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April 5, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Alumni Association awards scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will present $21,525 in scholarship support to 20 SRU students at its Annual Recognition Awards Banquet April 20 in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

Recipients are:

  • Joshua Puskar, a parks and resource management major from Chesterland, Ohio, received the $1,100 Carl and Norma Laughner Scholarship;
  • Matan Cohen, a sport management major from Rochester, N.Y., Breanna Kebort, a biology major from Hartstown, Cassandra Maloney, a music education major from West Mifflin, Jahmara Marchman, a political science and communication major from Aliquippa, Bethany Pasierb, a music education major from Chambersburg, and Tesin Gnalian, a special education and early childhood education major from Sewickely, all received the $1,075 Maree McKay-Esther Smiley Academic Scholarship. Gnalian, also received the $300 Anna Brua Williams Scholarship for Elementary Education Majors;
  • Lauren Blanco, an exercise science major from Bear Lake, received the $ 675 Eisaman Alumni Scholarship and the $600 Past President's Scholarship Award;
  • Kayla Magusiak, an early childhood and special education major from West Pittsburgh, and Ryan Northcott, a business major from Butler, received the $675 Watson Family Scholarship;
  • Sierra Williams, a community counseling graduate student from Kane, received the $600 Maggie Meise Fellowship;
  • Michael Roche, a political science major from Imperial, received the $600 Peter J. Oesterling Family Scholarship Award;
  • Emily Herring, an early childhood and special education major from Indiana, Pa., Emily Lobdell, an early childhood and special education major from Warren, Pa., and Cassandra Maloney, a music education major from West Mifflin, all received the $600 Madeline Farnen Stoops Scholarship for Sophomore and Junior Education Majors;
  • Lauren Nell, an early childhood and special education major from Gettysburg, received the $500 Hallie Dugan Smith and Nancy Smith Angell Scholarship;
  • Hollie Carlson, a physical education major from Markleton, received the $250 Jean Powell Furrie Scholarship; and
  • Gary Allen, a criminal justice major from Pittsburgh, Erinne Cunningham, a communication major from Jamestown, and Allison Shade, a special education and elementary education major from Fleetwood, all received NKT Scholarship with the amount dependent on the student's athletic scholarship package.

The association's annual Outstanding Senior Woman and Outstanding Senior Man and Young Alumni Award winners will also be recognized.

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.