Peter Horvitz Faculty Development Fund allows faculty to expand skills

By Susan Stiles

September 20, 2011

Faculty support funds can be established for a number of purposes, one of which is to help ensure that faculty are up to date on the most current issues, technologies and best practices in their chosen fields. A perfect example is the Peter Horvitz Faculty Development Fund, established in the Newhouse School in 2008.

Created by Peter Horvitz ’76, the fund enabled Newhouse associate professor Bruce Strong—a member of the school’s multimedia photography and design department—to attend an advanced Final Cut Pro workshop, and become certified in the latest version of the video-editing software. Strong was able to use his Final Cut Pro training in the implementation of a new advanced course during the spring 2011 semester. The course, How to Be a Multimedia Rock Star, allowed 15 seniors and grad students to take their work to a new level. In fact, most of the Newhouse students winning photo or multimedia awards in various national competitions—including the Society of Professional Journalists Marks of Excellence Awards and the Hearst Journalism Awards—were members of Strong’s class.

As a photojournalist, Bruce Strong has shot in nearly 60 countries and his work has been published in such magazines as Time, Newsweek and National Geographic, as well as in the Santa Ana, California-based Orange County Register, where he was on staff for more than a decade. Over the years, he and his photography have received many honors, including  California Photographer of the Year.

Horvitz is chairman, president and CEO of Horvitz Newspapers, a chain of community-based publications in Washington state. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School and maintains close ties to SU. He currently serves on the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, as well as on the Newhouse School Advisory Board.