Annual Riley luncheon honors Dance Marathon

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame Dance Marathon (SMC-ND DM) executive officers were invited to the annual Hope Happens Here Luncheon for the Riley Children’s Foundation in Indianapolis on Friday. “The Annual Riley luncheon is one of my favorite events to attend because it helps put into perspective what Dance Marathon helps support,” president Rebecca Guerin said. Junior Amy Tiberi, vice president of internal relations for the SMC-ND DM, said around 1,500 people attended the Hope Happens Here luncheon. All of the attendees were donors to Riley Children’s Hospital in some way. Also in attendance were Riley patients, parents and doctors, as well as executives for the hospital, Indiana University and Butler University. “It was a reminder of what Dance Marathon does for the patients and staff of Riley,” Tiberi said. “It was renewing and made me much more motivated to make this an amazing year for our marathon.” The luncheon is an annual meeting to touch base with all the donors and let them know how their profits have been put to good use at Riley Children’s Hospital, she said. The Riley Board of Governors, amongst other speakers, expressed gratitude toward the donors and detailed plans for future fundraisers. Junior Maureen Parsons, vice president of finance for the marathon, said the luncheon was an opportunity for the Riley Foundation to thank those who have given to Riley over the last year, including SMC-ND DM. “People, including Riley’s CEO and President, spoke to the attendees, and we saw videos of what Riley is doing for kids and their families,” Parsons said. “It reminded our executives of why we spend all year raising money and awareness for Riley Hospital.” In addition, eight Riley patients were recognized as 2012 Riley Champions for their ability to inspire others and raise awareness in their communities, which made an impact on multiple SMC-ND Dance Marathon executives. Parsons said the Riley Champions shared their stories and helped others understand all the amazing work continually done by Riley Children’s Hospital. “Some of these kids would not be alive today if it weren’t for the doctors are Riley Hospital,” she said. “I could tell that the champions really built a relationship with the doctors and nurses who had made them feel at home during their visits.” Senior David Fosselman, Notre Dame DM executive, said the luncheon was an great experience for him and the other executives. “Two years ago I volunteered to be a counselor at Camp Riley — it is a summer camp for the children at Riley,” Fosselman said. “While I was at the luncheon, I was able to see some of my old campers and co-counselors, which was nice and unexpected.” Senior Elizabeth Downs, DM campus relations executive, said the luncheon made her especially excited for the marathon in the spring. “I had a great time. It makes me really excited for the actual marathon because I have a newfound gratitude for where all our donations go,” said Downs. “It makes me realize that what we’re all doing really makes a difference.”last_img read more

Annenberg Innovator in Residence speaks at dinner

first_imgThe USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted a meet and greet dinner Wednesday night for journalism students to get acquainted with this year’s Annenberg Innovator in Residence, Alexis Lloyd.Lloyd is the Creative Director of The New York Times Research and Development Lab. She investigates various types of technologies and multimedia approaches that aim to advance the field of journalism within the next five years.“Technology and innovation around technology [have] pretty radically transformed a lot about journalism and news, but the vast majority of that information has happened around the readers’ experience of the news — how to make news on different platforms, such as Twitter and news apps,” Lloyd said.Her main focus of this week is on improving the efficiency of reporting itself. During her tenure at The New York Times, she has studied technologies and databases that are trying to improve the speed of article production and ensure that data is synthesized for a multitude of media outlets.“There hasn’t been as much attention paid to the reporting process, to everything that happens before everyone sees that material,” Lloyd said. “There are a lot of challenges that we can really innovate around.”The event was presented by the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab as part of a weeklong agenda featuring Lloyd’s expertise on technology in the media. Students in attendance at the event were mainly master’s students and Ph.D. candidates in journalism or communication.“I think it’s really incredible to have someone like Alexis Lloyd come in here to tie in technological advancements to journalism,” said Alex Gold, a second year master’s student in strategic public relations. “She’s really leading the charge in journalism’s future, and I think that’s really important here in a school like Annenberg: to have her share her knowledge and wealth of experience with us and help guide us,”During the meet and greet, students had the opportunity to collaborate in groups to discuss possible reporting innovations and pitch their ideas to Lloyd at the conclusion of the event.“It’s been really nice to have Alexis [Lloyd] here to expedite our process as journalists and having these circles to come together and brainstorm ideas,” said Stephanie Monte, a second year master’s student in journalism.The Annenberg Innovator in Residence Program began in 2009 as the result of a generous gift by USC alumni and Annenberg parents Dr. Mitchell and Deena Lew. Since its conception, the program has hosted various innovators such as author and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, who in 2010 was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and Aaron Koblin, the leader of the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab.“This week has been great. It’s really nice to switch contexts and get different perspectives from people who are coming out of the programs here,” Lloyd said.Gabriel Kahn, a professor of professional practice at Annenberg and Director of the Future of Journalism at the Annenberg Innovation Lab, said that Lloyd quickly rose to the top among the candidates for this year’s program.“Particularly with journalism, one of the big struggles is to think in a time frame that’s more than just six months to a year out,” Kahn said. “It was really refreshing to see her thinking about stuff for, well she says three to five years out, but to me it sounds more like ten years out. She’s really projecting a different future for journalism in a business that’s so constrained by tradition.”The schedule of events over the past several days included an interactive panel entitled  the Future of Journalism, a class visit called Social and Economic Implications of Communication Tech and a public talk named Human in the Loop: Conversations Between People and Machines.“This week has been really rewarding so far,” said Sophie Madej, program coordinator of USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. “It’s nice to have Lloyd in the classroom so students can get that one-on-one time, which has more of a lasting impact than just lots of lectures.”last_img read more