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SPOTLIGHT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
724.738.2199
karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU graduate earns Pittsburgh Magazine ’40 Under 40’ honor

Vanessa Veltre, a 2004 Slippery Rock University music therapy graduate, has been selected to receive one of Pittsburgh’s 2013 “40 Under 40” awards presented by Pittsburgh Magazine.

The award ceremony is Oct. 25 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel.

She was cited for combining her SRU degree and her master’s degree in social work, earned at the University of Pittsburgh, to establish a philosophy of social justice in her life.

Veltre, 32, is the project manager for Carnegie Mellon University’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project.

She also works in other areas of her community. Last summer, she was the band manager for the first Pittsburgh iteration of Girl’s Rock!, a weeklong day camp for girls ages 8-16 where they learn to play an instrument, form a band, publicize their upcoming concert and put on a performance.

She is also executive director of Pittsburgh Party for a Purpose at which people in their 20s and 30s can give back to their communities while having fun. Proceeds from the events go to support such causes as Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, the Pittsburgh Hostel Project and the Lawrenceville farmers market.

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.

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.