|The Dick Joyce Sports Symposium, held on campus every other spring, is named in honor of the late Richard "Dick" Joyce, a 1960 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and a former sportswriter for the Associated Press.
The symposium brings together sports journalists and professionals for an open discussion of issues of the day. It features a keynote address and presentation of the John Domino Award to a St. Bonaventure graduate who has excelled in the field of sports journalism and communication.
Dick Joyce worked for United Press International, NBC and the New York World-Telegram & Sun before joining the Associated Press in 1968. The Brooklyn native covered horse racing and college basketball for the AP for 20 years.
While he was a student at St. Bonaventure, he was well-known for his "Tomahawk" column, and he spent three semesters as sports editor for The Bonaventure.
Joyce, who stood 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed nearly 300 pounds, was known in his later years for his soft-spoken humor and gentleness that belied his size.
Joyce died in 1988 at the age of 53.
On Dick Joyce
"Dick was great comfort on the desk. His dry wit always put things into perspective even under the most difficult circum-stances. His professional dedication was a steadying influence."
AP General Sports Editor
"Dickie Joyce was every bit a gentle giant, a really likeable man, and in this business you don’t often find those kind of people, not anymore. In the years that I knew him, I came to appreciate two things about him: He could spot a story like no one else, his news sense was impeccable. There was never a question too dumb to ask Dickie. Not only did he entertain me, he taught me. He was always generous, kind and patient."
AP Sports Editor
"His massive frame and his gruff demeanor could not hide his compassionate quality."
ABC Radio Sports
Domino was that someone, a young man who wanted to be with his family through the battle he would ultimately lose. He died in 1994.
The Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication celebrates his courage, his skills and his humanity by presenting the John Domino Award to a St. Bonaventure graduate who has excelled in his or her sports journalism position.
The next Dick Joyce Sports Symposium will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. in Dresser Auditorium of the Murphy Professional Building. This year's recipient of the John Domino Award is Amy Moritz, '95.