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Hello, SRU!

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"Hello, SRU" is the official podcast of Slippery Rock University and part of the WSRU-FM Podcast Network. Hosted and produced by SRU professors Jeremy Lynch and Nick Artman, as well as Justin Zackal from the Office of University Communication and Public Affairs, this podcast features conversations with SRU faculty, staff, students and alumni. "Hello, SRU" is your opportunity to hear stories that make The Rock a caring community of lifelong learners connected with the world.
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Light on Her Feat

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Light on Her Feat
Victoria Lightfoot, '10, '14M, shares how she was surprised at her school with a $25,000 check for winning the Milken Educator Award, as well as her journey from doubting college to being among the nation’s top educators.
32:32
July 26, 2022
Aye Aye, Captain Contres
Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Kathy Contres, who is a 1977 SRU alumna, talks about her recent trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the first-ever, all-women veterans honor flight. 
33:58
July 04, 2022
Up for Debate
Abby Thomas, a senior and president of the Debate Society at SRU, joins us to discuss how debate tournaments work, including the recent NEDA nationals hosted at The Rock. As the winner of the speaker award at nationals, Thomas might debate Jeremy and Nick on today's important issues, such as: Is a hot dog a sandwich?
35:05
June 13, 2022
Coyne-Flip Career Decisions
With graduation upon us, Renee Coyne, from SRU’s Center for Career and Academic Progress, shares how SRU helps students design their lives and figure out who they want to be.
37:17
May 10, 2022
Brick-And-Bible Project
SRU history professor and St. Louis native, Melissa Ford, talks about her upcoming book, “A Brick and a Bible,” which is about Black working-class women in the Midwest before the civil rights movement, and she discusses current race issues, regional differences, and a little improv, among other topics.
35:49
April 25, 2022
Dive Into the Archives
No, this is not a rerun episode of the podcast but instead a conversation about the archives and special collections at SRU’s Bailey Library with Judy Silva, associate professor, librarian and archivist.
37:58
April 11, 2022
Driverless Test of Time
Patrick McGinty, SRU instructor of English, steers a conversation about autonomous vehicles, aka driverless cars. As author of a soon-to-be-released novel, titled “Test Drive,” that is centered around the AV industry, McGinty’s become an astute and sought-after observer of the driverless car sector and he has taught seminar classes at SRU on the topic.
37:50
March 28, 2022
Enter the Butler's Chamber
SRU alumnus Jordan Grady, ’15, ’16M, checks in to talk about his role as executive director of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce and how he’s partnering with SRU communication students to create videos to promote Butler County businesses and help them recruit employees.
35:32
March 07, 2022
Roxanne's Not Done
Roxanne Dunn, a 2020 SRU graduate and former pole vaulter, was paralyzed following a car accident just months after graduating. Find out how her rehab and recovery are going and how she remains positive – and realistic – about her life’s circumstances. Also, follow her journey on Instagram (@nicole.roxanne_) and TikTok (@nicole.rox).
38:28
February 14, 2022
Deep Cover with the Mob
Retired FBI agent and SRU alumnus John Ligato, '71, '74M, talks about going undercover with the Italian mafia, authoring five books, creating the state’s first group home, and earning three Purple Hearts after being wounded in combat during the Vietnam War. Not bad for someone who was once expelled from campus only to become one of SRU’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni.
38:58
January 31, 2022
'Howett' Came to be in Forbes
SRU alumna Amanda Howett, ’18, talks about being named to the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 for the sports industry. Howett, 25, is the athletic director at Penn State Shenango and she joined a list that includes NFL quarterbacks, Olympians, sports entrepreneurs and more.
31:12
January 17, 2022
Running the Distance
Professional ultrarunner Patrick Reagan ’10 checks in following his recent induction into the SRU Athletics Hall of Fame to share his journey from The Rock to becoming one of the top long-distance runners in the U.S., having placed third at the 100-kilometer World Championships and reaching the U.S. Olympic trials in the marathon.
45:49
January 03, 2022
Diction to Overcome Addiction
SRU English professor Mark O’Connor describes a community writing program he’s leading where students facilitate a creative writing workshop for people from Butler County in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions.
37:52
December 14, 2021
Social Workers Answer the Call
SRU professor Brittany Nwachuku and graduate student Alyssa Peters share how interns from SRU’s Master of Social Work program are embedded with three local police departments as social workers who go on call with patrolling officers.
32:30
November 29, 2021
An Ode to Food
SRU professors Fadoua Loudiy and Franklyn Charles talk about how they got their students to start an online cooking show called “Soul Food,” and, of course, the conversation turns to everyone’s appreciation for appetizing edibles in advance of the holiday season.
35:35
November 18, 2021
Digging Into Mammoths
Jenna Kriley, a junior SRU biology major, explains how a bunch of mammoth fossils wound up in a sinkhole in South Dakota, and how an aspiring med school student such as herself got to dig them up with other paleontologists.
34:22
November 02, 2021
Hatchet Lady Haunts North Hall
For a special Halloween episode, our first-ever guest Bob Watson returns to the show to share an SRU ghost story about how the late Emma Guffey Miller, a trustee from 1933-68 and influential campus and national political figure, might still be lingering in North Hall.
44:38
October 18, 2021
Turning to Page
SRU’s new athletic director Roberta Page, ’88, talks about coming back to her alma mater and what fans can expect from The Rock sports teams this year.
39:30
October 04, 2021
Pet Project
PET PROJECT Johnny Phommachanh, a 2021 SRU grad, shares how leaving a googly-eyed rock on campus last spring attracted a lot of eyeballs on social media and TV, leading to a local resurgence of the pet rock craze.
27:00
September 20, 2021
A World-Changing Conversation
Pancho Timmons, a 2000 SRU graduate, shares how his life was changed by a brief encounter while he was at The Rock, and now he’s a social entrepreneur, business owner and co-authored of the book “Quick and Easy World Change: Fixing Our Messed Up World One Small Act at a Time."
27:39
September 06, 2021
Presidential Address
SRU President Bill Behre makes his first appearance on the podcast to share his thoughts on the new academic year, the return of a fully in-person campus, vaccinations and lessons learned since the start of the pandemic.
37:42
August 23, 2021
Doubling Back on Campus
Lauren Moran, SRU director of student engagement and leadership, talks about what her office is doing to support first- and second-year students who are arriving on campus. Because of last year’s pandemic limitations, there will be twice as many students who are new to campus this year.
32:52
August 09, 2021
Not Another Diversity Podcast
Justin Brown, ’11, developed a diversity training program when he was a Slippery Rock University student. He now leads a nationally recognized diversity awareness program and is the author of “Ugh!?! Not Another Diversity Book.” Hear his story, why diversity is important and how he “rocked” a Super Bowl TV ad.
42:08
July 12, 2021
Spinning the Wheel
SRU alumnus Ryan Muldowney, ’05, tells the story about being a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” and almost winning $1 million. He settled for a trip to Costa Rica and an appearance on the “Hello, SRU” podcast.
37:54
June 28, 2021
Justin Credible
Justin Matteo, a cadet in SRU’s Army ROTC program, shares his experience from the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point. Matteo was on a team from SRU that was pitted against the top ROTC units in the nation on a rigorous 36-hour course to “test their warrior spirit, team cohesion and dedication to mission accomplishment.”
40:39
June 14, 2021
Bound by Bocce
Jillian Stringfellow, project coordinator from Slippery Rock University’s Physical and Health Education Department, discusses how The Rock gets the ball rolling for high school unified sports teams in the community, particularly with indoor bocce, where student-athletes with and without disabilities compete together.
28:12
May 31, 2021
Dumpster Jive
SRU music professor David Glover recounts the tale of how The Balcony Big Band got back together after a curbside trash rescue. Glover is a member of Pittsburgh’s premier big-band jazz ensemble that also features SRU alumni.
36:26
May 17, 2021
Super Bowl Couple
Levi and Allie Lewis, from the SRU Class of 2014, talk about working for the Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lewises are among three Bucs employees who graduated from The Rock.
48:09
May 03, 2021
Lia’s Agreed Upon
With her crystal-ball syllabus, SRU professor of history Lia Paradis shares how she coincidentally started teaching a course about pandemics as a new pandemic emerged, if history really does repeat itself, and her own podcast, “Lies Agreed Upon.”
49:44
April 19, 2021
Esports De Corps
Exercise science professor Seth Jenny and Adam Schultz, president of the Esports Club at SRU, talk about the popularity of esports as a college sport and the potential for esports as a field of study. Find out how they respond to Jeremy’s initial skepticism.
58:58
April 05, 2021
Ross-pitality
Mary Jo Ross, Slippery Rock University associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, talks about how the restaurant industry has been affected by the pandemic. Learn how Ross, who worked decades as an event producer in Orlando, Florida, plans to turn Slippery Rock into a Magic Kingdom for her students.
55:10
March 22, 2021
121 State Parks in 303 Days
Trevor Nordquist shares his story about visiting every Pennsylvania state park during his final year as an SRU student in 2020. Find out what he learned about his state and his state of mind during a time when most people dreaded periods of solitude during the pandemic, as well as his favorite parks and what motivated him to visit 121 parks in 303 days.
59:05
March 08, 2021
Muttonville University?
For the first episode of "Hello, SRU," retired administrator and SRU alumnus Bob Watson, '70, walks listeners through the history of The Rock. Watson is the author of "Slippery Rock University: The Legend Behind the Name," a 460-page book published in 2011 that chronicled the history the University.
58:07
February 22, 2021
Hello, SRU! Trailer
"Hello, SRU" is the official podcast of Slippery Rock University. Hosted and produced by SRU professors Jeremy Lynch and Nick Artman, with assistance by Justin Zackal from the Office of University Communication and Public Affairs, this podcast features conversations with SRU faculty, staff, students and alumni. "Hello, SRU" is your opportunity to hear stories that make The Rock a caring community of lifelong learners connected with the world.
00:58
February 18, 2021