Professor of the week
Mark Nortz Department: Mass Communication
Being a professor has been a different change of pace for Mark Nortz, instructor of mass communication, but he has transitioned well and has enjoyed his time here at the university so far.
“I truly enjoy working here at Winthrop University and in the mass communication department,” Nortz said. “I love what I teach. It is exciting and constantly changing. I have a great work environment, great colleagues and great students.”
Nortz holds three degrees, all from schools affiliated with the mother school—State University of New York (SUNY.) His first degree is an associate’s degree in Applied Science-Radio and Television Broadcasting from SUNY Herkimer. His second degree is a bachelor’s degree of Science-Communications from SUNY Fredonia. His final degree is a master’s degree in Education-Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY Potsdam.
Nortz has been at Winthrop University for almost 10 years, instructing various courses in the mass communication department, mainly concentrating on video production.
His advanced television production class is responsible for creating the student video news show “Winthrop Close Up” that focuses on news in and around the Winthrop community. The show has received numerous awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas over the past seven years. Before he settled down here, however, he held two other notable positions in the work force.
For six years, he taught New Vision Mass Communication at the Bohlen Technical Center in Watertown, N.Y. He then worked at WWNY TV 7, a CBS-affiliated news station also in Watertown. He was with the station for 13 years, working as a news photographer, video editor, morning show editor and an assignment editor.
According to Winthrop’s website, during his time at Channel 7, Nortz was recognized for his work by the Associated Press, the New York State Broadcasters Association and the Syracuse Press Club.
Nortz is also an avid lover of music and used to run a music store before he worked at either of the previously mentioned places. He has a lot of music equipment and goes to concerts, big or small, frequently.
“I have over 1000 vinyl LP’s (long play) records, 200 to 300 45’s and 300 to 400 CD’s,” Nortz said.
Nortz said his father inspired his interest when he got family passes to see a local televisions variety show live in the studio. One of Nortz’s biggest influences was being the public address announcer for the football and basketball games at his high school. He also phoned in the sports scores and highlights to the local radio stations.
“I was always fascinated by radio and television,” Nortz said.
Even though he has developed a love for Winthrop, Nortz said he would like to see some improvements with involvement on campus and in the Winthrop community.
“I would like to see our students develop a deep and lasting bond with the university,” Nortz said. “I would like to see our graduates more involved to the point where they feel they can drop by to see former professors or speak to a class of current students anytime.”
After his time at Winthrop has come to an end, Nortz wishes to travel across the country and abroad with his wife. He is also planning on working on a few video projects, at his own pace, on the topics that really interest him.