson on staff. Charlie had this ability – he could be charming, honest and persuasive. We were all completely inspired by Charlie every day – his interests, his curiosity, and his passion made him magnetic. His support for his friends and colleagues was completely unwavering. Charlie dreamed the biggest dreams, and he believed in every one of them. … He never second-guessed his passions, and he was unafraid of his ambitions.

“George and Charlie influenced and inspired so many of us. And I’m positive that their spirit and this memorial will continue to point all kinds of others toward their own passions, impact and success.”

View more photos of the event here.

 

2016 Open House at the Daily Wildcat

On October 29th, more than 30 former Daily Wildcatters visited the newsroom and toured the Student Media facility, including the studios of KAMP Student Radio and UATV3. Current staffers answered questions about the print Wildcat and dailywildcat.com, and showed off their newest digital media tools.

*****Daily Wildcat Homecoming Tour!*****

Newsroom stat trackingOn Saturday, October 29th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., drop by and take a tour of the updated Daily Wildcat newsroom!  Designed to encourage collaboration, innovation, and simply hanging out, we’ve added couches (green), tables for laptops and small group meetings, and large screens which livestream 24/7 dailywildcat.com digital stats, traffic patterns and social media activity.

You can also tour the entire Student Media facility, including the one-of-a-kind KAMP Student Radio studio.  If you attend the 10:30 a.m. School of Journalism Homecoming gathering (details here), Student Media director Brett Fera will escort you down the  street to the Wildcat afterwards.

We’re in the Park Student Union at 615 N Park Avenue – between Kaibab/Huachuca residence hall and the volleyball courts. Our entrances on Park and off the west courtyard are separate from the main union. Questions? Email Brett or call him at (520) 621-3408.

Woodhams Retires!

Wildcat Alumni and Woodhams
Woodhams and some of the Daily Wildcat alumni attendees

He came. He saw. He blew the doors off the ‘Glass House.’

After 31 years as a presence across the national student media landscape, Mark Woodhams, director of Arizona Student Media and adviser to The Daily Wildcat for more than two decades, retired on February 28th.

That evening, more than 150 current and former students, family members, friends and colleagues celebrated Mark at a party held at Amalour restaurant in Tucson. The event was spiked with reunions, speeches, gifts and farewells as those impacted by Mark’s work honored him.

Here are some photos for now, and a video is forthcoming.

2014 Hall of Fame video and slideshow online

You can now watch a video of the full 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony online. We’ve also posted a slideshow.  11 new Hall of Famers were inducted and 9 Young Alumni were recognized at the January 25th celebration.

2014 Hall of Fame inductees, left to right: Frank Rizzo, John D'Anna, Tim Fuller, Mark Emmons, Joe Cole, Joshua Moss, Joni Hirsch Blackman, Chris Oldre
2014 Hall of Fame inductees, left to right: Frank Rizzo, John D’Anna, Tim Fuller, Mark Emmons, Joe Cole, Joshua Moss, Joni Hirsch Blackman, Chris Oldre

Alumni Reunion and Hall of Fame Banquet Set for Jan. 25th, 2014

SaveTheDateEleven Daily Wildcat alumni will be inducted into the Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame early next year. Join other Wildcat alumni and friends in celebrating the achievements of this distinguished group on Jan. 25 at the University Marriott in Tucson. View banquet details and how to order your tickets.

You can also watch a slideshow of the nominees during their Wildcat days