Perspective on Canonization of Mother Marianne Cope at next session of IRP

The Dec. 20 session of the Institute for Retired People (IRP) will feature Liz Ayers, director of development and grants at WCNY TV.

Ayers will share the details of her recent trip to Italy with a group from Central New York that traveled with the television production team that was working on a documentary on the canonization of Mother Marianne Cope.
Ayers has been a television staple for 26 years in Syracuse. She worked as a news anchor for WTVH for nearly 20 years, and for the past seven years has found a home at WCNY, channel 24.1.

Ayers hosts WCNY auctions and this year she also participated in the WCNY documentary “A Saint for Central New York.” As director of development and grants, Ayers searches for funding for television documentaries and educational programs. She has won numerous achievement awards for her commitment to community.

The IRP program runs from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and is free and open to the public. IRP sessions are held at the First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. For more information, visit, call 315-443-4846, or e-mail

IRP is a community program established by University College of Syracuse University, dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning.