Defining Moments

Defining Moments features significant events in the lives of CJC alumni, faculty and staff.

Solomon is the former sports editor of The Washington Post and the first ombudsman for ESPN. He currently serves as director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland and continues to write a weekly Sunday column for the Post. Solomon has received many honors…

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Posted: August 13, 2018

Joe Carew gazed south out of his office window. On the horizon, 30,000 feet below him, the sun was setting over the Dardanelles. He saw the thin body of water that divided Turkey across two continents—on the one side, Europe, the other Asia—and thought about the events of the Trojan…

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Posted: June 4, 2018

We begin with baseball. With an impressionable 12-year-old boy at Tampa’s Al Lopez Field to watch a Cincinnati Reds spring training game circa 1972. The hits and catches and strikes and outs are unimportant to him. His eyes are on the bleachers. There, nailed into the flat metal rows, was…

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Posted: April 26, 2018

Before Rico Pasqualini was the president of the world’s leading backpack maker, he was a public relations student at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Much has changed in his life between then and now, but one aspect remains the same: At both the CJC and JanSport,…

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Posted: April 6, 2018

It all started when he picked up a film camera for a class assignment. This simple task sparked the defining moment that would set the tone for Jerry Ketcham’s successful film career. “I was able to write, direct and edit my little film. When it was completed, I projected it…

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Posted: February 28, 2018

Perched in his Los Angeles kitchen is one of Rich Preuss’ most prized possessions, the 1995 Most Valuable Player Award, a recognition he received while working as a production student at WUFT-TV. Now he can add another prestigious award to his collection – a 2017 Primetime Emmy Award. Preuss, a…

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Posted: November 14, 2017

The idea of being a sportscaster always appealed to Rick Stern. He knew it might be a long shot, but was willing to give it a try. He became a Telecommunication major, took the required classes and even sought advice and direction from his instructor and trusted advisor, Dr. Sid…

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Posted: August 14, 2017

Angela Buonocore always loved writing but, like many freshly minted graduates, was not quite sure what she wanted to do with her life.  As it turns out, she quickly found her calling. Angela, who retired from corporate life in December 2014, is a former member of the Public Relations Advisory…

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Posted: May 24, 2017

A passion for storytelling combined with early hands-on experience inspired Craig Heyl to pursue a career in video production. Along the way, Heyl has been a news editor, video producer, Turner Broadcasting senior vice president, Georgia State University professor and now he is working with team at Pinewood Studios in…

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Posted: February 13, 2017

In 1985, Yvette Miley came to CJC to get her hands dirty. She had one goal: become immersed in broadcasting. On her third day on campus, she volunteered for WRUF-AM. There, Miley found her passion. So much so that she soon quit going to class, lost her scholarship and almost…

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Posted: January 10, 2017

Danny Wuerffel: 20th Anniversary of Winning the Heisman Trophy By Sara Perlman, TEL 2017 “My experience at Florida, both as a student and football player, had a great impact on my life and continues to do so on a daily basis.” It has been 20 years since Danny Wuerffel, B.S.…

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Posted: November 18, 2016

Ramon Looby began his academic career in the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but upon graduation he knew that he wanted more. He had a passion for communication and found a kindred spirit in the UF College of Journalism and Communications. That kindred spirt was Dr. Lynda Kaid,…

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Posted: October 13, 2016