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 Good News: SRU publications manager earns award for outstanding service 



SRU Good News for March 27, 2009


SRU publications manager earns award for outstanding service


For Sandra Busch, publications manager in Slippery Rock University's Office of University Public Relations, the key word is "service." That key has resulted in her being named recipient of the 2009 President's Award for Outstanding Service.

            The award will be presented at the April 2 Academic Honors Convocation in Morrow Field House. The 2 p.m. event will honor nearly 2,600 SRU students for their scholarship and leadership.

           Busch consistently strives to exceed the performance standards of her position by providing service to meet the myriad of design and publication needs of the University community.

            "Sandy is an independent, self-directed person who is able to communicate effectively to meet even the most demanding challenges. As the leader in an area that routinely processes more than 400 design projects annually, Sandy must efficiently (and with good humor) juggle client needs, student designer schedules, vendor deadlines, budgets and work flow to insure that every job reflects positively on the University," Rita Abent, executive director for University Public Relations, wrote in her letter of nomination.

            Since taking the post in 2001, she has set exacting stands for the department and has brought new designs and looks to a wide spectrum of campus publications. She brought a good sense for balance, the right mix of colors, textures and photos to her design work, and her broad knowledge of functional design, coupled with cutting-edge principles has resulted in numerous individual project accolades from the University community and off-campus professionals. The University recently won a CASE award and two CUPPIES for three projects under her direction.

            Busch consistently excels in working with student designers, Abent wrote. "She is supportive, cooperative and collaborative in dealing with students and is focused on their individual talents. By the time students leave her tutelage, they take along a full portfolio of design experiences that position them ahead of their peers in applying for employment or graduate school.

            Faculty and staff from across the University praise her design work and have been complimentary in explaining how her work has helped achieve their goals.

            She is a graduate of La Roche College.

The Presidents' Award for Outstanding Service was made possible in 1981 through the generosity of the late Robert and Donna McMullen, long-time Slippery Rock University patrons. It continues through the support of their son Doug and his wife, Linda. 

The award recognizes a University staff member who consistently contributes in ways that support the University's advancement as did Mr. McMullen, a member of the Class of 1951 and chair of the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc. board of directors. Both he and his wife were involved in campus programs and offered continuing support to SRU throughout their lives.


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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