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February 18, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

PASSHE administrators visit SRU next week

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Three officials from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education – John Cavanaugh, chancellor, Karen Ball and Arthur Stevens, both vice chancellors – will be at Slippery Rock University next week.

Ball and Stevens will be on campus Monday to present a 2 p.m. advocacy workshop in the University Union. Cavanaugh will visit Wednesday.

Cavanaugh, chancellor since 2008, will meet with Robert Smith, SRU president, members of the University’s Council of Trustees to discuss Smith’s employment evaluation, and Jace Condravy, SRU professor of English and president of the Association of Pennsylvania State, College and University Faculty. He will host an open forum for the campus and community at 12:30 p.m., in Room 206 of the University Union.

As part of his visit, Cavanaugh will hear from two faculty members who will update their research activities.

Wayne Forbes, assistant professor of biology at SRU, will explain his continuing work in finding a plant compound that can be used to kill an often-fatal intestinal parasitic roundworm commonly found throughout the tropics. Forbes has been awarded a patent for isolating a plant compound used in the treatment of humans infected with the parasite, and has a second patent pending.

David Dailey, professor of computer science and recognized expert in SGV – scalable vector graphics – will discuss his work for the World Wide Web Consortium and the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics. In addition to his SRU work, Daily is teaching classes for the European Union related to SVGs. He is credited with writing the worldwide standards related to SVGs use in computers.

Cindi Dillon, assistant to the provost, and Cornelius Cosgrove, professor of English, co-chairs of SRU’s Middle State Accreditation committee will update the chancellor regarding the Middle States’ March visit.

Cavanaugh will also visit Catherine Massey’s “Psychology of Aging” class, which makes use of a textbook written by Cavanaugh during his time as a psychology faculty member. Massey is an associate professor of psychology.

Cavanaugh began his academic career as an adjunct instructor of psychology at Indiana University at South Bend and worked in the psychology department at Bowling Green State University after earning his doctorate in psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Ball who directs external relations for PASSHE, and Stevens, who handles strategic initiatives, will demonstrate PASSHE’s new Web site and conduct advocacy training at a 2 p.m. Monday session in the University Union. The training is an introduction to the state system’s April 4-5 “Days of Advocacy Program” in Harrisburg.

Members of the University community, including students, faculty and staff, will be shown how to advocate for the state system with legislators.

Ball said 61 Pennsylvania legislators either have a state system university in their district or are a state system university graduate. “That is about a quarter of the state legislators,” she said.

Those who join in the Harrisburg event will meet will legislators to help make a case for continued and increased financial support.

“We are hoping students, faculty, staff, university trustees, university presidents and others will join in to serve as advocates for the state system as part of the project,” she said.

“We are emphasizing that in a tough financial year, it is absolutely essential to be visible to the legislators,” Ball said.

Ball and Stevens have been working with student government leaders and other campus leaders at each of the state system universities to build support for the advocacy program.

Ball and Peter Garland, PASSHE executive vice chancellor, will present an advocacy workshop as part of the upcoming Student Government Association Conference at Mansfield University.

As vice chancellor for external relations, Ball oversees the working relationships between the State System of Higher Education and its public and private partners. She is directly responsible for the development of targeted strategies and messages to key audiences including state and federal officials, university leaders, students, trustees and the business community.

Stevens joined the Office of the Chancellor in 2008 and was appointed to his current post last July. He provides leadership and support to the board and the presidents on initiatives that are important to PASSHE, accomplishing his work by leading multi-functional teams to implement key initiatives and special projects that align with the overall PASSHE strategic initiatives.

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