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 SRU Good News for April 5, 2011 



SRU graduate earns associate dean’s post at Shippensburg

Nellie [Orr] Cyr, a 1987 Slippery Rock University master’s of exercise science graduate and former director of SRU’s Russell Wright Fitness Center and Employee Wellness Program, has been appointed associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Shippensburg University.

Cyr directed the SRU fitness center and wellness program from 1987-98 when it was housed in the East Gym portion of the Pearl K. Stoner Instructional Complex.

“Nellie brings important experience to the Dean’s Office as a highly successful professor at the University of Maine. We look forward to her being an important voice on behalf of the human services programs in our Dean’s Office, in the college and at the university as a whole,” said James Johnson, dean of Shippensburg’s College of Education.

Cyr, originally from Erie, most recently was an associate professor of kinesiology and physical education at the University of Maine at Orono, where she had taught since 1998.

She received her doctorate degree in exercise physiology with a focus on epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Edinboro University.

Cyr is a member of or has had leadership roles in various professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the Partnership for Health Communities. She has also written numerous articles in various scholarly publications, is the recipient of multiple grants and has given presentations at various professional conferences. Last year she was invited to participate in an international delegation to India sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine.

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.


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