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March 14, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

North Country Brewery presents grants

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator has teamed with the North Country Brewery in downtown Slippery Rock to offer five, $1,000 North Country Brewery Fellowships.

The $1,000 awards, which recipients will use for specific projects, were presented Tuesday by brewery owner Bob McCafferty.

Receiving this year's awards were:

Cheyenne Kelly, an environmental geoscience major from Kennerdell, who plans to paint bicycle lanes on streets in Slippery Rock and to improve the bike culture as well as reduce emissions, traffic and general hazards on the road for pedestrians;
Kyle Donahue, a sustainable management major from Coraopolis, who has proposed an online database created from customer feedback. The database would include photographs, comments and a rating system on rental properties neighboring universities across the country. The resource could strengthen the sustainability of the economy by increasing competition and freeing student capital to stimulate economic growth in these provinces;
Christopher Rusnock, a finance major from Ellwood City, whose interest is in mushroom farming. He plans to collect and sterilize used brewing grains, coffee grounds and sawdust for use as a culturing substitute in growing gourmet mushrooms. The mushrooms would then be sold to local restaurants, grocers and at farmer markets;
Dale Chappell, an environmental geoscience major from New Castle, who is working to establish an off- the-grid solar-powered lighting system for the front of the North Country Brewery. The project will demonstrate a practical system and show visitors how solar-generated electricity can be efficiently used on a small scale; and
WSRU-TV, a campus organization, will use its fellowship for WSRU-TV advertisements, including creating a series of advertisements for local businesses.
SEA, directed by John Golden, instructor in SRU's School of Business, is designed to promote regional economic development through applied student learning opportunities in new venture creation and business consulting. It is working to become the region's primary resource for student involvement in the development of sustainable business enterprises.

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.