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 SRU Trustees give go ahead to new leadership building 




Feb. 20, 2009

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



SRU Trustees give go ahead to new leadership building


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees authorized construction of a 2,240-square-foot Leadership Reaction Course Classroom Building at today's session. The facility will serve the University's leadership development programs.

           The $300,000 facility will be built near the existing leadership reaction course facilities. Costs will be split between the executive leadership program and the University's academic enhancement fund.

           Construction will begin this summer, with completion expected next fall. The facility will include storage space for course equipment and provide a meeting area and restroom facilities. 

           The Executive Leadership Program, which serves SRU students, the SRU Army ROTC program, academic courses and campus organizations is also used by businesses and organizations interested in building leadership and camaraderie among employees, said William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs. More than 1,700 SRU students took part in the program during the 2008 academic year. Regional companies, including PNC Bank, UPMC, Passavant Hospital, FNB Bank and others have also made use of the existing training facility.

           "By approving this expansion, the University's leadership development program will become even more visible to external audiences and allow even further expansion of our leadership programs," said Susan Vessela, a member of the council of trustees.

           Program participants are shown ways to share visions and increase personal responsibility as well as encourage resourcefulness and creativity in fellow employees. "Participants are given tasks - and resources - that require group efforts to successfully complete. The tasks are designed to build teams and enhance leadership skills in a fast, effective and fun way," Williams said.

           The leadership programs are offered through SRU's Office of Lifelong Learning.

           In formal action, trustees approved five construction projects totaling $118.9 million as part of the capital budget authorization request for 2009-10. The request first goes to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors for consideration before being forwarded to the Governor's Office for possible inclusion in his budget request to the legislature.

           Receiving top priority at SRU are requests for $6.25 million for Phase III of the Central Boiler Plant renovation; $39.9 million for construction of a new Performing Arts Center; $32.97 million for a renovations and additions to Bailey Library; $10.73 million for a McKay Education Building addition; and $28.9 million for renovations to Morrow Field House. 

           A resolution required by the PASSHE board resolving that the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc. and the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association make financial contributions to the University or provide similar benefits on a regular basis was approved. Also approved were contracts, fixed assets and service and supply purchase orders reports.

           Trustees approved requested fee increases for room and board for the 2009-10 academic year and an increase in the University Union Fee.

           "While fee increases are never easy for students. We have worked to keep them as low as possible, and we try to keep them in line with rising costs. I think our students are mature enough to understand some increases are necessary to continue the quality of services they receive here at the University," said Jessica Cosme, a student trustee on the board.

           Council members agreed to a 2.5 percent increase in fees for University-owned residence halls (Rhodes and North halls), which will result in a $39 per semester increase for students living in double rooms. Board fees tied by contract with AVI Inc., the campus contract food vendor, to the national Consumer Price Index were increased 6 percent. For students on the variable-14 meal plan this will be a $70 per semester increase, said Debora Pincek, assistant to the vice president for student life. Five of the 6 percent increase will go directly to AVI under conditions of its contract. The additional 1 percent will go toward Weisenfluh Dining Hall renovations. 

           Per prior schedule, the annual University Union Fee was increased by $50. Funds generated by the fee provide operating funds and will be used to help defray costs for design and construction of the new student union.

           Trustees were told of 41 hirings to complete the faculty and staff compliment for spring semester, and informed of the retirement of four employees: Melba Tomeo, a 16-year assistant professor at Bailey Library, Albert Newburn, a 20-year storekeeper in facilities and planning, and Laura Holste, a 15-year clerk typist 2 in the Office of Orientation, who all retired in January; and Angela Koch, a 35-year clerk typist 2 in the Office of Academic Records and Summer School, who will retire in March.

           Ramona Nelson and Joyce Penrose, both retired professor of nursing, were granted professor emeritus status.

           Council's next session will be April 17.


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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