Thursday Morning Roundtable

Thursday Morning Roundtable is broadcast on WCNY-FM Sundays at 8 p.m. during the academic year. It’s a weekly public service program, sponsored by Syracuse University’s University College, which features experts speaking on local, state and national issues of concern to the community.

“TMR brings together a variety of business, social agency, educational and civic leaders to learn about and discuss issues of importance to area citizens,” said Sandra Barrett, director of community programs at University College. “Bringing this program to the local public broadcasting station is a perfect partnership in our shared goal to spur discussion of issues and ideas in the community.”

2016-2017 Season


December 07, 2017

Unmanned Aerial Systems (DRONES): How They Could Impact CNY

Major General Marke “Hoot” Gibson USAF (Ret), CEO of NUAIR, and Craig Marcinkowski, director, Strategy & Business Development at Gryphon Sensors, will discuss Unmanned Aerial Systems (DRONES) and how this technology is beneficial to Central New York’s economy. They will discuss what we can expect to see in the next 2-5 years, and current government regulations that will minimize their misuse and protect the privacy of citizens.


November 30, 2017

SU’s Impact on the Local Economy

Dr. Mike Haynie, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation at Syracuse University and the founder and executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and Bea González, vice-president of community engagement, discuss how Syracuse University provides a significant impact on the local economy through taxes, fees, and payment for local services, as well as operating vital projects and programs that benefit the community.


November 16, 2017

Why Young Leaders Are Active in Our Community

Melissa Forsyth, Comptroller for the 174th Attack Wing; Gus Hernandez, Salvation Army Young Leaders Advisory Council; Andrew Lunetta, executive director of Tiny Homes for Good; and Juhanna Rogers, co-founder of CNY Roots, will talk about their commitment to community engagement, why they became involved, and who/what inspired them to become active citizens.


November 09, 2017

The Changing Face of TV

What is the future of how we will view programs? How does competition among networks, Netflix, Hulu, cable, and online viewing impact customer service, pricing, and access? Bob Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a trustee professor at SU’s Newhouse School, will discuss the future of television and media in the United States.


November 02, 2017

Candidates for Syracuse Mayor Face Off 

The four Syracuse mayoral candidates—Juanita Perez Williams, Ben Walsh, Howie Hawkins, and Laura Lavine—will discuss their viewpoints, plans for the City, and the issues they consider most important. Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute and a professor of political science at SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will moderate.


October 26, 2017

Career and Technical Education—Not the Vo-Tech of Yesterday Rethinking the approach to secondary education


October 19, 2017

A Look Back at 40 Years of Vera House / Randi Bregman

Randi Bregman, Executive Director of Vera House, will reflect on Vera House’s 40th anniversary year, including a look back on accomplishments in the areas of domestic and sexual violence and a call to action for the future.


October 12, 2017

The Face of Hunger / Panel Discussion

The face of hunger has shifted from homeless individuals to working families. 91% of emergency food recipients have annual incomes below the federal poverty line ($23,492 for a family of 4). In recognition of World Food Day on October 16, Allen Thornton, CEO of the Syracuse Rescue Mission, Kathleen Stress, executive director of Food Bank of Central New York, and Julie Gilbert, case manager of the Samaritan Center, will discuss how their organizations respond. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank.


October 05, 2017

Connecting the Dots: Issues Facing Women / TED-X Style

In its 2015 NYS Poverty Report, NYSCAA stated the median income for women with a high school diploma only was 69% of their male counterparts. 38.7% of families with children having women as heads of households are living in poverty. The facts can have repercussions in healthcare, employment, education, and childcare. Join us as we connect the dots and explore thought-provoking approaches to address these issues and challenges during this TED-X style event.


September 21, 2017

Is Retail Dying? / Amanda Nicholson

Are brick and mortar stores becoming a thing of the past, as the media suggests? Amanda Nicholson, associate dean and professor of Retail Practice at SU’s Whitman School of Management, talks about the demise of brick and mortar retail. Should we write the obituary now or hold off?


September 14, 2017

Aging in Onondaga County / Panel Discussion

Dr. Sharon Brangman, Chief of Geriatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Janet Wilmoth, Ph.D., director of Aging Studies Institute at SU, and Cynthia Woods, director of OASIS Lifelong Adventure share statistics of aging, the future of health and wellness in our county, and how lifelong learning and staying active enhances wellbeing.


September 07, 2017

OCL Findings / Mel Menon and Craig French

What kind of work do people do in this region? What job opportunities will shape our future? OCL Study Co-Chairs Mel Menon and Craig French will present findings and recommendations from the 2016/17 OCL Study: “How CNY Works.”


April 27, 2017

Transformation of the Health Care Delivery System, Jason Helgerson

Given the uncertain state of the current health care system, Helgerson, Medicaid director of NYS and executive director for New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team, will discuss moving from fee-for-service to value-based payment.

TMR Health Care Powerpoint

TMR Health Care Power Point 2


April 20, 2017

Influential Women in History, Gregg Tripoli

Tripoli, executive director of the Onondaga Historical Association, will discuss the contributions of local women, covering a wide range of disciplines including sports, philanthropy, education, art, politics, law, and business.


April 13, 2017

Save the World a Little Each Day: Solid Waste Stewardship in Onondaga County, Dereth Glance

Glance, executive director of OCRRA, will speak about how the OCRRA system functions, and what happens to our trash, food waste, and recyclables. She will highlight our community’s successes, challenges, and innovations as we tackle resource recovery from the solid waste stream.


April 6 , 2017

State of the County Update , Joanie Mahoney

County Executive Joanie Mahoney will give an update on the state of Onondaga County, future projects, and her thoughts on Consensus.


March 30, 2017

MaryEllen Elia, NYS Department of Education Commissioner

The commissioner will discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and some of the high-level concepts that are proposed in the Act.  She will also talk about the overall state of the 700 school districts in New York State that she oversees.


March 23, 2017

Members of the Consensus Committee

Representatives from Consensus will discuss the release of the commission’s final report, with 50 recommendations to improve local government, including the creation of a new city-county government, the financial impact on municipalities, and the increasing burden of paying for duplicate services on a stagnant population.

Consensus Presentation TMR


March 09, 2017

United Way president, Frank Lazarski

Frank will provide a retrospective on his 13+ years at the United way, discussing the importance of the organization and the critical need for the services provided.  He will also reflect on the changes he has seen over the years.


March 02, 2017

Kick off of National Women’s History Month

Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D., executive director, Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation will discuss influential women in history, including Matilda Joslyn Gage-one of the most radical, far-sighted and articulate early feminists.


February 23, 2017

Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly

Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly will share some insights about her first nine months at Syracuse University; her academic priorities, including leading the implementation of the University’s Academic Strategic Plan; and her thoughts about the city and region she now calls home.


February 16, 2017

Syracuse University Athletics: Vision and Priorities

Athletic director John Wildhack will give us an update on Syracuse University athletics.


February 09, 2017

Tourism in Central New York & Its Economic Impact

David Holder, president of Visit Syracuse, will talk about how tourism impacts our local economy, share upcoming events, and discuss the new initiative to promote Syracuse as a winter destination.


February 02, 2017

Syracuse Stage Presents Disgraced

Syracuse Stage artistic director Bob Hupp and associate artistic director Kyle Bass will discuss the Syracuse Stage season and give us highlights of the play, Disgraced. Cast members will act out a few of the scenes from the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.



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