SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University graduates Donna Couillard-Getreuer, '74; Wayne Miller, '71; Dennis Murray, '63; and Chuck Sanders, '86; have been named 2013 Distinguished Alumni by the SRU Alumni Association.
The four will be honored today in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center past of SRU's homecoming events.
"These alumni personify excellence and are SRU ambassadors who demonstrate leadership in the workplace, home and community," said Tracy Allison, SRU assistant director of alumni engagement.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1968, honors alumni who translate their SRU experience into distinguished personal and professional achievement, community service, service or philanthropy to Slippery Rock University. Recipients must have graduated at least 10 years ago.
About the recipients:
Donna Couillard-Getreuer, '74, Health, Physical Education and Recreation:
Couillard-Getreuer, from Stamford, Conn., is a leader in the oncology health care informatics field who began her career as a hospital nurse specializing in cancer care. While working as an advanced practice oncology clinical specialist, her hospital implemented a new clinical information system and appointed her the liaison between hospital clinicians and the database vendor.
She moved from the clinical environment to industry and has held multiple positions throughout her 20-plus-year career. In addition to her career, she has been active in professional and industry organizations including the Oncology Nursing Society and the Health Informatics Systems Society. She has served as a board member and secretary of the National Cancer Registrars Association Education Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of "supporting the advancement of the Cancer Registry profession through education and research."
She also volunteers at the Connecticut Mission of Mercy, the annual NYC AVON walk for breast cancer, the Connecticut Red Cross disaster team and for a Guatemala dental mission each fall. Couillard-Getreuer created an endowed scholarship at SRU and continues her annual support to the Donna Couillard-Getreuer Scholarship.
She and her husband, Thomas, have two daughters, Melanie and Samantha.
Wayne Miller, '71, Zoology and Biological Sciences
Miller, from Rochester, Minn., a physician and leader in internal medicine, serves as professor of medicine and cardiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has developed a career in cardiology specializing in clinical heart failure and cardiomyopathy syndromes.
His career has also included extensive clinical and basic research in those areas with more than 100 per-reviewed publications.
Miller devotes his professional time to care for heart disease patients, administration and clinical research. He established the Wayne L. Miller, MD, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship for SRU biology majors. Miller and his wife, Catherine, have four grown children; Alexander, Katherine, Mathew and Nicholas.
Dennis Murray, '63, Education
Murray, from Hollidaysburg, served as the superintendent of the Altoona Area School District for the past 29 years until his retirement earlier this year. He has broad-based educational experience, having also served as assistant superintendent, supervisor of elementary education, a school board member, Intermediate Unit board member, Vocational-Technical school chief administrator, student teaching coordinator, college professor, college administrator and a member of the SRU Board of Trustees since 1997.
Murray has been the recipient of many prestigious educational awards including the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Leadership Award, University of Pittsburgh's Distinguished Educator Award and awards from Penn State University.
Murray enjoys frequent trips to Ireland, walking and spending time with his grandchildren; Michael, Amanda, Danny, Matthew and Andrew.
Chuck Sanders, '86, Business Management
Sanders, of Wexford, started his career on the SRU football team, where he lead Division II in rushing and became a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. After graduating from Slippery Rock University, Sanders was drafted by the San Diego Chargers and later, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After his time with the NFL came to an end, Sanders began to pursue his interest in business and community service. He and his wife founded their first business, Urban Settlement Services, LLC., a company that provides real estate information and technology to banks and government institutions. Urban Settlement Services, LLC., was ranked No. 16 by Black Enterprises Magazine's BE 100 List and is one of the top 100 minority owned corporations in America.
Inc. 500 Magazine named Sanders one of the to 10 black entrepreneurs in the nation. He went on to launch Savoy, a restaurant in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. He also is part owner in many companies including Fever USA, The Mint Restaurant and The Darby. He is the founder of Chuck Sanders Charities.
Sanders and his wife, Elisa, have three sons; Charles, Joshua and Caleb.
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.