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PENNSYLVANIA’S STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
TO HONOR FOUR SRU BENEFACTORS WITH EBERLY HONORS
ROCK, Pa. – Four Slippery Rock University supporters –
Stanley and Marilyn Kraus, both formerly of Lawrence County,
and Dr. Constance Smith and Ramona Smith, both of Butler
County, and– have been named by the Fund for the Advancement
of the State System of Higher Education, Inc., to receive this
year’s Eberly medals, the highest awards presented by
Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.
awards, named for the Eberly family, will be presented at
ceremonies set for Wednesday [Oct. 9] in Harrisburg.
Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., nominated Mr. and Mrs.
Kraus for the Eberly Award for Philanthropy for their longtime
financial support of SRU. Their gifts include Kraus Hall, an
on-campus residence hall, and real estate in Sharon that aided the
$11 million “Campaign for Slippery Rock University”
capital campaign, as well as real estate in Armstrong County, which
provides income for five annual scholarships at SRU. Dr. Smith, a
university volunteer and wife of SRU President G. Smith, and Ms.
Smith, a university volunteer from Butler and wife of Provost
Robert Smith, for the Eberly Award for Volunteerism in connection
with their teamwork in creating the university’s successful
Learning in Retirement Program.
Rock University is fortunate to have such strong proponents working
on its behalf,” said President Smith in congratulating the
recipients. “Each of this year’s award recipients
brings to campus total enthusiasm for their projects and the result
is seen in the success of their ideas. I am pleased that both my
wife’s leadership and that of her friend Ramona Smith have
resulted in a program meeting the needs of mature residents in our
region. Our Learning in Retirement Program is clearly serving a
need by providing lifelong educational opportunities. Stan and
Marilyn Kraus have been financially generous to the university.
Their generosity is enjoyed daily by those living in Kraus Hall and
their leadership is unquestionably helping build Slippery Rock
University’s reputation,” he added.
who holds an honorary doctorate from SRU, is a member of the
Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., which manages charitable
resources for the university, and the President’s Advisory
Council. The Krauses make their home in Boca Raton, Fla.
than 30 individuals, corporation and foundations were named to the
awards for their contributions to the state system. Each council of
trustee board at the 14 state system universities nominate two
recipients in each of the Eberly medal categories. The system also
nominates two medal recipients for the awards, which are presented
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