Charley Steiner Symposium

The Steiner Symposium is a day of thoughtful conversation with respected sports professionals. Panels touch on topics like college administration, women’s issues in sports media, sport-specific hot topics and broadcasting.

Here are a few of the guests who have shared knowledge with students:

  • Julie DiCaro — Chicago sports radio
  • John Rooney — St. Louis Cardinals play-by-play
  • Lauren Niemiera — college and NBA G-League official
  • Chris Zorich — Chicago State University athletic director and former Chicago Bears defensive lineman
  • Chris “Mad Dog” Russo — SiriusXM talk show host
  • Matt Savoie — Olympic figure skater

Symposium 2024

March 21, 2024

Caterpillar Global Communications Center, Rm 126

Speaker Bios


9:00 a.m. Sports COM Graduates 126
Aaron Freeman – Senior Manager of Basketball Communications & Broadcast, Minnesota Timberwolves
Megan Gorecki – Senior Social Media Manager, Los Angeles Sparks
Hernan Gutierrez – Morning News Reporter for WISH-TV, Indianapolis
Nicole Pfaff – Graduate Research Fellow, Sport Communication Faculty, Brooks Sports Science Institute
Joe Spotanski – Ticket office graduate assistant, Kent State University Athletics Department
Moderator: Chris Marsh
10:30 a.m. Changing Sports Landscape
Janna Blais – Deputy Dir. of Athletics & Senior Woman Administrator, Northwestern
Kenon Brown – Professor, Dept. of Advertising & PR, University of Alabama
Dr. Joshua Dickhaus – Acting Chair, Sports Communications, Bradley University
Dr. Paul Gullifor – Henry Means Pindell Endowed Chair and Professor of Sports Communication, Bradley University
Moderator: Dr. Sitong Guo
1:30 p.m. Strange Bedfellows
Cory Barker – Associate Professor – Bradley University
Andrew Billings – Co-Director, Beyond Sport Initiative, Ronald Regan Chair of Broadcasting, and Associate Dean for Faculty, University of Alabama
Dr. Paul Gullifor
Moderator: Dr. Joshua Dickhaus
3:00 p.m. Sports Video Production
Lee Hall – Former Sports Anchor for WEEK-TV
Cory Rabe – Freelance Audio & Camera Operator
Brian Scheffler – Video Production Business Owner
Joey Wright – News & Sports Reporter
Moderator: Dave Lennie