Bob Barrickman is the sports director at WBVP and WMBA Radio in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where he has covered high school, college and professional sports since 1980. His broadcasts of Geneva College football have been recognized by Achievement in Radio (AIR).
Bob was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the “G” Award in 2012 from Geneva College for his quality performance and dedication to WBVP and WMBA over several years of service. In 2015, The Rochester Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce recognized Bob with a community service award for his long-time contributions toward youth sports and the community. Bob has broadcast over 60 high school (PIAA) state championship games.
Bob graduated from SRU with a degree in Communication in 1977. During his time at SRU, Bob served as a sports announcer and DJ at WNFT.
Bill Cummings is an Emmy award-winning news producer at WPTV-5 in West Palm Beach, where he was recently recognized as a runner-up for the 2019 Florida Associated Press “Best Producer” award. Bill earned an Emmy in 2018 in the “Evening Newscast” category and has been nominated three times.
With over thirty years of experience in the news industry, Bill started his career in print journalism at the York Dispatch/York Sunday as a news staff writer and contributing sports columnist. During this time, his team was honored with an award for a five-part enterprise series by the Associated Press. He moved into the television industry in 1990, holding positions both on air and behind the scenes at WHTM-TV 27 and WHP-TV 21 in Harrisburg. Bill has been in his current position at WPTV-5 since 1996.
Bill graduated from SRU in 1982, majoring in Communication, with dual minors in English and Geography. He is currently a member of and judge for the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences.
Dana Shoaf is the top editor for the world’s leading magazine on the Civil War era, the Civil War Times Magazine, where he has worked for nearly 20 years. Under his leadership, CWT has been nominated for multiple honors through the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writer Awards. Dana has also worked as a freelance writer and consultant for Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Ligonier, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives. He is currently a member of the Society of Civil War Historians and serves as the president for the Early American Industries Association.
Dana graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1980 and a Master’s degree in 1990. While at SRU, Dana was a member of the marching band and Phi Alpha Theta.
Toye Wigley is a Marketing Director with the JPMorgan Chase & Co. marketing team and specializes in strategy, integrated marketing and stakeholder engagement. Partnering with a broad cross-functional team, she is responsible for developing marketing solutions to help improve and promote the financial health of the bank’s emerging millennials and low-/middle-income customer segments.
With more than 15 years of management consulting and marketing experience, Toye was responsible for product marketing at MasterCard Worldwide prior to joining JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2011. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Strategy & Analysis group at Digitas and served as a management consultant at Deloitte and KPMG, respectively.
Before graduating from SRU with a degree in Public Administration and minor in Communication in 1996, Toye worked with University Programming Board, Student Government Association, and Black Action Society. Currently, Toye is a member of the American Marketing Association. Outside of work, Toye actively participates in the community, focusing on organizations and programs that help eliminate educational and gender disparities in underserved communities.
Jeff Talarigo is an award-winning novelist and author of The Pearl Diver,The Ginseng Hunter, and In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees, all of which have been recognized by organizations including National Public Radio, Pacific Rim Voices, the American Library Association, and Foreword Reviews. Jeff is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2005 Rosenthal Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2006-07 fellowship with the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Jeff is currently an instructor in the Wilkes University Low-Residency MFA Writing Program and has taught ESL courses for over 15 years in Japan, Boston, and now in San Francisco. Prior to beginning his 25-year career as a novelist, Jeff worked as a feature page editor for the Vienna Times and a reporter for the Loudon County Times in Virginia.
Jeff graduated from SRU with his Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1983. During his time at SRU, Jeff served as a section editor and writer for The Rocket and worked as a Student Ambassador.
Andrew Gearhart is a news producer KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles, the second-largest media market in the US. With nearly 20 years of experience in the news industry, Gearhart leads the KCAL9 News at Noon team, the top-rated midday newscast in LA.
Andrew started his career at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh after graduating from SRU with a B.A. in Communication in 2000. At age 24, Andrew became the producer for KDKA’s 6 p.m. newscast and was nominated for a regional Emmy before moving on to become a senior producer for the 11 p.m. KTNV newscast in Las Vegas from 2006-2009. He was nominated for additional regional Emmys between 2010 and 2013 while producing the 11 p.m. newscast and “Today in the Bay” at KNTV in San Francisco.
During his time at SRU, Andrew was the vice president for a student-run video production company on campus and worked as a radio host at WRCK. He is currently a member of the Writers Guild of America-West.
John Stroh is the director of programming and production at WHVL-TV (MyNet) in State College, Pennsylvania, where he is responsible for negotiating and securing syndicated programming for broadcast. Also serving as the station's executive producer, John is responsible for the look, feel, sound and overall quality of all WHVL-TV productions and has developed and launched programs such as Blue White Tailgate Show, Centre of It All, and WHVL Game of the Week. John works with clients such as Warner Bros., Disney, and the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.
John came to WHVL from FSN Pittsburgh, where he started as the programming and public relations coordinator in 2000 and moved to director of programming until 2007. Prior to that, he worked as SRU's Director of Sports and Promotion & Information after graduating from the university with degrees in Communication and Sports Management in 1995. Currently, John is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Terry Sullivan is the recipient of the 2020 Jim Aronson Founder’s Award. While attending SRU, Terry majored in Speech & Theater, the predecessor of today’s Communication Department, and Secondary Education, but much of his time was spent in the WFNT radio studio where he served as the general manager from 1970-1972. During his time as GM, Terry played a vital role in the organization as it moved from North Hall to the Student Union. He helped develop the news department at the station, featuring ABC network news and community/campus remotes. The sports department grew to cover all home football and basketball games, as well as numerous away conference games. Coverage culminated with live reporting of the Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
After SRU, Terry continued his passion for sales and worked in newspaper and radio advertising before beginning a successful 33-year career in the Railroad Industry, where he held various administrative positions. Terry credits his organizational and administrative skills to his days with WFNT.
Haley Potter is a multimedia journalist at Erie News Now and the recipient of the 2020 Mike McHugh Undergraduate Excellence Award. Haley graduated from SRU in May 2020, where she served as the president, an anchor, producer and reporter for WSRU-TV and a contributor to The Rocket. In addition to her role in student media, Haley served four years as the president of the SRU National Broadcasting Society chapter; a member of the Society for Collegiate Journalists, Lambda Pi Eta, and SPARK; and co-founder of Open Hearts for All, a non-profit organization on campus. On a national level, Haley served on the National Broadcasting Society Board of Governors from 2018-2019 and now holds the position as a professional member.
Haley’s accolades include 2018 SRU Homecoming Royalty, 2019 National Broadcasting Society Member of the Year, and first place awards from the National Broadcasting Society and Pennsylvania News Association for her writing, reporting, and production.
While at SRU, Haley was also involved with the Rock Hockey Team (reporter), Rock PRSSA, College Dress Relief, the Project to End Human Trafficking, and the Broadcast Education Association. She served as a Peer Leader for FYRST Seminar and worked as a video producer for the SRU Payroll Office.