Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
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|Endowment||US $16.5 Million|
|President||Dr. Cheryl Norton|
|Location||Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – PSAC (West)|
|Mascot||Rocky – The Pride of the Rock (lion)|
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. It has one of the largest campuses in western Pennsylvania, occupying 611 acres (2.4 km²). It includes new residential suites, the cornerstone being Watson Hall.
- National Recreation and Park Association
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- American Music Therapy Association
- American Physical Therapy Association
- Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
- Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
- Institute for Safety and Health Management
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Council on Social Work Education
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- National Association of Schools in Dance
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- National League for Nursing, Inc.
- Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)
SRU has a student newspaper and radio station.
- The Rocket, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 3,000
- 88.1 WSRU-FM, a 100-watt alternative rock station
Slippery Rock's unofficial mascot is Rocky—The Pride of The Rock. Technically the university has no official mascot. "Rocky" and "Rock Pride" are initiatives of the Student Government Association and the Department of Athletics.
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 1 wrestling, men's golf, and others.
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. 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.
In 1995, the Slippery Rock women's water polo team won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by USA Water Polo. This remains the only collegiate water polo championship ever won by a non-California team.
In 1987, the Slippery Rock women's judo team, a varsity sport team at the time, won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by the National Collegiate Judo Association.
In 2008 and 2009 the Slippery Rock Women's Rugby Team Won the Midwest Championship for the first time in SRU's History. This led them to go on to Nationals for 2 consecutive years in a row where they made it to elite 8's both years.
In 2010 the Slippery Rock Women's Ice Hockey Club won the DVCHC championship. This was the first time for the team and was achieved on the team's third year in playoffs. They also won back to back Crabpot Championships in 2010 & 2011. The women's team finished 4th in the nation in 2012. The team plays ACHA Division 2.
In 2010 and 2011, The Slippery Rock University Mens Ice Hockey Team won the CHMA regular season championship. The team plays American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 1.
Greek life (fraternities and sororities)
Interfraternity Council Fraternities:
- Sigma Tau Gamma (1961 - rechartered 1993)
- Theta Xi (1966 - rechartered 1987)
- Alpha Sigma Phi (1970)
- Pi Kappa Phi (1985)
- Pi Kappa Alpha (1997)
- Kappa Sigma (2006)
- Kappa Delta Rho (1981 - rechartered 2014)
Panhellenic Association Sororities:
- Sigma Sigma Sigma (1961)
- Alpha Xi Delta (1963 - rechartered 1987)
- Delta Zeta (1963)
- Alpha Omicron Pi (1966)
- Alpha Sigma Tau (1966)
- Phi Sigma Sigma (1991)
Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organizations:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority
- Zeta Phi Beta sorority
- Delta Sigma Theta sorority
- Phi Beta Sigma fraternity
- Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity
Multicultural Greek Organizations:
- Dustin Fox - American stand up comedian. Known for his funny way of giving hugs to complete strangers on elevators.
- Chuck Aber – Actor, "Neighbor Aber" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
- Janet Anderson - Professional golfer
- Cheryl Bailey - Former general manager of U.S. Women's National Soccer, Commissioner of National Women's Soccer League
- Francis V. Barnes - Secretary of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education from 2004 to 2005
- David Batra - Swedish stand up comedian and TV actor
- Stephen Bolles - lawyer and politician
- Myron Brown - Former NBA player drafted in the 2nd round of the 1991 NBA draft
- Victoria Clarke - communications consultant and former United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
- Matthew Driscoll ('92) - Men's basketball head coach at the University of North Florida
- Stanley Joseph Dziedzic, Jr. ('72) – American wrestler who earned a bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
- Greg Hopkins - Arena Football League wide receiver/linebacker, Los Angeles Avengers
- Donnie Iris - American rock n' roll artist from Ellwood City
- Charles William Kerr - pioneer Presbyterian minister in Oklahoma
- Jodi Kest - Head Coach, University of Akron Women's Basketball team
- Matt Kinsinger - Arena Football League fullback/linebacker for the Chicago Rush
- Gary L. Lancaster - Federal District Judge Western District of Pennsylvania
- Brian Minto - Professional boxer
- Greg Paterra - NFL player
- Sarah Patterson - Head Coach, University of Alabama Gymnastics team, winner of five national championships, six SEC championships.
- Pedro Power - Professional Soccer player,
- Lawrence Reed - president of the Foundation for Economic Education, former president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
- M. Richard Rose (1955) - Former President of Alfred University and the Rochester Institute of Technology
- Robert J. Stevens - Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer - Lockheed Martin Corporation
- C. Vivian Stringer - Rutgers Women's basketball coach
- Royce Waltman - Former Head Coach, Men's Basketball; Indiana State University, Univ. of Indianapolis and DePauw University.
- Joseph August Wenger - Chief Financial Officer, Presbyterian SeniorCare, Oakmont, PA
- Brandon Fusco - Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Played center while at Slippery Rock.
- Jeff Weiss - 2-time U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Marathon (Houston, 2012 & Los Angeles, 2016)
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- "National Women's Collegiate Champs". Retrieved 2009-09-02.
- "Collegiate tournament results". Retrieved 2009-09-05.
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- SRU's Alumni Online Community - Alumni Association