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.”
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
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
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
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
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.
April 20, 2017
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
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
County Executive Joanie Mahoney will give an update on the state of Onondaga County, future projects, and her thoughts on Consensus.
March 30, 2017
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
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.
March 09, 2017
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
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
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
Athletic director John Wildhack will give us an update on Syracuse University athletics.
February 09, 2017
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 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.
December 08, 2016
Breagin Riley, Ph.D.., assistant professor of Marketing and Behavioral Lab director at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, will discuss how people view equal opportunities for success, how people perceive tax levels, and how these two things impact how people spend and save their money, behave dishonestly, etc.
December 01, 2016
Elevating Erie (elevatingerie.com) is a collaborative effort between the City of Syracuse and the Town of DeWitt to address a portion of the 14-mile gap in the Erie Canal way Trail system. The original Erie Canal through DeWitt and Syracuse has been paved over for 100 years. Sam Gordon, director of planning and zoning for the town of DeWitt, and Owen Kerney, assistant director for city planning, will discuss plans to revitalize the 14-mile gap in the original canal path, which currently exists between DeWitt and Camillus. The project could result in the Canal way becoming part of the longest continuous bicycle and pedestrian trail in North America.
November 17, 2016
David Rubin, Kristi Anderson, Tara Ross and Bob Spitzerfrom WCNY’s Ivory Tower will discuss the presidential election and how the new presidency will affect the economy, national security, healthcare, and more.
November 10, 2016
The Refugee Alliance of Greater Syracuse, a collaborative group of stakeholders in refugee resettlement and integration, is an excellent example of the ways studies like those created by the Onondaga Citizens League can create significant opportunities. Join Mark Cass, executive director/organizer of Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS), Nicole Watts, founder/executive director of Hopeprint, and Olive Sephuma, director of the Center for New Americans at Interfaith Works, along with three former refugees. They will share local statistics, how Central New York welcomes its new neighbors, ways these new Americans are an asset to our community, and how the members of the alliance participate in this collective effort..
November 3, 2016
Ruth Colvin is the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America (now ProLiteracy Worldwide). She will discuss the history of the local organization, its success stories, and the impact Literacy CNY has had on adult learners in our region. She will be joined by board president Karen Tift, who will discuss the future and what we, as a community, can do to help. Join us to help celebrate Ruth’s 100th birthday.
October 27, 2016
Onondaga County’s Office of Environment, Tom Rhodes, Commissioner of Onondaga County Water Environment Protection.
October 20, 2016
Robert Hupp, artistic director of Syracuse Stage, Elizabeth Dunbar, executive director of the Everson Museum, and Steve Butler, executive director of CNY Arts, will give an update on what is happening in the arts arena, and share upcoming events and plans for the future.
October 13, 2016
Refugees and their Changing Family Experience
Rashmi Gangamma, Ph.D., assistant professor in Marriage & Family Therapy at SU’s Falk College will share her research on what happens to family relationships when they are abruptly—and sometimes very violently—displaced from their home country. She will discuss their sense of loss, inability to trust others, and how their past struggles still live in them.
October 6, 2016
Skills Gap in the Workplace
Some argue that there is not a shortage of jobs in Central New York, but there is a shortage of skilled workers. Our panelists will share their perspectives on how to fill the skills gaps, and what type of “soft skills” employers are looking for.
David Duerr, vice president of business development for Empower Federal Credit Union; David Freund, chief leadership officer at MACNY; Juanita Perez Williams, regional director for the Department of Labor in Central New York; Michael Evans, Ph.D., professor at Syracuse University and founder of Evans and Associates Consulting
The Levi Smith Community Service Award will be presented to a TMR member.
September 29, 2016
Heroin Epidemic in Central New York
A panel discussion on this topic includes New York State Police Major Frank Coots; Mark Raymond, manager of Crouse’s opioid treatment program at Crouse; Michele Caliva, RN CSPI, administrative director of Upstate New York Poison Center; and Erin Bortel, director of prevention services at ACR Health.
September 22, 2016
OCL Study: How CNY Moves
Study co-chairs highlight the 2015/16 Onondaga Citizens League study on how to realign auto-centric practices for the 21st century.
Heidi Holtzand Mary Kate Intaglietta
September 15, 2016
Racial Tensions in America
SU Police Chief Bobby Maldonado, College of Law associate professor Lauryn Gouldin and Rochelle L. Ford, Ph.D., professor and chair, Newhouse School of Public Communications will discuss racial tensions and share their own perspectives on solutions.
September 8, 2016
His organization, Believe in Syracuse, inspires civic pride and converts that pride into progress in improving the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse community.
John DeSantis, Executive Director
April 28, 2016
Overview with Onondaga County Comptroller: Consolidation, Land Bank & the City, and State Budgeting
April 21, 2016
Update with Mayor Stephanie Miner
Mayor Stephanie Miner
April 14, 2016
The Effects of Climate Change and What That Means for Our Environment
Jack Manno Ph.D., Professor, Environmental Studies, SUNY ESF
April 7, 2016
Building the Next Great Upstate Company
Nasir Ali, founder of Upstate Venture Connect (UVC)
March 31, 2016
Females in Combat: Personal Account of a Veteran Combat Pilot
Lieutenant Colonel Michele Kilgore, Commander, 174th Attack Wing
March 24, 2016
The Political Roots of Racial Tracking In American Criminal Justice
Nina Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science, Colgate University
March 17, 2016
Update and Plans going forward
Eugene J. Conway, Onondaga County Sheriff
March 10, 2016
Impact of I-81 on Public Housing
Bill Simmons, Syracuse Housing, Rebecca Newman Housing Visions and Sally Santangelo, CNY Fair Housing
March 3, 2016
Education is the Best Anti-poverty Initiative
Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras, Ph.D.
February 25, 2016
Ethics in Media
Media Panel: Chris Bolt, WAER; Dan Cummings, Channel 9 News; Rae Fulkerson, News director, CNY Central; Stephen Cvengros, vice president of content, Syracuse Media Group; Iris St Meran, Time Warner Cable News
February 18, 2016
National Veterans Resource Complex
Michael Haynie, Vice Chancellor Veteran & Military Affairs, Syracuse University
February 11, 2016
Mark Olsen, mayor of Fayetteville Brian Underwood, Adjunct Professor, SUNY ESF
February 4, 2016
Overview & Projects Update
A conversation with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney
January 28, 2016
Dr. Neil Murphy, Co-Chair, Consensus, Former President, SUNY ESF & Rob Simpson, president & CEO CenterState CEO
December 10, 2015
A New Day for the OHA
Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director; Onondaga Historical Association; Dennis Connors, History Curator; Onondaga Historical Association
December 3, 2015
Feeding the Hungry in Syracuse
Mary Beth Frey, Samaritan Center; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of CNY; Alan Thornton, Rescue Mission; John Tumino, In My Father’s Kitchen
November 26, 2015
November 19, 2015
“A Conversation with Linda LeMura”
Linda LeMura, President, Le Moyne College
November 12, 2015
“SUNY Morrisville: Beginning Again”
David E. Rogers, President, SUNY Morrisville
November 5, 2015
“China’s Economy and Economic Growth”
Mary E. Lovely, Professor of Economics, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
October 29, 2015
“BusPlus – Creating a Bus Rapid Transit Line in Upstate New York”
Ross Farrell, Director of Planning, Capital District Transportation Authority
Mario Colone, Program Manager, SMTC
October 22, 2015
Philip C. Pinsky Memorial Lecture “Healthcare Reform in New York State from Willowbrook to DSRIP”
James Introne, NYS health care policy advisor
October 15, 2015
50th Anniversary Breakfast of Champions
with The New York Times op-ed columnist, Charles Blow to benefit the Levi L. Smith Scholarship Fund
October 8, 2015
Creating a 21st Century Transportation System for New York State
Matt Driscoll, NYS DOT Commissioner
October 1, 2015
How Can We Ensure Safe Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the US?
Lawrence H. Brinker, Esq., Executive Director & General Counsel, NUAIR Alliance
“Hotel Syracuse Restoration”
Ed Riley, Managing Member, Hotel Syracuse Restoration
“Crouse Hospital: The Inside Story”
Kimberly Boynton, CEO, Crouse Hospital
“The Great New York State Fair – What’s New, What’s Next?”
Troy Waffner, Acting Director, NYS Fair
“Public Health in Onondaga County”
Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, Onondaga County Commissioner of Health
“Civil Rights in Syracuse: Then and Now”
“The CNY Regional Transportation Authority”
Frank Kobliski, Executive Director, Centro
“Get On Board with the Syracuse Chiefs”
Jason Smorol, General Manager, Syracuse Chiefs
“The Dilemma of Public Welfare”
Ann Rooney, Deputy County Executive for Human Services
“The Meaning of ‘Social Action’ in Syracuse”
Walt Dixie, Jubilee Homes; Andy Mager, Syracuse Cultural Workers; Ursula Rozum, Syracuse Peace Council; Peter Sarver, Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS)
“How Big is Home Base?” (12-county region)
Robert Simpson, President, CenterState CEO
“Our Major Strengths and Weaknesses, As Seen From City Hall”
Mayor Stephanie Miner, City of Syracuse
“Work Train: Job Training for Low-income Syracuse Residents”
Meg O’ Connell, Executive Director, The Allyn Foundation, Chair of Work Train Collaborative; Dominic Robinson, Centerstate CEO, Director of Work Train Collaborative; Frank Lazarski, President, United Way of Central New York
“Creating Housing Opportunities, Revitalizing Neighborhoods”
Katelyn Wright, Executive Director, Greater Syracuse Land Bank; Kerry Quaglia, Executive Director, Home HeadQuarters
“Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century and SUNY ESF”
Quentin Wheeler, President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
“Creative Philanthropy: Entrepreneurial Perspectives on Social Responsibility”
Matt Godard, owner, Café Kubal; Jim Barr, co-chair, SADA Charity Preview; Laura Serway, Cindy Seymour, owners, Laci’s Tapas Bar; Nancy Marshall, founder, InKind
“Consensus CNY Update – Baseline Data Report”
Neil Murphy, PhD., co-chair, Commission on Local Government Modernization; Joseph Stefko, PhD., CEO, Center for Governmental Research
“A Conversation with the Onondaga County Executive”
Joanne Mahoney, County Executive
“An Assessment of Fair Housing for Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse”
Sally Santangelo, Executive Director, CNY Fair Housing
“Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter: the Future of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo”
Janet Agostini, President, Friends of the Zoo
Ted Fox, Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
“24th Congressional District Election”
Rep. Dan Maffei, Democratic Candidate
John Katko, Republican Candidate
Prof. Grant Reeher, Moderator
“Onondaga County Sheriff’s Race”
Gene Conway, Republican Candidate
Toby Shelley, Democratic Candidate
Prof. Grant Reeher, Moderator
“Fair Elections and the Redistricting Ballot Proposition”
Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause, New York
“Engage CNY Cultural Plan”
Stephen Butler, Executive Director, CNY Arts
Jeffrey Woodward, Managing Director, Syracuse Stage
Carol Eaton, Vice President of Marketing, Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau
Barbara Bartlett, Director, Lorenzo Historic Site
“A Conversation with Chancellor Syverud”
Kent Syverud, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University
A Regional Vision: College, Career and Citizenship Readiness in CNY
Jody Manning, District Superintendent, OCM BOCES; Jeffrey Craig, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Support Services, OCM BOCES; Colleen Viggiano, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, OCM BOCES
Social Entrepreneurship in Syracuse: 4 Models
Dominic Robinson, Northside UP; Janie Mills, Salt Works; Mike Melara, Catholic Charities Project Joseph; Adam Sudmann, My Lucky Tummy; Seth Mulligan, UP Start Syracuse
Global Security Challenges and Issues for the U.S.
Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, (Ret.) Deputy Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), Syracuse University
WCNY’s weekly public affairs program Ivory Tower Hour
Barbara Fought, Professor, Newhouse School, SU
Kristi Andersen, Professor, Maxwell School
Lisa Dolak, Professor, SU College of Law
Tara Ross, Professor of History, Onondaga Community College
David Rubin, Professor, Newhouse School
Bob Spitzer, Professor of Political Science, SUNY Cortland
Religious Opposition and Marriage Equality: Game Over?
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Gender, and Culture, Le Moyne College
The Onondaga County Justice Center and the State of Corrections in America
Esteban Gonzalez, Chief Custody Deputy, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office; president, American Jail Association
The Minimum Wage Debate” with Frederick Floss
Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute
Vision CNY: A Central New York Regional Sustainability Plan
David Bottar, Executive Director of the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board
The Onondaga County Legislature: Current Agenda and Future Plans
Ryan McMahon, Chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature
Creating a New Waste Management Policy for Onondaga County
Mark Donnelly, Executive Director, OCRRA
Khristopher Dodson, Associate Director, Environmental Finance Center, Syracuse Center of Excellence
Mideast Peace Talks, Syrian Refugees, and the Syracuse University Connection
Charles Benjamin, President, Near East Foundation
“Rethinking the Structure of Local Government”
Neil Murphy, Cathy Richardson and Jim Walsh, Co-chairs, Government Modernization Commission
New Faces On the CNY Art Scene: What Does the future Hold for Our Community’s Arts Institutions?
Tom Kazmierczak, Executive Director, Landmark Theatre
Lisa Smith, Managing Director, Syracuse Opera
Catherine Underhill, Managing Director, Symphoria
A Conversation with Congressman Dan Maffei
Featuring Congressman Dan Maffei
What’s New at the Community’s College
Featuring Onondaga Community College President Dr. Casey Crabill.
Great Expectations: Update on the SCSD Strategic Plan
Featuring Sharon Contreras, Syracuse City School District superintendent.
ALT-81: Reimagining Urban Expressways
Featuring Jonathan Solomon, associate dean of the Syracuse University School of Architecture; andMarc Norman, director of UPSTATE at the Syracuse University School of Architecture.
Onondaga County’s Human Services Reorganization and What it Means to the Delivery of Human Services to County Residents
Featuring Ann Rooney, deputy county executive for human services; David Sutkowy, commissioner of the county’s Department of Social Services.
Regional Economic Development Update
Featuring Robert Simpson, president and CEO of CenterState CEO.
Ensuring a Safe City
Featuring Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank L. Fowler.
The Affordable Health Care Act and the new state Health Exchanges
Featuring Sara Wall Bollinger, executive director for Health Planning, HealtheConnections.
Our Mental Health Service Delivery System: Where Do We Stand?
Featuring Robert Long, commissioner of the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health; Dr. Mark Cattalani, clinical director of Hutchings Psychiatric Center; Dr. Robert Gregory, professor and interim Chair of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University; Dr. Narayana Reddy, department chair of mental health services at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
Seeds of Peace: Reducing racial tension and violence in our schools and community
Jose Cossa, Seeds of Peace coordinator, InterFaith Works of CNY and teen panel
Assessing Community Needs, Priorities, and Trends
Frank Lazarski, President, United Way
Onondaga County Budget: Maintaining a Healthy Balance
Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive
Intelligence, Surveillance and National Security
Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, (Ret.) Deputy Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), Syracuse University
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Building Success for Children, Ensuring Success for New York
Featuring Robert Frawley, deputy director of the New York State Council on Children and Families and co-chair of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council, and Patty Persell, director of the New York State Head Start Collaboration Project.
Featuring Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, and David Nutting, chairman and CEO of VIP Structures.
The World at Our Doorstep — Embracing Refugee Resettlement
Heidi Holtz and Kristen Mucitelli-Heath, OCL board members and study co-chairs
Unprecedented Challenges for Cities
Stephanie Miner, Mayor of the City of Syracuse
A Conversation with the New York State Comptroller
Thomas P. DiNapoli
Politics 101: Navigating the Political Process
Kevin Tampone, coordinator of the CNY Political Leadership Institute. Also featuring Lisa Dell, Michael Meath and David Reed
Paying it Forward: Ithaca’s Millennial Mayor
Svante Myrick, Mayor of the City of Ithaca
Is Gun Policy at a Crossroads in America?
Robert Spitzer, Distringuished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at SUNY Cortland
The Syracuse New Times: CNY’s locally-owned newsweekly
Bill Brod, Publisher, Syracuse New Times and Family Times
An Update on New York State’s Medicaid Redesign
Nirav Shah, MD, MPH, NYS Health Commissioner
OHA at 150: New Exhibits, New Products and a New Museum on the Lake
Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director, Onondaga Historical Association
A Conversation with Senator Valesky
David J. Valesky, NYS Senator, 53rd Senate District
A Conversation with Senator DeFrancisco
Featuring John DeFrancisco, New York State Senator
Featuring Destiny USA executive David Aitken
Onondaga County Sustainable Development Plan
Featuring Joanne Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive, and Megan Costa, Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency
How Corporate Socialism is Devastating America
Featuring David Cay Johnston, Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management
Featuring WCNY’s Ivory Tower Panelists
On the Election
Featuring Robert McClure, professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School
Featuring Dr. Kamal Jabbour, ST, a USAF Senior Scientist for Information Assurance
Changes at The Post-Standard
Featuring Stephen A. Rogers, Editor and Publisher of The Post-Standard, and Tim Kennedy, President of the Syracuse Media Group
Featuring Sharon Contreras, Superintendent of the Syracuse City School District
Two Row Wampum Renewal
Featuring Andy Mager of the Syracuse Peace Council and Jake Edwards, Onondaga Nation
Onondaga County Budget
Featuring Joanne Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive
125 Years of Changing Lives
Featuring Alan Thornton, executive director and CEO of the Syracuse Rescue Mission
Two Bold Ideas Four Years Later: The Connective Corridor and Near Westside Initiative
Featuring Marilyn Higgins, vice president for Community Engagement and Economic Development at Syracuse University; Linda Hartsock, Syracuse University’s director of the Connective Corridor; and Maarten Jacobs, director of the Near Westside Initiative.