Meet the Pride Guides

The Pride Guides are an important asset to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Pride Guides assist with office tasks and help with admission events throughout the year by sharing their SRU experiences and love for SRU on their campus tours. Learn about their experiences below and sign up for one of our visit options and take a campus tour led by some of SRU's finest!

Interested in becoming an SRU Pride Guide? Check out the requirements and apply today! 

RACHEL ANDERSON

Hometown: Franklin, PA
Major:
Criminology
Campus Involvement:
CRU
Why I chose SRU:
"I chose SRU because I immediately felt at home here. I was terrified to go to college and leave my small hometown but Slippery Rock gave me that small town feel but with many more opportunities."

TYLER BEN

Hometown: Sarver, PA
Major: Exercise Science 3+3 Pre-PT
Campus Involvement: Honors College, Pre-PT Club, Swim Club, and Green and White Society
Why I chose SRU: "I chose Slippery Rock because of the amazing Exercise Science program and the professors who are dedicated in preparing me for my future. They want me to be successful and are more than willing to help me reach my goals."

EMILY BRETZ

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Major: Recreational Therapy
Minor: Animal Assisted Therapy
Campus Involvement: Honor Fraternity, Recreational Therapy Club, and Pre-OT Club
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because we have a good Recreational Therapy program that most schools do not have and I liked the campus!"

EMERSON BROWN

Hometown: Lebanon, PA
Major: Integrated Marketing Communication
Minor: Graphic Design
Campus Involvement: Green & White Society, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, Honors Program, and Rock PRoductions
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because the first day I stepped on campus everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Coming from about 5 hours away, I wanted that home away from home feeling, and I definitely got that. The campus is wide open, but not too big. SRU offers so many opportunities that I could not wait to participate in."

JAKE BUCHANAN

Hometown: Johnstown, PA
Major: Exercise Science 3+3 Pre-Physical Therapy
Campus Involvement: Pre-Physical Therapy Club
Why I Chose SRU: I chose Slippery Rock because of the well known Exercise Science program. The professors truly care about student success and work to ensure students reach their full potential. 

ABBEY CIANCIO

Hometown: Upper St. Clair, PA
Major: Integrated Marketing Communication
Minor: Business Administration
Campus Involvement: Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Order of Omega
Why I chose SRU: "After I toured SRU, I immediately felt at home and knew it was the school for me because of the campus size, professors, and opportunities to get involved."

CAROLYN FERRICK
Hometown: Erie, PA
Major: Communications - Public Relations
Minor: Leadership
Campus Involvement: SPARK, University Program Board, and Service Leadership Coordinators
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because as soon as I stepped onto campus I felt like I was home. The environment was a perfect fit for my personality and knew I would accomplish so many things here. Plus, I was able to get everything I would have gotten at a private university for a more affordable price!"

AVERY FILICKY

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Major: Public Health
Campus Involvement: SRU Women's Soccer Operations Manager, Fellowship of Christian Athletes member, Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), Pre-PA club
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU for many reasons. The atmosphere is motivating and the teachers and students are very welcoming and supportive. SRU has a very diverse environment where students thrive. The facilities are well kept which makes living here enjoyable. I also chose SRU for the credibility in my major. The first time I came here I knew this was where I wanted to call home for the next four years. I went with my gut and haven't had one regret since."

MEGAN GIZA

Hometown: McKees Rocks, PA
Major: Psychology- Pre-Counseling
Campus Involvement: Psychology Student Leadership Committee and Sophomore Honor Society
Why I chose SRU: "I choose SRU because I liked the size of the campus. I feel that there is enough room to spread out and not feel confined while on the campus. I also liked the connection I felt I had when I visited the campus. I really saw myself here and felt very comfortable like it was already my second home."

DALLAS KLINE

Hometown: Spring Grove, PA

Major: Sport Management
Minor:
Communication
Campus Involvement: President of the Sport Management Alliance, President of Colleges against Cancer, Vice President of Campus Outreach for the Student Government Association, and the Honors College
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU for three reasons. First, the Sport Management program is one of the best; our professors are incredibly knowledgeable about the industry and we get a lot of practical experience. Second, because of all the ways to get involved. There are over 200 clubs and I have had my best memories taking part in extracurricular activities. Finally, the environment is friendly and lively which is what makes SRU my home. We truly are one big family here at SRU."

MARLEY PENSINGER

Hometown: Greencastle, PA
Majors: Communications - Integrated Marketing Communications & Professional Spanish
Campus Involvement: Spanish Club
Why I Chose SRU: I chose SRU because I wanted to attend somewhere that was affordable while also being accommodating and friendly. The first time I saw this beautiful campus, there were lots of smiles and friendly faces so I knew it was the best match for me!

HAYLEE SHOMO

Hometown: West Mifflin, PA
Major: Early Childhood Education
Minor: Special Education
Campus Involvement: Autism Speaks, Best Buddies
Why I chose SRU: I originally was not sure if college was the right path for me, but when I realized that I had the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of young children, I became set on pursuing a career in education. Slippery Rock has an excellent education program, which was one of the primary reason I chose to attend. While I was not familiar with the campus until my orientation as a freshman, I had never been so excited to call a place my home for the next four years as I was that day. Choosing SRU was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

EMILY SLATTERY

Hometown: Kent, OH
Major: Healthcare Administration and Management
Campus Involvement: Future Healthcare Leaders Club and the Honors College
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it felt like home. When I was making my decision my mind kept going back to SRU. The campus was the perfect size, the people were welcoming, and they offered a unique academic program that drew me in. Choosing SRU as the place to spend the next four years of my life was a big decision but each day on campus I am reassured that this is the place for me as those three things that initially stuck out to me about the university continue to make it feel like home."

KAYA WEEKS

Hometown: Mansfield, PA
Major: Political Science
Minor: American History
Campus Involvement: University Program Board, Jumpstart, Intramural sports, and SPARK.
Why I chose SRU: "SRU had a lot to offer academically, socially, and financially. SRU is one of the most financially stable schools in the PASSHE system which was reassuring for my future here."