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SRU Good News for Oct. 16, 2009
Washington Center names PASSHE 'University System of the Year'

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars has named the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education its "University System of the Year," citing the "extraordinary partnership" between the center and the commonwealth, which has resulted in hundreds of PASSHE students landing prestigious internships in and around the nation's capital.
   "We receive more students from the state system than from any other state," said Joseph Johnston, senior vice president for The Washington Center. "The support for this program from the universities and the commonwealth over the years has been extraordinary."
   The award will be presented Oct. 19 during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. PASSHE also will be recognized at the center's annual gala that evening at the National Building Museum. Bob Schieffer of CBS News will moderate the gala, which helps raise scholarship funds for the program.
   "This is a very significant honor, and one that recognizes PASSHE's commitment to providing our students outstanding educational opportunities, both in the classroom and in the real world," said Chancellor John C. Cavanaugh. "There is no better way to prepare for a successful career than by gaining the real life and practical experience a high-caliber internship provides."
   More than 250 PASSHE students have participated in the Washington Center's internship program since 2002, including 90 in the past two years.
PASSHE students have been placed with a variety of government, business, non-profit and international organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and departments of Commerce and Health and Human Services, the Library of Congress, Voice of America, the Institute of World Politics, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, the Constituency for Africa, the National Cancer Registrars Association and the Peace Corps.
   Students who participate in an internship through the center generally receive from 12 to 15 credits. They also attend a variety of academic seminars throughout the term, and many also complete a portfolio for additional credit.

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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