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Idaho Athletes to speak at CommCon 2014

COURTESY AMANDA BIRD/U.S. BOBSLED AND SKELETON FEDERATION - BSU graduate Nick Cunningham made the the U.S. Bobsled Team Jan. 17 on sled USA III. Cunningham was a sprinter for BSU and named team captain his senior season during 2008.

Two Olympic athletes with ties to Idaho were recently announced as keynote speakers for the “Social in Sochi” panel of PRSSA’s CommCon.

 Boise State alumnus and former track and field athlete, Nick Cunningham and Middleton, ID native Erik Fisher will speak at the PRSSA’s annual CommCon event on May 1 in the Special Events Center.

CommCon 2014 is an event put on by the students within the Department of Communications allowing the Boise community to “celebrate the communications field. . .and bridge the gap between students and professionals.”

Cunningham, a 2008 graduate of the Department of Communications, was a member of the United States Olympic bobsled team for the Sochi Olympics. He piloted one of the three US two-man teams to a 13th-place finish, while also manning one of the four man teams to a 12th-place finish.

Fisher, who began his skiing career Bogus Basin at three years old, was edged out by Steven Nyman for the final spot on the team.

PRSSA President and event director John Garretson is excited for the opportunity to have Cunningham and Fisher speak about their Olympic journeys.

“It’s fantastic to have Nick on board for our CommCon panel, especially as a Departmentof Communication alumnus,” Garretson said. “I can’t wait for the Boise community to hear Nick’s story.

“Erik’s a tremendous addition for our event. “Flyin’ Fish” is not only a superb skier and athlete, but his journey to where he is today is one that is unmatched.”

Both will speak about social media’s effect on their respective careers.

Cunningham is extremely excited for the opportunity to give back to his alma mater.

“I cannot express how honored I am to be invited back to Boise to speak and tell my story,” Cunningham said. “Boise State, along with Boise State’s Communication Department gave me the tools needed to succeed both athletically and in life. Social media played a huge roll in my Olympic experience and am excited for this opportunity with PRSSA.”

The “Social in Sochi” portion of the event will run from 7:30-9 p.m. while CommCon will begin at 4 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building.

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