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! 

TYLER BEN

Hometown: Sarver, PA
Major: Exercise Science 3+3 Pre-PT
Campus Involvement: Honors Program, 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!"

DANIELLE CARRELL

Hometown: Warren, OH
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Spanish
Campus Involvement: Honors Program, Exercise Science Society, and Lab Assistant
Why I chose SRU: "In addition to SRU's phenomenal Exercise Science program, I chose this university because of the individualized attention I received throughout my college search process. Coming from a small rural town in Ohio, I was nervous about "falling through the cracks" of a growing university, but I immediately felt right at home upon visiting campus. I was impressed that SRU has a small town feel, yet offers the incredible opportunities of a larger institution. Choosing SRU to be my home away from home has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself and my future career!"

SYDNEY CIPOLLA

Hometown: Beaver Falls, PA
Majors: Computing - Cybersecurity Concentration and Spanish Professional 
Campus Involvement: Green and White Society and FYRST Seminar Peer Leader
Why I chose SRU: "I originally chose SRU because of the beautiful and perfect sized campus, the close proximity to home, the good food, and the residential suites. During the first semester I knew I definitely made the right choice when I discovered all the daily activities and resources offered to help students become involved and successful. I also loved how the professors learned my name, were constantly bringing in professional speakers, and emailing us opportunities for job shadows or to get hands-on experience. The campus atmosphere is extremely friendly and I have made the best lifelong friends."

WILL COFFEY

Hometown: Frederick, MD
Major: Recreational Therapy
Minors: Animal Assisted Therapy, Adapted Physical Activity, and Gerontology
Campus Involvement: Recreational Therapy Club
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because I felt like it was where I belonged. The people were so polite and welcoming and I knew this is where I needed to be."

VICTORIA COLEMAN

Hometown: Erie, PA
Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Student Liaison Committee
Why I chose SRU: "I made my decision to attend Slippery Rock University after I came to shadow a current SRU Psychology student. After touring the campus, shadowing the SRU student, and speaking with some of my peers who were already attending the university, I knew that SRU would provide me with a solid foundation to pursue advanced degrees in my area of study."

SARAH COUGHLIN

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Major: Exercise Science 4+3 PA
Campus Involvement: Exercise Science Society
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because of its great Exercise Science program and I fell in love with the campus. It's beautiful, safe, and easy to get around."

ANNA CUSTER

Hometown: Erie, PA
Major: Psychology
Minor: Art
Campus Involvement: Phi Sigma Sigma and Psychology Student Leadership Committee
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because of the welcoming atmosphere. I heard that it was a friendly campus but I never expected the SRU "hello tradition" to be a real thing which made me feel at home from day one."

TAYLOR DEEP

Hometown: New Castle, PA
Major:
Early Childhood and Special Education
Campus Involvement:
Vice President of Programming for the Association of Residence Hall Students and the Military Support Group
Why I chose SRU:
"Choosing SRU was a last minute decision for me. The two main reasons why I chose SRU were because of how close to home it is and my brother attends here. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made."

AMANDA DEMMLER

Hometown: Industry, PA
Major: Art Education
Minor: Theatre
Campus Involvement: Musical Theatre Society
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU for many reasons, but there are three reasons that were the most influential. First, I loved the residential suites. Out of all the universities I toured, SRU had the best quality dorms. Second, was the low cost for such a high quality education and being a well-known university. I was surprised and very pleased that they had the cheapest tuition over any other school I was looking into attending. The third reason was the location because I didn't want to be in a city but still wanted to go to a college that felt busy at times and had a good sized enrollment. SRU was perfect because it's surrounded by countryside that feels like it's in the middle of nowhere but there are so many opportunities on campus that it's a pretty exciting and happening place. That mixture worked for me."

KATHERINE DEVIVO

Hometown: Jefferson, OH
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Adventure Fitness
Campus Involvement: Honors Program and Exercise Science Society
Why I chose SRU: "With being out of state, SRU is not a common school that people go to. In fact, I never heard of it until the beginning of my senior year. I knew that I wanted to study Exercise Science so my guidance counselor directed me to The Rock. After attending an open house event and learning more about the Exercise Science program, I knew that there was nowhere else I could go to get the same education and experience. The distance from home and small school feel were bonus factors that were important to me and made my decision to come to SRU so much easier."

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!"

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."

MATT HOUSLEY

Hometown: Norton, OH
Major:
Public Relations
Minor:
Political Science
Campus Involvement:
President of Green and White Society, University Program Board, and Student Assistant in Alumni Engagement
Why I chose SRU:
"I chose SRU because my former boss, an SRU alumni, made me schedule a visit. I was planning to attend Kent State and was dead set on going there. Once I visited SRU I ended up falling in love with it. It was a gut feeling that no other university gave me and since then SRU has been my home. I couldn't be happier that I made that choice."

TORI HILL

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Black Action Society
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because of the friendly environment and the great vibe I received once I stepped foot on campus. I was particularly excited to learn about SRU's Jump Start program which is a transition program that helps first-year students get acclimated to the academic and social life in college. As a result, Jump Start helped me to make many friends my freshman year."

DALLAS KLINE

Hometown: Spring Grove, PA

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 Program
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."

EMMA MARTIN

Hometown: South Lebanon, OH
Major: Music Therapy- Voice
Minors: Psychology and Special Education
Campus Involvement: Music Therapy Club and Gamma Sigma Sigma
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because of the great Music Therapy program and how it felt like home when I stepped on campus. Everyone was so welcoming when I visited and I knew I wanted to be a part of the SRU family!"

COURTNEY MCCALMONT

Hometown: Harrisville, PA
Major: Communication- Integrated Marketing
Campus Involvement: WSRU-TV and the Green and White Society
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because of the size and how friendly everyone was when I visited. SRU is the perfect size because it is small enough in that you are always seeing familiar faces but large enough where you always have the opportunity to meet new people. Everyone here is just so nice! Everywhere you go people are always saying hello and smiling at you. It's such a welcoming and friendly place! I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else!"

ERIN MCCORMAC

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Major:
Recreational Therapy
Minor:
Adapted Physical Activity
Campus Involvement:
Delta Zeta, Recreational Therapy, and Adapted Physical Activity Club
Why I chose SRU:
"I chose SRU because the campus was so welcoming and felt like home even though I was moving over four hours away. SRU had many different opportunities for me to broaden my horizons."

KARINA MONTGOMERY

Hometown: Indiana, PA
Major: Secondary Education - History
Minor: Dance
Campus Involvement: The Center for Service, Involvement, and Leadership, First-Year Leadership Scholar Program, Community Service Chair for the Honors Program, SRU Dance Theatre, and Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because the size and distance from home seemed ideal for me. I liked the campus atmosphere and knew that there were lots of great opportunities at SRU for me to get involved in!"

CASSIDY NEGRI

Hometown: Zelienople, PA
Major: Dance
Minor: Adapted Physical Activity
Campus Involvement: Green and White Society, National Honor Society for Dance Arts, SRU Dance Theatre, and Adapted Physical Activity Council
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it felt like home. I was the kid who at first was absolutely terrified to leave home. SRU is only about 30 minutes from my hometown and I was convinced that I was going to drive to and from school every day. I ended up living on campus and within the first two hours of move in I was ready for my family to leave me to spread my wings and fly. I have never looked back and SRU is now my home and heart. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities provided here."

ANH QUAN

Home Country: Vietnam
Major: Healthcare Administration and Management
Minor: Finance
Campus Involvement: Table Tennis Club, Future Healthcare Leaders Club, Community Assistant, Orientation Ambassador, and the Center for Service, Involvement, and Leadership
Why I chose SRU: "SRU's gorgeous campus is what drew me in when I first researched the campus online. The size is perfect for me to feel like I am studying at a big college even though it is located in a small town. People at SRU are extremely friendly which never makes an international student like me feel left out. Thank you SRU for being a perfect environment for me to learn and grow!"

EMILY SLATTERY

Hometown: Kent, OH
Major: Healthcare Administration and Management
Campus Involvement: Future Healthcare Leaders Club and the Honors Program
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."