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Oct. 19, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU's Holmes, Walker earn Men of Excellence Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eric Holmes, a 1993 Slippery Rock University graduate and current chair of the University's Council of Trustees, and Christophas Walker, assistant professor of public health and social work, will receive the New Pittsburgh Courier's "Men of Excellence Award Oct. 25.

The award honors men who exemplify strength by standing firm in the face of adversity, leadership in periods of struggle, compassion in times of peril and integrity in the midst of opposition, said Rod Doss, editor and publisher of the Pittsburgh newspaper. "Through proven success and selfless dedication to the community, these exemplary men are lauded as role models for the next generation of excellence.'

"Both men are certainly deserving of this impressive honor," said Cheryl Norton, SRU president. "Both are clearly leaders and both have certainly served our University, our faculty, staff and students with exemplary dedication and commitment."

The pair will be among the 50 men honored for their contributions to the community and business world at a Fairmont Hotel reception.

Holmes was recently promoted to commander in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. He joined the force 13 years ago and has worked in the K-9 unit, narcotics and vice divisions. He was named a sergeant in 2007. He is a certified instructor at the Pittsburgh Police Academy and the Allegheny County Police Academy.

He was named chair of the SRU council earlier this year after having served as vice chair.

Walker joined the SRU faculty in 2003. He heads the University's Frederick Douglass Institute.

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.