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 Good News: SRU political science major wins PASSHE Ayed Ali-Zaidi award 



SRU Good News for April 7, 2010


SRU political science major wins PASSHE Ayed Ali-Zaidi award

Seth Sykora-Bodie, a political science, geography and French major at Slippery Rock University, has been selected as a co-runner-up for the 2010 Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

He will receive $500 and a certificate of recognition at Sunday's 2 p.m. Academic Honors Convocation in Morrow Field House.

The annual award, established by Ali-Zaidi, a charter member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors and a strong advocate for the system's universities, honors students who excel in the pursuit of knowledge. The award was inspired by Ali-Zaidi's memory of his grandfather, Mir Wilayat Husain.

Criteria for the award include outstanding academic performance in the student's academic major and other areas of study; recognition of scholarship by university faculty; participation in extra- or co-curricular activities as an undergraduate; and submission of an essay on how the university has prepared the student for the next step. Nominations are sought from all 14 state system universities.

Sykora-Bodie's nominations cited his high grade-point average, 3.96, and his level of class and extracurricular participation, including participation in a model NATO delegation in Washington, D.C., and a similar program at the University of Pittsburgh. 

A member of SRU's Honors Program, he will graduate in 2011. 

Sykora-Bodie received the Paul F. Rizza Scholarship and the Robert A. Davis Scholarship from SRU's department of geography, geology and the environment, the Maree McKay-Esther Smiley Academic Scholarship from the SRU Alumni Association and the 2008 Association of Pennsylvania Sate College and University Faculty Statewide Scholarship. He earned the Donna Bennington Memorial Scholarship from the department of modern languages and cultures, the Sylvan Cohen Memorial Scholarship from the political science department and the SRU Honors Program Scholarship.

           Convocation will honor nearly 2,650 dean's list students, 60 Presidential Scholar honorees, 520 academic scholarship recipients, 130 scholar athletes, 17 community service learning volunteers and the 2010 President's Award recipients.


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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