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


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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