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WMUC Sports Discovers Scott Van Pelt Really Loves His Terps

Liam covered the Terps football Quick Lane Bowl game at Ford Field in Detroit vs. Boston College College last fall.

Liam covered the Terps football Quick Lane Bowl game at Ford Field in Detroit vs. Boston College last fall.

By Liam Beatus ’18
Philip Merrill College of Journalism

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 14) – I do not like to ask Scott Van Pelt (SVP) for favors, especially not monetary favors. However, as a part of the WMUC Sports Launch round 2, the station needed to reach out to more alumni to hit our goal of raising $8,000. As of yesterday – April 13 – the station was $1,255 short of our benchmark. Today we passed our goal and are still collecting donations through the rest of Friday.

Van Pelt is a friend of mine whom I have met at several Povich Center events throughout my three years here at Merrill College. When he went to the Povich Symposium in 2014, I just wanted to keep in touch with one of my favorite role models. SVP generously gave me his email, and the first few times I reached out to him, I sent him a picture of us so he would recognize me in the future.

By the second time I met him, when Maryland’s men’s basketball team stormed the court in an upset victory against Wisconsin, Van Pelt knew exactly who I was when I said hello. Now, when I see him at various sporting events, we always make small talk and I send him an email afterwards asking him to keep in touch because hey, you never know who could give you your next job.

When I sent out the Tweet yesterday morning, it was a last-ditch effort. It was not the first time I reached out to him for the fundraiser, but I knew he was extremely busy. It didn’t bother me when he did not respond, but this week he was on vacation. Jackpot.

Twitter compilation courtesy of the Washington Post.

Twitter compilation courtesy of the Washington Post.

Later that night, he emailed me asking how to donate. At this point, I was at the Capitals game, interning for Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic, and I told him to just call me whenever he got the chance, and I gave him my cell phone number. Later that night I got the call, he completed the donation and I could not thank him enough for his contributions.

I insisted I would buy him lunch over the summer and that his donations were not helping my generation of broadcasters, but the futures of the freshmen and high school seniors. He insisted that that is why he did it in the first place, to allow aspiring broadcasters like myself to get the lucky break he once got. He said I reminded him of a younger him and he wanted to help out the cause.

WMUC Sports wanted to replenish the money we spent in previous years since our first launch, and to expand our coverage of away games. Contrary to earlier reports, WMUC Sports is not a dying station, in fact, we are doing quite well. This year we sent our broadcasters to Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl, Indianapolis for the Women’s basketball Big Ten Tournament, and to Orlando for the men’s NCAA basketball Tournament, and many other games along the way. Thanks to SVP’s contribution and the many others received, this station will continue to flourish.

About Liam Beatus: Liam is a junior journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. He is a play-by-play broadcaster for WMUC Sports, is a contributing member of The Left Bench sports blog, Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush Maryland Correspondent, interns for Comcast Sportsnet, and writes for the Diamondback student newspaper among many other pursuits.

There’s more information about the WMUC Launch fundraiser at launch.umd.edu.

Explore Our World in Knight Hall on Maryland Day

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 14) –  Come Explore Our World in Knight Hall on Maryland Day, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plan your day at marylandday.umd.edu

Merrill College Events:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Explore the Possibilities of a Journalism Degree
1208 – Eaton Theater , Knight Hall
Gather information about the journalism major and hear from current students. College representatives are available to answer questions about undergraduate programs.





11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Knight Hall / UMTV Tour
1st Floor, Knight Hall
Every hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Merrill College students offer tours of Knight Hall and UMTV. Learn about the graduate and undergraduate study of journalism.



Snapchat 101 During Maryland Day in Knight Hall at 11 a.m.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Snapchat 101
1208 Eaton Theater , Knight Hall
Snapchat is more than just face swaps and filters. Bethany Swain, a former CNN photojournalist who now teaches at the Merrill College, explains what the popular app is all about and shares tips you can use today.




Life in the Anchor Seat.


11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Life in the Anchor Seat
UMTV – Tawes Hall Basement
Ever wonder what it’s like to deliver the nightly news? Come have an interactive experience in the anchor’s chair in the Eaton Broadcast Center at UMTV.




Clips App from Apple will be demoed on Maryland Day in Knight Hall.

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Make a Mobile Family Album
1208 Knight Hall
Don’t just post or share photos. Use “Clips” – a  free iPhone app to quickly combine photos, video and text in a fun mobile album. Join mobile journalism Professor Ronald Yaros for this 15-minute hands-on session.



1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Merrill Alumni Meet, Greet and Eat
3202 – Roberts Room, Knight Hall
#MerrillMade alumni are welcome to reconnect with fellow alums and favorite professors and meet the college’s dean, Lucy Dalglish. The reception includes a 2 p.m. panel discussion of alumni experts and current students discussing the complex and changing world of sports media, hosted by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.

Alumni panel includes: Alexa ’07 (MLB.com and 120Sports.com) and Peter ’02 Rosenberg (of Hot 97 and 98.7 ESPN) and Rob Carlin ’95 (of NBC Sports). Student panel members include the founders of The Left Bench – Justin Meyers ’17, Michael Stern ’17 and Kofi Yeboah ’17).  Please RSVP to Kayla Newton for this event.

All Day

The World of Journalism
McKeldin Mall: Philip Merrill College of Journalism Tent
Learn about undergraduate and graduate journalism majors from current students.

Meet Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish from 11 a.m. to noon. Merrill alumna and NBC4 news anchor Eun Yang ’95 greets guests in the afternoon.

Sports Journalist Tina Cervasio Offers Best Tips for Merrill Students

Cervasio was named a "Distinguished Terrapin" in 2014. Povich Center Director George Solomon did the honors.

Cervasio was named a “Distinguished Terrapin” in 2014. Povich Center Director George Solomon did the honors.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 12) – Sports journalist Tina Cervasio loves Maryland and the Terps. A 1996 graduate of Merrill College, she is no stranger to College Park, where she supports our journalism program and the Shirley Povich Sports Center. She was named a “Distinguished Terrapin” by the Povich Center in 2014

Cervasio currently works for the CBS Sports Network, SiriusXM NBA Radio and is a Red Bulls Broadcaster for the pre-game and half-time shows. And if that’s not enough, she also is a part-time sports anchor at FOX5 NY. She says while her passion is sports journalism, she wants to be a broadcast journalist to reach a wider audience.

Thanks to Povich Director George Solomon, Tina recorded some of her best tips for Merrill students – to help them succeed as journalists.

Saswat Pattanayak Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dr. Saswat Pattanayak with his Dissertation Committee.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 10) – Congratulations to Saswat Pattanayak for the successful defense of his journalism dissertation,  “Political blogs and the changing discourse of public persuasive communication: A textual analysis of pre-primary coverage of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.”

Saswat’s committee included:
Associate Professor Katherine C. McAdams (Chair)
Associate Professor Ronald Yaros
Professor Kevin Klose
Professor Jo Paoletti  (Deans Rep, American Studies)
Associate Professor John W. Cordes (Cabrini University)

Saswat Pattanayak is a professional blogger and journalist for over a decade. His primary research centers around the blogosphere and its intersections with traditional media. He holds journalism degree from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, and has a Master’s Degree in Psychology (Organizational Behavior) from the Center of Advanced Study in Psychology, Utkal University, India. He has worked as a staff writer and reporter for the Hindustan Times, the Asian Age and the Economic Times (India). Currently, he edits Radical Notes and writes columns for the Kindle Magazine. He defended his dissertation in 2017, titled, “Political blogs and the changing discourse of public persuasive communication: A textual analysis of pre-primary coverage of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election”. More of his works can be found at saswat.com

Dean Dalglish In Demand

Dean Lucy Dalglish of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Dean Lucy Dalglish of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 4) – Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish is in constant demand as a speaker, panel member or moderator on issues ranging from freedom of the press to free speech and beyond. Events in March and April provide a great example of the kinds of events she participates in as she represents Merrill College and the University of Maryland:

  • Monday, March 13: During Sunshine Week, Dean Dalglish talks about teaching FOIA to college students during a “FOIA after 50” panel discussion at the National Archives. Podcast.
  • Wednesday April 5: Dean Dalglish will be part of an American Bar Association discussion titled “Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope.”  The event will run from 5 :30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the ABA headquarters, 1050 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C.
  • Saturday, April 8: Dean Dalglish will be speaking at the annual Virginia Press Association News and Advertising Conference during a break-out session in Richmond, Va.
  • Monday, April 10: Dean Dalglish will moderate a panel during the University System of Maryland’s Langenberg Lecture and Symposium titled “Civic Education, Civic Engagement, and Civic Responsibility: Foundations of a Democratic Society,” in Baltimore. The panel, “The Role of Information in a Democratic Society” runs from 1:05 p.m to 2:15 p.m.
  • Dean Dalglish was part of a three-judge panel that named NPR reporter David Folkenflik as the winner of the Bart Richards Award. The annual award – presented by Penn State University – honors work that “evaluates news media coverage of significant subjects or issues.” Folkenflik will be presented the award at the National Press Club on May 11.

See a full listing of our “Faculty in the News” on the Merrill College website.