About the SRU Communication and Media Hall of Fame
In 2016, Jim Aronson and a group of alumni from the WRCK radio days launched the Rock Media Hall of Fame to recognize past and current students and instructors who have made an impact on SRU and the media industry.
In 2020, the event was adopted by SRU’s Department of Strategic Communication and Media and Office for Alumni Engagement and renamed as the Communication and Media Hall of Fame. The hall of fame now recognizes past and current students from all concentrations the department offers: Advertising, Communication Studies, Converged Journalism, Digital Media, Integrated Marketing Communication, and Public Relations.
The Evolution of Communication and Media at SRU
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a long lineage of communication students, faculty, staff, and administration, SRU has a strong reputation for producing high-quality, award-winning student work through the multiple organizations the university offers.
Lambda Pi Eta was established in the 1990s and serves as the official honorary organization for the Strategic Communication and Media Department. Focusing on student involvement, Lambda runs a host of programs throughout the year and also serves as the student advisory board for the department. SRU’s chapter was recognized as National Chapter of the Year in 2019.
The Rocket is SRU’s independent, student-run publication that evolved from The Slippery Rocket (1918-1930) in 1934. The paper currently serves as a 24/7 digital-first news cycle through www.theonlinerocket.com and publishes five print editions per semester. Over the years, The Rocket has been recognized with the highest honors through professional organizations such as Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Pennsylvania News Association, Society for Collegiate Journalists, and more.
Rock PRSSA is the student-run public relations firm on campus. Rock PRSSA offers public relations services to campus and non-campus organizations and local businesses. In fall 2019, the organization was rebranded to emphasize its association with Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the national pre-professional public relations organization.
WSRU-TV is SRU’s student-run streaming news station and video production company that has been housed in the Maltby Hall Studio since fall of 2010. Through support of the university, College of Business, Student Government Association, and Department of Strategic Communication and Media, the studio is consistently upgraded to meet industry standards. WSRU-TV is a chapter of the National Broadcasting Society and was recognized as Chapter of the Year in 2019.
College Dress Relief, founded in 2015, is a student advocacy group focusing on current fashion trends, sustainable fashion, diversity, and professional development. Students run social media campaigns; practice writing, graphic design and photography skills; complete sustainability-minded service projects; and manage an active fashion and lifestyle blog.
WSRU-FM 88.1 FM started at SRU in 1962 as the AM Band WNFT, eventually changing the name to WRCK. When the station went to FM, it launched as WRSK-FM. Today, the current WSRU-FM broadcasts from the student union and can be heard across campus and in the surrounding community.
Debate Society offers students the opportunity to engage in civil discourse and learn skills for research, public speaking, and critical thinking. Officially recognized by the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA), the Slippery Rock Debate Society, which has won numerous team and individual awards, competes against other universities and travels to a variety of tournaments and forums.
Film Society was established in 2012 in the English Department and moved to the Department of Strategic Communication and Media in 2017. The members of SRUFS work on student-produced and directed films over the course of the semester and have worked with organizations such as the New Orleans Film Festival.