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 Good News: '71 Rock graduate earns Citizen of the Year honors 



SRU Good News for Feb. 12, 2010


'71 Rock graduate earns Citizen of the Year honors


James Hawkins, a 1971 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named Citizen of the Year by the Venango County Chamber of Commerce. Hawkins coaches youth baseball and golf and serves with the Oil City Jaycees, Oil City Kiwanis Club, Oil City Parking Authority and is a former board member for the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc.
            "We need good people to serve as mentors for future leaders and to challenge people to step up into leadership roles," Hawkins said.
            Hawkins, a Penn Hills native, received his bachelor's degree in business and economics from SRU and started his career with Aetna Life & Casualty in Pittsburgh. In 1975, he accepted a position at Barr Insurance in Oil City. He became a part owner of Barr's in 1980 and a majority owner in 1993.
            Hawkins is also involved with Catholic education, the Oil City Chamber of Commerce and the Oil City Community Development Corp. "Working together in strong partnership across organizations, schools and our faith community is critical to the success of our area," he said.


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