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SRU students hope Twitter feed will satisfy classmates’ stomachs

Finding the best deal on local food and drink isn’t always as easy you might think. Even with a laptop or smartphone, it’s easy to spend more time than you want to combing the web for discounts on a deep dish pizza or a few bucks off a burger. Fortunately for students at Slippery Rock University, Zach Haris, a marketing major from Brownsville, and Anthony Billheimer, a business major from Gibsonia, have a solution – SR Billboard. The Twitter feed – which can be found by the handle @SR_Promotions – advertises “the best deals in town on food, shopping or any local events.” The concept is simple. SR Billboard seeks out, solicits and partners with local businesses, including Dominos, McDonalds and Bobba Tea Shop; develops exclusive discounts for SRU students; and promotes them via social media. All that is required to reap the rewards is a student ID card at the time of purchase.

The Rocket captures multiple student newspaper awards The Rocket, the independent, student-run newspaper at Slippery Rock University, captured six awards in the news and design divisions of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 34th Gold Circle Awards for outstanding collegiate journalism. This year’s competition drew more than 4,100 entries produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the U.S. The Rocket also captured six Student Keystone Press Awards. The Student Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania News Media Association, recognize high school and college journalism that provides “relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers.” The Society of Professional Journalists recognized The Rocket with five Region 4 “Mark of Excellence” awards, which honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. The Rocket won three awards for photography, one for breaking news reporting and one for its website. The Society for Collegiate Journalists bestowed 22 awards on the paper through its 2017 Annual National Contest. The SCJ, the nation’s oldest organization designed solely to serve college media leaders, honors work submitted by its 100 active chapters and 1,200 members from across the nation that was published during the previous calendar year. Finally, The Rocket earned two national awards each from The American Scholastic Press Association and The Society of Professional Journalists.

SRU biology majors emerge from woodland with major find ​The names Bauer, Gette and Signor may not be as familiar to the science community as Mendel, Pasteur and van Leeuwenhoek, but a trio of Slippery Rock University biology majors are making discoveries that may very well garner them attention. The trio – Jennifer Bauer, a senior from Tionesta; Gabby Gette, a senior from Fairview; and Erica Signor, a senior from Harrisburg – have identified 11 species of lichens that were previously unknown to grow in Lawrence County. A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae and/or cyanobacteria living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. The combined life form has properties that are very different from the properties of its component organisms. The group made their discoveries through hiking trips to McConnells Mill State Park, going far beyond the mill itself and deep into the woods along Slippery Rock Creek.

Super experience: SRU student earns spot on ‘Big Game’ sideline

When Katerina Fissore offered to guide SRU President Cheryl Norton through the process of posting a selfie to her Twitter account, even she never imagined where that “teaching moment” might lead. Fissore, a communication: integrated marketing major from Saxonburg, was

recruited by SRU’s Communication and Public Affairs Office to help develop the University’s social media content and campaigns, as well as produce and host a web-based “SRU News” video segment. Her newfound skills and enthusiasm caught the attention of her uncle, Mark

Fissore, a 1989 SRU graduate and graphics technician with FOX Sports. When the network rolled into Pittsburgh to televise the Nov. 13 Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys game, Mark, a five-time Emmy Award winner, contacted Kat Fissore to gauge her interest in working as an assistant to sideline reporter Erin Andrews during the broadcast. Producers were so impressed by her skills during the broadcast, and during a return visit for a Dec. 4 game, they spoke to Kat Fissore about joining the production team in Houston for the 2017 Super Bowl. Kat Fissore then spent Jan. 31-Feb. 6 traveling to and from Houston, logging hours as a sideline assistant during the game and working with associate producers to view, log and cue tapes for various pre-game and in-game elements and the broadcast’s digital presence.

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Rock Magazine Summer 2017  
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