Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Seal.png
TypePublic (state-owned)
EndowmentUS $16.5 million
PresidentWilliam J. Behre[1]
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
AthleticsNCAA Division IIPSAC
NicknameThe Rock
MascotRocky – The Pride of the Rock[3]

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (The Rock or SRU) is a public university in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The university has been coeducational since its founding in 1889.[4] It has one of the largest campuses in western Pennsylvania, occupying 611 acres (2.4 km²).


In 2012, Cheryl Joy Norton was appointed as the university's first female president.[5][6] Norton announced she would retire effective June 30, 2017.[7] William J. Behre became the university's president in 2018.[1]


Official athletics logo.

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania competes in the NCAA Division II and is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

Slippery Rock University's official mascot is Rocky the lion, The Pride of The Rock[8].

Varsity sports[edit]

Men's teams: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, and Bowling.

Women's teams: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball, Lacrosse, and Tennis.

In 2006, the university cut men's and women's swimming, men's and women's water polo, men's Division I wrestling, men's golf, and others.[citation needed]

The announcement of Slippery Rock's football scores is a tradition at University of Michigan Football games, begun in 1959 by Michigan Stadium's public address announcer Steve Filipiak.[9] Slippery Rock was so popular with U of M fans that on Sept. 29, 1979, they played in-state rival Shippensburg at Michigan Stadium, in front of 61,143 fans, a record for a Division II football game (Shippensburg won, 45-14). Slippery Rock played a second game at "The Big House" in 1981, attracting 36,719 fans in a 14-13 loss to Wayne State University. Slippery Rock made a third trip to "The Big House" on October 18, 2014, losing to Mercyhurst University, 45-23; a crowd of 15,121 braved a chilly wind to witness the contest.

Club sports[edit]

In 1995, the women's water polo team won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by USA Water Polo.[10] This remains the only collegiate water polo championship ever won by a non-California team.

In 1987, the women's judo team, a varsity sport team at the time, won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by the National Collegiate Judo Association.[11]

Student life[edit]

Aebersold Student Recreation Center[edit]

The Aebersold Student Recreation Center is an 82,000 square-foot on-campus student recreation center.[12]

Fraternities and sororities[edit]

Interfraternity Council Fraternities:

Panhellenic Association Sororities:

Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organizations:

Multicultural Greek Organizations:

Student media[edit]

SRU has a student newspaper, Local Access TV Station, a PR Club, radio station, and a student-run literary publication.

  • The Rocket, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 3,000
  • 88.1 WSRU-FM, a 100-watt alternative rock station
  • SLAB, an annual student-run literary magazine publication.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Message from President William J. Behre". Slippery Rock University. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Déjà vu: SRU again enrolls largest class in school history".
  3. ^ "Rocky, The Pride of The Rock".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2012-04-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Welcome!". 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  6. ^ "Dr. Cheryl Norton named as first female president of SRU - News - The Rocket - Slippery Rock University". 2012-04-05. Archived from the original on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  7. ^ Nuzum, Lydia (9 December 2016). "Slippery Rock's president announces retirement". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Rocky, The Pride of The Rock". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  9. ^ "Slippery Rock University Athletics - Tradition". Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  10. ^ "National Women's Collegiate Champs". Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  11. ^ "Collegiate tournament results". Archived from the original on 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  12. ^ "Aebersold Student Recreation Center". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  13. ^ "Matthew Driscoll Bio - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -". Retrieved 19 January 2015.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°03′43″N 80°02′35″W / 41.062°N 80.043°W / 41.062; -80.043