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February 7, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU ARHS hosts three-day regional conference opening today

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Association of Residence Hall Students is hosting the Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls No Frills Conference today through Sunday on the SRU campus.

In addition to Pennsylvania, the conference will draw some 140 college students and staff members from West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

SRU's ARHS is a coordinating and activity planning organization for SRU students living in campus residence halls and the R.O.C.K. Apartments. The association meets regularly to discuss residence hall policies, campus concerns and to provide feedback to the Office of Residence Life. It also organizes and sponsors events on campus for residence hall students.

The three-day conference will make use of the Smith Student Center, Advanced Technology Science Hall, Eisenberg Classroom Building, Spotts World Culture Building and the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn in Grove City.

The conference has been in the planning stages by SRU students, members of ARHS, for some 16 months. Twenty SRU students will also serve as volunteers for the various programs.

In addition to conference sessions, CAACURH will conduct its business meeting and present awards at the closing ceremony.

SRU students nominated for awards include:

Kristen Klein, a chemistry major from Volant who lives in Rhoads Hall, is a member of the SRU Marching Band and is actively involved in Rhoads House Council and ARHS. She was nominated for the First Year Experience Award.

Hannah Malloy, a psychology major from Gibsonia, who lives in Building B has been actively been involved in ARHS, serving as the conference chair for the conference, and actively involved in her department. She was nominated for the Distinguished Service Award for her four years of dedication to ARHS.

The SRU ARHS chapter was nominated for the Residence Hall Association Building Block of the Year Award as a way of showing how the organization has grown over the past year.

"This is a great opportunity, not only for this organization, but for the University as a whole," Malloy said. "It puts Slippery Rock University out there on a regional and national level. ARHS members are excited about this weekend's events and hopes if you see our guests around campus, you welcome them to The Rock."

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.