Penn State University

Spring 2019 Winners

Bailee Cooper

Bailee Cooper

Bailee Cooper recently graduated from the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University. She majored in Public Relations, minored in Business and International Studies, and received the Smeal College of Business Fundamentals Certificate. She is interested in PR, marketing and social media management, and has recently accepted the position of Social Media Manager at Fat Snax. She enjoys biking, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

“FOX Sports University gave me a sneak peek into the real world of PR and campaign strategy; giving me skills, knowledge and experience I otherwise would not have had prior to graduation.”

“Being able to see our campaign go from just a mere idea to a nationally-broadcasted commercial has been nothing short of inspiring and amazing.”

“FOX Sports University has given me a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.”


Hannah Cardona

Hannah Cardona

Hannah Cardona graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in Spring 2019, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and a minor in English. She now looks forward to developing a career as a Public Relations professional within either the sports or entertainment industry. Prior to accomplishing this, Hannah will complete a communications and marketing internship this summer in Virginia. Aside from her interests in connection to the realm of her degree, she is a published storyteller who would love to explore the craft of creative writing more intensely. Her personal interests include poetry, sports, watching movies, and phenomenal food.

“Fox Sports University helped me realize how much I have learned throughout my 4 years in college. The experience provided me with the motivation to be confident in my efforts as a college student.”

“Fox Sports University reaffirmed that I chose the right major for myself; this realm of communications is exactly where I’m supposed to be.”

“The Fox Sports University experience reminded me that although the creative campaign process can be stressful, it is well worth it in the end.”


Joseph Pace

Joseph Pace

Joseph Pace graduated in the Spring of 2019 from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. After graduation, Joseph plans to pursue a career in Public Relations within the entertainment industry and the Esports industry. He has already taken steps to kick-start his career by immersing himself within the Esports communities throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Outside of Public Relations and gaming, Joseph’s personal interests include intramural volleyball, graphic design, and Ska music.

“Getting the opportunity to work with FOX Sports University was absolutely game changing. It was the first real experience I had in my college career that made me feel like I was leaving a significant impact on the world.”

“FOX Sports University gave my team the opportunity to let our knowledge that we have gained over the last four years shine through in an amazing way. It is one thing to work with universities on projects that are specifically for the class room, but the project coming to life forced everyone to work on a level that they had not been on before. It brought out of the best in everyone.”

“Not only was getting to work on a project for FOX Sports University a fantastic learning experience in itself, getting to meet industry professionals, getting to see what they think of your projects and getting to experience the “world of FOX” in Los Angeles was absolutely beyond my wildest dreams.”



Spring 2019 Project Description

Penn State University PR students were challenged by FOX Sports Supports to develop creative campaigns that encourage FOX Sports fans and viewers to learn more about the program’s partner organization, Girls Inc.


Professor Profile

Renea Nichols

Renea Nichols

Renea Nichols joined the College of Communication faculty in 2004 semester after spending eight years as a lecturer at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.

Her abundance of practical public relations experience includes public relations positions with the City of Phoenix, U-Haul International, Arizona Special Olympics and the ASU Alumni Association. She has served as a public relations consultant to organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation, the Maricopa Association of Governments and many top public relations agencies in Arizona.

With a background in journalism, she has worked for daily newspapers in Michigan, Maryland and Ohio as a reporter. At Arizona State, she also coordinated the public relations internship program and served as faculty adviser to the campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Her students at both ASU and Penn State have received national awards from PRSA, IABC, NODAC-PRSSA and Rolling Stone magazine for their public relations campaigns completed as part of her writing and campaign courses. She is a member of both PRSA, AEJMC and IABC.

She has authored four books on interracial dating and multi-racial populations and appeared in national news media discussing the subjects. She spends her free time working in the community. She sits on the advisory board of the Centre County Youth and Children Services and Interfaith Human Services. In addition, she is an instructor, partner and co-founder of FITOLOGY, a research-based group fitness studio in State College. She is also strong advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness and diversity, spending a lot of her time educating others and/or teaching in this area.

Renea is active on social media, tweeting and blogging about issues in public relations, diversity, alzheimer’s and fitness.

In May 2017, Renea became a grandmother and looks forward to her daily FACE TIME and spending holiday breaks with her new grandson, Quinn and daughter, Danni.

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