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April 2, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Wall of Fame induction honors SRU’s Leight

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Joanne Leight, a 1987 and 1990 Slippery Rock University graduate and now an associate professor of physical education, has been inducted into the Pennridge High School Wall of Fame.

Leight, who joined the SRU faculty in 1996, is a 1983 Pennridge High School (Perkasie, Pa.) graduate. In addition to her physical education activities at SRU, she is an instructional technology author and speaker.

She was one of six inducted at ceremonies hosted at the school.

Leight earned both her bachelor of science and master’s degrees at SRU and her doctorate in educational leadership at Duquesne University. She has been an NCAA coach in softball and an athlete in field hockey and softball.

Established in 2001, the Pennridge School District Wall of Fame honors graduates who have made significant contributions to society through either career achievements or community service efforts. “This program brings back graduates and gives us the opportunity to recognize them for their excellent contributions. The wall also serves as a permanent reminder of excellence for our students, ” said Tom Creeden, PHS principal.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful to be inducted into the Pennridge Wall of Fame,” Leight said. “It always sharpens one’s perspective to come back to where they started. I have very fond memories of my days at Pennridge. It was here that the foundation for my future was built. I had wonderful mentors, coaches and teachers who instilled in me the love of knowledge and the curiosity and determination to discover who I could become.”

Criteria for inclusion on the Wall of Fame require nominees to have graduated from Pennridge High School, be at least 22 years old and have demonstrated exceptional achievement in a career and/or contributed significantly to the health, welfare or human rights of the local, state, national or international community.

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.