SRU debuts new podcast, ‘Hello, SRU,’ to share campus community stories
Slippery Rock University has launched a new podcast, titled “Hello, SRU,” featuring conversational style interviews with guests from the SRU community.
Feb. 23, 2021
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — There's a new way for people to connect with the Slippery Rock University community and hear stories about its faculty, staff, students and alumni. SRU has launched its first podcast, titled "Hello, SRU," featuring conversational style interviews with guests from throughout Rock Nation.
"Hello, SRU" is hosted by Jeremy Lynch, associate professor of special education, and produced by Nick Artman, assistant professor of communication, as well as Justin Zackal, communication specialist in the Office of University Communication and Public Affairs.
"We're interested in podcasting and also sharing the stories that make SRU such a great community," Artman said. "Especially during the pandemic, there's a need for people to connect in new and different ways. This podcast highlights people and topics in a way that's fun and accessible, like you're sitting down and talking to someone over a cup of coffee."
"This is something Nick and I have been wanting to do for a long time," Lynch said. "This is not our podcast but rather something we hope represents the entire campus. We're grateful to have support from the University as well as people willing to share ideas and stories that make SRU a unique and special place to learn, live and work."
New episodes of "Hello, SRU" will be released every other week for the remainder of the spring 2021 semester. People can download and subscribe from popular podcast applications, including iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more, or listen from the podcast's webpage, anchor.fm/hellosru.
Each episode will feature a different topic and guest(s) with Lynch leading the conversation. The first episode is titled "Muttonville University?," featuring retired administrator and SRU alumnus Bob Watson, '70, who walks listeners through the history of SRU and the name of the University. 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.
Artman is the faculty adviser for WSRU-FM, the student-run radio station and podcast studio at SRU. Artman and Lynch have already partnered with SRU's Center for Teaching and Learning to start another podcast, "The Podcast for Teaching and Learning," that serves as a resource for SRU and other higher education faculty to enhance their teaching practice.
"Podcasting is a medium with growth potential," Artman said. "A lot more people are listening to podcasts, and 'Hello, SRU' provides the University another option to reach people where they are. We're also developing a podcasting network in the WSRU-FM studios on the second floor of the University Union for students, faculty, and staff to record their own separate shows and possibly become involved with producing 'Hello, SRU.'"
To contact the "Hello, SRU" producers, including recommendations for topics or guests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zackal | 724.738.4854 | email@example.com