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October 18, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU expects extra safety Oct. 23

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There's little doubt, the Slippery Rock University campus will be extra safe Oct. 23. That's because the American Society of Safety Engineers will be hosting its Western Pennsylvania Professional Development Day, bringing some 200 safety professionals and safety majors to campus.

The conference, hosted in the Smith Student Center, opens at 8 a.m. for registration.

Rich McElhaney, director of Fenner Dunlop Americas, will be the 9 a.m. keynote speaker discussing "The Real Cost of Safety."

The event will offer both professional safety engineer tracks and student tracks.

Continuing education credits and vendor displays will be available.

Angela Bernardo, SRU assistant professor of safety management, is serving as campus coordinator.

"This is a great opportunity for our safety management majors to meet and network with professionals in the field as well as learn from some of the experts who are offering workshops as part of the daylong conference," Bernardo said.

SRU speakers will include John Rindy, director of the Office of Career Education and Development, and David Culp, professor and chair of SRU's School of Business.

Other slated speakers are Chris Robinson, OSHA area director from the Pittsburgh office; Doug Mehan, director of health, environmental and safety at Penn-Energy Resources; Tammy Manko, director of career development at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Fran Sehn, senior risk control consultant with Strategic Outcomes Practice; Joe Kopko, vice president for risk managements services at HSH Group; Carl Heinlein, past president of the board of Certified Safety Professionals and senior safety consultant for American Contractors Insurance Group; Stephanie Helgerman, senior vice president of finance for ASSE; Pam Walaski, president of JC Safety and Environmental Inc.; and Mark Cangemi, technical training specialist at Honeywell Safety Products/Miller Fall Protection.

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.