SRU Good News for Aug. 31, 2009
'09 SRU graduate joins Teach for America corps program
Larry Brink, a 2009 Slippery Rock University graduate and former Student Government Association president, has been accepted into the prestigious Teach for America program. Teach for America is a national teacher corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teaching for two years in low-income urban or rural schools.
Robert Smith, SRU president, nominated Brink for the program, citing his strong leadership on campus and at the state level. Brink served a student representative on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors.
Brink will teach earth science at West Charlotte [N.C.] High School, using his leadership skills and education to help close the achievement gaps for students in a low-income community. Brink was one of only 4,100 candidates selected from among 35,000 applicants for the program.
Lorraine Anderson, Teach for America managing director for regional communication, said each candidate goes through several interviews before being selected.
"We're looking for applicants with a record of past achievement," Anderson said. "We're looking perseverance in the face of challenges, strong critical thinking skills, organizational skills, as well as approaching the community they're going to be in with respect and humility."
Brink, a finance graduate, served as president of the SRU student government for two years. He became only the second SRU student to serve on the state system board of governors. He also served as president of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Student Government Presidents. The SRU Alumni Association named Brink its Outstanding Senior Man for 2009. He participated in cross-country and track and field at SRU. Brink will be paid by the school district.
Teach for Americais a non-profit organization, founded in 1990, whose mission is to build a movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort to affect change in under-funded schools.
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.
Editor's Note:The successes of our friends and colleagues at the University are something we should all celebrate�and share. The University Public Relations Office has introduced a daily E-feature to share a good news story about a person, program, activity or service associated with Slippery Rock University. When good news happens to you, please let us know so we might share it with others. Submit items through campus e-mail to: GoodNews@sru.edu.