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September 27, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU hosts Aliquippa District students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education will host 38, sixth graders from the Aliquippa School District Oct. 11 as a way of showing them what SRU has to offer while also encouraging them to begin considering a college education.

A second visit by 38 sophomores and juniors from the district is planned for March 28.

Linda Zane, assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood development, is organizing the visits.

"The Aliquippa School District is a diverse, low-income district, with its elementary being comprised of 72 percent students of color and 87 percent receiving free or reduced-price lunches. It is our hope that by bringing the Aliquippa students to campus, they will be inspired to think about their future, which will hopefully include high school graduation and college attendance," she said.

Students in both groups will experience a full day on campus, including a planetarium show and science activities hosted by Krishna Mukherjee, assistant professor of physics and pre-engineering, and her service-learning students.

The visiting students will tour the SRU television studio hosted by Thomas Flynn, professor of communication.

The students will also participate in a photo scavenger hunt throughout campus, assisted by SRU elementary education and early childhood development majors and student leaders involved in SRU's Office of Multicultural Development.

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.