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Communication and the Arts Alumni Reception
2017 Honorees pictured with College of Communication and the Arts’ Dean Deirdre Yates. From left to right, Angela Kariotis Kotsonis, Stephen Alsa, Dean Yates, Crystal Dickinson, and Bryan Meszaros.

College of Communication and the Arts Annual Reflections and Celebration Reception

On April 19, 2018 the College of Communication and the Arts will recognize three outstanding individuals for their dedication and service to the College and the University. We invite you to join us at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ, as we honor two alumni and one faculty member.


We are proud to present the 2018 honorees.

  • Patricia KuchonPatricia Kuchon, PhD
    Associate Professor of Communication
    Award of Distinction
    View Patricia's biography »
    • Professionally, Pat has served with distinction for over fifty years at Seton Hall University as a full time member of its faculty in the Colleges of Education and Human Services, Arts and Sciences and Communication and the Arts. In addition to her faculty status, Pat was elected as a Director and Chair for two academic programs, coordinated the successful NCATE evaluation for the College of Education and Human Services and appointed Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs from 1985 -1995. She has been recognized by her peers with awards for teaching, named “woman of the year” and cited for her contributions to human and race relations on our campus. Pat’s background in communication and psychology positions her as an expert in personal and interpersonal communication effectiveness, diversity and strategic leadership. She has presented papers, workshops and seminars at national and international conventions and was principal owner of Strategic Communication Associates, a communication consulting firm. Her client list included Fortune 500 businesses, Hospital and Health Care Systems, Public and Private Schools, CEOs, physicians, civil servants, and television personalities who, as a result of Pat’s coaching, became more effective speakers and recognized leaders. Pat is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and received the highest awards granted for clinical expertise and contributions to her profession from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from City University of New York, completed post-doctoral work in Clinical Psychology and continues to be recognized as an expert by the media in the areas of effective communication and diversity. She was President of the New Jersey Speech/Language /Hearing Association and was instrumental in creating and passing a licensure bill requiring advanced standards. Pat has committed her life to volunteerism and making a difference. She developed and ran a free Language Development Program for at-risk children in Newark, N.J. as well as offering no-cost counseling services for women in New Jersey. She has chaired and served on numerous committees and boards for civic, political and religious organizations and continues to be active in environmental and social agencies.

  • Emmanuel VozosEmmanuel Vozos, ‘07
    Distinguished Alumni Award
    View Emmanuel's biography »
    • Emmanuel Vozos (‘07) is the Director of Digital Media Production at Kean University and the founder and CEO of American Octopus LLC, a digital media company.

      After graduating from Seton Hall in 2007, he started working in film and tv locations for New York City-based productions like Law & Order, The Good Wife and HBO’s Bored to Death.

      In 2010, he transitioned to new media, becoming a freelance content producer, specializing in social media and new distribution models. His work on the Jay-Z “Decoded” book launch was part of a worldwide social media scavenger hunt that would win a Cannes Lion award for International Creativity.

      He was soon hired by Kean University to contribute content and strategize for their social media retention campaign, Kean Expedition. His role has since expanded to include directing the university’s digital media production, including video and photography for advertising, web, print and other uses. He has produced work in three languages and on two continents. He is a co-chair of several major event committees including Gala, the annual Human Rights Institute Conference, and Commencement ceremonies in New Jersey and at Wenzhou Kean University in China. He is currently co-directing <em, a 360-degree virtual reality experience, in the historic Liberty Hall mansion in Union, NJ.

      He launched his production company American Octopus LLC in 2016, which specializes in commercial content for clients across various industries, as well as producing independent film and television projects. Last year, he co-produced Death Lives (alongside SHU classmate Chris Aurilio and Erick Hellwig), a comedic television pilot about the Grim Reaper, which has played in festivals across the country, including a premiere screening at the North Fork TV Festival. Their second pilot, an untitled Sports Fan Culture show, is currently in post-production.

      While at SHU, he held leadership positions on the Theater Council and Pirate TV and was a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society. He was thrilled to return to the basement of Fahy Hall recently to teach a semester of TV II. He is grateful for the education and experience of working with the tremendous staff and faculty at the College, especially Dean Yates, Professor Rondinella, Mr. Wicki, Professor Reader, Dr. Sharrett, and “Doc” McGlone.

      Back in 2008, he co-founded the sketch comedy team The Foolhardy Manor with fellow Pirate alumni Matthew Allen, Chris Aurilio, Meghan Conda, Gary DeNoia, and Dan Keck, as well as Anik Sood and Phil Casale. Together they performed live shows in New York and New Jersey and produced sketch comedy videos.

      He is active with Camp Fatima of New Jersey and the Pan-Karpathian Foundation (a Greek-American cultural group). As a tribute to his grandmother, he is committed to fighting Alzheimer’s disease. He produces the annual Shirt For Pants Comedy Fundraiser and is a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s with his sister, mother and friends. Their team, Yiayia’s Flyers, has raised over $10,000 for Alzheimer’s research and awareness.

      Vozos is proud and honored to be recognized by his alma mater and he looks forward to staying involved and supporting the next generation of students in every way he can.

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  • Bernie WagenblastBernie Wagenblast, ‘78
    Distinguished Alumni Award
    View Bernie's biography »
    • Bernie Wagenblast is a member of the Class of 1978, graduating with a BA in Communication. During his time at Seton Hall he was very involved with WSOU, serving as the news director in his junior year and station manager his senior year. In 2016 he was inducted into the WSOU Hall of Fame. He was one of the original Shadow Traffic reporters in New York City, along with several other Seton Hall grads, in 1979 and was heard on stations such as WABC and 1010 WINS. He's created his own business where he edits a number of transportation-related newsletters, hosts podcasts and does voiceover work. He can be heard in the NYC subway system as well as on the AirTrain at JFK and Newark airports, among other places. He remains involved with the university as a member of the President's Advisory Group as well as the WSOU mentorship program.

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Thursday April 19
7:00 PM

Chart House
1700 Harbor Boulevard
Weehawken, NJ 07086

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2017 Communication & the Arts Reception

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For more information contact:

Erika Klinger, M.A. '11, Director of Campus Partnerships, Alumni Relations at or (973) 378-9827.