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 EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Details for Friday's Inauguration of President Robert Smith 



EDITOR’S ADVISORY                                                                  11-3-04

The 1:30 p.m. Friday [Nov. 5] inauguration of Dr. Robert Smith as 15th president of Slippery Rock Universitywill see more than 300 delegates from colleges and universities attending – including those representing the University of Bologna founded in Italy in 1088, Harvard University, founded in 1636, the College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, and the University of Pennsylvania founded in 1740. The event should offer an array of color as delegates wear the academic regalia representative of their home university. Students representing 41 international countries, 68 student organizations and 21 varsity sports will also participate. The event will offer excellent feature story and colorful photo opportunities.

The installation (weather permitting) will also see a three-block, across campus procession as dignitaries and delegates process from the newly constructed pedestrian walkway to the University Union, site of the inauguration ceremony. The procession will begin at 12:30 p.m. (We have made arrangement for access to the Bailey Library roof for photography and video coverage.)  

Dr. Judy Hample, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, will conduct the investiture and installation. Also participating will be representatives of the study body, faculty, staff as well as the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., and the local community. A medallion, handcrafted by Robert Bruya, SRU art professor, will be presented. A public reception in Boozel Dining Hall will follow the ceremony.

Media planning to staff the inauguration are asked to call 724-738-2199 so we can provide details for roof access, and related information.


Phi Kappa Phi:The prestigious Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, all-academic honorary, will install its news chapter – Slippery Rock University – at formal ceremonies set for 7 p.m. Thursday [Nov. 4] in the University Union. Founded in 1897, the society has chapters at 300 universities. Phi Kappa Phi Regional Vice President Ronald Johnson of Old Dominion University will conduct the ceremony and Dr. David Scobey, director of the Arts of Citizenship Program and an associate professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, will give the keynote. The ceremony will include induction of the first class of students, faculty and staff to represent SRU.


Harambee Summit:Following Dr. Smith’s Friday inauguration as president, SRU will open the first Harambee Summit bringing some 300 minority students to campus for a weekend to address issues pertinent to success at predominantly white colleges and universities. The program , which opens at 7 p.m.,  was designed by theWestern Pennsylvania Diversity Consortium in conjunction with SRU’s Office of Intercultural Programs. The term “Harambee” is Swahilli for “let’s pull together.” Keynote speakers for the weekend include: Dr. W. Terrell Jones, vice provost for educational equity at Penn State University; Dr. Deborale Richardson-Bouie, director of multicultural affairs, Case Western Reserve University; Kevin Powell, author/lecturer, hip hop activist; Diane Jefferson, director of multicultural student affairs, Shippensburg University; and Dorian Cast, inspirational speaker/minister from Detroit, Mich. Workshop topics will include: Self Empowerment, Spirituality, Inter/Intracultural Relationships, Economics, Leadership Development, Career Development, Academic Enhancement, Political Awareness and Greek Life. For more information visit or call 724-738-2700.


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