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December 5, 2007
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SRU winter commencement Dec. 15, 500 students earn degrees
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Diplomas will be presented to nearly 500 Slippery Rock University undergraduate, master's degree and doctor of physical therapy candidates Dec. 15 when Slippery Rock University celebrates its 118th commencement. Carol Matteson, president of Mount Ida College and an SRU graduate, will deliver the commencement address. The ceremony is at 1:30 p.m. in Morrow Field House.
SRU President Robert Smith will confer the degrees. Deans from the University's four colleges will present the candidates. Suzanne Vessella, chair of the SRU Council of Trustees, will bring greetings from the council, and Richard Manning, a 1975 SRU graduate and SRU Alumni Association president, will induct the new graduates as association members.
Matteson, a nationally recognized leader and champion for the advancement of higher education, received her Bachelor of Science degree from SRU. She later earned her master's degree at the University of Oregon and her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. She returned to SRU to teach in the physical education department and later in what was then the department of economics and business. She also served as an assistant to the president and as director of the University's Continuing Education and Evening College.
In 1991, Matteson was named a "Distinguished Educator" in Pennsylvania and in 1999 received Slippery Rock University's Outstanding Alumni Award. She helped launch SRU's Claire R. Schmieler Leadership Institute for Professional Women during which she shared her own experiences in accepting challenges that allowed her to grow professionally. She also made a substantial financial gift to the program.
In 1999, she created the Carol Matteson Women's Basketball and Track and Field Scholarship, which has been presented to seven women athletes. She also established the Katherine M. Moore Memorial Fund in 1989 to honor Moore, a 1975 SRU graduate and coordinator in SRU's McLachlan Student Health Center. The Moore scholarship has been awarded to 13 SRU students.
Prior to being named Mount Ida College's fifth president, Matteson served in executive and faculty positions at several colleges and universities in the U.S. and Australia.
Under her leadership, Mount Ida College has developed and implemented an innovative "All-College Curriculum" blending professional preparation with the liberal arts. In addition, the college has implemented a new vision and corresponding strategic plan resulting in the expansion of bachelor degree offerings, an increase in student enrollment and a new era of financial stability.
Matteson has served as executive vice president/provost and a tenured professor of management at Rowan University. She also served as vice president for academic affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where she was dean of its College of Business. She served as a faculty member at Sturt College of Advanced Education in South Australia and at the University of Maine at Augusta.
In addition to her presidency, Matteson serves as a member of the board of directors of the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce, on the executive committee of the Boston Higher Education Partnership and as a member of Newton's Foundation of Racial and Ethnic Harmony. She recently served on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Task Force on the Future of Financial Aid. She has been a member of the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Council and is the immediate past chair of the executive committee for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts.
A reception in Weisenfluh Dining Hall for graduates and their guests immediately follows the ceremony.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.
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