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Sept. 07, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Inaugural dinner supports scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Future students pursuing research projects as part of their undergraduate studies at Slippery Rock University will now have dedicated scholarship funds available to them, thanks to Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

Norton, who will be inaugurated as the University's 16th president Sept. 28, has created the Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship and designated that proceeds from her Inaugural dinner and other activities go to the scholarship fund.

The Inaugural Dinner is Sept. 28 in the Robert M. Smith Student Center Ballroom. Reservations, $100 per person, are due to 724.738.2000 by Sept. 12.

"The Smith Center just opened this summer and the inaugural dinner will be the first major campus event in the ballroom. I think our University family and our off-campus guests will be very impressed with the facility and will long-remember the event," said Deborah Baker, director of special events.

"The dinner culminates a full week of inauguration activities and will mark the day President Norton was formally installed as SRU's 16th president. It will also provide scholarship support for SRU students through the newly initiated Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship," Baker said.

The event will open with a 6 p.m. reception in the lobby outside the ballroom. SRU students and faculty will provide the musical entertainment.

Dinner offers a choice of herb-roasted chicken topped with roasted tomatoes and grilled lemon; grilled salmon with pineapple-mango relish; or pan-seared polenta cakes toped with roasted vegetables.

The SRU Flute Quartet, directed by Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will perform during the reception, and the SRU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jason Kush, an SRU music instructor, will be featured during the program.

Eric Holmes, chair of the SRU Council of Trustees, will serve as master of ceremonies and Norton will speak as part of a brief program.

Norton's inauguration day opens at 9:30 a.m. with those participating in the 10 a.m. inaugural procession gathering in North Hall, the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center and Weisenfluh Hall for the 10 a.m. procession to the Quad where the formal ceremony will be begin at 10:30 a.m. (Rain: Smith Student Center Ballroom).

A campus/community picnic will follow at 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the Quad. (Rain: Smith Student Center.)

Inauguration week activities begin at 8 a.m., Sept. 22, with a 5K run/2K campus walk co-sponsored by BHS FastERcare and the SRU Wellness Committee. Proceeds from the walk will designated for the Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

Registrations, $20 per individual, $12 for SRU students, may be completed at: Forms will be accepted through race day, but must be submitted by Sept. 12 in order to receive a race T-shirt.

A faculty fine arts exhibition titled "While You Were Out" remains open from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays in the Martha Gault Art Gallery located in Maltby Center. The free show, open to the entire community, 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 week concludes Sept. 29 with a 10 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 are being solicited to contribute $100 toward the purchase of trees to be planted across campus. "One tree will be planted Saturday to end the official inaugural activities and to symbolize that SRU is now growing in new directions," said Will Deshong, Rocket editor.

For more information about inaugural activities visit:, then click the "Inauguration" link.

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