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 Brick project cements special University, alumni relationships 







March 15, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



Brick project cements special University, alumni relationships 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pete Copeland, a 1995 Slippery Rock University graduate, always wanted his marriage proposal to be carved in stone. So, when the SRU Alumni Association offered him an opportunity to purchase a brick as part of the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center expansion project, he jumped at the chance. His brick reads, "Angie, Will You Marry Me? Love, Pete."

            Copeland's brick is one of the first 100 ordered for the project. The association expects to sell 2,000. 

The bricks will become part of the enlarged Sally Jackson Lennox Patio, named in honor of the 1959 SRU graduate and former alumni association director. 

"Creativity is clearly the project's theme," said Dee Thompson, Alumni Relations secretary and head of brick sales. "We already have an order for one with 'Tuition Paid! Thanks, Mom, Yo Ed,' purchased by Edmund McGlinn, class of 1980. Another brick reads, 'BABS Galaro, BFA '82, Love and World Peace! Rock On,'" Thompson said. 

In addition to the marriage proposal, Thompson's favorite is, "Fell in Love at SRSC, Larry Kratzenberg, '73, Pat Pratzenberg, '74.' The SRSC is a reference to when SRU was known as Slippery Rock State College," Thompson said. Other alumni have decided their legacy will read, "Ethel Eck Steelnack, 1950 Elem. Graduate, Greatest School Ever" and "Susie Lyons Maxey, '57, Go Rockets, Scash 'em."

The brick purchases will help fund the $500,000 expansion of the current Russell Wright Alumni House into an alumni house and conference center. 

Bricks may be purchased by students, alumni, faculty, staff, retired employees and members of the community, Thompson said. Bricks come in two sizes:  The standard ($100) 4-inch by 8-inch carries three lines of 20 characters for the message; an 8-inch square brick ($250) comes with six lines of 20 characters. 

"It is really a great opportunity to see your name and message as a permanent legacy at the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. Those who purchase bricks will certainly bring their children, grandchildren and friends to campus see their brick, and the bricks will serve as inspiration to future students," Thompson said.

To order a brick call 724-738-2018.

By-the-way, Thompson said, there's no word yet as to whether or not Angie said yes or no. "Perhaps she'll buy a brick to let us know her answer."


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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