Latest LiveBIG: Penn State News

BTN LiveBIG: B1G social influence rated nationally

Recently, Coldlime analysed how the top 100 U.S. universities (as ranked by Forbes) are using Twitter, utilizing Moz’s Social Authority, and the Big Ten was very well represented. Six Big Ten universities were included in Forbes’ top 100, and four of them were among Coldlime’s top 14 overall.

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BTN LiveBIG: Share A Solution Stories

BTN LiveBIG Share a Solution looks to engage student journalists to investigate and report on how people from their schools are creating credible responses to social problems. It taps into the growing field of solutions journalism, reporting that include examples of what people are doing to solve problems, highlighting not just news of their success, but details on how or why the approach is working.

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BTN LiveBIG: PSU hockey player saves a life

Millions of people suffer from types of cancer that require a bone marrow transplant.  Although most people know about donating blood, many fewer know you can donate your bone marrow. Although relatives can be a good match, they aren’t always.  So Be the Match, a nonprofit organization, focuses on getting people to get tested and then listed in the donor registry.  People who are registered only donate when a match is found.

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BTN LiveBIG: PSU THON Director Q&A

For the past 37 years, Penn State University’s student body have pulled together the largest student-run fundraising effort, called THON.  Many universities have dance marathons to support charities, but Penn State students blow it out at a scale that is unmatched. The student body has successfully raised more than $100 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. This year’s effort is expected to clear $12 million in donations.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State hockey raising awareness

At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million.

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BTN LiveBIG: Robbie Gould making an impact in Chicago

After spending four years at Penn State, Gould wasn’t on anyone’s short list for the NFL Draft. He wasn’t drafted in 2005, but nine years later he ranks second in Chicago Bears’ history in scoring, is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, and has been to a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl.

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