Oprah Winfrey Cuts Ribbon at $18 Million Newhouse/Dick Clark Studios at Syracuse U.

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The new Digital News Center will be dedicated primarily to news, talk and magazine-style production

Oprah Winfrey dedicated the new Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center at Syracuse University Sept. 29, featuring Dick Clark Studios and the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation.

"What matters [now] that you have received this extraordinary gift is that you match the gift with your excellence," Winfrey told several thousand students. "Energy for energy, excellence for excellence."

Syracuse was No. 11 on The Hollywood Reporter's Top Film Schools list in 2014. Winfrey joined chancellor and president Kent SyverudNewhouse School dean Lorraine Branham; and lead donors Kari Clark, widow of Dick ClarkAlan Gerry, president of Granite Associates; and Donald Newhouse, president of Advance Publications. Kari Clark said her late husband, who worked at the 250-watt WOLF-AM radio station while attending Syracuse, would want students to find their "chosen profession and enjoy it as much as he did and then make a living at it too."

The Dick Clark Studios contain a high-tech entertainment production environment. The Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation focuses on media technology and programming trends. The Digital News Center will be dedicated primarily to news, talk and magazine-style production, with multimedia capabilities and a file-based digital media environment.

"I just wish Dick could see it," said Mrs. Clark.

Dean Branham noted that today's communications industry was "unimaginable" when the Newhouse School opened at Syracuse in 1964, the year the pilot episode of Star Trek was filmed. "To excel in the communications industry of today and tomorrow, [students] must be nimble, they must be entrepreneurial, they must understand the technology and they must expect the unexpected," Branham added.