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May 10, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

AVI salutes SRU's 'Rising Stars'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -More than a dozen Slippery Rock University student leaders and organizations were recognized for their hard work and planning at the AVI Rising Star Awards ceremony Monday in the Smith Student Center.

Cheryl Norton, SRU president, thanked the students for their leadership efforts on behalf of the University. "The work you do is what makes SRU great. Thank you for your time, your efforts, you love of campus. Your hard work is truly appreciated."

AVI Fresh, the campus contract food vendor, sponsored the program that included presentation of seven Rising Star Awards. The honor includes having a star named for the recipient in the International Star Registry. Recipients are students who influence positive change, inspire peers, faculty and professional staff and effectively delegate, communicate and empower an organization's members.

More than 200 student leaders, faculty and staff attended the ceremony.

The 2013 Rising Star recipients are:

Katie Hill, an early childhood education major from Stow, Ohio, who is involved in Student Government Association, the Association of Residence Hall Students, the Green and White Society and other activities;

Maria Montaro, a social work major from Dunmore, who is involved with SGA, a member of NRHH, Building H House Council and the University Program Board, the Student Nonprofit Alliance, and the Student Health Advisory Board;

Hollie Carlson, a physical education major from Markleton, a SGA Bookstore student worker involved with the store's relocation from the University Union to the new Smith Student Center;

Lauren Pollock, a marketing major from Stow, Ohio, who is a volunteer with Access and the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland, SRU's Up 'til 2 program, president of the Nonprofit Alliance at SRU and organizer for its food drive, and an honors student;

Matan Cohen, a sport management major from Rochester, N.Y., who is vice president of speakers with UPB, and helped organize the Great Election Debate on campus last October the Sports Symposium featuring personalities from ESPN, the "Catfish" lecture with Nev Schulman, and the "Tackling Homophobia" lecture featuring Chris Kluwe and Esera Tuaolo;

Keith Henry, an elementary education major from Johnstown, who has served as a First Year Scholars Leader peer leader and community service volunteer; and

Hanna Malloy, a psychology major from Gibsonia, national conference coordinator for three regional conferences involving the ARHS, honored for spearheading a proposal to host the 2014 national residence hall conference at SRU next February.

Grave Evans, a mathematics major from Apollo, received the Student Leader of the Year Award for her work as president of the Green and White Society; and

Sarah Sadaka, a resort, recreation management/tourism major from Beaver Falls, received the Silent Inspiration Award for her work as vice president of the Green and White Society and as a community assistant in the residence hall system. She also planned the 2013 campus and community clean up event.

Shannon Wright, a geology/environmental studies major from Canonsburg, received the Student Community Service Award, for her work within the Community Service Corp and on SRU CareBreaks.

Meagan Reed, director of the SRU Annual Fund, was named the Adviser of the Year for her work with students on the fund drive.

Deborah Baker, director of special events and adviser to the Green and White Society, was named Club Adviser of the Year for her leadership and help with students.

Hannah Brewer, assistant professor of physical education, was named the Academic Adviser of the Year.

The National Panhellenic Council at SRU was named the Greek Organization of the Year for its positive impact on women's groups and on-campus leadership, and the SRU Green and White Society received the Student Organization of the Year Award for its overall impact on campus.

The Black Action Society was honored with the Cultural Event of the Year Award; the Collaborate Event of the Year Award went to the Green and White Society, SGA, UPB, Rocky's Raisers, Smith Student Center and SRU Dining Services for the "Happy Birthday SRU celebration; and SRU's Active Minds chapter won the Educational Event of the Year Award.

The Student Organization of Latinos, Hispanics and Allies and the SRU Internations Club won the Entertainment Event of the Year Award, for its Salsa Showcase program; the Service Project of the Year Award went to the SRU National Science Teachers Association; the Fundraising Event of the Year was the Greek Week Make a Wish event, which raised $3,900 and was sponsored by the Interfraternity Council and the National Panhellenic Council.

The Greek Organization Event Award went to Alpha Xi Delta for Xi Man, a male pageant to benefit Autism Speaks; the Residence Life Event Award went to Rhodes Hall for its school supply drive for Jamaican students; and the Living Learning Community of the Year Award went to the Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts community in Building D.

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.