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Personnel changes in University Communications (Released: 9/8/95)

Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Mark J. Roy of Storrs has been named Director of News Technology for the Office of University Communications at the University of Connecticut.

Roy, formerly assistant director of the communications office, will focus on the use of video, audio and computer technology to publicize news about UConn, particularly academic research. His work will include the production of video and audio programming about University activities and research and the development of on-line versions of University publications to be added to UConn's World Wide Web pages on the Internet.

Roy's duties will include a close working relationship with the University Center for Instructional Media and Technology (UCIMT) and the University Computer Center.

The appointment of Roy was announced by Karen Grava Williams, director of University Communications. Williams also announced that Luis Mocete, formerly of New York City, has joined the communications staff as a writer whose radio background will allow him to assist Roy.

"I am delighted that we will be able to offer expanded service to the electronic media," Williams said.

Mocete will succeed Roy in covering political science, history, modern and classical languages, journalism, the Institute for Social Inquiry and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Public and Urban Affairs, the School of Law, the Division of International Affairs, UConn's cultural centers, and the Office of Governmental Relations for the UConn Advance, the University's weekly newspaper for faculty and staff, and Traditions, UConn's new quarterly alumni publication. He also will write news releases about University activities and research and market news stories about them to media nationally and internationally.

Roy, 43, formerly of Cromwell, joined the UConn staff in 1981 as assistant to the director in the former Office of Public Information. From 1981 to 1989, he produced more than 200 audio news stories for Connecticut radio stations and he has continued to produce radio feeds of major university events. In his new position, he will revive the audio news service to a regular schedule.

From 1985 to 1989 Roy produced and hosted Connecticut Outline, a monthly video magazine program about UConn. It evolved into a panel program featuring faculty discussions of current events, with Roy as moderator. It originally aired in the Mansfield-Windham area and later was distributed by UCIMT to other Connecticut cable franchises.

Roy has produced a variety of promotional videos for the University, most recently a series of 30-second spots with the theme Our Job is Your Future which air on UConn athletic broadcasts.

From 1974 to 1981, Roy was news director of WILI-AM in Willimantic. He also has held part-time news positions with WTIC-AM in Hartford and WPOP-AM in Newington. He started his broadcast career at WHUS-FM, UConn's student-operated radio station. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from UConn. He and his wife, Cheryl, a senior programmer analyst at the UConn Computer Center, have a 10-year-old daughter, Stephanie.

Mocete, 25, formerly worked at WOR radio in New York City as a producer of Smart Money with the Dolans. The program, hosted by Ken and Daria Dolan, is nationally syndicated to 120 radio stations. He also was associate producer of the Giants Radio Football Network, based at WOR with affiliates on the East Coast.

Mocete also has worked at the Sports Phone, a phone service based in Elmont, N.Y., that provides callers with up-to-the-minute sports scores and news, and as a producer of The Pet Show with Warren Eckstein, done for KABC radio in Los Angeles. He also was an engineer with WBEN radio in Buffalo, N.Y.

Now a resident of Rockville, Mocete is a New York native and has a bachelor's degree in broadcasting from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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