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Sept. 28, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU trustees join 'Team Norton'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A retired veteran Slippery Rock University administrator and a retired veteran faculty member were honored with resolutions Thursday by the University's Council of Trustees who donned bright pink T-shirts in support of President Cheryl Norton who will be formally inaugurated Friday.

The trustees all became members of "Team Norton" by wearing the No. 16 and the name "Norton" on the back of their shirts. The number 16 relates to Norton being named SRU's 16th president.

Sue Shuttleworth, who retired in 2009 as an assistant professor of music, had the Sue Shuttleworth Music Therapy Clinic in Swope Music Hall named in her honor. Kathleen Strickland, who retired last June after 24 years at the University, including three years as dean of the College of Education, was cited for her distinguished service.

The newly named Shuttleworth facility, which opened this semester, provides space where music therapy services can be provided to clients with diverse needs.

The clinic provides space both for teaching and on-campus music therapy clinic operations. The renovated space includes a one-way mirror to observe progress, audio and video recording equipment, new lighting, flooring and an overhead projector, among other amenities.

Tables and chairs in the room can be removed during clinical sessions.

In honoring Shuttleworth, trustees cited her 33 years of service and her work in initiating, planning and implementing SRU's music therapy degree for which she served as program director. Joshua Young, SRU trustee from Coatsville, read the resolution

Strickland was honored for her "spirit of collaboration with her colleagues through the many roles she held on campus, including faculty member, assessment committee member, advisory board member to the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, academic scholarship committee member, Campus Family Campaign co-chair and dean."

She was also cited for recognizing "that the measure of a university is its human resources," and she "promoted the mission of Slippery Rock University with rich experiences to enhance the academic environment. She exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and was steadfast in her loyalty to all University interests, including her exceptional and much-appreciated guidance, mentorship and leadership to the College of Education."

The resolution, read by John Hicks, trustee from Slippery Rock, said, Strickland "was instrumental in the collaborative spirit among faculty and staff in the College of Education and expressed strong and abiding interesting in all aspects of the University, demonstrating a genuine concern for the welfare of the entire University community."

A resolution, read by Grace Hawkins, a trustee from Cranberry Township, approved renaming the Jack C. Dinger Special Education Building as the Jack C. Dinger Building following the relocation earlier this year of SRU's special education programs to the McKay Education Building.

Trustees approved the fiscal year 2012-13 budget, which set the University budget at $157,819,140.

In routine action, council approved the minutes of its June 15 meeting, and the submitted reports covering contacts, fixed assets, and service and supply purchase orders.

As part of her formal report to trustees, Cheryl Norton, SRU president, said, "This is indeed a special week for me personally and for Slippery Rock University. For me, this week is special because tomorrow, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, I will be formally installed as your 16th president. More importantly, for the University this week is special because each event planned for the inaugural has provided an opportunity for our community to unite in a common purpose, to reflect on the past, celebrate our successes and to envision a brighter future."

"In planning the week, the executive committee intentionally looked to our strategic plan, 'Reaching for 2025 and Beyond' to provide the foundation for activities in support of the six strategic trends guiding the University's work. We kicked off the week last Saturday, by focusing on our commitment to wellness and staging a 5K run/2K walk that drew more than 350 participants and raised more than $3,000 for an undergraduate research scholarship, Norton said, adding, "Monday we celebrated the arts, and throughout the week we have hosted three symposia that have focused on diversity and access, sustainability, and civic responsibility and personal leadership."

"We will close the week Saturday with a student-led community service project, and the planting of a ceremonial tree to signify that the University is now growing in new directions," she said.

Norton told trustees of a number of honors recently received by the University, including an upgrade from Bronze to Silver Star ranking by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education via its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System - STARS.

The ranking is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance, she said.

On the same topic, she noted SRU's new Smith Student Center Parking Lot was an environmentally designed lot utilizing an impervious surface to control water runoff.

Norton directed trustees to her written report for additional accolades received by the university, including being:

  • Named a Top 100 Regional University - North in the U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The report describes SRU as offering: "Rock Solid academics; A classic residential campus; A safe, small-town setting; An affordable life-long value; Committed, caring faculty and a once in a lifetime experience";
  • For the 10th year in a row, named a "Best in the Northeast" university by the Princeton Review;
  • Again named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life and publisher of GI Jobs Magazine;
  • Granted its initial 10-year accreditation for its School of Business by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs;

Trustees approved a number of submitted policies governing naming of university facilities/grounds and prohibiting the possession of weapons on campus.

In informational items, trustees were told of faculty and staff hirings relative to fall semester operations.

Retirements announced were from: Adel Fergany, nine-year associate professor of computer science; William Horsman, eight-year assistant football coach; Patricia Bintrim, 29-year registered nurse in student health services; and Rebecca Cratty, 27-year clerk typist in Conference Services.

Cynthia Dillon, 25-year assistant to the provost for academic affairs, has been named an administrator emeritus.

Council's next quarterly session is Dec. 7.

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.