January 15, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU marks Rev. King's legacy with day of service, celebration events
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will observe Monday as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with more than 200 students participating in a variety of community-service projects throughout the region. Thursday, the University will host Todd Allen, associate professor of communication at Geneva College, as the speaker for the seventh annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
University offices will be closed Monday in observance of the national holiday and no classes will be offered. SRU's spring semester opens Tuesday.
The Day of Service program opens at 10:30 a.m. in the University Union followed by a lunch and transportation to the various service sites. Work concludes at 4 p.m.
The events provide opportunities to increase diversity awareness and gain community-service hours for those students enrolled in programs that include a community-service component.
Allen, who is also chair of his department, is a frequent lecturer/trip coordinator concerning the civil rights movement. He will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday in the University Union.
His awards and honors include those presented by the NEH Fellowship-African American Civil Rights Struggles in the Twentieth Century at Harvard University; Minority Opinion Magazine Minority Achiever Award; YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award; and the Civil Rights Humanitarian Award.
He is the founder and director of The Common Ground Project. He earned his bachelor of science degree at Geneva College, his masters degree in communication at the University of Akron and his doctorate in communication and rhetorical studies at Duquesne University.
The annual program celebrates Rev. King's legacy and his efforts for social justice and human equality.
The University's Civil Leadership Awards recipients will be recognized and the winning essay in the annual SRU essay contest focused on Rev. King's accomplishments will be read.
The leadership awards recognize those who have demonstrated support of civil rights in words and actions; advocate for social justice; and demonstrate leadership by motivating others toward understanding and pursuing civil rights and social justice for all.
Both programs are organized by SRU's Office of Multi-Cultural Development.
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