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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Acclaimed writer Charles Pierce and Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade are the featured speakers at the biennial Dick Joyce Sports Symposium April 23 at St. Bonaventure University.
Pierce and McGlade will join Buffalo News sports columnist Jerry Sullivan and St. Bonaventure athletic director Steve Watson on a panel to discuss “The NCAA: Today and Tomorrow” at 1:30 p.m. in the Dresser Auditorium of the Murphy Professional Building. The discussion is free and open to the public.
Alumni and guests from the sports and media worlds will participate in morning workshops with students, with topics including “Women in the World of Sports, “Gonzo Sports Journalism,” and “College Sports Administration and Media.”
Pierce has written for Grantland.com and Esquire since 2011, following a nine-year career at the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the L.A. Times Magazine, The Nation, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and Chicago Tribune.
The recipient of numerous writing awards, Pierce’s latest book is “Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free.”
McGlade has been Atlantic 10 commissioner since 2008, leading the conference through the development of a five-year strategic initiative. McGlade spent 11 years with the Atlantic Coast Conference prior to her arrival at the A-10, including the last nine as associate commissioner.
Respected as an administrator throughout the NCAA, McGlade serves on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Officiating LLC Board of Directors and the NCAA Honors Committee.
Amy Moritz, ’95, a sports writer at The Buffalo News, will be honored at a dinner the night before the symposium with the John Domino Award.
After graduation from St. Bonaventure, Moritz worked for the Olean Times Herald and spent two years covering the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team. She was the first full-time female sportswriter at the newspaper.
Moritz then went to The Buffalo News, where her primary beat includes college sports, particularly men’s and women’s ice hockey and women’s basketball. She has been a voter in the Associated Press Top 25 Women’s Basketball Poll and has covered the Women’s Final Four and regional finals. She is a past president of the Association for Women in Sports Media.
Domino graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1984 and helped usher in the video era while an undergraduate, successfully lobbying the administration to acquire a truckload of professional video equipment being sold by a local school district.
Domino worked for NBC Sports before joining ESPN. He was regarded as one of the growing TV sports network’s best and brightest personalities when he left to return to the Buffalo area and join the Empire Sports Network. He told friends he was coming back because someone in the family was battling cancer.
Domino was that someone. He died in 1994. The Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication celebrates his courage, his skills and his humanity by presenting the John Domino Award to a St. Bonaventure graduate who has excelled in his or her sports journalism position.
Held every other year, the symposium honors the memory of Dick Joyce, SBU class of 1960, a former sportswriter for The Associated Press who died in 1988 at age 53.
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