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Oct. 4, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Bruno Raso leads SRU homecoming march as parade marshal

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – It will be a “big Slippery Rock University weekend” for SRU “Golden Grad” Bruno Raso as he is saluted as a Distinguished Alumnus and serves as parade marshal of the University’s 2011 Homecoming Parade.

           Raso earned his undergraduate degree in education from SRU’s College of Education in 1961 and his master’s degree in education from SRU in 1966. He was selected for the alumni honor by a special awards selection committee and was named parade marshal for the parade by SRU’s Office of Alumni Engagement.

           This year’s Golden Grad honors go to those who graduated 50 years ago, the class of 1961. Nearly 50 members of the class of are expected to attend.  

           Raso and four others will be presented Distinguished Alumni Awards at the association’s annual awards dinner at 5 p.m., Oct. 14, in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. The dinner kicks off homecoming weekend for visiting alumni.

           Other SRU alumni receiving the award are: U.S. Navy Capt. (Ret.) Kathlene Contres, a 1977 College of Health, Environment and Science health education graduate; Sandra Kalin, a 1964 College of Education elementary education graduate, now principal at Bethel Lutheran School in St. Louis, Mo.; Samuel Kiefer, a 1979 College of Education physical education graduate, now vice president for investments and senior managed account consultant for UBS Wealth Management, North America; and Peter Oesterling, a 1978 College of Business, Information and Social Sciences graduate, now with Nationwide Insurance;

           As parade marshal for the 10 a.m. homecoming parade from the Giant Eagle Parking Lot through downtown Slippery Rock to Morrow Way on campus, Raso will ride in the lead vehicle.

           Raso, of Aliquippa, was selected for his award for his work as a college athlete where he was named All-America, for being named Soldier of the Month in the U.S. Army and for his professional career in which he was named Allegheny County Elementary Principal of the Year

           He has been previously honored by Duquesne University as Allegheny County Outstanding Superintendent.

           Raso also earned a master’s degree in administration at Duquesne University and a doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University. He received his superintendent certification from Youngstown State University.

           Oct. 5 homecoming events will also include the Alumni Association Tailgate Tent and athletic events, including a 1 p.m. women’s soccer game against Wheeling Jesuit on Egli Field; a 2 p.m. volleyball game against California University of Pennsylvania in Morrow Field House, a 7 p.m. men’s soccer game against Pitt-Johnstown on Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, and a 2 p.m. football game against California University of Pennsylvania in the stadium.


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