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 SRU Good News for April 20, 2011 



SRU communication department presents first ‘Friend’ award

Mary Beth Ford, a 1986 Slippery Rock University communication graduate, now director of corporate relations for Duquesne University, has been presented the University communication department’s first Friend of Communication award.


A plaque and a gift certificate to Bob’s Subs in Slippery Rock were presented at the department’s “Communication Week Gala.” Ford, who serves on the communication department’s advisory board and is active in the Senior Seminar program, was the event’s speaker.


While at SRU, Ford was a member of WRCK radio and the national communication honorary AERho. In her junior year, she was one of five students nationally to win an AERho scholarship. In her senior year, she had two internships in Pittsburgh, one at KDKA-TV and the other WTAE-TV. Her WTAE internship led to her first job as a production assistant for the morning talk show “Pittsburgh’s Talking.”

After working in television production for five years, Ford spent the next decade in the non-profit sector, planning special events for the American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She led hundreds of volunteers in planning galas, golf outings and walk-a-thons. The work resulted in helping raise more than $4 million.


She joined Washington & Jefferson College in 2003 as executive director of communications and corporate relations, moving to Duquesne this spring.

Ford volunteers her time with the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, East Boros Chapter, where she serves at the banquet chair and golf co-chair. She was inducted into the hall last October.


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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