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 SRU inaugural celebration includes fun race/walk 



SRU inaugural celebration includes fun race/walk

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The entire regional community will have the chance to welcome Cheryl Norton as Slippery Rock University's 16th president while simultaneously sharing her interest in physical fitness by participating in the "ROCK Pride Inauguration Fun Run/Walk" Sept. 22.

The event kicks off the University's weeklong program preceding Norton's Sept. 28 installation as SRU's 16th president - and the first woman to hold the post. She assumed her duties June 4 following selection by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors.

Co-sponsored by BHS FastERcare and the SRU Wellness Committee, the event will help raise funds for an undergraduate research scholarship for SRU students.

"I earned my bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation and those interests have been lifelong. I am pleased that my inauguration will kick off with this run and walk. The event will serve to remind the community of the importance of physical fitness and the need to stay active. The area of Health and Wellness are issues we address in our strategic plan. I hope students, faculty, staff and members of the community will come out and join the fun, and I look forward to meeting all of the participants. I think everyone will benefit from the physical activity as well as those who later receive the scholarship support generated by the event," Norton said.

In addition to her physical education and recreation degree from Denison University, Norton has three degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master of arts in applied physiology and both a master of education and a doctor of education in applied physiology. She has completed additional studies at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. ?

The on-campus race/walk opens with a 7:30 a.m., check-in at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center. The official start is at 8:30 a.m. Race winners will be recognized in the top three overall male/female finishers, the top SRU male/female students, top non-SRU male/female student; top male/female runner (age 55 or older); and top male/female team (three-member team) categories.

A heart rate monitor will be presented the top male and female runner, and all finishers in the race or walk will receive a ribbon, post-race snacks and beverages. Entertainment will be provided.

The entry fee is $12 for students and $20 for non-students with proceeds going to the newly created Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship at SRU.

Registration forms are available throughout campus or at: Forms will be accepted through race day, but must be submitted by Sept. 12 in order to receive a race T-shirt.

Other events planned as part of the inauguration week include the formal 10:30 a.m., Sept. 28, ceremony planned for the Quad. A picnic will follow.

A faculty fine arts exhibition titled "While You Were Out" opens at 5 p.m., Sept. 4, in the Martha Gault Art Gallery located in Maltby Center. The free show, open to the entire community, continues through Sept. 28 and features recently created works by SRU faculty.

Three, free academic symposia, including one especially geared to students, will bring an academic focus to the inauguration.

The SRU Council of Trustees will host an Inaugural Scholarship Dinner in the Smith Student Center at 6 p.m., Sept. 28. Tickets are $100 per person with proceeds supporting the Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship. To reserve tickets call University Advancement at 724.738.2004.

The week concludes Sept. 29 with an 8 a.m., community service project organized by SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and an "Adopt-A-Tree project sponsored by The Rocket, SRU's student newspaper, in which donors contribute $100 toward purchase of trees to be planted across campus.

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