Sept. 9, 2005
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SRU TRUSTEES TOUR NEW
EQUESTRIAN CENTER, HEAR REPORT
ON ACCREDITATIONS AND
NEW GLOBAL INITIATIVES
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery
Rock University’s council of trustees toured the
university’s new Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, part of the
Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences Program, reviewed new academic
accreditations and heard President Robert M. Smith report on
several new global initiatives.
In its regular quarterly meeting
today, the council also reviewed and approved the
university’s fiscal year 2005-06 budget request along with
contracts, fixed assets, and service and supply purchase orders.
Council approved granting an honorary doctorate degree to composer
Marvin Hamlisch, who will be performing on campus Dec. 1 as part of
SRU’s ING Performing Arts Series.
Information Science, and School Counseling
“accreditations are an important measure of academic
quality,” Smith reported seven academic programs received
accreditations during the summer.
The School Counseling Program in
the College of Education earned its mark of excellence from the
Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational
Programs. SRU’s counseling program prepares practitioners for
roles in school or community counseling. Graduates receive the
department's endorsement for certification in Pennsylvania as
either an elementary school counselor, secondary school counselor,
or both, and are license eligible in Pennsylvania as a professional
The council is a national
board that promotes excellence in the professional preparation of
master's level counseling practitioners and master's level
professionals in related fields of study. Programs that receive
CACREP accreditation have demonstrated a commitment to high
admissions, academic and fieldwork standards and current best
practices in counselor preparation and ongoing program
Additionally, all six of
SRU’s Computer Science and Information Science programs were
accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,
the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in
applied science, computing, engineering and technology.
Of all the computing degrees
offered in Pennsylvania, only eight are accredited in computer
science and a mere three in information science. The prestigious
recognition was awarded to SRU’s Computer Science Program and
to its five Information Science Programs: accounting, economics,
finance, management and marketing, all in the College of Business,
Information and Social Sciences.
Smith told trustees he is
challenging faculty to think about how today’s Slippery Rock
University can help students prepare to influence the world 20
years from now.
“We can easily predict that
resource management will become an increasingly significant issue
for 2025,” he said. And, “as a campus with excellent
programs in ecology and environment, we should be a leader in
Noting that 1.7 billion people
currently lack access to safe drinking water, Smith said SRU would
launch an initiative to create “a global school to help Third
World entrepreneurs develop water filtration devices that will help
solve the thirst for clean, safe water. Combining the talent we
have in ceramics, international business, water quality research
and ecology, our goal will be to create micro-businesses exportable
around the world.”
Smith also said he would
establish a special office and Web presence to help SRU students be
eligible and compete for national recognitions such as Fulbright
Scholarships, Truman and Marshall fellowships and Phi Kappa Phi
fellowships. “Our students need opportunities to excel on the
national and international stage,” he said.
“We also are reorganizing
our Office of International Services to expand outreach for global
travel and exchanges, as well as campus-based programs,” he
“Our product is not a
diploma,” he told trustees. “It is a person capable of
making a positive difference in the lives of others: A person who
understands the problems of a global society and has confidence he
or she has the skills to address those problems.”
Equestrian Center to
serve people with disabilities
The new Storm Harbor Equestrian
Center is one of two specialty centers directed by the Exercise and
Rehabilitative Science Program within the College of Health,
Environment and Science. It provides therapeutic horseback riding
opportunities for people with disabilities and practical experience
for SRU students in the adapted physical activity minor.
The equestrian center
provides synergy for the college’s Center on Disability and
Health, which promotes healthy lifestyles among those with
disabilities by providing exercise, diet and health care advice.
Both centers advance SRU’s long tradition of physical and
special education excellence.
In a related action,
trustees approved naming the street address for the equestrian
center as Storm Harbor Drive.
Trustees were informed Robert
Konnen, of Hermitage, retired as budget director after 32 years of
service, and that Vice President for Student Life Robert Watson, of
Slippery Rock, will retire March 31 after 34 years of
President Smith informed trustees
that professor emeritus status was granted to retired faculty Dr.
Robert Berner, Dr. Fred Livingston and Dr. Donald Stauffer, all
from special education.
The next meeting of SRU’s
trustees will be Dec. 16 at 1:30
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