May 1, 2006
Contact: Gordon Ovenshine:
SRU AQUATICS PROFESSOR ONE OF SIX
IN NATION HONORED
contribution to aquatic safety on a national level, Slippery Rock
University physical education faculty Robert Ogoreuc has received
the 2006 National Honor Award from the Aquatic Council of the
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation. Five
other people nationwide received the award.
recognize the contributions you have made to the field of aquatics
and for your ongoing support to aquatic education by conducting
quality aquatic academic programs at Slippery Rock
University,” Tomas LeClerc, chair of the Aquatic Council
wrote to Ogoreuc, assistant professor of physical
noted that Ogoreuc worked on the American Red Cross Water Safety
Advisory Group that revised the Water Safety Instructors program in
2004. He also worked as a technical reviewer for the Red
Cross’ lifeguard manuals. He has contributed to the YMCA,
USLA and StarGuard lifeguard textbooks.
In 2005, Aquatic
International Magazine named Ogoreuc one of the 25 most powerful
people in aquatics. He has also been recognized for his teaching
efforts at SRU by receiving the William Herman Teaching Excellence
award in 2002 and 2004.
Ogoreuc was the
driving force to creating aquatics minor at SRU and coached men and
women’s swimming from 1991-2003. He holds numerous
certifications such as American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
Trainer, YMCA Open Water Scuba Instructor and Pennsylvania Fish and
Boat Commission Boating Instructor.
He received his
bachelors in health and physical education with an emphasis in
aquatic administration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in
1989 and a master of education degree in physical education at SRU
During summer, he
works as training officer for the Ocean City Beach Patrol in New
Jersey, where he trains new and lifeguards and the Ocean City Fire
Department in surf rescue.