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Two outstanding graduates of St. Bonaventure's Class of 2018 were honored Tuesday at the 58th annual Mark Hellinger Awards Luncheon at Hearst Tower in Manhattan.
For a gallery of images from the ceremony, click here.
Hosted by St. Bonaventure University’s Jandoli School of Communication, the event celebrated Ethan I. Kibbe, 2018 Hellinger Award winner, and Brenner T. Bachman, runner-up. It was the first Hellinger event for Aaron Chimbel, the Jandoli School's new dean.
A native of Harrison Valley, Pa., Kibbe began writing for The Bona Venture student newspaper his freshman year. He worked his way up to sports editor before shifting into broadcast journalism as a reporter, anchor and producer for weekly newscasts with SBU-TV. He also served as a play-by-play announcer and producer for Bonaventure sports telecasts.
He served an internship with SiriusXM NBA Radio in New York City in the summer of 2017, working as an assistant producer and board operator for “The Starting Lineup” morning show with Frank Isola and Brian Scalabrine.
He was one of five students selected from candidates nationwide for a 2017 Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Scholarship, a sports writing contest based on the strength of student essays. His sister Amelia, SBU Class of 2017, won a Murray Scholarship the year before, the first time siblings have won the award.
Kibbe ran cross country for four years and served as team captain his sophomore, junior and senior years. He also served in leadership roles with the campus chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
A summa cum laude graduate, he delivered the student address at the university's 2018 Commencement Exercises. He was awarded the Koop Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Broadcast Curriculum, and received honorable mention for the General Excellence Award in the Communication Curriculum.
After graduation, Kibbe joined Spectrum News in Buffalo, where he serves as a producer.
Bachman graduated in December of 2017 with a B.A. in Strategic Communication, earning minors in marketing, political science, international business and business administration.
In summer 2016, he studied international business and economics at Trinity College at Oxford University, Oxford, England, through St. Bonaventure's Franciscan Heritage Program.
On campus, he held leadership roles in the American Advertising Federation, earning the 2017 Vance and Bette Lee Stickell Award as an outstanding AAF member. He was active in the American Marketing Association, and served as a student ambassador for Admissions, a freshman leadership mentor, and president of the club basketball team. He played for the club golf team, completed the Competitive EDGE Certificate program, created a blog, started a sports talk show on campus radio station WSBU-FM The Buzz, and was a 2017 New York City Ad Club winner.
A native of Greenville, N.Y., Bachman was honored at Commencement with the General Excellence Award in the Communication, and received honorable mention for the Mosser Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Mass Communication Curriculum.
Bachman served as a publisher development intern for Undertone, a digital ad tech firm in New York City, in the summer of 2017, paving the way toward a full-time position as a publisher operations analyst for Undertone, a position he has held since March 2018.
The luncheon’s keynote speaker was Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline,” who addressed “Changing Attitudes in Media.”
The program also featured a panel discussion on “Changing Attitudes Toward Gender in Today’s Media,” featuring David Crary, national writer for the Associated Press; Ellen McCarthy, staff writer for the Washington Post; and Leah McGrath Goodman, ’98, senior writer and finance editor for Newsweek.
To learn more about the Mark Hellinger Award and view a list of past winners, click here.
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