Alumni spotlight

Stephen Cunha '09

Stephen Cunha '09 joined Albertus Magnus College as its sports information director in September 2015. He serves as the marketing and communications specialist within the department, the primary contact for the school's 13 NCAA Division III varsity intercollegiate sports, and the liaison between teams, coaches, student-athletes and the media.

His role encompasses many obligations like writing and managing the athletics website and social media accounts, configuring the stats and video streaming of games, overseeing the event management for the college's home contests, and running the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

"My degree from Salve has helped me in countless ways in my current position. When I was sitting in my journalism class as a freshman I never thought I'd be using that information I learned five years later," Cunha said. "Being thrust out of my comfort zone and forced to interview people on a wide arrange of subjects has helped me become a strong writer to this day."

Before taking this position, Cunha was the assistant director of sports communications at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and has also worked at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Dartmouth College.

Cunha believes that having a liberal arts education provides many benefits that students shouldn't take for granted. "I still remember my class slogan on the T-shirts we were given at orientation: 'Ride the wave of opportunity,' and although it's a catchy pun, it very much rings true," he said. "Having the small intimate class settings and a number of varying subjects to study was something I'll always cherish about my education at Salve."

While attending the University, Cunha was inspired and driven by professors, such as Dr. Matthew Ramsey and Dr. Donna Harrington-Lueker. He turned to them for the guidance and direction that prepared him for life after graduating.

"The Salve Regina experience has prepared me because of the high quality of work my professors expected of me," Cunha said. "It wasn't that they forced me to meet their expectations, but helped me raise the quality of everything I was producing."

Cunha was introduced to his field through an internship his senior year at Salve Regina. While there he worked in the sports information office and learned everything that went on behind the scenes of the athletics department. He also minored in sports management, ran cross-country and took part in the Campus Activities Board while at the University.

His goals for the future include either working in a sports information office at a Division I school or becoming an administrator within a Division III athletic department. "My dream job would be to come back to Newport and work in the Salve Regina athletics department. I have so many great memories at the school and having the opportunity to work there would be very exciting."

By Tara Stanzione '16

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