About

With more than 350 active student members, we are also one of the largest student organizations at Syracuse University. Our target audience is undergraduate and graduate students at SU and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

By The Numbers

350
Total Members
Our total membership of aspiring directors, producers, reporters, anchors, engineers, writers, designers, studio executives... you name it.
10
Shows
The number of CitrusTV’s regular shows, from the nightly campus news to sketch comedy to exclusive coverage of the Orange.
87%
Members Agree
That CitrusTV has been important in preparing them for their career.
$0
Salary
The amount of money our entirely volunteer staff makes.
144,154
Video Views
The total number of times CitrusTV videos have been viewed on YouTube in the past year.
47
Years
The years that have passed since the station’s original founding.

Who are we?

CitrusTV is Syracuse University's entirely student-run TV studio. With more than 350 active student members, we are also one of the largest student organizations at Syracuse University. Our target audience is undergraduate and graduate students at SU and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

CitrusTV was founded in 1970 as Synapse, a CATV and video art program which was funded by University Union. In 1977, the video art program Synapse separated, and the television studio production group was reorganized as "UUTV." UUTV split off from University Union in 2004, and today it is recognized as its own student organization, CitrusTV.

Who manages CitrusTV?

A student executive staff manages CitrusTV, an entirely student-run TV studio and registered student organization. While ultimate control and authority rests with the student executive staff, two other individuals also advise the studio.

Professor Michael Schoonmaker (msschoon@syr.edu) is the university adviser. He counsels and advises CitrusTV in the exercise of its responsibilities and assists the station in establishing long-range goals and in planning and initiating short-term projects. He also assists the station in assessing its projects and programs, improving leadership skills within the organization, and ensuring its accountability and integrity.

Mercy Lavado (mclavado@syr.edu) is the organizational consultant. She assists in planning events and programs, negotiating contracts, creating publicity and marketing campaigns, and procuring equipment. She also advises CitrusTV as to governing policies and procedures of the university and the Student Association.

Where can I watch CitrusTV?

The easiest place to watch CitrusTV is right here on the Internet, on our Web site. You can also see our programs on YouTube.

CitrusTV also supplies a significant amount of content to the Orange Television Network (OTN), channel 14.1 HD in on-campus housing. CitrusTV also supplies sports programming to Time Warner Cable Sports in the Syracuse area.

How can I get involved?

We're always looking for motivated and dedicated students to join our family at CitrusTV. All undergraduate and graduate students at SU and SUNY-ESF can join CitrusTV, regardless of home college or major. At the beginning of each semester, we hold a General Interest Meeting that you can attend to find out more information. If you missed the General Interest Meeting, you can still join CitrusTV. Contact the appropriate producer or executive staff member.

What do we do?

Students join CitrusTV to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of running a television station. In addition to television production, we also offer our members opportunities with alumni relations, engineering, marketing, promotions, systems administration and web development. We produce a variety of news, sports and entertainment programming in addition to television commercials.

How does CitrusTV get its funding?

As a recognized student organization, the Student Association funds CitrusTV through the student activity fee. CitrusTV also receives funding through sponsorships from local business and student organizations and through donations from alumni and parents.

Where is CitrusTV located?

CitrusTV is located in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center at 316 Waverly Ave. within Watson Hall, just down the hallway from Watson Theater. We're on the Waverly Avenue side of Watson Hall across the street from the Kimmel Food Court.

Executive Staff

The executive staff oversees and manages all aspects of CitrusTV. The executive staff meets weekly during the academic year. To read about the functions of the executive staff, check the CitrusTV By-Laws.

CitrusTV’s university adviser is professor Michael Schoonmaker (msschoon@syr.edu). The organizational consultant is Mercy Lavado (mclavado@syr.edu).

General Manager
Class of 2018
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Associate General Manager
Class of 2019
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Operations Manager
Class of 2019
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
News Director
Class of 2019
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Sports Director
Class of 2018
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Entertainment Director
Class of 2019
Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ
Programming Director
Class of 2019
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Alumni Relations Director
Class of 2019
Hometown: Springfield, VA
Web and Social Media Director
Class of 2018
Hometown: Stockton, NJ