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SRU Good News for April 8, 2010


Graduating senior addresses Academic Honors Convocation

Benjamin Baker, a graduating senior and a 4.0, four-year member of the Slippery Rock University dean's list, will be the speaker for at the University's annual Academic Honors Convocation.

              The 2 p.m. Sunday ceremony will be in Morrow Field House with Robert Smith, SRU president, presiding.

              Baker, a geology and environmental studies major and a geographic information technology minor from Phillipsburg, is a recipient of the SRU geography, geology and the environment department's Mike Starker Scholarship and Robert A. Davis Scholarship.

              He was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the campus honorary, in 2009 and as one of the top 20 students in his sophomore, junior and senior classes, is a three-year Presidential Scholar award honoree.

                Baker spent a summer in Anchorage, Alaska, handling landscape work and currently is an intern and employee of Wallace & Pancher Inc., in Hermitage. His duties include handling stream substrate sample rinsing and extraction along with sorting of benthic macroinvertebrates. He is involved in stream classification and macroinvertebrate sample collection specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. His work also involves flow monitoring and stream conditioning field data collection and database management of the data.

His future plans include enrolling in a master's degree program in environmental geography with the ultimate goal of one day teaching at the college level or opening his own environmental consulting firm.

              The 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.


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