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May 2, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Army ROTC commissions five cadets

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program will commission four SRU students and one student from Clarion University as second lieutenants when it hosts is commissioning ceremony at 5 p.m., May 9, in the Smith Student Center.

Lt. Col. Joseph Alessi, chair of SRU's ROTC program, will direct the ceremony.

SRU cadets receiving commissions are:

•Alexandra Slagle, a criminology major from Harrisburg, who will be stationed with the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas;

•Justin Adams, a history and philosophy major from Salem, Ohio, who will join the Army's 18th Military Police Brigade and attend Military Police Basic Officer Leaders Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.;

•Jacob Geist, a safety management major from Punxsutawney, who will be a platoon leader in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Delta Company 1/110th Infantry; and

•Bill Gabrys, a professional studies major from Franklin, who will be in the U.S. Army National Guard 1/110th A Co.

Being commissioned from Clarion University is Cadet Jared Schwab, a geology major from Oil City, who will join the U.S. Army Reserves, 300th CBRN. The Clarion ROTC program is a sub-command of SRU.

SRU's Army ROTC program was initiated in 1980 and was originally under the auspices of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The first ROTC course was offered in 1982, with the first commissioning in 1984. SRU became an ROTC host institution in 2002.

SRU and its host institution, IUP have won the Governor's Trophy for the best ROTC unit in the commonwealth three times. In 1993, 1995 and 2002 the SRU ROTC Program was awarded the MacArthur Award for the best ROTC program in the region.

Since its inception, SRU's Army ROTC Battalion has commissioned 301 officers.

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.