SRU receives 2016 Military Friendly School honor



Nov. 9, 2015

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a veteran-owned company that assists individuals in the transition from active service to civilian life.

SRU was recognized for its best practices and support for post-military students.

"I am impressed with the continuous support to veterans as evidenced by the veterans club, the numerous veterans I have met on campus, and the military appreciation football games," said Army Lt. Col. John Donlin, SRU professor of military science and ROTC commander. "If anyone doesn't think the University and students support the military, they haven't been to a graduation to hear the applause when I swear in our new second lieutenants."

SRU's reverence for veterans is displayed in a variety of ways throughout campus including the Medal of Honor Room in the North Hall Welcome Center that honors the late Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Estocin. Estocin, a 1954 SRU graduate, was killed in combat during the Vietnam War and is SRU's only recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The University partners with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer equine-assisted recreational therapy at SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, and participates in the Telehealth system that enables veterans to connect to the VA's online counseling and support programs. The University also maintains a Veterans Memorial adjacent to the Russell Wright Alumni House.

SRU will mark Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with a ceremony featuring Army Capt. Joseph Barrow, an SRU assistant professor of military science, being awarded the Purple Heart for a combat wound he received in Afghanistan in 2013. Barrow will receive his medal during an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Veterans Memorial.

As part of SRU's Veterans Day Ceremony, alumni, faculty and students will honor veterans with a 21-gun salute, the laying of a wreath and the playing of taps by The Marching Pride. The ceremony will include remarks from Cheryl Norton, SRU president, and songs by the SRU Chamber Singers.

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