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November 6, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Schmieler Institute selects six staff participants

Six Slippery Rock University staff members have been selected to take part in this year’s Claire R. Schmieler Leadership Institute for Professional Women.

They are: Susan Elwell, clerk typist in physical therapy; Nichole Fest, assistant to the director of residence life; Kathleen Frampton, systems supervisor at Bailey Library; Ginny Kopko, associate director of financial aid; Lisa Patricelli, clerk typist in residence life; and Karen Perry, assistant director of campus recreation.

The institute, established in 2003 by Schmeiler and her late husband, Robert, was designed in honor of the legacy of support given and received by Clair Schmieler during her more than 30 years at SRU’s McLachlan Student Health Center and in the Office of Student Life. The institute helps prepare non-faculty women for leadership roles at SRU and in the larger arena of higher education.

Information and training related to effective communication and interpersonal skills, fiscal management and other business processes, as well as overall development in navigating the socio-political waters of higher education administration are provided in a series of ongoing workshops.

Eighty women have graduated from the Schmieler Institute since 2003.

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.