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 900 to Graduate at SRU's 114th Commencement May 10 

 

SPOTLIGHT

4/30/2003

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

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NOTE: COMMENCEMENT HAS BEEN MOVED INDOORS TO MORROW FIELD HOUSE!!!!!!

Ceremony to include 30 Doctor of PT Graduates --

900 TO GRADUATE AT SRU’S 114th COMMENCEMENT MAY 10; DR. CLARIE SETTLEMIRE TO SPEAK

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Dr. Clarie Settlemire, Slippery Rock University professor emerita of history and respected expert on Egyptian history, will address more than 900 graduates, including 30 doctor of physical therapy degree recipients, when the university celebrates its 114-th commencement at 11 a.m. May 10.

          The ceremony will be held in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium. (In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Morrow Field House.)

          Interim President Robert Smith will preside as the university awards more than 775 undergraduate diplomas. The university will present 88 master’s degrees and graduation hoods will be placed on the graduating physical therapy doctoral students by Interim Provost William F. Williams.

          Settlemire, best known on campus for her passion for Egyptology and whose classes on the subject were always filled to capacity, inspired students to continue their studies outside of class, including a summer program in 1995 to England where students studied Egyptian artifact held by the British Museum and heard from eminent Egyptologists. She retired last June after 34 years at SRU.

          Twice a Fulbright seminar participant, Settlemire was among those meeting with government officials and heads of various educational agencies, including then Prime Minister Indira Ghandi.

          While at SRU, Dr. Settlemire also taught “Ancient and Medieval World History,” “20th-Century World History,” “Europe to 1815,” “History of Greece and Rome” and “History and the Bible,” along with graduate courses on the “Culture of Greece” and “Ancient Near-East History.” She remains active in the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, the Biblical Archeology Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for the Study of Biblical Literature. Next fall, she will teach in SRU’s Institute for Learning in Retirement, a community of mature learners.

           She received the President’s Award for Outstanding Publication in 1985 for her article “The Answers Lie Below,” and in 1996, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service as part of Academic Honors Convocation.

          Music will be provided by Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music, and Kathryn D. Miler, guest organist. The national anthem will be presented by a student quartet, including Michael Sypien of Rochester, N.Y., Kit Keiper of Beaver Falls, Mark Erickson of Ambridge, and Michael Semancik of Fredericktown. Graduating senior Alyssa Strouse, a music major from Frenchtown, N.J., will lead the alma mater, and the new graduates will be inducted into the SRU Alumni Association.

          The SRU Alumni Association will host a pre-commencement continental breakfast opening at 9 a.m. in the Russell Wright Alumni House open to graduating seniors and their guests, and a post-commencement reception for all commencement participants will follow the ceremony in the University Union.

          Prior to commencement, SRU’s award-winning Army ROTC Program will commission nine cadets as second lieutenants at ceremonies set for 9 a.m., in Strain Behavioral Science Building Auditorium. Receiving commissions will beMichael Braden of Lock Haven, Rebecca Carnahan, Portland Mills, Joshua Christy, Mercer, Christopher Green, New Castle, James Herman, Beaver Falls, Michael Martin, West Mifflin, Frank Razzano, Wampum, Adam Renner, Waterford, and Robert Tarr, Franklin.

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