A learning institution does not become prestigious and world renowned because of its architecture or by its location. Its merit is found within the fabric of who that institution is connected to. Among the many greats that have helped students realize their creative paths in the world of Television Arts is a man who has selflessly given his time, talent and expertise to that mission, Professor Luke Palermo.
Luke has made a profound impression on all who know him. He is currently the Associate Chair for the Television Department. Luke began his dual role as an academician and administrator at Riverside Brookfield. He was offered the position as Television Department Chair at Riverside while at the same time offered the Assistant Chair position at Columbia College. Although he chose Columbia, Luke has been able to maintain his relationship with not only Riverside Brookfield but he has since developed a rapport with several schools within the Chicagoland area. Luke co-founded the Chicagoland Television Educators Council, CTEC, where he and other educators have an opportunity to help students pursue their dreams in the world of television. Each year, secondary students submit TV productions, which they have created to CTEC’s video festival. Much like the Emmys, CTEC video entries are nominated, chosen and are recognized at a gala of their peers.
Last year, the department - in conjunction with the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences (NATAS) - began the first of many years of fundraising for a new television scholarship. Luke was instrumental in establishing this scholarship in honor of his wife Sharon. To date there have been two recipients of the Sharon Palermo scholarship. Luke lost his wife of twenty-five plus years to cancer a few years back. She contributed significantly to the TV department over the years and was passionate about the importance of education to those entering the field of media arts. Luke’s dedication and contribution to the field of television media will be honored on Sunday, November 18, 2007 by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of NATAS during the 49th Annual Emmys Awards. He will receive the NATAS Governor’s Award the highest honors from the Academy.
As a child Luke had an affinity for television, his favorite shows were Kukla Fran & Ollie and Garfield Goose. Today, a few of his favorite shows are; Saturday Night Live, Cheers, Everybody Loves Raymond and Frasier. But no matter what, he must get his daily dose of the news. When asked, "Why the news?" Luke said, “It fulfills the desire to be connected to a bigger world.”
“Did you know?...”
… in high school Luke got a perfect score on his ACT’s and had plans to be an accountant. After one semester those plans became history.
… Luke used to be a driver’s Ed instructor for a private company. His ‘specialty’ group was senior ladies. He was the only one who had the patience to deal with that demographic.