Dr. Elga Wulfert, Dean, CAS (left) and Angela Schaun, Mackenzie University
In mid-October, the University hosted a visit by thirteen Brazilians from Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo. The group consisting of ten journalism students in their third or fourth year and three professors spent a whirlwind week in Albany. The coalition attended classes, visited the New York State Capitol, and toured local radio and TV stations, and other media operations. This included a visit to the Times-Union where they observed the daily editorial meeting that decides the layout of the next day’s front page.
Focusing their visit on American politics and race, the group spent an afternoon talking to Assembleyman McEneny and Senator Breslin. They also watched the final presidential debate and attended a lecture by New York Times war reporter Dexter Filkins. Additionaly they participated in the taping of Professor Emeritus Alan Chartock’s “Media Project” at WAMC radio, which is co-hosted by Journalism Advisory Board member and Editor of the Times-Union, Rex Smith.
“We had a fabulous visit,” said Mackenzie student Pedro Henrique Sorrentino. “Albany is a great city, with all these people and resources open to journalism students like us. Now it’s our turn to roll out the red carpet and welcome UAlbany students to Sao Paulo.” With the success of this inaugural visit, planning for future exchanges between UAlbany and Mackenzie is in the works.