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Carolyn Rizza

Carolyn Rizza, professor emeritus, taught in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work from 1975 to 1999. She was instrumental in starting the university's Gerontology program, later becoming the president of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. As the only woman in her department when she was hired, and the first female chair of a department at one time, Rizza remarks on the changing roles of women on this campus.

A donation from Rizza's family allowed the University to renovate West Hall, built in 1900 as the Model School. The building was renamed the Paul and Carolyn Carruth Rizza Hall in their honor. Since retiring, Rizza enjoys riding horses, and currently serves as chair of the advisory board for the Equestrian Center

The Interview
September 23, 2008

Rizza's interview is available in three formats.  
Click below to watch, listen to, or read her story.
To read the transcript you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download it for free here.


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information contact:

Slippery Rock
University Archives

Bailey Library

Slippery Rock University
of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, PA

(724) 738-2658