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 SRU Trustees Tally a Near-record Student Enrollment 



Sept. 14, 2004

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               SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University’s Council of Trustees gathered for its regular quarterly meeting today and reviewed enrollment statistics showing a near record number of students. While the official enrollment number is not tallied until the 15th day of classes (Sept. 21), today’s count showed 7,923, just two shy of the 7,925 headcount in fall 1991, the highest in the history of the university.

               In his report to the trustees, SRU President Robert Smith said, “This is a great time to be at Slippery Rock University.”  He told them that faculty are committed to raising the value of an SRU degree by “increasing academic rigor in the classroom, integrating the classroom with experiential learning and engaging our students in individualized intellectual experiences all to create competent, caring, capable citizens.”

               After listing a number of last year’s graduates who went on to prestigious graduate programs, he said “Acceptance at these institutions is testimony to the quality of the SRU degree and the willingness to meet our highest standards of academic rigor.”

               Smith also reviewed a summer of intense construction activity on campus. “Work started on the new Science and Technology Building, a new pedestrian corridor is nearing completion, a new women’s athletic facility was constructed, 24 classrooms and one auditorium were renovated, and new computer labs were installed.”

Council action

               Trustees approved the 2004-05 budget request of $85.2 million, which will be submitted to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. They also reviewed contracts, fixed assets, and service and supply purchase orders.

               Trustee reviewed and approved the Student Code of Conduct, which was updated to reflect changes in the law. The code of conduct presents a comprehensive outline of the judicial process for student discipline and defines students’ rights and responsibilities.  They also approved increasing the parking fee from $10 to $25 with a $10 summer parking fee for students who do not already have an annual parking permit.


               Trustees acknowledged the following retirements:

               Nancy Gabrielson, assistant professor, allied health, of Butler, with 5 years of experience;

               M. Janice Kasnevich, assistant professor, physical education and sport management, of New Castle, with 28 years of experience;              

              Richard Comings, director of continuing education/off-campus programs, of Grove City, with 13 ½ years of experience;

              Andrew Stoughton, computer operations manager, of Harrisville, with 31 ½ years of experience;

               Raymond Bell, physical education/athletics, of Slippery Rock, with 32 years of experience;

               Sharon Lowers, counseling and educational psychology, of Slippery Rock, with 36 ½ years of experience and

               Nancy Mickle, Bailey Library, Butler, with 16 years of experience.

               The next meeting of the council will be 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

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