Leslie Moonves ’71, chairman, president and CEO of CBS Corp., will address the Class
of 2016 as the keynote speaker at
Bucknell’s 166th Commencement.
For a decade, Moonves has led one
of the world’s largest media companies,
overseeing operations that span network
television, basic and pay cable, feature
films, publishing, radio and online
entertainment. CBS holdings include
the CBS Television Network, CBS
News, CBS Sports, The CW, SHOW-TIME, Smithsonian Channel, Simon &
Schuster and CBS Radio.
Seniors selected Moonves as their
speaker. He also addressed graduates
20 years ago.
At Bucknell, Moonves majored in
Spanish and pursued a love of theater.
He performed in several plays and,
after graduation, pursued an acting
career before deciding his talents were
best suited for a role behind the scenes.
Moonves was a leader at 20th Century
Fox Television, Saul Ilson Productions,
Catalina Productions and Lorimar
Television before being named president
of Warner Bros. TV.
He moved to CBS in 1995 as
president of CBS Entertainment
and became president and CEO in
2006. In February, he was tapped to
succeed Sumner Redstone as the
Under Moonves’ direction, CBS has
been America’s most-watched network
12 of the last 13 years and is home to the
highest-rated drama (NCIS), comedy
(The Big Bang Theory) and news program
Moonves is married to television and
news personality Julie Chen. They live
in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Growing up in Berkeley Heights, N.J., Kelsey O’Donnell ’ 17 developed a passion
for art and the environment. “I was always drawing and painting, and after
becoming editor-in-chief of my high-school yearbook, I developed an interest
in graphic design,” she explains. Her love for the outdoors also evolved as she
spent her summers traveling around the United States. For O’Donnell, “the
experience of hiking the East and West Coasts — the combination of scenic
views, adrenaline and accomplishment — really can’t compare to anything.”
At Bucknell, O’Donnell’s varied interests and her major in markets, innovation
& design led her to co-create a new campus magazine. Et Cetera focuses on art,
culture and human-interest stories about students studying abroad, alumni and
Lewisburg residents. Grants from the Bucknell Arts Council and the Bucknell
Innovation Group will fund printing and distribution across campus. Et Cetera
will also be available online at etc-mag.com.
After naming the magazine, O’Donnell discovered author Philip Roth ’54
edited a magazine with the same name as a student. “I love the idea that we
have a coincidental predecessor that broke the mold and drove innovation in
ways that I hope our Et Cetera will continue to do,” says O’Donnell.
Creating a magazine has been an ambition for O’Donnell “ever since my first
graphic-design class at Bucknell,” she notes. Her travel experience in Copenhagen,
Denmark, her sophomore year informed the design of the magazine as she drew
inspiration from places she visited. “I’ve gathered so much information from my
study-abroad experience that I plan to incorporate in the magazine,” she says.
This semester, O’Donnell is exploring her other passion, environmental studies,
at the School for Field Studies in Yungaburra, Australia. Though she will have
limited internet access, O’Donnell plans to continue designing the magazine
from abroad. The Et Cetera team of 45 students planned an April 7 debut.
O’Donnell envisions a career that combines her dual interests. She says, “My
dream job would be to work in marketing and use some of my creative talents
for a company or organization that cares about the environment.”
— Lauren Repke ’ 19
Kelsey O’Donnell ’ 17, shown here in Copenhagen,
Denmark, is inspired by her travels abroad.
Kelsey O’Donnell ’ 17
CBS Chief to
By Matt Hughes