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Aug. 15, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Kovacs wins 2012-13 McFarland Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sara Kovacs, a May Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate from Bethlehem, Pa., has received the 2012-2013 McFarland Award presented by SRU’s Office of Campus Recreation.

Kovacs had been a student worker exercise specialist in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center’s Russell Wright Fitness Center and a group exercise instructor at the center. She was cited for demonstrating teamwork, leadership, participation and enthusiasm characteristics. She served as a student representative for the presidential inauguration of Cheryl Norton and as a representative at SRU’s Saturday Showcase program.

“My experience at Slippery Rock University would not be the same without all of the events and activities that campus recreation has offered me in the past four years. The ARC has become my second home. It has helped to mold me into the person that I am today, and has strongly influenced the academic and career path I plan to pursue in the future,” she said.

Kovacs will continue her education in health, physical activity and chronic disease studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she has accepted a graduate assistantship in the health and physical activity department.

The award honors the late Jim McGarland, professor of parks and receation, men's and women's tennis coach and campus recreation's first intramural sports coordinator. The award, which includes $400, was created in 2006 and is presented to the year’s outstanding campus recreation student employee.

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.