Kal and Lucille Rudman received a standing ovation after their one million dollar gift was announced at the annual Alumni Impact Awards celebration on the 27th floor Morgan Hall Sunday, April 27.
According to the Rudmans, their donation is directed toward TUTV, Temple University Television, because they believe in Temple and its students.
“They’re highly motivated, their reputation within the broadcasting industry is so high that they even hire students before they’ve graduated,” said Kal Rudman, co-founder of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation.
School of Media and Communication Dean David Boardman said the money will likely be used to provide new equipment and technology for the television studios to enhance the real world learning experience.
“TUTV is amazing with the degree it allows students to do every function in a television station and we simply couldn’t do that without the generosity of the Rudmans,” said Boardman.
TUTV is on the air all day, every day from Annenberg Hall’s Master Control and Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center. The programs on TUTV range from student newcasts, to game shows and sports. The signal is seen across Philadelphia on Comcast and Verizon Cable.
Lew Klein talked about how TUTV offers great opportunities for students for a live broadcast. He remembered that students were sent to London to cover the 2012 Summer Olympics. The million dollar gift will keep TUTV’s programming coming and Klein stated, “We’re assured of TUTV continuing at least for the next four years and I’m sure there will be other contributions.”
At Sunday’s event, Kal Rudman and twelve other distinguished alums were recognized. Rudman received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, which was the top honor of the day.
Kal and Lucille Rudman will be in Annenberg Hall, May 1st, for a reception honoring what they’re doing for the School of Media and Communication.