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October 18, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's Jackson named Minority Achiever

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Dallas Jackson, assistant professor of physical and health education at Slippery Rock University, will be recognized with a Minority Achiever Award at the 39th Annual Salute to Minority Achievers Reception sponsored by Minority Opinion/Talk Magazine.

"Our goal in sponsoring these awards is to give recognition and show appreciation to minorities who have made outstanding contributions in their professions. By saluting these people, it is our hope that their accomplishments may serve to inspire others. We also use this opportunity to commend their employers for their commitment to diversity, inclusion and the upward mobility of minority employees," said Luther Sowell Jr., publisher of the magazine.

Jackson joined SRU in 2010. He began his professional career in 2004 as an adapted physical education specialist for the Lake Dallas Independent School District, Texas. From 2004-2009 he served as an adapted physical educator for the Denton Independent School District, Texas.

Jackson is very involved professionally and in service to the community. At SRU he is the faculty representative to the Student Government Association, a member of the President's Commission for Disability Issues, and current vice president of the African American Faculty and Staff Association. He volunteers to manage "Kids In Action" a community-based physical activity program for children with autism; is the volunteer manager for the Allegheny Valley Schools community-based activity program for individuals with severe disabilities; volunteers with an American Veterans with Disabilities community-based activity program; is a Special Olympics volunteer; works with the visually impaired and has volunteered as a youth boxing instructor.

"It's an honor to be recognized by Minority Opinion/Talk Magazine with this award. Dr. Luis Columna of Syracuse University and Dr. Jessamine Montero-Michaels at SRU have both shared advice and provided guidance that has had an impact on my career as a young professional in higher education. The motivation to pay it forward has led me to serve on numerous diversity-related committees at the national and institutional level, as well as, contribute to a profession that embraces diversity - i.e., adapted physical activity - through research and teaching" Jackson said.

Jackson earned his bachelor of science degree in 2004 in kinesiology with a minor in history from the University of North Texas, Denton. He earned his master of science degree in 2006 in kinesiology with an emphasis in adapted physical activity from Texas Woman's University, Denton, and his PhD in 2010 in kinesiology with an emphasis in adapted physical activity with a related area in pedagogy from TWU.

The Salute to Minority Achievers Reception is Oct. 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place. The benefit reception is given to support the "College Student Book Fund."

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.