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 SRU Senior to Celebrate 59th Birthday; Then Receive Diploma 

 

SPOTLIGHT

11/30/2004

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU SENIOR TO CELEBRATE 59TH BIRTHDAY, THEN RECEIVE DIPLOMA

             SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – It has taken a while, but Ellwood City resident and longtime letter carrier Alan Dudash is proud of his accomplishments. His latest is to be included in those who will graduate from Slippery Rock University at winter commencement exercises set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in Morrow Field House. His history diploma will be presented a day after his 59th birthday.

          Dudash says, “It really feels great to be completing my studies. I started college in Youngstown in 1963, but dropped out. I started back at Slippery Rock University in 1990 and it has taken 14 years. It is sure a relief.”

          A letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Ellwood City for 28 years, Dudash and his wife, Sara, have a daughter and three grandchildren. Over the years, he says he has become “a Civil War history buff and I especially enjoy the history of colonial Pennsylvania.” In addition to classes at SRU, he also studied at Butler County Community College.

           As for the future, Dudash says he is toying with the idea of retirement in two to three years – and the idea of going on to graduate school.

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