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 Similarities uncanny, as SRU students ready for graduation 




December 5, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



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Similarities uncanny, as SRU students ready for graduation      


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University students have a lot in common. They met at Riverside High School near Ellwood City; they both applied to SRU; they both enrolled at SRU; they both majored in park and resource management; they both worked at a summer adventure Bible camp in Colorado; they both marched down the aisle Nov. 24 to become husband and wife; and they will both march down the aisle Dec. 15 to become SRU graduates. Oh, they are both graduating with high honors, and they both have jobs waiting at the same church.

           The students are Jonathan D. Lowry and Susan See Lowry, and as you might guess, they are both from Beaver Falls.

           "It has truly been hectic," said Jonathan Lowry as he discussed the couple's changing lives.

           "We had plans to get married, then graduate, then move to Colorado for jobs as wilderness trekking guides at the Redcloud camp in Lake City, Colo. But in April, we were offered positions as co-youth pastors at Concord United Methodist Church in Beaver Falls," he said. 

           "Since we are both from the area, and our families are here, we decided to stay," said Susan Lowry, who quickly pointed out she is having some fun adjusting to her new name. "At the University, making a name change so late in the year, and just before graduation, is hard. My professors are also getting used to it."

           The couple's wedding had strong SRU connections. Steve Powell of New Kensington and Nate Millet of Erie, both May 2007 SRU graduates, served as groomsmen. Chelsey Heilman-Houser, an elementary education major from Dayton who will graduate next May, was the maid of honor.

           The couple has spent missionary summers in Puerto Rico and West Virginia using their outdoor leadership skills, and after an eight-day Caribbean cruise following graduation will make their home in Beaver Falls.


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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