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, ,
AthleticsNCAA Division IIPSAC
NicknameThe Rock
MascotRocky – The Pride of the Rock (lion)[3]

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (also known as The Rock or SRU) is a public, master's-level university that offers some doctoral programs. SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Slippery Rock University is located in Slippery Rock, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, approximately 52 miles (84 km) north of Pittsburgh and approximately 80 miles (130 km) south of Erie. 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). It includes new residential suites.


The quad on the Slippery Rock campus


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 is serving as the current president.[1]

Darcy H. White is the current Director of Web Communications and Development[8]


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 Pride of The Rock[9].

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.[10] 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 1976 and 1997 the women's team handball team became College National champions.

In 1995, the women's water polo team won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by USA Water Polo.[11] 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.[12]

In 2006, the men's lacrosse team won the Midwest Conference Championship and made it to the NCLL Final Four. The team won the Midwest Conference Championship again in 2007 but were defeated in the NCLL Sweet 16.

In 2008 and 2009, the women's rugby team won the Midwest Championship for the first time in school history. This led them to Nationals for two consecutive seasons in addition to making the Elite 8 both of those years.

In 2010, the women's ice hockey club won the DVCHC championship. This was the first time for the team and was achieved in the club's third year in the playoffs. They also won back-to-back Crabpot Championships in 2010 and 2011. The women's team finished 4th in the nation in 2012.

In 2010 and 2011, the men's ice hockey team won the CHMA regular season championship.

Student life[edit]

Aebersold Student Recreation Center[edit]

The Aebersold Student Recreation Center is an 82,000 square-foot on-campus student recreation center.[13]

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 and radio station.

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. ^
  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. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  7. ^ Nuzum, Lydia (9 December 2016). "Slippery Rock's president announces retirement". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Web Communications and Development". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  9. ^ "Rocky, The Pride of The Rock". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  10. ^ "Slippery Rock University Athletics - Tradition". Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  11. ^ "National Women's Collegiate Champs". Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  12. ^ "Collegiate tournament results". Archived from the original on 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  13. ^ "Aebersold Student Recreation Center". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  14. ^ "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