Stefani Schaefer to Moderate Schooler Lecture

February 27, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Fox 8 News Anchor and Mount Union alumna Stefani “Sissy” Schaefer ’93 will lead a moderated discussion with former Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair and Newsweek Tina Brown at the 2014 Schooler Lecture at the University of Mount Union.

“An Evening with Tina Brown” will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

"It's always wonderful to come back home to Alliance and especially to The University of Mount Union campus,” Schaefer said. “As a student at Mount, I used to look forward to the dynamic speakers the school would bring in for the Schooler Lecture and this year will be no different. Tina Brown is an engaging and dynamic woman.”

Prior to her career as co-anchor for Fox 8 News in the Morning, Schaefer taught voice and dance in Alliance for 12 years at her family’s performing arts center. She hosted a national network show broadcast out of Universal Studios in Orlando, FL and was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2008.

While attending Mount Union, Schaefer was an All-American Scholar and National Collegiate Academic Honoree, graduating with a degree in communications and journalism.

Schaefer has been featured as one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People of 2000 and was named Cleveland’s Favorite News Anchor and Favorite News Team in 2012.

Prior to the moderated discussion with Schaefer, Brown will present a short lecture. According to the Greater Talent Network, Brown is the highest-profile, most talked-about magazine editor in the world. From a young writer for Punch magazine and the Sunday Times, she quickly rose through the ranks of the magazine industry on both sides of the Atlantic to become editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

"Tina Brown knows how to draw people in – she does that every day with her readers,” Schaefer said. “As our world is ever changing, especially when it comes to social media, Tina has helped to change and reinvent the magazine industry. She is a woman of style and grace and is involved with issues that affect each and every one of us. I think the University of Mount Union made an excellent choice in selecting Tina as this years’ Schooler Lecture speaker."

As Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief, Brown pioneered celebrity journalism and increased its circulation from 250,000 to 1.2 million. Following her success at Vanity Fair, she went on to the New Yorker, where she became the first woman ever to serve as editor. She hosted a well-received television program, “Topic A with Tina Brown,” on CNBC and in 2007 her critically-acclaimed biography, The Diana Chronicles, spent several weeks at the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

In 2010, Brown launched the annual Women in the World Summit. Growing from a small mid-town theater to the 2,500-seat Lincoln Center, the annual summit convenes extraordinary leaders, inspirational activists and political change-makers, featuring participants such as Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey.

Guests are still encouraged to attend the lecture but due to the close nature of the event, tickets are no longer being mailed.

About the Schooler Lecture
The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled the University to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union and for the residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.

Past Schooler lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, the late astronomer Carl Sagan, the late former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, late former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, news magazine host Hugh Downs, the late news commentator David Brinkley, former hostage Terry Anderson, Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally and the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., former president of Poland Lech Walesa, Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, media specialists Cokie and Steven Roberts, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard, the late Tim Russert, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin, author Khaled Hosseini, astrophysicist, TV show host and author Neil Degrasse Tyson and former Newark, New Jersey mayor and current United States senator Cory Booker.

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