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Voices from the Global Village: Media Management MBA and Emergency and Disaster Management MPA programs collaborate to host/stream live SMARMIE conference on February 28, to discuss developing “Humanitarian Technologies”

March 4, 2013

On February 28, over 200 social media professionals and emergency managers converged on MCNY for the first annual SMARMIE  conference to hear speakers from around globe discuss the latest uses of social media networks as “Humanitarian Technologies” for emergency disaster planning and management.  Filmed and streamed live by faculty, students and alumni of the Media Management MBA Program, the day’s panelists included Dr. Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute, an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience; Phil Harris, CEO of Geofeedia a special social media search and discovery service location that helps emergency responders perform situational nearness by location by establishing geo-fences around physical locations and gathering all social media from those locations in real-time; Kim Stephens, the lead blogger of iDisaster 2.0 which focuses on the benefits as well as the challenges the emergency management community face when employing new information communications technologies; and Jeff Phillips, a local Emergency Manager in New Mexico and former Chief of Response and Recovery at the New Mexico Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) who developed and utilizes the Virtual Operations Support (VOST) concept of recruiting, organizing and tasking ‘trusted agents’ to perform as social media and new technology ‘force multipliers’ in emergency operations, among others.  (The full list of conference speakers and their bios is available at

Recognizing the rapidly advancing and developing role that social media industries play in emergency and disaster response planning and management, SMARMIE began as an idea for additional collaborative learning opportunities forged between the Emergency and Disaster Management MPA Program and the Media Management MBA Program.  It was believed that, by bringing together leaders in emergency response, social media and government, a synergistic dialogue could be encouraged where the collective expertise could be shared and potentially leveraged and lead to an advantage afforded to individuals and communities responding to a myriad of emergencies and disasters.

Utilizing our Purpose Centered Education teaching model, our Media Management MBA students had been studying and exploring the substantive issues integral to this inaugural SMARMIE event through live case studies in a number of their classes since last fall.  At the same time, they have and continue to work with our Emergency and Disaster Management students on guiding the EDM students’ development of social media marketing campaigns and videos that inform about the critical necessity of business continuity planning in anticipation of disasters.  Through this process our students have been able to engage in practical application of the substantive business or emergency management concepts learned in their Dimension classes to develop real life tangible projects that might address these critical needs via their Constructive Action.

In the School for Business Media Management MBA Program, our mission is to provide students with the business skills, management tools and substantive expertise necessary to be at the forefront of emerging media trends, to navigate changes in the industry and to provide leadership to successfully take these companies into the future, while never losing sight of our own responsibility to the larger society and the ever changing media environment. The ­first of its kind in the nation, and the our curriculum is oriented towards a practitioner-based learning model where management theories are fully integrated within the curriculum and students are expected to complete their degree with a tangible outcome, developed through hands on and field learning via the Constructive Action.

Similarly, the School for Public Affairs and Administration MPA Program in Emergency and Disaster Management is an advanced degree program that opens new career tracks for recent college graduates as well as for those looking to change careers, and further develops the knowledge base of professionals already working in the fi­eld. This highly specialized degree covers the planning, management, logistics, response, relief, recovery and economics associated with managing emergency situations.

Our students continue to collaborate on other projects where the substantive learning naturally overlaps.

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Voices From the Global Village: NEXT Art Gallery installs and opens new art exhibition by Thaddeus Radell: The Will to Remember – A Show About the Layers of Memory

February 13, 2012

The Metropolitan College of New York Media Management MBA program is pleased to announce the opening of The Will to Remember – A Show About the Layers of Memory, featuring the drawings, paintings and reliefs of artist Thaddeus Radell at NEXT Art Gallery, located in the shadow of the Tribeca Film Festival at the college on 431 Canal Street, New York, NY on February 11, 2012. The show will run through March 9, 2012

Founded in the Fall Semester of 2001 by Dr. Faye Ran, Professor of Media, and the MCNY Media Management MBA students in her Arts Administration class, the NEXT Art Gallery was created as a class project focusing on designing a gallery space and mounting an exhibition. NEXT Art Gallery was an immediate success with students, faculty, administration, and members from the surrounding communities both excited by and appreciative of the works shown.

Described as the “sui generis painter of evanescence and the quicksands of loss,” in The Will to Remember – A Show About the Layers of Memory, Radell features painting that have been described as “filled with agitated lines and anonymous, featureless figures. They are almost apparitions, struggling glimpses of painful memories in which there is a visceral, layered effacement of time, of oneself and others.” We see in the paintings “embedded flashes of colors, and the thick impasto of repression, regret and bereavement.”

Born and raised in Michigan, Thaddeus Radell completed his B.F.A. at University of Detroit/Mercy before moving to New York City to study with Leland Bell and Paul Resika at Parsons School of Design. Soon after receiving his M.F.A. in 1982, Radell was offered a position at the Lacoste School of Art and subsequently moved to France where he spent the next fourteen years, dividing his time between his studios in Provence and Paris. Returning to New York City in 2000, he now exhibits and curates regularly in the city and teaches at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design and BMCC, CUNY.

Met with such resounding approval and support, it was decided that NEXT Art Gallery would become a permanent feature of the Institution. NEXT Art Gallery has the following goals and objectives:

To encourage the development of traditional and experimental art forms in all mediums.

To support and promote emerging and under-represented artists of all ages and all ethnicities by offering them a central venue in SoHo, an internationally renowned art center, to show their work.

To educate and develop audiences by having innovative art shows and show-related events.

To train future art and cultural industry administrators.

Dr. Ran curates the NEXT Art Gallery year round and mounts new installations each semester with her Arts Administration students. Artists interested in exhibiting in the NEXT gallery are encouraged to submit slides (10 to 20 maximum), a project description and an artist biography.

Please send all materials, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

Next Gallery Curatorial Committee
Metropolitan College of New York
Room 1434
431 Canal Street
NY, NY 10013

Materials can also be sent electronically to

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Voices From the Global Village: Media Management MBA Program Coordinator/Adjunct Professor Kristie Velasco has been awarded a research grant by MEIEA®!

January 18, 2012

As part of their 2011-2012 cycle of Research Grants, the MEIEA® Grant Award Committee has approved awards for the 2011-12 academic year. Among the recipiants were Storm Gloor (University of Colorado, Denver), Monica Herzig (Indiania University), and Kristie Velasco (Metropolitan College of New York). (

The Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA®) is an international organization that was formed in 1979 to bring together educators with leaders of the music and entertainment industries. The primary goal of MEIEA® is to facilitate an exchange of information between educators and practitioners in order to prepare students for careers in the music and entertainment industries.

In April, 2011, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) announced that it would be restructuring the categories for the Grammy Awards distributed each year for music recordings in the industry. Pronounced as part of an evolution process begun in 2009, the number of the categories that are awarded in 2012 will be decreased to 78 from 109. Working with MCNY MPA/MBA, Media Management grad Nathasha Cresap, the MEIEA® grant will defray the costs to conduct research and develop a conceptual paper providing a legal, statistical and socio-economic/political impact analysis of the restructuring of Grammy award categories by NARAS.

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Voices from the Global Village: MCNY Media Management MBA and Adjunct Professor Paula Landry publishes new book!

September 24, 2011

Congratulations PAULA LANDRY!

We are so proud of MCNY Media Management MBA Paula Landry for publishing her book Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic Free Guide which is being released on October 3 by Focal Press.  (It is available in hard copy and electronic formats directly from the publisher as well as from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retail outlets.)  Paula is a film and music producer who creates commercials, multimedia concerts, films both short- and long-form, and branded videos for the Internet. Her movies have premiered at Sundance and gone on to win awards worldwide.

Also a very valued member of the MCNY adjunct faculty in the Media Management MBA program, Prof Landry’s film industry classes are always student favorites and provide our Media MBA students an insider’s view of the workings, business and economics of the film industry.  This is Prof. Landry’s second book, having co-authored, This Business of Film: A Practical Guide to Achieving Success in the Film Industry with Stephen Greenwald in 2009.

According to the Publisher, Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic Free Guide isthe Holy Grail for filmmakers.”

Budgeting and scheduling are easy in principle but hard in practice. The successful producer has a solid plan for juggling dozens of activities and costs while retaining the flexibility to cope with those inevitable last-minute changes and stay on course.

Other resources look at budgeting and scheduling in isolation; this book is unique in covering the two closely intertwined activities in a single volume. Readers get both topics for the price of one book; competitors cover each topic separately. All the fundamentals of line producing are covered in a quick-reference format and the tips apply no matter what kind of scheduling or budgeting software you’re using.

• Useful tricks of the trade show you how to squeeze the most of a limited budget and tight schedule
• Includes specific tips for film, video, shorts, online projects, corporate and educational video, and docs
• Companion web site features useful forms/templates, and 60 minutes of video demonstrating line producing techniques and case studies—see the principles put to work!
• Includes sample budgets/schedules from different types of projects that you can adapt and use for your own project


In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Landry is currently president of Idea Blizzard Productions, a media-consulting company, and also heads a commercial-music enterprise, FireStorm Productions. She has produced media projects for American Health and Fitness, Fit TV, the Odyssey Channel, Pearson Television, and several Fortune 500 companies. Landry has also consulted on media projects for Carnegie Hall, Christie’s auction house, Details magazine, Entertainment Weekly, G&H Media, Loosely Translated Productions, Mullen & Company, Tribe Pictures, and numerous political campaigns.

I personally applaud Prof. Landry’s ongoing achievement; she is an inspiring and dedicated role model for students in general and for all women in the film and media industries.


Kristie Velasco,

Coordinator, MCNY Media Management MBA Program

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