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The Sunday Forum airs the second and fourth Sunday of every month on WVBR 93.5 FM at 6:00 PM. The purpose of the Sunday Forum is to create a medium for discussion about important issues in the Ithaca and Cornell communities as well as worldwide. The Sunday Forum is hosted by Cornell Vice President for University Communication, Tommy Bruce, and WVBR's Maria Donnini.
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Thomas W. Bruce serves as Vice President for University Communications at Cornell University. His primary responsibilities on behalf of the university include leading the development of its communications and marketing strategy and practices, serving as the university's spokesperson to all media and the public, directing all aspects of its communication activities including the design and maintenance of the website, news service, publication services and photography, as well as overseeing the information and visitor services.
Bruce's 25 years in the nation's capital encompass policy-making on Capitol Hill, foreign policy, diplomacy and international consulting, as well as a stint as the anchor of a national public affairs cable television show. He brings to Cornell a wide array of experience in creating and managing large-scale advocacy campaigns in the areas of international and domestic business, politics and public policy.
Bruce has channeled his interest in community service by serving on a number of boards, such as the Cayuga Medical Center, the Paul Klebnikov Foundation (NYC), and the Sasha Bruce Youthwork.
Born in Midland, Texas, Thomas grew up in Paris. He was educated at the University of Paris and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his bachelor's degree from the School of Foreign Service in 1979. His fields of study were international relations, Arabic, and Middle East studies. Thomas is married to film producer and former National Geographic Television executive Constance L. Bruce, who works at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology and is co-founder of the Ithaca Motion Picture Project, and is the father of Louise '09 and Charlotte Bruce '11.
Maria Donnini is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University, majoring in Government with a minor in Law & Society. Maria has been working at WVBR since September 2010, when she joined the station as a newscaster. Maria currently serves as Alumni Relations Director on the Executive Board of the Cornell Radio Guild; she served as Corporate Secretary last year.
In addition to co-hosting The Sunday Forum, Maria is a sports announcer for Cornell Athletics, a Resident Advisor in Mews Hall, and a student ambassador for the College of Arts & Sciences.
Maria teaches international humanitarian law to high school students as part of a global initiative sponsored by the International Red Cross.
She is a member of The National Political Science Honor Society (PSA), the Cornell Women's Network, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Maria has held marketing, media, and communications internships at Merck & Co., The United States Tennis Association, and The American Red Cross. She was also a law intern at the Solomon and Berschler law firm in Montgomery County, PA.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, bike riding, and walking her dog, Holly.
The Sunday Forum
Second & Fourth Sundays of Each Month
Hosts: Tommy Bruce & Maria Donnini