Dallas Cross - Communication (Broadcasting) program
Not everyone has their work displayed on a 40-foot by 70-foot screen - and no one knows that better than junior communication major Dallas Cross, who is getting ready for her work to soon be up in lights.
Cross is in training to take over the Jungletron, the new state-of-the-art video board at PSU's Carnie Smith Stadium. She will be in charge of all elements of the broadcast, including organizing a crew and planning camera placement in order to entertain the crowds of thousands at Gorilla football games.
"I'm getting all this experience here, as opposed to other universities where I might not get as much right off the bat," she said. "Pitt State allows you to have this real-world experience. It's opening a lot of doors to my future."
Zoel Lopez, a senior in communication who is helping train Cross, has four years of PSU broadcasting under his belt and says the department has a "family" atmosphere that helps everyone excel.
"We take care of each other, we watch out for one another, and if someone's struggling because they don't quite grasp how equipment works or something, we always help them catch up," Lopez said.
Pitt State communication (broadcasting emphasis) students have been finalists at the CBI National Student Production Awards for the past four years, competing at the same level as schools such as the University of Washington, Kansas State University, and Ithaca College.
"PSU and Ithaca College in New York are the only two schools that have consistently finished as finalists in the last four years," said Troy Comeau, director of broadcasting. "That shows the consistency of our program - that our students are learning and improving every year."