Lifetime Achievement Award:
Brad Gentile ‘86 is the manager of internal communications for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Frederick, Maryland. He has worked in video, media, and broadcasting for 25 years with the NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MSL, MLB, PGA, LPGA, NBA, the Preakness, NASCAR, USA Rugby, Boxing, Professional Bull Riding, and major collegiate athletics. He owns Bottomline Video & Creative Group, based in Middletown, Maryland. Among his many projects is a hip-hop show, “In the Streets,” through which he worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Roc-A-Fella Records. Brad is the recipient of many awards including a Capitol Regional EMMY, the TELLY Award, the CINDY Award, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Aurora Best of Show Award, the Crystal Vision Award Communicator Award of Excellence, the AP Outstanding Sports Reporting Award, and many others. Brad is a board member of the Dream Day Foundation.
Mark Zeltner is a former professor in the Department of Strategic Communication & Media at Slippery Rock University, where he taught for 23 years. During that time, Dr. Zeltner served as the chair of the department for three years and as the advisor to The Rocket for 13 years. Under his leadership, The Rocket won a Pinnacle award and a National Pacemaker award, placing the newspaper in the top 15 student newspapers in the country. Dr. Zeltner’s research focuses on journalism ethics, media convergence and small-college media advising, teaching courses in journalism, television production, and media history. He is a member of the College Media Advisors Association. Prior to joining SRU, Dr. Zeltner was the advisor to The Billboard, the student newspaper at Wilson College, where he taught for five years. Zeltner earned his MA from the University of Tulsa and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Hall of Fame: