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April 12, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Alumni association honors young alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will honor four SRU graduates with its Young Alumni Award at the association's Annual Recognition Awards Banquet April 20 in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center

This year's awardees are:

Lyndse Costabile, a 2007 College of Business, Information and Social Sciences graduate and current associate director of development for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Institutional Advancement team;

Richard Moore III, a 2005 College of Business, Information and Social Sciences graduate, now an account manager in the U.S. Commercial Compliance Practice at CIS, a leading

life sciences consulting firm;

Terry Rodgers, a 2009 from the School of Business, Information and Social Sciences communication graduate, now serving as coordinator of business communication and social media for the Pirates baseball team; and

Rosie Trump, 2003 dance graduate from the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, now a free-lance artist and dance critic who

will become an assistant professor of dance in the theater and dance department

at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall.

"This annual event allows the association the chance to recognize just a few of Slippery Rock University's outstanding graduates. Recipients of these awards must be an SRU graduate who has received a degree in the last 10 years. Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to success in his/her professional and/or personal life since graduation," said Tracy Allison, assistant director for alumni engagement.

The association's Young Alumni Awards program was created in 2005. Alumni are nominated by fellow alumni, faculty and staff and submitted to the Office of Alumni Engagement and selected by the awards committee.

While a student at SRU Costabile served as the Call Center student supervisor in University Advancement. Since graduation she has worked as the assistant director of Annual Giving at the University of Northern Florida, where she helped increase alumni, parent, student and faculty/staff giving. In her current position at Embry-Riddle, she works with aviation and aerospace companies providing opportunities for the organizations to support efforts in maintaining the pipeline of qualified candidates in the industry, securing financial support for its programs, scholarships and initiatives, as well as advocating for the industry's needs globally.

She is involved in Women in Aviation International, where she travels and presents at annual conferences. She has established her own travel business, Costabile Travel, LLC., and is a volunteer for Youth in Philanthropy for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida First Coast Chapter, AFP IHQ task force chair, and a member of the board of directors for the Florida Aviation Trades Association. She received her Professional Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of North Florida.

Moore, who earned Certification in Personal Financial Planning, spent three summers as a student interning at the Internal Audit and Special Projects group of Penske Truck Leasing Co., then worked his way to senior associate with the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services Practice at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He spent time in the audit practice of a large regional accounting firm in Philadelphia before accepting his current post where he provides commercial and government pricing compliance support to clients and oversees sales, staffing and overall quality of work deliverables for multiple global fortune 500 pharmaceutical manufacturers.

A member of the SRU men's tennis team as a student, Moore continues to support SRU's women's tennis.

In addition to his SRU degree, Moore attended Seton Hill Law School, where he received his Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law and Compliance in 2013.

Rodgers, a non-traditional student at SRU wrote for The Rocket, SRU's weekly student newspaper and other regional publications. During his junior year at SRU he interned as a sports writer at the Pittsburgh Sports Report, then landed an internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates media relations department.

The job led to his first position with Major League Baseball. After graduation, he joined the Pirates' sales department, but quickly moved to a public relations position with the St. Louis Cardinals. While with the Cardinals, his responsibilities involved baseball and business communications as well as social media coordination, including engaging fans during the team's run to the 2011 World Series Championship.

"Rodgers helped organize campaigns and events, including the "Stand for Stan" campaign that culminated with the former Cardinals Hall of Fame slugger Stan Musial receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

During the 2011 MLB Postseason, he coordinated media access, interviews and media opportunities throughout the Cardinals historic run and assisted in the parade coordination after winning the World Series.

He returned to Pittsburgh to accept his current position with the Pirates where he is responsible for the management of all team social media platforms and initiatives as well as assisting with all internal and external marketing and business communication.

Trump spent two years after graduating from SRU developing her choreography, teaching and performance credits in the Pittsburgh area. She went on to earn a master of fine arts degree in experimental dance choreography from the University of California, Riverside.

In 2010, she became director of dance at Rice University where she initiated and implemented an annual dance film festival titled "The Third Coast Dance Film Festival." She continues to serve as curator of the event.

She donated her films last year and this year to SRU's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival where they will be screened at 12:30 p.m., April 16.

Her choreography and films have been presented throughout California, Texas, and the Northeastern United States. Recently, her work was presented by Dance New Amsterdam's Frameworks in New York City, Motion Captured Film Festival in Houston, the Houston Fringe Festival, the Big Range Dance Festival in Houston and at Anatomy Riot in Los Angeles.

As an educator, she specializes in choreography, contemporary technique, improvisation, dance with camera and dance theory.

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.