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June 21, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU graduate grabs Pittsburgh Diocese Golden Apple Award

Lynda McFarland, a 1974 Slippery Rock University College of Education graduate, has been named a 2011 Golden Apple Award winner by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in its salute to Catholic school educators.


McFarland has been involved in Catholic education since 1974 and is now in her 11th year as principal of St. Angela Merici in White Oak.


The award symbolizes excellent performance in the classroom, church and community. Award recipients each receive $5,000.


Nominators described McFarland as “a remarkable leader who epitomizes professionalism in every aspect of her work. She has incredibly high expectations for herself, her staff and her student body. She motivates those around her to achieve superior results while finding creative ways to upgrade the resources available to the school. Spirituality and prayer are central to McFarland’s life, and she ensures the same priority in the St. Angela School Community.”


Rev. Stephen Chervenak, wrote, “As pastor of Saint Angela Merici Parish, I can attest to Lynda’s visionary leadership skills. She is loyal, responsible, caring, dependable and most importantly faithful. She runs a tight ship and everyone respects her for this. She is a leader with a clear message, ‘We will be and do our best.’”


In addition to her SRU degree, McFarland earned a master of science degree in education from Carlow University. She is president of the Ladies of Charity at St. Germaine Parish and is a member of the parish finance council.


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.