Letter to the Editor: Welcome back alumni from the interim president

Published by adviser, Author: Philip Way, Date: October 12, 2017

Welcome to SRU’s 2017 Homecoming!

As Interim President I want to encourage everyone connected to SRU to be engaged in celebratory, social, or athletic activities this weekend. We have a rich program of events lined up, ranging from reunions on Friday to the annual parade on Saturday morning to the football game against IUP in the afternoon.

A special congratulation goes to the Class of ’67! A highlight of the weekend is celebrating our Golden Grads. The Alumni Engagement Team has many fun activities planned for this group. And kudos to our Distinguished Alumni who will be recognized at a dinner in their honor on Friday evening.

We hope to see you cheer on the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams (playing at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively at Egli Field on Friday). And on Saturday, No. 9 SRU will take on No. 3 IUP at 2 p.m. on Saturday. This is THE NCAA Division II Showcase Game of the Week.

If you have not visited the university in a while, you are going to be pleasantly surprised. The campus landscape is beautiful! I hope you take time to walk around and take in the scenery.  We spent $6 million over the summer on upgraded classrooms and technology, as well as made buildings more sustainable. And there are more improvements on the horizon. The renovation of SRU’s performing arts buildings – Miller Auditorium, East Gym and West Gym begin later this year. Long-term plans for the Kraus Hall site are undetermined at this time, but for now the lot will serve as a staging area for Miller renovation.

Less visible but nevertheless very important is our record-high student enrollment. The quality of the freshman class has increased, as has its diversity. A key to our success is that we are dedicated to continuing the tradition of delivering a high-quality education at an affordable price. Our academic programs are cutting-edge, and strategically aligned with the workforce development needs of the region.

Alumni, this weekend is for YOU: enjoy catching-up with former roommates, remember the “good old days,” have fun, and share many laughs.   We celebrate your dedication, your love and passion for Slippery Rock University. Word cannot adequately express how much we appreciate your support – both financially and in terms of camaraderie, engaging with students in the classroom, sharing your expertise professionally, recounting your personal stories, and proudly wearing Green & White!

Welcome Home. GO ROCK!


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