The College of Visual and Performing Arts held its second annual Fall Convocation on September 26 in Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center. The event featured a keynote speech by David Houle ’69, one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers in the world today; presentations by the School of Design and Professor Boryana Rossa of the Department of Transmedia; and a performance by Orange Juice, a jazz and commercial music student ensemble in the Setnor School of Music. VPA Class Marshals Steven Visceglia '19, a music industry major in the Setnor School of Music, and Kali Wilson '19, a communication and rhetorical studies major in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, served as hosts.
Houle, a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment and has won a number of awards, including two Emmys. He has worked at NBC, CBS, and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, and CNN Headline News. He has delivered more than 900 keynotes and presentations on six continents and in 16 countries. He writes the highly regarded futurist blog Evolution Shift and publishes the free Shift Age Newsletter. He has had seven books published, starting with his influential first book The Shift Age in 2007. He is futurist in residence and guest lecturer at the Ringling College of Art + Design.
Fall Convocation was created in response to student feedback/suggestions for an event that would bring the entire college community together.