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SRU Good News for Feb. 16, 2010


SRU graduate publishes 'Our State Parks' book

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Christopher Rolinson, a 2000 Slippery Rock University art graduate, now a photojournalism professor at Point Park University, has recently completed a four-year project documenting western Pennsylvania's state parks, wildlife and forest preserves.

            Rolison was recently featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story spotlighting his new book. He told the newspaper that while he originally enrolled at SRU to study biology, it only took one art class to change his major to art with a concentration in photography.

He selected 83 photographs for the book "Our State Parks -- Western Pennsylvania." The book is dedicated to his wife, Cara, and his preschool-age sons Maxwell and Andrew. Rolinson currently has 34 of his photos on exhibit through Feb. 27 at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.

            Rolinson said he had probably taken more than 5,000 photographs in covering the state's 26 parks, four state forests, two national wildlife refuges and one national forest. A course he teaches at Point Park gave him access to numerous field trips that included visits to the state's nature preserves.

Rolinson, a former Boy Scout, said his project was designed to show the beauty of the western Pennsylvania wilderness and prove the point that Pennsylvania rivals nature scenes from those of the western United States, including Utah.

He said the idea for the book sprang from an assignment from The Associated Press in which he was asked to photograph illegal dumps as a way of drawing attention to the dumping problem.

In addition to AP, Rolinson has worked for the Steubenville Herald-Star. His photos have also appeared in the Post-Gazette and the Mt. Lebanon Magazine.

He earned his master's degree in journalism at Point Park.


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