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 Good News: Jessica Rupell, SRU communication major, delivers 



SRU Good News for March 31, 2009


Jessica Rupell, SRU communication major, delivers

address at Academic Honors Convocation 


Jessica Rupell, a Slippery Rock University communication major from Gilbertsville and seven-semester dean's list student with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, has been selected as the speaker for Sunday's Academic Honors Convocation.

            Her address is titled "Achieving a Roundabout Education."

            SRU's annual Academic Honors Convocation salutes the University's academic scholars for their achievements. Nearly 2,600 students along with faculty and staff will be honored at the 2 p.m. event in Morrow Field House.

            Rupell has used her college years to broaden her understanding of her community, the nation and the world while serving as a reporter and editor for The Rocket, the weekly student newspaper at SRU.

            She served as assistant editor and editor of the newspaper's Focus Section, where she budgeted and assigned stories and photographs. She also handled writing and layout of the section, and has served as an opinion staff writer for the student newspaper.

            A staff intern this year for Views & Voices Women's Magazine, based in Sharon, she wrote stories for the monthly publication and assisted with copy editing and photo planning. She is co-founder and an employee of the AP Style Help Center at SRU and assisted students with Associated Press style questions.

            In other off-campus work, Rupell served as an intern reporter for The Butler Eagle newspaper in Butler and at the Daily Local News in West Chester, where she wrote news, feature and business stories. 

            At SRU, she joined the Ireland Study Abroad Program to study Irish history at the University of Limerick and had the opportunity to travel to France, England, Italy and the Czech Republic.

            She was named a Presidential Scholar at SRU and received the Yearly Academic Scholarship from the University for 2005-2009. She participated in the SRU Honors Program and was a research paper presenter at the 2008 New York State Communication Association Conference. 

            The Keystone Press Awards, Collegiate Level, honored her writing last year with an honorable mention in the personality profile category, and she attended the 2007 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C. 

            Rupell also received a Pennsylvania Students Working Against Tobacco Scholarship during her freshman year.

            She is a member of Lambda Pi Eta and Zeta Phi Eta, communication honoraries, Phi Kappa Phi, academic honor society, the Public Relations Student Society of America and served as an international student mentor and Honors Program mentor as a student. She played on the women's rugby club team and was a community assistant in SRU's Residence Life Program. 


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